Cycling the Camino de Santiago - Roncesvalles to Santiago

  • Itinerary Summary

    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.

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    1. Day 1: Tour begins in Pamplona - Shuttle to Roncesvalles

      Highlights: Pilgrim's Passports, introductory dinner, bike fitting

      Meet 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.

      Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

      Lodging: Hotel Roncesvalles

    2. Day 2: Roncesvalles to Puente la Reina

      Highlights: Church of Santa María Eunate, historic Puente la Reina

      Our 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.

      Distance: 75 km (47 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Hotel Jakue

    3. Day 3: Puente la Reina to Laguardia

      Highlights: Scenic cycling, winery visit, wine tasting

      This 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 (53 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Hotel Castillo El Collado

    4. Day 4: Bicycle Laguardia to Santo Domingo

      Highlights: Cycling in Rioja Alta wine region, winery visits

      A 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: 57 km (35 miles). Meals: B

      Lodging: Hotel Parador de Santo Domingo Bernardo de Fresneda

    5. Day 5: Santo Domingo to Burgos

      Highlights: Ancient Burgos, Gothic cathedral

      You 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.

      Distance: 92 km (57 miles). Meals: B

      Lodging: Hotel Mesón del Cid

    6. Day 6: Burgos to Carrión de los Condes

      Highlights: Historic Church of St. Anton, overnight in refurbished monastery

      This 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.

      Distance: 98 km (61 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Hotel Monasterio San Zoilo

    7. Day 7: Sahagún to León

      Highlights: Sahagún, Basílica de San Isidoro

      Passing 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: 107 km (67 miles). Meals: B

      Lodging: Hotel NH Plaza Mayor

    8. Day 8: Rest day in León

      Highlights: Guided walking tour of León museums, shops

      Sleep 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 cafés. It's your choice. Dinner together tonight, we'll meet anyone joining us on the last part of our trip.

      Distance: Rest day. Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Hotel NH Plaza Mayor

    9. Day 9: León to Astorga

      Highlights: Visit to cathedral and palace designed by Antonio Gaudí

      On your way to Astorga you will cross the Puente de Orbigo, one of the oldest and longest bridges on the Camino. Astorga is home to the 15th-century cathedral and neo-Gothic palace designed by the famous Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí.

      Distance: 61 km (38 miles). Meals: B

      Lodging: Hotel Via de la Plata

    10. 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.

      Distance: 76 km (47 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Hotel Villa de Cacabelos

    11. Day 11: Cacabelos to Tricastela

      Highlights: Countryside of Galicia, historic Villafranca del Bierzo, optional hiking opportunity

      We 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 in Tricastela.

      Distance: 60 km (37 miles), or 8 km (5 miles) hiking. Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Casa Pacios.

    12. Day 12: Tricastela to Portomarín

      Highlights: Galician culture, visit Samos monastery

      You 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.

      Distance: 51 km (31 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Santa Mariña

    13. Day 13: Portomarín to Touro

      Highlights: Quiet & scenic roads, stay in a country manor

      One 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.

      Distance: 77 km (49 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Pazo de Andeade.

    14. Day 14: Arrive in Santiago de Compostela

      Highlights: Arrival in Santiago, Cathedral of St. James, farewell dinner

      Today'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: 40 km (25 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Monumental San Francisco.

    15. Day 15: Tour ends in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

      Highlights: Pilgrim's Mass at Noon

      Remember that we will offer a tour of the roof of the Santiago cathedral this morning. You will also want to stick around for the Pilgrim's Mass at noon because you may not arrive in time to take part on Day 14. If you would like to participate schedule flights after 3:00 p.m. Buen viaje!

      Meals: B

    • Highlights

      Follows the route of the Codex Calixtinus , 1000 years of history in along the Camino de Santiago, Coordination to obtain your Pilgrim's Passport, Guided tour of León, Option to hike one day, Burgos
    • Includes

      Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 15 days, 14 nights accommodation; 10 dinners with wine, 14 breakfasts; winery visit and tasting; guided walk in León; group shuttle from Pamplona to Roncesvalles plus "The Usual"
    • Countries

    • Begin/End

      Pamplona with a shuttle to Roncesvalles/Santiago de Compostela
    • Arrive/Depart

      Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) to Pamplona Airport (PNA) / Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ) to Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
    • Total Distance

      879 km (543 miles)
    • Daily Distance

      Average 73 km (45 miles)
    • Rating

      401 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.
    • Terms

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    • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Marvelous, enriching and extremely well supported.

      Kenneth N., Mecedon, NY
    • An amazing, unforgettable experience. Physically challenging/rewarding. Great variety of hotels and food, scenery. We loved staying in the farmhouses and monasteries, especially the farmhouses. The FOOD!! The guides were wonderful! The camaraderie among the group.

      Karen H., Yucaipa, CA
    • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Absolutely a must go! Crossing the Spain from Pyrenees to nearly Atlantic, soaking up the stunning landscape, the history, The Way, not to mention challenging biking, can''t be surpassed.

