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The Way of Saint James

The Pilgrimage for shell collectors

Route

Tour profile / level 2-3

Hilly with some challenging uphills, mostly on country-roads. For bikers with condition and experience. Minimum age: 14 years.

Tour details 8-day-trip

Day 1: Astorga
Individual arrival.

Day 2: Astorga  Molinaseca, approx. 49 km
Leave the Castillian plains behind to climb progressively towards the mountains of Leon with its highest point of the cycle being the Monte de la Cruz the Ferro (the iron cross), where it is tradition to leave a small stone that you have brought from your homeland. From here the rest of the way is mostly downhill and the views are astonishingly beautiful.

Day 3: Molinaseca  Herrerias/O´Cebreiro, approx. 59 km
Cycle 25 km amongst vineyards to reach the beautiful town of Villafranca. Later climb O´Cebreiro, where the Galicia Region starts.

Day 4: O´Cebreiro  Sarria, approx. 59 km
We are now in Galicia and there is a big change in landscape, culture, gastronomy and language. A fantastic part of the day comes when we descend to the town of Samos where we find one of the oldest and most beautiful monasteries in Spain, the Benedictine monastery of Samos.

Day 5: Sarria  Palas de Rei, approx. 46 km
Today´s cycle ride runs through very nice rural countryside, passing through many little villages. Most of this stage is along tree-lined roads and pathways and there is a mix of little country roads and old paths. At the end of the day we reach Palais de Rei. A small town full of the pilgrim spirit.

Day 6: Palas de Rei  Rua, approx. 41 km
Today´s ride does not have great climbs but it is a constant up and down that can be quite tiring. We will ride enjoying the Galician countryside. During the day you will go through the town of Melide that is famous for its "pulperías" where they serve superb octopus.

Day 7: Rua  Santiago de Compostela, approx. 59 km
The route is not long so as to allow you to enjoy the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela. There are hard hills to climb before arriving at the "Monte do Gozo" (the hill of joy) where you first see the Cathedral of Santiago in the distance.

Day 8: Santiago de compostela
Individual departure or extended stay.

Tour details 18-day-trip

Day 1: Roncesvalles
Day 2: Saint Jean Pied de Port – Roncesvalles, approx. 25 km
Day 3: Roncesvalles – Pamplona, approx. 49 km
Day 4: Pamplona – Estella, approx. 41 km
Day 5: Estella – Logrono, approx. 50 km
Day 6: Logrono – Sto Domingo de la Calzada, approx. 50 km
Day 7: Sto Domingo de la Calzada – Burgos, approx. 73 km
Day 8: Burgos – Fromista, approx. 67 km
Day 9: Fromista – Sahagun, approx. 62 km
Day 10: Sahagun – Leon, approx. 57 km
Day 11: Leon – Astorga, approx. 53 km
Day 12: Astorga – Molinaseca, approx. 49 km
Day 13: Molinaseca – Herrerías/O´Cebreiro approx. 59 km
Day 14: Herrerías/O´Cebreiro – Sarria, approx. 59 km
Day 15: Sarrias – Palas de Rei, approx. 59 km
Day 16: Palas de Rei – O´Pino, approx. 41 km
Day 17: O´Pino – Santiago de Compostela, approx. 59 km
Day 18: Santiago de Compostela

Services

  • 7/17 nights in rooms with private facilities

  • Daily breakfast

  • Luggage transfer

  • Pilgrimage passport

  • Maps and information material per room

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
      01.04. - 31.10.24
    8 days
      01.04. - 31.10.24
    18 days

    Extras

    Discount for 3rd person (in double room with 2 adults)
    all ages on request
       
    Supplements 
    Solo traveller supplement (18 days only) 590
       
    Bicycles & equipment
    24-speed-bike (8 days/18 days) 100/275
    E-Bike (8 days only) 200
    GPS 30
       
    Transfers
    Pamplona - Roncesvalles (18 days) 123
       
    Extras
    additional luggage (8 days/18 days) 74/277
    Half board (only at 8 day variant, not in Santiago) 120
       
    Extra nights
    Astorga (dbl/sgl) on request
    Santiago (dbl/sgl) on request

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Accommodation

    Hotel Samples

    The hotels are conveniently positioned very near or on the Camino and are always the best quality on offer along the way. They are typically of 2 and 3 star grading.


