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The Kingdom of El Cid

The Kingdom of El Cid.

Join us on this unique luxury cycle tour through olive groves, orange trees, vineyards and spectacular mountain and ocean scenery as we journey from south to north following parts of the original route of the Camino del Cid.

Over the course of this 8 day, 7 night tour you will enjoy a range of experiences starting in the south of Valencia Province with ancient traditional Spanish architecture and culture and ending in the city of Valencia, the capital of the medieval kingdom of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar – El Cid, the 11th century knight often called the most famous Spaniard.

Here you will see the transition from ancient to ultra modern Spain as we ride into the city along a disused rail track, down the beautiful reclaimed riverbed and into the magnificent Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, the city of arts and sciences, the site of several modern architectural masterpieces designed by world famous architects, which leads us across the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit and into the port of Valencia, the venue for two Americas Cups.

Tour Highlights

  • Luxury accommodation
  • Excellent local cuisine
  • Fine Spanish wines
  • City walking tours
  • Buildings of great religious and historical significance
  • City of Arts & Sciences
  • Jalón Valley
  • America’s Cup Port
  • Traditional Spanish cooking class


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Good to Know

  • Duration:
    • 8 Days / 7 nights (6 days cycling)
  • Start and End:
    • Alicante / Valencia
  • Rider Level:
    • Easy to moderate with optional climbs
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JUNE 2016, SEPT 2016




JUNE 2016, SEPT 2016

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Day 1

  • Travel:
    • Arrive in Alicante
  • Food & Drink:
    • Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • Hospes Amerigo

Day 1 | Arrival in Alicante.

We will meet at 4pm at the luxurious Hospes Amerigo hotel in Alicante.  We’ll begin with introductions while enjoying cocktails and cold refreshments, after which we will take any questions you may have, and discuss the route we’ll be following over the next 6 days. We will then be joined by our friend Jorge, a teacher and accredited Valencian tour guide.  He’ll talk to us about the region and its history, with particular reference to our route, and then we’ll go out to a tapas restaurant to sample some traditional Spanish dishes and local wines.  After that it’ll be time to head back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep before starting our first ride the following morning.

Day 2

  • Travel:
    • Confrides to La Escondida
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • La Escondida
  • Destinations:
    • Alicante
    • Confrides
    • Benilloba
    • Benifallim
    • La Escondida
  • Distance:
    • 15 miles (24km)
  • Optional Pre-Ride Distance:
    • 8 miles (13km)

Day 2 | Confrides to La Escondida.

We will drive to meet our bikes at Confrides for the start of the first ride. The first 2.5 miles (4km) will be an invigorating climb where we will halt briefly to catch our breath and take a quick drink, before a winding descent of 7 miles (11km) between two mountain ranges that will provide stunning views of the Sierra de Aitana. After that there’ll be a little more climbing as we ride the last 5.5 miles (9km) to our hotel, the beautiful La Escondida, where we will stay for two nights. We will be offering an optional extra ride on this day, which will start before the main ride. It will take the form of a climb from El Castell de Guadalest, one of the most visited tourist spots in Spain, to the start of the day’s scheduled ride described above. If you elect to do this ride it will involve setting off 45 minutes before the others, and meeting them at Confrides.

Lunch will be on the hotel terrace. In the afternoon you will be able to enjoy the pool, spa, or tennis courts.

For dinner we will drive 20 minutes to a nearby town and dine at a traditional Spanish restaurant.

Day 3

  • Travel:
    • Penguila to La Escondida
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • La Escondida
  • Destinations:
    • Penaguila
    • Alcoleja
    • La Escondida
  • Distance:
    • 15.5 miles (25km)
  • Optional Pre-Ride Distance:
    • 4 miles (6km)

Day 3 | Penguila to La Escondida.

Before starting our ride we will drive 4 miles (6km) from the hotel to meet our bikes just south of the pretty village of Penaguila. The ride will be circular, taking us along beautiful, quiet country roads through forests and valleys via the village of Alcoleja, and finishing back at the hotel. Again, for those who would like an exhilarating start to the day there will be the option to ride from the hotel to the start of the planned ride south of Penaguila.

