Selected by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of "50 Tours of a Lifetime, this is truly an experience not to miss.
"A pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela is the finest journey in Spain," wrote James Michener in his book Iberia. Join our bicycle tour across northern Spain and you too will discover the magic of the Camino de Santiago. Our tour follows the original guide for the Camino written by a monk in the 12th century. Along the way you'll explore Gothic cathedrals, visit medieval monasteries, pedal through one of Spain's premier wine growing regions - the Rioja - and encounter adventurous travelers from around the world. More than just a bicycle tour, this is an adventure of a lifetime.
If this sounds great but you don't have time for the full 15 days, check out our shorter Cycling the Camino de Santiago - León to Santiago tour.
Day 1: Tour begins in Pamplona - Shuttle to Roncesvalles
Highlights: Pilgrim's Passports, introductory dinner, bike fittingMeet mid-afternoon today in Pamplona, then we'll shuttle as a group to Roncesvalles. There, we'll fit bicycles, visit the 13th-century monastery that is the traditional starting point for the Camino, and pick up our pilgrims' passports. This evening we'll celebrate with a welcome dinner at our hotel.
Lodging: Hotel La Posada
Day 2: Roncesvalles to Puente la Reina
Highlights: Church of Santa María Eunate, historic Puente la ReinaOur journey begins with a downhill ride from Roncesvalles following the Iratí River. Along the way, we'll visit the 12th-century Church of Santa María Eunate. Our hotel tonight is in Puente la Reina, where all the pilgrim's routes from France become one. Dinner together. Distance: 77 km (48 miles).
Lodging: Casa Rural Bidean
Day 3: Puente la Reina to Laguardia
Highlights: Scenic cycling, winery visit, wine tastingThis morning we'll head across the Rio Salado before reaching medieval Estella. From there, we'll head through farmlands and vineyards on the way to our hotel in the walled town of Laguardia. There we'll visit one of the oldest and smallest wineries in Spain, where we'll enjoy a wine tasting, before dinner together. Distance: 85 km (50 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Castillo El Collado
Day 4: Bicycle Laguardia to Santo Domingo
Highlights: Cycling in Rioja Alta wine region, winery visitsA short detour today leads us to one of Spain's most important wine-producing areas, the Rioja Alta. Along the way, our route passes through the 16th-century town of Haro. Then, it's back to the Camino and on to Santo Domingo de la Calzada, where we'll spend the night. Distance: 47 km (29 miles).
Day 5: Santo Domingo to Burgos
Highlights: Ancient Burgos, Gothic cathedralYou will enjoy a beautiful ride today as we cross the Oca Hills to the ancient city of Burgos, home of Spain's favorite son, El Cid. Our hotel is in front of the city's famous cathedral - one of the most impressive in Europe - and the tomb of El Cid. Dinner on your own. Distance: 89 km (55 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Mesón del Cid
Day 6: Burgos to Carrión de los Condes
Highlights: Historic Church of St. Anton, overnight in refurbished monasteryThis morning we head across the rolling plains of the meseta to Castrojeriz, where the Camino runs right through the ruins of the Church of St. Anton. We'll finish today's ride in Carrión de los Condes where we'll spend the night in a refurbished monastery. Dinner together. Distance: 99 km (62 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Monasterio San Zoilo
Day 7: Sahugún to León
Highlights: Sahagú, Basílica de San IsidoroPassing through one of the most famous stops on the Camino, in Sahagún, we'll pedal our way to León today. A former capital of Spain, León is famous for its cathedral and the Basílica de San Isidoro. Since we'll be spending the next two nights there, you'll have plenty of time to explore both. Our hotel is just a short distance from the cathedral. Distance: 109 km (68 miles).
Lodging: Hotel NH Plaza Mayor
Day 8: Rest day in León
Highlights: Guided walking tour of León museums, shops, Basílica de San IsidoroSleep in this morning, as this is a rest day in León. A local historian will lead us on a guided walking tour of the city, then you're free to spend the day as you wish. Explore the local shops and museums. Catch up on your reading. Or just relax in one of the local café. It's your choice. Dinner together tonight, we'll meet anyone joining us on the last part of our trip. Distance: rest day.
