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Spain: Andalusia, Córdoba & Granada

Your bike tour in Spain will provide a myriad of sensory pleasures. Andalusia offers a feast for the eyes with scenic vistas and iconic whitewashed villages surrounded by mountains. Additional pleasures arise from the gardens, vineyards, and fragrant citric and olive groves. On your bike tour through Spain’s sunny south, you’ll explore magnificent palaces, meander through Roman ruins, and stop for delightful picnics with the region’s specialty cuisine at local farms. Feel a refreshing breeze as you pass mountain villages on a downhill glide, and listen for birdlife in a national park. Our carefully curated selection of accommodations ensures that you’ll end each discovery-packed day in comfort and style.

Tour Highlights

  • Embark on a guided tour of Córdoba featuring a visit to the amazing Mezquita.
  • Ride through olive groves and vineyards along the Ruta del Vino Wine Road.
  • Sangria!
  • Spin downhill past castles, Roman ruins, and mountain villages toward enchanting Granada.
  • Explore the Alhambra Palace—one of Spain’s biggest attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain mixed with moderate hills and is ideal for both beginner and experienced cyclists. Our VBT support vehicle is always available for those who would like assistance.

  • Daily Mileage: 18 - 45 miles|
  • Biking: 2 - 5 hours|
  • Group Size: 20
Activity Easy/Moderate Easy / Moderate
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
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Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Mar70º/47º

Apr73º/50º

May80º/56º

Jun88º/62º

Sep90º/64º

Oct78º/56º

Nov68º/49º

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Precipitation:

Mar1.4 in

Apr2.2 in

May1.5 in

Jun0.5 in

Sep0.8 in

Oct2.2 in

Nov3.2 in

Air Package

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One night in Palma del Rio and one night in Granada in conveniently located hotels Check
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14 meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Check Check

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Tue, Mar 7 to Thu, Mar 16 - 2023

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All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Air Packages, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

A VBT representative will greet you at the Seville airport to start your adventure off right. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel in Palma del Rio. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

After an included breakfast, meet your VBT trip leaders at the Palma del Rio hotel at 10:00 a.m.  Please ask for the exact location of the meeting at the hotel reception desk.

This morning, your trip leaders will host an informative tour overview as well as a safety and bike-fitting session, followed by a warm-up ride around Palma del Rio. You will be riding on the fertile lowland of the Guadalquivir River. Please be dressed for riding since your warm-up ride begins immediately follows the safety talk and bike-fitting.

After the warm-up ride, you will have time for lunch on your own at the hotel or at one of Palma del Rio’s restaurants. Spend the remainder of the afternoon relaxing by the quiet swimming pool, strolling through the vegetable gardens, or exploring the town’s sites. Ambitious riders may opt for an afternoon ride toward the foothills of the Sierra Morena.

Tonight, gather with your trip leaders and travel mates for a welcome reception, including tapas and sangria, two of Andalusia’s regional specialties. You’ll learn about the history of Spain and Andalusia before dinner is served.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Warm-up Loop — 13 km (8 miles)

Afternoon: Sierra Morena Loop — 27 km (17 miles)

What to Expect: Your ride in Andalusia starts with an easy warm-up loop. You will cross the Genil River as you exit town.  From there, you will see the fertile plain of the Guadalquivir River and pass a typical Andalusian farm called a cortijo. If you choose to ride after lunch on your own, you can cycle out of town toward the foothills of Sierra Morena, looping back down to the Guadalquivir River valley.

Cumulative Distance Range: 13 — 40 km (8 — 25 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En route to Córdoba, you’ll ride up to the foothills of the Sierra Morena Mountain Range and the Parque Natural de Horanchuelos. Following the Guadalquivir River, you will make your way into the Campiña Cordobesa-Córdoban countryside. Along the way, you’ll stop at a typical Andalusian cortijo, where you’ll meet a local family and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Later in the afternoon, you’ll arrive at your beautiful and centrally located four-star Córdoba hotel. In the 11th century, Cordoba was the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Europe with a well-developed system for running water and streetlights, along with vast libraries where Arabic, Latin, and Greek manuscripts were translated. Jews, Muslims, and Christians all coexisted in this cultural crossroads. Exceptional monuments like the Mezquita of Córdoba are a good representation of the blend of these different cultures. Famous sons of Córdoba include the philosophers Seneca (Roman), Averroes (Arab), and Maimonides (Jewish). Córdoba has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984.

