Cycling the Camino de Santiago – Roncesvalles to Santiago

Cycling the Camino de Santiago
  • Length 15 days
  • From USD$6595
  • Style/Level Classic 3.5
  • Countries Spain
  • Begin/End Pamplona/Santiago de Compostela
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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. Though we use paved roads instead of the traditional dirt path 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.

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

  • 15 days, 14 nights accommodation

  • meals as noted in itinerary

  • winery visit and tasting

  • guided walk in León

  • group shuttle from Pamplona to Roncesvalles

  • and the usual (see below).

  • All Classic tour inclusions

Keep in mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

Though we try and arrange dinners together as early as possible in Spain this means 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. There are times when we will divert from the traditional Camino route because it is gravel, or because we’ve chosen a more scenic way with less traffic.


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.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Roncesvalles Casa de Beneficiados

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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Jakue

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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Castillo El Collado

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.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Parador de Santo Domingo Bernardo de Fresneda

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.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Meson del Cid

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 Carri?n de los Condes where we’ll spend the night in a refurbished monastery.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Monasterio San Zoilo

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.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel NH Plaza Mayor

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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel NH Plaza Mayor

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.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Via de la Plata

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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Palacio de Canedo , Hotel Hostal Santa Maria , Moncloa de San Lazaro

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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Casa Pacios

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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Santa Marina

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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Pazo de Andeade

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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel San Francisco

Highlights: Pilgrim’s Mass at Noon

We’ll offer a tour in Santiago this morning. You might also want to stick around for the Pilgrim’s Mass at noon at the Cathedral. If you would like to participate in these activities, schedule flights after 3:30 p.m. Buen viaje!

Meals : Breakfast

Visit our Tour Level page to learn more about terrain levels and how we dermine day and tour levels.


Date Price Private room fee Note
May 17-31, 2024 USD$6595 USD$650 Book by November 1 and save $200 per person.
Jun 7-21, 2024 USD$6595 USD$650 Book by November 1 and save $200 per person.
Aug 16-30, 2024 USD$6595 USD$650 Book by November 1 and save $200 per person.
DateMay 17-31, 2024
PriceUSD$6595
Private room feeUSD$650
NoteBook by November 1 and save $200 per person.
DateJun 7-21, 2024
PriceUSD$6595
Private room feeUSD$650
NoteBook by November 1 and save $200 per person.
DateAug 16-30, 2024
PriceUSD$6595
Private room feeUSD$650
NoteBook by November 1 and save $200 per person.

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  • 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
  • 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 COJune 2006
  • 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