Cycle the Camino de Santiago

Cycle the Camino de Santiago
Cycle the Camino de Santiago
Cycle the Camino de Santiago
Cycle the Camino de Santiago
Cycle the Camino de Santiago
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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 routes pilgrims take to reach Santiago. The Gothic cathedrals, medieval monasteries and miles of beautiful rural scenery make this section of the ancient route so popular.

Highlights
  • Follow the famous pilgrimage route to Santiago 
  • Visit impressive Gothic and Romanesque cathedrals
  • Enjoy the varied and beautiful landscapes of Castilla and Galicia 
Food

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.

Destinations
  • Europe
  • Camino de Santiago
  • Santiago
  • Galicia
  • Spain
Tour Types
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Small Group
  • Singles
  • Cycling
  • Photography

Location: León

Trip starts in León; 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.

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Campus San Mames

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Location: 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 León in the distance.

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Gaudi 

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Location: 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.

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Accommodation Name: Hostal El Palacio

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Location: Villafranca

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.

Accommodation: ,Centro de Turismo Rural El Capricho de Josana

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Location: O Cebreiro

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.

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Oca Villa de Sarria

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Location: Portomarín

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. As usual, during the climb there will be plenty of stops opportunities to take pictures and everyone is welcome to ride at the preferred pace.

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Complejo la Cabaña

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Location: Monumento de Monte do Gozo

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).

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Accommodation Name: Hotel La Salle

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Location: Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast the trip ends in Santiago de Compostela.

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Included
  • All accommodation
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)
  • Local bike hire
  • All breakfasts
  • Airport transfers

