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JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE RIOJA

Jules Verne's Unwritten Journey

LUXURY bike trip by stages in SPAIN along the paths, villages, vineyards and caves of LA RIOJA

SELF-GUIDED BIKE & WINE trip
From 5 to 7 days
Minimum group 1 people

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BIKE & WINE = Cycling + Vineyards + Mountains + Caves + Gastronomy + Wines

End of day in Marques de Riscal. In the background; Laguardia
Late Fall. In our opinion the best time to visit La Rioja
Hole in the clouds over Nalda, IREGUA VALLEY, Rioja Oriental
Starting the day from "The City of Wine" of Marqués de Riscal, our lodge for 2 days in the CENTER OF THE RIOJA
The author of Journey to the Center of the Rioja posing for the camera in the vicinity of Laguardia
MACAN winerie and wineyards, the Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia project in La Rioja.
HARO STATION, a fundamental place in the oenological history of La Rioja

This proposal combines the very best of our PUNTOS BIKEs in LA RIOJA, the Hotel GRAN VÍA 4* in the center of LOGROÑO, the indisputable Luxury Resort of The City of Wine Marqués de Riscal 5* in ELCIEGO, the historic convent actualy rebuild as Hotel Eurostars Los Agustinos 4* in HARO, and the Boutique dreamed of and brought to fruition by Ariane de Rothschild, that is Palacio de Samaniego 4*+ in SAMANIEGO

This is our PLATINUM CLASS BIKE & WINE trip at LA RIOJA, a 5 or 7 days Sports / Gastronomic experience of the highest quality. The greatest exponent of LA RIOJA PUNTO BIKE trips.

Note that in order to provide the highest level of privacy and comfort, each participant will have
- Single Room -

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We are convinced that if Jules Verne had included LA RIOJA in his visit to Spain in 1878, the history of the great works of universal literature would have been different.

If, instead of sailing the Iberian Peninsula with his boat, he had ridden on horseback (in the absence of bicycles), if he had entered the endless vineyards of LA RIOJA, if he had visited its by then already ancient wineries, and above all; if he had tasted his wines... we have no doubt that his immortal novel would have been titled:

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE RIOJA

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With these 3 tabs you can get a global idea of our proposal.

In the tab The Hotels you can see our selection of lodges.

In Gastronomic Experiences we show you the "Sanctuaries of Riojan Gastronomy" that we have chosen for this trip.

And in the tab The Full Trip you can see the result of combining the 2 previous tabs with the cycling route itself. That is; the typical Travel schedule.

Hotels for Journey to the Center of the Rioja bike route

Below we show our usual selection of accommodations for Journey to the Center of the Rioja

Our PUNTO BIKE in LOGROÑO, is set in the Hotel GRAN VÍA, the best choice in town if we need to blend lodge and BIKE.

We speak about a 4-star establishment well sited in the center of the town and strongly involved in a large part of the sports and gastronomic activities linked to LOGROÑO.

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One of the most relevants LODGES of LA RIOJA PUNTO BIKE in any of our wine areas is without any doubth the stay at the "The City of Wine," that is; the Hotel / Winerie of MARQUES de RISCAL in Elciego.

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Below we show our selection of Gastronomic Experiences for Journey to the Center of the Rioja

Gastronomic Experiences

TONDELUNA - LA GALERÍA

For the arrival to Logroño we have proposed two differents options of "encounter" with the Riojan gastronomy.
One of them by Luisa Barrachina and the well-known Riojan chef Francis Paniego (3 Michelin stars) in the TONDELUNA Restaurant, and another one by the chef José Félix Rodríguez in the innovative LA GALERÍA

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TONDELUNA is a modern, informal and fun place that has prepared a FUENTES del VINO menu to introduce cyclists of the route to some of the secrets of modern Riojan cuisine.

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www.tondeluna.com


LA GALERÍA is a space with minimalist architecture whose walls periodically house traveling exhibitions of painting artists, filling the space with art and color.

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The menu FUENTES del VINO menu consists of a tasting always adapted to the season in which we visit the city, and we leave it in the hands of José Félix Rodríguez, a cook who trained at the Santo Domingo School and then continued to cultivate and develop his art in houses like Arzak, Martín Berasategui, Koldo Royo, Aitor Basabe and Ferrán Adriá.

