La Vuelta a España, the Tour of Spain, is the last of this year’s grand tours and ends in Madrid on Sunday, September 13. La Vuelta is the most relaxed of the Grand Tours and provides greater accessibility to the pro cyclists than le Tour de France.

Through a special arrangement with one of La Vuelta’s official tour operators, Departure Lounge can offer fully guided tours of 4 to 9 days encompassing the last week or weekend. Also available are VIP passes to individual stage finishes.

These tours combine a mix of cycling and sightseeing in an air-conditioned van. With everyone having a seat, you can ride as much or as little as you wish, including being a non-riding participant. Bike the same roads as the pros just hours before they arrive and enjoy VIP access to stage finishes and viewing areas.

On the 9-day tour, you will experience the excitement of the final week of La Vuelta as it makes its way from the Costa Verde (“green coast”) in northern Spain to Madrid. Leaving the northern province of Asturias, you will follow La Vuelta southeast towards the historic city of Burgos, including biking a portion of the ancient pilgrim trail of the Camino de Santiago. On arrival in Burgos watch the finish of the individual time trials from the VIP area beside the city’s famous Gothic Cathedral. The final days include the mountainous stages near Madrid, followed by the last day’s circuit stage in the capital city.

The 9-day tour includes 8 nights of 4-star hotels with breakfast plus 6 dinners with wine, drinks & snacks in the van, VIP tickets, access to departure village & VIP buses (3 stages) and photo shoot on the stage podium (1 stage). Price for this tour is approx. $3,500 including road bike rental; add $75.00 for carbon and approx. $500 for single supplement.

The 4-day tour includes 3 nights at a 4 or 5-star hotel in central Madrid with breakfast plus drinks & snacks in the van, support vehicle for cycling transfers & assistance, VIP access for 2 days and road bike rental. Price is approx. $1,300 to $1,500 depending on hotel category.

For more information, contact [email protected] or 512.322.9399