Dreamlike sunsets and enchanting medieval towns. The glories of the past and the stirring beauty of nature. The craggy reaches of the Costa Brava and the fecund fields and valleys of gorgeous Provence. Catalonia and the southern provinces of France offer all this, and so much more; add in the rare treat of touring the countryside by bicycle, and this turns from a vacation into something much, much more.
San Feliu de Guixols – An Incredible Introduction
You land this morning on the outskirts of beautiful Barcelona, the cultural and political center of Catalonia and one of the most fascinating and fantastic cities in Europe. A car will be waiting at the airport to pick you up and transport you to the inimitable shores of the Costa Brava, where the blue-green waters rise into craggy coasts and tree-lined shores, perfectly encapsulating the rugged beauty of this part of Spain. Your final destination for today is the port town of San Feliu de Guixols and a hotel offering incredible amenities and access to some of the city’s best sights, from the former mansions of the Spanish economic elite to the calming sands that fringe the Mediterranean Sea. Dinner this evening is a group affair, where you’ll sample the finest Catalan cuisine and meet your fellow riders.
Girona – A Ride on Spain’s Trails-for-Rails
Olot – Through One of Spain’s Most Scenic National Parks
Banyoles – Ancient Volcanoes and Medieval Villages
Cadaques – The Home of Dali and the Costa Brava
Collioure – Leaving Spain, Entering France
Le Boulou – The Fascinating Art Scene of Southern France
Cucugnan – An Unforgettable Ride Through France’s Wine Country
Lagrasse – A Journey Through Time
Carcassonne – Arriving in the Cathar Capital
Carcassonne – The End of Your Adventure
- See the best coastal towns along the incomparable Costa Brava, from the monastery of San Feliu de Guixols to the multi-colored facades of the buildings in Girona
- Explore one of Spain’s best national parks as you cycle through its incredible landscapes in the heart of the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone National Park
- Engage your cultural side as you visit some of the hidden gems of the art world, like the Dali Theatre and Museum in Figueres to the marvelous Museum of Modern Art in Ceret
- Experience the best of southern France’s inestimable scenery, making your way through the country’s largest wine region and along the ridges of some of her most spectacular river gorges
- Immerse yourself in the history of the area, from the Cathar strongholds in Carcassonne and Lagrasse to the ancient abbeys that dot the area, supposedly founded by legendary leaders like Charlemagne and Theodoric the Goth
Northern Spain and Southern France share more than just a border: they share a culture that is rich in history and filled with legends, a staggering natural setting that has driven many artists to dazzling heights, and a spirit of individuality that is as infectious as it is romantic. This 11-day trip will introduce you to all of the peculiarities of this delightful and spellbinding region as you make your way through the sterling countryside by bike, train, and automobile.
Make your way up and down Spain’s charming Costa Brava, where you’ll find sensational cities like Girona, Figueres, and San Feliu de Guixols. Cross the Pyrenees, and ogle at the beautiful, bountiful borderlands between Spain and France. Then, make your way south to the rebellious region of Provence, and revel in the finer things in life, from great art to great food to great company. And do it all in unforgettable style as you pedal through some of the world’s most picturesque countryside.
From the ancient splendor of Garrotxa to the serenity of the Cucugnan, from Spain’s rugged coastal region to the fertile fields of Languedoc-Rousillon, this is sure to be a trip that takes you to new heights and opens your imagination to the marvels of the world. Whatever your desires or wishes or dreams may be, you can be sure that all of them will be satisfied in this truly unparalleled part of the planet.
$3,680 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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