- Pro mechanical support on tour
- Support vehicle each day to carry daypacks, spare parts, hydration and ride snacks
- Separate Spectator Itinerary for Non-cyclists
- Itinerary, including daily ride maps
- Free download of our GPS Ride Routes
- Complimentary return airport – or Train station transfers
- Daily Bike Spa including Bike Wash, Mechanical check and tune, by a Pro Mechanic
- Cyclists Receive Our Premium Quality European Rider Pack including: Jersey, Knicks, Socks, Cycling Cap and Musette Bag
- Non-Cyclists Receive a Spectator Pack including Designer Ride International Tours Polo Shirt, Socks, Cap and Musette Bag
DAY 1 – SATURDAY LATE AUGUST 2023
Arrival Day: Welcome Ride – Getting settled
Race Stage 8. Huesca – Sabiñánigo 185.8km
Welcome to the 2023 Vuelta. Below is our sample Vuelta a Espana itinerary.
At this early stage, we know the first 3 stages of the 2023 Vuelta a Espana will be held around Utrecht in the Netherlands. The exact details of our itinerary will be confirmed once the balance of the race route has been officially announced by the race organisers.
As always we recommend arriving at our Team Hotel a day or two prior to your tour start, it’ll reduce travel stress and you’ll adjust to the local time zone far better. If you are already in Spain you can navigate to our Team Hotel or alternatively we can pick you up:
Once we have all convened at our Tour start hotel we will set up and fit our bikes, readying them for the rigours of the Vuelta a Espana.
We start our tour with the now traditional welcome ride, an easy 45km with sufficient bumps to get the heart pumping and set the theme for the days to come.
Tonight’s meal is on the house, a time to celebrate in style with a classic welcome meal and drinks at our superb 4 star Hotel. It’s a great chance to catch up with new friends and old and talk about our sojourn into La Vuelta.
Our Ride: Welcome Ride 45km / 650m climbing
We’ll show you one of our favourite local Training Loop. This afternoon we head straight out of the door from our Team Hotel along some small lesser know, yet lovely and quiet roads of the region.
Today’s ride is a nice way to make sure your bike and body are all working well for the following days ahead.
Explore our beautiful village, there’s plenty to see and explore, take some time to settle in or relax in the spacious grounds of our historic hotel. If you fancy being active, we have plenty of great walks and hikes we can suggest.
Alternatively, ask us for some options based on your personal interests, we have some great recommendations.
Vuelta Race: Huesca – Sabiñánigo 185.8km
We’ll catch the last hour of the race live on TV as the Vuelta heads north toward us in the French Pyrenees.
Après Ride: 3 Course Welcome Dinner and Drinks.
Tonight we gather in the superb restaurant at our hotel for our welcome dinner and drinks. Our hotel and restuarant showcase a bygone era of opulent travel, the elegant restaurant is complete with wood floors, chandeliers, great local food, wine and service with an abundance of character
Luxury 4 Star, Spa and Bike Hotel.
2023 Ultimate Vuelta a Espana 10 Day Tour
Day 0: Suggested arrival day to our tour start location, Friday 8th September. Let us know if you’d like to be added to our group booking for “Pre Tour Hotel Night”? [non-inclusion]
Day 1: Saturday 9th, September – Day 10: Monday 18th, September 2023. The race route and additional details will be communicated directly with everyone on our Advanced Booking Deposit list, as soon as the race organisers confirm the official race route and details with us.
10 Day Tour Price:
$750.00 AUD deposit per person
Indicative Final Tour Price $6750.00 AUD per person (to be confirmed)
USD (US Dollar conversion, approximate) $4950
As always we have varied room options for our guests depending on your preferences. Choose between double, single and twin share options, list price is for double and twin share rooms per person. If you are travelling alone you’ll have a room to yourself by paying the additional single room supplement.
You’ll spend the famous race days of the Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix on a VIP experience with Phil Anderson as we follow the races in our vehicles. Champagne – gourmet picnic lunch’s included enroute during both classics.
Phil was based in Belgium for much of his early pro cycling career, he was passionate about doing well in these early season Spring Classics races, including winning the Amstel Gold Race, 2nd at the Tour of Flanders and many podium places in the one-day monument races.
Our experience allows us to see the races at multiple viewing points en route, including being at the finish of the Paris – Roubaix in the velodrome.
