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Catalonia and Costa Brava (8 Days) 15-22 Sept. 2012
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Catalonia and Costa Brava (8 Days) 15-22 Sept. 2012

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 15 people
Destination(s): Spain  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: May - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 959 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1089 Euro (EUR)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Transfer to Girona. Today we pick up from arrival point in Gerona and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free to tour the city.

Day 2: Girona - Olot. Today's ride takes us along one of Spain's Vias Verdes (Green Ways). These are off-road cycling tracks, usually along disused railway lines. After enjoying the beautiful countryside, we finally arrive in the town of Olot, which lies within the protected area of the Natural Park of the Volcanic Area of the Garrotxa. The urban area includes two volcanic craters. Distance 57 km - 36 miles

Day 3: Olot - Figueres. Today's ride takes us through the volcanic area of La Garrotxa. Our route takes us past the dormant volcanoes. We pass charming medieval villages such as Santa Pau. In Banyoles, we can stop for a swim in the lake before continuing to the town of Figueres, birthplace of the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. Here we can visit the superb Dalí Museum. Distance short 45 km - 28 miles, long 76 km - 48 miles.

Day 4: Figueres - Cadaqués. We continue east towards the Mediterranean and the Costa Brava - the Rugged Coast. We cycle through the magnificent scenery of the Cap de Creus before reaching Cadaqués, one of the most picturesque villages on the Costa Brava in a beautiful setting. The Dalí trail continues here; the painter used to spend his summers here and later kept a home in the adjacent village of Port Lligat. Distances - 48 km - 30 miles.

Day 5: Cadaqués - L'Estartit. From Cadaqués, we turn southwards along the Mediterranean. Leaving the Cap de Creus, we cycle through the flat plain and the Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, a protected area of marshland. We later pass the ancient Greek / Roman city of Empúries, the ruins lying right by the fine beaches of the coastline. We finally arrive at the harbour of L'Estartit, looking across to the Illes Medes, one of the most important marine reserves in the Mediterranean. Distance Short 40 km - 25 miles, long 68 km - 42 miles.

Day 6: L'Estartit - Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Our first stop today is in Pals, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in the area. We continue inland past Peratallada, another fine village. Finally, after passing through the beautiful forests of Les Gavarres, we descend towards the coast and the town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Distance Short 45 km - 28 miles, Long 60 km - 37 miles

Day 7: Sant Feliu de Guíxols - Girona. On our final day, we take advantage of another Vía Verde to take us back to our starting point in Girona. The route is relatively short, so we can take advantage to visit the nearby village of Tossa, do some last-minute shopping, enjoy the beach etc. Or alternatively, head back to Girona to spend more time in this fine city. Distance 50 km – 31 miles.

Day 8: Transfer Girona - departure point. End of trip. Pick up from hotel and transfer to departure point.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Continental style breakfast
- Transport to and from arrival/departure points
- Information Pack with Route Guide and maps
- Luggage transport between hotels.

Price Excludes:
- Lunch and dinner
- Bicycle hire
- Holiday extension.

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