This is the best of guided bike tours for any bicyclist wanting a taste of the traditions and history of the “Camino de Santiago“. For centuries, it has been used by pilgrims. One needs no religious beliefs, just curiosity and the wish to learn. On the route, the pilgrims are united by their course.
The “Camino de Santiago” or St James’s pilgrimage Way listed as the main European Cultural Itinerary and scattered with delightful monuments such as old pilgrims’ hospitals in Leon and Santiago de Compostela, we are constantly reminded that this route is the oldest, most celebrated and most frequented in Europe. It crosses thenorth of Spain beginning from the Pyrenees and provides views of breathtaking landscapes in the following regions of Navarra, Castile and Leon and Galicia,ancient monuments and most typical villages and cities from Pamplona to Burgos, León and to Santiago de Compostela. Our accommodation is of the highest quality: of three state-run Paradores on the bicycle route, two are very luxurious and the other hotels are of superior quality with a special charm. Savor the best of Spanish cuisine, traditional to the regions and accompanied by excellent wines from La Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. The mini bus will transport us to the starting points of each stage of our tour and we will cycle through the most interesting parts of our route.
You will get to know Spain´s most spectacular landscapes, historical monuments and charming villages pedaling on a bike.
Our clients will be greeted at the airport Madrid Barajas or at your hotel in Madrid at 10 am. From there we travel by minibus to Burgos – transit time approximately 3 1/2 hours with a short coffe break. Excellent lunch in Burgos. Upon arrival there will be time for a stroll around the city, visiting the cathedral and collect our Pilgrim’s Passports by bike. Opcional supper in town at the well-known restaurant “Pancho” – serving tapas and typical Castillian cuisine, accompanied by a glass of good regional wine.
Dating back to 884, Burgos rises from the banks of the Rio Arlanzón, and is one of the most outstanding examples of Spain’s gothic architecture. The cathedral is the third largest in Spain after Toledo and Seville. This is one of the most important cities along the Camino and is the point of departure for our tour. Located in front of the main gate to the city, the Arch of Santa Maria, our hotel, NH Palacio de la Merced, was formerly a convent dating back to the 16th century.
Following a solid buffet breakfast, we leave Burgos cycling towards the villages of Hontanas, Castrojeriz and Boadilla del Camino. We pass the famous 12th century bridge of Fitero crossing the river Pisuerga. After lunch in Hontanas we continue cycling to Frómista with its church dedicated to San Martin and one of the finest examples of the Spanish Romanesque style. We pass through more charming villages before arriving in Carrión. Here, we spend the night and have supper in the Hotel Real Monasterio de San Zoilo, associated with the order of Cluny.
This town is home to three national monuments, including the Iglesia de Santiago, with one of the best examples of Romanesque sculpture. The monastery’s cloister is a jewel of the Renaissance style.
Bicycling start after breakfast, we head for Sahagún, pausing at some small villages along the way. After lunching there, we take the minibus to arrive at the mediaeval city of Leon – founded in the year 68 a.d. – staying at the magnificent Hotel Parador Hostal San Marcos, with its splendid Renaissance facade, a convent and pilgrims’ hospital dating back to the 16th century. We will have ample time to stroll around this ancient city and visit its impressive gothic cathedral boasting 125 unique stained glass windows. We will dine at the Parador which offers an excellent choice of the regional cuisine, after visiting the “Barrio Húmedo” in the old part of the city.
Morning departure by minibus towards Astorga, the point of confluence of two original Pilgrim routes, the Camino Francés, and the Vía de la Plata (the Roman route). Here, we visit the cathedral, the pilgrim´s hospital and A. Gaudi´s Episcopal Palace which is a pilgrims museum. From Astorga, we drive on to Rabanal where we remount our cycles and begin an uphill climb, to reach the Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross) followed by a long descent towards the territory known as El Bierzo, stopping for a hearty farmhouse lunch at El Acebo, a charming mountain village. El Bierzo is a fertile basin surrounded by mountains and abundant in fruit orchards, one of the most important fruticultural centres of Spain. After visiting the main city of Ponferrada and its dominating Templar Castle, we proceed to Villafranca where we spend the night at the Hotel Parador Villafranca del Bierzo.
The whole town is considered a historic and artistic monument. It was created to give refuge and sanctuary to the pilgrims before initiating the most difficult part of their pilgrimage. The Parador offers us luxurious accommodation and an excellent dinner.
From our hotel we will cycle approx. 18 miles to “La Herrería” where we decide whether we want to tackle the steepest climb on the “Camino” to O’Cebreiro. This is a real challenge, but for those who prefer, our minibus is there to take care of you. At the summit, we will enjoy exceptional views into Galicia accompanied by a a hearty lunch of regional specialities. Our cycling route will start some miles further on at Monte de Poio, taking us through Atlantic forests, scattered with small villages, finally stopping in the village of Sarría. From there, we will take the minibus along the Miño valley and arrive at the day’s end at Portomarín.
