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BARCELONA HIDDEN SECRETS BIKE TOUR

If you would like to discover the mountains where bandits used to hide, if you want to soak up the lifestyle of traditional villages and enjoy their rich gastronomy, then this fabulous tour is just what you’re looking for.

Three days that start in Vic, a historical town known for its large market square and numerous churches and convents in the old quarter. It’s not surprising that back in the 16th century our accommodation started out as an old cloistered convent that has since been converted into a comfortable hotel. From here you’ll ride along the mythic Bracons road and explore the beautiful Vall d’en Bas; you’ll enjoy the impressive views of Collsacabra, you’ll feel experience emotions on the high mountains of the Montseny massif and you’ll relax among the meadows of El Lluçanès.

A tour for people who love real experiences, designed to show you the secret hidden spots of inland Catalonia.

TOTAL
DISTANCE

CBT ROUTE:

194 kms

EPIC ROUTE:

282 kms

TOTAL
ASCENT

CBT ROUTE:

3.577 mts

EPIC ROUTE:

5.254 mts

AVERAGE
DAILY
DISTANCE

CBT ROUTE:

65 kms

EPIC ROUTE:

94 kms

AVERAGE
DAILY
ASCENT

CBT ROUTE:

1.192 mts

EPIC ROUTE:

1.751

TOUR INFORMATION:

Starting point: Vic
Arrival: Vic
Duration: 5 days, 3 stages
Recommended season: February to November

OPTIONAL BIKE:
2020 SCOTT ADDICT SE DISC

DAY 1

¡WELCOME TO CATALUNYA!

We will meet at Les Clarisses Hotel in Vic where our team will be waiting in the hall to welcome you at 18:00.

For your convenience and if you plan to arrive before the set time, you will be able to check in, indicating your name and our company name (TOURMALET 2015 SLU). If you have booked accommodation in a shared room with another guest, we kindly ask you to keep the room in perfect condition until their arrival.

After you have checked in and been shown your room, our team will give a briefing to provide you with general information about the tour. We will then tune the bicycles of all the guests who have contracted our rental service.

We will end the first day of the trip with a fantastic welcoming dinner in the hotel, with the whole team.

Important information: Please refer to the Travel Details section for detailed information about the different public and private transport options to take you to the initial meeting point. For your information, we offer optional transfer services upon request. You can contract them on the booking form.

ACCOMMODATION

DAY 2 / STAGE 1 VIC – JOANETES – VIC

STAGE DESCRIPTION

We’ll set off on the quiet roads of the Vic Plain, heading in a northerly direction. Far away on the horizon you’ll be able to see the infinite Pyrenees mountain range, although closer to us there will be a first wall of mountains showing the silhouette of the Puigsacalm and the cliffs of Collsacabra, today’s objectives.

The first mountain pass of the day, Coll de Bracons, will lead us to Puigsacalm, in the range that separates the districts of Osona and La Garrotxa. Our minds will be filled by the beauty and toughness of the climb until we reach the top, where we will be rewarded by the wonderful views of the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. We’ll suddenly find ourselves within a rural postcard, in the little village of Els Hostalets d’en Bas, where we can sit at a table surrounded by volcanoes, calmly enjoying the scenery while tasting the delicious cured meats produced in the area.

On the way back we’ll go uphill towards Coll de Condreu, which will take us to Rupit and Tavertet, two true gems hidden among the impressive Collsacabra mountain range. Before we leave the mediaeval village of Rupit, we can’t miss visiting its spectacular suspension bridge and among the crags of the picturesque village of Tavertet we’ll be able to enjoy the magnificent views of Catalonia’s most hidden spots before descending again to Vic.

CBT ROUTE

68 kms

1.491 mts

EPIC ROUTE

108 kms

1.827 mts

MOUNTAIN PASSES

COLL DE BRACONS

ELEVATION: 560 m / 1837 feet
LENGHT: 13,4 km / 8,32 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 4,2%

COLL DE CONDREU

ELEVATION: 531 m / 1742 feet
LENGTH: 10,2 km / 6,33 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 5,2%

ALT DE TAVERTET

ELEVATION: 187 m / 597 feet
LENGTH: 4,9 km / 3,04 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 3,5%

ACCOMMODATION

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF THE DAY

La Fageda d’en Jordà
Parc Natural de la zona volcànica de la Garrotxa
Rupit
Tavertet

DAY 3 / STAGE 2 VIC – EL MONTSENY -VIC

STAGE DESCRIPTION

We will spend the day riding around the Montseny Natural Park, the quintessential cycling territory of the region of Barcelona. Our route will allow us to discover the most typical roads and landscapes of the Volta a Catalunya, while we complete the tour of the peaks of Turó de l’Home and Matagalls.

