2 WEEKS BICYCLE CAMINO FRANCES
Some people don’t want to miss a thing, and if you have the time, you won’t regret a single moment of this journey! Start at the French/Spanish border and cross the entire plateau of Northern Spain. Cover 4 distinct regions and countless villages. WARNING; some basic bicycle maintenance skills are required for our self-guided trips.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderately Challenging
Daily Distance Moderate
Some people don’t want to miss a thing, and if you have the time, you won’t regret a single moment of this journey! Start at the French/Spanish border and cross the entire plateau of Northern Spain. Cover 4 distinct regions and countless villages.
PAMPLONA TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA 19 DAYS / 18 NIGHTS
1-2 Star Inns: 2,125€ *
2-3 Star Inns: 2,495€ *
Every day between:
April 1st – October 21st, 2018
March 23rd – October 24th, 2019
Average Daily Distance:
50km – 4 to 6 hours
- 18 nights accommodation
- All breakfasts (in 3 Star Itinerary Only)
- Luggage transfers
- High-speed train, Madrid-Pamplona
- High-speed train, Santiago de Compostela-Madrid
- Bicycle rental for duration of trip with pannier pack
- Access to 24 hour help line
- Personalized electronic guidebook which includes:
- daily route notes, elevation profiles & itinerary overview
- informative notes and videos of sites of interest
- restaurant reviews and suggestions
- Camino trail map & GPS locations of sites of interest
- essential services locator (banks, pharmacies, water, etc)
- food menu translator
- common spanish phrasebook
- tips for how to prepare & train for the Camino
- first aid & emergency situation tips
- Personal expenses
- Meals outside of breakfasts
- Data and phone plan for electronic device
- Potential taxi services to shorten days
- Electronic Device. Rental available on demand at extra cost
- Travel insurance
- Museum entrances & other paid visits
MADRID – PAMPLONA – 0 KM
Arrival at Madrid Airport and transfer to Pamplona via high speed train, a 3 hour journey. Be sure to select a flight that will land in Madrid early in the day to give you plenty of time to reach the train station by midday.
After checking into your lodge for the evening, you can choose to either sit back and relax or opt for a stroll around this town.
PAMPLONA – 0 KM
A day to prepare for your cycling adventure. Pick-up your bicycle, buy some snacks and other provisions for the days ahead. Once you are all set, take the time to explore this wonderful city.
This is where the running of the bulls has become so legendary in the past years and in part due to Ernest Hemingway’s book ‘The Sun also Rises’. But you’ll quickly notice that there is a lot more to this city than their San Fermin Festival.
PAMPLONA – ESTELLA – 51 KM (32 miles)
A great first day of cycling awaits. Passing through little hamlets of the 12th and 13th century, the legendary passage ‘Alto de Perdon’ and the ever impressive 11th century bridge in Puente La Reina.
Estella, the final stop is a great place to discover as it is rich in typical Basque architecture.
ESTELLA – LOGRONO – 54 KM (33 miles)
Leaving the Navarra region and entering La Rioja, famous for their reputed vineyards! The medieval towns and fortress walls of Torres del Rio and Viana are reminders of the harsh battles that took place along this border.
We also cross the Iratxe monastery, a high point of the day. Founded in the 10th century, you’ll be offered their traditional red wine, tough to refuse.
LOGRONO – SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA – 55 KM (34 miles)
Today, we pass the town of Najera. It holds its name from the arabic root, meaning ‘place between the rocks’. Located on the river banks and surrounded by bright orange cliffs, it’s an obviously-appropriate name.
Today’s highlight though, is discovering the village of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Founded by and for, pilgrims, by a hermit who settled close to the river.
SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA – SAN JUAN DE ORTEGA – 52 KM (32 miles)
Today is a tranquil day, passing through a series of villages that have been marked in some way by the history of the Camino. Belorado was constantly disputed between the kingdoms of Castilla and Navarre.
We end next to the 11th century Monastery of San Juan de Ortega. Famous for its decorative columns that depict the duel between Roland and the Moor Giant Ferragut.
