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  • Cycle 800 kms on the Camino Frances and discover the real Spain
  • Cross the Pyrenees from France into the Navarre region
  • Pick up your `Compostela` pilgrim`s certificate in Santiago
  • Professionally guided ride with full vehicle support

This classic biking holiday follows the Camino de Santiago, one of the world's oldest and most renowned pilgrimage routes. Following the Camino Frances 800 kikometres all the way to Santiago de Compostela, we'll start our journey in France and cross over the Pyrenees into the Navarre region 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?

ADVENTURE CYCLING. This is a holiday for regular mountain bikers with good endurance levels. Most of the riding is on dirt tracks and quiet tarmac roads. There will also be footpath type trails with some steeper and 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 on the road to avoid a hillier and tougher off-road alternative. 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.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in St Jean Pied de Port. A group transfer from Biarritz Airport is provided.
  • Cycle across the Ibaneta Pass (1055m) into Spain. Then, via the Alto de Perdon to Puente la Reina.
  • Cycle through the Rioja region to Logrono and cross a high plateau to Najera.
  • Cross the plains of Castille and Leon to Cruces (1135m). Continue the ride to Burgos.
  • Cycle to Castrojeriz and the viewpoint at Alto de Mostelares (900m). Overnight Carrion de los Condes.
  • Cross a gently rolling landscape, interspersed with small villages, to the cathedral town of Leon.
  • Another day of undulating cycling. Beyond Astorga the route ascends steadily to Rabanal del Camino.
  • Cycle to Foncebadon and Cruz de Ferro (1505m). Descend via Villafranca to the village of O Cebreiro.
  • Ride down into the fertile valleys of Galicia, through the town of Sarria to Palas De Rei.
  • Cycle through rural farmland and by way of numerous villages to Santiago de Compostella.
  • Departure day.
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  • Santiago de Compostela by Bike
  • The departure reference for this tour is SCMB/03/16/
  • This tour begins on Thu 29 Sep and departs on Sun 09 Oct
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  • Santiago de Compostela by Bike
  • The departure reference for this tour is SCMB/01/17/
  • This tour begins on Thu 24 Aug and departs on Sun 03 Sep
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $365 - Single Supplment - covers all nights on the trip. £250
Thu 28 Sep - Sun 08 Oct Code SCMB/02/17/ Adult$2,235 Status Available Book now
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  • Santiago de Compostela by Bike
  • The departure reference for this tour is SCMB/02/17/
  • This tour begins on Thu 28 Sep and departs on Sun 08 Oct
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $365 - Single Supplment - covers all nights on the trip. £250
We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis. The trip joins in Biarritz and ends in Santiago de Compostela and we recommend that you book your flights in and out of these airports. Please refer to Joining Arrangements and Transfers in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK, we recommend Ryanair who have flights from (and back to) London, Stansted. Biarritz arrival is at 1705 on Day 1 and departure from Santiago is at 1530 on Day 11.

Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in St Jean Pied de Port. A group transfer from Biarritz Airport is provided.

    Meet at Biarritz Airport. KE Land Only package services begin with a single, timed group transfer to the group accommodation in St Jean Pied de Port, usually in the late afternoon. The rest of the day is free to explore, prepare bikes and make any last minute preparations. St Jean Pied de Port is the ancient Basque capital of the Basse Navarre region and the traditional Camino starting point for pilgrims from all over the world. Nestling in the foothills of the Pyrenees, this quaint, bustling touristy town, with its narrow streets, retains a wonderful medieval atmosphere. Overnight in St Jean Pied de Port.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals d

  • Cycle across the Ibaneta Pass (1055m) into Spain. Then, via the Alto de Perdon to Puente la Reina.

    An early start, as we begin our journey through rolling wooded hills. Entering Spain, the gradient steepens and we have a 17 kilometre climb to the Ibaneta Pass (1055m) to be rewarded with stunning views over the Pyrenees. Descending to village of Roncesvalles, we have our first real taste of Spain as we bike through the mountainous province of Navarre. Riding towards Pamplona a short climb brings us to the superb viewpoint of the Alto de Perdon, before the final descent to our hotel at the market town of Puente la Reina with its magnificent Romanesque bridge.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Distance 94km

    • Meals bd

  • Cycle through the Rioja region to Logrono and cross a high plateau to Najera.