We’ll start off by warming up our legs on Coll de Mansa, which will take us near Viladrau, lying at the foot of the natural park and the birthplace of the most famous Catalan bandit, Serrallonga. We’ll leave the village behind and after riding next to the chestnut and beech tree forests where this infamous bandit used to carry out his robberies, we’ll climb to Santa Fe del Montseny on one of the loveliest cycling ascents in Catalonia.

We’ll descend through a leafy beech tree forest until we reach the junction where we’ll take the road that goes to the top of Coll de Santa Helena with its fantastic views of the city of Barcelona. Here the bravest cyclists can tackle the really tough final kilometres that lead to the summit of Turó de l’Home. Standing at a height of 1,705 metres above sea level, it is the highest point of the natural park.

We’ll finish the stage with two long descents, interrupted by the legendary climb to Collformic, lying at the foot of the famous peak of Matagalls and the gateway to the region of Vic, our host town.

CBT ROUTE

65 kms

1.139 mts

EPIC ROUTE

91 kms

1.904 mts

MOUNTAIN PASSES

COLL DE LA MANSA

ELEVATION: 166 m / 544 feet
LENGHT: 4,1 km / 2,55 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 4%

ALT DE SANTA FE

ELEVATION: 661 m / 2168 feet
LENGHT: 17,9 km / 11,12 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 3,7%

COLL FORMIC
(from la Costa del Monsteny)

ELEVATION: 729 m / 2391 feet
LENGTH: 13 km / 8,07 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 3,2%

ACCOMMODATION

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF THE DAY

Viladrau
Macizo del Montseny – Turó de l’Home

DÍA 4 / ETAPA 3 VIC – PERAFITA – VIC

STAGE DESCRIPTION

On our last day, we’ll pedal in a northwestly direction to visit the high plateau of El Lluçanès, a region full of peaceful roads that are perfect for cycling and visiting its small country villages.

We’ll begin the route pedalling among the farms and pastureland of the Vic Plain. At the foot of the emblematic sanctuary of La Gleva, we’ll start climbing up the winding road that leads to the mythic Alt de La Trona, the setting for historical car rallies and exciting bicycle race stages.

Recuperando el aliento nos adentraremos en Perafita, donde el aroma a coca —torta dulce tradicional de Catalunya— que desprende un antiguo obrador de la plaza del pueblo nos llamará a un descanso.

Before starting the last climb of the day, in this case to Fontfreda, we’ll visit the small village of Oristà where Perot Rocaguinarda, another popular legendary bandit, was born in 1582.

When we’re a few kilometres from Vic, we can’t miss the opportunity to stop in Santa Eulàlia de Riuprimer. Here we’ll be able to enjoy the best gastronomy of the area in a mythic restaurant where all the cyclists in the region like to meet up. Its exquisite dishes will be the best way to end this amazing tour.

CBT ROUTE

61 kms

947 mts

EPIC ROUTE

83 kms

1.523 mts

MOUNTAIN PASSES

ALT DE LA TRONA

ELEVATION: 411 m / 1348 feet
LENGHT: 12,6 km / 7,82 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 3,3%

ALT DE FONTFREDA

ELEVATION: 401 m / 1315 feet
LENGTH: 8,4 km / 5,21 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 4,8%

ACCOMMODATION

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF THE DAY

Lluçanès
Riera de Merlès

DAY 5

¡GOOD JOURNEY BACK!

After a few intensive cycling days, this great experience reaches its end. We sincerely hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.

We would like to remind you that you must leave the hotel before 12:00 noon. If you contract a shuttle service to your destination, the drivers will be waiting for you in the hall at the agreed time.

Thank you so much for choosing us and we look forward to seeing you soon!

