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El Camino de Santiago, Spain Bike Tour

11-DAY / 10-NIGHT SPAIN TOUR

The road from the French border across the top of northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela was one of the three major Christian pilgrimage routes during the Middle Ages, all leading to the resting place of the Apostle St. James. Winding from the Pyrenees to the gently rolling fields and woods of Galicia, this ancient system of trails and roads is now the most popular long-distance trail in Europe, renown for its stunningly varied landscape, its ancient villages, beautiful meadowlands, rolling hills, the famous vineyards of the Rioja region, and a treasure trove of historical sites, churches and cathedrals, religious art and some of the most extraordinary architecture in the western world. Add to this the wonders of such beautiful towns as Pamplona, Burgos, Leon and the wondrous city of Santiago de Compostela, and you have a magical and fascinating tour indeed.

The basic concept of this tour is to stay on or next to the traditional Pilgrimage route, so at times you will need to decide between riding a somewhat challenging section of the pathway or taking a paved option, and there are locations where we will need to transfer you short distances by van. We are also fortunate that this spectacular section of the Camino affords us the opportunity to offer you the full range from modest 3-star properties to some of the most elegant in northern Spain.

Spain Bike Tour Itinerary

DAY ONE  | Arrival Day | Casa de Benficiados
We meet you at the airport in Pamplona, which is readily accessible via Barcelona, Madrid and other cities on the continent. Discovery Bicycle Tours will then transfer you to the starting village of Roncesvalles where we have a bike fitting and safety talk, before walking to get our “Compostela” (Pilgrim’s Passport). If you wish, you can also receive the “blessing of the pilgrims” in the XII century Collegiata. Dinner and overnight is in Roncesvalles.

DAY TWO  |  Distance: 27 miles  |  Terrain: Intermediate | Gran Hotel Laperla
The terrain is “rolling” as we enter the Navarra region and pedal through conifer forest, green fields, and little villages like Burguette and Espinal before arriving in Pamplona. Pamplona has always been an important stop on the pilgrimage and you will want to visit the Cathedral, the Museo Discesano and deNavarra and just wander the fascinating streets of this medieval town. Pamplona is, of course, well known for its July 7th San Fermin Festival where the “running of the bulls” was made so famous in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.Dinner and overnight is in Pamplona.

DAY THREE  |  Distance: 29 miles  |  Terrain: Intermediate  | Hospederia Chapitel
Our bike ride today takes us through the Navarra-Roja plains. There is a five km uphill stretch (with spectacular views!) as we reach the rich Alto del Perdon. Then on to Ponte la Reina where we cross the Arga River on the beautiful bridge with its iconic Romanesque arches. This is where pilgrims coming from the north (Roncesvalles), and the ones coming from the east (Aragona), historically merged together as they proceed on the pilgrimage toward Santiago. Dinner and overnight is in Estella.

DAY FOUR  |  Distance: 31 miles  |  Terrain: Intermediate  | Hotel Meson del Cid
Today we leave the Navarra and enter the beautiful Rioja region famous for its delightful vineyards and wine. Soon after leaving Estella we reach the monastery of Irache (958 A.D.). Our bike ride ends just outside Viana where we are treated to a wine tasting and a visit to a local wine cellar. We then transfer to Burgos (about 90 minutes), Castilla’s most important city especially known for its staggering wealth of art, beautiful cathedral, and the excellent Retablo Museum. We arrive in time for an evening stroll enjoying the beautifully lit palaces and arches for which Burgos is famous. You are on your own for dinner this evening. Overnight in Burgos.

DAY FIVE  |  Exploration Day  |  Terrain: Intermediate  |  Hotel La Posada Regia
This is a non-biking exploration day. We start with a guided tour of Burgos culminating in a visit to its beautiful gothic cathedral. Then, after a transfer, we have an excellent tour of the Old Quarter of Leon. Leon was the Roman capital of northwest Spain and you will see remains of 4th-century Roman walls as you wander its ancient streets. You will also want to visit the Romanesque Basilica San Isadoro and Leon’s handsome 13th-century gothic cathedral, considered one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Spain. Dinner and overnight in Leon.

DAY SIX  |  Distance: 42 miles  |  Terrain: Intermediate  |  Hotel Capricho de Jolanda
Today the architecture and cultural changes reflect the fact that we are moving out of the Rioja area into Galicia. Our ride first takes us to Ponferrada where we visit the Knights Templar castle and then to Villafranca del Bierzo. Here the town rises on narrow terraces above the plain until we reach beautiful Plaza Mayor and the romantic church of Santiago del Bierzo. We finish our biking with a long downhill to Las Herrerias located at the westerly side of O Cebreiro Pass. Dinner and overnight in Las Herrerias.

DAY SEVEN  |  Distance: 30 miles  |  Terrain: Intermediate  |  Hotel Alfonso IX
We start today with a ride to the top of O’Cebriero Pass – or the energetic may opt to ride the 8.5 mile uphill section – and there we will visit the Pilgrim’s Monument. From here it is all a delightful downhill to the Samos Monastery, a handsome 6th-century Benedictine church. Our ride then takes us through the beautiful Galician countryside guided on our route by the “mojones”, little roadside cairns or pillars that will mark our entire way from here all the way to Santiago. Our day ends in the small bustling town of Sarria. You are on your own tonight for dinner. Overnight in Sarria.

