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Camino de Santiago: A Pilgrim’s Route From Astorga to Santiago

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  • 7 nights | 30 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Self-guided from: €643
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

The Camino de Santiago is a great cycling experience for several reasons. First of all, it is a tour full of history. People have been walking this route for over 1,000 years and, along the way, you will find beautiful cathedrals, churches, and quaint old villages.

It is a very varied tour, as every day you move on and see completely new scenery. The area of Castilla is very different to Galicia from a cultural as well as a landscape point of view. Enjoy great food and wine, as the Galicians are well-known for the excellent quality of their produce, including fish, seafood, and meat.

The Camino is also a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Millions of people walk or bike along the Camino and many do it solo, thus open to talking to others along the way.

This cycling tour is probably one of the best cycling experiences one can have. It has got a combination of factors that make it a unique experience, which goes further from a common cycling holiday!

It's also possible to travel the entire Camino (from Roncesvalles to Santiago) as an 18 day/17 night tour. Please inquire for further details. 

If you are interested in a guided experience, please contact us for details and pricing.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival to Astorga
Individual arrival to Astorga. The town of Astorga is a place full of history and life. Make sure to visit the town center's impressive gothic cathedral and Neogothical Episcopal Palace, designed by Antonio Gaudi.
Overnight in Astorga.

Day 2: Astorga – Molinaseca (29 miles/49 km, 2320 ft/707 m)
Enjoy spectacular views as you cycle along little country roads through the mountains of Leon to Cruz the Ferro (the iron cross) and on to the beautiful medieval village of Molinaseca.
Overnight in Molinaseca.

Day 3: Molinaseca – O'Cebreiro (36 miles/58 km, 3080 ft/939 m)
Today's cycle has an easy first 15 miles (25 km), until you start to climb first to the beautiful town of Villafranca and then to the Monte O'Cebreiro at 4,260 feet (1,300 m) above sea level, where the Galicia Region starts. On a clear day one can see magnificent views to the east and west of Galician green valleys and the Leon's wooded mountains.

You cab have a rest in the valley before your final push of the day, a short but very steep 5 mile (8 km) climb. When you reach the very small village of O'Cebreiro you will feel on top of the world, able to appreciate the great views of the valleys that surround this high point. The village is small, but full of character with charming slate roofed black houses.
Overnight O'Cebreiro.

Day 4: O'Cebreiro – Sarria (27 miles/44 km, 846 ft/258 m)
Now be in Galicia, you will notice a big change in landscape, culture, gastronomy and language. Many little villages are spread around the countryside where subsistence agriculture is the way of life. The gastronomy in Galicia is well-known for using high quality products and preparing them in simple, but delicious ways. After an initial climb, you have an easy cycle heading on a slight descent.

A fantastic part of the day comes when you descend to the town of Samos, which has one of the oldest and most beautiful monasteries in Spain, the Benedictine monastery of Samos. The way to Samos runs next to the River Oribio, so you will find plenty of lovely spots to stop for a break. From Samos to Sarria you have the option of leaving the tarmac to continue the way that walkers take and to follow the river and the paths through beautiful rural countryside.
Overnight in Sarria.

Day 5: Sarria – Palais de Rei (30 miles/48 km, 3862 ft/1177 m)
Today's cycle ride runs through very nice rural Galician countryside, passing through many little villages. Most of this stage is along tree-lined roads and pathways and there is a mix of following secondary roads and old paths. About halfway through the route, you come across the town of Portomarin that was rebuilt on a hill after having to move the old town in the 1950's to construct a reservoir. You carry on till Palais de Rei, a small town full of the pilgrim spirit.
Overnight in Palais de Rei.

Day 6: Palais de Rei – Rua (37 miles/60 km, 3839 ft/1170 m)
Today's ride does not have alot of climbs, but it is a constant up and down that can be quite tiring. You will ride, enjoying the Galician countryside, never too far from the road in case you prefer to ride on the tarmac. During the day you will go through the town of Melide that is famous for its “pulperías”, where they serve superb octopus.
Overnight in Rua.

Day 7: Rua – Santiago (17 miles/27 km, 1965 ft/599 m)
The week's last route is not long, alllowing you to enjoy the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela. Entering the city is not the most beautiful part of the trip because you go near the airport and, even though the area gets busier, it is very rewarding arriving after all the effort. There are hard hills to climb before arriving at the "Monte de Gozo", called the 'Hill of Joy', where you first see the Cathedral of Santiago on the distance.
Overnight in Santiago.

