Girona Cathedral - Spain

GIRONA - SPAIN

Christmas Cycling in Girona: Guided Road Bike Tour

Guided 6 days € 1,999

Spend the festive Christmas season in the wonderful region of Girona and discover a whole new community of passionate cyclists. Whether you join as a couple or as a solo traveller, this experience will bring you joy, challenges and memories of an original Christmas spent exploring the beauty of this Catalan landscape.

Style
Road cycling
Gain
9,000 m
Distance
575 km
Level
Medium

Tour overview

A FESTIVE CHRISTMAS CYCLING TOUR TO REMEMBER

Try something new this Christmas and join this guided road-bike tour through the heart and hinterlands of Girona, the cycling Mecca of Catalonia in north-east Spain. Ride the Costa Brava, climb Girona’s highest hills and discover the beauty of the Catalan landscape in winter.

This is a great option for couples, solo travellers or anyone who’s looking to balance the Christmas festivities with a week’s worth of quality cycling and socialising. You will be guided along your route each day by expert English-speaking guides who live here all year round and know this area like the back of their hand. You will get to sample traditional Catalan cooking, including hearty stews and meat dishes, discover some of the most beautiful rides in this beautiful corner of the world, and enjoy cosy evenings with your new group of friends.

You will be accompanied by a support vehicle throughout the tour, on hand to provide water, nutrition or mechanical assistance when needed. The staff-guest ratio and support is second to none from start to finish, and the tour is designed to give you an experience that will stay with you for years to come. The flexible itinerary also offers riders the opportunity to extend or shorten the ride depending on their fitness level.

Start point
Girona City Centre
End point
Girona City Centre
See program for full itinerary
Flying in
Barcelona El Prat Airport
Flying out
Barcelona El Prat Airport

Flights not included. Direct flights available at lastminute.com

Highlights of your cycling trip

Fantastic Hotels

All the hotels along the route have been carefully chosen to provide you with the best possible experience. Once fully rested and refuelled, you'll be ready to tackle each big day as it comes. The hotel caters for cyclists and has secure bike storage.

Iconic Climbs

Over the course of this exclusive six-day tour, you’ll tackle some of the most beautiful and well-known climbs in the area. Professional cyclists are no stranger to this area, so don’t be surprised if you see them coming speeding past! This really is a bucket-list location and an unmissable opportunity to ride through one of the most beautiful landscapes in Spain.

Catalan Cuisine

Discover the delicious and hearty Catalan cuisine and taste fresh, local ingredients at breakfast, picnic lunches on the road and generous dinners to refuel at the end of each day. Catalan food includes the famous botifarra sausages, sure to give you the energy you need to reach the top of your climbs, canelons (the Catalan version of ravioli) and the every popular appetiser, pa amb tomàquet, thin and crispy bread laced with delicious olive oil and tomato.

Tour destination

CATALONIA

Catalonia is where the love of biking knows no bounds. Explore the Terra Alta or Girona's greenways, or hit the magnificent mountain passes for a spot of MTB. Catalonia is the land of great cyclists. It gives you roads, paths and greenways for a bicycle excursion perfect for all levels. For decades, the hundreds of cycle touring associations in the country have been creating space in the Catalan local road network. On weekends, the curvy roads and steep hills are the perfect places for bike-lovers to cruise around with friends for the sheer pleasure of the sport.

  • Weather

    The weather in Catalonia does not disappoint. Whilst the region does get cold in winter, and can experience some rainy days in Spring and Autumn, the majority of the year is hot, dry and sunny. Make sure you pack your sun cream (even in winter!) and a waterproof jacket just in case you get caught out in a shower!

  • Terrain

    Catalonia is a beautifully varied region in terms of terrain. Whilst it is predominantly covered in hills and mountains, there are some wonderfully flat areas covered in vineyards or that run parallel to the coast. It is home to some magnificent geographical wonders, such as Montserrat Mountain, the Montseny mountain range and the Pre-Pyrenees region, all well-trodden routes among cyclists from far and wide.

  • Culture

    Catalan culture is a melting pot of history and tradition. Most people born in the region are raised bilingual, speaking both Castilian Spanish and Catalan. The traditions unique to this area are as surprising as they are unmissable, featuring human towers (known as a castell in Catalan), ‘fire-runs’ (or correfocs) and spring onion barbeques (called calçotades). We promise they’re all worth experiencing if you are lucky enough to witness them!

Accommodation during your tour

Luxury Accommodation

A luxury four-star hotel in the centre of town.
4* Hotel Carlemany

The Hotel Carlemany is a stylish hotel in the centre of Girona offering comfortable rooms, friendly staff and a dedicated bike storage room. We will be staying here for the duration of the tour. A delicious breakfast buffet is included with your stay to ensure you will be fuelled and ready for the day of riding.

