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Pyrenees to Costa Brava Family Bike Tour – Older Teens & 20s

Spanish Flavors, Peaks & Beaches to Vibrant Barcelona

From $3,599 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$730 for sgl. occ.)

Everything about Catalonia is unique. Part of Spain, but with its own unique identity, flag and language. Its sights are distinct too, from the glorious Pyrenees and Costa Brava to stylish Barcelona. Just wait until you and your family ride through it and get a whiff—the sea air, a hot plate of fideuà, a forest of pines. This place is special.

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Start/End Barcelona

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Highlights

  • Ignite your love affair with Catalonia's culture, art and architecture in the vibrant gateway city of Barcelona
  • Ride scenic routes into the majestic French Pyrenees, where pros train for the legendary Tour de France
  • Enjoy world-class dining—irresistible tapas, fresh seafood, Catalan fusion cuisine and regional white wines
  • Spin through stunning Costa Brava, where the Mediterranean laps against miles of white-sand beaches
Spain

Start/End Barcelona

Spain Biking Map

Itinerary

Day 1 Get things started in vibrant Barcelona, a city likely to ignite your love affair with Catalonia | After reaching the Pyrenees, bike past alpine villages, herds of cows and farmers tending their crops | Sample cava, Spain's beloved sparkling wine.

Day 2 Ride scenic routes into the French Pyrenees, where pros train for the Tour de France—the incredible views are exhilarating | Spend a full day in France, stopping in the fortified mountain town of Mont-Louis, a World Heritage site | Cross back into Spain for a dinner of irresistible fondue and delicious locally sourced dishes.

Day 3 Gear up for an epic climb up La Collada de Toses, which at 5,907 feet is one of the highest paved roads in the Pyrenees | Relish a long winding descent into the sun-kissed valleys of the pre-Pyrenees | Quiet pastoral lanes and riverside bike paths lead to the picturesque village of Llanars | Are you a foodie or a history buff? Enjoy the best of both in the heart of Girona's old quarter.

Day 4 Acclaimed Catalan fusion cuisine and fresh seafood awaits | Climb over the Gavarres mountain range for panoramic views | Ready for a break? Stroll through medieval towns where red-tile roofs and wooden balconies adorn stone homes | Join our local friend and guide for a village tour of lovely Peratallada.

Days 5-6 Spin through the stunning Costa Brava, where the Mediterranean laps against white-sand beaches and villages cling to forested hills above hidden bays | Stop for a leisurely café in the harbor town of Palamós | Pedal past fields of sunflowers and wheat to the Baix Empordà, the "region of coves," stopping to explore hamlets with cobbled town squares, baroque-style churches and ancient fortresses.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,599 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,199 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,599 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,199 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,599 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $3,599 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$730 for sgl. occ.)

Traveling with Kids

Casual & Casual Plus Hotels*

Hotel Bernat de So, Girona, Spain
Hotel Bernat de So

Llívia (2 nights)

Hotel Ciutat de Girona

Girona (1 night)

Castell d'Emporda
Castell d'Empordà

Girona (2 nights)

* Casual Plus

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-5

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Pyrenees and Costa Brava 

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Hotel Bernat de So, Girona, Spain

Hotel Bernat de So

Llívia (2 nights)

Set amid an expansive garden, this historic farmhouse blends traditional Catalan design and contemporary style. (pool)

Hotel Ciutat de Girona

Girona (1 night)

This modern hotel sits on a quiet corner in the heart of the city; its emphasis on sustainability has earned it certification as a Biosphere Responsible Tourism. (pool, spa)

Castell d'Emporda

Castell d'Empordà

Girona (2 nights)
* Casual Plus

It's said that even Salvador Dalí tried to buy this architectural gem, a medieval castle turned luxurious boutique hotel. (pool)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-5

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 21* 1400
24 1800
2 17* 1900 30 2300 51 5000
3 31* 600 38* 1600 45* 3100
Tapas Cooking Class & Wine Tasting (1 Hour)
4 28* 2200 36* 2300 44* 3500
Guided Tour of Peratallada (45 Minutes)
5 29* 1700 45 2700 48 3100
6 15 900
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Performance Road Bike (Included)

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in Pyrenees and Costa Brava 

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Pyrenees and Costa Brava  trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Pyrenees and Costa Brava  trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Pyrenees and Costa Brava  designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Pyrenees and Costa Brava  —because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

The Best Leaders in Pyrenees and Costa Brava 

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Pyrenees and Costa Brava  , and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Pyrenees and Costa Brava  you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Great Bikes Included

Our custom-designed titanium bikes are best in class. From avid cyclists to easygoing riders, we believe that everyone deserves a seriously great bike to match their riding style. Learn more about our bike fleet.

Navigate Your Way in Pyrenees and Costa Brava 

Your ride comes equipped with a GPS device, preloaded with all the routes and route options for your trip. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

The Value of Casual Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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