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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:

End destination:

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.
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Customer Feedback

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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Camino de Santiago

Summary:
A challenging trip with many hills & steep descents but very enjoyable.

Rating: 4

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

Answer:
There was a huge amount of satisfaction at finishing the ride & cycling into
Santiago together as a group.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Jose & Javier were excellent & very attentive, nothing was too much trouble
for them.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make sure you are fit before undertaking this trip.

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

Answer:
The hotels were much better than I expected & the food lovely.

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Camino de Santiago

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Climbing the 6km killer hill that was prefaced by a 4km hill that was
challenging in its own right. It was at the end of a 62km day and after
backing up from such a miserable previous day it was quite a euphoric feeling
charging up that hill ( I made it a workout and gave myself a time to do it
in)

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Nacho was terrific. A great personality who was good for a laugh but also
took his role as leader very seriously.
His offsider Xavier, was a great back up and the two of them made a great
team.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make sure you train properly. If you are coming out of an Australian winter
try and do at least 3 Spin sessions a week. If you can get out complement the
Spin classes with some hill training on a real bike. If you are a fair
weathered cyclist and you like to ride around a lake on a Sunday this isn’t
the trip for you . Like most things in life you only get out of it what you
put in. Most people don’t do strenuous cycling 6 days in a row let alone
challenging hills that you will encounter on this trip. Have a coke at lunch
time too it helps you get through the afternoon.

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

Answer:
I think Exodus should provide an exercise program in their trip notes so that
people understand what they will be in for. The tour isn’t a race but it’s
better to be fit so you enjoy everything the tour has to offer.
The mountain bikes we had were better than expected.
The hotels were also better than the brochure suggested.

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Camino de Santiagp

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Arriving at the top of the Monte de la Cruz de Ferro where the guides had
organised a picnic of local produce that was more like a banquet.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Fantastic, informative, caring, passionate about his country and very funny.

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

Answer:
Go !

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Camino de Santiago

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
We were a small group (five) – I took my inspiration from the other people on
the trip who were all a bit better than me and helped me along the way.
The off-road section on the morning of the penultimate day – this was harder
than anything I had done before and the scenery was spectacular.
The end of the final push up to Santiago!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Dani was a great leader. He constantly adapted the route to give us more/less
off-road biking according to our pace. I learnt a lot and will be much more
confident about tackling hills in future. Jose was in a driver/support role
for our week but I would also have complete confidence in him.
A local guide really makes the difference with food tasting. We got some
preferential treatment and delicacies from the restaurants along the camino
who all know our guides very well. Try a bit of everything!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Get your pilgrim passport stamped – it is a nice momento of the trip.
The toughest climb is the road up to O’Cebreiro. There is an option to take
the walkers’ route to the summit village instead which two of us did and
enjoyed.
Consider an extra night in Santiago – we flew back on Sunday from the local
airport.
Go to the Friday night mass in Santiago with the Botafumeiro – none of our
party were doing the camino for religious reasons but it was an insight into
how much the pilgrimage means for those who were.
Packing cubes – I’m a recent convert! They really help for a trip like this
when you are on the move all the time.
Take your own water bottle as these are not supplied.

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

Answer:
Enjoy this trip – Buen Camino!

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Cycling the Camino de Santiago

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Arriving at the top of a 12 km climb to the view from O Cebreiro. A beautiful
old stone village with cobbled streets and awesome views across the
mountains. Well worth the pain of the climb in 31 degree heat

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Jose was fantastic, tireless and very patient. He was great company in the
evenings and certainly knew the best places to eat. He seems still really
enthusiatic and passionate about the tour and the region, despite having done
it many times before.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make sure you have general all round fitness, but if you go steady you should
manage it. Also dont eat a three course meal at lunch and then try to bike up
a big hill!!

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

Answer:
I was really lucky to have the chance to go with a small group, which worked
out great. I’m not sure how it would work out with pacing if you are a fit
and fast cyclist in a larger group, I think you would need to expect quite a
few waits for the others.

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CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

Summary:
This is an excellent but at times challenging trip.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Achieving the climbs and arriving in Santiago.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Both the group leader and support leader were excellent in every way;
knowledgeable, skilled in their respective jobs, supportive, encouraging,
thoughtful, mindful of the needs of individuals, conscientious and thorough.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be fit!

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

Answer:
Thank you Jose and Danni!!

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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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