Tour itinerary

Your guide to a perfect cycling tour

Banyoles Lake
  • Distance
    47-90 km
  • Elevation
    500-1,300 m

Day two will start with a hearty breakfast at the hotel before setting off for our first Christmas ride. We will head north out of the city in the direction of Banyoles, a nearby town that is home to an impressive lake. We will split into two groups once we reach Banyoles, and those who want to add on some extra kilometres and elevation will continue to climb Rocacorba and cycle the lanes of Canet d-Adri. We will meet back at the hotel in the afternoon and you can enjoy some free time exploring the city in the evening. 

Getting there

Information to help you book your flights and get around.

Any questions about flights and transfers? The Epico team is here for you. Ping us via the chatbot in the corner of your page or send an email to [email protected]

Flying in

Fly in airport options: Barcelona El Prat Airport

When best to arrive: The morning of Day 1 of the tour

Where the tour starts: Girona City Centre

Transfers: Available upon request

Flying out

Fly out airport options: Barcelona El Prat Airport

When best to depart: The afternoon of Day 6 of the tour

Where the tour ends: Girona City Centre

Transfers: Available upon request

Tour essentials

What’s included in your cycling trip.

  • Luxury Accommodation

    5 nights in a wonderful 4* hotel in a shared room with en-suite facilities. Single rooms are available as an additional extra.

  • Meals

    A buffet breakfast is included each day, as well as 3 evening meals and the all important Christmas lunch. Any coffee stops, lunches and additional meals will be paid for at the rider’s own expense.

  • NH_malaga - Hotel food buffet
    Nutrition During The Rides

    You'll be fuelled from start to finish with the on ride nutrition and snacks provided during the day.

  • Support vehicle
    Guide and Support

    Throughout the tour you will have experienced guides riding with you as well as have a mechanic on standby for any necessary work needed.

  • mechanic
    Mechanical Support

    Mechanical service in case of breakdowns (does not include spare parts in customer bicycle repairs).

Cycling bottle

What’s not included in your cycling trip.

  • Flights

    Flights are not included in the tour package. We have suggested which flights and airports are best suited for this tour but should you have any doubts or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

  • Health & Travel Insurance

    We strongly recommend that you obtain a dedicated health insurance that covers your sports activities. Reach out to us if you have questions about the insurance.

  • Transfers

    Transfers to and from the airport are not included in the price of this tour but can be organised upon request. Please let us know if you would like us to look into transfers when you book your place on the tour.

Extra
Road Bike Rental
From only €200 for the entire trip!

It’s not always easy travelling with a bike but fear not, you can rent one and benefit from a 10% discount as being a part of this tour.

The options range from a state-of-the-art Factor bike, an Italian-made Basso, or a Ridley, designed in cycling’s heartland of Belgium.

All our bikes are supplied with compact 50-34 chainsets & 11-30 or 11-32 cassettes and with a variety of sizes available, we can ensure your bike fits you perfectly to ensure maximum comfort for the duration of your trip.

Please feel free to contact us for more information or any preferred choices.

Factor O2 VAM road bike
Brands and models may vary.

Fitted to you and ready to ride!

Extra
E-Bike Rental
Part of a stronger group of riders? Rent an e-bike and make your tour even more inclusive!

If you need a bit of a boost or would like to take on the tour at a bit more of a leisurely effort, then why not rent an e-bike for your tour?

Using an e-bike opens you up to new possibilities and can allow you to take on even more than you imagined. Also, if you are part of a group of varying abilities or you are coming back from a recent injury, an e-bike will allow you to enjoy the tour on the same level as everyone else. 

If you would like to rent an e-bike for your tour, please select this option at checkout.

Focus Paralane Road
Focus Paralane e-assist road bike

Fitted to you and ready to ride!

More things to maximise your cycling trip

  • Additional Nights

    The tour starts in the morning and ends in the evening, plus airport transfers take time. We recommend that you fly in the day before and fly out the day after to maximise your trip and avoid unnecessary rushing. You can book these two additional nights during the booking process. Please contact us to arrange this and if there is anything specific you may require.

  • Single Room Upgrade

    If you’d like a whole room to yourself, that’s no problem. For an extra €399 for the trip duration, you can enjoy the comfort of your own room. You can select this option when you proceed to book your tour.

  • Airport Transfers

    Transportation that best suits your needs for you and your bike with our local providers can be arranged to ensure you get to and from the tour start and finish with ease. If you are in need of a transfer, please let us know during your booking process.

Booking options

Choose when you want to travel

Don't see the travel dates you want or have a special request, such as adding a non-rider, please contact us.

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Thursday 22 December 2022
Tuesday 27 December 2022
Thursday 21 December 2023
Wednesday 27 December 2023
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