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Shimmering coasts, mountain vistas, and medieval villages frame each and every day of your Costa Brava bike tour.

Guided Biking

  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 35|
  • Biking: 2 - 4 hr|
  • Group Size: 22
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Starting From

10-day Bike Vacation + Air Package

$3,995

7-day Bike Vacation Only

$2,995

Per person, double occupancy

Spain: Girona & Costa Brava

Cycle along shimmering coasts, through medieval villages and past historic castles during VBT’s Costa Brava bike tour. The vast Mediterranean Sea greets you as you ride past picturesque farmlands, coastal vistas, and fruit orchards. Along the way, explore quaint villages and immerse yourself in local life. Dive into the thriving art community amid the fascinating stone buildings in the village of Peratallada; allow gentle winds to carry you through the cobbled streets of Baix Empordà; learn about cider production during a private tour and tasting; and explore Empúries which features some of the most important Greek and Roman ruins on the Iberian Peninsula. Each and every day of your journey is framed by lush farmlands, sunflower fields, and stunning mountain views.

What to Expect

This tour offers easy terrain throughout the trip and is ideal for beginning cyclists; however, there may be some challenging hills for non-enthusiastic riders. VBT’s van support shuttle is always available for those who would like assistance. Some roads may have busier traffic during the popular months of June and first two weeks of September.

  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 35|
  • Biking: 2 - 4 hr|
  • Group Size: 22
Activity Easy Easy
Cycling
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Tour Highlights

  • Learn about the personal life of artist Salvador Dalí during a visit to Púbol Castle.
  • Pedal a rural landscape past fields of sunflowers, fruit orchards, and rice fields.
  • Enjoy a scenic private cruise along the Costa Brava.

Climate Information

Temperatures

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Mar61º/44º

Apr64º/47º

May69º/54º

Jun76º/60º

Sep78º/62º

Oct71º/55º

Average
Precipitation:

Mar1.6 in

Apr1.9 in

May2.3 in

Jun1.6 in

Sep3.4 in

Oct3.6 in

What's Included

Bike Vacation + Air Package

Bike Vacation Only

Roundtrip international airfare Check
Transfers to and from international airport Check
One night in Girona and one night in Barcelona in conveniently located hotels with breakfasts included Check
* Please note: For travelers taking the optional Post-trip Extension, the last night of the Air Package (Day 9) will be spent at the Hotel Saratoga in Mallorca instead of the Hotel 1898 in Barcelona. Check
6 nights in 4-star hotels Check Check
13 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 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

Thu, Apr 8 to Sat, Apr 17 - 2021

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Depart home for Spain. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary and airline tickets.

Upon arrival at the Barcelona airport, claim your luggage. If your luggage is delayed, fill out a PIR form before leaving the baggage claim area. VBT representatives are not allowed into the baggage claim area. Please make certain your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you. After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall, where your VBT representative will make arrangements for your transfer to your hotel in Girona, the cultural capital of Catalonia. Transfer time is approximately 90 minutes.

VBT provides you with City Information which includes recommendations on what to see and do in Girona during your stay. You will have the rest of the day to relax or begin your exploration of the city. Your hotel room may not be available until 3:00 p.m., but you may store your luggage at the reception desk.

Accommodation: Nord 1901, Girona
Included Meals: None

This morning, meet your local guide at the hotel and set off on a walking tour of Girona’s Old Town. Discover this city’s ancient past as you cross the Onyar River into one of Europe’s largest Jewish quarters. You will also pass the Church of St. Felix and the town’s splendid Cathedral, which boasts one of the world’s largest Gothic naves. After your stroll, don your cycling clothes and shuttle to the foothills of the nearby Pyrenees, where you’ll meet your VBT trip leaders.

Afterward, attend a short orientation and bike-fitting and begin your warm-up ride through scenic mountain valleys and along Lake Banyoles. Pause along the shore of the lake to enjoy a picnic lunch.

Back in Girona tonight, your small group gathers for a welcome cocktail reception before enjoying a delicious dinner poolside at the hotel (weather permitting).

