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Cycling holidaysFull Camino de Santiago

Experience the full 798 kilometres of the classic French Camino, from St. Jean Pied de Port in the French-Spanish border in the spectacular Pyrenees mountains to Santiago de Compostela in the North-West coast of Spain.

From 1,515 € per person

Difficulty level gauge

Difficulty:Moderate+

Details ...

Duration:17 nights, 18 days

Dates:April to 31st October

Start:Any day of the week

Location on map of Spain

Longer distances and hilly terrain, with perhaps four ascents per day.

Cycling surface:Tarmac: 99%. Dirt road: 1%.

Average daily distance / climb:31 miles (51 km) / 1975 ft (602 m).

Description

Trace a parallel route next to the original foot path using long-distance touring bikes and cycle on tarmac and well-conditioned roads. This is a carefully planned journey broken into manageable stages of around 50 km each.

  • Immerse yourself in the folklore and history of this extraordinary cycle tour, the only long-distance route to have been awarded World Heritage recognition.
  • The Camino is more than a journey across the Spanish landscape. It is a personal journey which unites people from many parts of the globe, all of whom decide to undertake this pilgrimage.
  • Cross the North of Spain from East to West and experience dramatic changes in landscape, from hills to river valleys, from the vast plains of Castilla to the mountains of northern León and finally on to the green region of Galicia.
  • Savour the exceptional wines and gastronomy of Logroño, the capital of the Rioja wine region.
  • Discover Pamplona, the home of the world famous 'Sanfermines'.
  • Take the opportunity to visit the impressive gothic cathedrals of Burgos, Leon and Astorga.
  • Encounter the stunning medieval villages of Molinaseca and O'Cebreiro.
  • See the Praza do Obradoiro with its awe-inspiring cathedral.
  • Experience the elation of cycling into the main square of Santiago de Compostela on your last day,

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival at the Mountain village of Roncesvalles, close to the French-Spanish border.

Day 2: Starting point

Distance: 17 miles (28 km). Climb: 2927 ft (892 m).

Bicycle and equipment hand-over and transfer to the starting point in the French town of Saint Jean Pied de Port. Cycle from this town to Roncesvalles.

Day 3: Roncesvalles to Pamplona

Distance: 29 miles (47 km). Climb: 745 ft (227 m).

Day 4: Pamplona to Estella

Distance: 30 miles (49 km). Climb: 1854 ft (565 m).

Day 5: Estella to Logroño

Distance: 31 miles (50 km). Climb: 1440 ft (439 m).

Day 6: Logroño to Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Distance: 34 miles (54 km). Climb: 1857 ft (566 m).

Day 7: Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Burgos

Distance: 46 miles (74 km). Climb: 1706 ft (520 m).

Day 8: Burgos to Fromista

Distance: 47 miles (76 km). Climb: 1358 ft (414 m).

Day 9: Fromista to Sahagun

Distance: 38 miles (61 km). Climb: 886 ft (270 m).

Day 10: Sahagún to León

Distance: 35 miles (56 km). Climb: 978 ft (298 m).

Day 11: León to Astorga

Distance: 27 miles (44 km). Climb: 820 ft (250 m).

Day 12: Astorga to Molinaseca

Distance: 30 miles (49 km). Climb: 2320 ft (707 m).

Day 13: Molinaseca to Ferrerias / O'Cebreiro

Distance: 30-36 miles (49-58 km). Climb: 2201-4498 ft (671-1371 m)

Day 14: Ferrerias / O'Cebreiro to Sarria

Distance: 22-28 miles (36-45 km). Climb: 3143-846 ft (958-258 m)

Day 15: Sarria to Palas de Rei

Distance: 30 miles (48 km). Climb: 3862 ft (1177 m).

Day 16: Palas de Rei to A Rua and O'Pino

Distance: 38 miles (61 km). Climb: 3862 ft (1177 m).

Day 17: A Rua and O'Pino to Santiago

Distance: 17 miles (27 km). Climb: 1637 ft (499 m).

Day 18: Extra nights in Santiago or return

If you don't have enough days to do the full Camino, consider splitting it and doing over two 10 day trips or three 7 day trips. We'll give you a personalised quote.

Travel

Frequent questions:

Which airport should I fly to?
Madrid or Bilbao International Airports.
How do I get to the Starting Point?
The tour starts in Roncesvalles, a small town in the Pyrenees near the border between Spain and France. In order to reach it first you will have to reach the nearest city, Pamplona. To get to Pamplona it is possible to get an internal flight from another Spanish airport but the most commonly used way to reach it is by bus or train from cities with international airports. Bilbao is the nearest international airport.
How do I get back?
From Santiago airport back home directly or via another airport.

