Cycling through La Rioja wine region

8 days exploring on two wheels the fertile land of La Rioja and tasting its renowned wines
  • Cycle through La Rioja wine region
  • Taste the fabulous local wines and indulge in the exquisite local tapas and pinchos
  • Fully supported guided tour. 60% Quiet minor roads and 40% mix of gravel roads and tracks

La Rioja is a broad valley of undulating vineyards and craggy hills, where walled hilltop towns reflect the turbulent times of earlier centuries. Our exploration on two wheels starts in the beautiful city of Burgos, the historic capital of Castile. Following the Via Verde cycle route, we continue into the heart of the Demanda mountain range and reach the fertile land of La Rioja. Surrounded by vineyards, we cycle across the gentle rolling countryside and taste the excellent wines and food produced in the region.


  • Day: 1 - Arrival to Burgos

    Transfer from Bilbao Airport to Burgos (approx. 1h30m). Burgos is the former capital of Castile and home to the impressive Cathedral, an outstanding example of Gothic architecture, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. In Burgos we have a chance to visit the splendid Gothic Cathedral (7 Euros payable locally) and to enjoy the local “Pinchos” that are typically had with a wine in the lively bars.

  • Day: 2 - Burgos - Pineda de la Sierra (47 km)

    We cycle out of Burgos along the Arlanzon River to the village of Arlanzon, where we join the Via Verde, an old railway track recently converted into a cycle path that gives us easy access into the Sierra de la Demanda with its oak, beech and pine forests. We spend the night in the quaint mountain village of Pineda de la Sierra, deep in the heart of the Sierra de La Demanda.

  • Day: 3 - Pineda de la Sierra - Viniegra de Abajo (59 km)

    Today's ride is relatively long but mainly downhill. We continue on the Via Verde path winding its way through the woods and then follow quiet country roads along the Najerilla River and the Mansilla reservoir, surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery.

  • Day: 4 - Viniegra de Abajo - San Millán de la Cogolla (43 km)

    We continue following the Najerilla River downstream and eventually turn west to climb up to the beautiful village of San Millan de la Cogolla, home to UNESCO-listed Yuso Monastery, birthplace of the modern Spanish language. Visit to the Monastery (6 Euros payable locally).. 

  • Day: 5 - San Millán de la Cogolla - San Vicente de la Sonsierra (44 km)

    Today we enter the wine growing region on the northern flank of the Ebro Valley and cycle to the mediaeval walled town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, along the popular Camino de Santiago historic route. We have a bit of time to explore its narrow alleyways, the Cathedral and the old Pilgrims' Hospital that make the town a Site of National Historic Interest. Back on our bike, we cycle to Briones, where we have the opportunity to learn about La Rioja region at the Museum of Wine Culture (11 Euros payable locally).

  • Day: 6 - Circular route along the Ebro River (39 km)

    Today we enjoy a circular route pedaling across the Rioja Alta region, dotted with tranquil hilltop villages. In Haro, we have the chance to visit a big, well established winery and taste some of their famous wines. We also enjoy the typical Pinchos and Tapas from the region in the main square of Haro before making our way back to San Vicente where we have the option to visit a small family run vineyard. (allow for approx 5 to 10 Euros for each winery visit, payable locally).

  • Day: 7 - San Vicente de la Sonsierra - Laguardia (30 km)

    Our final ride takes us east through more vineyards and wineries, including the Marques de Riscal wine cellars and its ambitious Wine Village project, planned by the Canadian architect Frank Gehry, who also designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. We will not have a chance to visit the winery but just seeing the building is very impressive. We continue to the beautiful medieval fortress town of Laguardia, perched high on a rocky hill, where we spend our last night.

  • Day: 8 - Return

    Transfer to Bilbao Airport after breakfast.

Prices and Dates

Dates and prices:

Quote on demand depending on number of travelers, hotels and services requested.


All our tours can include the following services:


  • Picnics, lucnhes and dinners
  • Bicycle and equipment hire 
  • Multilingual guide cycling with the group
  • Support vehicle
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Luggage transfers between accomodations
  • Winery and monument visits
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