e-cycling through France and Spain

Two Countries - Pirinexus Pack‍-‍Trip

e-cycling through France and Spain

750 € pp
+ additional services

Overview

Short Tour Description

Be your own guide and enjoy this independent and self-sufficient e-bike tour! We will provide you with all that you will need to be self-reliant and you can complete this circular route at your own pace! This trail gives you the freedom to travel at your preferred speed, without rushing, and take spontaneous stops along the way, as and when you need them!

You will have an e-bike adapted trailer to carry all that you want to take with you, and you will keep this with you on your travels. The trailer is specially adapted to the e-bikes that you will ride, allowing you to carry your belongings with you during your far-flung adventure across north Catalonia and southern France. Riding your e-bike with the trailer attached to it adds stability, even in difficult terrain. From the moment you set off you will fall in love with this style of travelling, the sense of freedom on this route cannot be rivalled!

This is an international e-bike Pack-Trip following an assortment of roads and trails. It is an active cycling trip with long riding days across mountains, meadows and along the coastline and there is a huge variety of landscapes, towns and villages to see along the way!

As part of this tour, you will also cross the border into France, as did the Spanish politicians of the Republic, fleeing from the Franquist invasion eighty years ago at the end of the 1930s. Most of the exiled never returned to Spain. Nowadays, the border is an interesting place to visit, a historic landmark that holds a wealth of memories.

During this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the famously unique archaeological site comprising the remains of an ancient Greek colony dating back to 800 BC. This location is one of the best-preserved sites on the Iberian Peninsula! A Roman town was later attached to this location from 200 BC and you will see examples of both classical and Latin cultures side by side!

Duration

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights / 6 Days of e-cycling

Total km: 330 – 370 km*
Ascent: 4000-4500m*
*This will depend on the daily variations of the tour that are available

Participants

  • Self-Guided: 2 - 4

Scenery

  • Countryside & Coast
  • Mountains & Sea
  • Pyrenees

Highlights & Facts

  • Two Countries - France and Spain
  • Mountains, lowlands and the Costa Brava
  • Independent – travel at your leisure
  • A lengthy round-trip of Catalonia covering over 350 km
  • Visit the Castle of Bellegarde

Cycling Level

  • 3 wheels (Moderate)

Recommendation

Pack light! We will offer you waterproof bags where you can put all of your belongings. The secret it is to bring only what is needed.

Two Countries - Pirinexus Pack‍-‍Trip

Tour Route

Day 1: Famous Girona

Girona´s nickname is the Immortal City, and you can see why as you wander through its time-worn streets. You will feel like you are stepping back in time and will love exploring the hidden corners of this compact city. Girona is a great place to start your trip and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime ahead of you! We recommend that you visit the old neighbourhood of the city, known as the Barri Vell and visit the outstanding cathedral. The quaint and colourful houses that line the banks of the river within the city are truly distinctive and one of the quirky riverside cafes is the perfect place to stop and admire them!

Day 2: Into the land of the volcanoes

Starting this e-cycling tour you will join the former train track that connected the city of Olot with the Costa Brava. This abandoned line has been converted into a very comfortable and enjoyable cycling path, which is frequently used by both locals and tourists all year round. At the beginning of the journey, the pathway follows the River Ter to its origins. It continues across the Collsacabra range, through woodlands and arrives in a flat and fertile valley, La Vall d’en Bas. Towards the end of the day, the track will arrive at the capital of the most beautiful volcanic area in the Iberian Peninsula, known as La Garrotxa. The city of Olot, built from black stone is your destination for this evening.

Km: 56 km approx.
Ascent: 700 m approx.

Day 3: Up and Up you climb to the Pyrenees

This journey will lead you into the Pyrenees and closer to the French border! The tracks start to become steeper within these volcanic lands and beech forests emerge. During the morning ride you will pass by a medieval monastery in Sant Joan de les Abadesses, which we recommend that you stop-off at. As you continue on your e-bike, more and more Romanesque architecture appears and forms part of the landscape around you! Ancient bridges, tiny stone-made towns and churches and their grand bell towers will be frequent sights! Passing through valleys planted with crops, high mountain woodland landscapes and a view towards the Pyrenees will slowly come into focus ahead of you! What a majestic sight! You will spend the night in a picturesque mountain village close to the French border.

