Volta a Girona
with Dan Sullivan

Volta a Girona with Dan Sullivan

Join Dan Sullivan on a magnificent ride through the best of Girona and Catalonia

The trip showcases the best riding in Catalonia, from the classic rides around Girona, to the Costa Brava, and finishes with a spectacular ride in the Catalan Pyrenees.

Overview

Details

Next Departure

May 30th 2024

From

USD $4,695

Duration

7 days / 6 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

No

Rental Bike

USD $550

Ride Program

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Overview

Catalonia has become a favorite destination for cyclists the world over and is essentially the Thomson Bike Tour backyard. With our HQ based in Sitges, just outside Barcelona, and the vast majority of our ride leaders hailing from Catalonia, we’re well in tune with the highlights of this fascinating region.

This trip showcases many of these highlights, from the classic rides around Girona, to the incredibly scenic Costa Brava, and the iconic climbs of Els Angels, Rocacorba and the Santuari de la Mare de Déu del Mont. We’ve also thrown in a number of hidden gems brought to you by our local ride leaders. To enjoy Catalonia at its best, you’ll stay in wonderful accommodations including the Hotel L’Avenc, one of our all-time favorite hotels.

Join our local Catalan ride staff for a complete immersion in Catalan cycling, food, wine, history and culture.


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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Benvinguts a Catalunya! Hotel Mas Tapiolas
02 Els Angels Hotel Mas Tapiolas
03 Peratallada, Costa Brava and the Catalan countryside Casa Anamaria
04 Rocacorba Casa Anamaria
05 The Pyrenees Hotel Vall d’en Bas
06 Tavertet Hotel l’Avenc
07 Adéu
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Day 1

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Benvinguts a Catalunya!

Your trip starts in Barcelona where our staff will meet you before the transfer to the first hotel of the trip.

After lunch, orientation meeting and bike build-up, you’ll head out for your first ride in Catalunya. You’ll climb the Alt de Sant Grau before a stunning descent to the Mediterranean Coast in Salionç. What follows is one of the most beautiful roads in Catalonia, the coast road from Salionç to Sant Feliu de Guixols.

Day 2

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Els Angels

The two most iconic climbs in the Girona area are the climb to Els Angels and Rocacorba. Later in the week you’ll have the opportunity to climb to Rocacorba, today we’ll ride the classic Els Angels climb from the Girona side.

From the hotel you’ll head north through typical Catalan countryside towards Girona. Just before reaching downtown Girona, you’ll take a right turn in La Creueta signalling the start of the climb to Els Angels, where your name will be added to the 195,000 attempts already registered on Strava! From Els Angels, enjoy a magnificent descent through medieval villages before the second climb of the day, the almost as iconic climb to Santa Pellaia where American rider Lawson Craddock has the KOM in 10:42. How close can you get?

Day 3

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Peratallada, Costa Brava and the Catalan countryside

A magnificent ride through the best of the Catalan countryside and Costa Brava coastline. Rolling hills, forests, medieval villages, beautiful landscapes and stunning sea views will accompany you thoughout this scenic ride through central Catalunya and the Costa Brava. Your guides will have scouted out a great coffee stop and lunch stop along the way where you’ll enjoy some renowned Catalan food and coffee. You’ll also ride through Peratallada, a beautiful small village that gets it’s name from the fact that it was carved out of stone (in catalan – pera = stone, tallada = carved).

Note: Shorter ride option available today (93km, 1223m)

Day 4

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Rocacorba

A beautiful ride through the rolling hills of the Pre-Pyrenees just north of Girona. After 40km you’ll reach the town of Banyoles and it’s famous lake, the largest in Catalonia. Amongst cyclists, Banyoles is also famous as the starting point to the iconic Rocacorba climb which we’ve included on the agenda today. With an average grade of 7.5% over 10km, and several steep pitches, Rocacorba is a challenging climb often used in the training routines of the many professional cyclists that live in the area.

Note: Shorter ride option available today (65km, 1003m)

Day 5

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The Pyrenees

Today you’ll leave behind the rolling hills of central Catalonia and head towards the higher peaks of the Garrotxa and the Catalan Pyrenees. A spectacular ride takes you up one of Catalonia’s most iconic and beautiful climbs, the climb to the Santuari de la Mare de Déu del Mont. Climbing to the summit is well worth the effort as the views from the top are simply stunning. From Mare de Déu del Mont the ride continues through the volcanic region of the Garrotxa, through the medieval town of Besalú, where you’ll ride over the famous Besalú bridge dating back to the 12th century. A magificent ride showcasing some of the best scenery in Catalonia!

Note: Shorter ride option available today (78km, 1524m)

Day 6

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Tavertet

We end the trip with a stunning ride to one of favorite hotels in Tavertet! Leaving the hotel you’ll climb through vast oak forests to 1150m and the Coll de Bracons. From the summit enjoy a long descent and rolling hills to Sant Martí Sescorts and the start of a magnificent final stretch through Tavertet and on to our final hotel. This section of road has abolutely magnificent views of the Collasacabra canyon off to your right. In the late afternoon, early evening we’ll head over to the spectacular medieval village of Rupit to celebrate the end of a magnificent journey with a few farewell drinks and dinner!

Note: Shorter ride option available today (54km, 1522m)

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Adéu

Sadly, your trip across Catalonia has come to an end.

Our shuttle can drop you off in Girona or Barcelona.

Map & Profile

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Climbs

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Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
2 Alt de Sant Grau (from Llagostera) 01 34 4.4%
2 Els Angels (from Girona) 02 38 4.4%
3 Santa Pellaia (from Font de l’Alzina) 02 30 4.3%
3 Romanyà de la Selva (from La Font Picant) 03 25 4.1%
1 Rocacorba 04 84 7.4%
1 Santuari Mare de Deu del Mon (from Sant Marti Sesserres) 05 86 7.2%
1 Coll de Bracons (from Joanetes) 06 93 8.9%
2 Tavertet – L’Avenc (from Sant Marti Sescorts) 06 47 3.9%
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Dates & Prices

Date Booking Status Availability Price / Per Person Single Supplement Non-rider Discount
2024
May 30 - Jun 5
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USD $4,695
USD $900
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    Trip Hotels

    Hotel Mas Tapiolas

    Casa Anamaria

    Hotel Vall d’en Bas

    Hotel l’Avenc


    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 7 days / 6 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 1 sit-down lunch (Day 1)
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick up and Drop off in Barcelona
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Airfare
    • Food and coffee stops during the rides
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 7 days / 6 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 1 sit-down lunch (Day 1)
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick up and Drop off in Barcelona
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Food and coffee stops during the rides
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Pick-up/Drop-off Info

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Time

    Barcelona (precise location TBD)

    May 30 (time TBD)

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Time

    Barcelona or Girona (precise location TBD)

    June 5 (time TBD)


    Rental Bikes

    Specialized Aethos Expert

    Frame

    Aethos FACT 10r Carbon

    Groupset

    Di2 Shimano Ultegra

    Weight

    699g (size 56)

    Wheels

    Roval C38

    Chainrings

    52/36T

    Cassette

    11-36t (12-speed)

    Sizes

    49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61

    USD $550

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    Volta a Girona with Dan Sullivan

    Join our local Catalan ride leaders for this incredible opportunity to witness the very best of Catalonia