Your hotel is a few steps from the Mezquita in the Judería—the charming Jewish district and the heart of Córdoba. It consists of ancient, private homes from the 17th and 18th centuries with lovely patios and fountains. The property was carefully restored in 2009.

Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure enjoying all the amenities of your hotel, or venturing out to explore Córdoba’s historic sites. Dinner is on your own.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Palma to Posadas (short option) — 33 km (20 miles)

Afternoon: Posadas to Lunch (medium option) — 15 km (9 miles) | Posadas to Lunch and Córdoba (long option) — 33 km (20 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride starts through Palma del Río and continues gently uphill toward Hornachuelos. You’ll leave the Guadalquivir River plain behind as you bike along the border of the Sierra. The ride is mostly easy but there will be some uphill cycling no longer than 1 kilometer (0.6 mile). By noon you will approach the quiet town of Posadas for a break. If you are taking the short option, you can take our shuttle to our lunch location. If you continue cycling from the town of Posadas after your break, you’ll cross the Rio Guadalquivir for an easy ride to the Cortijo el Temple for lunch. After lunch, you will shuttle to Córdoba or continue cycling on longer option which includes a series of hills to the outskirts of Córdoba. From there, you will be shuttled to the hotel.

Cumulative Distance Range: 33 — 66 km (20 — 40 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, meet your local guide and set out on foot. Start by visiting a nearby synagogue and then continue to the Mezquita.

Originally built as a temple, lighthouse, and warehouse, the Mezquita was once the second-largest mosque in the world and later consecrated as a Christian church after Córdoba was captured by the Spanish in the 12th century. Today, it is considered one of the world’s greatest examples of Moorish architecture. From the Mezquita, you’ll see the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, and the Archiepiscopal Palais, the Roman Bridge with 16 arches spanning the Guadalquivir River, as well as the synagogue built in 1315 in La Judería. Córdoba is also an excellent place to shop for pottery, silverwork, abanicos (fans), cotton and leather goods, embroidered mantillas (scarves), shawls, and wooden crafts. A Bullfighting Museum pays homage to the controversial sport.

Take time on your own this afternoon to explore the many sites and shops of Córdoba. You might want to enjoy an ancient local tradition: an Arab bath in one of the nearby hammams. Immerse yourself in its warm waters, followed by a relaxing massage with essential oils.

Tonight, choose a restaurant for dinner on your own in Córdoba. You might visit a flamenco house in front of the Mezquita or one of the restaurants in La Judería, the Jewish district, where you can also taste local specialties like caldereta de cordero, ragout of lamb, or sausages such as morcilla, caña de lomo, and salchichón de Pozo Blanco. Salmorejo and flamenquines are the most famous Cordovan dishes. Arab influences can be found in the sweet alfajores and pestiños with almonds and honey.

Non-Biking Day: Explore Córdoba

Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will leave Córdoba and shuttle to the Cordillera Subbética and the Ruta del Vino wine road. As the name suggests, this hilly region is full of olive trees and vineyards, producing and exporting excellent white wines and olive oils. One of the most renowned wines produced in this area is the Pedro Ximénez sweet wine, particularly recommended to complement local postres desserts. For lunch, you will stop at a beautiful bodega and taste locally produced wines with your meal.

From there you will ride toward the Subbética mountain range, where you have the option of cycling on the Via Verde rails-to-trails path all the way to the hotel. Avid cyclists looking for some hills can opt for a more challenging route.

