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Cycle the Camino de Santiago

Ride a historical pilgrimage route across Spain



At a glance

* 6 days cycling with partial vehicle support 
* 50% tarmac roads, 50% gravel roads and tracks 
* Some climbs to be expected 
* Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
* 7 nights in hotels and Casa Rurales

 

Ride a historical pilgrimage route across Spain

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 ways pilgrim’s travel from to reach Santiago. It’s the
Gothic cathedrals, medieval monasteries and miles of beautiful rural scenery
that make this section of the ancient route so popular.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

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

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.

Start destination: Leon

End destination: Santiago de Compostela

Cycling profile

Day 1

Trip starts in Leon; 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.

*Hotel Campus San Mames*

Day 2

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 Leon in the distance.

*Hotel Gaudi *

Day 3

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.
*Hostal El Palacio*

Day 4

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 we have a short climb to
Villafranca, which is worth a look for its many monuments and picturesque
town square. Once we reach the bottom of the valley in the foothills of Monte
de O’Cebreiro we will have a rest before our final push to the top of the
mountain and the small village of O’Cebreiro.  This climb is one of the most
challenging on 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. 
Please note. Due to the limited accommodation capacity in O’Cebreiro, on
certain departures we may have to stay in the village of Herrerias and cycle
up to O’Cebreiro in the morning of Day 5 (9km).
*Centro de Turismo Rural El Capricho de Josana*

Day 5

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
*Hotel Oca Villa de Sarria*

Day 6

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.
*Hotel Complejo la Cabaña*

Day 7

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).
*Hotel La Salle*

Day 8

After breakfast the trip end Santiago de Compostela.
**

Prices & Dates

Date: 2018-09-092018-09-16

Trip code: MWC180909

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Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €1815

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Date: 2018-09-232018-09-30

Trip code: MWC180923

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Price: €1775

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Date: 2018-10-072018-10-14

Trip code: MWC181007

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Price: €1625

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Date: 2019-05-262019-06-02

Trip code: MWC190526

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Price: €1755

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Date: 2019-06-092019-06-16

Trip code: MWC190609

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Date: 2019-07-072019-07-14

Trip code: MWC190707

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Price: €1755

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Date: 2019-08-042019-08-11

Trip code: MWC190804

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Date: 2019-09-012019-09-08

Trip code: MWC190901

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Date: 2019-09-082019-09-15

Trip code: MWC190908

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Date: 2019-09-222019-09-29

Trip code: MWC190922

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Date: 2019-10-062019-10-13

Trip code: MWC191006

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Customer Feedback

MWC180527

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Finishing. It was a much harder ride than I expected. Very fullfilling
adventure.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Gear for all seasons

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Fabulous cycle trip

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Arriving in Santiago with
Out group and leader after 6 days of tough cycling

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Alfonso was fantastic – knowledgeable, patient , a great communicator and
really organised . We were a big group so cannot have been easy to manage .
10/10 to Alfonso ! Jose who supported with bag and kit
Transportation was also great. Nothing was too much trouble

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take waterproofs / warm
Kit. In May we encountered rain and hail at one point ! Some of the long
downhills require warmer clothing !

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
It was my first exodus trip and I loved it

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Camino de Santiago

Summary:
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.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Getting to the iron cross on day 2 – I had not cycled anywhere for years and
came along on the recommendation of a friend who convinced me that the trip
was attainable and not too difficult – not sure about the “not difficult”
bit but getting to the summit convinced me that he was right

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Alfonso was five star excellent throughout the trip. Really made its great
experience

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The consensus in the group was that it was not a moderate journey.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Accommodation generally acceptable but breakfast can be a bit variable

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Cycle The Camino de Santiago

Summary:
A wonderful experience overall, we enjoyed walking through pine forests,
pretty villages, farmland and countryside with stunning views
Our 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.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Reaching Sainteago De Compostela to the sound of bagpipes

