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2019 Vuelta a España VIP Spectator Experience

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From the Queen Stage in the Asturias Mountains in the North of Spain to the Grand Finale in Madrid, witness Spain’s Grand Tour with the Vuelta experts

La Vuelta VIP Spectator Experience

Widely regarded as the most exciting Grand Tour of the season, La Vuelta should be on your bucket list as a must see. More low key than the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia, it offers unparalleled race-viewing and VIP Hospitality opportunities.

We’ll meet a team, experience VIP starts and finishes, meet cycling celebs and presenters and round it off with the Grande Finale in Madrid. We’ll experience local sights and culture and all that Spain has to offer. Spaces are limited so don’t hesitate to reserve your space now!

Your Trip Leader: Jacinta

We can’t talk about our Spectator Trips without discussing the passion, knowledge and enthusiasm of your guide, Jacinta. A true pro, Jacinta’s wild personality and boundless energy make for a truly exceptional experience. Her connections will get you the ultimate insider access and her antics will have you howling with laughter. Simply the most fun you can have at a bike race.

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1
Bienvenidos
Our staff will meet you at Oviedo airport before the short transfer to our hotel in Las Caldas. After a welcome lunch and Orientation Meeting where your guide, Jacinta, will review the plans for the week ahead, we’ll head into nearby Oviedo.

Oviedo is the capital city of the Asturias region and is a vibrant city with a historic, medieval centre where we can explore the narrow streets and stop for some typical Spanish tapas before heading back to our hotel for dinner.

Day 2
La Vuelta LIVE - Stage 16
VIP Summit Finish on Alto de la Cubilla

Most local riders would consider the Alto de la Cubilla as the most beautiful climb in Asturias. Surrounded by the highest peaks in the region, the Cubilla is a spectacular setting for the last summit finish of the Vuelta in Northern Spain - and of course we’ll be there to witness the Stage Finish on this legendary climb!

We’ll head to the VIP area at the Finish Line and enjoy light snacks and refreshments, live coverage of the race and wait for the cyclists to cross the finish line.

Day 3
Dimension Data Team Visit
A special treat today with an exclusive, behind the scenes visit to a pro Team! The Team Executive will give you an amazing insight into how a pro team works. You’ll visit the team bus, see the bikes and equipment and be let in on some team secrets. It’s an absolute favorite of our Spectator Trip - a real VIP experience giving unparalleled access to the team. We’ll also explain all about our partner charity: Qhubeka.

Day 4
Segovia - a World Heritage Site
Today we leave the North of Spain and head south to the magnificent town of Segovia, just north of Madrid. Segovia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is world-famous for its Roman Aqueduct, built in the 1st century AD.

You’ll have the afternoon and evening free to explore this wonderfully historic city with its incredible cathedral, many ancient churches and the impressive Alcazar. Our 5-star hotel is located within a 15th century converted convent and is situated in the historic centre so all of the sights are within walking distance.

Day 5
La Vuelta LIVE - Stage 18
Private Viewing on the Puerto de Cotos

A huge stage today for the pro riders and we’ve chosen the final climb to set up our race-viewing marquee tents. Everyone loves our private hospitality marquee which is always set up on a key location on the climb so you can witness the best of the action.

Late morning we’ll head up to the Puerto de Cotos in our private minibus, have lunch, then settle in for a thrilling afternoon of race-viewing. Live TV coverage, snacks and drinks and a great roadside view as the cyclists head towards us!

Day 6
La Vuelta LIVE - Stage 19
VIP Stage Start in Avila

We start today with a short transfer to Avila to catch the start of Stage 19. Take a stroll around the Departure village and meet the pro riders. The Vuelta is way more relaxed than either the Tour de France or the Giro d’Italia and provides a great opportunity to meet the riders and celebrities.

After the start you have the chance to explore Avila. Avila is a fortified city of World Heritage status and its walls are home to many churches and renaissance palaces.

Day 7
La Vuelta LIVE - Stage 20
VIP Summit Finish in Alto de Gredos

The final mountain stage of this years Vuelta sees the riders take on another challenging route through the Sierra de Gredos close to Madrid. With over 4000m of elevation gain this could well be the stage where the Vuelta is won or lost.

Of course we couldn’t resist the opportunity to witness the grand finale of this challenging stage from the luxury of the VIP Tribune at the Summit Finish. The winner’s red jersey will be decided on this final mountain stage and you’ll be there to see who will be wearing the jersey on tomorrows ride into Madrid.

After the Stage Finish we’ll transfer to Madrid for tomorrows Final Stage.

Day 8
La Vuelta LIVE - Stage 21
VIP Stage Finish in Madrid

Enjoy a stroll around the capital city in the morning, then after lunch we’ll head over to the VIP Tribune close to the Finish Line. There’s a great festive atmosphere around the stage finish on the main boulevard in Madrid. Unlike the other Grand Tours, you can really get close to the action and feel a part of the race. A fantastic finish to a brilliant week.

Day 9
Adios and hasta pronto!
Unfortunately, our La Vuelta Experience must come to an end.

What's included
9 days / 8 nights fully accompanied trip
Pro Team Visit at their hotel on the Rest Day
Visit Oviedo, Segovia & Avila
All accommodations
All breakfasts
All but 1 dinner
Most lunches
Pick-up at Oviedo (Asturias) Airport
All ground transportation
All luggage transfer
Services of our experienced guides
Snacks and drinks on the coach
Thomson Bike Tours T-Shirt, Cap and Lanyard

What's not included
Airfare
Travel and personal insurance
Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities

Type: Spectator Cycling Tours
ID: 104951648

Specifications

May 10 – 19 / 10 days / 9 nights
$5,895 USD per person (Double occupancy) Single supplement subject to availability: $1295

2019 Vuelta a España VIP Spectator Experience

From $6,840

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