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Cycling through the Unspoilt Costa Blanca

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£1,299
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Cycling
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
C06CB
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Self-Guided Cycling

This 6 night holiday allows you to discover the unspoilt inland area of Alicante discovering pretty Spanish villages and the Mariola National Park before enjoying two nights by the beach in the charming towns of Denia and Javea.

Nestled on the edge of the Sierra Mariola mountains, your holiday starts in Biar, with its 12th century castle situated on the top of a hill with beautiful views across the landscape, visit the medieval town with steep narrow streets before cycling through the valley through vineyards and olive groves before reaching the next hilltop town at Bocairent where the historic centre takes you back in time. Discover the 'city of bridges' of Alcoi, essential for crossing the 5 rivers that criss-cross the town and explore the heady scents of the flora of the Sierra de Mariola Natural Park before following the river and heading towards the coast. Arrive in the seaside towns of Denia, situated at the foot of a hill crowned by the well preserved castle and historic Javea. Both enjoy beautiful beaches where the azure waters of the Mediterranean lap the sandy shores

Highlights

  • Cycle through vineyards and amongst olive, almond and orange blossom groves.
  • Easy cycling exploring the inland area of the Alicante region, along quiet country roads visiting charming Spanish towns off the main tourist trail.
  • Enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean coast; Denia sitting at the foot of a hill, atop which sits the castle and Javea with its white sand beaches and old town with remains of the city walls.

Key information

  • 6 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3-star and 4-star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • Headwater navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Countries visited: Spain

What's included

  • 6 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3-star and 4-star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • Headwater navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
  • Solo traveller supplements (where only one person is travelling on a departure date)

  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Arrival & departure transfers when making a land only booking (available for a supplement)
Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Cycling
Day by day breakdown
Day 224.0km/15.0miles
Day 320.0km/12.0miles
Day 440.0km/25.0miles
Day 533.0km/21.0miles
Day 621.0km/13.0miles

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Itinerary

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Biar
to
Javea
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Biar

    Arrive in Biar, nestled on the edge of the Sierra Mariola mountains. Take time to visit the old medieval town with steep narrow streets climbing to the majestic 12th century castle at the top.

  • Day 2

    Biar to Bocairent

    Collect your bicycle and cycle along quiet country roads and tracks through the Vinalopo valley alongside vineyards and olive groves before reaching the historic hilltop village of Bocairent. With its winding streets and monastery inside a cave, as well as houses carved into the rock, it is said to be one of the prettiest towns in the province.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Bocairent to Alcoi

    Today's cycle takes you through the Sierra de Mariola Natural Park, after an initial climb, pedal through the park, rich with the smells of aromatic and medicinal plants and Mediterranean pine woodland. Arrive in the typically Spanish town of Alcoi known as the city of bridges and lying in the foothills at the confluence of the River Serpis.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Alcoi to Villalonga

    A delightful day cycling along the valley of the Serpis River as it heads downstream, passing through the Serpis Limestone Canyon Natural Park as you start to cycle towards the coast and your charming 19th century hotel in Villalonga at the foot of the La Safor mountains.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Villalonga to Denia

    An easy days cycle from Villalonga through orange groves as you reach the Mediterranean coast today. Take time to relax at the beach as you arrive at your waterfront hotel in the pretty coastal town of Denia which is overlooked by its castle and has well preserved ancient walls and bastions.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Denia to Javea

    Your last cycle today from Denia to Javea skirts the most important landmark between these two towns; the Montgo Mountain, as you cycle to your beachside hotel in historic Javea. Here you can explore the ancient narrow streets and visit the 15th century gothic church of San Bartolome or simply relax on the terrace by the pool or on the beautiful beach.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Departure from Javea

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Cycling through the Unspoilt Costa Blanca

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Characterful and charming hotels welcome you to this unspoilt area, with stunning rural settings, art nouveau style and converted 19th century houses. Relax in your seafront hotels and enjoy an aperitif before dinner overlooking the ocean.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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