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Segovia and la Ribera del Duero. Bike & Wine.

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    Cycling
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    Moderate
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    Total distance - 350 km
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    3rd category roads 15%
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    Minor roads 75%
  • Duration - 8 nights, 9 days
  • Dates - from April to October
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    Dirt tracks 10%

This tour will take you through some of the most beautiful villages in Spain’s heartland. The tour starts in Segovia. The city is famous for its historic buildings, which includes three landmarks: its Roman Aqueduct, its Gothic style cathedral, and the ‘Alcázar’ – from the arabic voice Al-Qasr – meaning ‘castle’, which served as an inspiration in Disney’s Cinderella’s Castle. The city center was declared of World Heritage by UNESCO in 1985. 

Throughout the tour you will visit some of the most bucolic and astonishing villages in the Iberian Peninsula – Pedraza, Sepúlveda, Ayllón -, and you will cycle along breathtaking landscapes through the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park.

Itinerary

1. Segovia (World Heritage City).Segovia

This tours starts in the city of Segovia, world heritage site since 1985. Segovia will surprise you for the beauty of its ancient architecture. You will spend two nights in Segovia. Walk around, get immersed in the charming ambience of its historic quarter and discover the hidden jewels of this friendly and wonderful city.

2. Circular route to Segovia (Historical Royal Palaces). 38km-24 milesCircular route to Segovia

The first cycling day will take you to two of the most significant royal palaces in Spain. First, you will visit the Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso, an early 18th century building at the foothills of the Guadarrama mountains. With its baroque style, its french gardens and its sculptural fountains, this palace was the summer resicence of the Spanish kings since the reign of Philip the 5th and nowadays is a public museum.

Then the route will take you to the Palacio Real de Riofrío, an Italian style edifice surrounded by a quite forest with deer and fallow deer.

Finally, you will return to Segovia to keep enjoying this wonderful city.

3. Segovia to Pedraza. 49km-30 milesSegovia to Pedraza

Today you will be cycling through quiet roads and stunning landscapes.  The sunshine, the warmth and a pleasurable ride will take you to the town of Pedraza. This is surely one of the most beautiful walled towns in Spain – your imagination will no doubt go all the way back to the middle ages. Take your time to explore every corner of this astonishing place.

4. Pedraza to Sepúlveda. 42km-26 miles.Pedraza to Sepúlveda

Today’s cycling day will take you all the way to the Duraton Canyon, one of the most awe-inspiring places in the region and home to the largest population of griffon vulture in Europe. You will see hundreds of them flying around you.

At the end of the cycling day you will reach Sepúlveda, another well preserved medieval village which allow us not only to travel through space, but also through time . 

5. Sepúlveda to Peñafiel. 55km-34 milesSepúlveda to Peñafiel

Today you will cycle into the region of «La Ribera del Duero», quite famous for its amazing wines to finaly reach the town of Peñafiel, which is best known for the Peñafiel Catle and for its medieval square named «Plaza de Coso» . The square is surrounded by private homes, but since medieval times the rights to use their windows, balconies and doorways during bullfights are owned by the town. We don´t like bullfighting at all but is part of the story of our country.

In Peñafiel are located some of the most relevant wineries in Spain and we can arrange a visit to one of them on request.

6. Peñafiel to Aranda de Duero 43km-27 milesPeñafiel to Aranda de Duero

This beautiful cycle for the river Duero will take you through vineyards to the historic town of Aranda del Duero in the province of Burgos, well-known for its wonderful wines and capital of the «Ribera del Duero» region. 

You can visit some winery as well and enjoy the local food and bars.

7. Aranda de Duero to Ayllón 50km-31 milesAranda de Duero to Ayllón

Today you will discover the ancient town of Ayllón, of probably Celtiberian foundation. It was destroyed by the Romans under the command of Marco Fulvio Nobilior in 190 BC. Repopulated during the Arab occupation in the 10th century, it was named Aellon for the first time in 1076.

You will reach this wonderful village after a cycling day along quiet roads through evocative landscapes of the Spanish plateau.

 You will come across the historic town of Maderuelo, where we will walk through its streets and discover the most interesting places that this Segovian town treasures. This town has been declared a Historic Site for its beauty and its historic heritage. History that you will breath in every corner.

8. Ayllón to Riaza Ayllón to Riaza 49km-30 miles

Another beautiful day travelling through the province of Segovia to discover the so called Pueblos rojos – red towns, of ferruginous sandstone; the Pueblos negros – black towns of slate; and the Pueblos amarillos – yellow towns, of quartzite based constructions. The geological diversity of this area immerses us in a colorful journey. An exiting day full of contrasts on the foothills and slopes of the Sierra de Ayllón.

The medieval town of Riaza is one of the most beautiful towns in the province of Segovia. In 1970 it was declared a Historic-Artistic Site. 

Price list

  • Basic Price per person in double room975€
  • Single room supplement 365€
  • Solo traveler supplement 495 €
  • Half Board 175 €
  • Trekking bike rental100 €
  • E-bike rental180 €
  • GPS Rental30€
  • Transfer Madrid to Segovia (up to 6 people)140€
  • Transfer Riaza to Madrid (up to 6 people)180€
  • Transfer Riaza to Segovia (up to 6 people)120€

Should you like to spend extra nights in one of the locations, please let us know in your inquiry and we will give you a quote

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FAQ

Bike Rental -When we'll be getting the bikes?

One member of our staff will be waiting for you at the hotel’s reception hotel to hand the bikes over you in the morning of your first cycling day at 9:30. If you prefer to settle a diferent time, just let us know and we will try to help.

The bike mechanic will adjust the bikes and solve all your possible doubts or queries.

Will we get GPS Tracks?

Sure, we will provide you GPS Tracks and detailed information to upload the tracks in your mobile phone or GPS device. You can also hire a GPS device per group for 30€.

Do you provide support in case of any trouble?

Of course. We will be taking care of you during your holidays. We have an emergency phone number where you can get in touch with us in case of any trouble. We will do our best to help you with any difficulty you may have.

What equipment is included with the rental bikes?

We will provide you with: Helmet (we recommend to bring your own one), a rear pannier and map holder per person and pump, lock, multi-tool, spare inner tubes, tire levers and patches for every two people.

Which airport should I fly to?

The nearest airport to Segovia is Madrid International Airport. Then you have to make your way to Chamartín Train Station and take a high speed train to Segovia. It takes 25 minutes. This is the link to the Spanish Railway Company http://www.renfe.com

If you come from Europe or UK and do not want to fly, please let us know and we will provide you with all the information on hot to get to Spain by train.

What kind of accommodations or hotels will we have?

We work with very nice 3 stars hotels in the city center of Segovia.

The hotels in the rest of the places are charming family run rural hotels. You will like all the hotels for sure.