    Roncesvalles: Hotel Roncesvalles
    Pamplona: Hotel Leyre
    Estella: Hotel Yerry
    Logrono: Hotel Sercotel Portales
    Sto Domingo de la Calzado: Hostal El Molin de Floren
    Burgos: Hotel Meson del Cid
    Fromista: Hostal Camino de Santiago
    Sahagun: La Bastide Du Chemin
    Leon: Hospedería Fernando I
    Astorga: Hotel Astur Plaza
    Molinaseca: Hostal el Palacio
    Herrerías: Hotel La Pandela
    Sarria: Hotel Roma
    Palas de Rei: Casa Benilde
    Rua: Hotel O´Pino
    Santiago: Hotel Avenida


    Note: Please be informed that these are hotel samples and therefore subject to alteration! Find Your final hotel bookings at Your hotel list after/at booking.

    Bicycle

    Rental bikes including pannier

    The following rental bikes are available (including lights, luggage rack, panniers, handlebar bag, repair kit, lock and air pump):

    • Comfortable touring bikes (women’s and men’s versions) with 24-speed derailleur gears,
    • E-bikes (only bookable for the 8-day variant)

    E-bikes | Electric bikes | Pedelecs

    With our e-bikes every bike tour is a breeze! If you perhaps had little opportunity to cycle in the last weeks before the bike tour, if you are not quite sure of your strength, but also if you have physical limitations, every bike tour will be a pleasure for you! The switchable, almost silent electric drive of our modern bike takes some of the work off your hands, and amplifies the pedal power by 3 times. So now even cyclists with different fitness levels can book a tour together.

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Madrid (MAD), Pamplona (PNA), Santiago de Compostela (SCQ)
    Flights can be booked individually. For details see your final travel documents.


    Arrival by train

    Train station: Madrid, Pamplona
    There are 2-5 trains a day from Madrid-Chamartín to Astorga at about € 45.- Travelling from Madrid-Chamartín to León offers more options, but you need to change trains in León, tickets at approx. € 45.-


    Transfer

    Transfer from Madrid to Astorga is very easy by bus. The bus company ALSA runs a daily service from Madrid to Astorga (buses leaving either from Madrid South station "Estación Sur" or the Airport, Terminal 4), ticket cost approx. € 30.-

    For the 18-day-tour it is easiest to go to Pamplona first (nearest international airport is Bilbao BIO), then you continue by bus AUTOBUSES LA UNION, approx. 2h, ticket cost about € 20.-

    Return flight is recommended from Santiago de Compostela, Transfer from Santiago to Madrid is also possible by bus.


    Additional information

    Please take note that bike helmets are compulsory outside of built-up areas/towns!

    The pilgrim passport
    In former times a pilgrim would obtain his credentials (pilgrim passport) from his own church and present it along the way in order to be given food and lodging in many "hospitals". He had his papers stamped at different stages so that once he arrived in Santiago, he could obtain his "Compostela" or certificate of pilgrimage from the Cathedral Authorities.

    This procedure is still possible, not compulsory. We recommend to make the effort to get your pilgrim passport at the pilgrims´ hostel in Astorga on your first day, and get it stamped along the way at cafes, restaurants, hostels, etc. Once you reach Santiago you can present your stamped passport at the Cathedral´s office to get a (latin) certificate to take home with you.

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    Travel stories

    4,6 of 6 Stars | 6
    5 24.10.2023 | Adrienne B. The Way of Saint James

    The Way of St James - cycle

    We had a wonderful trip following this beautiful part of Spain. We highly recommend making the cycle trip on ebikes which gave us the opportunity to view our environment in a more leisurely way and to enjoy some of the tougher cycling elevations. Being ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 3
    • Travel documents 6
    • Per-Tour information 2
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 2
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    5.5 19.10.2023 | Barb B. The Way of Saint James

    St. James 2023

    Instructions/road information on directions were not always accurate. Names of roads/streets weren?t always given. KM weren?t accurate. The minor road numbers weren?t always accurate. I suggest someone actually physically rides a bike on the route. ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Per-Tour information 5
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 5
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 4
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    5 16.07.2018 | Thomas C. The Way of Saint James

    Way of St James 8 days

    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 5
    • Per-Tour information 5
    • Accomodation 4
    • Board 3
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 4
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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