DAY EIGHT  |  Distance: 47 miles  |  Terrain: Intermediate  |  Complejo La Cabana
A delightful day of cycling in the countryside from Sarria to Palais de Rei. Dinner and overnight in Palais de Rei.

DAY NINE  |  Distance: 30 miles  |  Terrain: Intermediate  |  Casa Assumpta
We start today by riding into the pretty Mino Valley and by visiting the town of Portomarin where we can explore the imposing fortress and the Inglesia de San Juan, and perhaps treat ourselves to the local Torta de Santiago (almond cake). We enjoy a lovely rural afternoon ride through pasture lands and small well-kept villages such as Leboreiro and Furelos and we will stop by the Aldea in Morgade to leave the customary note that expresses our (perhaps) spiritual feelings about following this historical pilgrimage route. We overnight in the small town of Arzua where you can visit the Iglesia de Santiago. Dinner and overnight in Arzua.

DAY TEN  |  Distance: 23 miles  |  Terrain: Intermediate  |  San Francisco Hotel Monumento
Our last biking day leads us along a beautiful and historical route into Santiago de Compostela. Before our arrival we will do the Pilgrim’s ritual purification by washing ourselves (a bit) in the small stream that runs under the Lavatolla Bridge. Shortly after this we will rise over the Monte de Gozo and start to get glimpses of the marvelous towers of Santiago de Compostela. Here we will take a superb tour of this beautiful town including historic Obratoria Plaza, the famous St. James Cathedral (erected on the site where St. James’ tomb was first discovered in 813 A.D.), the Romanesque Palace Gelmirez and the Casa Gotica Museum. Dinner and overnight in Santiago.

DAY ELEVEN  |  Departure Day
Departure day. After breakfast and a stroll through the beautiful streets of Santiago de Compostela, Discovery Bicycle Tours will transfer you to Santiago Airport so that you can catch connections from there to Barcelona, Madrid or other connecting airports.

Inns

logo-spain-casa-beneficiadosBoutique hotel, located in a former monastery totally renovated. Very close to the Irati Forest, is located in Roncesvalles in the heart of the Navarre Pyrenees. Surrounded by a privileged enclave is ideal for relaxing or visit the Irati and take a ride sensations.

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People such as Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, Manolete, Charles Chaplin, Pablo Sarasate, Julián Gayarre, Imperio Argentina, Cayetano Ordoñez or Ignacio Zuloaga and many more have contributed to make our hotel a unique spot.

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logo-spain-hospederiachapitelAn exemplary four star accommodation. With care and attention to the small details, a unique artistic environment that give a classic look and a unique service that will meet your highest expectations.

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logo-spain-mesonElegant rooms with fantastic views of the cathedral. Enjoy authentic traditional Spanish cuisine.

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logo-spain-bodega-regiaThe Posada Regia is a charming *** hotel that consists of two typical Leonese buildings each of which dates from the XIV and XIX centuries. They have been completely restored.

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This friendly inn is located next to the Valcaree river  and its locally famed restaurant specializes in regional dishes from Castille and Leon.

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logo-spain-carris-alfonsoThis Spanish property features a pleasant ambiance. It provides a choice of rooms equipped with all the amenities necessary to ensure guests have a restful stay.

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logo-spain-la-cabanaThe Cottage is a charming hotel built completely of wood. It is situated in extensive grounds surrounded by gardens, pine and chestnut trees, through which the Camino de Santiago in their penultimate or twelfth stage before culminating in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

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This tastefully restored estate is now a popular hotel that offers excellent accommodations and an onsite restaurant that serves traditional Galician cuisine.

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logo-spain-san-francisco-hotelLocated 150 meters from the Cathedral, in the historic center of Santiago de Compostela. San Francisco Hotel Monumento offers guests the peace and quiet of an eighteenth century Franciscan convent combined with all the amenities of a 4 star hotel.

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What’s Included

All transfers during the tour, a wine tasting, 10 nights lodging, 8 dinners (you are on your own for dinner two nights), 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, bicycle and helmet, transfer on day one from Pamplona to Roncesvalles, transfer on the final day to Santiago Airport.

FREE USE OF BIKES

We are happy to provide you with a bike to use at no charge. Our bikes come equipped with a front handlebar bag, rear carrier, water bottle, mirror and flat pedals. Pedal cages and soft gel seat covers are available on request. We are also happy to put your own clipless pedals (pedals that attach to your biking shoes) and seat on your bike if you wish. Specific details and styles of bikes available in each location are indicated under each photograph below. The make of bikes provided varies by location.Bikes-for-Web-Site

Transfer on day one from Pamplona to Roncesvalles, transfer on the final day to Santiago Airport.

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El Camino de Santiago, Spain Bike Tour

11-DAY / 10-NIGHT BIKE TOUR

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Single Supplement Fee: $440*

Default Supplement Fee: $220*

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Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 8 total people. Please confirm total reservation count has been met with the Discovery Bicycle Tour office before making airline reservations.

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Cancellations: If you cancel your tour reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined as follows:

  • If you cancel 60 or more days prior to the start of your tour, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 45 and 59 days prior to the start of your tour, you will forfeit 50% of all tour payments.
  • If you cancel between 0 and 44 days prior to the start of your tour, all tour payments will be forfeited.