Country:
Spain
Travelcode:
1ESJAK286_EN17

The Way of Saint James

The Pilgrimage for shell collecters

  • For more than thousand years pilgrims from all over Europe walked along this medevial way of pilgrimship to Santiago de Compostela (UNESCO world Heritage Site) in northwest Spain where St. James is burried.

    To this day this path achieved its fascinating combination of nature and culture. This is the ideal possibility to experience this beautiful path individually on your bike.

     


     

    Tour profile

    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 - 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. 48 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. 46 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. 21 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 - Ferrerias, approx. 59 km
    Day 14: Ferrerias - Sarria, approx. 48 km
    Day 15: Sarrias - Palas de Rei, approx. 46 km
    Day 16: Palas de Rei - O´Pino, approx. 46 km
    Day 17: O´Pino - Santiago de Compostela, approx. 21 km
    Day 18: Santiago de Compostela

  • DATES

    Arrival day: daily from April 01 - October 31


    ARRIVAL-PARKING-DEPARTURE

    ARRIVAL BY PLANE

    Airport: Madrid (MAD), Pamplona (PNA), Santiago de Compostela (SCQ)


    ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

    Train station: Madrid, Pamplona

    There are 2-5 trains a day from Madrid-Chamartín to Astorga at about EUR 45.- Travelling from Madrid-Chamartín to León offers more options, but you need to change trains in León, tickets at approx. EUR 35.-


    TRANSFERS

    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. EUR 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 EUR 15.-

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

    We are happy to help with ordering the bus tickets.


    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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  • Included services:

    • 7/17 nights in rooms with private facilities incl. breakfast
    • Luggage transfer
    • Maps and information material per room
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    01.04. - 31.10.17 8 days from 665 €
    01.04. - 31.10.17 18 days from 1.515 €

    Extras

    Discount for 3rd person (in double room with 2 adults)
    all ages on request
       
    Supplements 
    Solo traveller supplement 120/359
       
    Bicycles & equipment
    24-speed-bike (8 days/18 days) 90/240
       
    Transfers
    Pamplona - Roncesvalles 50
       
    Extras
    additional luggage (8 days/18 days) 63/175
       
    Extra nights
    Astorga (dbl/sgl) 45/75
    Santiago (dbl/sgl) 45/70

    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

    You will stay in comfortable hotels in the city or village center or typical casas rurales (country houses).

    Bicycles inclusive panniers:

    Comfortable touring bikes (ladies/gents) with 24-gears-derailleur, lighting, panniers, handlebar bag, repair kit, lock, air pump.

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