Cumulative Distance Range: 12 km (7 miles)
Today’s Ride Choice:
Morning
Warm-up: 12 km (7 miles)

What to Expect: Get acquainted with your bike as you cycle on easy paved roads which are similar to the routes you will have throughout your Costa Brava bike tour. You will ride on a combination of two-lane country roads with light traffic and at times on more heavily trafficked roads. Occasionally, you will have the opportunity to ride on a designated bike path. This easy scenic ride takes you to the shores of Lake Banyoles, Catalonia’s largest natural lake. The lake was the rowing venue for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics and today is a popular training location for rowers.

Accommodation: Nord 1901, Girona
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The first full day of your Costa Brava bike tour begins with a scenic ride into the heart of the historic Baix Empordà province of Catalonia, where you’ll stop at the medieval village of Púbol. Here, you’ll visit Púbol Castle, purchased by Salvador Dalí in 1970 as a gift for his wife Gala. Enjoy a glimpse into Dalí’s personal life and witness his many talents as you gaze at original paintings, sculptures, and custom-designed furniture. You can also admire some of Gala’s haute couture dresses, designed exclusively for her by Christian Dior. Gala chose her beloved Púbol Castle as her final resting place and is buried in the cellar’s mausoleum.

Later, ride through lush farmlands and small villages where you may enjoy lunch at your leisure in one of the village cafés. After lunch, you’ll cycle to the coastal village of Platja de Pals for your first night on the Costa Brava. Tonight, meet the hotel owner before enjoying a special dinner in the hotel’s celebrated restaurant.

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 18 – 48 km (11 – 30 miles)
Morning
Púbol to Ullastret: 18 km (11 miles)
Afternoon
Ullastret to Sa Punta Hotel: 16 km (10 miles)
Begur Challenge Loop Plus: 14 km (9 miles)

What to Expect: From Púbol, ride through the scenic Catalonian landscape. Your ride will take you on narrow country roads past farms and through forests with some rolling hills. If you would like a longer ride, you can enjoy extra cycling through the countryside, occasionally sharing the road with passing cars. Once at your hotel take the longer option with its rewarding elevation gain.

Accommodation: Hotel Sa Punta, Platja de Pals
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, you’ll ride into a lush, rural landscape past sunflower fields, fruit orchards and rice paddies, and then step back in time in Baix Empordà s medieval villages. Coasting into Pals, you will be charmed by cobbled stone streets and an impressive Gothic Quarter whose facades feature distinctive windows, stone balconies and semicircular arches. The town’s Roman wall with its four square towers and the Romanesque clock tower—Torre de les Hores (Tower of the Hours)—dates back to the 4th century. After you explore this historic village, enjoy lunch at your leisure.

In the afternoon, continue cycling to the village of Peratallada. Its name translates into “carved stone”—an apt label, as most of the buildings were built from stone taken from the moat that still partially encircles the village. This remarkable town has been declared a historic artistic monument. Its dominant structure is the Castle of Peratallada, dating to 1065 AD. Restoration of this now privately owned castle revealed traces of a Bronze Age settlement. Take some time to visit some of the artists’ galleries before getting back on your saddle for your return ride to your hotel. You are at your leisure this afternoon to relax by the lovely swimming pool or stroll down to the nearby beach.

This evening, enjoy a sumptuous dinner in your hotel’s elegant dining room.

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 26 – 49 km (16 – 30 miles)
Morning
Hotel to Torrent and Peratallada: 26 km (16 miles)
Afternoon
Lunch to Pals and hotel: 23 km (14 miles)

What to Expect: Enjoy a morning of easy riding as you glide into Pals. In the afternoon, continue cycling to the village of Peratallada. Additional riding is available after your exploration of Peratallada. Cycling on narrow country lanes and some busier roads, you will pass medieval villages before ending with an uphill ride to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Sa Punta, Platja de Pals
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, you’ll cycle toward your home for the next three nights on the Mediterranean. Today’s leg of your Costa Brava bike tour leads you along scenic country vistas with the spectacular snow-capped Pyrenees in the distance. Your destination is the province of Alt Empordà (upper Empordà), north of Baix Empordà (lower Empordà). Take a break from riding as you pass through a lovely apple orchard and learn about the cider production in this special region of Spain. You’ll get to enjoy some of that local cider while eating lunch.