On our return to the hotel we will have Lunch and watch a cooking demonstration by the excellent hotel chef, sampling some wine and tasting his work afterwards. The rest of the afternoon will be free to enjoy the facilities of the hotel, or maybe just take a well-earned siesta.

Dinner will be in the restaurant at La Escondida.

Day 4

  • Travel:
    • Tollos to Jalón
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • Luxury hotel in Jalón
  • Destinations:
    • Tollos
    • Castell de Castells
    • Benigembla
    • Parcent
    • Jalon
  • Distance:
    • Distance 22 miles (35km)

Day 4 | Tollos to Jalon.

After breakfast we will leave La Escondida and head east towards the sea, driving for 30 minutes to meet our bikes at the hilltop village of Tollos, 2,625 feet (800m) above sea level. From there we will make a gentle descent via the small villages of Famorca and Castell de Castells, the source of the River Jalón, riding through olive and almond groves into the picturesque Jalón valley which will be our final destination for the day.

We will have Lunch at one of the many traditional Spanish restaurants in the valley. The afternoon will then be free to take a siesta or relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities.

In the evening we will dine out in a nearby town.

Day 5

  • Travel:
    • Jalón to Gandia
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • Hotel Mont-Sant
  • Destinations:
    • Jalón
    • Pego
    • Gandia
  • Distance:
    • 28 miles (46km)

Day 5 | Jalón to Gandia.

In the morning we will ride directly from the hotel and head north towards Valencia, experiencing two contrasting landscapes. For the first 9 miles (15km) we’ll leave the Jalón Valley behind, climbing over hills and descending 4.5 miles (7km) before arriving at the coastal plain where we will follow the coastline north to Oliva. Here we will join the route of the reclaimed Carcaixent-Denia railway line, formerly the oldest narrow-gauge railway line in Spain, riding through orange groves, market gardens and over irrigation canals directly into the town of Gandia. The ride will finish outside the Ducal Palace, the family home of the legendary Borgias.

We will have Lunch before viewing the palace, parts of which date back to the 14th century, then we will leave the bikes and drive inland to our hotel for the night, the former monastery Mont-Sant situated in the historic town of Xativa.

After enjoying a short guided tour of the old town, we will have dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 6

  • Travel:
    • Algemesi to Valencia
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast / Gourmet Picnic / Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • Hotel Caro
  • Destinations:
    • Algemesi
    • Valencia
  • Distance:
    • 28 miles (46km)
  • Optional Extra Ride Distance:
    • 3 miles (5km)

Day 6 | Algemesi to Valencia.

We will drive for 20 minutes to meet our bikes just outside Algemesi and begin riding to our final destination, the capital of the ancient kingdom of El Cid, Valencia. This virtually flat ride will take us back towards the coastal plain through the Albufera natural park, stopping in the park and again along the seafront section of the ride for snacks and refreshments. Then, as we approach the port at the outskirts of the city, we’ll leave the bikes and drive the final few kilometers to our hotel.

Valencia has an excellent network of over 50 miles (80km) of cycle tracks within the city. If anyone still has energy to burn, there will be the option to use these tracks for a flat ride of about 3 miles (5km) through the city to the door of our hotel.

For the final two nights of the tour we’ll be staying at the luxury boutique Hotel Caro in the old quarter of the city.

At the hotel we’ll freshen up and change into casual clothes before heading off to learn how to cook the world-famous authentic Valencian paella. You’ll see how it’s cooked and learn the secret tips that make a good paella great, and then we’ll enjoy it together with tapas, wine and traditional homemade desserts. The rest of the evening will be free time – if you’re still hungry we’ll be able to recommend some great restaurants.

Day 7

  • Travel:
    • Pucol to America’s Cup Port, Valencia
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast / Gourmet Picnic / Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • Hotel Caro
  • Destinations:
    • Pucol
    • America’s Cup Port
    • Valencia
  • Distance:
    • 20.5 miles (33km)

Day 7 | Pucol to America’s Cup Port, Valencia.

