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7 Days of Sport Cycling in the Basque Country, Navarre and the Atlantic Pyrenees

The point to point stages route with the modern Mountain Passes of the Basque Pyrenees in its more Pyreneist version

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Self-guided Package 7 stages / 7 nights BASOAK PYRENEES ROAD

In the rural world that our routes run through, hotel establishments are usually small. It is often difficult to book the sequence of accommodations necessary to complete a Pack, especially if the number of participants in a group is a bit high.

Booking in advance is often the key. It is not a commercial trick on our part. Many times, that reservation with enough time in advance is simply the difference between being able or not being able to reserve the Pack.

The Route


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Standar Option
Distance: 611km   Unevenness: 12.180m

Stage 1 - A1: Pamplona - Arbizu
Distance: 102km   Unevenness: 1.470m

Stage 2 - B1: Arbizu - Arbizu
Distance: 83km   Unevenness: 1.585m

Stage 3 - C1: Arbizu - Doneztebe / Elizondo
Distance: 97km   Unevenness: 1.310m

Stage 4 - D1: Doneztebe / Elizondo - Arette
Distance: 93km   Unevenness: 1.980m

Stage 5 - E1: Arette - Arette
Distance: 71km   Unevenness: 2.030m

Stage 6 - F1: Arette - Esterenzubi
Distance: 72km   Unevenness: 1.970m

Stage 7 - G1: Esterenzubi - Pamplona
Distance: 93km   Unevenness: 1.805m

PLUS Option
Distance: 852km   Unevenness: 18.060m

Stage 1 - A2: Pamplona - Arbizu
Distance: 155km   Unevenness: 2.370m

Stage 2 - B2: Arbizu - Arbizu
Distance: 111km   Unevenness: 2.230m

Stage 3 - C2: Arbizu - Doneztebe / Elizondo
Distance: 131km   Unevenness: 2.215m

Stage 4 - D2: Doneztebe / Elizondo - Arette
Distance: 109km   Unevenness: 2.685m

Stage 5 - E2: Arette - Arette
Distance: 121km   Unevenness: 2.945m

Stage 6 - F2: Arette - Esterenzubi
Distance: 103km   Unevenness: 3.170m

Stage 7 - G2: Esterenzubi - Pamplona
Distance: 121km   Unevenness: 2.450m

BASOAK PYRENEES has its own website, you can see all the information of this version of the route by clicking on the logo.

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The Hotels - Day by day

1st night: Iruñea-Pamplona
Hotel Villava

The base of PIRINEOS PUNTO BIKE in Iruñea / Pamplona is located in the HOTEL VILLAVA, a comfortable 3-star establishment located in the town of Villava, with Bikefriendly category and perfectly prepared for our cycling activity. The hotel is in a privileged situation for the practice of our sport, at the foot of Mount Ezkaba and on the road to the Pyrenees.

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2nd and 3rd night: Arbizu
Hotel Izar Ondo

The base of PIRINEOS PUNTO BIKE in the Sakana Valley is the Izar Ondo Hotel in Arbizu

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4th night: Doneztebe
Hostal Santamaria

A comfortable hostel dedicated to cycling service will be the PUNTO BIKE that welcomes us in Santesteban.
At dinner time Casa Santamaría Restaurant, one of the indisputable gastronomic references in the entire Baztan/Bidasoa area, will be in charge of replenishing our energies.

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5th and 6th night: Arette
Hôtel de l'Ours

The base of PIRINEOS PUNTO BIKE in Arette s located in a Rural Hotel completely dedicated to cycling.

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7th night: Esterenzubi
Hotel Andreinia

The base of PIRINEOS PUNTO BIKE in Estérençuby is located in a superb rural hotel in the heart of the Basque Country where Christelle and Eric Larramendy reserve us a family welcome in their establishment with heated swimming pool, a small Spa, and a restaurant with covered terrace surrounded by mountains on the bank of a river.

