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Andalucia by Bike
Spain - Trip code CSP Cycling
Days 11
Deposit From £170
Was From £1725
Now from £1695
Flights inclusive
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Why book this trip?

Discover the beauty and diversity of Andalucia as we explore the region by bike. We cycle on quiet backroads with varied scenery, from stunning natural parks to deserts, canyon lands and mountains. Along the way we discover a rich Moorish heritage reflected in the food, language and architecture, most notably in Seville, Cordoba and Granada. We also spend time in the impressive location of Ronda and a unique cave hotel in Guadix.

    • Included meals

      Breakfast: 10

    • Trip staff

      Explore Tour Leader / Driver

      Driver(s)

    • Transport

      Bus

      Bicycle

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      Accommodation

      8 nights standard hotel

      2 nights simple hotel

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      Cycling grade:

      Moderate

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      Group Size:

      10 - 16

    Itinerary

    Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

    Day 1 - Trip starts Malaga

    Arrive Malaga and check in to our hotel. There will be a short orientation walk around the old town before dinner.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: None

    Day 2 - Drive to Gaucin, cycle ride to Ronda

    This morning we leave Malaga by bus and drive for about 2 hours up into the hills south of Ronda to a place near Gaucin. After allowing time for bike fitting and once you are comfortable with your bike for the holiday we start our first ride - through rolling countryside to the historic town of Ronda, dramatically perched high above El Tajo gorge.

    Our total cycling distance today is approximately 31 kilometres (650 metres total accumulated ascent and 770 metres descent).

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 3 - Ride on 'via verde' cycle path; drive to Seville

    We've allowed some time this morning to explore a little of Ronda before we leave at around 11am on our bus ride to the 'white village' of Olvera. Today's cycle ride starts here on our first 'via verde' - former railway tracks that have been converted into dedicated cycle routes. We follow the via verde downhill to Puerto Serrano from where we drive (1hr) on to Seville. The capital of Andalucía overflows with life and variety. It was originally divided into a working class quarter in Triana and a high-born area in Santa Cruz. Ramparts dating back to the 13th century, the Alcázar and the Giralda, all remind us of earlier Moorish occupation and later buildings reflect the Mudejar architectural style, a mixture of Moorish and Christian styles.

    Our total cycling distance today is approximately 34 kilometres (200 metres total accumulated ascent and 450 metres descent).

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Simple Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 4 - Explore Seville on foot

    After a morning orientation tour by the Explore Leader the rest of today has been left free for you to explore this beautiful city. We recommend a visit to the Alcázar, a wonderful Moorish and Mudejar royal palace and the impressive Cathedral with its imposing Giralda tower - originally a 13th century minaret.

    No cycling today.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Simple Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 5 - Cycle along the Guadalquivir Valley to Cordoba and orientation tour

    After a short drive of about one hour east from Seville we leave the city behind and reach a point near Ecija from where we cycle on quiet backroads. The cycle route is generally on the flat following the Guadalquivir Valley and leads us into Cordoba. Standing on the banks of the Guadalquivir river, Córdoba was the first of Spain's important Moorish cities established in 719AD. It was the most enlightened of the Moorish period with one of Europe's leading universities of the time and is nowadays considered one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. Some time later this afternoon there will be an orientation tour by your Explore leader before dinner.

    Our total cycling distance today is approximately 55 kilometres (450 metres total accumulated ascent and 550 metres descent).

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 6 - Drive to the northern slopes of the Sierra Nevada; desert cycle to Guadix

    We leave Cordoba this morning and drive for about 3 hours further east to the northern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, Spain's highest mountain range on the Iberian Peninsula. For the next couple of nights we will sleep in a unique cave hotel in Benalua de Guadix and before starting our ride today we will drop our luggage off and check in. The cycle route today starts from the town of Calahorra, passing through several villages before reaching Guadix and finally right the way back to our hotel. The Tour Leader cycles with the group today.

    Our total cycling distance today is approximately 35 kilometres (200 metres total accumulated ascent and 530 metres descent).

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Swimming pool available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 7 - Cycling in the stunning desert of Hoya de Guadix

    Today we cycle in the spectacular valleys of the Guadix Hoya, a desert-like landscape reminiscent of Arizona. It was in these areas where in the 1960s the famous Italian Western movies were shot. The whole area was once a very fertile region with settlements from Megalithic times boasting hundreds of Dolmens (stone tombs) from those days. We return to our cave hotel from Hernan Valle village, taking a short taxi transfer. The Tour Leader cycles with the group today.

    Our total cycling distance today is approximately 43 kilometres (700 metres total accumulated ascent and 400 metres descent).

