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CATALONIA WINE COUNTRY
<small>Road</small>
Gastro Cycling

ACCOMODATION: Rural Hotel / Hotel 3* & 4*
DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights
RATING:
DATES: May - October
OTHER DATES: Ask
GROUPS: 4/... MIN/MAX
PRICE: From 2400 € / person
         





Wine's Route itineraryCatalonia possesses an extraordinary landscape and patrimonial richness, but it is undoubtedly one of the main gastronomic destinations in the world. Catalan gastronomy dates from classic roman age. A complex, assorted and rich cuisine, plenty of mediterranean influences and based on all kind of products (seafood, vegetables, and all kind of meat). It is adapted to every season and all sort of traditions, as well. We cannot talk about gastronomy without including wine. Catalonia is the number one producer of high quality wine in Spain and one of the most important wine producing areas in Europe, holding a great history. Ancient Greek and Roman introduced the wine-making process and, by middle-age, catalan monasteries conitnued with this practice. Nowadays, Catalonia has eleven protected denominations of origin, spreaded throughout all our territor, with a great variety of white, rosé and red wines.

In UTOPIC BIKE TRAVEL we believe that cyclo tourism is not at odds with the pleasure of a good meal and that's why we have created gastronomic rotes for everyone who wants to experience a new culinary experience. It is still a cyclotourist route where we discover villages, valleys a beautiful spots of Catalonia, but we are going to dedicate more time to discover gastronomic culture and traditions, enjoying typical products and dishes available across this territory.

In this CATALONIA WINE COUNTRY tour, we ride through the beautiful Costa Brava (meaning Brave Coast), enjoying charming crystal water coves, steep cliffs and picturesque fishing villages. We are going to discover the most rural and unknown part of the "Empordà" region. A tile of vineyards, cereal, fruit, all kind of vegetables and even rice fields, sorrounded by an endless number of medieval villages, romanesque churches and old castles, that will set us out on a time travel in this historical land inhabited in past centuries by iberian, greek, roman and modern pirates. The city of Girona is to be discovered as well. A place with the charm of big cities but with no crowds. Located in a privileged site between the sea and the mountains it offers us a great display of unique and spectacular monuments, testimony of its millenary history. The tour will be completed visiting several family runned wineries and agricultural cooperatives where DO Empordà wines are produced. We will enjoy local art, culture and gastronomy and will lodge in old stone country houses and in little charming hotels, selected upon their quality, exclusivity and personalized care.

We are waiting for you!

Utopic Bike Travel


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  • D1
    GIRONA

    Individual arrival at hotel.
    UTOPIC BIKE TRAVEL presentation.
    Bicycles set up

    Possibility of pickup at the Train Station or at the Girona Airport.
    Please consult "Arrivals & Departures" in case of different arrivals or for additional logistical information.

    WELCOME TO CATALONIA!

    Once settled in the hotel, our guides will give you information regarding tour details and will complete the setup of your bike. You have spare time to visit the Barri Vell (Old Neighborhood), the historical center of the city where you can find unique constructions in Europe: the roman city walls, el Call (one of the best conserved jewish quarters in Spain) and the Gothic Cathedral, with the widest central nave in the world. We recommend too a visit to the river Onyar colored houses that, together with the numerous bridges and the Cathedral in the background, define the most emblematic image of Girona.
    At night we will have dinner in one of many traditional restaurants available. Lodging in a central 4* hotel

  • D2
    GIRONA-PALS Distance: 92km / Elevation: 330m img02

    After breakfast, we start our tour crossing the Space of Natural Interest" of Les Gavarres. Climbing through a narrow and winding road, very popular for local cyclists, we find at the top (357m) a X Century chapel and we get to admire a whole view of the Gavarres massif and the plain of L'Empordà.

    Tour continues crossing beautiful and picturesque medieval villages like Sant Sadurní de l'Heura or Cruïlles until we arrive to the Capital of ceramics and pottery, La Bisbal d'Empordà. We then take a very beautiful road that ascends to the Coll de la ganga (200m) and crosses a tipically mediterranean forest of holm and cork oaks.

    Once at the top, a nice descent will take us to the sea. We will follow the coast line finding the fishing village of Palamós. Riding through the seafront promenade we arrive to the harbor, with a lot of all kind of boats that bring in fresh fish every day.