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our 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 also took us to all the best cafes and restaurants where we enjoyed
very fresh locally produced food and wine.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
For the Camino walk invest in some good quality walking boots and also take
some good quality sandals

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I would recommend Exodus to all my family and friends

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Cycling the camino

Summary:
Well organised trip staying almost completely on the camino route, with good
hotels, good guides, and a great group of people.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The start in Leon was impressive, but the lovely people and hospitality along
the route was inspirational.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Both leaders very good

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Get fit before hand. The trip is quite challenging.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Bikes could have been slightly better. Disc brakes would have been safer, and
chains coming off should be avoided.

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Great trip, great guide, and great group

Summary:
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!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
So many to chose from – hurtling down a hill in 10 minutes when it took hours
to climb it, arriving in the main square at Santiago de Compestella, dinners
with the group, mist over the mountains. One of my rooms with a balcony over
the way itself.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Really really nice guy who knows what he is doing, puts himself out to make
sure we all had a great holiday. How he put up with us asking how many hills
there were today I don’t know. A real star. Thanks Daniel.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Prepare for the hills, my cycling at home is on the flat. If it gets too much
there is always the van

I did it in September – you need a packable jacket for the cold starts that
then become warm days. Can be cool in the evening.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Thank you! Already cogitating over my next trip.

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Camino de Santiago Cycle Ride, Sept 16

Summary:
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….

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
We had a great group of cyclist with similar ability and everyone got on
well. The climb to O’Cebreiro was quite “cheeky” and I am glad that we made
it! The scenery was wonderful and we got there during a festival / market day
which was unexpected in such a village that is so high up. Finally, arriving
in Santiago with everyone getting a certificate for riding the Camino was
also very special.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Jose was very knowledgable (he knew exactly the terrain, distance in detail
so we knew exactly what to expect and how to pace ourselves – but
“undulating” means quite a few ups!). The places that we stopped for coffee,
ice cream, lunch, dinner were all wonderful. Guillemo, our support
driver/mechanic was also great. We never had our Saddles/Paddles fitted and
removed for us in previous trips + we had great support from him (making sure
our bottles were filled, checking the tyre pressure, fitting the squeaks….)
throughout the trip with a smile.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
We thought it was just a cycling trip and didn’t know anything about the “St.
James Way” and the pilgrims walking the trail. It was a very interesting
experience but I wished I read up more about the history before hand.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
There were some wonderful long down hill descent and Jose controlled the
speed well at the front and make sure that we didn’t do anything stupid. The
views were wonderful and make sure you took the time to enjoy it.

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Cycling the Camino de Santiago

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Probably the good nature of the pilgrims, it’s a tough walk some had been
on the road for weeks, they were always friendly, willing to let us pass and
wishing us a good trip.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Danny and Alfonso were excellent, always positive, available and they offered
first class support along the way.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Having read the reviews of this trip regarding the grade of cycling before
departing I got the impression that the grading was a bit complicated, some
clients saying it was challenging and some saying it was moderate, so I was
not sure what to expect. In truth It’s a little problematical as it comes
down to a number of factors such as fitness, cycling ability and weather
conditions. What is certain is that this is no simple moderate itinerary,
there is too much variety in the cycling (climbs, off road, rough track,
technical sections) but it’s also far from challenging the majority of the
time (unless it rains all day) so the moderate/challenging grade is probably
appropriate but in good weather closer to moderate than challenging.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Have fun.

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Camino de Santiago

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Climbing to the top of the hill at O’Cebreiro and arriving above the clouds –
a spectacular view and worth the slog!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Javier and Alfonso were great company and did an excellent job to all us
English!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do some training beforehand!

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Captivating Camino

Summary:
Week long bike adventure was the perfect mix of intense physical activity and
sightseeing / touring.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The challenging uphills were made worthwhile upon reaching the summit of the
small mountains (1.500 m)…and then of course the smooth downhill cruise
after.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
fantastic

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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