Day 8: Individual Departure
After breakfast, individual departure or extended stay.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Daily: Apr 1-Oct 30, 2019

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€643
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€122
Optional dinner package
€90
Extra luggage (per item)
€63
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 24-speed
€90
Electrically assisted bike
€180
GPS unit (1 per room)
€30
Extra Nights, Astorga
Per person, double occupancy
€45
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€70
Extra Nights, Santiago
Per person, double occupancy
€45
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€75
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Senderos y Pueblos Terms and Conditions

1. If you cancel your booking

Any cancellation must be notified to us in writing and will only be effective upon receipt of such written notification. The following cancellation charges apply:

  • more that 56 days before the holiday commencement: €60
  • 42-56 days before tour start: 5% of tour cost
  • 28-41 days before tour start: 15% of tour cost
  • 27-15 days before tour start: 25% of tour cost
  • 14 days-48 hours before tour start: 50% of tour cost
  • Within 48 hours of tour start: 100% of tour cost

Depending on the reasons of your cancellation, you may be able to reclaim these cancellation charges from your insurance company, if you have taken our travel insurance.

Changes/Modifications to the tour are subject to a €30 fee.

2. If we cancel your booking

In exceptional circumstances we may find it necessary to cancel your booking and if so, we shall make all reasonable efforts to offer a suitable alternative. If this is not acceptable we will refund your deposit, and any other sum you have paid to us which shall constitute full resettlement.

3. General

These booking conditions set out the basis upon which the holiday reservations and other travel are accepted for clients (“you”) by the tour operator. Under the licence number CICL.40-23, the tour operator with C.I.F.: B40225864, domiciled in: Calle de la Sierra 8, Siguero, 40590, Segovia, Spain; complies with legal, financial and insurance requirements under Spanish law and travel agencies regulations.

4. Prices

All prices we quote, are inclusive of our handling fees and VAT and, where published, are correct at the time of publication.

5. If you alter your booking

If you wish to alter your booking (eg, change the dates of your holiday), we will use all our reasonable efforts to comply with your request, however you will be obliged to pay for any additional expenses that are incurred as a result (eg cancellation fees payable to hotels and other suppliers). If you decide to change your holiday in any way once it has commenced (eg change accommodation or the duration of your stay) we accept no liability for any loss, damage, or additional expense and we cannot guarantee a refund of any costs already paid by you.

6. If we alter your booking

If it is necessary to alter the confirmed itinerary before departure, we shall use all reasonable efforts to notify you as soon as possible and make alternative arrangements. If this is not acceptable we will refund your deposit, and any other sum you have paid to us which shall constitute full resettlement.

7. Force Majeure

We regret that we cannot accept liability for any loss, damage or additional expense where the booking needs to be altered or cancelled or we are unable to perform our contractual obligations as a result of events of “force majeure”. In these booking conditions “force majeure” means any event which could not have been reasonably foreseen, or the consequences could not have been reasonably avoided, by us or the suppliers of the relevant services in question, even with the exercise of all due car. Such events may include, war or threat of war, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural and man-made disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions and all similar events outside our or the relevant supplier’s control.

8. Liability

We use all reasonable efforts to try and ensure that the vacations offered by us are properly arranged and that the suppliers of the services in the holiday maintain reasonable standards. We accept responsibility to take reasonable care in the organisational aspects of the holiday but we are not liable and cannot be held responsible for actions of property owners, organisers of activities, providers of transport or any other suppliers involved in our holiday. Considering the particular nature of our holidays, while taking part in activities, each participant must comply with the advice and instructions given. We cannot be held responsible for incidents, accidents or personal injury that could result from foolhardy personal initiatives or inadequate physical condition. We are specifically not liable for any events outside of our control or if there has been no default or neglect by us and in no event shall we be liable for any special, indirect or consequential loss, including loss of profit. This limitation does not apply to fatal or other personal injury resulting from our negligence or that of our employees. We strongly recommend that all clients obtain appropriate travel and personal insurance cover.

9. Complaints

We do not expect and certainly do not want dissatisfied customers, but in the event that you are not entirely satisfied with the service offered, you should notify any complaint to our office as soon as possible. We shall use all reasonable efforts to rectify the complaint as quickly as possible. If the problem cannot be resolved during the holiday period, you should contact us in writing within 14 days of returning from holiday and we will use all reasonable efforts to resolve the matter.

10. Law and Jurisdiction

The present General Conditions are subject to the following Spanish legislation: Law 21/1995, of 6 of July, of Combined Holidays (B.O.E. 7-7-1995), Law 7/1998, of 13 of April, about General Conditions of Contracts (14-4-98) and Law 26/1984, of 19 of July, Consumer and User Right (B.O.E. 24-7-84) y other dispositions in place. These conditions and terms of contract and all matters arising therefrom are subject to Spanish Law and to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Spanish courts.

