Billings, MT – Award-winning tour operator Austin-Lehman Adventures (ALA-http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure vacations standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, weaves a sensory web around guests on its new-for-2012 Spain – La Rioja Bike Tours.
These seven-day / six-night active wine and cycle tours, the newest in ALA’s line-up of Europe bike tours, are scheduled Apr. 21-27, May 26-June 01 and Sept. 29-Oct. 5. The per person rate, based on double occupancy is $3,498 ($780 single supplement). The arrival / departure city is Pamplona.
“I just returned from doing a fall dry-run of this trip with tour architect and European operations director Ron van Dijk and we both were blown away by the friendly people we met, their farm to table cuisine, the rich oak and vanilla-infused Rioja wines and the feeling we stepped into a time capsule where very little has changed for centuries – with the exception of the modern luxury of the distinctive lodges in which we stayed,” said Dan Austin, ALA founder and director.
Guests wander into the foothills of the Pyrenees with a visit to historic Pamplona (think running of the bulls) en route along the ancient pilgrimage Camino de Santiago and the wine capital of the Navarra province, Olite. Also think hilltop towns, cruising cliffs overlooking the Rioja’s Cidacos Valley, the medieval town of Languardia and a typical meal of fresh artichokes, Piquillo peppers, cordero al Chilindrón (lamb) and bacalao ajo arriero (salted cod) washed down with wines of the region.
Sleep-filled nights are assured in such lodgings as Hotel Los Agustinos, a convent founded in 1373 and converted into a first-class hotel in 1989. It is under the protectorate of the Government of La Rioja. Guests stay for two nights at Parador de Olite, a hotel in an historic medieval castle in the Pyrenees region of Spain.
About Austin-Lehman Adventures
Austin-Lehman Adventures, with a 38-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents, has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms. Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning. ALA offers each traveler a money-back satisfaction guarantee.
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