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Cycle the Camino de Santiago

from $2,249.00

Ride a historical pilgrimage route across Spain

  • Reviews 10 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate / Challenging
  • Group Size Small Group
    6 - 16
All about the Cycle the Camino de Santiago.

The Camino de Santiago de Compostela across northern Spain is one of the world’s oldest pilgrimage routes. Also known as ‘The Way of St James’, it originated in the region of Galicia where the tomb of the Apostle James the Great was discovered in the 9th Century. The way is marked by the symbol of the scallop shell and the grooves that join together are said to represent the many different ways pilgrim’s travel from to reach Santiago. It’s the Gothic cathedrals, medieval monasteries and miles of beautiful rural scenery that make this section of the ancient route so popular.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts
* All accommodation
* Tour leader throughout (with partial vehicle support)
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* Local bike rental

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Medieval monasteries and unspoiled rural scenery
  • Enjoy the fantastic food and wine produced along the route
  • Follow the famous pilgrimage route to Santiago
  • 6 days cycling with partial vehicle support
  • 50% tarmac roads, 50% gravel roads and tracks
  • Some climbs to be expected
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 7 nights in hotels and Casa Rurales
  1. Day 1 Start Leon.

    Trip starts in Leon; here we may have time to visit the city’s beautiful gothic cathedral and stroll around its charming winding narrow streets before having a trip breifing and our first meal as a group.*Hotel Campus San Mames*

  2. Day 2 Ride across the plains of Castille through countryside and quaint villages to Astorga.

    We head into the countryside riding across the plains of Castilla through cultivated countryside and quaint villages, with adobe houses and wine caves. We will take lunch in Hospital del Orbigo and on entering the village we cross a stunning mediaeval bridge (one of the longest pilgrimage bridges in Spain). We then ride the final 15km to the beautiful walled town of Astorga, with views of the mountains of Leon in the distance.*Hotel Gaudi *

  3. Day 3 Climb into the mountains of Leon to the Monte de la Cruz de Ferro; descend to Molinaseca.

    Today’s ride is the most beautiful of the trip as we leave the Castillan plains behind and climb gradually into the mountains of Leon to the Monte de la Cruz de Ferro (1505m). En route we pass through Castrillo de los Polvazares, known for its very special architecture created by strong orange coloured stone. After riding through the charming mountain village of Acebo (the main street is a straight line of beautiful balconied houses) we enjoy the rest of our descent into Molinaseca, with stunning views of the surrounding valley.*Hostal El Palacio*

  4. Day 4 Ride to Villafranca with views across the wine region of El Bierzo and the mountains of Leon

    The highlight today is the ride to the beautiful town of Villafranca with stunning views across the green valleys of Galicia and wooded mountains of Leon. After the first easy and mainly flat 25km through vineyards we have a short climb to Villafranca, which is worth a look for its many monuments and picturesque town square. Then after having lunch in Villafranca we will cycle about 20 km to the always green and peaceful rural valley of Herrerias de Valcarce in the foothills of Monte O’Cebreiro.*Centro de Turismo Rural El Capricho de Josana*

  5. Day 5 Long ascent to the village of O'Cebreiro. Enter Galicia's landscape of traditional agricultural villages; cycle past Samos Monastery on the way to Sarria.

    After breakfast we will cycle to the top of the mountain and the small village of O’Cebreiro.  This climb is one of the most challenging of the tour as we ascend 650m over 8 kilometres, the climb is a very gentle ascent with a steady gradient and we will break it up with plenty of stops. At the top we will be able to appreciate wonderful views of the valleys that surround this peak and admire the charming slate roofed black houses. From O’cebreiro, as we enter Galicia, the landscape changes dramatically and the area is populated by a number of traditional agricultural villages. Each family has small plots of land, which they cultivate for their own vegetables and we will pass by many of the locals working the land and tending to their cattle. As well as a change in culture, landscape and language, the gastronomy of Galicia is famous for using products of high quality and preparing them in simple, but delicious ways. We have lunch in Samos, home to one of the oldest monasteries in Spain, and cycle through chestnut forests to Sarria.*Hotel Oca Villa de Sarria*

  6. Day 6 Cycle along tree-lined paths to Portomarin, rebuilt on a hilltop in the 1950's in order to construct a reservoir; continue to Palas de Rei.

    Today’s ride runs through beautiful rural Galician countryside and along tree-lined paths to the town of Portomarin, which was rebuilt on a hilltop in the 1950’s in order to construct a reservoir. After lunch, a 13km climb, followed by a welcome 12km downhill, takes us to Palas de Rei, a small town full of the pilgrim spirit.*Hotel Complejo la Cabaña*

  7. Day 7 Short ascents and descents to Monte de Gozo; follow the pilgrims' route to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

    Our final day involves a number of short ascents and descents towards Monte de Gozo. From here, as pilgrims have done for centuries, we wind our way through the city’s streets and crowds to Plaza del Obradoiro, dominated by the impressive cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.We then move onto the Pilgrim’s Office for those who wish to obtain the ’compostela’ (certificate of accomplishment).*Hotel La Salle*

  8. Day 8 End Santiago de Compostela.

    After breakfast the trip end Santiago de Compostela.**

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Where you stay

Casa Rurales & Hotels

7 nights accommodation, in the smaller villages you will use characterful family-run ‘casa rurales’ and in larger towns you will be accommodated in larger hotels. All have en suite facilities and are situated beside the actual Camino de Santiago.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included.