ARRIVAL

MEETING LOCATION:

Hotel Les Clarisses, Vic

(Barcelona)

MEETING TIME:

18:00

DEPARTURE

DEPARTURE LOCATION:

Hotel Les Clarisses, Vic

(Barcelona)

DEPARTURE TIME:

11:45 AM

HOW TO GET THERE?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Barcelona – Vic

Train: The Renfe R3 suburban line connects the cities of Barcelona and Vic in about 1.5 hours. Trains depart every hour from Barcelona-Sants and Vic stations from 6:00 until 22:00. The approximate cost is €7.00 per journey. Renfe allows bicycles to be taken on trains as part of the luggage on all local and medium distance journeys. You can find the scheduled departure and arrival times here.

Bus: The e12 line operated by Sagalés connects the cities of Barcelona and Vic in about 1.5 hours. The approximate cost is €9.00 per journey. Bicycles can be taken on buses free of charge, as long as they are placed in the luggage hold and are properly packed and protected. You can find more information about timetables and stops here.

Barcelona Airport – Barcelona

Train: The Renfe R2 suburban line connects Terminal 2 of Barcelona airport with Barcelona-Sants train station every half hour. The journey takes 20 minutes and costs approximately €7.00. If you are landing at Terminal 1, there is a free shuttle bus service between the two airport terminals. Buses leave every 5 minutes from the ground floor of T1.

Metro: The L9 Southern line connects the T1 and T2 airport terminals with Barcelona in about 30 minutes. Trains leave every 7 minutes and the trip costs €4.60 to any station in the centre of Barcelona. TMB (Barcelona Metropolitan Transports Authority) allows bicycles to be taken on board, except during rush hours on working days (from 7.00 to 9.30 and 17.00 to 20.30).

Taxi: There is a 24-hour taxi service at the T1 and T2 airport terminals. The journey to the centre of Barcelona takes approximately 30 minutes and the daytime fare costs about €35.00. A supplement of 1 euro is charged for each suitcase you take with you.

Other options: You can find further information about other existing means of transport as well as detailed maps of the airport here.

Girona – Girona/Costa Brava Airport – Vic

Bus: Eix-bus line operated by TEISA connects the city of Girona, Girona-Costa Brava Airport and Vic in about 1 hour. Each journey costs approximately €8.00. Bicycles can be taken on buses free of charge, as long as they are placed in the luggage hold and are properly packed and protected. You can find more information about timetables and stops here.

PRIVATE TRANSPORT SERVICES

Catalonia Bike Tours transfers

Alternatively, we offer transfer services from anywhere in Catalonia upon request. Our vans are adapted to transfer luggage and bicycles for groups up to 8 passengers. You can request an estimate for this service by using our booking form or contacting us.

Taxis and FHV

You can easily find taxi services in many towns and cities around the country, but keep in mind that most of them do not accept bicycles as part of the luggage. For this reason, if you are travelling with your bike, we strongly recommend you use the public transport system or hire a private transfer service.

DATES AND PRICES

04/10/2020 – 08/10/2020 1.495€ / BARCELONA HIDDEN SECRETS BIKE TOUR
08/08/2021 – 11/08/2021 1.495€ / BARCELONA HIDDEN SECRETS BIKE TOUR

¿WHAT'S INCLUDED?

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • Accommodation in selected hotels in double occupancy room with half-board.
  • Execution of the tour by certified and multilingual bike tour guides specialised in tourism.
  • Health insurance.
  • Support vehicle and roadside assistance.
  • Daily transfer of luggage.
  • Supply of solid and liquid provisions during the tour.
  • Mechanical service (doesn't include replacement components of privately-owned bicyles).
  • Tourist tax.
  • Visits to tourist attractions and tourist advice during the rides.
  • Routes accessed via Ride with GPS app.
  • Trip PhotoBook.

OPTIONAL SERVICES

  • Transfers.
  • Hired bicycles: includes comprehensive insurance, mechanical service, daily fine-tuning and components (check prices in Rental Bikes section).
  • Single room.
  • Activities and additional visits.
  • Additional nights.

NOT INCLUDED SERVICES

  • Transfer to our country.
  • Repair service and component replacement of privately-owned bicycles.
  • Minibar and extras in hotels.

