Camino de Santiago Cycle Tour

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Visiting: Spain

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £623 to £765pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Moderate i
Standard Comfort i
Code SP013
Good For Solo
Distance 167mi/269km
Runs Apr - Oct
Departs Any day
Fly to Madrid !
Return from Santiago de Compostela !

Overview

What to expect

Join modern-day pilgrims on the last 167 miles of the Camino de Santiago, riding from the Gothic architecture of Astorga to the golden spires of Santiago de la Compostela – people have travelled this route since medieval times to visit the burial site of St James, one of the Twelve Apostles. Undulating tracks and ascents are balanced with relaxed cycling along quiet lanes and you’ll stay in atmospheric hotels close to the trail.  

Riding through miles of unspoilt scenery, you’ll begin in the Mountains of Leon, before entering the gastronomic region of Galicia, with its green hills, sloping farmland and sleepy villages – perfect places to stop for a slice of almond cake or to try the local favourite of octopus with olive oil. When you reach the gilded interior and enormous incense burner of the Cathedral of Santiago on the final day, spare a thought for the thousands of pilgrims who’ve walked for weeks to arrive here over the centuries.

  • Green mountains, sloping farmland and miles of unspoilt rural scenery
  • Follow an ancient pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago
  • Hilltop villages, spiritual landmarks and delicious local cuisine
  • Undulating trails balanced with cycling on quiet paths

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Astorga

    Arrive in the bustling town of Astorga and take a stroll to the Gothic cathedral and Neogothical Episcopal Palace, designed by Antonio Gaudí.

  • Day 2: Astorga - Molinaseca 30 miles (49 km)

    Climb slowly towards the green slopes and rocky peaks of the Mountains of Leon, heading for the iron cross of Monte de la Cruz, which sits 1510 meters above sea level. Continue downhill to the pretty village of Molinaseca.

  • Day 3: Molinaseca - O´Cebreiro 36 miles (58 km)

    Start off with a flat ride before climbing to the beautiful town of Villafranca and continuing to 1300 meters above sea level for magnificent views across green valleys and wooded mountainsides. Cycle to the tiny village of O´Cebreiro, perched on a hilltop with astounding views.

  • Day 4: O´Cebreiro - Sarria 27 miles (44 km)

    Enter Galicia and notice a distinct change in the landscape, culture, gastronomy and language. Cycle past forested green hills, sloping farmland and sleepy villages, descending away from the mountains to reach Samos and one of the oldest and most beautiful monasteries in Spain. Continue across undulating terrain to the town of Sarria – the most important service stop along the route.

  • Day 5: Sarria - Palas de Rei 30 miles (48 km)

    Ride through the rural Galician countryside along tree-lined roads, lanes and pathways, stopping off in small villages along the way. Arrive in Palais de Rei, a small town full of the pilgrim spirit.

  • Day 6: Palas de Rei - Rua 37 miles (60 km)

    Cycle across undulating terrain to reach the town of La Rua, stopping off when you ride through Melide to try the famous local octopus dish.

  • Day 7: Rua - Santiago de Compostela 17 miles (27 km)

    Finish with a short ride and a few climbs to reach Mont de Gozo and the beautiful medieval city of Santiago de Compostela. Spend the afternoon in authentic taverns, exploring the old town and joining pilgrims at the city’s stunning cathedral.

  • Day 8: Depart from Santiago de Compostela or extend your cycling holiday

    Start making your way home after breakfast

    or continue your adventure on to the Finisterre, the most westerly point on the Spanish mainland with an optional extention (please see below).

    Santiago - Olveiroa - 32 miles (52km) 

    As you leave Santiago, you will cycle onwards through the untamed Galicia along the path to Finistere. Ahead lies country lanes and beautiful forest pathways, however bars and cafes are not so frequent here, so be sure to be more self sufficient.

  • Day 9: Olveiroa - Finnistere 21 miles (34km)

    The final days cycling takes you along the high moors through to the town of Finnistere. However, your journey isn't complete until you reach the Cape and lighthouse at the most westerly point on the Spanish mainland. From here you can relax and soak in the immensity that is the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Day 10: Depart from Finisterre or extend your stay in Santiago

Accommodation

2* & 3* Hotels

We use a pool of 2 and 3* hotels and family run rural accommodation to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • A mix of 2* & 3* hotels and family run rural accommodation (2 hotels with swimming pools)
  • Breakfast included, half board available for 6 nights
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance

Price includes

  • 7 nights in 2 and 3 star hotels and family run accommodation (2 hotels with swimming pools)
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation
  • Maps and route information (GPS tracks available on request)
  • Local contact number for assistance

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets, included in you hire a bike 
  • Two night tour extension

There is an option to extend this tour with an extra two days cycling

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Pannier, map holder, odometer, repair kit, pump and lock and helmet all included.

hybrid
Bike hire
£82

Hybrid with 24 gears

hybrid
Two day bike hire for tour extension
£28
E-Bike
E Bike
£163
E-Bike
Two day e-bike hire for tour extension
£55
GPS Device
£28

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half board for 6 nights - (not avail Santiago de Compostela)
£95pp

Extra nights

3* B&B - Astorga - 2 share
£45pp
3* B&B - Astorga - single
£71pp
Santiago B&B - 2 share
£45pp
Santiago B&B - single
£76pp

Extended stay

Two night Finisterre tour extension- 2 share
£161pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Madrid or Santiago de Compostela

Bus (Alsa) is available from Madrid airport to Astorga.

Limited train (Renfe) or bus from Santiago airport to Astorga.

Getting back

Bus (Alsa) is available from Santiago to Madrid airport.

Fly from Madrid or Santiago de Compostela

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FAQs

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Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

Customer reviews

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5
out of 5

A great way to get a flavour of 'the other Spain'. Crossing the prairie-like Meseta Central at 700m elevation by ALSA coach from Madrid to the starting point at Astorga; learning of the importance of The New World's chocolate to Astorga, and sampling some of it before setting off towards the Mountains of Leon and the Camino's Cruz de Ferro; the exhilarating 19.8 km descent from the Cruz de Ferro to Molinaseca and its Roman Bridge; the panorama back to the Mountains of León and around to the green hills of Galicia from the pass at O'Cebreiro; the sense of history and Celtic culture emanating from the villages, hamlets and farmland which we cycled through; the ever-present reminders of the importance of the Camino to the area with the yellow arrows and scallop shell symbols marking the way, as we passed the peregrinos following The Way. A visit to Galicia without seeing its coastline is probably incomplete - our trip to Muxia, Cape Finisterre and the waterfalls at Ezaro, with the other-worldly granite scenery abutting onto the Atlantic, was a very worthwhile extension to the cycling holiday.

Iain Noble, UK, November 2018
5
out of 5

A very enjoyable trip, with interesting routes, varied scenery and sufficient level of challenge. The directions were generally clear, and easy to use. The accommodation and breakfasts were very good. The administration of the holiday was also very efficient.

Christopher Byrne, UK, August 2018

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