    The Rioja region has been welcoming pilgrims since medieval times, as kings and nobleman pushed the Camino to enhance the exporting of their sumptuous wines throughout Europe. As a part of this process, stonemasons and artists were encouraged to build the fantastic buildings which abound today. Cycling amongst the wealth of monuments and architecture of the Rioja region, we cross Spain's great river, the Ebro, to reach the magnificent cathedral at Logrono. From here, we ascend to a high plateau with marvellous views of the Sierra de la Demanda. There is a final short descent to our accommodation in Najera.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1600m

    • Distance 107km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 1550m

    • Time 8 - 9 hrs cycling

  • Cross the plains of Castille and Leon to Cruces (1135m). Continue the ride to Burgos.

    Leaving the Rioja region, we travel across the plains of Castille and Leon and have a beautiful climb through forests to Cruces (1135m) with views across to Monte San Millan (2132m). Our accommodation tonight is in Burgos, one of the most important towns on the Camino. Burgos is an architectural jewel, with a fascinating old quarter and a series of canals and rivers. The cathedral is breathtaking and, if time permits, is not to be missed.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Distance 100km

    • Meals bd

  • Cycle to Castrojeriz and the viewpoint at Alto de Mostelares (900m). Overnight Carrion de los Condes.

    Riding across a remote part of Spain known as the 'paramo' or ‘meseta’, we pass through villages such as Castrojeriz, hidden amongst the hills and one of the most beautiful stops on the Camino. Beyond the village, we climb to the fantastic viewpoint of Alto de Mostelares (900m). Overnight in Carrion de los Condes.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 750m

    • Distance 83km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 750m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs cycling

  • Cross a gently rolling landscape, interspersed with small villages, to the cathedral town of Leon.

    Continuing our journey towards an overnight stop in Leon, we have a easy day ascent wise, the terrain is gently rolling; a vast, sweeping, treeless, open plain, interspersed with small villages, whose adobe walls spring up red amidst the vast expanse in the fierce Leonese sun. Leon is an impressive town, whose Gothic Cathedral boasts the best stained glass windows in Europe - Definitely worth exploring!

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 608m

    • Distance 95km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs cycling

  • Another day of undulating cycling. Beyond Astorga the route ascends steadily to Rabanal del Camino.

    Passing through the wonderful towns of Astorga and Orbigo, the first half of our day continues on rolling, high 'paramo' terrain. Since Roman times, Astorga was a major crossroads, the gateway to Seville and the south. Beyond Astorga, we have a steady climb up to Rabanal del Camino, one of the classic 'end of stage' villages. Rabanal del Camino has a centuries old tradition of caring for pilgrims. Knights Templar are said to have been here in the 12th century, ensuring the safe passage of pilgrims over this remote mountain territory.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 74km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 370m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs cycling

  • Cycle to Foncebadon and Cruz de Ferro (1505m). Descend via Villafranca to the village of O Cebreiro.

    Hopefully restored by the caring traditions of Rabanal, we have a magnificent and epic stage today, as we cross the Montes de Leon. Climbing out of the village, we pass through the town of Foncebadon, before reaching one of the most magical places on the entire Camino Frances, Cruz de Ferro (1505m). This stretch of road up to the Cruz de Ferro is know as the Maragateria and we pass through unique Maragatos villages along the way. Descending to the historical town of Villafranca, we then commence our longest climb of the whole journey to overnight at O Cebreiro, the 'Village of the Holy Grail', set high in the Cantabrian Mountains.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 1200m

    • Distance 79km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 1700m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs cycling

  • Ride down into the fertile valleys of Galicia, through the town of Sarria to Palas De Rei.

    Leaving O Cebreiro, we remain high in the mountains for the first part of the day, with a section of short steep climbs between the villages of Linares and Alto de Poyo. It’s a day of contrasts and stunning scenery, as we negotiate the steep hairpins down from the mountains of Castile to reach the fertile valleys of Galicia, with a long descent to the important town of Sarria. Even though we have left the mountains behind, it's still a rolling ride through varied landscapes. We’ll stop off at the rather ‘perfect’ town of Portomarin which was ‘moved’ stone by stone from its original location in the river valley to avoid flooding after the nearby reservoir was constructed. Overnight at Palas De Rei.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1500m

    • Distance 86km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 2240m

    • Time 6 hrs cycling

  • Cycle through rural farmland and by way of numerous villages to Santiago de Compostella.