      Dana S., Fairport, NY
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      Milan S., Fairport, NY
    • Life-changing. This is no ordinary tour, because it''s the Camino. I''m still there, in spirit. This one has to be repeated...

      Jarmila G., Idledale, CO
    • This tour has all the ''usual'' things you find in Europe; beautiful scenery, historical towns, etc, with the added experience of the Camino. Cycling along with the peregrinos, stopping along the way to get your pilgrim''s passport stamped, visiting monasteries that have hosted peregrinos for centuries made this feel like a spiritual experience.

      Jim B., Longmont, CO
    • Amazing, lots of fun,tour was well planned. What was your favorite experience on this trip? Riding through the countryside, amazing scenery, the food, walking and experiencing the 7 km Camino path like a pilgrim.

      Rhonda W., Melbourne, Australia
    • The cycling was challenging but really fun and beautiful. You really needed to be in decent shape to really enjoy it. Our leaders were phenomenal and the cultural experience was absolutely fantastic.

      Elizabeth L., Albuquerque, NM
    • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Fabulous, wonderful...ExperiencePlus! booked us into places that we normally wouldn''t castles, monasteries and glamping! At the end of each day someone took your bike and when you got to your room your luggage was waiting for you.

      Valya K., Fredericksburg, TX
    • How would you describe this tour to a friend? The tour was challenging, opportunity to see Spain as the beautiful country it is and new friends can be made, the tour leaders exceptional.

      Leanne C., Kooyong, Victoria
    • The Camino de Santiago was an awesome bike tour and a great adventure not to be missed. Experience Plus did a super job with all aspects of this ride.

      Shelley M., Scottsdale, AZ
    • This tour is a trip of a lifetime. The cultural experience is perfect. While you are not on the Camino in the same way as the peregrinos, it is the perfect amount of time to accomplish the Camino. (I was so glad to be on a bike and we did have the experience of running into bicigrinos.) The bike riding was superb with great routes on well maintained roads. The Spaniards are extremely bike friendly, which added to the bike riding pleasure. The tour guides were always friendly and positive and did so much work. I loved being able to ride following the arrows without have to do any stopping and route finding. Then to arrive at the destination and to give my bike to the guide and take my key up to my room where my luggage was.... that was such a treat!

      Susan M., Telluride, CO
    • Wonderful. Riding and seeing the scenery, the wildflowers in the spring and along the Meseta were stunning!Hard Riding, a 401 tour has challenging riding be prepared. This was our 5th and we are looking forward to many more. I am already excited about choosing our 2017 tour.

      Susan C., Fort Collins, CO
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      Kirk A., Louisville, KY
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      Tim C., Fort Collins, CO
    • Beautiful landscapes, great guides and cathedral tours. Keep up the good work.

      Carolyn B., Longmont, CO
    • This tour was the very best in every way! Fabulous concept, biking, hotels, food, and very special tour leaders.

      Mark W., Telluride, CO
    • Epic! A must do! Well organized! All three tour leaders were really off the charts ratings-wise. I would be very happy and comforted to learn that all three would be tour leaders on my next ExperiencePlus! adventure...sign me up for whatever they lead in 2016!

      Cathy P., Henderson, NV
    • How would you describe this tour to a friend? An exhilarating trip though a beautiful country with great food, great cultural experiences, and wonderful companions and guides.

      Thomas D., Park Ridge, IL
    • LOVED my trip. Can''t wait for the next one!!!!!

      Shaunna J., Toronto, Canada
    • It was one of the most fulfilling journeys I''ve ever taken. The miles of sunflowers, the churches and cathedrals, the food, the company, the guides...

      Terry G., Annapolis, MD
    • Jump at the chance to do the Camino. My second ride with ExperiencePlus!, and loved every minute! Now for the next one!!

      Lyndon J., Trafalgar, Australia
    • A challenging and scenic journey with a spiritual aspect. We were able to understand and appreciate the culture of the regions we visited. The arrows are wonderful!

      Bill W., Naples, FL
    • This was my best vacation in my life! The food, the people, the sights the biking, were fabulous!

      Robin S., Littleton, CO
    • Amazing!

      Diego G., Steamboat Springs, CO
    • It was my 50th birthday and this was what I wanted to do. It exceeded all of my expectations and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves to ride!! I was worried that my husband would not have a good time but it was his favorite trip so far!! Well done we had fun!!

      Staci C., Santa Barbara, CA
    • Far exceeded my expectations. Unbelievably well organized and supported. All three guides were outstanding with knowledge and obvious love of The Camino.

      Janet B., Sacramento, CA
    • This was my first (not my last) tour with ExperiencePlus!. You definitely exceeded my expectations.

      Michelle L. Oregon City, OR
    • This trip has been planned to perfection. The Camino is beautiful in so many ways and you will see them all from 2 wheels.

      Joseph M., Chicago, IL
    • A fantastic way to experience the Camino without taking the time needed to walk it. Also, able to get off the route to enjoy towns like Laguardia. A great way to see Northern Spain. I love your trips!!!