A relaxed final day on tour will see us drive north to the start of another reclaimed railway line. This leads into the city where we will join the municipal cycle track network and ride down the beautiful Turia riverbed with its gardens, open air auditoriums, sports facilities and much more – it’s where the Valencianos come to relax and spend their recreation time. We will follow the riverbed, as it meanders towards the sea, through the magnificent “City of Arts and Sciences” where we’ll stop for photographs and refreshments. Then we’ll continue along the cycle tracks, parallel to sections of the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit, to have Lunch in the America’s Cup port.

After Lunch you will have the option of driving, cycling or walking back to the hotel to freshen up and relax. In the evening there will be a walking tour around the old parts of the city before our farewell dinner in a Michelin starred restaurant in the center of Valencia.

Day 8

  • Travel:
    • Depart Valencia
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast

Day 8 | Depart for Home.

After our final breakfast we’ll say our farewells and depart for our onward transportation.


Photograph of the Hospes Amerigo Entrance

Hospes Amerigo

Located in the historical heart of the City of Light, Hospes Amerigo is an old black friar’s convent which has been completely refurbished into a luxury hotel full of architectural beauty. Enjoy impressive views of the Santa Barbara Castle from the rooftop and relax in the Bodyna spa.

  • Day 1
Photograph of the Hotel La Escondida pool

Hotel La Escondida

A Moorish building that’s well over 100 years old, Hotel La Escondida sits in proud command of its own 500-acre estate. Take in the stunning surrounding landscape and the endless blue of a perfect Spanish sky as you lie by the outdoor pool or sip a local wine on one of the sprawling terraces.

  • Day 2 and 3
Photograph of the hosteria de mont-sant dining area

Hosteria de Mont-Sant

Located in one of the most incredible landscapes in the south of Valencia, Hosteria de Mont-Sant sits below Xativa’s castle and is surrounded by a great natural spot. Its 16,000m of gardens, full of orange blossom and jasmine make the hotel a peaceful paradise.

  • Day 4
Photograph of the Caro Hotel

Hotel Caro

Caro Hotel is located in the Seu-Xerea neighbourhood in the heart of the city of Valencia. Housed in a 19th century palace with features dating back to ancient times, the hotel sits in contrast to the famous City of Arts and Sciences that’s just a short walk away.

  • Day 5 and 6

What's Included

What's Included

What's Included:

  • Breakfast
  • Luxury and exclusive accommodations
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Lunches
  • Exclusive dinners with wine
  • Specialist guides
  • Extra activities described on program (monuments, wine tastings, etc.)
  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Full technical support vehicle along tour
What's Included

What's Not Included:

  • Air fares
  • Transfers from airport to first hotel
  • Transfers from final hotel to airport
  • Personal medical
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages other than those served with meals and at other scheduled activities on the tour

Prices & Dates

Go Private

If you'd prefer to have us all to yourself we offer private tours to each of our destinations. Wherever you want to go, whenever you want to go, let us know and we'll work with you to make it happen!

Alternate dates and prices

Below is a selection of alternate dates and prices for our Valencia tour. Once our tours are advertised, they're confirmed.

Rider Levels




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Bikes used on the tour.

On day one we’ll introduce you to your bike, make sure you’re familiar with its features and operation, and make any adjustments that are required to suit your personal riding preferences. If you ride with cleats and would like to bring your own pedals along we’ll fit them for you and return them to you at the end of the tour. If you’d like a rear view mirror fitted let us know and we’ll attach one for you. If your saddle isn’t quite as comfortable as you’re used to, tell us and we’ll offer you an alternative.

Every morning while you’re enjoying breakfast and loosening up for the ride ahead at least one of us will be checking your bikes to ensure they’re in tip-top condition for the ride ahead.

Hopefully not required, but nice to know they’re available, an extensive range of tools and spares with be travelling along with you, out of sight and at a discreet distance so we can quickly get you back in the saddle in the event of a problem. Should you have a problem that takes a little longer to fix, don’t worry we’ll also be carrying a couple of spare bikes that we can adjust to your preferences and get you riding again in a matter of minutes.

For more information on the bikes we use click here.

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