Hacienda Minerva, your base for the next two nights, was built at the end of the 19th century. Abandoned for years, it was restored and repurposed as a hotel in 2004. The old machinery of the olive-oil mill still serves as part of the décor. Enjoy time to relax before you meet up with the rest of your group to learn how to make one of Andalusia’s most popular dishes this evening. Dinner will be served in the dining room of the hotel, which was once the pressing room of the oil mill.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Wine Road to La Primilla — 20 km (13 miles)

Afternoon: Easy after Lunch ride on the Via Verde — 13 km (8 miles) | La Primilla to Hacienda Minerva — 19 km (12 miles) | La Primilla to Hacienda Minerva Plus — 35 km (21 miles)

What to Expect: You will take a bus from Córdoba to the Montilla-Moriles hills, one of the famous wine regions of Andalusia, and start riding from Espejo, passing several lagares, farms where grapes are grown and pressed. You will stay on rolling terrain in the morning with just a few hills, arriving at Lagar La Primilla for lunch and a wine tasting. After lunch, you can shuttle to your starting point on the Vía Verde rails-to-trails path, where you can expect a beautiful easy ride to your hotel. Other riders may opt for some hills on the longer moderate ride to Hacienda Minerva.

Cumulative Distance Range: 20 — 55 km (13 — 33 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you’ll follow the bike path to Luque, passing peaceful farms, olive groves, and the lush, surrounding hillsides. As you pedal along the gently rolling path, keep your eyes open for a variety of birds, including two of the many protected species of this area: the peregrine falcon, symbol of the Natural Park of La Sierra Subbética, and the griffon vulture.  Alternatively, you may cycle on a nearby paved road to Luque for a hillier ride with additional mileage.

Near Luque, you’ll stop at a cortijo for a picnic lunch made from local ingredients freshly picked from the garden of your host, Balbino. This cortijo, simply known as El Cortijillo is famous for its prize-winning, organic olive oil.

After lunch, retrace your way to Hacienda Minerva on a scenic route, passing through the quaint whitewashed village of Zuheros. Built onto a rocky promontory, Zuheros is considered one of the most beautiful, “white villages” of Spain. It is also known for its castle with spectacular views, as well as its cheese and olive oil production. Take some time to enjoy the scenery, marvel in the views of the castle, and wander through the picturesque little streets.

From Zuheros you can take the easy Via Verde bike path back to the hotel or continue on a more challenging scenic route for additional mileage.

Back at the hotel, enjoy time to relax before your small group gathers to learn about the olive oil industry and why it is the main business in the area.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Via Verde to El Cortijillo (easy ride) — 21 km (12 miles) | Via Verde to El Cortijillo (moderate ride) — 31 km (19 miles)

Afternoon: After Lunch ride to Zuheros and Hacienda Minerva — 13 km (8 miles) | Zuheros to Hacienda Minerva Loop — 24 km (15 miles)

What to Expect: A beautiful and undulating route on the gentle Via Verde bike path leads from your hotel toward Zuheros and Luque through the Parque Natural de la Sierra Subbética. An alternative route can provide additional mileage and hillier terrain. Enjoy a lunch stop at El Cortijillo with an organic home-hosted meal. Fully fortified, you will follow a gorgeous route up to today’s highlight village, Zuheros, and then back down to the hotel. The afternoon ride includes a 1.2-mile (2-km) hill plus a few shorter climbs to reach the hilltop village of Zuheros. If you are looking for more mileage after arriving in Zuheros you may opt for a longer ride back to the hotel. The longer ride not only offers additional mileage but some hills for a rewarding challenge.

Cumulative Distance Range: 21 — 63 km (12 — 38 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you will start your morning ride in the small town of Benalúa de las Villas. Begin with a gradual descent through a valley with the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the distance and head towards the enchanting city of Granada. You will pedal through towns that were heavily fortified in the Middle Ages prior to the final conquest of Granada in 1492, including Colomera with its castle and towering church. As you continue on the Ruta de las Fortalezas, you will find traces of Roman influence, including a 2,000-year-old bridge. Leaving the mountains and small villages behind, you will enter La Vega Granada´s main valley and finish your ride with lunch and celebratory toast under the shade of pine trees with a cool breeze coming from the Cubillas Reservoir.

This evening, join your trip leaders for a festive farewell dinner and sample some regional culinary delights.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Ruta de las Fortalezas to Olivares — 25 km (15 miles)

Afternoon: Olivares to Campus Nautico — 21 km (13 miles) | Olivares to Campus Nautico Plus — 32 km (19.2 miles)

What to Expect: Your final ride takes you from the mountains north of Granada down to the Genil River lowlands. You will leave Benalúa de las Villas and head down a mountain valley with the impressive Sierra Nevada mountain range as the backdrop. You will pass a 2,000-year-old Roman bridge and the towns of Colomera and Moclín with their Arab fortresses and Christian churches. The ride is a gently rolling route with a continuous descent into the valley and along the Genil riverbank. More adventurous riders have the option of a slightly longer, more challenging ride with a few more hills.