Breakfasts will be continental style with cold cheese, meats and bread, as well as pastries, tea and coffee.

Vegetarians: Please be aware that a meat and fish diet is the norm in Northern Spain. Many vegetarians have not experienced any problems, however please be prepared to be flexible. Please note that mealtimes in Spain are later than in many other countries; dinner is usually taken between 21:00 and 21.30.

This trip is classified Road

Activity level 4 (moderate/challenging)

6 days cycling with an average distance of 54 km/day (33 miles) with partial vehicle support

Terrain and route: 50% on quiet minor roads and 50% on a mixture of cycle paths, non-technical tracks and a few off-road sections. If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip please do not hesitate to call us. Please note that wearing a cycling helmet is compulsory on this trip.

As we are passing through rural communities the roads are quiet with very little traffic, however you will be sharing the route with a number of walkers and cyclists all on their way to Santiago de Compostela. There is one long but gradual climb on the second cycling day of the trip and one steep 8 km climb on the third cycling day, but the support vehicle will be on hand if you prefer to opt out. Alternatively, there is the opportunity to walk along the hiking track. There are a few cobbled sections where you should take care, particularly in wet conditions. This trip is ideal for the occasional cyclists who exercise regularly.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 11/11/2019
5/5

Cycling Leon to Santiago

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Can’t pick one out but best cycling days for me were the second day where there was a long ascent to Monte de la Cruz de Ferro and the final day which was a longer cycling distance but had more off road sections and went through lots of gorgeous scenery. Inspirational moments were getting to the top of some of the hills and feeling great sense of achievement!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Alphonso was great. Very encouraging and positive with the cycling. Knew a lot of the local history etc of the places we went through, great at picking lovely places to eat and always smiling.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As has been mentioned before, be fit for this trip as it will be pay off and make it more enjoyable , but at the same time, don’t be put off by the hills.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We travelled independently to meet the group , and organised things so we had a day in advance to look round León and a few days at the end at Santiago de Compostela . It was really good having the time to see more of these lovely cities. I would also add that this trip has definitely inspired me to walk the Camino .

Reviewed On 07/10/2019
4/5

Cycling to Santiago

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were a couple. The climb up to O'Cebreiro, where you just have to keep going and I started to feel a few old injuries as I pushed to the top. Secondly, arriving at the beautiful square in front of Santiago Cathedral at the end of our journey and then later in the day receiving your Pilgrims certificate.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Alfonso was a great guide very friendly and approachable and communicated well with the group and he was well backed up by Nacho.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As long as you have a decent level of fitness this is a great trip and you cycle door to door so no transfers once you get started. The fitter you are the more you will enjoy it, though no one on the group had to use the van. Enjoy the descents you deserve them after some hard ascents. Embrace the spirit of the Camino.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would have loved a bit more information about the history of the Camino as we went along and we didnt have a lot of time in Leon cathedral at the start of the trip which is one of the main architectural highlights of the tour. So worth reading up about it before you go.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Camino de Santiago Cycle Ride, Sept 16

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We had a great group of cyclist with similar ability and everyone got on well. The climb to O'Cebreiro was quite "cheeky" and I am glad that we made it! The scenery was wonderful and we got there during a festival / market day which was unexpected in such a village that is so high up. Finally, arriving in Santiago with everyone getting a certificate for riding the Camino was also very special.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose was very knowledgable (he knew exactly the terrain, distance in detail so we knew exactly what to expect and how to pace ourselves - but "undulating" means quite a few ups!). The places that we stopped for coffee, ice cream, lunch, dinner were all wonderful. Guillemo, our support driver/mechanic was also great. We never had our Saddles/Paddles fitted and removed for us in previous trips + we had great support from him (making sure our bottles were filled, checking the tyre pressure, fitting the squeaks....) throughout the trip with a smile.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We thought it was just a cycling trip and didn't know anything about the "St. James Way" and the pilgrims walking the trail. It was a very interesting experience but I wished I read up more about the history before hand.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There were some wonderful long down hill descent and Jose controlled the speed well at the front and make sure that we didn't do anything stupid. The views were wonderful and make sure you took the time to enjoy it.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Cycling the Camino de Santiago

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably the good nature of the pilgrims, it’s a tough walk some had been on the road for weeks, they were always friendly, willing to let us pass and wishing us a good trip.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Danny and Alfonso were excellent, always positive, available and they offered first class support along the way.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Having read the reviews of this trip regarding the grade of cycling before departing I got the impression that the grading was a bit complicated, some clients saying it was challenging and some saying it was moderate, so I was not sure what to expect. In truth It’s a little problematical as it comes down to a number of factors such as fitness, cycling ability and weather conditions. What is certain is that this is no simple moderate itinerary, there is too much variety in the cycling (climbs, off road, rough track, technical sections) but it’s also far from challenging the majority of the time (unless it rains all day) so the moderate/challenging grade is probably appropriate but in good weather closer to moderate than challenging.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Have fun.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Camino de Santiago

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the iron cross on day 2 - I had not cycled anywhere for years and came along on the recommendation of a friend who convinced me that the trip was attainable and not too difficult - not sure about the “not difficult” bit but getting to the summit convinced me that he was right
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Alfonso was five star excellent throughout the trip. Really made its great experience
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The consensus in the group was that it was not a moderate journey.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Accommodation generally acceptable but breakfast can be a bit variable

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