    We are going to visit a winery, placed in a protected area at the foot of the mountain, in a semi-buried building.

    Afterwards you can either keep riding to Pals, where we stay for the night, or be taken directly to the hotel, a completely reconditioned fortified XVI century country house, in our support vehicle.

    Dinner at the hotel.

  • D3
    MEDIEVAL VILLAGES Distance: 61km / Elevation: 810m img02

    Circular route calmly riding through rural roads and rural landscape, sorrounded by rice fields, fruit trees, cereals and splattered with romanic churches and picturesque medieval villages like Peratallada, Pals (the most visited and best preserved in the region), Ullastret, Palau-Sator or Monells, where time really seems to have stopped.

    Our itinerary will take us to the rice fields area of Pals, place of great natural and landscape interest and will continue getting close to the sea to visit the charming and picturesque village of Calella de Palafrugell, with its white façades that remind us its fishing past.

    In the afternoon we will visit one of the winaries distinguished by Robert parker. A former XVIII century country house where award-winning wines, which have become synonym of high quality, are produced.

    For dinner we will enjoy a barbecue by the hotel's pool with grilled meat, typical catalan cold meats and "pa amb tomata" (tomato's spread bread), all accompanied with cava, catalan sparkling wine.

    Lodging in the same hotel.

  • D4
    PALS - L'ESCALA Distance: 58km / Elevation: 160m img02

    After breakfast we continue our trip towards Alt Empordà riding through agriculture fields and little medieval villages. Today's route main point is the Montgrí massif, crowned by a XII and XIII century castle from which all Empordà plain can be admired.

    The route continues and we meet Mediterranean sea again. This time the fishing village of L'Escala, where we end today's stage, centres our attention. Our hotel is located in an extremely beautiful and historical place.

    Our guides will prepare a delicious picnic.

    Once settled in we will visit the ancient Greco-Roman city of Empúries, located just besides our hotel. It is the only archaelogical site in Iberian peninsula where greek and roman archaelogical remains can be found together. We can actually see very clearly how the city was arranged, and admire its houses, temples, streets, markets and stores.

    Dinner at the hotel.

  • D5
    L'ESCALA - Free day

    Free day. A place like this deserves it. The hotel, placed in front of the sea, rests in a millenary spot which is considered one of the best of Costa Brava.

    If you want more activity we invite you to make a further exploration of the zone, either riding, sailing or flying. Exploring Costa Brava is exceptionally attractive regardless of the way you do it.

    Should you prefer a more relaxed experience, the pine sorrunded spa and Portitxol beach, in front of the hotel could well be your option.

    In the afternoon we will visit Salvador Dali's Museum in Figueres. The biggest surrealistic object of the world.

    We will have dinner in one of its best mediterranean and seafood restaurants of L'Escala.

    Lodging at the same hotel.

  • D6
    L'ESCALA-GARRIGUELLA Distance: 50km / Elevation: 90m img03

    Day starts riding towards north of Alt Empordà, passing by Sant Martí d'Empúries, a small IX century village, very close to our hotel, sorrounded by its original walls.

    After crossing Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, a natural park (wetland declared spot of natural interest that enjoys a great variety of ornithological migratory fauna), we arrive to Empuriabrava, the biggest residential marina in the world. Its originality lies in its urban structure, based in a network of sailing canals up to 30 km long.

    Our journey continues in Castelló d'Empúries, a medieval village that still possesses architectural jewels from the past. We will visit the XIII century basilica of Santa Maria, known as "The Cathedral of Empordà" because of its magnitude and its Catalan Gothic style.

    In Vilajuïga we will vist the modern "Celler Espelt" winery, one of the main producers of this area.

    After this visit we arrive to Garriguella, where our hotel is located. It's an old country house build in the year 1800. Completely restored and remodelled it still preserves its typical catalan vault ceilings.

    Dinner in traditional cuisine restaurant and lodging in a 3* spa hotel.

  • D7
    GARRIGUELLA-GIRONA Distance: 49km / Elevation: 330m img03

    We will discover today the wildest and most natural area of Alt Empordà, pedalling through vineyards and olive trees. We are right in the middle of the DO Empordà. We'll encounter multitude of wineries and agricultural cooperatives that elaborate their own products using always traditional methods.

