Spain

Cycle the Camino de Santiago

Biking
Cycle on, and alongside, the Camino de Santiago on a pilgrimage

Duration

8 days

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Overview

Cycle over 300 kilometres on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Starting in the city of Leon, you’ll ride through small villages and cities in the footsteps (kind of) of Saint James. Tackle flats, undulating terrain and mountainous climbs and share a one-of-a-kind experience with the multitu...

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Day 1Leon
Arrive in the lively city of Leon, the capital of the Leon Province and a historic city known for its enormous Gothic cathedral. Here you'll see locals, travellers and pilgrims sitting out on the myriad squares and in the winding lanes eating pinxos and sipping on wine. You'll meet your group at 6 pm and though there's no riding today, there's plenty to see on foot if you arrive early including the Cathedral and the Gaudi Museum. 
Day 2Astorga
Saddle up for the beginning of your cycling pilgrimage. Starting at La Virgen Del Camino, a town just outside of Leon, you'll take a meandering route to Astorga via Villar de Mazarife on a mixture of sealed roads and unsealed tracks. The scenery is beautiful and while the tracks will avoid the road traffic, it's impossible to bypass the foot traffic of a trail of pilgrims walking forever onward. Stop en route in Hospital de Orbigo to see its 13th-century bridge, which overlooks a medieval jousting ground. Ride on to Astorga, a historic walled town that marks the beginning of a mountainous stretch for pilgrims. Enjoy the views from the Cross of Santo Toribio then descend into town where you can perhaps regain your energy at the chocolate museum, or visit Gaudi's Episcopal Palace. Ride: Approximately 55 kilometres on a mixture of sealed roads and unsealed tracks.
Day 3Molinaseca
Say goodbye to Astorga and pedal west across the plains towards El Ganso, taking in the view of the hills that await you. From here you'll start ascending to the village of Foncebaddon, a formerly deserted town that has seen a resurgence since the Camino de Santiago has become popular once more. The gradient is challenging but rideable, and there are plenty of places to stop, rest and enjoy the spectacular views. The Cruz de Ferro, or Iron Cross, sits atop the hill, and is a significant point in the pilgrim's journey. A small hill of pebbles sits below the cross, tokens carried by pilgrims from their place of origin that represent a burden to be let go. The tradition is for pilgrims to throw the rock over their back towards the cross, and it's likely you'll see emotional pilgrims taking time to reflect in this area. From here, it's pretty much a downhill ride all the way to the quiet town of Molinaseca where a boccadillo (baguette) and glass of wine awaits. Ride: approximately 50 kilometres on quality, unsealed tracks. Elevation gain approximately 700 metres.
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Trip title

Cycle the Camino de Santiago

Trip code

ZMXW

Validity

Validity: 01 Mar 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

Introduction

Cycle over 300 kilometres/185 miles on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Starting in the Spanish city of Leon, you’ll ride through small villages and cities in the footsteps (kind of) of Saint James. Tackle flats, undulating terrain and mountainous climbs and share a one-of-a-kind experience w...
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Style

Original

Themes

Active Adventures,Cycling

Transport

Bicycle,Luggage transport vehicle

Physical Rating

4

Physical preparation

This is an active trip, requiring a reasonable level of physical fitness. While there is flexibility in the distance you can elect to cycle each day, the cycling on this trip can be challenging at times, with the heat and terrain adding to the physical effort. It is also important that you are bot...
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Joining point

Hotel Real Colegiata

Joining point description

Hotel Real Colegiata is located in the 11th-century San Isidoro Colegiate complex. It is situated in the historic centre of León (just 5 minutes’ walk from the Cathedral) and there are many shops, bars and restaurants within a short walk. The hotel offers 24-hour reception, a free WiFi zone, luggage...
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Joining point instructions

Leon Airport (LEN) is located just outside the city of Leon. We are happy to arrange an arrival transfer for you at an additional charge. Please ask your booking agent if you would like to add this service and provide your flight details at least 14 days from departure. If you have pre-booked an ar...
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Finish point

Miradoiro de Belvis

Finish point description

Miradoiro de Belvis is located on the edge of the beautiful Parque de Belvis and is just 9 minutes walk from the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. There are many bars and restaurants within walking distance. Rooms at this hotel include en suite facilities, wifi, tv and hair dryer.

Finish point instructions

Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ) is located approximately 15 minutes drive from Miradoiro de Belvis. Travelling by taxi will cost approximately EUR20-30, depending on traffic and the time of day you arrive. If you have pre-booked a departure transfer please reconfirm your pick up time with you...
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Alternate Finish point

For trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point.

Alternate Finish point description

Hotel Lux is situated in a walking distance to the old town of Santiago de Compostela, making it a great place to discover wonders of the city of Saint James the Great. The hotel offers services such as wifi, air conditioning, laundry/dry cleaning service (subject to extra charge), café and luggage ...
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Alternate Finish point instructions

Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ) is located approximately 15 minutes drive from Hotel Lux. We are happy to arrange a departure transfer for you at an additional charge. Please ask your booking agent if you would like to add this service and provide your flight details at least 14 days prior to t...
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Important information

1. Due to the often small trails that we cycle on, and Camino regulations, this cycling trip does not have a support vehicle with you at all times - your luggage will be transported for you each day but you will need to carry anything you require for the day with you. 2. Luggage transported by vehic...
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Group leader

All Intrepid cycling group trips are accompanied by one of our cycling leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of t...
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Safety

On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group. We not have a support vehicle following the group (as they cannot drive along the Camino), but your luggage will be transported for you between guesthouses.

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specif...
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Why we love it

Share a true cycling pilgrimage along the famed Camino de Santiago.

Is this trip right for you

Due to the often small trails that we cycle on, this cycling trip does not have a support vehicle with you at all times - your luggage will be transported for you each day but you will need to carry anything you require for the day with you. Luggage transported by vehicle is restricted to one medium...
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Health

All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or l...
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Food and dietary requirements

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility i...
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Money matters

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in the following destinations: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain. All other European coun...
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What to take

Due to local regulations only 'essential items' can be carried in the support vehicle. Your main luggage is collected, transported and dropped off by a separate luggage transport service vehicle. Luggage in these vehicles is restricted to one medium sized bag/suitcase per person only.

Climate and seasonal

SPANISH SIESTA: Please note that shops, attractions, sights and businesses may be closed for up to 5 hours in the middle of the day for siesta time. This gives the locals time to escape the heat and spend time with their families, eat a large lunch or simply sleep through the most uncomfortable time...
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A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use...
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Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/

Emergency contact

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representa...
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Responsible travel

As part of our commitment to responsible travel a portion of your trip cost will be donated to Bicycles for Humanity – a not-for-profit, volunteer run, grass roots charity organisation focused on the alleviation of poverty through sustainable transport – in the form of a bicycle. In the developing ...
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The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and...
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Accommodation notes

OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used ...
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Transport notes

While there are occasions we use local public transport such as trains, buses or taxis to cover long distances or attend non-cycling activities we predominantly use the bicycle as our main form of transport. On most of our trips we also have a support vehicle as secondary transport for travelling lo...
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Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When trav...
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Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and pr...
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Itinerary disclaimer

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important tha...
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Accommodation

Hotel (1 nights),Guesthouse (6 nights)
Cycle the Camino de Santiago