Cumulative Distance Range: 25 — 57 km (15 — 34 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you will meet your local guide and walk to the Alhambra Palace for an included visit to the Palace and Generalife Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

After your visit to the Alhambra Palace, the rest of the day is yours to explore. VBT provides you with city information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Granada during your stay.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation to the airport will be provided (an approximate 40 or 90 minute drive, depending on departure airport and traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Spain: Andalusia, Córdoba & Granada

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Meet your VBT trip leaders and the rest of the group at the Palma del Rio Hotel (Monasterio de San Francisco, Avenida Pio XII 35, phone +34 957 710183) at 10:00 a.m. Please ask for the exact location of the meeting at the hotel reception desk. If your arrival at the hotel is scheduled for later than 10:00 a.m. or if you are delayed, please contact the Monasterio de San Francisco hotel, and the staff will pass your message on to your VBT trip leaders.

This morning, your trip leaders will host an informative tour overview as well as a safety and bike-fitting session, followed by a warm-up ride around Palma del Rio. You will be riding on the fertile lowland of the Guadalquivir River. Please be dressed for riding since your warm-up ride begins immediately follows the safety talk and bike-fitting.

After the warm-up ride, you will have time for lunch on your own at the hotel or at one of Palma del Rio’s restaurants. Spend the remainder of the afternoon relaxing by the quiet swimming pool, strolling through the vegetable gardens, or exploring the town’s sites. Ambitious riders may opt for an afternoon ride toward the foothills of the Sierra Morena.

Tonight, gather with your trip leaders and travel mates for a welcome reception, including tapas and sangria, two of Andalusia’s regional specialties. You’ll learn about the history of Spain and Andalusia before dinner is served.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Warm-up Loop — 13 km (8 miles)

Afternoon: Sierra Morena Loop — 27 km (17 miles)

What to Expect: Your ride in Andalusia starts with an easy warm-up loop. You will cross the Genil River as you exit town.  From there, you will see the fertile plain of the Guadalquivir River and pass a typical Andalusian farm called a cortijo. If you choose to ride after lunch on your own, you can cycle out of town toward the foothills of Sierra Morena, looping back down to the Guadalquivir River valley.

Cumulative Distance Range: 13 — 40 km (8 — 25 miles)

Included Meals: Dinner

En route to Córdoba, you’ll ride up to the foothills of the Sierra Morena Mountain Range and the Parque Natural de Horanchuelos. Following the Guadalquivir River, you will make your way into the Campiña Cordobesa-Córdoban countryside. Along the way, you’ll stop at a typical Andalusian cortijo, where you’ll meet a local family and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Later in the afternoon, you’ll arrive at your beautiful and centrally located four-star Córdoba hotel. In the 11th century, Cordoba was the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Europe with a well-developed system for running water and streetlights, along with vast libraries where Arabic, Latin, and Greek manuscripts were translated. Jews, Muslims, and Christians all coexisted in this cultural crossroads. Exceptional monuments like the Mezquita of Córdoba are a good representation of the blend of these different cultures. Famous sons of Córdoba include the philosophers Seneca (Roman), Averroes (Arab), and Maimonides (Jewish). Córdoba has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984.

Your hotel is a few steps from the Mezquita in the Judería—the charming Jewish district and the heart of Córdoba. It consists of ancient, private homes from the 17th and 18th centuries with lovely patios and fountains. The property was carefully restored in 2009.

Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure enjoying all the amenities of your hotel, or venturing out to explore Córdoba’s historic sites. Dinner is on your own.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Palma to Posadas (short option) — 33 km (20 miles)

Afternoon: Posadas to Lunch (medium option) — 15 km (9 miles) | Posadas to Lunch and Córdoba (long option) — 33 km (20 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride starts through Palma del Río and continues gently uphill toward Hornachuelos. You’ll leave the Guadalquivir River plain behind as you bike along the border of the Sierra. The ride is mostly easy but there will be some uphill cycling no longer than 1 kilometer (0.6 mile). By noon you will approach the quiet town of Posadas for a break. If you are taking the short option, you can take our shuttle to our lunch location. If you continue cycling from the town of Posadas after your break, you’ll cross the Rio Guadalquivir for an easy ride to the Cortijo el Temple for lunch. After lunch, you will shuttle to Córdoba or continue cycling on longer option which includes a series of hills to the outskirts of Córdoba. From there, you will be shuttled to the hotel.

Cumulative Distance Range: 33 — 66 km (20 — 40 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, meet your local guide and set out on foot. Start by visiting a nearby synagogue and then continue to the Mezquita.

Originally built as a temple, lighthouse, and warehouse, the Mezquita was once the second-largest mosque in the world and later consecrated as a Christian church after Córdoba was captured by the Spanish in the 12th century. Today, it is considered one of the world’s greatest examples of Moorish architecture. From the Mezquita, you’ll see the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, and the Archiepiscopal Palais, the Roman Bridge with 16 arches spanning the Guadalquivir River, as well as the synagogue built in 1315 in La Judería. Córdoba is also an excellent place to shop for pottery, silverwork, abanicos (fans), cotton and leather goods, embroidered mantillas (scarves), shawls, and wooden crafts. A Bullfighting Museum pays homage to the controversial sport.

Take time on your own this afternoon to explore the many sites and shops of Córdoba. You might want to enjoy an ancient local tradition: an Arab bath in one of the nearby hammams. Immerse yourself in its warm waters, followed by a relaxing massage with essential oils.

Tonight, choose a restaurant for dinner on your own in Córdoba. You might visit a flamenco house in front of the Mezquita or one of the restaurants in La Judería, the Jewish district, where you can also taste local specialties like caldereta de cordero, ragout of lamb, or sausages such as morcilla, caña de lomo, and salchichón de Pozo Blanco. Salmorejo and flamenquines are the most famous Cordovan dishes. Arab influences can be found in the sweet alfajores and pestiños with almonds and honey.

Non-Biking Day: Explore Córdoba

Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will leave Córdoba and shuttle to the Cordillera Subbética and the Ruta del Vino wine road. As the name suggests, this hilly region is full of olive trees and vineyards, producing and exporting excellent white wines and olive oils. One of the most renowned wines produced in this area is the Pedro Ximénez sweet wine, particularly recommended to complement local postres desserts. For lunch, you will stop at a beautiful bodega and taste locally produced wines with your meal.

From there you will ride toward the Subbética mountain range, where you have the option of cycling on the Via Verde rails-to-trails path all the way to the hotel. Avid cyclists looking for some hills can opt for a more challenging route.

Hacienda Minerva, your base for the next two nights, was built at the end of the 19th century. Abandoned for years, it was restored and repurposed as a hotel in 2004. The old machinery of the olive-oil mill still serves as part of the décor. Enjoy time to relax before you meet up with the rest of your group to learn how to make one of Andalusia’s most popular dishes this evening. Dinner will be served in the dining room of the hotel, which was once the pressing room of the oil mill.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Wine Road to La Primilla — 20 km (13 miles)

Afternoon: Easy after Lunch ride on the Via Verde — 13 km (8 miles) | La Primilla to Hacienda Minerva — 19 km (12 miles) | La Primilla to Hacienda Minerva Plus — 35 km (21 miles)

What to Expect: You will take a bus from Córdoba to the Montilla-Moriles hills, one of the famous wine regions of Andalusia, and start riding from Espejo, passing several lagares, farms where grapes are grown and pressed. You will stay on rolling terrain in the morning with just a few hills, arriving at Lagar La Primilla for lunch and a wine tasting. After lunch, you can shuttle to your starting point on the Vía Verde rails-to-trails path, where you can expect a beautiful easy ride to your hotel. Other riders may opt for some hills on the longer moderate ride to Hacienda Minerva.

Cumulative Distance Range: 20 — 55 km (13 — 33 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you’ll follow the bike path to Luque, passing peaceful farms, olive groves, and the lush, surrounding hillsides. As you pedal along the gently rolling path, keep your eyes open for a variety of birds, including two of the many protected species of this area: the peregrine falcon, symbol of the Natural Park of La Sierra Subbética, and the griffon vulture.  Alternatively, you may cycle on a nearby paved road to Luque for a hillier ride with additional mileage.