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www.restaurantelagaleria.com


One of the most relevants GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCES of all the Stages of LA RIOJA PUNTO BIKE is without any doubth the afternoon / night that we spend in the "The City of Wine," That is; the Winerie of MARQUES de RISCAL in Elciego.

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We could talk about the spectacularity of this building built in the purest Guggenheim style, but it would not be fair since there is much more.
The complex encompasses the oldest winery in Rioja alongside the spectacular bulding designed by internationally renowned architect Frank O. Gehry and 3 different restaurants. We have chosen the one awarded with the prestigious Michelin Guide award with 1 Star and 2 Suns by the Repsol Guide.
That is, we have decided that for our Gastronomic Experience we put ourselves in expert hands and do not think too much ourselves.

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Life at Marqués de Riscal turns around food and wine. From its inception in 2006, the hotel´s gastronomic personality has been dominated by chef Francis Paniego, whose admired restaurant "El Portal del Echaurren" in nearby Ezcaray has long been a leading light in the culinary world of La Rioja.
The chef brings to the hotel both his peerless command of traditional riojano cooking and the contemporary flair that has won him two Michelin stars in Ezcaray and one star here at Elciego.

So this is what awaits us after the visit to the winery, which we will do in the last tour of visits, the one before dinner.

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Gastronomic Experience CASA NUBLO in Haro under development

www.nublorestaurant.com

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Gastronomic Experience TIERRA y VINO in Palacio Samaniego under development

www.palaciodesamaniego.com

   
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  • Day 1
    • Arrival at Logroño
    • Lodge at Hotel GRAN VÍA 4*
    • Gastronomic Experience LA GALERÍA
  • Day 2
    • Circular route: Iregua Valley - different bike levels and styles
    • Lodge at Hotel GRAN VÍA 4*
    • Gastronomic Experience TONDELUNA
  • Day 3
    • Stage: Logroño - Elciego - different bike levels and styles
    • Lodge at Hotel MARQUÉS de RISCAL 5*
    • Gastronomic Experience 1860 TRADICIÓN
  • Day 4
    • Circular stage: Ebro Basin - different bike levels and styles
    • Lodge at Hotel MARQUÉS de RISCAL 5*
    • Gastronomic Experience Rest MARQUÉS de RISCAL (1 Michelin Star)
  • Day 5
    • Stage: Laguardia - Haro - different bike levels and styles
    • Lodge at Hotel LOS AGUSTINOS 4*
    • Gastronomic Experience - EXPERIENCIA NUBLO (1 Michelin Star)
  • Day 6
    • Stage: Haro - Samaniego - different bike levels and styles
    • Lodge at Hotel SAMANIEGO LUXURY RESORT 4* +
    • Gastronomic Experience TIERRA y VINO
  • Day 7
    • Stage: Samaniego - Logroño different bike levels and styles
    • Lodge at Hotel GRAN VÍA 4*
    • Gastronomic Experience - under development -
  • Day 8
    • After breakfast, end of LA RIOJA PUNTO BIKE services.
    • Transfer to Airport or any other transport station - if hired -

   
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JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE RIOJA

In addition to what its name accurately indicates, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE RIOJA is above all a trip to the most modern and traditional aspects of Rioja's Stellar Gastronomy, and to the most modern and ancient aspects of its lodging.

Both the stimulating "Guggenhenian" Marques de Riscal, building, designed by Frank Gehry, which will welcome us at ELCIEGO, as well as the dazzling and innovative restoration that we will discover at the SAMANIEGO, Palace, Ariane de Rothschild dream come true, attest to this.
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Chozo El Bombon at La Rioja at fall


ALERT!

If you are looking for typical routes in the style of the Camino de Santiago or other similar popular routes, perhaps you are not on the right website.

If you insist a lot, maybe we could ... but by default in LA RIOJA PUNTO BIKE we avoid the busy and well-known paths.

Our specialty is "the route" and what that means is that our Tracks or our Guides will take you through secluded and carefully selected places so that the Experience is truly "Singular" and "Exclusive".