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Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 1
  • 4 Star 4
  • 3 Star 1
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.8
  • Value 4
  • Included meals 3
  • Bikes & equipment 3.5
  • Hotels or boat 3.8
  • Scenery 4.8
  • Ease of navigation 3.3
  • Tour documents 3.6
  • Local tour company services 3.8
  • Route selection 4

Reviews

Jeff ak October 8, 2017

Excellent way to tour Spain

So many positives and a few negatives. First the trail was excellent for mountain bikes with a mix of paved roads and dirt trails. Great rolling hills and scenery. Lots of walkers and sometimes we shared trail which could be crowded and sometimes we were on highway. Most people friendly and understood sharing trail with bikes. We were surprised to see hundreds of people a day walking the trail.

Signage was yellow markers/arrows and was excellent. Most of the time we followed them but bike markers were not too good. My major complaint was our maps were not good. They were google type maps that were either too detailed and small that you couldn't read them or too general and broad that you didn't know where to go. We got lost and had to rely on a book with detailed directions comparing it to a general map. That was frustrating especially when the walking trail and bike trail diverged. If in doubt we followed the yellow markers with the walkers but we got onto some really bad hills and had to push bikes. I suggested to the booking company to provide mid level detailed google maps with major landmarks noted on map.

Overall it was a good trip and the hotels were small and generally 3 star. The small towns were interesting and excellent. Booking company Tee Travel was very good and responsive to our bike problems - one bike had no front brakes and they had it repaired and delivered to our hotel. Overall our bikes were very good rental equipment.

I highly recommend someone in your group speaks Spanish as we would have had major problems if no one spoke Spanish. The bikes were delivered to our leon hotel by an employee that only spoke Spanish so he could not answer our English questions. Fortunately we had someone in our group that spoke both languages fluently so she translated questions and answers. Our Spanish translator also helped us with getting directions from locals and ordering food. Most hotel employees spoke adequate English.

Favorite city was ponferrada due to a huge castle. Our favorite hotel was portomarin due to small cabins overlooking a river and vineyards. Also best service and meal was in portomarin where we got all you could eat veal, salad and dessert for $13 euros each.

You should be an intermediate biker since sitting on a bike for 53 K a day is difficult for a week. I was a casual bike rider and paid the price on my rear end.

Responses from Biketours.com

Brittany October 19, 2018
We're happy to hear you had a great time overall! Thanks very much for letting us know about the maps. We'll speak with our local operator partner about upgrading the maps for future clients.
Jeff August 14, 2017

A great way to experience the Camino

Riding bikes is the perfect way to experience the Camino for the person who does not have the months available to walk. Although certainly less physically demanding that walking, biking is not for everyone. It was more difficult than we expected.

Fuzzy June 24, 2017

Fantastic Tour

Well organized, great accommodation.
Beautiful scenery. Good bikes

Sagan September 29, 2016

Follow along the path to glorious Santiago de Compostela

Started the trip in Astorga, we arrived on market day (Tuesday) so all the squares were packed with people and stalls.
Everyday our bags were picked up between 830 - 9am.
The Road book resetting of bike computers were invaluable and really easy to use.
This tour had more climbs than expected and on some days there were very steep and very long ascents.
Downhills were challenging too. We had trained but do not live somewhere with the same terrain. By day three you were used to it.
You are always on the road most road users are respectful to cyclists leaving plenty of room. The worst traffic was going into Santiago but only for 10Km
All hotels were easy to fiind and overall everyone was friendly. Best place was El Capricho de Josana in Las Herrerias the food was amazing.
I would recommend getting your Pilgrim passport and collecting stamps along the way a great souvenir to have and you can collect your certificate in Santiago.
Arriving in Santiago felt great and a real sense of achievement that we were not expecting.

Dad and sons August 23, 2016

Biking the Camino with my sons

A real biking adventure. The biking camino was much more mountainous than we imagined. It was beautiful scenery, thrilling, strenuous, dangerous, rewarding and memorable. We hiked the first half and stayed in hostels. From Astorga we biked and stayed in hotels. Hiking and hostels were much more conducive to meeting incredible new friends. The price of the biking tour seemed a bit expensive for what you recieve.

Robert June 5, 2016

Great way to experience the Camino

The tour was well organised with bikes in good order and daily luggage transfers between hotels very effecient. All the hotels were clean, comfortable and friendly, and we found plenty of good and cheap restaurants for dinner. The food and wine were a highlight for our group. The daily rides were varied and apart from the last day to Santiago, the roads were uncrowded with little traffic. On the last day we found local roads to avoid the busy main roads which was easy to do and extended the day's ride to about 50kms. Highly recommended and we are now looking to book another ride later in the year.