In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic ride past a medieval water mill before arriving in the village of Parlava. Here, you may continue riding or shuttle to our Mediterranean beachfront hotel. Once at the hotel, wander along the waterside cycling path into the town of L’Escala or treat yourself to one of the hotel’s many spa options.

This evening, enjoy dinner on your own in one of the hotel’s restaurants or walk along the beachside cycling path to a restaurant in the neighboring village of Sant Martí d’Empúries. This small village was first settled by the Greeks in the 6th century BC and later became an important medieval political center. It continues to maintain much of its historic charm, so it’s easy to imagine what life may have been in that bygone era.

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 19 – 55 km (12 – 35 miles)
Morning
Hotel Sa Punta to MOOMA and Lunch: 19 km (12 miles)
Afternoon
Lunch to Parlava: 14 km (9 miles)
Parlava to hotel Plus: 22 km (14 miles)

What to Expect: A glorious morning ride traverses apple orchards framed by the snow-capped Pyrenees. After lunch, you may shuttle to your Mediterranean beachfront hotel or continue cycling past a medieval water mill, through Parlava, where you may shuttle to your Mediterranean beachfront hotel in L’Escala.

Accommodation: Hostal Spa Empuries, L’Escala
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, you will shuttle 45 minutes to the bucolic mountain town of Cantallops near the border of France for the starting point of today’s ride. You will cycle through a rural landscape of vineyards and olive and cork trees before meeting your trip leaders, who will prepare a lovely picnic lunch for your enjoyment.

Later, continue riding to one of the most important sites in the area: the perfectly restored Peralada castle. You will complete your cycling today in the village of Vilabertran, famous for the Santa Maria de Vilabetran monastery as well as for being the setting for Dalí’s 1913 painting Vilabertran, which he painted when he was only nine years old.

Later, shuttle back to the Mediterranean coast and after returning to your hotel, enjoy its spa (additional cost) or nearby beach, or explore the neighboring ruins of Empúries, some of the most important Greco-Roman ruins on the Iberian Peninsula. Admission to the ruins is part of your VBT tour and includes a self-guided audio tour of this archaeological site which has one of the finest amphitheaters outside Rome. The large terraces of your garden-view spa rooms are ideal for relaxing and enjoying the beautifully landscaped native vegetation surrounding the hotel.

Please Note: The Dalí Museum is closed on Mondays; if our regularly scheduled visit to the Dalí Museum falls on a Monday, we will visit the museum this morning, prior to your ride.

Dinner tonight is at your leisure. Dine at one of the hotel’s restaurants or walk along the beachside cycle path to enjoy a quiet meal in the village of L’Escala.

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 20 – 35 km (12 – 21 miles)
Morning
Cantallops to Lunch: 20 km (12 miles)
Afternoon
Lunch to Vilbertran: 35 km (21 miles)

What to Expect: Cycle through a rural landscape to Peralada castle, finishing the ride in Vilabertran. At the end of today’s ride, the group will shuttle back to the hotel.

Accommodation: Hostal Spa Empuries, L’Escala
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, you’ll shuttle to neighboring L’Escala’s marina. Here, you’ll embark a chartered boat for a private cruise along the scenic Costa Brava coast. During this tour, you’ll cruise past gorgeous coves and the dramatic, craggy rock formations of the Islas Medes jutting into the sea. These crystal-clear waters nurture significant biodiversity, making it one of the most important marine reserves in the western Mediterranean.

Your trip leaders will meet you at the end of your cruise in the port of L’Estartit, with your bicycle ready for the day. Today’s ride will pass the impressive Montgri Massif, which locals say looks like a sleeping bishop. You’ll see the ancient Montgri Castle perched on its summit as you pedal along. Stop for lunch on your own in the quaint town of Torroella de Montgri, resting on the banks of the Ter River. Once a royal port for the Kings of Aragon, it retains its medieval core and stalwart walls.

This evening, trade stories of your Costa Brava bike tour alongside your trip leaders and travel mates during a festive farewell reception and dinner at your lovely beachside inn. Much of the menu is harvested from the hotel’s organic garden, and you will sample some of Catalonia’s finest wines with this special meal.