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Hotels

Our hotels are conveniently positioned very near to or on the Camino and offer quality accomodation to ensure a well-deserved rest each night. They are typically 3-star lodgings. Since this route provides a number of options, here are some images of the hotels we use, to give you an idea:

Hotel in Roncesvalles

Nights 1 and 2: Roncesvalles

Bedroom in Pamplona hotel

Night 3: Pamplona

Bedroom in Logroño hotel

Night 5: Logroño

Bedroom in Burgos hotel

Night 7: Burgos

Hotel in León

Night 10: León

Bedroom in Astorga hotel

Night 11: Astorga

Hotel in Molinaseca

Night 12: Molinaseca

Bedroom in Ferrerias / O'Cebreiro hotel

Night 13: Ferrerias / O'Cebreiro

Bedroom in Sarria hotel

Night 14: Sarria

Bedroom in Palas de Rei hotel

Night 15: Palas de Rei

Dining area in Santiago de Compostela hotel

Night 17: Santiago de Compostela

Possibility to upgrade to a 5-star Parador hotel in the square itself. Please ask for further details.

Our Bikes

Touring bikesElectric bikes

Designed to withstand heavy loads and provide high safety and comfort even after long hours of riding in the saddle, these adventure bikes will serve you well both on and off-road.

The downside to all these extra features and equipment is weight, but on a long distance tour, reliability, comfort and safety, win the day.

Gentleman's push bikeLady's push bike

Characteristics:
  • Time tested components to stay maintenance free during the tour.
  • Broad range of gears.
  • Stable carriers for luggage transport.
  • Permanently mounted lights with a hub dynamo.
  • Comfortable sitting position and straight, adjustable handlebars.
  • Other comfort features include bike stand, mudguards and bottle holder.
  • High bar and low bar models and sizes xs to XL.
Equipment provided:
  • Odometer
  • Rear pannier
  • Map carrier
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle
  • Lock
  • Pump
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Multitool set

Touring bikesElectric bikes

Not every type of electric bike is suitable to use in a cycling tour. Most e-bikes are actually designed for city cycling rather than long distances routes.

Experience allows us to choose e-bikes with the most suitable features for touring: reliability, simple operation, long battery life and short charge time.

Electric bike

Characteristics:
  • Time tested components to stay maintenance free during the tour.
  • Broad range of gears.
  • Stable carriers for luggage transport.
  • Permanently mounted lights with a hub dynamo.
  • Comfortable sitting position and straight, adjustable handlebars.
  • Other comfort features include bike stand, mudguards and bottle holder.
  • High bar and low bar models and sizes xs to XL.
Equipment provided:
  • Odometer
  • Rear pannier
  • Map carrier
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle
  • Lock
  • Pump
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Multitool set

Prices

Basic price:

Per person in double room1,515 €

This includes:

  • 17 nights' accommodation. 17 breakfasts.
  • Pilgrim's Passport
  • GPS
  • Luggage transfers between hotels.
  • Detailed maps with your trail clearly marked.
  • Itinerary description, full of recommendations for things to do and places to visit, advice and suggestions and information about your accommodation, etc.
  • Emergency support.
  • Activity insurance.

Supplements:

Single room supplementHelp button189 €

For those travelling with others, but wanting a room to themselves each night.

Solo traveller supplementHelp button231 €

For those travelling by themselves. Do not choose the "Single room supplement" as well in this case.

Extras:

Half board (dinners)230 €

Bicycle hire240 €

Extra item of luggage175 €

Transfers:

Taxi Pamplona to Roncesvalles (1-4 persons)80 €

Other options:(Prices on request)

Extra night(s) in Burgos (rest day) 

Extra night(s) in León (rest day) 

Extra night(s) in Santiago 

If interested, please contact us with your plans, requirements and queries,

or simply use the "Get a quote" section, which we would recommend.

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Basic price:

Per person in double room
1,515 €plusminus

Supplements:

Single room supplement
189 €plusminus
Solo traveller supplement
231 €plusminus

Extras:

Half board (dinners)
230 €plusminus
Bicycle hire
240 €plusminus
Extra item of luggage
175 €plusminus

Transfers:

Taxi Pamplona to Roncesvalles (1-4 persons)
80 €plusminus
 
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Reviews

Altogether, great great journey

Altogether, great great journey, very well organized, no major problems, thank you very much.

Some specific comments:

-bikes were OK, we were a bit worried because of the hills but it turned out that the hills are not too steep for a trekking bike. No technical problems with the bikes.

-In general, all hotels were excellently located really close to the towns’ highlights.

Alison Coult, UK

a memorable experience

Firstly many thanks for organising our recent holiday on the Camino Frances.

We both had a memorable experience and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

The organisation was fantastic, from the taxi pick up in Pamplona to the final days in Santiago and in between the hotels/accommodation were excellent, we were well looked after and enjoyed the friendships that we struct up along the Camino. The scenery along the way was quite outstanding and so diverse, it certainly gave us an insight into your culture and traditions. We will have no hesitation in recommending your company to friends who enquire about our experience.

Kind regards,

Trish and Dave Moffatt, Australia

CO₂ footprint offsetting

This holiday produces a carbon footprint of 1,032 tonnes of CO₂. This includes taxis, luggage transfers and accommodation for every traveller.

We will compensate the CO₂ footprint for each booking through tropical reforestation projects in collaboration with the CeroCO₂ platform.

Additionally, you can also offset your own flight emissions by visiting myclimate. See the link below.

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