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The Girona Experience (Centred) (Grade 2)

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Overview

Holiday Overview:

The beautiful county of Empordà in Catalonia was an inspiration to Dalí and Picasso with its vineyards, Romanesque architecture, medieval villages, sun flower fields and much much more…. this county really is as amazing as it sounds. Girona is lucky enough to have over 100 km of dedicated cycle path, a path following the route of an ancient railway line from the volcanic park in the mountains of Olot to the sea and the small fishing village of Sant Feliu.

With four or five days of riding and all rides starting and finishing in the city, this trip offers you the chance to enjoy the diverse countryside returning each evening to explore the narrow streets of the beautiful medieval city of Girona.

The hybrid or trekking bike option is a "grade 2" difficulty tour with daily rides of between 40 and 50 km. This tour is suited to all riders with some basic cycling experience and a reasonable level of fitness.

Itinerary

Itinerary:

The Girona Experience (Centred) Cycling Holiday (6 Nights)

A beautiful centred tour exploring this beautiful area, with all the routes starting and ending in Girona!

Nights: 6
Grade: 2 (click here to see our cycling grades)
Terrain: Rolling plains, farmland, olive groves, vineyards, pine woods and the Mediterranean Coast . You will cycle on quiet country lanes, farm tracks and greenways.

Day 1, Arrival: Today you will arrive in the beautiful city of Girona, rich in culture and steeped in history Girona never fails to seduce you. The medieval quarter, the cathedral, the remains of the city walls and the Jewish quarter are just a few of the many attractions you are sure to visit over the next few days. Lodging in a 3 or 4 star hotel near the old quarter.

Day 2, Olot to Girona on the Greenways: Today you start your cycling adventure, you will be transferred  to Olot,  located in the centre of the ancient volcanic region called La Garrotxa. You then return to Girona on bike via the Carrilet, an old disused railway line now converted into a dedicated cycle path, you will travel through the stunning Catalan countryside running all the way back to Girona almost to the door of the hotel, you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful stone built mountain villages of Amer and Angles on route. (50 km)

Day 3, Vall de Llémena: On the second day you will explore the incredibly beautiful and rarely visited Vall de Llémena, a lush green valley to the west of Girona. The valley extends north west from Girona and the route follows the river Llémena passing the medieval village of Sant Gregori. After visiting the incredible 800 year old Font d’Adri fountain the recommended lunch stop is in the tiny village of Canet d’Adri famous for its restaurants. (40 km)

Day 4, Empordà: Today you will have the chance to visit some of the best preserved and typical medieval hill top villages of this unique county, Empordà is famous for its mesmerizing views and inspiration to Dali and Picasso. This route takes you to the villages of Madremanya with its vaulted main square and the market town of Corça. (50 km)

Day 5, Rest day in Girona: We recommend you take a well earned rest day allowing you to see some of the many beautiful and historic sights in Girona. Wander round the Jewish quarter and have lunch on the Rambla or just sit, relax and soak up the Catalan coffee culture!

For those who are desperate for more saddle time we have some optional rides available.

Day 6, Girona to Sant Feliu de Guixols on the Greenways: On the final day of your tour you will follow the second half of the Carrilet dedicated cycle path, an easy day with no navigation required at all. You will finish the ride by the beach in the old fishing village of Sant Feliu de Guixols and after a walk along the promenade you will be returned to Girona to enjoy one more night in this addictive city. (45 km)

Day 7, Departure: Today you depart with some great memories of your adventure in beautiful Catalonia, although we’re sure you will be back….

What your holiday includes:

  • 24/7  local support
  • Six nights in a 3* hotel, B&B (optional upgrade to deluxe 4* hotel)
  • Welcome meeting and bike fitting
  • Transfer to/from Girona Airport
  • Transfer from Girona to Olot on day two
  • Transfer from Sant Feliu back to Girona on day six
  • Detailed route notes
  • Local maps
  • Personal information pack including information about local history, culture, traditions, restaurants, shops and local attractions etc

Optional Extras:

  • Bicycle rent
  • Upgrade to a deluxe 4* hotel
  • Supplement half board
  • Supplement in a single room
  • Extra nights

Other Info

Other information (what to bring etc):

If you take the bike rental option we provide panniers, however if you have a small rucksack, that will be useful. When you stop en-route you can put any valuables into the rucksack whilst visiting attractions.

We also provide all the bicycle tools you will need for the holiday.

Travel Options

Travel Options:

There are regular flights from many European cities to Girona airport, the closest airport for this holiday, most of which are operated by Ryanair. The private transfer from Girona airport to your first accommodation takes approx 20 mins.

There is a wider choice of airlines flying into Barcelona including Ryanair and Easyjet. You need to take the shuttle train to Barcelona Sants from the airport; they leave every 30 mins and take approx. 20 mins. You then change trains at Sants and take a train to Girona, your accommodation is walking distance from the train station station.

The fastest train is the AVANT from Barcelona Sants to Girona, there are approx. 9 trains a day, take 38 mins and cost approx. 15.20 euros each way. You can buy the tickets at the station before you board the train.

The other option is to take a Regional or MD (Medium Distance) train from Barcelona Sants to Girona, there are approx. 20 trains a day, they take between 1 hr 17 mins and 1 hr 32 mins and cost between 8 euros and 10 euros each way. Again tickets can be purchased at the station before boarding the train.

Availability and Prices

Prices and Availability:

Prices 2017: 

DatesPrice (2 people
sharing a twin/
double Room)
14 Jan to 8 April€739
9 April to 17 April€889
18 April to 14 June€739
14 June to 12 Sept€889
13 Sept to 1 Dec€739
What your holiday includes:
  • 24/7  local support
  • Six nights in a 3* hotel, B&B (optional upgrade to a deluxe 4* hotel)
  • Welcome meeting and bike fitting
  • Transfer to/from Girona Airport
  • Transfer from Girona to Olot on day two
  • Transfer from Sant Feliu back to Girona on day six
  • Detailed route notes
  • Local maps
  • Personal information pack including information about local history, culture, traditions, restaurants, shops and local attractions etc

Optional Extras:

Bicycle rental (€ 99 per person for a Hybrid bike with panniers and all the relevant accessories)

Upgrade to a 4* deluxe hotel (€ 160 per person)
Supplement half board (€ 35 per night, 3* Hotel option only)
Supplement in a single room (Please contact us)
Supplement for a solo traveler (Please contact us)
Extra nights  (Please contact us)

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