a España (Tour
of Spain) 2013
3 Andalusian mountain stages
With or without bikes
30th August to 3rd September 2013
This trip to the 2013 Vuelta is from Friday the 30th of August 2013 until Tuesday the 3rd of September and it will take in the 3 Andalusian mountain stages. This tour is for those people who have a limited amount of time to watch the 2013 Vuelta a España, but want to see the most exciting and dramatic stages.
We will spend 2 nights in Malaga followed by 2 nights in Granada at quality hotels. You can choose to bring your bike so you can ride the same roads as the pros on the Tour of Spain 2013.
The first high mountain stages of the 2013 Vuelta a España will take place over a weekend in the south of Spain in the Adalusian region. On this tour you will see 3 fantastic mountain top finishes and it is on these stages that riders with any ambitions of a high placing in Madrid must show their faces. We have seen in previous Grand Tours that the first mountain stages are more exciting than some of the final stages. It is on these stages that you’ll get to see which riders are hot, and which are not.
For those bringing bikes you will be able to ride the final part of the stage route each day, taking in the climbs that feature in La Vuelta. The Vuelta is far better for this than the Tour de France or the Giro d'Italia as it is less busy and ease of access is great.
We will spend 2 nights in the city of Malaga at a 3* hotel on bed and breakfast basis and 2 nights in the city of Granada in 4* Hotel accommodation on half board basis so with breakfasts and evening meals included.
Friday 30th August:
Please arrange your own flight to Malaga airport, where our staff will meet you, and we will offer regular transfers to your hotel in Malaga centre. From the UK there are numerous budget airlines that fly into Malaga airport (book early to take advantage of cheap flights).
After checking in the rest of the day is at your leisure, and you’ll find many shops, bars and restaurants close to the hotel.
Saturday 31st August:
Today is the first of 3 consecutive mountain stages in the Andalusia region of Spain, and on this stage the riders finish atop the Alto de Peñas Blancas above the Mediterranean costal town of Estepona. The Alto de Peñas Blancas is a first category climb that has never been used in La Vuelta a España before.
After breakfast we travel from Malaga to Estepona and the Alto de Peñas Blancas to see the stage. Those with bikes will be able to ride this 15km 1st Cat climb, whilst those without bikes will be taken there by the tour vehicle.
After seeing the stage, we return to our hotel in Malaga where the rest of the evening is at leisure.
Sunday 1st September:
The second of the trio of Andalusian mountain stages will take place from Antequera to Valdepeñas de Jaen, a finish town that has featured in most recent editions of La Vuelta. The finishing climb in the town of Valdepeñas is very similar to that of the Muy de Huy (the finishing climb in the Fleche Wallone classic), with gradients reaching nearly 30% as it winds its way through the narrow streets.
After breakfast we leave Malaga and travel to the stage in the tour vehicle. Those with bikes will be able to ride the final 50km of the stage ahead of the race, from Castillo de Locubin to Valdepeñas de Jaen, whilst those without bikes will be taken direct to Valdepeñas de Jaen to see the stage finish.
After seeing the stage we travel to the city of Granada so that we are ready for tomorrow’s final Andalusian Mountain stage to the slopes of Sierra Nevada.
Monday 2nd September:
The final mountain stage in Andalusia is the hardest of the three mountain stages, a 175km stage that starts in Torre del Campo and climbs the 1st Cat climb of the Alto de Monachill before descending to Granada and tackling the final Special Cat climb to Alto de Hazallans in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, high above the town of Guejar Sierra.
After breakfast we travel the short distance to the stage. Those with bikes will be able to ride the final 50km of the stage taking in the Alto de Monachill and final climb to Alto de Hazallanas. After spending the morning at leisure to visit Granada, those without bikes will be taken the short distance to the final climb of Alto de Hazallanas.
After the stage we return to our hotel in Granada.
Tuesday 3rd September:
After breakfast we leave Granada at 08.00hrs, arriving at Malaga for 10.00hrs for your return flight.
Cost: £399 (Based on the double occupancy of a twin bedded room)
Single Room Supplement: £119 (For the sole occupancy of a room)
Included in your Basic travel package are:
Return airport transfers between Malaga Airport and your accommodation for you one normal-sized suitcase plus your bike. Bikes have to be in bike bags.
Daily transport to and from the stages
2 nights hotel accommodation in Malaga on bed and breakfast
2 nights hotel accommodation in Granada on half board basis
Bike storage at the hotels
Breakfast each day at your hotel
Services of the experienced Sports Tours International guides
Not included (not exhaustive):
Your journey to Malaga airport
Any meals and drinks not noted above
Any extras at your accommodation
Travel Insurance - highly recommended
HOW TO BOOK:
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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
Visas are not required for British passport holders to enter Spain. As a British passport holder you may stay as a visitor for three months. For links to important websites, click here. All other non-UK passport holders must check their own country's entry requirements for Spain.
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