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Swimming pool available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 8 - Ride the old mountain road to Granada

    We begin with a short drive to La Peza (30 mins), where we start our ride and what better way to warm up those muscles than a steady ascent for a few kilometres. Then it's free-wheel time on this old mountain road to Granada. Passing lakes and excellent mountain scenery, with just a few flat or uphill sections, we descend all the way into Granada and to our hotel. After checking in, we can take a spot of lunch in one of the many excellent bars or restaurants and then the afternoon is free. You may like the idea of an optional visit to the ancient Arabic Bath to relax those aching muscles. The Tour Leader cycles with the group today.

    Our total cycling distance today is approximately 40 kilometres (550 metres total accumulated ascent and 830 metres descent).

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Swimming pool available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 9 - Explore Granada; included visit to Alhambra and Generalife

    Today we have included a visit to the remarkable Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens. In 1239 Muhammad al-Ahmar, founder of the Nasrid dynasty and Sultan of Granada, began work on this, the finest example of Moorish architecture outside the Arab world. The fabulous decoration in stucco, both inside and outside the buildings, reveals the purest expression of a sophisticated civilisation just before its decline. The Generalife, the summer residence of the Caliphs, are rated among the top ten landscaped gardens of the world. The visit should either be as part of a guided group visit or individually with an audio guide. The rest of the day has been left free for you to explore the main points of interest including the Albaicín, the old Moorish quarter where many Islamic traditions are retained, giving the city its characteristic look of white walls and narrow streets. There is a balcony plaza with spectacular views across to the Alhambra and Generalife with the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop. When dusk falls, we suggest a stroll around the old Moorish Quarter to see its illuminated patios.

    No Cycling today.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Swimming pool available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 10 - Scenic cycle through the mountains to Velez; drive to Malaga

    We leave Granada this morning and drive south into the mountains, reaching Puerto Alazores pass (1040m) after about an hour and a half where our final ride commences. The route has a downhill bias and leads us towards Velez Malaga close to the Mediterranean coast. We end the ride here and pack up the bikes before the drive to Malaga (45 mins) and check into hotel.

    Our total cycling distance today is approximately 39 kilometres (300 metres total accumulated ascent and 1300 metres descent).

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 11 - Trips ends Malaga

    The trip ends this morning in Malaga after breakfast.

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Trip information

    Country information

    Spain

    Climate

    Overall, spring, early summer and autumn are ideal times for a Spanish trip - though the weather varies enormously from region to region. The high central plains suffer from fierce extremes, stiflingly hot in summer, bitterly cold and swept by freezing winds in winter. The Atlantic coast, in contrast, has a tendency to damp and mist, and a relatively brief, humid summer. The Mediterranean south is warm virtually all year round. Spain's Islands the Canaries and Balaerics experience very mild winters and warm summers making them ideal year round destinations.

    Time difference to GMT

    +1

    Plugs

    2 Pin Round

    Religion

    Roman Catholic

    Language

    Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque

    Budgeting and packing

    Optional activities

    The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


    Seville - Casa de Pilatos €6.00 pp; Giralda Cathedral €9.00 pp, Parque Maria Luisa (free entry).
    Cordoba - Flamenco show €20.00 pp; Local guide for Mezquita and Juderia €120.00 per group.
    Granada - Tapas evening €25.00; Cathedral €5.00; Royal Chapel €4.00.

    Clothing

    When cycling: quick drying cycle tops, padded cycle shorts, lightweight wind and water proof jacket and warmer breathable layers where local conditions require.
    General: Pack essentially for mild or hot weather depending on the time of the year.

    Footwear

    If you are not bringing cycle shoes then try to bring stiff-soled shoes as these are better for cycling - transmitting your energy into the pedals more efficiently. This becomes more relevant and recommended the more demanding the grade and distances to cover. SPD cycle shoes are not well suited to tours that combine sightseeing with cycling.
    Comfortable shoes, trainers, sandals or flip flops are useful when not on the bike.

    Luggage

    20kg

    Luggage: On tour

    We recommend you bring a daypack and one main piece of luggage (total allowance: 44lb/20kg) which will be transported between hotels while you cycle. Check the bike details section to see if a pannier or handlebar bag is provided on the bike.

    Equipment

    On all Explore cycle holidays we strongly recommend you bring along and wear your cycle helmet. It is a legal requirement in Spain to wear a helmet that meets current safety criteria. In case of an accident resulting in personal injury, certain insurance policies are invalidated in cases where a helmet was not being worn.

    Cycle glasses to protect against dust, pollen and the sun, padded cycle gloves and a water bottle or water delivery system (e.g. camelback or platypus) are also useful. You may choose to bring your own gel seat cover for added comfort. If a handle bar bag or pannier is not provided (check bike details) then you may like to bring a small rucksack to wear while cycling. Other items to consider bringing are a sunhat and sun cream, torch, earplugs and insect repellent. Please carry some or all of your cycling equipment e.g. helmet as part of your hand luggage.

