Valencia

Cycling Valencia and the Orange Blossom Coast

8 days
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£1,299
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Cycling
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
C07VA
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
New Cycling Holidays

Inland you discover typically Spanish villages and the Mediterranean coast is a delight to explore with wild beaches and ecologically important and diverse Nature Parks. This 7 night holiday takes in all that the region has to offer, starting with 2 nights in the wonderful city of Valencia, explore the Albufera wetlands to the south of the city where rice was first grown in Europe and the famous 'paella' dish so typical of Spain was created. Make sure you take plenty of time to explore the city of Valencia itself; the modern City of Arts and Sciences is a must and its contemporary buildings were built on the former riverbed of the River Turia. The historic old town area of the city holds the cathedral with a beautiful mixture of Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic styles, for a perfect view of the city, climb the 207 steps to the top of the Miguelete tower and enjoy the 360 degree view of the city. The gothic building of 'La Longa', the Silk Exchange is well worth a visit and has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1996.

After a short transfer inland you explore the off the beaten track inland valleys with pretty Spanish villages, some with their buildings dating back to the 13th and 14th century. Take a dip in the thermal spas of Montanejos where the crystal clear mineral waters are renowned for their rejuvenating qualities before following the river back towards the coast. The gentle coastal cycling takes you past secluded beaches and through the Sierra de Irta Marine Park where you can enjoy the natural environment at its best, before reaching your final destination in Peniscola, a charming town with a Templar castle and medieval walls surrounded by the sea with plenty of cobbled streets to explore.

Highlights

  • Explore the fascinating and vibrant city of Valencia, a real mix of historic and modern architecture, visit the iconic City of Arts and Science.
  • Cycle through the Albufera wetlands Natural Park, along quiet country roads, discover picturesque typical villages and bathe in the hot springs of Montenejos.
  • Follow the River Millars to the Orange Blossom Coast with fantastic views of the azure waters of the Mediterranean and stay in the seaside walled town of Peniscola.

Key information

  • 7 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
  • Cycling transfers on day 3 and 5
  • Countries visited: Spain

What's included

  • 7 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
  • Cycling transfers on day 3 and 5

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.

6

Days of Cycling
Day by day breakdown
Day 244.0km/27.0miles
Day 337.0km/23.0miles
Day 440.0km/25.0miles
Day 539.0km/24.0miles
Day 649.0km/30.0miles
Day 720.0km/12.0miles

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Itinerary

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Valencia
to
Peninscola
  • Day 1

    Arrive Valencia

    Explore the fascinating city of Valencia where you will stay for two nights, it is a city of contrast with its beautiful historic centre and the reknowned modern City of Arts and Science.

  • Day 2

    Circular route to the Albufera Natural Park

    Collect your bikes and taking cycle lanes to leave the city behind you will explore the renowned Albufera wetlands. Rice was first grown in Europe in this area and it is still surrounded by paddy fields, no wonder paella originated here. The freshwater lagoon is home to over 300 species of birds and there are plenty of opportunities to discover the fauna and flora. Cycle along the coast along the edge of the lagoon enjoying the wild beaches in this area.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Barracas to Mora de Rubielos

    A short transfer inland for you and your bikes today before cycling along the tracks of the Via Verde, a previous rail track. Continue along amongst beautiful landscapes and quiet country lanes before reaching the charming Mora de Rubielos where many of its monuments date back to the 14th century.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Mora de Rubielos to Montanejos

    An easy cycle today through the pretty, winding country lanes following the course of a river to finish in to the spa town of Montenejos with its delightful thermal waters. Take a dip in the crystal clear turquoise mineral waters known for their rejuvenating and skin cleansing qualities before exploring the town with its 13th century building built by the Arabic King Abu-Ceit

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Montanejos to El Grao de Castellon

    Another cycling day amongst mountains riding mostly downhill through the mountains today following the beautiful river Millars valley towards the coast to Onda. A short transfer to the coastal town of El Grao de Castellon where you can spend the afternoon on the beach and enjoy a seafood feast in its port!

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    El Grao de Castellon to Alcossebre

    Pedal past beautiful Mediterranean beaches on small coastal roads and paths, with plenty of chances to stop and enjoy the pretty Costa de Azahar (Orange Blossom coast). Don't forget to pack your suntan lotion and swimming things today!

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Alcossebre to Peniscola

    Today's route takes you through wild tracks, criss-crossing the Sierra de Irta Marine park which encompasses over 7000 hectares on land and over 2000 hectares of sea. Take your time, walk wherever you prefer, and enjoy the natural environment, the undisturbed virgin beaches and the breathtaking views of your destination; the wonderful and historic Peniscola, known as the city in the sea. Take time to visit the castle and wander through the steep, narrow, cobbled streets of its historic centre.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Departure from Peninscola

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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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 Valencia and the Orange Blossom Coast

Hotel
Hotel

You will find a range of hotels during your stay in the Valencia region, from the modern hotels of Valencia to the more traditional hotels inland and perfectly located seaside hotels, either on or just moments from the seafront.

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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