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 26 km (15 miles)
Morning
L’Estartit to L’Escala: 26 km (15 miles)

What to Expect: From the port of L’Estartit you will cycle through town before joining quieter country roads that link the various medieval villages you will enjoy on today’s ride. Some of the roads will be busier than those on previous days but the riding is easy and scenic.

Accommodation: Hostal Spa Empuries, L’Escala
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

VBT provides a morning transfer to Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dalí, for an included tour of the Dalí Museum (Note: The Dalí Museum is closed on Mondays; if our regularly scheduled visit to the Dalí Museum falls on a Monday, we will visit the museum the morning of Day 5, prior to your ride.)

After the tour, transfer to the Hotel 1898, centrally located on Las Ramblas Boulevard near the Placa de Catalunya, for your final night in Spain. You have the remainder of the afternoon and evening free for independent exploration.

Accommodation: Hotel 1898, Barcelona
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast* this morning, you will transfer to the airport for your departing flight **. Please ensure that you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

**VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your Transfer Reminder. VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. Transfer times are about 40 minutes to the Barcelona airport. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Accommodation: N/A
Included Meals: Breakfast

Sat, Apr 10 to Fri, Apr 16 - 2021

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Meet your VBT representative in Girona at the hotel Nord 1901 at 9:00 a.m. The contact information for the hotel will be included with your final documents. Please contact the hotel to advise them of any travel delays or changes so the staff can alert your VBT trip leaders. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Town of Girona before shuttling to the foothills of the Pyrenees, where you will meet your VBT trip leaders for lunch. Please be dressed for cycling for your warm-up ride before departing Girona.

Afterward, attend a short orientation and bike-fitting and begin your warm-up ride through scenic mountain valleys and along Lake Banyoles. Pause along the shore of the lake to enjoy a picnic lunch.

Back in Girona tonight, your small group gathers for a welcome cocktail reception before enjoying a delicious dinner poolside at the hotel (weather permitting).

Cumulative Distance Range: 12 km (7 miles)
Today’s Ride Choice:
Morning
Warm-up: 12 km (7 miles)

What to Expect: Get acquainted with your bike as you cycle on easy paved roads which are similar to the routes you will have throughout your Costa Brava bike tour. You will ride on a combination of two-lane country roads with light traffic and at times on more heavily trafficked roads. Occasionally, you will have the opportunity to ride on a designated bike path. This easy scenic ride takes you to the shores of Lake Banyoles, Catalonia’s largest natural lake. The lake was the rowing venue for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics and today is a popular training location for rowers.

Accommodation: Nord 1901, Girona
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

The first full day of your Costa Brava bike tour begins with a scenic ride into the heart of the historic Baix Empordà province of Catalonia, where you’ll stop at the medieval village of Púbol. Here, you’ll visit Púbol Castle, purchased by Salvador Dalí in 1970 as a gift for his wife Gala. Enjoy a glimpse into Dalí’s personal life and witness his many talents as you gaze at original paintings, sculptures, and custom-designed furniture. You can also admire some of Gala’s haute couture dresses, designed exclusively for her by Christian Dior. Gala chose her beloved Púbol Castle as her final resting place and is buried in the cellar’s mausoleum.

Later, ride through lush farmlands and small villages where you may enjoy lunch at your leisure in one of the village cafés. After lunch, you’ll cycle to the coastal village of Platja de Pals for your first night on the Costa Brava. Tonight, meet the hotel owner before enjoying a special dinner in the hotel’s celebrated restaurant.

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 18 – 48 km (11 – 30 miles)
Morning
Púbol to Ullastret: 18 km (11 miles)
Afternoon
Ullastret to Sa Punta Hotel: 16 km (10 miles)
Begur Challenge Loop Plus: 14 km (9 miles)

What to Expect: From Púbol, ride through the scenic Catalonian landscape. Your ride will take you on narrow country roads past farms and through forests with some rolling hills. If you would like a longer ride, you can enjoy extra cycling through the countryside, occasionally sharing the road with passing cars. Once at your hotel take the longer option with its rewarding elevation gain.