If we get to know each other, you´ll know what we are talking about.

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Stage A: Circular Logroño Iregua Valley
Distance 54 / 39 km - Unevenness 525 / 280 m

Stage B: Logroño - Elciego
Distance 35 / 25 km - Unevenness 325 / 260 m

Stage C: Circular Elciego South
Distance 52 / 29 km - Unevenness 560 / 470 m

Stage D: Elciego - Haro
Distance 52 / 32 km - Unevenness 430 / 390 m

Stage E: Haro - Samaniego
Distance 38 / 24 km - Unevenness 420 / 350 m

Stage F: Samaniego - Logroño
Distance 48 / 31 km - Unevenness 790 / 350 m

Standar Option 6 Stages
Distance: 279 km   Unevenness: 3.050 m

SLOW Option 6 Stages
Distance: 180 km   Unevenness: 2.100 m


Standar Option 4 Stages B + D + E + F
Distance: 173 km   Unevenness: 1.965 m

SLOW Option 4 Stages B + D + E + F
Distance: 112 km   Unevenness: 1.350 m

Stage A: Circular Logroño Iregua Valley
Distance 54 / 39 km - Unevenness 525 / 280 m

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The walls of Portal de Cameros close the Iregua Valley to the South. The Village of Islallana will be the return point in this first circular stage A of JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE RIOJA

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Vineyards of Iregua Valley in La Rioja Oriental.

Panoramic view over Entrena

Medieval town of Entrena, ecuador of today stage.

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Bikers of La Rioja Bike Race 2021 crossing the Iregua Valley .

Wineyards of Iregua-Valley 200 Monges wines

Terraced "Singular" vineyards, typical of the Iregua Valley. Below, the "result", the renowned 200 Monges wines from Vinícola Real winery.

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Long sections of lonely tarmacs between Logroño and Fuenmayor.

Terroir in La Rioja Oriental

Los Silos, clasical Terroir in La Rioja Oriental.

   
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Stage B: Logroño - Elciego
Distance 35 / 25 km - Unevenness 325 / 260 m

Ebro, Lonely river reflections in the Ebro river

In the vicinity of Logroño the Ebro is already a lonely river.

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Autumn atmosphere in the surroundings of El Cortijo.

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Riding through the "singular" vineyard Viña Lanciano, of LAN caves.

Vineyards of Marques de Riscal

Demanding ramps in the tarmacs among vineyards of Marqués de Riscal. Elciego.

Ebro basin

We advance parallel to the Ebro. The river hides behind the line of trees fed by itself.

End of the stage at Laguardia

Spectacular end of the stage in The City of Wine The Luxury Resort of Marqués de Riscal Wineries in Elciego.

   
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Stage C: Circular Elciego South
Distance 52 / 29 km - Unevenness 560 / 470 m

Davalillo Castle Davalillo Castle seen from the vineyard

Davalillo Castle, impressive watchtower over the territory of La Rioja. Among its main functions was to watch over the ford that the Ebro river hides at that point.

Wineyeard at fall

November in Najerilla basin near Najera.

Wineyeard at fall

Terrois in Alto Najerilla.

Hut in El Bombon

Chozo El Bombón, Contador and Macán Wineyards.

   
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Stage D: Elciego - Haro
Distance 52 / 32 km - Unevenness 430 / 390 m

Hut on the roads of the Ebro Hut in La Veguilla

Chozos, characteristic element of the Riojan vineyard. Normally of simple construction and sometimes more spectacular, like this one in the La Veguilla vineyards.

Barrio Bodegas Rodezno

Barrio de Bodegas in Rodezno - Rioja Alta

Cyclists in the vineyard

Variety of vines on the banks of Ebro river.

Davalillo Castle in november

Cantabria Range and Davalillo Castle in november.

Haro in the vineyard

En of stage, Haro the "Capital of Rioja".

   
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Stage E: Haro - Samaniego
Distance 38 / 24 km - Unevenness 420 / 350 m

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Chozo inside the wineyards on the country near Haro. The Cantabria Range closes the picture.

