La Bahia de Concha on the Bay of Biscay, San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain. Photo by Patrick Hickey.

Running of the bulls in front of Pamplona's City Hall, Navarre, Spain. Photo via Flickr:Joe Van

Classic Basque Country

Spain Bike Tours

A guided bike tour including San Sebastian, Pamplona, and Bilbao

The Basque Country is an ancient land and this fully supported tour will provide a cycling adventure that you will not soon forget! This relatively unknown area of Spain has some of the best scenery and the most marvellous cities in Spain, not to mention one of the finest cuisines in the world. The circuit combines both inland and beautiful coastal scenery, along with the fine cities of Vitoria, Pamplona, San Sebastián and Bilbao. Part of the route leads along the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James) as you cross the Pyrenees for a brief incursion into France, before returning to the coast.


  • Coastal views
  • Mountain landscapes
  • Basque culture and cuisine
  • San Sebastian
  • Center of art and architecture, Bilbao
  • Guernica
  • Guggeheim

The exquisite cuisine and the wonderful people of the region are two of the main reasons cyclists from all over the world come to the Basque Country. Be sure to check out our other bike tours in Spain.

Skill Level

This tour is rated moderate. A backup vehicle and staff member support all cycling stages. Cyclists choose whether they cycle alone or with other cyclists. Some days offer a shorter option for those cyclists who do not wish to cycle the full stage. Non-cyclists may also participate using the transfer service.

Where You’ll Stay

Hotels range from small posadas, casas rurales, casas de labranza* or country inn type accommodation to three and four star hotels. They are, wherever possible, small establishments, each with its own charm and character and are chosen for their unique situation, regional atmosphere and comfort, Please note that many of these types of accommodation do not use the hotel star rating system as they are classed as country inns by local Tourist Boards.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation in double, twin or single room with en-suite bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to and from arrival / departure points
  • Trek hybrid rental bike with handlebar bag, rear rack, one or two panniers, pump, spare tube, water bottler, bike lock and basic toolkit
  • Information packet with route details and maps
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Support vehicle and guide (guide does not cycle with group)

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches and dinners
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

June 19 - 26, 2016
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Classic Basque Country Map

Day 1: Vitoria
Day 2: Vitoria - Estella, 60 mi. (96 km)
Day 3: Estella - Pamplona, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 4: Pamplona - Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry, 44 or 54 mi. (70 or 87 km)
Day 5: Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry - San Sebastían, 49 or 64 mi. (78 or 102 km)
Day 6: San Sebastían - Lekeitio, 45 mi. (72 km)
Day 7: Lekeitio - Bilbao, 22 or 69 mi. (35 or 110 km)
Day 8: Bilbao

Day 1: Vitoria
Your tour begins with an airport transfer to Vitoria, the capital of the Basque Country, a delightful and unpretentious city with something for everyone. The environmentalist will delight that Vitoria was named the European Green Capital in 2012 due to the series of interconnecting parks, ponds, and marshes linked by cycle paths. The old quarter dates back more than 8 centuries and showcases historical treasures such as the Cathedral of Santa María or the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca. Stroll the medieval streets and be sure to visit one (or more) of the renowned tapas bars in the city center!

Day 2: Vitoria - Estella, 60 mi. (96 km)
Leaving Vitoria, you will pedal eastward towards Pamplona. The day's itinerary begins by circumnavigating the reservoir of Ullibarri- Gamboa. The Parque Nacional de la Sierra de Urbasa y Andía, with a side trip to the beautiful source of the Urederra, is a beautiful ride! The day's destination is the  town of Estella, situated on the Camino de Santiago, the famous old pilgrimage route known as the Way of St James.

Day 3: Estella - Pamplona, 30 mi. (48 km)
A shorter ride is on the agenda today which will lead into  neighboring Navarra and the capital of the region, Pamplona. Of course, most will know Pamplona for the Running of the Bulls during the legendary festival of San Fermin. Hemingway immortalized the city as well in his novel, The Sun Also Rises. There is plenty to explore here especially the atmospheric old quarter!

Day 4: Pamplona - Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry, 44 mi. or 54 mi. (70 or 87 km)
You will continue pedaling along the Camino De Santiago towards France. Your back drop will be the incredible scenery of the lower Pyrenees. As you descend, you will enter the village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a beautiful and bustling French market town nestled in the foothills. Continuing on, the route then leads through wine country to the day's destination, Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry, a picturesque and peaceful village set in the lower hills of the Pyrenees.

Day 5: Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry - San Sebastían, 49 mi. or 64 mi. (78 or 102 km)
The day is spent cycling on the northern side of the Pyrenees through France, reaching the French Basque coast by Saint-Jean-de-Luz. It is possible to take a short train transfer from Hendaye to San Sebastián (but those who wish to ride there may do so). This beautiful city has a fine bay, beaches, Old Quarter and fishing harbor. Last but not least, it offers an incomparable gastronomy, second to none, where the multitudes of tapas bars compete with some of the best restaurants in the world.

Day 6: San Sebastían - Lekeitio, 45 mi. (72 km)
The route turns westward and follows the coast in the direction of Bilbao. It has been said that this stretch offers the finest coastal scenery in Spain. At times, you will ride along the water's edge and other times, you will ride high above it with impressive views of the coast, interspersed with charming villages. The overnight this evening is Lekeitio, a small, charming fishing village located on the Bay of Biscay. 

Day 7: Lekeitio - Bilbao, 22 or 69 mi. (35 or 110 km)
The last cycling day is another ride along the impressive coastline.  En route, you pass fishing villages in dramatic settings such as Elantxobe, completely surrounded by high cliffs. The route leads around the estuary of Urdaibai to finally reach the town of Guernica, subject of the painting by Picasso which depicted the horrors of war. From Guernica, a short train ride follows to Bilbao to explore this fascinating city. Be sure to visit the world-famous Guggenheim Museum!

Day 8: Departure

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