SAN JUAN DE ORTEGA – BURGOS – 31 KM (19 miles)
Today’s lovely ride passes the tiny hamlet of Atapuerca, renown for a story that is not linked to the Camino in the least. In 1992, archeological excavations discovered the remains of what is known as the ‘first European’, a Neandertal skeleton dating over 800,000 years ago.
We cover a shorter distance in order to take full advantage of the city of Burgos and discover its historical center and impressive cathedral.
BURGOS – CASTROJERIZ – 49 KM (30 miles)
After Burgos, we enter the Meseta (also known as Paramos) – Spain’s high plateau desert. Many villages and sites you come across have their own charm and the peace and serenity found here can be very inspiring.
CASTROJERIZ – CARRION DE LOS CONDES – 49 KM (30 miles)
We pass Boadilla del Camino, known for its 15th century ‘rollo’ where people were publicly judged and a 13th century roman baptismal sculpted in stone located inside the Asuncion church.
The day ends in a village that, at its peak, had over 14,000 habitants. Filled with well maintained monasteries and churches.
CARRION DE LOS CONDES – EL BURGO RANERO – 62 KM (38 miles)
A long day in distance but, all on level ground. Passing the town of Sahagun, anciently known as the capital of the ‘Poor Romanesque’ due to the materials used to build their churches and buildings, with adobe being preferred to stone.
EL BURGO RANERO – LEON – 42 KM (26 miles)
A slightly shorter day in distance to take advantage of the sites of León.
León was the capital of Christian Spain for centuries starting in the year 910 when the city was reclaimed from the Moors. Its foundation dates even further back to the Roman Empire, in the year 69. It is obviously filled with historical sites and monuments.
LEON – ASTORGA – 60 KM (37 miles)
The terrain after leaving the city of Leon is mainly a gentle downhill all the way to Astorga. Passing the legendary and impressive medieval bridge in Hospital de Orbigo along the way. Astorga also holds some of the most important Roman ruins in the area and a fascinating cathedral.
ASTORGA – PONFERRADA – 53 KM (33 miles)
Today, things start to get more serious, as the entire morning is a gradual ascension to the Cruz de Hierro (the Iron cross), an emblematic place along the Camino Frances. Adding a stone at the foot of this cross has become an important camino ritual with many pilgrims over the centuries. A beautiful long downhill awaits on the other side.
PONFERRADA – VIDUEDO – 60 KM (37 miles)
We start by passing a series of villages located in the heart of the Bierzo valley as we admire the size of the neighbouring mountains that surround us. The day ends with a steep 8km climb to Ocebreiro. This village looks, feels, and to a certain extent, is, completely Celtic. A very popular place along the Camino de Santiago.
VIDUEDO – PORTOMARIN – 52 KM (32 miles)
A great day as you’ll spend most of it in the quiet countryside, discovering the peacefulness of rural Galicia. You’ll end with a long downhill into Portomarin, situated along the banks of the Mino.
PORTOMARIN – ARZUA – 53 KM (33 miles)
Today takes you through Melide, a village that has become a culinary turning point for Spain. It has made Pulpo Gallego legendary throughout the country. A simple recipe of octopus, potatoes and paprika but when prepared just right, lights up your taste buds!
ARZUA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – 43 KM (27 miles)
A shorter distance in cycling today in order to take full advantage of the city’s sites. There is tons to see and do, on top of enjoying the fulfillment of reaching your destination!
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – 0 KM
A well-deserved rest day in Santiago de Compostela. Take this time to return your bicycle and pick-up your certificate of completion at the Pilgrim’s office.
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – MADRID – 0 KM
A morning high-speed train will return you to Madrid.
ASTORGA – CASA DE TEPA
An 18th century home transformed into a beautiful small hotel. Inner courtyard with a garden & chairs to unwind in.
LEON – HOTEL REAL COLEGIATA
Located in Leon’s historical centre, this hotel is all at once a temple, a convent, a palace, a library and a museum. Beautifully mixing the original architectural elements with modern materials.
PARADOR BERNARDO FRESNADA
A former 16th century convent renovated into a beautiful hotel. Located next to the historical center of Santo Domingo de la Calzada.
MONASTERIO SAN ZOILO
Part of an old monastery converted into a 4 star hotel. Rooms are all very different but mainly spacious, comfortable and have tons of charm.