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The Final Weekend in Madrid

16th September 2018

Spend the final weekend of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana in Madrid and watch the finale of the last Grand Tour of the year on the Paseo del Prado. Excellent accommodation will be provided in the heart of Madrid, only a few steps away from Plaza Colón, the city centre and all the action.
You have the choice to book 1, 2 or 3 nights at the hotel and a great addition to your weekend away will be booking some fantastic hospitality on the Paseo del Prado at just a 10 minute walk from our hotel.

The Grand Finish of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana in Madrid:
The 3 week La Vuelta a Espana Grand cycling Tour will end in Madrid in September 2018. Like the Tour de France, the final day has been contested in the late afternoon/ evening in recent years. There has also been a women’s race ahead of the arrival of the riders of the Vuelta, again just like the Tour de France. Our hotel, the excellent Melia Fenix hotel is located within a short, 10 minute walk from the finish venue and the location of all the hospitality areas.

Hotel prices on B&B basis at the Gran Melia Fenix hotel:

3 nights (Fri, Sat, Sun) – £399 per person based on 2 sharing a twin or double room, £295 supplement per person for the sole occupancy of a room
2 nights (Sat, Sun) – £279 per person based on 2 sharing a twin or double bed room, £200 supplement per person for the sole occupancy of a room
1 night (Sun) – £139 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin or double bed room, £100 supplement per person for the sole occupancy of a room

Hospitality tickets:
For the finish of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana on the Paseo del Prado in Madrid we are pleased to offer a Grandstand seating and VIP Hospitality package. From these areas you will see the finale of the 2018 Vuelta and see your cycling heroes cross the finish line in style.

Neptuno hospitalty area: £319 per person


  • A copy of the official 2018 Vuelta a Espana road book
  • Great view of the race finale
  • Race broadcast live on plasma TV screens
  • Gourmet cocktail
  • Open bar all afternoon
  • Exclusive “la Vuelta” gift.

Three weeks of intense, emotional racing come to an end in Madrid. This final, spectacular stage, takes place on an urban circuit that allows you to discover the many wonders and the festive atmosphere that the Spanish capital has to offer.
Come and celebrate the final kilometres of this mythical race with the cyclists in ideally placed areas. This year, the riders will cross the finish-line for the first time at around 7 pm and again for the last time at around 8:30 pm.
The hotel Gran Melia Fenix is conveniently located in the centre of Madrid for you to enjoy the finish of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana which keeps with its traditional finish in Madrid. As in previous years and like the final day of the Tour de France in Paris, the finish will be in the evening.

Below maps are of the finish area and of the location of our hotel, the excellent Gran Melia Fenix.

The Hotel:

★★★★ Hotel Gran Melia Fenix Madrid:
With an exceptional location on the well-known Plaza de Colón, the Hotel Gran Meliá Fénix is a leader in the city’s finest accommodations, member of the exclusive group ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’, and with the famous DRY Martini Bar by Javier de las Muelas, the highest expression of luxury and service accompanied by traditional Spanish charm.
Since it opened in 1953, it has been the hotel chosen on the first visit to the city by the most prestigious guests such as The Beatles, Cary Grant and Rita Hayworth.
The hotel is at 15 minute walking distance from the Paseo del Prado and the venue of the finish of the 2016 Vuelta a Espana.

You will stay in a Premium room but upgraded room types are available on request by emailing us.
The Gran Melia Fenix offers a wide variety of Guestrooms and Suites differing in size, equipment and services to adapt to different needs.
All of these are fully equipped with the latest technology, plasma TV with numerous international channels, free WiFi, Dock Station for Iphone…, with an elegant and eminently classic décor.

