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Full immersion in the nature and charming villages of North Spain: Basque-Navarrese railway Greenway Trail

Trip organized by Isabel's agency
  • A trip lasting 6 days

  • Customized guided trip (private for you)

  • Trekking trip

    This trip is focused on trekking and/or engaging in physical activities

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The departure dates for this trip have not been set yet. Please request an estimate indicating your preferred month of departure and the agency will contact you as soon as it defines the departure dates, or will suggest alternative dates

Full immersion in the nature and charming villages of North Spain: Basque-Navarrese railway Greenway Trail

The Greenway of the 'Ferrocarril Vasco-Navarro' follows the trace of an historical train, so loved by inhabitants of the area, who know it as "El Trenico" (the little train). To enjoy this incredible tour, we propose you to start in the beautiful city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, one of the green capitals of Europe, with rich cuisine and friendly people.

The route will go through the regions of Llanada and Montaña Alavesa until we reach Tierra Estella, to enjoy the pilgrim atmosphere of the Jacobean Route, part of the French Way to Santiago de Compostela. We will delve into its heritage getting to know the most representative buildings of the city and learning about its history. We will have the opportunity to visit a family winery next to the majestic Monastery of Irache, and we will also discover the world of truffles in their local museum. An itinerary ment to enjoy the nature, culture and traditions of the charming villas that we will find on our way.

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Customized guided trip (private for you)

Spanish Grenways are routes adapted to all biking and physical levels which can be carried out by bicycle or on foot. We also can adapt the duration and difficulty of the routes to your expectations / needs so that you can enjoy the best experience on our Greenways.

Trekking trip

In this trip, most of the time is dedicated to trekking across the destination.

Detailed itinerary of the trip

Day 1. Vitoria-Gasteiz
Welcome to Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital of Euskadi (Basque country), one of the cities with more green space in Europe and with a unique architectural heritage. After lunch, we will discover with our host, the most representative buildings of the city, such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Casa del Cordón, headquarters of Pope Adriano VI, or the Renaissance palace of Bendaña, current Fournier Playing Cards Museum, the palace of Montehermoso, among others. You will have free time in the afternoon and we suggest you to spend it visiting the Parque de Salburua, the most significant natural area within the so-called "Green Ring". For dinner, we will go to a traditional restaurant and taste the best of local cuisine.

Day 2. First part: Vitoria-Gasteiz - Maestu (27km).
We will start our route through the Greenway of the Ferrocaril Vasco-Navarro, aiming to reach Maestu. Along the path, we will enjoy the agricultural landscape of the Llanada Alavesa, the great forests of beech and oak of the Sierra de Elgea and the reservoirs around it. Together with our local host we will visit the Sanctuary of Estíbaliz, the jewel of the Romanesque art of the Basque Country. Upon our arrival in Maestu, after settling in our hotel and a good meal, we will have free time to enjoy the area. We recommend you visit the Izqui Natural Park.

Day 3. Second part: Maestu - Acedo (24km).
After breakfast, we will continue our route. At the beginning of the path we will find the Ermita de la Soledad, dating from Romanesque times, and the town of Atauri. We will continue crossing the tunnel of Fuenfría, until Antoñana to visit the Interpretation Center of the greenway, three old train wagons, that will teach us about the history of "El Trenico". Before continuing our journey, we will have time to enjoy the surroundings of the medieval town of Antoñana.
Passing km 40, we will arrive at the Zúñiga station and the Arquijas Viaduct and at km 49, we will find one of the most representative points of the route, the Acedo tunnel, with a length of 1,415m of straight road. The tunnel is illuminated, but it is advisable to carry some other type of lighting. At the end of the tunnel we will be arriving in Acedo, to have lunch at a local restaurant. Later, you will have time to rest and explore the area at your leisure.

Day 4. Third part: Acedo - Estella-Lizarra (21km).
We will take back the route through the greenway arriving to Ancín and its picturesque 12m high Water Tower, where up to 2,000 liters of water were stored in its time of use. We will stop to discover one of the tastiest products of the local cuisine in the Museum of Truffle. After the stop, we will continue towards Estella-Lizarra, leaving behind the mythical Mount Montejurra. The Jacobean atmosphere is felt upon arriving in Estella. After eating and resting, our host will take us to see its Romanesque buildings, the main attractions of the French Way to Santiago de Compostela (UNESCO heritage).

Day 5. Estella-Lizarra - Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Near Estella-Lizarra, we will find the majestic Irache Monastery, one of the most representative monuments of Navarre. Being on the Camino de Santiago, it is almost an obligatory stop for pilgrims. After visiting it, we will go to a family wine cellar in the area. Our host will take us into the world of wine and we will taste some of its best grape varieties. I there, we can get close to the famous "Fuente del Vino". After lunch, we will get back to Vitoria-Gasteiz to enjoy the free afternoon walking through the streets of the city at our leisure.

Day 6. Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Depending on our return schedule, we will have free time to buy some souvenirs, or organize an itinerary extension to the traditional city of Pamplona or Bilbao and the taverns of the old town. Either of the two destina-tions will be filled with unforgettable experiences.

Note: the itinerary can be expanded if the traveler wants to.

Most of the accommodation we find in the Greenways are traditional, unique and offer an outstanding customer care.

In this trip you'll have full control over your itinerary: you have a rental car at your disposal, to choose what to see at all times, where to stop...

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  • half-board accomodation (water and wine in meals)
  • programmed activities
  • bicycle rental
  • tickets and visits to monuments.
  • basic travel assistance insurance
  • local taxes.
  • alcoholic beverages
  • tips
  • any non-specified service
  • vehicle transfer to the indicated point of arrival (optional)
  • extensions to Bilbao and Pamplona (optional)

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