      Zoe E., Williston, VT
    • A blast! A physical challenge, a buzz, lots of laughter over dinners. Guides were terrific.

      Warwick G., Sydney, Australia
    • Great trip. Especially given the historic fibre woven into the ride. The hotels were fantastic. The guides were the best. I have no idea how you consistently find such competent people. Keep it up!

      Charlie P., Pasadena, CA
    • It is not just a bike trip, it is a journey, a pilgrimage. You will feel exhilarated, contemplative, spiritual, exhausted, happy.

      Julie S., Blue Island, IL
    • I have already recommended ExperiencePlus! to people I was traveling back with on the plane. My first time with you....I would look no further for another bicycle touring company.

      Jane M., Nome, AK
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      Laurie U., Fort Collins, CO
    • Every day brought new, wonderful experiences, each special in its own way. Thank you! It was an awesome trip. I''m a peregrino now, and life is a camino.

      Dana S., Fairpoint, NY
    • Outstanding selection of the route, hotels, food, bikes...Best biking tour we have ever taken.

      Milan S., Fairport, NY
    • The scenery was beautiful and the route followed hundreds of years of Spanish (European) history.

      Steve M., San Diego, CA
    • Truly a tour of a lifetime, hard to imagine that anything will match it again.

      Catherine S., Melbourne Australia
    • If you go into this tour with an open mind to religious/spiritual opportunity, you will find whatever religion works for you. Very moving experience. The whole trip was great. The climb to O'Cebreiro was incredible.

      Bob L., Fort Collins, CO
    • The best bicycle tour I have taken -- it will be hard to top this one.

      Guy C., Vallejo, CA
    • What was your favorite experience on this trip? The friendship, the scenery, the culture, the food, the history, the.... just everything. We loved our trip and would do it again tomorrow.

      Gordon B., Calgary, Canada
    • Any future tours will be difficult to compare to our Camino de Santiago trip. It was expertly planned and executed. Communication before and during trip was consistently excellent and satisfyingly personal. I am a lifelong casual athlete but have never been so physically challenged (delightfully so!) as on this bike tour. Spiritually, I was continuously nourished the entire trip. Tour leaders Rick, Fabio and Maria Elena worked as a well-oiled machine - superlatives are inadequate. I will forever savor the memories and friendships of this grand adventure.

      Heidi H., Longview, WA
    • Fantastic tour with incredible guides who had excellent knowledge, language and guiding skills as well as a wonderful experience on the Camino. Impressed with your company!!!

      Annie I., Olympia, WA
    • What a great tour! The experiences, and attention to detail were so appreciated. From the places we stayed, to the wonderful meals to a perfect cycling itinerary, all was done superbly!

      Carla A., Eastchester, NY
    • What was your favorite experience on this trip? On Day 13 we road through beautiful farmland on quiet tree lined roads. We stayed that night in a lovely manor house and had another wonderful meal. Complete with music by our fellow riders. I could have stayed for a week!

      Nancy L., Calgary, Alberta
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      Gerrie H., Fresh Meadows, NY
    • Just a brief note about the trip on the Camino with ExperiencePlus!. In a word. Great.

      Colin C., Calgary, Alberta
    • Great trip! I'm so glad that we did it! It truly was the trip of a lifetime. I'll never forget it!

      Kathy C., Portland, OR
    • What was your favorite experience on this trip? 1. Learning about the Camino and its history 2. Great tour leaders and good cycling 3. The climbs-Laguardia and to O'Cebreiro.

      Rich H., Cheyenne, WY
    • What was your favorite experience on this trip? The whole trip was really wonderful! Dinners maybe get my vote; or tied with our guides! We loved our trip and can't wait for the next one! Thanks for everything!

      Sue S., Mesquite NV
    • Thanks for putting together this great tour! It's great to have high expectations for a cycling vacation and to never be disappointed! Our favorite part was O' Cebreiro! After the physical challenge of the mountain, coming upon that beautiful little town, the warm taberna, the great food, it was a sensory overload!

      Lani M., Fort Collins, CO
    • Out of the 6 trips we have done, we think this is the best we've taken. We loved leaning about the Camino and seeing the pilgrims.

      Kathy P., Fort Collins, CO
    • It couldn't have been more fun for my family (7 out of the 15 on the trip!) to be together for the 2 weeks of the ride. And I can't thank you all enough for making it so special for Jerry and me. It was our 10th trip, so a FREE one, and we were treated royally! Many times we were given the best room, or one of the best, and I'd forgotten until reminded one day that this was company policy: we had been on more trips than anyone else, and we were the eldest on the trip, (and we were responsible for half the participants signing up?) and we happened to celebrate our 42nd anniversary during the trip. For many reasons, a very special 2 weeks!

      Heidi & Jerry L.
      Boulder CO
      June 2006
    • We found your office staff to be efficient and courteous, and quite willing to answer any of our pre-tour questions.

      Donna & Ray B.
      Happy Jack, AZ

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