• Dates: 24/05/2020 - 31/05/2020
  • Tour length: 8 days and 7 nights
  • Start / End: Barcelona El-Prat Airport
  • Terrain: Rolling, hilly and sometimes steep
  • Price Per Guest:

    $ 5,600 per guest

    $800 Single occupancy supplement

     

    10% Discount for returning guests

     

     

     

  • Non-Cycling Guest: $ 4,600
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The Catalunya Wine Country tour is a collaboration between Bikecat of Girona and Willie’s World Cycling. Our relationship began in 2016 and this will be our third tour together. Jaume Cabruja, the founder of Bikecat, has told me many times this tour is his favorite. We are super excited to offer this tour and we are certain our guests will be as well!

We will pick you up in Barcelona and we will transfer to Priorat. We will stay at Hostal Sport in Falset. With just 3000 inhabitants, Falset is the capital of Priorat, and the largest town in the area. We will spend 3 nights here and cycle through this spectacular landscape . The Priorat wines are some of the best wines in Spain. We will see and understand how wine is produced in this small region and taste some of these renowned wines.

La Selva del Camp is our next stop for two nights. The luxurious Mas Passamaner is the perfect spot to enjoy and relax. We will have a dinner in Cambrils, a nearby fishing town where some of the best restaurants south of Barcelona are located.

From La Selva del Camp we will ride to our final destination, Sitges and our Hotel Mim, where we will spend our last two nights. Sitges is a lively beach town 30 minutes south of Barcelona. We will ride through the Garraf mountain range to reach the vineyards where Cava and Penedes wines are elaborated. Riding through wide extensions of vineyards and enjoy visiting a cellar along the way.

I can tell you from our previous collaborations with Bikecat, this tour will be memorable in the most fantastic ways. You will be treated with the very best in personal service, enjoy beautiful scenery on our rides, immerse yourself in the Catalan culture, savor the culinary treasures and wonderful wines of the region.

Don’t think twice, sign up! You will be glad you did. We look forward to your company!

 

 

 

 

 

Food & Wine

As on all of our tours we will enjoy the cuisine and wines of the region. We choose restaurants that feature fresh ingredients, locally sourced meats and seafood.

The wines we will taste are representative of the the Catalan wine region.

The Catalan culinary community is creative and produces fabulous dishes. Jaume at Bikecat does an excellent job of helping us find the very best restaurants that reflect the cuisine and wines of each area we will visit.

Bon appetit!

Guides

Daniele Righi

Daniele Righi

Cycling Guide

Daniele started bicycle racing at 8 years old and turned professional at age 24. He competed in the Junior category for various teams and secured several victories. His professional cycling career started with Alexia and after 3 years he participated in his first Giro d’Italia where his teammate Paolo Savoldelli won the tour. For the next 10 years, he rode with Lampre and was part of the team that participated in Michele Scarponi’s victory of the 2011 Giro d’Italia.

He has always played a support role for Lampre and participated in five Giro d’Italia, five Tour de France, four La Vuelta a Espana, Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold, Coppi e Bartali, and the Tour of Poland. In the 2004 Giro d’Italia, he won the Piaggio Trophy for the most miles cycled by any participant that year. Literally, he has cycled almost all over the world in most of the races of the World Tour. In 2013, he retired from Lampre as a rider and subsequently was a Director Sportive with with UAE Team Emirates.

Daniele is married to Francesca and they have two children, Chiara and Alessandro.

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Willie Joffroy

Willie Joffroy

Founder & President

I combine nearly 30 years of experience in international logistics planning with a quarter-century of cycling experience in Italy. My expertise allows Willie’s World Cycling to offer some of the finest cycling tour experiences in Italy. From the choice of simple elegance and intimacy in accommodations, to the delectable regional cuisine of carefully chosen local chefs, (we) my wife Margarita and I impart international style and pay careful attention to detail.

I accompany every Willie’s World Cycling tour, sharing the extensive knowledge I have gleaned from 25 years of cycling in Italy. This storehouse of information includes: Italy’s premier cycling regions, scenic wine-growing regions and small wineries, unique and private accommodations, and fine regional cuisine.

Prior to establishing Willie’s World Cycling, I spent 29 years in cross-border logistics services along the U.S.-Mexico border. Throughout my business career, I have focused on providing my clients with the very best in professional and personalized service. I have instilled this commitment to the client into the values of Willie’s World Cycling.

I have been an avid cyclist for more than 35 years and regularly start my day cycling up and down Mount Lemmon, a 6,800-foot climb from my home in Tucson, Arizona. Fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian, I have a great passion for the cycling, food, and wine unique to Italy, and take great pleasure in sharing that passion. I am a believer in the health benefits that flow from regular exercise such as cycling, fresh and wholesome local food, and fine wine. A consummate host, I make certain that each of my cycling tours inspires treasured memories.

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Accommodations

Hotel-Hostal Sport Undoubtedly the most emblematic and historical hotel in the entire region of Priorat. Making history from 1923 in Priorat. With roots but without borders. We remain intact the enthusiasm of our great-gandfather who started more than 90 years ago the family project in Falset, today in the hands of the fourth generation, with Marta Domènech Tomàs in front of the hotel.

Mas Passamaner

Modernist stately house designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner converted in a luxury hotel in the Costa Dorada. The hotel is located between Reus and Tarragona.