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TARIFFS 2022

7 Stages / 7 Nights

769 € Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

828 € Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

942 € Price per person for groups of 3 people

994 € Price per person for groups of 2 people

In these proposals when the groups are odd, the accommodation is offered in double rooms and a single room.
- TRIPLE ROOMS ARE NEVER USED -


If you want the price of the Pack to be cheaper, perhaps we can lower the level of one of the chosen hotels. And also, if the number of participants is odd; request a triple room.
- This management is only done once the Pack has been contracted -


Rates for the whole year, subject to availability.
The prices may vary when the dates coincide with the Easter holidays or with the Patron Festivities of any of the places of accommodation.

INCLUDED

  • 1 night of accommodation with breakfast
    Corresponds to the 1st night as usually the groups prefer to choose themselves where to dine during the arrival trip to the destination
  • 6 nights accommodation in half board
  • Transport of luggage between hotels
    1 bag or package of a maximum of 20 kg per person
    If not needed, the cost of this service will be deducted from the proposal

  • Explanatory printed map-sketch of the different route options for each stage
    One per stage
  • Shower and luggage reception at the end of the last stage despite you don’t spend the night at the finalising point of the route
  • Presentation of the route and delivery of information in hand the day of the arrival of the group to the hotel or the morning of the next day
  • Telephone assistance for incidents or consultations during the days of the contracted activity

NOT INCLUDED

  • Beers or other consumptions outside the proposed menus in the dinners or during the stay in hotels
  • Meals in restaurants at the time of the noon, unless it has been agreed previously to replace dinner with meals
  • Any kind of sports material, helmets, shoes, etc
  • Mechanical Assistance during the activity
    If possible, we will try to help you in case of a breakdown, but in many situations this help can be very limited due to lack of specific spare parts or other circumstances. The cost of the service if it can be done is € 18 per hour + € 0.40 per kilometer.
  • Anything not expressly indicated in the offer

OPTIONS

  • Airport/station pick up
  • Bicycle rental
    We put you in touch with a rental service in the nearest place to the route start point
  • Hire Asistance / Accident Insurance
    and / or Trip Cancellation Insurance
    Franchise of 15% of the cost of the Pack for the Free Withdrawal option
  • Single room supplement: + 212 €
    When the group is made up of an odd number of people, will be equally necessary an odd number of requests to access this supplement
  • Add a night at the finalising point of the route - B&B
    + 37 € in doble room or + 60 € in single room

FAQ

  • Desarrollo: We refer here to the combination of cassette and chainring of the bike. It is absolutely advisable to go with a "generous" pair, a 34x32 better than a 34x28 or 25. The ascents are really long and demanding. Sometimes they surpass the mythical mountain passes of the Central Pyrenees in difficulty coefficient, and they do so by earning points for having steep slopes rather than for mileage.
  • Best time to go: The route can be done once the snow disappears in the highest ports of the route. From there, we dare not say that one era is better than another. It really depends on the specific weather of the days we choose.
       Do not underestimate the weather, not even in the middle of summer. The conditions -especially in the Pyrenees- can be identical to those of the Central Pyrenees. To summarize... our advice is: bring even the long culotte and if it doesn´t come out from the suitcase, all the better.
       In summer it is necessary to be aware of the possibility of storms -frequent in the afternoons-.
  • Orientation: It is highly convenient to use a GPS device, since many of the roads that ascend to the mountain passes of the northern slope are actually paved tarmacs for shepherds and we will find many unmarked crossroads in the middle of "nowhere".
  • Provisioning: In most of the stages we will find towns with water and other services without too many difficulties. However, there may be exceptions to take into account.
  • Philosophy: The philosophy of the route is to make "sport bicycle touring" but trying that at the end of the day there is still enough energy for something else besides resting until dinner. This is done to allow us at the end to have enough time to be able to learn - even slightly - where we are.
    Anyway, if what you need are kilometers and hours on bike, all the proposals have their Option PLUS


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