challenger tour • 80-100km per day
girona > pyrenees > alt empordà > cap de creus
from £1,450 per person
canet d'adri loop
30km • 450m elevation
The Bacchus team will welcome you at the airport in the morning and transfer you to your accommodation in Girona. After a typical Catalan pica pica lunch in the old quarter of town, unpack your bags in Hotel Historic and prepare for your first ride of the trip - a gentle 30km loop to Canet d’Adri and back.
On return, stop for an afternoon coffee or cerveza in one of Girona’s many charming cobbled backstreets. We will reconvene for a welcome drink followed by Empordà wine tasting and a 3-course dinner in recommended restaurant, El Probocador.
girona to camprodon
107km • 2,425m elevation
After breakfast we will weave our way out of Girona and head north-east into the Garrotxa National Park. Pause for a mid-morning coffee and sandwich stop in Les Planes d’Hostoles and then continue to Olot. Your Bacchus picnic lunch awaits - a selection of delicious local produce including jamón ibérico, local cheese, pate and fresh fruit & veg.
Refuelled, climb through Vall de Bac all the way to Camprodon, your overnight location that boasts spectacular views over the Pyrenees. Enjoy a couple cervezas by the river before sitting down to a well-deserved dinner in Camprodon.
camprodon to can xiquet
92km • 1,990m elevation
Depart from Camprodon after breakfast and launch straight into the first climb of the day over the Col d’Ares mountain pass into French Catalonia. Wend along 40km of quiet backroads before reentering Spain and taking lunch with a view in Tapis. Leave space for the penultimate climb of the day up to La Vajol - a leg-burner that will merit a lengthy siesta by the pool at Can Xiquet!
With panoramic views across the Cap de Creus, Can Xiquet is one of Bacchus’ favourite spots in the Alt Empordà. Stroll down the hill to Masia Serra for wine tasting with Jaume Serra, rated as one of the top wine makers in the region and trained at Chateaux Petrus. Return to Can Xiquet for a typical Catalan dinner and selected local wines.
After a leisurely breakfast, cruise through the Alt Empordàn plains towards the spectacular Cap de Creus National Park. Pause for a mid-morning café cortado in Garriguella before tackling the short climb to Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery. Savour the magnificent view over a lunchtime paella, prepared by Bacchus. Descend down to the coastline and into La Selva after lunch to visit the family-run Mas Estela, a charming vineyard hidden in the many contours of the Cap de Creus.
Nuria and Dider will welcome you for wine tasting and a short tour. With only 12km left from Mas Estela to Cadaques, arrive in time for a relaxed afternoon by the sea. Your accommodation for the night, Llane Petit, sits on the seafront and is walking distance from renowned restaurant, Compartir. Opened by 3 ex-El Bulli Foundation chefs in 2012, it is a Bacchus favourite! (Supplementary cost for tasting menu - €50)
can xiquet to cadaques
92km • 1,990m elevation
cap de creus
Sunrises at the most easterly point of the Iberian Peninsula are worth waking up for! If you wish, rise early for a 15km loop to the Cap de Creus lighthouse and then return for breakfast in Cadaques. This picturesque seaside town was where Salvador Dali drew inspiration for some of his most famous paintings.
If time permits, visit Dali’s house in Port Lligat before Bacchus provide transfers to Girona or Barcelona for your flight home.
price (based on *6-8 pax)
From £1,625 per person - see what is included below
From £1,350 per person – if you would like to travel at non-peak times, have a support vehicle but no cycle guide and forego some or all of the activities mentioned in the itinerary above.
Bells & Whistles
From £2,000 per person – if you would like an upgrade in bike, accommodation, tasting menu dinners and the inclusion of optional extras below
• Airport transfers from Barcelona or Girona
• Support vehicle
• Bacchus on Bikes host and ride leader
• 4 nights accommodation (twin rooms)
• All meals including wine (see itinerary for details)
• Wine tastings at Masia Serra and Mas Estela
• Bike hire
• Luggage transfer
• Travel Insurance
• Additional alcohol from wine list at meals
• Personal costs
• Bacchus Cycling Jersey
• Daily laundry
HOW TO BOOK
Please fill in the required details here. We will contact you within 24 hours to confirm your trip asking for a 30% deposit to be paid up front followed by the remaining sum no less than 8 weeks before arrival.
BIKES & support
If you wish to hire a bike, we use the 2018 Cannondale Synapse series – Shimano 105 & Ultegra group sets provide a smooth and comfortable ride with excellent handling and performance. The SRAM eTap Wireless HRD group set is new this season if you wish to experience the best of Cannondale.
Each day the support vehicle will be nearby should you need mechanical assistance. A member of the Bacchus team will lead you on each ride. With a passion for everything the region has to offer, from sailing, hiking and cycling to eating good food and drinking local wine, their invaluable local knowledge hopes to make your tour a memorable experience for everyone.