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Spain

Retreat San Sebastian

25th - 30th Juli 2017

The perfect blend of riding and relaxation

New for 2017, we have created a tour in the cycling hotbed of the Basque Country. It features verdant scenery and deserted single-track roads, marking the backdrop for some of the finest food and wine in the world. Rapha Travel has chosen the Retreat Basque at a time of year which showcases the best the region has to offer.

Single occupancy — CHF 4.850 per person
Double occupancy — CHF 3.950 per person

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Who is it for?

Rapha Travel pioneered the idea of the cycling Retreat, a luxurious break where the emphasis is as much on unwinding and enjoying stunning surroundings as it is on challenging yourself on the bike. With exclusive accommodation in which to stretch out, and the best regional specialities, local wines and culture, the Retreats set a standard that other trip providers cannot match. Rapha Retreats are always based in one stunning location, for the ultimate in stress relief, and you can tailor-make the riding itinerary to suit you. Choose 150km over the high mountains, or a gentle coffee spin before an afternoon of relaxation; guided or solo, it’s up to you. Non-riding partners are welcomed along to share the experience with you.

How Hard is it?

Retreats suit all types of riders, except for those who want packed days and relentless riding. Although you will have the chance to do big days in the saddle and test yourself on amazing roads, your time can be as demanding or as gentle as you like: wine tastings, market trips, swimming and massages are examples of indulgences that are positively encouraged. You’ll return home fitter and happier, and recharged in mind and body.

All Retreats include

  • Airport transfers
  • All meals including alcohol
  • On-road food
  • Daily massage
  • Laundry

Double occupancy as standard

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire* and travel insurance are not included
*Bike hire only available for EU trips

Day Distance Climbing
Arrival Day Flights to Bilbao 26 KM 700 M
Day 1 Aiako 50 KM 1500 M
Day 2 Col Du Rhune loop 100 KM 3300 M
Day 3 Getaria 58 KM 1200 M
Day 4 Dam Loop 83 KM 2300 M
Day 5 Ice Cream & Departure

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Arrival Day

Flights to Bilbao

Arrive to Bilbao to be met by a member of the Rapha Travel team. From here we transfer to Hotel Usategieta, with time for an afternoon spin over the Jaizkibel, where the Clasica San Sebastian is won or lost.

Distance

26 KM

Climbing

700 M

Accommodation

Usategieta Hotel

Day 1

Aiako

Taking in the roads around the hotel, we explore the granite peaks of the Aiako National Park visible from our accommodation. Spend the afternoon exploring the nearby city of San Sebastian on foot.

Distance

50 KM

Climbing

1500 M

Accommodation

Usategieta Hotel

Day 2

Col Du Rhune loop

Today we head east into France and climb the Col du Rhune, home to a 1920s rack railway and one of the finest vistas in the Pais Vasco. We return through the Tximista Valley, passing through some typical Basque villages.

Distance

100 KM

Climbing

3300 M

Accommodation

Usategieta Hotel

Major Climbs

Col Du Rhune loop

Day 3

Getaria

We ride one-way to idyllic fishing village Getaria, birthplace of iconic Basque explorer Juan Sebastián Elkano . A final climb to a family-owned and -operated vineyard perched above the sea provides the perfect backdrop to take in the view.

Distance

58 KM

Climbing

1200 M

Accommodation

Usategieta Hotel

Day 4

Dam Loop

Exploring the valleys and river system south-west of our accommodation, we’ll take in some punchy climbs to cap off a perfect week of riding.

Distance

83 KM

Climbing

2300 M

Accommodation

Usategieta Hotel

Day 5

Ice Cream & Departure

A short morning spin with time for a coffee or ice cream before transfers to Bilbao airport in the afternoon

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Customer Testimonials

Loved the venue, the team, the food, the rides, the whole experience was hard to fault.

— Retreat Provence, 2015

Lots and lots of fun riding and inspirational discussions and dinners.

— Retreat Provence, 2015

FAQ

Can I bring a non-riding companion?

We welcome non-riding partners on our Retreats, but not on other trips.

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.

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Contact Us

Europe

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)

USA

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: 877.907.2742

Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (PDT)

Asia Pacific

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)