The Basque Country

A tour to give a comprehensive vision of the Basque Country from the seat of a bicycle.
  1. 1 Arrival point Transfer to Vitoria

    Pick up from arrival point and transfer to Vitoria, the capital of the Basque Country. Time to enjoy a stroll around the Old Quarter and the impressive cathedral. In the evening you can visit the renowned tapas bars in the city centre.

  2. 2 Vitoria 96 km Estella

    Leaving Vitoria, we head eastwards towards Pamplona. We begin by circmnavigating the reservori of Ullibarri- Gamboa. A beautiful ride takes us through the Parque Nacional de la Sierra de Urbasa y Andía, with a side trip to the beautiful source of the Urederra.  Finally we arrive at the  town of Estella, situated on the Camino de Santiago, the famous old pilgrimage route known as the Way of St James. 96 km - 60 miles

  3. 3 Estella 48 km Pamplona

    A shorter ride today into neighbouring Navarra and its capital Pamplona, famous for the running of the bulls depicted in Hemingway's novel Fiesta. Here we will have plenty of time to explore the city and its atmospheric Old Quarter. 48 km - 30 miles

  4. 4 Pamplona 77 km Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

    Leaving Pamplona, we continue along  the Camino de Santiago towards France. We cross the lower Pyrenees, surrounded by the most beautiful scenery and then descend towards the village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port a picturesque and peacefull villages set in the lower hills of the Pyrenees, where the Camino de Santiago pilgrims often start. 70 km - 43 miles or 87 km - 54 miles

  5. 5 Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port 79 or 101 km San Sebastián

    We spend today cycling on the northern side of the Pyrenees through France. We reach the French Basque coast by Saint-Jean-de-Luz. A short train ride from Hendaye takes us to San Sebastián (those who wish to ride there may do so). This beautiful city has a fine bay, beaches, Old Quarter and fishing harbour. Last but not least is its incomparable gastronomy, second to none, where the multitudes of tapas bars compete with some of the best restaurants in the world. 79 km - 48 miles or 101 km - 63 miles

  6. 6 San Sebastián 72 km Lekeitio

    After San Sebastián, we turn westwards to follow the coast towards Bilbao. This is some of the finest coastal scenery inSpain. At times we ride along the water's edge; other times we ride high above it with the most fantastic views of the coast, interspersed with charming villages. Tonight's stop is at the picturesque fishing village of Lekeitio. 72 km - 45 miles

  7. 7 Lekeitio 35 or 110 km Bilbao

    Another ride along the impressive coastline. En route we see fishing villages in dramatic settings such as Elantxobe, completely surrounded by high cliffs. We cycle round the estuary of Urdaibai to finally reach the town of Guernica, subject of the painting by Picasso which depicted the horrors of war. From Guernica, a short train ride takes us into Bilbao to explore this fascinating city and take the chance to visit the world-famous Guggenheim Museum before we return home the next day. 35km - 20 miles or 110 km - 68 miles

  8. 8 Bilbao Departure

    End of trip. Pick up from Bilbao hotel and transfer to departure point. 

2017 Prices

1 person in double share - 1070 €

Single person - 1220 €

Bike hire - 99 € / Tandem hire - 158 € / E-bike hire 158 €

9 - 16 September 2017

  1. Personalise this tour for 6 or more riders

    Personalised tours are available for groups of 4 or more riders. You may like to add extra days, choose a different arrival day, modify the itinerary.

    Please contact us at info@iberocycle.com if you would like to personalise this tour.

  2. Who runs IberoCycle?

    IberoCycle is run by Simon Proffitt. Born in Lancashire, England, Simon has been resident in Northern Spain since 1985. He is a keen amateur cyclist and cycle-tourist, and is well acquainted with Spain and the Spanish way of life. 

  3. What is a guided tour?

    Guests are transported to and from arrival / departure points (these are specified in the route guides), unless otherwise stated in the tour descriptor. 

    Luggage is transported by IberoCycle to the next hotel. Cyclists carry just what they need for that day.

    A back-up vehicle and IberoCycle staff member supports cycling stages.

    There are normally 10 - 20 cyclists on each trip. Cyclists choose whether they cycle alone or with other cyclists.

    Clients do not cycle with a cycling guide.