    In the morning we will visit the oldest oil mill of the region and a family runned winery where DO Empordà are produced.

    In the evening we will visit the "Castell de Peralada" Museum, placed in a former XIV Century Carmelites Convent. We can admire its library, with some 80.000 volumes, the wine museum (with a wide range of historical objects related to wine history, some of them nearly 700 years old) or the old parts of the convent: the cloisters and the gothic church.

    After this visit we will head to Girona, where our last hotel is waiting for us.

    At night, farewell dinner at one of the most emblematic restaurants of Girona.

    Lodging in 4* Hotel, the same of the first night.

  • D8
    DEPARTURE

    After breakfast, farewell and end of our services.Possibility of extra days in Costa Brava, Girona or Barcelona. Consult us.

    NOTE: Since we try to give our customers the best possible experience, our guide reserves the right to modify itinerary for weather reasons.



In UTOPIC BIKE TRAVEL we have made a selection of what we think are special lodgings, regardless of their price or category. They are usually located in unique surroundings and placed at historical or ancient buildings with a great architectural value.
Charming and inviting places which are family-runned and join quality, peacefulness and personalized care.

Hotel Carlemany

HOTEL CARLEMANY

Girona
Ses Garites

SES GARITES

Pals
Hostal Empúries

HOSTAL EMPÚRIES

L'Escala
Hotel Spa Vilamont

HOTEL SPA VILAMONT

Garriguella


MAY
   09th   (8 days - 7 nights):
  2400 € / person   (+350 €  Single OCC)

JUN
   20th   (8 days - 7 nights):
  2400 € / person   (+350 €  Single OCC)

AUG
   08th   (8 days - 7 nights):
  2400 € / person   (+350 €  Single OCC)

OCT
   10th   (8 days - 7 nights):
  2400 € / person   (+350 €  Single OCC)



  • INCLUDED


  • ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
  • Transfers to and from Girona Train Station or Girona Airport to Hotel

  • LODGING & MEALS
  • 7 nights at selected and unique lodging
  • Breakfast every day, lunches or picnics, snacks and drinks throughout all the route and all dinners and local wine included in every meal.

  • SUPPORT
  • Minimum of one guide + one support vehicle. (depending on group size)
  • Road book with maps and tour documentation in spanish or english.
  • 24h personalized care.
  • Clothes clean and ready every day.
  • Luggage transportation during the tour.
  • Client transportation in our support vehicle if necessary.

  • TICKETS & ACTIVITIES
  • Tickets for the most important historical places like churches, monasteries and museums. Specially: Teatre-Museu Dalí, Empúries Archaelogic site, Castell Peralada Museum and visit and taste of wines in several traditional wineries.

  • INSURANCES & TIPS
  • Basic travel insurance (consult policy)
  • All tips in restaurants and hotels


  • NOT INCLUDED


  • Plane ticket, air taxes and airport taxes.
  • Bike rental. Bianchi Intenso. 140 €.
  • Optional travel or cancellation insurance
  • Guide tips
  • Personal items purchased during the tour.
  • Optional activities not programmed by Utopic Bike Travel
  • Any aspect not specified in the above section.


  • EXTRAS THAT WILL MAKE YOUR TRIP EVEN MORE INTERESTING...


  • We know that, even though our tours offer a lot, you may want more. That's why we provide you with extra experiences which can be added to the standard tour.
    You can contact us once you've made the reservation of your chosen trip, or before you actually book it , and we will send you all the information about the available options and prices in those dates.

    Some examples...

    SPORT ACTIVITIES
  • Trekking
  • Sailboat rides
  • Balloon flights
  • "BIKE FIT"


  • ENJOY BARCELONA
  • Extra nights in Barcelona
  • Shopping
  • Cultural visits
  • FC Barcelona Stadium visit


  • AND MUCH MORE...
  • Sports massages
  • Bianchi  products
  • Grand Prix of Formula 1 and MotoGP in the Circuit of Montmelò...


  • Contact us if you have any idea or wish. There's a lot of possibilities and experiences that can make your trip unforgettable!!!



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