Accommodation: Hotel Sa Punta, Platja de Pals
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, you’ll ride into a lush, rural landscape past sunflower fields, fruit orchards and rice paddies, and then step back in time in Baix Empordà s medieval villages. Coasting into Pals, you will be charmed by cobbled stone streets and an impressive Gothic Quarter whose facades feature distinctive windows, stone balconies and semicircular arches. The town’s Roman wall with its four square towers and the Romanesque clock tower—Torre de les Hores (Tower of the Hours)—dates back to the 4th century. After you explore this historic village, enjoy lunch at your leisure.

In the afternoon, continue cycling to the village of Peratallada. Its name translates into “carved stone”—an apt label, as most of the buildings were built from stone taken from the moat that still partially encircles the village. This remarkable town has been declared a historic artistic monument. Its dominant structure is the Castle of Peratallada, dating to 1065 AD. Restoration of this now privately owned castle revealed traces of a Bronze Age settlement. Take some time to visit some of the artists’ galleries before getting back on your saddle for your return ride to your hotel. You are at your leisure this afternoon to relax by the lovely swimming pool or stroll down to the nearby beach.

This evening, enjoy a sumptuous dinner in your hotel’s elegant dining room.

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 26 – 49 km (16 – 30 miles)
Morning
Hotel to Torrent and Peratallada: 26 km (16 miles)
Afternoon
Lunch to Pals and hotel: 23 km (14 miles)

What to Expect: Enjoy a morning of easy riding as you glide into Pals. In the afternoon, continue cycling to the village of Peratallada. Additional riding is available after your exploration of Peratallada. Cycling on narrow country lanes and some busier roads, you will pass medieval villages before ending with an uphill ride to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Sa Punta, Platja de Pals
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, you’ll cycle toward your home for the next three nights on the Mediterranean. Today’s leg of your Costa Brava bike tour leads you along scenic country vistas with the spectacular snow-capped Pyrenees in the distance. Your destination is the province of Alt Empordà (upper Empordà), north of Baix Empordà (lower Empordà). Take a break from riding as you pass through a lovely apple orchard and learn about the cider production in this special region of Spain. You’ll get to enjoy some of that local cider while eating lunch.

In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic ride past a medieval water mill before arriving in the village of Parlava. Here, you may continue riding or shuttle to our Mediterranean beachfront hotel. Once at the hotel, wander along the waterside cycling path into the town of L’Escala or treat yourself to one of the hotel’s many spa options.

This evening, enjoy dinner on your own in one of the hotel’s restaurants or walk along the beachside cycling path to a restaurant in the neighboring village of Sant Martí d’Empúries. This small village was first settled by the Greeks in the 6th century BC and later became an important medieval political center. It continues to maintain much of its historic charm, so it’s easy to imagine what life may have been in that bygone era.

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 19 – 55 km (12 – 35 miles)
Morning
Hotel Sa Punta to MOOMA and Lunch: 19 km (12 miles)
Afternoon
Lunch to Parlava: 14 km (9 miles)
Parlava to hotel Plus: 22 km (14 miles)

What to Expect: A glorious morning ride traverses apple orchards framed by the snow-capped Pyrenees. After lunch, you may shuttle to your Mediterranean beachfront hotel or continue cycling past a medieval water mill, through Parlava, where you may shuttle to your Mediterranean beachfront hotel in L’Escala.

Accommodation: Hostal Spa Empuries, L’Escala
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, you will shuttle 45 minutes to the bucolic mountain town of Cantallops near the border of France for the starting point of today’s ride. You will cycle through a rural landscape of vineyards and olive and cork trees before meeting your trip leaders, who will prepare a lovely picnic lunch for your enjoyment.

Later, continue riding to one of the most important sites in the area: the perfectly restored Peralada castle. You will complete your cycling today in the village of Vilabertran, famous for the Santa Maria de Vilabetran monastery as well as for being the setting for Dalí’s 1913 painting Vilabertran, which he painted when he was only nine years old.

Later, shuttle back to the Mediterranean coast and after returning to your hotel, enjoy its spa (additional cost) or nearby beach, or explore the neighboring ruins of Empúries, some of the most important Greco-Roman ruins on the Iberian Peninsula. Admission to the ruins is part of your VBT tour and includes a self-guided audio tour of this archaeological site which has one of the finest amphitheaters outside Rome. The large terraces of your garden-view spa rooms are ideal for relaxing and enjoying the beautifully landscaped native vegetation surrounding the hotel.