This village once belonged to the Templar Knights’ order of San Juan de Jerusalem but now lies covered by the waters of the dam. We will be lodged at the Posada de Portomarin in the new village overlooking the reservoir and the green valley of the Miño river.
The minibus will provide our transportation as far as Arzúa, where we will be bicycling the last 28 miles. These are the hardest, as we are faced with repeated, but modest uphill climbs. but they are also the miles we bicycle in the spirit of completion of a journey that so many pilgrims have followed in the past, and will continue follwing in the future. The “Façade of Glory” – Pórtico de la Gloria- awaits us. Crossing the Plaza de Obradoiro we dismount our bicycles, and shake hands and embrace each other to celebrate our journey`s completion and adventures. It’s time to pay homage to St James and get our final passport stamps at the pilgrimage office to obtain the “La Compostelana” certificate. Our accommodation is at the 5 star hotel Palacio del Carmen or at the Parador Hostal Reyes Católicos, and we dine later at the Parador restaurant.
Santiago de Compostela, in the middle ages, the third most important city of Pilgrimage after Jersualem and Rome, attracts pilgrims from all over the world. Thousands of travelers come to visit its treasures each year. The now luxurious Parador, once a pilgrim´s hospital, was built by the Catholic Kings in 1501. It is adjacent to the Cathedral, in the Obradoiro Square which is the final meeting point for all roads that lead to Santiago.
After breakfast, we returm to Madrid by minibus, pausing for lunch around mid-day. The approximate transit time is 7 hours. Our Evening on arrival at Madrid is free.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to airport for groups
WHAT´S INCLUDED IN THE FULLY SUPPORTED BIKE TRIP:
|Duracion||8 days / 7 nights|
|Price per person||EURO 1875 7 nights in excellent 3-4 star hotels double occupancy
Single supplement Euro 265
EURO 2275 7 nights in Paradores & 4 star hotels in double occupancy
Single supplement Euro 385
Paradores are located in León, Villafranca del Bierzo and Santiago de Compostela
|Other options||*Flying back from Santiago de Compostela airport (SOQ) to Madrid (MAD) by Ryanair at own expense.
Route can also be started from:
*Departure from Roncesvalles/Pamplona in 12 nights/13 days
*Departure from Léon 6 nights, 7 days
*We also offer self-guided tours from León or any other starting point. Self-guided tours can be started daily from April to the end of October.
Please ask for complete information and hotel list
||*April 30th (fully booked)
*May Sunday 17th
*June Sunday 7th and 28th
*September Sunday 13th
*October Sunday 4th and 18th
Tours guaranteed with a minimum of six participants.
Groups of six or more any time of the year!
|Included in the price||*7x nights accommodation in choosen hotel category including taxes
*7x buffet breakfast
*4x 3-course dinners with a drink except in Burgos and León, extra drinks payable on site
*6x sitting lunches set menu including drinks
*Local tour leader in English (can also be provided in French, German, Russian language)
*Support vehicle with trailer, English speaking driver
*All transfers & luggage transport
*Transport Madrid to Burgos and Santiago back to Madrid in our comfortable air conditioned Bravo Bike VW vehicles
*Bicycle rental individually adapted 27-gear mtb bicycles(see bikes, our team and previous photo galleries), helmets
*Snacks and drinks along the way including water, juice, cereal bars & fresh fruit
*Documentation, maps and photo album
*Bravo Bike welcome gifts
*Our fantastic Madrid city bike tour either at the beginning or end of your tour
|Supplements||For any extra nights or further information before or after the trip, please consult us|
|Difficulty level||B (Intermediate) and C (Advanced). 5 biking routes of min 45 to max 85 km/min 25 to max 55 miles per day. Adaptable to the groups´skill and physical fitness level . Routes may also be adapted to suit road bikers. One 6 mile climb to Cruz de Ferro and one optional 7 mile climb to O’Cebreiro. Our support vans on guided tours are available at any time|
|Discounts||Larger groups please ask for discounts|
We recommend the months of May, June, the 1st week of July, September and beginning of October. July and August can be very crowded with pilgrims and the temperatures are high
Info St James´Way
Spanish railway AVE high speed trains
The city of Burgos
|Local advice||Should you need any information about your stay/travel in Spain, please contact us|
|Payment||Euro 300 per person upon reservation, final payment 5 weeks before tour departure. CC payments Visa or Mastercard do have an additional increase of 2%.|
This is the best of guided bike tours for any bicyclist wanting a taste of the traditions and history of the "Camino de Santiago". For centuries, it has been used by pilgrims. One needs no religious beliefs, just curiosity and the wish to learn. On the route, the pilgrims are united by their course.
Price: from 1875€
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
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B.A. in History of Art, provides invaluable help in the planning of routes and visits to monuments and with a Masters degree in computing lends a helping hand in this field as well.