HOTEL

OUR BIKES

SCOTT ADDICT SE DISC 2020
(Shimano Ultegra Di2 electrónico)

The SCOTT Addict SE Disc was designed from the ground up with those longer days in mind. With geometry that is less focused on racing and more on enduring, a Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain and disc brakes, the Addict SE Disc will be your go to when you’re looking to put the miles in.


PRICE: 80€/STAGE

Includes comprehensive insurance, mechanical service and components.


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Addict Disc HMF Carbon technology
  • Endurance geometry / Replaceable Derailleur Hanger
  • Addict Disc HMF
  • 1 1/8″-1 1/4″ Carbon steerer
  • Alloy Dropout
  • Syncros Integrated
  • Shimano Ultegra Di2 RD-R8050-GS
  • 22 Speed Electronic Shift System
  • Shimano Ultegra FD-R8050
  • Eletronic Shift System
  • Shimano Ultegra Di2 ST-R8070
  • 22 Speed Electronic Shift System
  • Shimano BR-R8070 Hyd Disc
  • 160/F and 160/R SM-RT800 CL rotor
  • Shimano Ultegra FC-R8000
  • Hollowtech II 52×36 T
  • Syncros RP2.0 Disc
  • 28 Front / 28 Rear
  • Syncros RWS
  • Shimano CS-R7000
  • 11-32
FIND YOUR SIZE

SCOTT ADDICT 10 DISC 2020
(Shimano Ultegra)

The SCOTT Addict 10 Disc was designed from the ground up with those longer days in mind. With geometry that is less focused on racing and more on enduring, a Shimano Ultegra drivetrain and disc brakes, the Addict 10 will be your go to when you’re looking to put the miles in.


PRICE: 50€/STAGE

Includes comprehensive insurance, mechanical service and components.


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Addict Disc HMF Carbon technology
  • Endurance geometry / Replaceable Derailleur Hanger
  • Addict Disc HMF
  • 1 1/8″-1 1/4″ Carbon steerer
  • Alloy Dropout
  • Syncros Integrated
  • Shimano Ultegra RD-R8000-GS
  • 22 Speed
  • Shimano Ultegra FD-R8000
  • Shimano Ultegra ST-R8020 Carbon
  • Dual control 22 Speed
  • Shimano BR-R8070 Hyd Disc
  • 160/F and 160/R SM-RT800 CL rotor
  • Shimano Ultegra FC-R8000
  • Hollowtech II 52×36 T
  • Syncros RP2.0 Disc
  • 28 Front / 28 Rear
  • Syncros RWS
  • Shimano CS-R7000
  • 11-32
FIND YOUR SIZE

PRICES

Basic Price 6 pax 1.950€ 1.950€ 1.950€
Single Room Supplement +240€ +240€ +240€
Optional Bike Hire SCOTT ADDICT 10 disc 50€/stage

SCOTT ADDICT SE disc 80€/stage

DISCOUNTS BY NUMBER OF TRAVELERS

Number of travellers 7-8 9-10 11-12 +12
Discount 5% 10% 15% On request

SMALL GROUPS SUPPLEMENT

4 travellers 5 travellers
Supplement travelling on small groups (price par client) +290€ +120€

TOUR AVAILABILITY

MARCH TO NOVEMBER

February – May / October – November

June and September

July and August

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • Transfer of travellers as soon as they arrive to our country to their destination.
  • Accomodation in selected hotels in double occupancy room with half-board.
  • Execution of the tour in a private group.
  • Certified and multilingual bike tour guides specialised in tourism.
  • Health insurance.
  • Support vehicle and roadside assistance.
  • Daily transfer of luggage.
  • Supply of solid and liquid provisions during the tour.
  • Mechanical service (doesn't include replacement components of privately-owned bicyles).
  • Tourist tax.
  • Visits to tourist attractions and tourist advice during the rides.
  • Routes accessed via Ride with GPS app.
  • Trip PhotoBook.
  • Catalonia Bike Tours cycling jersey by Sportful.

OPTIONAL SERVICES

  • Hired bicycles. Includes comprehensive insurance, mechanical service, daily fine-tuning and components.
  • Single room.
  • Activities and additional visits.
  • Additional nights.

WHAT ISN'T INCLUDED?

  • Transfer to our country.
  • Repair service and component replacement of privately-owned bicycles.
  • Minibar and extras in hotels.

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