Fly to Bilbao; transfer to Burgos (approx. 1h30m). Burgos is the former capital of Castile and home to the impressive Cathedral, an outstanding example of Gothic architecture, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
After visiting the splendid Cathedral, we cycle out of Burgos along the Arlanzon River to the village of Arlanzon, where we join the Via Verde, an old railway track recently converted into a cycle path that gives us easy access into the Sierra de la Demanda with its oak, beech and pine forests. We spend the night in the quaint mountain village of Pineda de la Sierra, deep in the heart of the Sierra de La Demanda. Cycling distance: 47km
Today's ride is relatively long but mainly downhill. We continue on the Via Verde path winding its way through the woods and then follow quiet country roads along the Najerilla River and the Mansilla reservoir, surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery.
Cycling distance: 59km
We continue following the Najerilla River downstream across the Ebro Valley. We then climb up to the beautiful village of San Millan de la Cogolla, home to UNESCO-listed Yuso Monastery, birthplace of the modern Spanish language. Part of this complext has now been converted into a comfortable hotel and we have the privilege of spending the night in this unique place. Cycling distance: 43km
Today we enter the wine growing region on the northern flank of the Ebro Valley and cycle to the mediaeval walled town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, along the popular Camino de Santiago historic route. We have a bit of time to explore its narrow alleyways, the Cathedral and the old Pilgrims' Hospital that make the town a Site of National Historic Interest. Back on our bike, we cycle to Briones, where we have the opportunity to learn about La Rioja region at the Museum of Wine Culture and enjoy a wine tasting at the local Bodega.
Cycling distance: 44km
Today we enjoy a circular route pedalling across the Rioja Alta region, dotted with tranquil hilltop villages. In Haro, we have the chance to visit the century-old winery of Cune and taste some of their famous wines. We make our way back through quiet roads along the Ebro River, meandering through the lush valley. Cycling distance: 39km
Our final ride takes us east through more vineyards and wineries, including the Marques de Riscal wine cellars and its ambitious Wine Village project, planned by the Canadian architect Frank Gehry, who also designed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. We continue to the beautiful Mediaeval fortress town of Laguardia, perched high on a rocky hill, where we spend our last night. Cycling distance: 30km
Transfer to Bilbao; fly to London.