Director of Ride International Tours – With a keen passion for improving riders fitness and technique in Road biking, MTB, Gravel and Cx riding. Originally Pat hails from Adelaide, South Australia, but resides half the year in Brunswick, Melbourne Australia – The balance of the year is spent in Europe hosting tours, while in Europe he's based out of lovely small medieval Spanish village, Solsona near the Pyrenees mountains.
When not on tour, Dadding is the priority - doing the bins, clothes washing, dishes and cleaning up after our very energetic young twin daughters.
Riding and racing from when I could walk, racing since the age of 7. BMX, Motorcross, Mountainbike XC, Downhill, 4cross, Road and criterium racing. Coaching and improving riders in their fitness and technique since 1997
OUR GUEST REVIEWS
“Both Pat and Grace have excellent people skills, they build relationships quickly, they were always well organised with itineraries or plans for the day re weather, road changes, or unexpected issues that arose. Hard work from them made our tour of two weeks a dream holiday along with all the extra drama of the biggest cycling race in the world.”
“Thanks very much for a highly enjoyable and excellently run tour. You and your team certainly exceeded my expectations, not only with the rides but local knowledge which helped make life simple.”
“It is the small things that you guys do behind the scenes that makes all the difference. It was an amazing experience to ride in Italy and experience the Giro first hand. Thanks again and looking forward to the next tour.”
“I first met Pat and Grace on a cycling tour in Europe in 2013. Pat and Grace make the perfect team to run these types of tours, both are friendly, bubbly and outgoing in their personalities and each bring their own invaluable skills to touring with a group.”
“Wow, two of the greatest tour guides I know. Knowledgeable, multilingual, always helpful, a great team to handle your once in a life time tour. I’ve done at least 4 two-week cycle tours with one or both of this husband wife team. Every one has been extraordinary. You will not go wrong with one of these two as your tour coordinators.”
We open up our Advance Reservations for trips early so you can book and plan well ahead. We guarantee your position by booking prior. If you’d like to organise and book your trip further out than the dates/years we have listed on our website, please contact us via email, phone, & or video call and we’ll arrange everything so you can place an advanced booking.
An advance booking, accompanied by a fully refundable $750 AUD (Australian Dollar) ensures priority booking status when the trip details are announced. Note, an advance booking is not considered final until payment is received.
Once specific trip itinerary details are finalized, we’ll contact everyone on the advance reservation list via email, we’ll include the itinerary and offer a priority booking position before opening up bookings to the wider community.
If a trip fills – as it often does in the advance bookings, we create a waiting list and then offer reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis (based on the date the advance reservation was made) once our advanced booking guest have finalised.
To cancel an advance reservation a cancellation request must be submitted in writing/ via email within 14 days of the trip details being published. The (AUD) $750 advance reservation payment will be immediately refunded for any cancellation received within this 14-day period.
As a Ride International Tour participant, it is compulsory to have your own travel insurance. We recommend activating your travel insurance as soon as you’ve placed your booking deposit to ensure you are covered from the outset. Please ensure that your policy includes coverage for:
- Cancellation charges
- Medical expenses in the event of an accident or illness.
- Cycling activities and associated risks
- Cycling equipment
We encourage each participant on our tours to contact your travel agent, and or travel insurance provider directly. Your travel insurance experts are best equipped to provide clarification, recommendations for best providers and or further information on the cover that suits your specific needs.
The balance of your trip payment is due no later than 120 days prior to your trip departure date, we will forward via email your final payment invoice. You can choose to make full payment earlier if you prefer to finalise your trip payment early, contact us and we will arrange for an invoice to be sent.
What if I have to transfer, change or cancel my trip:
We understand you may not be able to go on your trip, cancel, change or transfer due to personal or medical reasons. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to transfer to another trip that has places available. If you have a question give us a call or email.
Due to the high demand, limited hotel availability and the advance payments expected by our hotels and restaurants we use, the following cancellation conditions apply to all of our trips.
AFTER BOOKING, IF YOU CANCEL:
|120 – 91 days prior to departure||50% cancellation fee of the trip price|
|90 – 61 days prior to departure||75% cancellation fee of the trip price|
|60 days and less prior to departure||100% cancellation fee of the trip price|