Camino de Santiago by Bike
Spain, Bike - Semi Slick, 11 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,555 (land only) - from $2,135 (land only)
- An iconic 2-wheel pilgrimage across northern Spain
- Follow the Camino Frances and discover the real Spain
- Cross the Pyrenees from France into the Basque Country
- Pick up your `Compostela` pilgrim`s certificate in Santiago
- Professionally guided ride with full vehicle support
This new biking holiday follows the Camino de Santiago, one of the world's oldest and most renowned pilgrimage routes. Following the Camino Frances 800km all the way to Santiago de Compostela, we'll start our journey in France and cross over the Pyrenees into the Basque country of Spain. Cycling besides waterways and by way of ancient woodland, lush vineyards and desolate ‘paramo', the scenery is as diverse as it is stunning. We are accompanied by a professional, English-speaking cycling guide, and with the road always close by, we have a support vehicle throughout the holiday. Our baggage is carried in a support vehicle and we have regular stops to regroup and to refuel. This is sustained bike journey, with a variety of riding, including rolling high plateau and some long days with significant amounts of ascent. En route, we stay in a mix of comfortable hotels, hostals and gites, chosen for their character and good food. Finally arriving at the UNESCO town of Santiago, with its cobbled streets and welcoming cafes, those who have been diligent and collected ‘Pilgrim Passport Stamps' along the way, can pick up their ‘Compostela' certificates. Here, too, we have the chance to visit the impressive Romanesque Cathedral, to enjoy a celebratory evening meal and to reflect on a tremendous adventure.
Is this holiday for you?
SEMI-SLICK ADVENTURE. This is a holiday for regular cyclists with good endurance levels. Most of the riding is on dirt tracks and quiet tarmac roads. There will also be footpath type trails with occasional more technical sections, shared with those travelling on foot. This is a classic, sustained ride, with a total accumulated ascent of 10,000 metres for the entire journey. On some days, including the first day's crossing of the Pyrenees, we will ride sections of road to avoid hillier and tougher off-road alternatives. Nevertheless, there will be some long days and 2 of them will involve at least 1800 metres of ascent. The support vehicle will be available throughout and can provide assistance for anyone having a bad day. Covering an average of 85 kilometres per day, this is a ‘must-do' ride - but it should not be underestimated! BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.