Not Included
  • Travel insurance
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  • Single accommodation (available on request)
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Minimum 16 years old people can go on this tour.
No vaccinations are obligatory.
UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.
5* Cycling the camino
Well organised trip staying almost completely on the camino route, with good hotels, good guides, and a great group of people.
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5* Camino de Santiago
An excellent trip with glorious weather - we were so lucky! 2 fab guides, great cycling, amazing food and mucho vino tinto! Thoroughly recommended and brilliant off road on the camino at times made for a different experience.
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5* Fabulous cycle trip
A fantastic week in this beautiful part of Spain with a great bunch of people. Despite the wintry conditions (hail in May at one point !) we had a terrific week. The Camino is a fairly tough ride due to some big ascents , but you are well rewarded with fantastic views and some great downhills .The tour leader , Alfonso , was great ; he was patient , knowledgeable and really a pleasure to be with for the week. Jose transported bags and supported on snacks and water en route and was great.
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4* CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
A really good group of people and a trip I'd wanted to do for a few years but which seemed to have disappeared from the brochure for a couple of years before being re-introduced.  Cycling was harder than expected; although rated 'moderate' this trip was harder than other 'moderate' trips I've done in the past; in fact only two of our group actually cycled the whole way without spending any time in the support vehicle. 
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5* CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
A great trail and a brilliant leader
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5* Camino de Santiago
This was a terrific cycling holiday with some challenging and varied riding days. The guides, Nacho and Xavier, were well organized as well as being humorous and entertaining. Each day brought different challenges whether that be riding a trail that was more akin to a mountain bike trail or the 6km killer hill that was so thick with fog at tge end that it felt eerie or even the 14km downhill which was a great opportunity to get in touch with your inner child.
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5* MWC180527
Great ride which was excellently managed by Alfonso. I had a fall and my cuts were attended to by Alfonso in a quick and efficient manner. He continued to check with me that all was okay which was very much appreciated.
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5* CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
Best cycle holiday yet.  Excellent company and well paced itinerary.  
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4* Captivating Camino
Week long bike adventure was the perfect mix of intense physical activity and sightseeing / touring.
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5* Camino de Santiago
Loved this trip. All-round, this is one of my favourite holidays for quite some time. Great country, great food, great cameraderie, some challenging riding, plus the sense of a journey which makes the trip really special. And we were lucky with the weather.
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5* Camino de Santiago Cycle Ride, Sept 16
We have been to a number of Exodus rides but this one stands out because 1) It was a "door to door" ride - we rode to/from the hotel from beginning to end without any bus transfer 2) We had some non-technical off road sections which was great 3) The leaders were great (see below) 4) It was a very interesting ancient route (we rode the "Camino") and had amazing churches and Castles en route that one could collect stamps on your Camino passport 5) We had great weather (quite hot for Sept. in the first few days but turned cooler towards the end) + the food was wonderful and cheap....
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4* CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
Great trip, great guides
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5* Cycling the Camino de Santiago
This was a great trip and I was happy to give it 5 starts (I don’t give every Exodus trip 5 stars either).I was not sure about of number of things before setting off but the trip ticked all of the boxes – great cycling, excellent leaders, a fun group, excellent weather (most of the time), fantastic and cheap food and a beautiful part of the world. What more could you ask for from 1 week in Spain.
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5* CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
This was a great cycling holiday with some lovely scenery, great food and good biking. The company was great too - all the group (5 of us) bonded and together with the two guides, we sat down together for every meal and coffee break. 
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4* CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
Just got back from the Camino de Santiago cycling trip and am filled with enthusiasm for all things Spanish, and all things cycling. Had a wonderful time, with a lovely group of people, and a guide and driver who did so much to make our week fun and enjoyable. The cycling was harder than we expected. There are no flat days, one day was slightly easier than the others but there were strenuous climbs almost every day. The days were long and there was very little 'down time'. There are lots of rough tracks and steep descents on tricky terrain. A few of us felt that the holiday description should give more of an idea of what to expect. To complete every day requires a good level of fitness, determination and cycling experience
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5* Cycling the Camino de Santiago
A fantastic trip in beautiful scenery from mountains to vineyards. The guide was amazing (Jose) endless knowledge and tireless in answering our questions, helping out and generally great company. The ride was challenging in parts, but overall manageable, with plently of stops for coffee.
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4* CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
This was a great trip,  a varied on/off road trip through Galia, stunning Autumn landscapes, good food, culminating in arrival at Santiagao, a real classic old Spanish city. Whilst this is advertised as a road trip, a lot is actually off road through forest tracks which I really enjoyed
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5* CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
This is an excellent but at times challenging trip.
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5* Great trip, great guide, and great group
The atmosphere along the Camino is great, you quickly lose count of how many time you exchange "Bon Camino" with others on the way. The country side is lovely, especial the closer you get the Santiago.Our guide Daniel was excellent, he kept us going but without being bossy. I don't know how he did it but he created an experience that we all enjoyed.The accommodation was really well chosen - the first night was little bland, but after that we stayed in really charming places, all were clean, comfortable, and welcoming.Our group was quite diverse, both in age, fitness and backgrounds, but we all got on really well - makes the last day rather sad.There is no doubt about it, Spain really is hilly, so be prepared, and the last day is long (I skipped a bit in the van) but well worth it.I'm a vegetarian. The trip notes mention the need to be "flexible". Spain is not the best place for vegi food, Daniel did his best, but don't expect a wide variety - but you should still go!
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5* Cycling Leon to Santiago
This was my first group cycling holiday and it was just brilliant. The cycling was challenging but great fun. There were not many flat sections, a lot of “undulating” and a few big climbs but it was all manageable with plenty of stops for coffee, lunch or a quick visit to a castle or church that we were passing. The cycling never felt pressurised and all our group managed fine.The weather was great, the scenery was varied and lovely , food and accommodation was all good and our group all got on really well.
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5* Camino de Santiagp
I didn't know whether to go on this trip selfguided or guided and I'm glad I chose the guided option because I would have missed so much by myself. The two guides were a fantasic team and took us to the best restaurants , on the best routes and to the best places. The best holiday I've ever had. Perfect weather, good company in a small group of 8, fantastic cheap food with many local specialities and terrfic varied cycling. As soon as I got back home I booked a similar trip to Italy with Exodus.
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5* Cycle The Camino de Santiago
A wonderful experience overall, we enjoyed walking through pine forests, pretty villages, farmland and countryside with stunning viewsOur guide Josea was friendly and fun and very passionate about his job.... he cared about the welfare of everyone in the group and always ready willing and able to give advise and treat our blisters.Hosea took us to all the best cafes and restaurants where we enjoyed very fresh locally produced food and wine.All our baggage transfers went extremely smoothly and the hotels were all of a really good standard.
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4* Cycling to Santiago
A great week cycling the Camino from Leon to Santiago. The weather was fantastic, the scenery beautiful and we all got on very well as a group. Compared to some tours its not a high number of miles a day, the longest day being day 6 at 41 miles. This means you dont have to start too early (9am or 9:30am) and there are plenty of stops for refreshments with the food and drink being relatively cheap. The cycling gets tougher as the week goes on though its manageable with a good level of fitness, the highlight being the 8km climb up to O'Cebreiro (the border between Castille and Galicia). The accommodation is a good standard with a few of the hotels having a bath which felt great after a hot days cycling.
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4* Camino de Santiago
A challenging trip with many hills & steep descents but very enjoyable.
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4* CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
A Good trip. My only complaint was that I was issued with the wrong size bike and had to suffer back ache for the firfirst day due to shortage of a suitable bike. There were no spare bikes in case of breakages and I felt this put unnecessary strain on the leader.  
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5* CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
A fabulous experience, with a fabulous group of people of a wide age range!
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4* CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
I'm not one to write about a recent holiday but this was an exceptional holiday with a group of people who loved the whole experiece as much as I did. We were lucky enough to enjoy a mini heatwave in October without needing to get the wet weather gear out of our suitcases.It was my first Exodus holiday and it wont be last. Some of the group had travelled on other trips and I was able to hear first hand about the trips ( much better than reading about them in the brochure).Northern Spain, what a beautiful region to cycle thru with 2 experienced guides Nachos and Jamie. We were even abe to help Nachos with some of his  English sentences  .....
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4* CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
Well what a great trip. Very exhilarating and a complete endorphin high as this was my first cycle trip ever. My training for the trip was about 3 times a week doing 15-20kms on roads with hills and flat sections for 4 months before the tour started. I was able to finish most of the tour except for the last 20kms due to time pressure of my flight out of Santiago de Compostella.
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5* CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
This trip was fantastic! Really good route with a mixture of on and off road cycling. Beautiful area of countryside with a good amount of attractive towns and villages. Superb guides with excellent command of English, good local knowledge and great entertainment.
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4* Camino de Santiago
An excellent experience. The guide Alfonso and support driver Gensi were both well above the expected standard - always friendly, always helpful, very informative, no problem was too large and both provided much needed motivation and advice. Would love to do it again.
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4* CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
Fantastic holiday with a great group of people, enthusiastic guide, wonderful scenery, good food and comfortable hotels. This was a very special week following the last 200 miles of the Camino de Santiago. All this together with challenging and exhilirating cycling made for an unforgettable trip.
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4* CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
This was a really great trip- the history of the Camino, interesting towns, the Galician countryside, some reasonably challenging climbs and a good group of people who got on well.
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5* CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
A wonderful trip - perfectly paced, a great group of people, superb guides. We laughed a lot and there was a real sense of camaraderie amongst the whole group. Cycling, picnics, swimming in a freezing river, a cold beer at the end of the day - the perfect trip.
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Start:Leon
Finish:Santiago de Compostela
Group size:6 - 16
Suitable for: 16 to 99
Physical rating:Moderate / Challenging
Meals:7 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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