Fountain in San Vicente

Replenishing energy and water San Vicente de la Sonsierra.

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Imposing monumental complex Church / Castle and medieval bridge in San Vicente de la Sonsierra.

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Impresive landscape; MACAN winerie under the Cantabria Range, the Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia project in La Rioja Alavesa.

   
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Stage F: Samaniego - Logroño
Distance 48 / 31 km - Unevenness 790 / 350 m

Dry lagoon of Carralogroño

Spectacular autumn in La Rioja. Carralogroño dry lagoon in the vicinity of Laguardia. In the background the Cantabria Range.

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Dolmen de La Hechicera in the vicinity of Elvillar, a good place to rest in "eternity".

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On the way to Logroño.

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During today's stage the Cantabria Range is the clear protagonist.

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Dolmen La Huesera, prehistoric monument between Laguardia and ElVillar.

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Dolmen El Encinar, the last of the series of 3 dolmens that are visited in today's stage.

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A large part of today's stage takes place in the lands of Navarra. On the horizon the mountain called "The Sleeping Lion".

Walled town of Labraza

In the walled town of Labraza the route leaves the slopes of the Cantabria Range and descends towards the Ebro basin. We leave behind the sections with slopes that have given this last stage a somewhat more demanding character.

   
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TARIFFS 2023

Journey to the Center of the Rioja

6 Stages / 7 Nights
Minimum group 1 people

4.700 €
Prix par person

3.940 €
Prix par person if you decide share the room

4 Stages / 5 Nights
Included stages: B + D + E + F
Minimum group 1 people

3.260 €
Prix par person

2.760 €
Prix par person if you decide share the room

For groups larger than 10 people customized budget will be send

Pack hired with Pirineos PUNTO BIKE CIF 15954000-G -Travel Agency-
Inscribed in the Tourist Registry of Navarra with Code CI. NA-128

Check here for detailed Contract conditions

INCLUDED

  • 7 or 5 nights of accommodation with breakfast
    The number depends on the chosen Pack
  • 7 or 5 Dinner in format of Gastronomic Experience
    The number depends on the chosen Pack
  • Transport of luggage between hotels
    1 bag or package per person
  • Travel and sport insurance
  • Tracks of the route in GPX format for mobile phones or GPS devices
    Warn us if you prefer them in another format
  • Explanatory printed map-sketch of the different route options for each stage
    One per stage
  • Telephone assistance for incidents or consultations during the days of the contracted activity
  • Presentation of the route and delivery of information in hand the day of the arrival of the group to the hotel or the morning of the next day

NOT INCLUDED

  • Beers or other consumptions outside the proposed menus in the dinners or during the stay in hotels
  • Meals in restaurants at the time of the noon, unless it has been agreed previously to replace dinner with meals
  • Any kind of sports material, helmets, shoes, etc
  • Mechanical Assistance during the activity
    If possible, we will try to help you in case of a breakdown, but in many situations this help can be very limited due to lack of specific spare parts or other circumstances. The cost of the service if it can be done is € 18 per hour + € 0.40 per kilometer.
  • Anything not expressly indicated in the offer

OPTIONS

  • Airport/station pick up
  • Include in the group no cycling companions
  • Bicycle rental. Road, electrics or hibryds.
    We put them at the starting point of the route together with a mechanic to adjust them to your sizes.

FAQ

  • Philosophy: The tour is designed so that the stages can be completed and we still have a large part of the day to enjoy the place where we are.
       However, if you want more hardness, we will give you MORE.
  • Best time to go: The route can be done at any time of the year as long as there is no snow, something unusual in La Rioja.
       Spring and Autumn are usually the most pleasant seasons; in Summer it can be very hot and we must take more precautions.
       Anyway, at the end of autumn the days are short, but more than enough for our purpose. The vineyards of La Rioja "burn" red in those days, and the experience of immersing ourselves in that sea of red vineyards becomes something almost. So if you can afford to choose those dates, there is no question. This is the "Star" moment to visit LA RIOJA
  • Orientation: The route is followed by a GPS track.
  • Provisioning: La Rioja is not a desert. We will find towns with water and other services without too many difficulties.



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