Near Luque, you’ll stop at a cortijo for a picnic lunch made from local ingredients freshly picked from the garden of your host, Balbino. This cortijo, simply known as El Cortijillo is famous for its prize-winning, organic olive oil.

After lunch, retrace your way to Hacienda Minerva on a scenic route, passing through the quaint whitewashed village of Zuheros. Built onto a rocky promontory, Zuheros is considered one of the most beautiful, “white villages” of Spain. It is also known for its castle with spectacular views, as well as its cheese and olive oil production. Take some time to enjoy the scenery, marvel in the views of the castle, and wander through the picturesque little streets.

From Zuheros you can take the easy Via Verde bike path back to the hotel or continue on a more challenging scenic route for additional mileage.

Back at the hotel, enjoy time to relax before your small group gathers to learn about the olive oil industry and why it is the main business in the area.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Via Verde to El Cortijillo (easy ride) — 21 km (12 miles) | Via Verde to El Cortijillo (moderate ride) — 31 km (19 miles)

Afternoon: After Lunch ride to Zuheros and Hacienda Minerva — 13 km (8 miles) | Zuheros to Hacienda Minerva Loop — 24 km (15 miles)

What to Expect: A beautiful and undulating route on the gentle Via Verde bike path leads from your hotel toward Zuheros and Luque through the Parque Natural de la Sierra Subbética. An alternative route can provide additional mileage and hillier terrain. Enjoy a lunch stop at El Cortijillo with an organic home-hosted meal. Fully fortified, you will follow a gorgeous route up to today’s highlight village, Zuheros, and then back down to the hotel. The afternoon ride includes a 1.2-mile (2-km) hill plus a few shorter climbs to reach the hilltop village of Zuheros. If you are looking for more mileage after arriving in Zuheros you may opt for a longer ride back to the hotel. The longer ride not only offers additional mileage but some hills for a rewarding challenge.

Cumulative Distance Range: 21 — 63 km (12 — 38 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you will start your morning ride in the small town of Benalúa de las Villas. Begin with a gradual descent through a valley with the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the distance and head towards the enchanting city of Granada. You will pedal through towns that were heavily fortified in the Middle Ages prior to the final conquest of Granada in 1492, including Colomera with its castle and towering church. As you continue on the Ruta de las Fortalezas, you will find traces of Roman influence, including a 2,000-year-old bridge. Leaving the mountains and small villages behind, you will enter La Vega Granada´s main valley and finish your ride with lunch and celebratory toast under the shade of pine trees with a cool breeze coming from the Cubillas Reservoir.

This evening, join your trip leaders for a festive farewell dinner and sample some regional culinary delights.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Ruta de las Fortalezas to Olivares — 25 km (15 miles)

Afternoon: Olivares to Campus Nautico — 21 km (13 miles) | Olivares to Campus Nautico Plus — 32 km (19.2 miles)

What to Expect: Your final ride takes you from the mountains north of Granada down to the Genil River lowlands. You will leave Benalúa de las Villas and head down a mountain valley with the impressive Sierra Nevada mountain range as the backdrop. You will pass a 2,000-year-old Roman bridge and the towns of Colomera and Moclín with their Arab fortresses and Christian churches. The ride is a gently rolling route with a continuous descent into the valley and along the Genil riverbank. More adventurous riders have the option of a slightly longer, more challenging ride with a few more hills.

Cumulative Distance Range: 25 — 57 km (15 — 34 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you will meet your local guide and walk to the Alhambra Palace for an included visit to the Palace and Generalife Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Due to hotel check-out times, please settle your hotel bill and check out prior to your included visit of the Alhambra Palace. After the tour, you will return to the hotel to collect your luggage and continue to your next destination. Your flight from Granada should not be scheduled to depart earlier than 3:00 p.m.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Spain: Andalusia, Córdoba & Granada

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  • 2 nights at the Las Casas de la Judería
  • Airport car service for arrival
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Air Packages, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Seville right by having a VBT representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Continue your independent exploration of Seville. This afternoon, your local guide will meet you at the Casas de la Judería and arrange transportation to Palma del Rio. The transportation departure time will be given to you upon your arrival in Seville.  Enjoy the remainder of the day and evening at leisure, exploring the small town of Palma del Rio.