Lodging: Hotel NH Plaza Mayor
Day 9: León to Astorga
Highlights: Visit to cathedral and palace designed by Antonio GaudíOur destination today is Astorga, home of the 15th-century cathedral and neo-Gothic palace designed by the famous Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí. Distance: 63 km (39 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Via de la Plata
Day 10: Astorga to Cacabelos
Highlights: Scenic cycling through the Spanish countryside, Cruz de Ferro (Don't forget to bring your pebble from home!)Leaving Astorga today, we head toward the hills that separate the provinces of León and Galicia. As we pass through tiny hamlets and monuments untouched since early Christianity, it's easy to imagine the awe that original pilgrims making this trek must have felt. By mid-afternoon, we'll arrive at our destination in Cacabelos. Dinner together. Distance: 76 km (47 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Villa de Cacabelos
Day 11: Cacabelos to O'Cebreiro
Highlights: Countryside of Galicia, historic Villafranca del Bierzo, optional hiking opportunityWe head into the green fields of Galicia today. On the way, you'll pass through the old Camino town of Villafranca del Bierzo, founded by French pilgrims as a place of absolution for those too weak to continue their pilgrimage. There is the opportunity to cut the ride short and do an optional 8km (5 miles) hike so be sure to pack sneakers or light hikers if you are interested as the trail is fairly steep. Our hotel this evening is on top of O'Cebreiro, a historic mountain on the Camino, where we'll enjoy dinner together. Distance: 43 km (27 miles), or 8 km (5 miles) hiking.
Lodging: Hotel San Giraldo
Day 12: O'Cebreiro to Portomarín
Highlights: Galician culture and countrysideYou will get a real taste of Galicia today - a region with a culture and musical style reminiscent of Ireland - as we pedal our way to Portomarín, where our hotel overlooks the Minho River. Dinner together. Distance: 69 km (43 miles).
Lodging: La Pousada de Portomarín
Day 13: Portomarín to Touro
Highlights: Quiet & scenic roads, stay in a country manorOne of the prettiest rides on the tour awaits you today as we meander along forgotten country roads through the beautiful Galician countryside. Rolling hills and green pastures lead us to our destination for the evening near Touro, where we'll stay in one of the traditional country houses (similar to B&Bs) that dot the landscape. Dinner together. Distance: 79 km (49 miles).
Lodging: Pazo de Andeade
Day 14: Arrive in Santiago de Compostela
Highlights: Arrival in Santiago, Cathedral of St. James, farewell dinnerToday's ride is a fitting end to the Camino, as we pedal along rural roads through woodlands and pastures to Santiago. Once in town, you'll have plenty of time to look around the famous Cathedral of St. James that forms the city's heart. Tonight, we'll celebrate our journey's end with a great farewell dinner together. Distance: 43 km (27 miles).
Lodging: Monumental San Francisco
Day 15: Tour ends in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Highlights: Pilgrim's Mass at NoonRemember that you may not get to Santiago in time for the Pilgrim's Mass at noon on Day 14 so if you'd like to participate plan travel accordingly. After breakfast this morning, it's time to say goodbye to the historic Camino and to begin your own pilgrims' trek to wherever your journeys may lead you. Buen viaje!
HighlightsFollows the route of the Codex Calixtinus , 1000 years of history in along the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim's Passport, Guided tour of Leó,, Option to hike one day, Burgos
Includes"The Usual" plus... Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 15 days, 14 nights accommodation; 10 dinners with wine, 14 breakfasts; Pilgrim's Passport; winery visit and tasting; guided walk in León; group shuttle from Pamplona to Roncesvalles
Begin/EndRoncesvalles/Santiago de Compostela
Arrive/DepartMadrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) to Pamplona Airport (PNA) / Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ) to Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
Total Distance893 km (558 miles)
Daily Distance43-109 km (27-68 miles)
What to Expect"A pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela is the finest journey in Spain," James Michener.
Varied terrain throughout the trip, days with longer mileage (50 to 65 miles) have less climbing. There are 3 days with sustained climbs of 5 to 8 miles.
NotesIf this sounds great but you don't have time for the full 15 days, check out our shorter Cycling the Camino de Santiago - León to Santiago tour
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|*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.|
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