Please Note: The Dalí Museum is closed on Mondays; if our regularly scheduled visit to the Dalí Museum falls on a Monday, we will visit the museum this morning, prior to your ride.

Dinner tonight is at your leisure. Dine at one of the hotel’s restaurants or walk along the beachside cycle path to enjoy a quiet meal in the village of L’Escala.

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 20 – 35 km (12 – 21 miles)
Morning
Cantallops to Lunch: 20 km (12 miles)
Afternoon
Lunch to Vilbertran: 35 km (21 miles)

What to Expect: Cycle through a rural landscape to Peralada castle, finishing the ride in Vilabertran. At the end of today’s ride, the group will shuttle back to the hotel.

Accommodation: Hostal Spa Empuries, L’Escala
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, you’ll shuttle to neighboring L’Escala’s marina. Here, you’ll embark a chartered boat for a private cruise along the scenic Costa Brava coast. During this tour, you’ll cruise past gorgeous coves and the dramatic, craggy rock formations of the Islas Medes jutting into the sea. These crystal-clear waters nurture significant biodiversity, making it one of the most important marine reserves in the western Mediterranean.

Your trip leaders will meet you at the end of your cruise in the port of L’Estartit, with your bicycle ready for the day. Today’s ride will pass the impressive Montgri Massif, which locals say looks like a sleeping bishop. You’ll see the ancient Montgri Castle perched on its summit as you pedal along. Stop for lunch on your own in the quaint town of Torroella de Montgri, resting on the banks of the Ter River. Once a royal port for the Kings of Aragon, it retains its medieval core and stalwart walls.

This evening, trade stories of your Costa Brava bike tour alongside your trip leaders and travel mates during a festive farewell reception and dinner at your lovely beachside inn. Much of the menu is harvested from the hotel’s organic garden, and you will sample some of Catalonia’s finest wines with this special meal.

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 26 km (15 miles)
Morning
L’Estartit to L’Escala: 26 km (15 miles)

What to Expect: From the port of L’Estartit you will cycle through town before joining quieter country roads that link the various medieval villages you will enjoy on today’s ride. Some of the roads will be busier than those on previous days but the riding is easy and scenic.

Accommodation: Hostal Spa Empuries, L’Escala
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

VBT provides a morning transfer to Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dalí, for an included tour of the Dalí Museum (Note: The Dalí Museum is closed on Mondays; if our regularly scheduled visit to the Dalí Museum falls on a Monday, we will visit the museum the morning of Day 5, prior to your ride.)

After the tour, transfer to Barcelona’s Hotel 1898. The tour concludes here at approximately 2:30 p.m. You will need to make your own transfer arrangements to the Barcelona airport. Departing flights prior to 5:00 p.m. are not recommended. If you have an earlier departure, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements to Barcelona.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy Your Vacation Longer With Low-Cost Trip Extensions

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2021

2021 Pre-Trip Extension - Barcelona

2 Nights From $445 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $395

  • 2 nights at Barcelona Hotel 1898
  • Daily breakfast
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers
  • Transfer from Barcelona to Girona
  • Marvel at the architectural genius of Antonio Gaudi
  • Don’t think about the calories as you visit the city’s delicious pastry shops
  • Meander down Ramblas Boulevard, admiring the wares available for purchase
  • Take a walk (and maybe a dip) in the Mediterranean Sea

Depart home for Spain. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Upon arrival at the Barcelona airport, claim your luggage. If your luggage is delayed, fill out a PIR form before leaving the baggage claim area. VBT representatives are not allowed in the baggage claim area. Please make certain that your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you. After exiting customs, your VBT representative will meet you and make arrangements for your transfer via private car or van to your Barcelona hotel, conveniently located on Las Ramblas Boulevard near the central Placa de Catalunya. Transfer time is approximately 40 minutes.

Spend two nights discovering Barcelona, one of the most beautiful and vibrant capitals of the Mediterranean, at your leisure. Well known for its history, cuisine, and contemporary architecture, Barcelona is a unique blend of modern and ancient delights. Its Roman ruins tell tales of a fallen empire, and the Ciutat Vella—the Old Town—is perfect for long strolls along narrow, winding pedestrian streets, past old markets, theaters, and pastry shops.