Km: 52 km approx.
Ascent: 1500 m approx.

Day 4: Spend the day in France

Across the border, the wonderous Pyrenees continue ahead of you! You will pass alongside the fortress of Prats de Molló and continue through the valley of the River Tec. At Arles, you will enjoy the Romanesque monastery of Santa Maria, definitely one of the tour highlights! This part of your expedition will bring you to Ceret, a once well-known artistic destination for avantgarde artists. It now hosts an interesting modern art museum that is remarkable to visit and a chance to rest your weary muscles! You will also have the opportunity to try some local delicacies while in French territory. The final stop will be Le Voló, a small town at the border with Catalonia that has a sad, but important history. At the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939, hundreds of thousands of people tried to find safe passage into France through the town, crossing the narrow valley became crowded with the floods of people hoping to start a new life north of the border.

Km: 62 km approx.
Ascent: 800 m approx.

Day 5: Emporda meadows and marshland

The first town you will find as you return to Catalonia is La Jonquera. From here, the landscape and the sunlight changes as the Mediterranean Sea ahead of you beckons. The lush green Emporda meadows open up ahead of you and this morning you will ride through countryside dominated by cork oaks, olive trees and vineyards. Castles and medieval churches will accompany you throughout todays ride. The most astonishing of these is the Gothic Basilica of Castelló d’Empúries, the former capital of the county and entrance into the beautiful marshes of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà National Park. It is a peaceful spot and a place of refuge for migrating birds. As you ride, you will be quietly serenaded by the chirping of frogs and cricket song.

Km: 62 km approx.
Ascent: 700 m approx.

Day 6: Pure Costa Brava

Everyday there is a new historical landmark to admire! Today you will pass by Empuries, the long-standing remains of a Greek and Roman city that was forgotten for centuries. It was rediscovered in 1908 and is a great place to visit. As you e-cycle along the coastal path you must try to catch a glimpse of the sculpture of the medicinal God Asclepius staring out to sea! Today’s tracks are a combination of both inland and seaside routes as you cycle along the Costa Brava. If you fancy a swim to cool off, you have abundant beaches to choose from! After you pass by the sinuous hills of Montgrí, a meadow of rice will lay ahead of you and the landscape in front of you is scattered with small, but remarkable villages! You will enter into the harbour town of Palamos, which is known for its delicious prawns! The town has attracted Cruise ships in recent years, stopping on their journey from Barcelona to southern France to try the renowned seafood! You should definitely plan a seafood dinner as tonight’s prize for your efforts for when you arrive in Sant Feliu de Guixols this evening! The beach here is also a great spot to admire the sunset!

Km: 69 km approx.
Ascent: 400 m approx.

Day 7: Follow the train track back inland to Girona

The last stretch of this self-supporting ewheels adventure is from the Costa Brava back to the unforgettable city of Girona. You will be riding through the foothills of the Gavarres range of mountains, between oak and cork woodlands and farmland, crossing villages, with smooth uphill and downhill climbs. You will arrive into Girona this evening, having cycled over 350 km! Congratulations! Time for a beer or a glass of cava!

Km: 45 km approx.
Ascent: 300 m approx.

Day 8: Farewell from Girona

After this great experience of e-bike pack-tripping you will enjoy a relaxed day mooching around Girona before you travel back home. You might have some time to visit one of the cities’ museums or if you still have any energy left, to climb the old city walls! We hope that you will come back for another adventure with us soon!

Information & Services

Character

The Two Countries – Pirinexus Pack-Trip tour is a magnificent route during which you will get to know northern Catalonia and southern France. This tour provides the perfect combination of landscapes and will give you an excellent sample of all that this region has to offer – hills, mountain peaks, sandy and rocky beaches, open plains, marshes, forests and the Mediterranean!

