- Difficulty: Moderate+
- Category: Cycling, self-guided
- Duration: 18 days
- Recommended time of year: 1st April - 31st October
Immerse yourself in the folklore and history of this extraordinary cycle tour along the full Camino de Santiago.
This is not a standard cycling tour! The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage of great historical, cultural and spiritual significance which continues to be shared by pilgrims from all walks of life. It is the only long-distance route to have been awarded World Heritage recognition.
- Experience the cultural exchanges with fellow pilgrims as they wish you a 'buen camino' on this internationally acclaimed age-old route.
- Recreate the magic of a bygone era as your pilgrimage takes you across the same rivers, up the same hills and past the same villages, chapels, churches and cathedrals as countless pilgrims before you.
- Cycle the full 798 km of 'The Camino Francés', starting in Roncesvalles and crossing the spectacular Pyrenees by bike.
- Savour the exceptional wines and gastronomy of Logroño, the capital of the Rioja wine region.
- Discover Pamplona, the home of the world famous 'Sanfermines'.
- Explore quiet country lanes on a hand-picked route that mirrors the original walking route.
- Encounter the stunning medieval villages of Molinaseca and O'Cebreiro.
- Take the opportunity to visit the grandiose gothic cathedrals of Burgos, Leon and Astorga.
- Experience the elation as you cycle into the main square of Santiago de Compostela with its awe-inspiring cathedral.
Each day´s cycling will be different, not only in terms of how many kms you will cover but also in terms of how much climbing and descending you do. The landscapes you will come across will change dramatically as you cycle on, from the high peaks of the Pyrenees, to the deep valley of the Ebro River in La Rioja, from the vast plains of Castilla´s high Plateau to the mountains of northern León and on to the green mountainous region of Galicia.
Along the way you will come across towns and cities which have been inhabited by many cultures and civilizations over the last few millennia and who have all left their mark in the form of monuments of staggering beauty and who have shaped the people that inhabit this land today.
...The Camino is more than a journey across the Spanish landscape. It is a personal journey which unites people from many parts of the globe, all of whom decide to undertake this pilgrimage.
If you don´t have enough days to do the full Camino, consider splitting it and doing over two 10 day trips or three 7 day trips. We´ll give you a personalised quote.
Which airport should I fly to? Madrid or Bilbao International Airports.
How do I get to the Starting Point? The tour starts in Roncesvalles, a small town in the Pyrenees near the border between Spain and France. In order to reach it first you will have to reach the nearest city, Pamplona. To get to Pamplona it is possible to get an internal flight from another Spanish airport but the most commonly used way to reach it is by bus or train from cities with international airports. Bilbao is the nearest international airport.
How do I get back? From Santiago airport back home directly or via another airport.
Tarmac: 99% Dirt road: 1%
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at the Mountain village of Roncesvalles, close to the French-Spanish border.
Day 2: Starting point
Bicycle and equipment hand-over and transfer to the starting point in the French town of Saint Jean Pied de Port. Cycle from SJPDP to Roncesvalles.
17.3 miles (28Km) / Climb: 892m m
Day 3: Roncesvalles to Pamplona
29 miles (47Km) / Climb: 227m
Day 4: Pamplona to Estella
30.5 miles (49Km) / Climb: 565m
Day 5: Estella to Logroño
31 miles (50Km) / Climb: 439m
Day 6: Logroño to Santo Domingo de la Calzada
33.5 miles (54Km) / Climb: 566m
Day 7: Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Burgos
45 miles (74Km) / Climb: 520m
Day 8: Burgos to Fromista
47 miles (76Km) / Climb: 414m
Day 9: Fromista to Sahagun
38 miles (61Km) / Climb: 270m
Day 10: Sahagun to Leon
35 miles (56Km) / Climb: 298m
Day 11: Leon to Astorga
27 miles (44Km) / Climb: 250 m
Day 12: Astorga to Molinaseca
30.5 miles (49Km) / Climb: 707m
Day 13: Molinaseca to Ferrerias / O'Cebreiro
To Ferrerias: 30.2 miles (48.7 km)/ Climb: 671m
To O’Cebreiro: 36 miles (58 km) / Climb: 1371m
Day 14: Ferrerias / O'Cebreiro to Sarria
From Ferrerias: 21.7 miles (35.7km) / Climb: 958m
From O’Cebreiro: 28 miles (45 km) / Climb: 258m
Day 15: Sarria to Palas de Rei
30 miles (48Km) / Climb: 1177m
Day 16: Palas de Rei to O´Pino
38 miles (61 Km) / Climb: 1170m
Day 17: O´Pino to Santiago
17 miles (27Km) / Climb: 499m
Day 18: Extra nights in Santiago or return
Our hotels are conveniently positioned very near or on the Camino and are always the best quality on offer along the way. They are typically of 2 and 3 star grading. These are some of the hotels used as an example:
Palas de Rei
Santiago de Compostela (possible upgrade to 4 star hotel: please ask)
Our hire bikes and equipment:
A bicycle specialist will deliver your hire bike and adjust it to your specifications. We provide you with fully equipped touring bicycles. Remember that we carry your luggage between hotels so you can travel light.
||GIANT ARGENTO or equivalent:
Other equipment provided:
- Price: 1515€ per person
- Single room supplement: 189€
- Solo traveller supplement: 231€
- Half board / dinners: 230€
- Bike hire: 240€
- PILGRIM´S PASSPORT.
- 17 nights´ accommodation.
- 17 breakfasts.
- Luggage transfers between hotels.
- GPS and tracks with your trail clearly marked.
- Itinerary description, full of recommendations for things to do and places to visit, advice and suggestions and information about your accommodation, etc.
- Emergency support.
- Activity insurance.
- 4 star hotel upgrade in Santiago (price on asking).
- Extension cycling to Finisterre, two extra cycling days (price on asking)