VBT provides you with City Information which includes recommendations on what to see and do in Barcelona. Your hotel room may not be available until 3:00 p.m., but you may store your luggage at the reception desk.

Accommodation: Hotel 1898, Barcelona
Included Meals: None

Continue your independent exploration of Barcelona. Marvel at the genius of Antoni Gaudí, admiring the Modernist facades of his surreal buildings, including the soaring Sagrada Familia Cathedral and his playful Parc Guell, with its colorful mosaic trees. Seven structures built by Gaudí are UNESCO Word Heritage sites, testifying to his exceptional contribution to the development of architecture around the turn of the 20th century including Casa Battlo, La Pedrera, and Casa Marti. While in Barcelona you can browse the famous Boqueria covered market and explore the medieval Barri Gotic district, home to The Cathedral of Barcelona, and the city’s Jewish Quarter. Many sites are within walking distance of your centrally located hotel near the Placa de Catalunya. Be sure to enjoy delicious small-plate tapas at the Barceloneta old port, or take a leisurely stroll via the lively Ramblas Boulevard to the sea, where you can meander through the scented flower market or stop at Pasteleria Escriba to taste the delicious crema catalana.

Accommodation: Hotel 1898, Barcelona
Included Meals: Breakfast

Check out of your hotel before 11:00 a.m. and continue your exploration of Barcelona. After lunch, meet your VBT representative at 2:45 p.m. in the hotel lobby. He or she will assist with your private transfer to Girona, the cultural capital of Catalonia. Upon arrival, enjoy a short stroll to the hotel where you will stay for the next two nights. Note: Transfer times are subject to change; the exact time will be confirmed upon your arrival in Barcelona.

Accommodation: Nord 1901, Girona
Included Meals: Breakfast

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Air Package Only

2021

2021 Post-Trip Extension - Palma de Mallorca

2 Nights From $495 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $195

  • 3 nights at Hotel Saratoga*
  • Roundtrip airfare between Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca
  • Daily breakfasts
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers
  • Stroll along the streets of the walled Old Town
  • Gaze in awe at the Gothic Seu Cathedral
  • Admire the forested limestone mountains and crystal-clear sea

After the tour, transfer to Barcelona’s Hotel 1898 with your fellow guests. From the hotel you will transfer to Barcelona’s international airport for your late-afternoon flight to Palma de Mallorca. Upon arrival at the Palma de Mallorca (PMI) airport, claim your luggage and exit through Gate C. A VBT representative, holding a VBT sign, will meet you at the Airport Meeting Point near Exit 4. At this time, please verify with your VBT representative the time of your transfer at the end of your trip from your Mallorca hotel back to the airport. If you are not able to locate the representative, go to the Moltona Viatges Office for assistance. You will transfer by private car or van (about 30 minutes) to your centrally located hotel in Palma de Mallorca. VBT provides you with City Information which includes recommendations on what to see and do during your stay.

Hotel: Hotel Saratoga, Palma de Mallorca
Included Meals: Breakfast

This morning, meet your local guide at 9:00 a.m. for an included walking tour of Palma de Mallorca. After your orientation tour, you’ll have ample time for exploration during your independent stay at our centrally located hotel. Wander the Old Town, brimming with medieval atmosphere, inviting shops and relaxing cafés. Marvel at the Gothic wonder of the massive Seu Cathedral. Head up to the 14th-century Bellver Castle, a spectacular circular structure built by King James.

Accommodation: Hotel Saratoga, Palma de Mallorca
Included Meals: Breakfast

Continue your exploration of the beautiful island of Mallorca today. You may want to venture to the mountain village of Valldemossa, where composer Frederic Chopin secluded himself in a monastery to write some of his most famous pieces.

Accommodation: Hotel Saratoga, Palma de Mallorca
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast* this morning, you will transfer to the Palma de Mallorca airport (about 30 minutes, depending on traffic) for your departing flight **. Please ensure that you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

**VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your Transfer Reminder. VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Accommodation: N/A
Included Meals: Breakfast

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