The route is fully signposted and is designed for bicycle touring with a moderate level classification. This route has long days with gravel and asphalt roads and some short sections where you will ride on MTB tracks. The route is ideal for people that like to be active and autonomous, and cycle at their own pace. Taking everything with you and carrying the trailer twice through the Pyrenees sounds like hard work, but the electric bikes will make this journey pleasurable and hassle-free! It is a joyous thing to be able to ride your bike in such splendid terrain without watching the clock, trying to keep up or waiting for other riders. It is a truly fantastic experience!

Included services

  • e-cycling programme as described
  • 6 cycling days with 7 nights’ accommodation, including breakfast. Stay in a double room with shower and toilet facilities (approximately 1-2 nights of which will be with shared shower and toilet facilities)
  • GPS with detailed route
  • Taxes on stays in tourist establishments

Excluded services

  • Flight or public transport (on arrival and on departure) including taxis
  • Transfer to / from the start / end-point of the tour
  • e-bike + trailer rental and accessories
  • 6 lunches and 7 dinners (a packed-lunch style picnic for you to take with you in your bike bag for 10 euro or a restaurant for 25 euro depending on your choice)
  • Drinks / food in bars
  • Entrance fees to museums, monuments and any associated guided tours
  • Tips for the team and other services
Transfer fees for 2019 here

e-bike hire

Your hired e-bike is equipped with a rack - bike bags, basic e-bike tools and a battery charger are all included.

ebike
Fee per e-MTB touring bike 240,- Euro
ebike
Fee per helmet 9,- Euro

Accommodation

Double room

Single room supplement + 30,- Euro/night

Please note

  • Arrival day: at 7:00 p.m. with a tour briefing and introduction to the e-bikes (typically last about 2 hours). Dinner at 9:00 p.m.
  • Departure day: Breakfast (approximately 9:00 a.m.) – departure with transfer to the train station / airport (Girona).
  • The tour operator reserves the right to substitute the described accommodation with an equivalent alternative if necessary.
  • Due to local conditions, a route change or amendment may be necessary.

Arrival / Departure

Self-guided tour:

For a private taxi (1-4 persons) the costs are approximately:

Arrival:
40,- Euro from Girona Airport (GRO)
180,- Euro from Barcelona Airport (BCN)

Departure:
40,- Euro to Girona Airport (GRO)
180,- Euro to Barcelona Airport (BCN)

We would be happy to organise your personalised arrival / departure to the respective start/end points. If needed, we can book a taxi transfer or reserve train tickets in advance for you. Please contact us!

Important notices

Important notices to all customers!

All tour itineraries are general guidelines and in order to offer our customers the best e-cycling holiday experience we make occasional changes. The number of daily kilometres and metres of ascent are approximate as we offer different options on most of the days of the tour. For example, sometimes you can choose between a longer or a shorter route and sometimes between easy and more challenging paths to suit your preferences.

Depending on the number of simultaneous tours, the season, the weather and national holidays, we may make alterations to the itineraries at short-notice, which could affect the number of hours of e-cycling per day, the route we take to any given destination or the use of alternative accommodation. Tours can also be cycled in both directions. All changes are at our discretion, but when changes are made, we endeavour to ensure that our high quality standards are maintained and reflected in the alternatives that we choose.

Presentation, organisation, photos and information are provided by Anaïs Roca and Rudi Stolz.

Booking

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You can choose your own travel dates (upon request).

750 € *
* Prices without not included services

Guest opinions

Two Countries - Pirinexus Pack‍-‍Trip

November 2018

Thank you, guys, for such an incredible experience. I mean, it is not just the riding, the landscape and places you discover, it is also a sense of adventure! It was really easy to follow the tracks with the GPS. I had my doubts about the trailer, as I had never used one before on a bike, but it really felt like it it wasn’t there. This was a memorable tour. We would never had seen most of what we did by car or walking! 100% appealing!

Kimberly, Samuel, Richard and Shannon