Thursday September 13th, 2018 - Barcelona arrival day:
Today we will provide an airport transfer from Barcelona airport to Andorra at 15.00. This is available as an optional extra at £50 per person. We expect to arrive at the hotel at about 18.00. As soon as we arrive we will assist you with building your bikes and we will also do a welcome meeting during the evening meal tonight so you can get to know the rest of the group and your bike guides.
You also have the option to come and join us directly at the hotel in Andorra today.  We will stay here for the next 3 nights with breakfasts and evening meals, a room to store bicycles overnight, free access to the spa included as well as free wifi.
If you have booked bike rental then your bike will be ready and fitted for you this evening.

Friday, September 14th, 2018 –  Lleida / Andorra. Naturlandia:
The Vuelta comes into Andorra today with a stage that starts off flat but culminates with an uphill finish at Naturlandia. Andorra is a country with very good cycling options in a beautiful mountain playground. We want to do Andorra and all its cycling justice so we have teamed up with an Andorran local bike guide and his team to provide us with guided and supported bike rides. All rides start from our hotel and everything is provided during the ride:

  • Route planning and guiding
  • Vehicle support
  • Snacks and packed lunch en-route
  • Basic mechanical assistance

Our goal today is to conquer Andorra’s most difficult climb, the Coll de la Gallina where the Vuelta will have its winner decided tomorrow. After this, we will ride the final 20km of today’s stage to Naturlandia where we will cross the finish line and see the riders arrive.

Ride option 1
Distance: 126km
Ascent: 3100 metres
ROUTE: ART HOTEL – Encamp (km 5) – Canillo (km 10) – Coll Ordino (km 20) – Ordino (km 30) – La Massana (km 33) – Col de Cabus (km 51) – Escaldes-Engordany (km 77) – St julia de Lòria (km 83) – Col de la Gallina (km 96) – Naturlandia (km126)

Ride option 2
Distance: 91km
ASCENT: 2200 metres
ROUTE: ART HOTEL – Túnel 2 Valires (km 5) – La Massana (km 8) – Col de Cabús (km 26) – Escaldes-Engordany (km 52) – St Julià de Lòria (km 58) – Coll de La Gallina (km 71) – Naturlandia (91km)

Cross the official finish-line experience:
Today we have a fantastic treat in store for you. The cyclists have authorisation to ride on the final section of today’s stage route and cross the finish-line.  The riders will then join the spectators and you will have your photo taken on the official podium before a guided visit of the finish area’s technical zone and watching the finish of the riders today.

Transport is provided back to the hotel or you can ride back if you wish. Evening meal at the hotel tonight.

Saturday, September 15th, 2018 – Andorra. Escaldes-Engordany / Coll de la Gallina. Santuario de Canolich:
Today’s stage is short at just over 100km and the whole stage takes place in Andorra. We will provide a guided ride in the morning with our local Andorran guides. Today we have finish hospitality so ultimately the destination will be the Coll de la Gallina which you scaled yesterday.

Ride option 1
Distance: 70km
Ascent: 2600 metres
ROUTE: ART HOTEL – Encamp (km 5) – Coll de beixalís (km 12) – Anyós (km 20) – Escaldes-Engordany (km 30) – Col d’Engolasters (km 38) – Col de la Comella (km 46) – Andorre la Vielle (km 50) – St julia de Lòria (km 58) – Col de la Gallina (km 70)

Ride option 2
Distance: 42km
ASCENT: 1900 metres
ROUTE: ART HOTEL – Escaldes-Engordany (km 2) – Col d’Engolasters (km 10) – Col de la Comella (km 17) – Andorre la Vielle (km 22) – St julia de Lòria (km 30) – Col de la Gallina (km 42)

Finish hospitality area:
This is an exclusive area located just a few metres from the finish line. Access only for those with VIP Vuelta accreditation. This VIP experience includes a great view of the stage, race broadcast live on plasma TV screens, a gourmet cocktail and an open bar all afternoon.
Transport is provided back to the hotel or you can ride back if you wish. Evening meal at the hotel tonight.

If you rented a bike through us, it will be collected this evening from the Art hotel.

Sunday September 16th – Barcelona departure or transfer to Madrid:
Today you have 2 options; you can either make use of our airport transfer to Barcelona airport and leave today or you can extend your Vuelta experience a little bit longer and take our transfer to Madrid today.