    Cyclists are free in the evenings to dine with other members of the group or to do their own thing. Our representative will organise a meal for those who wish to dine in company.

    Routes have soft options for those cyclists who do not wish to cycle the full stage. Thus the routes are suitable for all levels. Non-cyclists may also participate using our transfer service.

    Cyclists are provided with our own detailed Route Guide and maps for their chosen route.

    Fitter cyclists may extend stages at will.

  4. What is included on a guided tour?

    Accommodation in double, twin or single room with en-suite bathroom 
    Breakfast
    Transport to and from arrival / departure points
    Information Pack with Route Guide and maps
    Luggage transport between hotels

    Accompanying vehice and guide (note that the guide does not cycle with the group)

  5. What are the arrival and departure points for the Basque Country tour?

    The tour begins in Vitoria. IberoCycle will generally organise a pickup from Bilbao centre or airport. Riders are also free to make their own way to Vitoria (good rail and bus connections to major cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, as well as a small airport).

    The tour ends in Bilbao. IberoCycle will transport riders to rail or bus stations, or Bilbao Airport on Day Eight.

  6. IberoCycle bikes

    Comfortable fitted and fully-equipped bikes for your cycling pleasure. We use exclusively Trek bikes on all tours except Camino de Santiago / Lanzarote / Portugal (please request information on bike used on these tours).

    You can either make arrangements to bring your own bicycles or hire Iberocycle's own models. Most airlines will carry bicycles for a small extra charge or even free. Cyclists who choose to hire will be provided with a comfortable quality bicycle to suit their particular measurements and preferences. We place great importance on getting the bikes right.

    Too many cyclists on trips with other companies have complained about past experiences where they have had to put up with uncomfortable saddles, the wrong sized bike etc. Measurements are requested on booking so the right bike is waiting for you on arrival.

    You are provided with hybrid-type tourist bicycles from Trek with conventional handlebars and with triple chain ring and easy-to-change gear ratios for comfortable and easy cycling. Road bikes may also be available on request.We can also provide tandems, which make for great cycling fun, and are also ideal for those with children.

    Click on the images below to vist the manufactuters' websites. 

    Ladies bike (Trek 7.2 FX) Men's bike (Trek 7.2 FX)
    Road bike (Trek 1.5 or 1.2) Female road bike (Trek Lexa)
    Tandem (a fun way to ride, and also ideal for helping smaller children - Dawes Duet)



    Equipment depends on the tour option chosen Luggage Service or Independent. Cyclists who choose to carry their own luggage will be provided with spacious waterproof panniers fitted on the rear of the bicycle. Those who take advantage of our luggage service will have their bicycles fitted with two lateral panniers with sufficient space to carry what they need for that particular day.



    Hybrid bikes will carry a handlebar bag, useful for carrying money, documents, camera and lots of other useful items which may be needed close at hand. This bag is easily removed it from its click fastening and carried around with the shoulder strap. They are also equipped with a rear luggage rack and one or two panniers, or a rear rack bag to carry just what you need for each day's cycling. Road bikes carry a seat post bag if required.

    In addition, all cycles are equipped with pump, spare inner tube, water bottle, bike lock and basic toolkit. Extras such as lights or toe clips are available on request. Iberocycle provides cyclists with a fine bicycle in tip-top condition to make cycling an absolute pleasure.

    Childrens Bikes

    Children's bikes, and child seats are available on request.

    Iberocycle Route Guide and Maps

    Full route directions and general information along with plenty of suggestions for your free days.

    Each tour has its own Route Guide. This booklet is designed to provide constant suggestions for routes and activities so cyclists are never alone but enjoy a supported independence.

    This Guide includes detailed route instructions along with interesting information on landscapes, towns and villages, monuments, alternative route suggestions, timetables for local trains and buses, tips on eating and drinking, an exhaustive gastronomic dictionary and a host of other useful information and suggestions to keep cyclists occupied. Routes are carefully described so no time is wasted on unnecessary deviations. Maps of the area are also provided to support the Route Guide.

    Trips that include more than one night in the same destination include optional round rides of differing lengths for these free days so cyclists will never be at a loose end.

Personalised tours are available for groups of 4 or more riders. You may like to add extra days, choose a different arrival day, modify the itinerary.

Please contact us at info@iberocycle.com if you would like to personalise this tour.