    Tipping

    Explore leader
    At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
    Local crew
    Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.

    Spain

    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


    Lunch price
    £8.00 - 12.00
    Dinner price
    £16.00 - 20.00
    Beer price
    £1.50 - 3.50 (depending on the region/area in Spain)
    Water price
    £1.4
    Foreign Exchange
    Local currency
    Euros
    Recommended Currency For Exchange
    We recommend you take the majority of your spending money in Euros cash.
    Where To Exchange
    We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
    ATM Availability
    In cities and most major towns.
    Credit Card Acceptance
    Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted in larger restaurants and some shops.
    Travellers Cheques
    Not recommended.
    Transport, Accommodation & Meals

    Transport Information

    Bus, Bicycle

    Accommodation notes

    Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.

    Simple - These are usually small, family-run hostels, pensions or guesthouses which provide a no-frills experience with adequate amenities and service standards. Not all rooms will be en suite.

    Essential Information

    FCO Advice

    We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

    For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
     

    Under 18 immigration guidance

    Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

    Price Guarantee

    Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

    Visa and Passport Information

    Spain: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

    All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.


    If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
     

    Booking conditions

    Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

    Transfers

    Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

    Booking a land only package with Explore

    Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

    You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


    Joining Tour Abroad

    Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

    The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

    Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

    If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


    For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

    Insurance

    It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
    Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

    Flight information

    Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


    Flight Information

    You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

      

    Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

    We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

    On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

    Spain

    Vaccinations

    Nothing compulsory but Tetanus is usually recommended as a precaution. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

    Cycling information
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    General cycling information
    On this tour we cycle 277 km over seven days (an average of 40 km per day). We generally cycle on quiet tarmac roads (80%) with a few days on dirt tracks or compacted gravel cycle paths (20%). Most of the rides are on gently undulating terrain with more pronounced uphill sections on days 7 and 8. Each day a support vehicle (with room for 2 passengers) carries the luggage from point to point, accompanying the ride wherever necessary. On Day 3 the support vehicle cannot follow the bikes on the Greenway and will meet the cycle group at the start and finish of the cycling. The cycle rides are not accompanied by a cycle guide, except on days 6, 7 and 8 when the TL will cycle with the group. On the other days clear instructions are provided by the Tour Leader to cycle individually or as a group. We have graded the route as moderate.

    Bike included
    27 gear Stevens Galant Lite hybrid bike.

    Electric bikes (e-bikes) are available for an additional cost for the duration of the holiday. Please contact us for more details or to request your e-bike.
    Bike information
    Your included bike is a 27 gear Stevens Galant hybrid or similar make and model and will be the correct frame size for your height. A pannier and water bottle holder are included as well as the facility to fit your own pedals or saddle if you wish to bring them. We provide spare parts and take care of the day to day maintenance. All you need to bring is your own helmet and water bottle.

    Electric bikes (available for an additional cost) will be either the same Stevens Galant bike fitted with an Urban Fun e-bike kit upgrade OR a Haibike sDuro Trekking 4.0. Please note this is with a unisex step-through frame. Please contact us for more details or to request your e-bike.
    Cycling grade
    Moderate
    Additional Information
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    Why book this trip

    Unlike many other operators, we include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don't need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a support vehicle, spare parts and take care of day to day bike maintenance. All you need bring is your own helmet.

    Dates, prices and booking

    All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
    Sun 26 May 2019 - Wed 5 Jun 2019 Guaranteed departure
    CSP_2019
    Price £1425
    Save was
    Single room option +£220
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both. The exception to this rule are customers who are booked on a trip where the joining and/or ending point is the airport or station. In this particular case there will be a specific time provided for when the trip starts and ends. On these particular trips, only one arrival and departure transfer will generally be provided for the whole group. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Malaga
    Time and place
    19:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Malaga
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.

    Flight-inclusive price information

    The price of this trip is a guide price only. The price may change due to the availability of flights and your preferred airport and airline. When you submit your booking request we will hold your place and contact you to confirm that you're happy to go ahead. 

    Sun 26 May 2019 - Wed 5 Jun 2019 Guaranteed departure
    CSP_2019
    Price from £1695
    Save £30 Was from £1725
    Single room option +£220
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both. The exception to this rule are customers who are booked on a trip where the joining and/or ending point is the airport or station. In this particular case there will be a specific time provided for when the trip starts and ends. On these particular trips, only one arrival and departure transfer will generally be provided for the whole group. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Malaga
    Time and place
    19:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Malaga
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.

    Flight-inclusive price information

    The price of this trip is a guide price only. The price may change due to the availability of flights and your preferred airport and airline. When you submit your booking request we will hold your place and contact you to confirm that you're happy to go ahead. 

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