The restaurant offers a creative and traditional Catalan cuisine.

The spa wellness area offers a wide selection of massages and treatments.

Hotel Mim

The MiM Hotel Sitges, located just 50 meters from the beach, is an oasis of calm in downtown Sitges.

The most authentic flavor of Mediterranean cuisine is manifest in all the dishes cooked at the hotel, with a menu that includes light, distinctive and high quality offerings that will leave everyone satisfied. We offer a pleasant, modern and at the same time healthy combination, so that you enjoy seafood and land flavors in their most genuine expression. Let our kitchen take you on a tour of countless vibrant sensations resulting from the excellent fresh ingredients that we work with.

The Spa is a unique, peaceful space with an extensive hydrotherapy circuit, a complete menu of treatments and massages.

Itinerary

  • Day 1:

    Sunday, May 24
    Welcome to Barcelona! Jaume, Daniele and I will meet you at Barcelona El-Prat Airport (time to be determined).

    We will transfer to Hotel Hostal Sport. We will take a short warm up ride after final adjustments are made to the bikes. 30-50km.

  • Day 2:

    Monday, May 25
    We will ride in the Montsant wine region.
    64km 1000m elevation gain.
    Lunch on the road and dinner in Falset.

  • Day 3:

    Tuesday, May 26
    We will ride in the Siurana region.
    90km and 1900m elevation gain.
    Lunch on the road and dinner in Falset.

  • Day 4:

    Wednesday, May 27
    We will ride from Falset to La Selva del Camp and Hotel Mas Passamaner.
    80km and 1,275m elevation gain.
    Lunch on the road and dinner in La Selva del Camp.

  • Day 5:

    Thursday, May 28
    We will ride to Cister, Poblet and Montblanc.
    107km and 1,490m elevation gain.
    ** This can also be a rest day for those that do not want to ride**
    Lunch on the road and dinner in La Selva del Camp.

  • Day 6:

    Friday, May 29
    We will ride from La Selva del Camp to Sitges and Hotel MIM.
    97km and 860m elevation gain.
    Lunch on the road and dinner in Sitges.

  • Day 7:

    Saturday, May 30
    We will ride in the Cava region.
    88km and 730m elevation gain.
    Lunch on the road and our farewell dinner in Sitges.

  • Day 8:

    Sunday, May 31
    Transfer to Barcelona El-Prat Airport.
    Please book return flight after May 31.

Pricing

  • Included:
    Cycling guides and van support
    Lodging 7 nights
    All breakfasts
    All lunches
    All dinners
    Wine pairings with dinners
    Wine tastings as part of the tour
    Cooking Class if requested at least 6 weeks before the tour
    Colnago Bicycle (Guests are responsible for any damages)
    Cycling kit (jersey and shorts)
    Snacks and water on bike rides
    Tips for cycling guides

    Not included:
    Airfare
    Any rental car or train service you may use outside of tour activities.
    Any purchases of a personal nature including bar and hotel mini-bar.
    Any incidental expenses associated with non-cycling activities, such as cost of guide, museum entry fees, spa services, archaeological site entry fees, etc.

    Please note that a check or wire transfer is preferred. If you choose to pay via PayPal there will be an additional fee of 3% on the deposit and final payment.

    Payment Instructions:

    Willie’s World Cycling prefers payment by check payable to:

    Willie’s World Cycling LLC

    4231 E. Pontatoc Canyon Dr.

    Tucson, Arizona 85718

    Or

    Wire transfers please contact us.

    A *non-refundable deposit is required in the amount of $1,000 with the balance to be paid in full 60 days before the start date of the tour unless otherwise noted. Tour prices are based on double occupancy per cyclist or non-cyclist. A single occupancy supplement may apply to those traveling alone and requesting their own room. Please make checks payable to Willie’s World Cycling or pay via wire transfer. If your party includes a non-cyclist, please notify us when you register and submit your deposit so we can begin planning stimulating and rewarding activities while cyclists are on the road.

    Our prices are in U.S. Dollars and are based on exchange rates in effect at the time of publication. While we make every effort to avoid adding surcharges, Willie’s World Cycling reserves the right to do so should the U.S. Dollar lose substantial value against the Euro.

    After your deposit is received, you will be sent more information regarding the sizing for your bicycle, liability waiver, and general information that will be helpful for your visit to Italy.

    We recommend obtaining travel or trip cancellation insurance. Please speak to your travel agent for further assistance.

    Willie’s World Cycling reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure for any reason. We will refund any payment received by Willie’s World Cycling which will constitute full settlement.

    Although we make every effort to contract the very best in outside services, we do not guarantee services provided by third parties.

    Preparation:
    Please make sure you have a valid passport.

    We count on our clients to ensure they are healthy and adequately fit for this tour. This tour is rated Activity Level C Challenging.

    *Cancellation Policy:
    Deposits are non-refundable if a guest cancels. If the guest signs up for a tour during the year of the cancelled tour or the following year then the deposit will be credited to the tour. After 1 full year the deposit is forfeited to Willie's World Cycling. Final payments are not refundable. Exceptions to this policy will be considered in cases of illness or family emergency

    45 Days or less: Cancellation charge of 100% of the total cost of the tour.

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