Your hotel in Palma del Rio is Monasterio de San Francisco. This former Franciscan monastery was built in 1492 on the orders of VII Señor de Palma. About 20 years ago, it was turned into a charming hotel that preserves the simplicity and tranquility of a monastery. The arrival of Europeans in America is part of the building’s history, since the Franciscan monks based here founded American missions, took their language and customs to the New World, planted the famous orange groves in California, and opened the Mission de Palma del Rio in San Diego. Columbus spent time here before setting out for his journey, as the monastery was a strategic and powerful center of learning and culture. The cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego owe their names to this region’s monasteries and holy places. Today, guests can drink orange juice (in season) from the garden’s 65 orange trees, some of which are five centuries old.

VBT provides you with city information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Palma del Rio during your stay.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Airplane

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2023 2022

2022 Pre-Trip Extension - Seville

2 Nights From $395 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $95

  • 2 nights at the Las Casas de la Judería
  • Airport car service for arrival
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Air Packages, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip. 

Start off your first day in Seville right by having a VBT representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Continue your independent exploration of Seville. This afternoon, your local guide will meet you at the Casas de la Judería and arrange transportation to Palma del Rio. The transportation departure time will be given to you upon your arrival in Seville.  Enjoy the remainder of the day and evening at leisure, exploring the small town of Palma del Rio.

Your hotel in Palma del Rio is Monasterio de San Francisco. This former Franciscan monastery was built in 1492 on the orders of VII Señor de Palma. About 20 years ago, it was turned into a charming hotel that preserves the simplicity and tranquility of a monastery. The arrival of Europeans in America is part of the building’s history, since the Franciscan monks based here founded American missions, took their language and customs to the New World, planted the famous orange groves in California, and opened the Mission de Palma del Rio in San Diego. Columbus spent time here before setting out for his journey, as the monastery was a strategic and powerful center of learning and culture. The cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego owe their names to this region’s monasteries and holy places. Today, guests can drink orange juice (in season) from the garden’s 65 orange trees, some of which are five centuries old.

VBT provides you with city information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Palma del Rio during your stay.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Airplane

Air Package Only

2023 2022

2023 Post-Trip Extension - Malaga

2 Nights From $545 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $295

  • 2 nights at Palacio Solecio
  • Transportation from Granada to Malaga
  • Guided walking tour of Ronda
  • Guided walking tour of Malaga
  • Airport car service for departure
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

After an included breakfast this morning, you continue your bike tour through Spain by boarding a private coach and traveling first to the iconic hill-top town of Ronda, and then continuing on to your centrally located luxury boutique hotel, 18th-century former palace, in the heart of Malaga, just a minute’s walk from the Picasso Museum.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your local guide and walk to the center of Malaga for an included guided walking tour.

This afternoon you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation to the airport will be provided (an approximate 25 or 90 minute drive, depending on departure airport and traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Airplane

Air Package Only

2023 2022

2022 Post-Trip Extension - MALAGA

2 Nights From $595 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $345

  • 2 nights at the Parador De Malaga Gibralfaro
  • Transportation from Granada to Malaga
  • Guided walking tour of Ronda
  • Guided walking tour of Malaga including transportation
  • Daily dinner (one glass of wine or beer included)
  • Airport car service for departure
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

After an included breakfast this morning, you meet your local guide at 9 am, to continue your bike tour through Spain by boarding a private coach and traveling first to the iconic hill-top town of Ronda, and then continuing on to your classic Parador hotel overlooking the seaside city of Malaga. Please ensure you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your local guide at 9 am and drive to the center of Malaga for an included guided walking tour.

This afternoon you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation to the airport will be provided (an approximate 40 or 90 minute drive, depending on departure airport and traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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This was the best VBT trip I've had. Great biking,and mix of culture. Excellent unique hotels,and our guides were extremely fun and happy to share their culture.

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Great way to experience Andalusia from rural, small town, big city. Very much impressed with it all.

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