Segovia cycling tour in Spain
Description of Segovia cycling tour in Spain
This Spain cycling holiday is designed for people willing to challenge themselves physically, culturally and socially.
But more than that - it's a tour that takes care to use local suppliers wherever possible, directly benefitting rural communities that are battling depopulation. So not only is your holiday having a big impact, it also means you'll get a friendly welcome everywhere you go.
Your experience will include an intimate tour of the best cycling in the plains and mountains around Segovia, a quick immersion in language, food and culture and an opportunity to do all of this with people who share a common vision of a well-balanced life. Spain is different as the saying goes, but this is a whole new side to the country.
Groups numbers are kept low, reducing the impact on communities and the environment, and also ensuring you can stay in smaller, family owned accommodations.
The Segovia area is located in the Castile-Leon region of Spain, on the north side of the Guadarrama mountain range just over an hour north of Madrid. You are in the land of kings, queens, castles and knights in shining armour… not to mention the many spectacular testaments of Roman and Moorish civilizations centuries ago. The province is home to the UNESCO city of Segovia with its awe-striking Roman aqueduct, Gothic cathedral and fairy-tale Alcázar (fortress).
The nearby mountains also host stages of Spain's pro cycling Vuelta tour. Picture yourself whizzing down the peak of Cotos or Navacerrada, Madrid’s winter ski station at 1880m, navigating the 7 'revueltas' (hairpins) as they are known to local cyclists. This is a Madrid training classic for both pro and semipro cyclists! You will pass through dense forests of the fragrant, native Valsain pines and sweep through historic villages like La Granja de San Idelfonso with its decadent palace and Versailles-like gardens - always sticking to marked trails.
Your centre-based tour is based out of a picturesque and pristine village, Torrecaballeros, just 15 minutes from Segovia. In and around Torrecaballeros, the roads are optimal for cycling given the variety of routes, historic and picturesque towns, and the lack of traffic. Each day you will set out from the village on a different and interesting day trip. There is a variety of terrain and many different historic and quaint towns and villages that you will visit each day.
An exceptional value trip package includes:
1) 6 night’s accommodation at a beautifully appointed superior 4-star hotel/rancho
2) Meals include: Gourmet breakfast and Gourmet Evening Dinners (including wine/beer, soft drinks)
3) Exclusively designed cycling jersey
4) Cycling, trekking guides and support
5) ½ day alternative activity (ie. guided hike, e-mountain biking, off-the-beaten-track excursion)
6) Power bars, isotonic drinks and coffees on the road
7) Group access to spa and pools (indoor and outdoor)
8) Guided Spanish Wine Tasting experience with Certified Sommelier
9) Guided Tour of UNESCO Heritage site of Segovia
PlanetIn most of Spain, we are already keenly aware of the need to conserve water. The establishments we work with have a water conservation practices that guests are encouraged to support. When tours start, we brief guests on the "whys" of these practices. We also encourage the use of reusable drinking bottles, which most cyclists and hikers already use. We provide any to guests if necessary.
The trails we will hike and cycle are established and approved trails. We do not encourage or support any "off-piste" activities. Guests will be reminded to be respectful of any wildlife in the area and also to ensure they gather any rubbish that they may generate along the way. We normally stop for organised lunches either at local restaurants or using local chefs to cater outdoors taking full responsibility for ensuring the area is properly cleaned up after use. We try to seriously limit the use of plastics and prewrapped foods by having as many snacks as possible at local cafes. We use reusable containers for on route snacks.
98 per cent of our communication and marketing materials are digital. We produce a very limited number of 1-page leaflets for those not so digitally inclined otherwise we run a paperless operation.
As cyclists and hikers, we are committed to a different type of travel; one that uses our legs/feet to get us around and discover places. All the same, we take this a step further as we stage our trips in the centre of the towns and villages so once people arrive, they will only be using their feet or legs to start their tours, visit the town or villages, go to nearby restaurants, shops and cafes. If we do need to move people because a starting point or a visit is further afield, we do so by carpooling; using one or two vehicles to move the group from point A to point B.
PeopleOur tours support of local businesses and community is at the heart of our DNA. Our goal is to promote these cycling and hiking paradises we have discovered for our tours, in a sustainable, responsible way, supporting the local community and businesses of these rural areas we have come to know and love.
We understand that depopulation is a modern threat in these areas. Many of the people we partner with, are young entrepreneurs who have taken the risk and made a choice to carve out their livelihood in these areas. Our tours become community projects as we involve local businesses; boutique hotels, guides, bike shops, restaurants/local chefs and producers, shops, wineries, historic monuments and cultural attractions.
We support actions that help preserve our natural surroundings and consume locally. We act as purveyors of the best and most authentic local experiences. We encourage our guests to shop locally for any souvenirs or gifts by providing a list of places where they can do this and, when possible, supporting locally made products. We proactively promote these businesses and individuals as a part of our ongoing communications and marketing. Our success is their success and vice versa.
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