Barcelona transfer:
The airport transfer to Barcelona is available as an optional extra at £50 per person and it will take 2.5hrs. We will depart Andorra at 08.00 so please book flights to depart Barcelona after 13.00.

Madrid extension:
The transfer to Madrid takes 7 hours. After an early breakfast we will take you to the finish in Madrid. In Madrid we stay at the Hotel Gran Melia Fenix.

Late afternoon, we will take you to the Paseo del Prado which is the location of the Vuelta finish line, podium and the various Hospitality and Grandstand options. You will see the passage of the Vuelta a Espana Publicity Caravan, followed by the arrival of the riders of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana. The riders will complete 8 laps of a circuit based on the Paseo del Prado.

We can offer a variety of official Vuelta a Espana Grandstand seats and hospitality packages on the Paseo del Prado for the 2018 Vuelta a Espana (see here for more information and prices)

Monday September 17th – Departure day from Madrid:
We will run one transfer to Madrid airport this morning, arriving at the airport at 09:00. Please book an onward flight that departs after 11:00.

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£499 per person based on sharing a twin or double room
£130 supplement per person for single occupancy of a room

Included with your Vuelta tour:

  • Exclusive VIP hospitality experiences: Cross the Finish line experience and finish hospitality  – more information here
  • The 2018 Vuelta a Espana road book
  • A Sports Tours International jersey made by Santini – More info
  • Transport to and from the stages and bike and luggage transport
  • 3 nights at the 4 star hotel Acta in Andorra La Vella
  • 3 breakfasts and evening meals
  • Detailed day by day itinerary with maps and all event information
  • Daily guided bike rides and stage access for spectators by vehicle
  • Services of our experienced drivers and bike guides

Also available:

  • Arrival airport transfer with bike and luggage from Barcelona airport on Thursday 13 September – £50 per person
  • Departure airport transfer with bike and luggage from Andorra to Barcelona airport on Sunday 16 September – £50 per person
  • Madrid extension – transfer from Andorra to Madrid on Sunday 16 September , 1 night’s stay in Madrid city centre plus airport transfer on Monday – From £210 per person
  • Bike rental options – See options below  – More information here
  • Travel insurance – please visit our insurance page

BMC bike rental:
For our Vuelta tours we offer BMC bike rental. We can offer the below bikes and sizes. Other sizes are on available request.

  • BMC GRANDFONDO GF 01 ULTEGRA D12 full carbon BMC bike with Shimano groupset and 50 x 34, 11 x 28 in size 47, 51, 54 and 56 – £180
  • BMC TEAM MACHINE SLR03 105 full carbon BMC bike with Shimano groupset and 50 x 34, 11 x 30 in size 54 and 57 – £140

For full specifications and size, please have a look here.

Finish hospitality area:
This is an exclusive area located just a few metres from the finish line. Access only for those with VIP Vuelta accreditation.


  • Great view of the stage
  • Race broadcast live on plasma TV screens
  • Gourmet cocktail
  • Open bar all afternoon

Live the Dream Ride – only included with our tours:
You will ride the stage route 2.5/3 hours ahead of the professional peloton, before crossing the finish line in front of cheering cycling fans. Stand on the Winner’s podium to have your picture taken and take home your very own slice of La Vuelta history.
The amount of the route you will ride varies from stage to stage according to logistics. This is like having your very own Etapa de la Vuelta! Spectators will have podium pictures, and a guided tour of the technical area (TV and Media, anti-doping, podium etc).


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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.
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Sports Travel – Keeping safe:
For some tips on how to stay safe whilst you travel, please have a look here.

Entry requirements:
Visas are not required to enter Spain and France. You need a passport to enter. General Travel Information is also available here & here.. All non-UK passport holders must check their own country’s entry requirements for Spain and France.
For details of insurance for the our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. There is additional information here about our Concierge Services



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