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Mountains Countryside and Sea Tour – Short Tour

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Short Cycling Tour
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4 nights'/ 5 days
Availability : 1st April – 31st October 2018
Girona/Barcelona
Min Age : 10+
Tour Details
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Spectacular scenery framed by the Pyrenees mountains, carefully preserved thousand year old monasteries, lush green valleys, three rivers, rolling farmland with fields of orchards, sunflowers, vineyards, olive groves, coastal paths and unspoilt beaches not forgetting the medieval city of Girona – this cycling tour captures the breathtaking beauty of Catalonia.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival

We meet you at Girona Airport or Flaca Station (if arriving from Barcelona) and take you to the mountain town of Ripoll famous for its Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria. You will spend the first night at the comfortable La Sequia Molinar Hotel with beautiful modern designed rooms, friendly staff and free Wi Fi. Welcome drink in the bar, tour orientation, maps, bike fitting and dinner booked in the hotel’s restaurant.

Day 2Ripoll to La Rectoria ,Sant Miguel de Pineda

This morning you are ready to set off on your 140km journey from the mountains to the sea. The first section follows the old carrilet railway originally used to bring ore and coal down from the mines in Ogassa. The route takes you up through the valley to the town of Sant Joan de les Abadesse where you can stop for a leisurely lunch. Onwards now to Olot which lies within the protected area of the Natural Park of the Volcanic area of the Garrotxa.The route continues down the old railway south of Olot to just north of Sant Feliu de Palleros.

You arrive at La Rectoria, a beautifully restored rectory adjacent to the Vias Verdes cycle path. Roy and Goretti will assure you of a warm welcome. Roy was previously a chef at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh and Goretti was a whisky taster at Glenmorangie so after they prepare you a delicious meal you may even get to sample a wee dram!!

Level: Moderate
Distance: 55 km

Day 3Sant Feliu de Pallerois to Girona

This morning you pick up the narrow-gauge railway route which descends smoothly from Sant Feliu de Pallerois to Girona . The trail is in very good condition and has been fitted with new bridges, railings and signs. It crosses through magnificent scenery of great ecological and cultural value. It continues through the Garrotxa and reaches the Ter valley and on to the pasturelands of Salt and Girona. Tonight will be spent in the Hotel Llegendes situated in the old town (the Jewish Quarter) of Girona near the magnificent Gothic Cathedral and a few minutes walk from some lively tapas bars and restaurants.

Level: Easy to Moderate
Distance: 32km

Day 4Girona to the coast

After leaving Girona the trail crosses the Selva depression, characterised by a patchwork of croplands and forests. On a clear day you can enjoy a panoramic view of the eastern Pyrenees before crossing the Ridaura valley and skirting the edge of the Gavarres an area covered in unspoilt forest. The route runs gently down to Castell d’Aro then on to the fishing town of Palamos where you will stay for the next two nights’ in the Hotel Trias beautifully decorated in a colonial style overlooking the beach and the port. Dinner will be served in the Hotel.

Level: Easy
Distance: 43km

Day 5Departure

Transfer back to Girona airport or Express Bus from Palamos to Barcelona (cost approximately €14 or Barcelona airport €19)

What's Included
  • Prices include transfer to Ripoll from Flaca station if arriving from Barcelona or collection from and return to Girona airport. For people returning to Barcelona you take the bus directly behind hotel cost €18.
  • Bed & Breakfast for 4 nights'
  • 2 Dinners
  • Welcome glass of cava
  • 1 nights' accommodation in Hotel La Sequia Molinar in Ripoll - www.lasequiamolinar.com
  • 1 nights' accommodation at La Rectoria www.larectoriadesantmiquel.com
  • 1 nights' accommodation in the Hotel Llegendes www.llegendeshotel.com
  • 1 night in the Hotel Trias Palamos www.hoteltrias.com
  • Lightweight aluminium hybrid bike including water bottle, helmets, panniers if required, tool kit and pump.
  • There is also an eBike option with a supplement of 140€
  • Information pack which includes cycle route maps, your itinerary and hotel details, restaurant recommendations for the journey and emergency telephone numbers and contacts.
  • Transportation of luggage between hotels.
  • Please note that on Day 1 when you arrive at the hotel in Rippol you will be asked to pack a pannier for clothes/items you require for day 2 only. Your luggage will be transported to the hotel La Rectoria for your arrival on Day 2 and will be transported to all other hotels on your tour.
  • Services of Cycle Catalan. Emergency back up and assistance from support vehicle equipped with water and first aid kit. Maps, water bottles/ rucksacks
  • GPS, Maps, Locks, Helmets, Panniers

Please Note: We endeavor to book your first choice of hotels, however occasionally we offer you an alternative hotel of the same standard. You will be notified of any hotel change at the time of booking.

What's Not Included
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches, tapas, drinks, entrance fees, and evening meals not specified.
  • Additional night’s accommodation - You may want to extend your stay in Barcelona or Girona.
  • Express Bus from Palamos to Barcelona.
Prices based on double occupancy
  • LOW SEASON: April and October - € 955
  • MID SEASON: May, June & 16th to 30th September - € 1090
  • HIGH SEASON: July, August 1st to 15th September - € 1150
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Reviews

My wife and I have just completed the Mountains to the Sea cycling trip organized by Cycle Catalan. What a fantastic experience, 4 days of cycling (we opted to rest at the beach on the last day) through beautiful Catalonian countryside. For inexperienced cyclists like us, the 40-50 km each day was very manageable, punctuated by coffee and lunch stops in picturesque towns and villages.
Jordi our guide was very helpful and friendly, explaining our daily routes and offering a wealth of local knowledge.
Highlight for us were the hilly passage from Sant Joan de les Aberdesses to Olot, the beautiful Vall d’en Bas, and the excellent food and accommodation along the way.
Cycle Catalan understate the quality of the accommodation, especially La Rectoria de Sant Miquel de Pineda, Hotel Llegendes in Girona, and Hotel Trias in Palamós – very classy and great food.
We highly recommend this adventure.

John B
Canberra OZ