    Our final day connects village after village, through rural farmland surrounded by dry stonewalls and corridors of eucalyptus trees. At Monte de Gozo (10 km from Santiago) we get our first view of the iconic towers of the Cathedral of Santiago. After 9 days in the saddle, finally we approach the city of Santiago and head for the old quarter, weaving through the historical streets to arrive at the majestic ‘golden’ square, facing the dramatic facades of the Cathedral of Santiago. For those who have been diligent and collected Pilgrim Passport stamps along the way, a ‘Compostela’ certificate awaits at the Pilgrim Office adjacent to the cathedral, before an evening of celebrations in this cultural and historic city.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1150m

    • Distance 67km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 1300m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs cycling

  • Departure day.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Depending on flight times, there may be time for some sightseeing. All that remains is to pack away our bikes and arrange a taxi transfer (not included) to Santiago Airport for the homeward flight.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • English-speaking biking leader
  • Group transfer from Biarritz Airport to St Jean Pied de Port on first day
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Support vehicle
  • Maps and city maps
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfer on final day
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Bike hire
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous personnal spending
  • Bike carriage on the flights - please check with your carrier

Breakfasts at the hotels and hostals that we use are 'continental' in style, with tea and coffee, orange juice, porridge and cereals as well as bread, eggs, fruit, jam, honey and cheese. At lunchtime, we will generally stop at a wayside cafe and you can buy a snack. Evening meals are usually taken at our overnight accommodation and can be either buffet style, with a choice of food, or a set meal with vegetarian and meat options. There is usually a choice of dessert, too. During the day, the group will be provided with water. You should bring a selection of your favourite energy bars, gels and sports drink mixes from home.

Breakfasts and dinners are included, from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 11. Lunches are not included, but we will stop each day at a cafe so that you can buy a snack or more substantial lunch.
A single transfer will be arranged to meet the arrival of the Ryanair flight from London Stansted at Biarritz Airport. This transfer will usually be at round 1800 hrs. The first night's accommodation is in St Jean Pied de Port. Those whose flights do not work with this transfer (and those travelling overland) will need to meet the group at the hotel in St Jean Pied de Port in time for dinner on Day 1.

Services end after breakfast on Day 11 in Santiago de Compostella and a transfer to Santiago Airport is not included. Bus and taxi transfers can easily be arranged. Expect to pay €20 for a taxi.
We use a mix of accommodation on this holiday. In smaller towns, such as St. Jean Pied de Port, Puente La Reina, Najera, Carrion de los Condes and Palas de Rei, we use local 3-star hotels, hostals and family run hotels. In the larger cities, Burgos and Leon, we use centrally located hotels or hostals of a simpler standard. In the hamlets of Rabanal del Camino and O Cebreiro, we use more 'rural' properties, but with all the flavour and charm of Spain. In Santiago we stay in a comfortable hotel in the old town. All accommodation is en-suite and is based on twin sharing. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. A single room supplements is available for an additional cost. Additional nights in Santiago de Compostela are available, please contact us for a quote. For single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the holiday on our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

You should allow 10 to 15 euros for each day's lunch and other snacks and soft drinks. Beer and wine are available every night and if you intend to drink, you should allow for this. We suggest that 250 to 300 euros should cover all your personal expenditure.

Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline’s website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary - if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

We recommend semi-slick tyres for this trip. Your bike must be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Please call us if you are unsure about the suitability of your current bike. Front suspension is essential and comes as standard on the vast majority of modern mountain bikes. Many of the roads and tracks we follow are only suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles, and in many places not even these. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending on your bike to transport you throughout your holiday, across demanding terrain. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bicycle dealer to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:

a) Check rims and if they are worn, cracked or dented replace with a new rim or wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that the rims on rim-braked bikes are not worn concave by the brake blocks - replace them if they are.

b) Check wheels are true and spoke tension is tight.

c) Check ALL bearings and quick release skewers, adjust / grease bearings as required.

d) Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.

e) Check brake discs, brake pads, calliper mounts and cables / hydraulic lines - replace if necessary.

f) Check, lube / threadlock (as required) and tighten all bolts to specified torque settings (esp. suspension pivots, bottom brackets, disc rotor bolts & disk mount bolts).

g) Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear - replace as necessary.

h) Make sure you have the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES for your bike.

Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. fixing a puncture and changing an inner tube. Naturally, our bike guides will always be happy to assist with any repairs. However, due to the often-remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and the inconvenience of waiting for assistance.

Travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage, providing you have packed it adequately. We have many years experience of travelling with our bikes, and nowadays we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made soft bike bag. Although more expensive than a cardboard bike box, they are smaller in size to transport and are considerably easier to handle. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape -ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harm's way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don’t forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don’t forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home. PLEASE DO NOT USE a purpose-made rigid bike box -these are heavy (which can put you over your baggage allowance) and are also too bulky to be easily stored or transported on the group’s support vehicle.

Throughout this trip we have the back up of a support vehicle. Each morning our main baggage will be loaded onto the support vehicle which will follow the route of the day's ride, obviously keeping to the road which is never too far away from the pilgrim's footpath that we ride on for most of the time. The local biking leader and the support vehicle driver will watch over the group and will carry mobile phones, allowing you to contact them in the case of a breakdown or other incident. We want everyone to enjoy their cycling experience on this trip and we recognise the importance of group members being allowed to cycle at their own pace. On a trip of this type, it is usual that there can be a fair distance between the front and rear cyclists in the group and there may be times when other group members, vehicle support and biking leader are out of sight. We will have regular stops to refuel and to allow the slower members to catch up. The support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from cycling at any time.

Our local agent can provide Giant Talon 29er 2 LTD hire bikes. These are aluminium framed mountain bikes with triple chainsets (30-gears), shimano components, Shimano M355 disc brakes and Suntour XCR32 RL-R 29 100mm suspension forks. The bikes are fitted with Schwalbe Smart Sam tyres which work well on the mix of terrain encountered on this ride. The bikes are available in a range of frame sizes - Small, Medium and Large. Bikes can be reserved, subject to availability, at a cost of €135 for the duration of the holiday (April 2016 - subject to change). Bike hire includes repair kit, water bottle and pump. Bike hire will be paid locally and does not cover you if you lose the bike or damage it beyond 'fair wear and tear'. Contact the KE office if you want us to reserve a bike for you. Your hire contract will be with our local agent and KE cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from bike hire. If you do hire a bike, we recommend that you take your own shoes, pedals and possibly even your saddle, which will go a long way towards making it feel like your own bike. You must also take your bike helmet, which you will wear whenever you are biking.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for predominantly warm climatic conditions during the day. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.
Your bike MUST be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Front suspension is essential. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.


  • Stiff-soled cycling shoes or SPD’s

  • Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 1)

  • Mid-layer - long sleeved cycling top (x 1)

  • Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket

  • Fleece jacket or jumper

  • Regular biking gloves

  • Padded cycling shorts (x 2)

  • Biking glasses

  • Cycling helmet - mandatory

  • Travel and apres biking clothes

  • Trainers/Leisure shoes for apres biking

  • Wash bag, towel, toiletries, including anti-bacterial handwash

  • Insect repellent

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

  • Swimwear

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

Daypack and contents


Note: If you are hiring a bike, you do not need to bring any of this. Although it is still a good idea to take a couple of 29 x 2 inch inner tubes with Presta valves.

If you are taking your own bike, you will need to take a minimum of spares - see our recommendation below. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally the bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.

  • Tyres – for this trip you will need: 1.9 to 2.2 inch semi-slick tyres suitable for predominantly dry conditions.

  • Pump

  • Plastic tyre levers

  • 2 x inner tubes

  • Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)

  • Multi-tool with Allen keys

  • Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)

  • 2x puncture repair kits

  • A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train

  • Spare chain links

  • Spares specific to your bike if applicable (e.g. disc brake bleed kits, shock pumps etc)

KE tools and spares

On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

Visa Europe

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations. UK residents should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is still vital when travelling overseas.

The unit of currency in Europe is the Euro.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your holiday. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip - this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, however, running, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Crossing 800 kilometres, from France, through northern Spain, we are likely to encounter a range of climatic conditions. The temperatures that we can expect to encounter during the day will be reasonably warm, ranging from 18 to 30 degrees Centigrade. June and especially August departures are likely to be generally warmer than October. The weather is usually stable during the early summer and autumn months in northern Spain, but we cross a couple of mountainous areas and these do generate their own weather systems. Occasional rain and even stormy weather cannot be ruled out.

  • Camino de Santiago. John Brierley

  • The Way of Saint James. A Cyclists' Guide. Cicerone

  • Spain. Lonely Planet

  • Camino De Santiago Map 2010. (Earthwise Guides)

Camino De Santiago Map (Camino Guides) John Brierley

A complete set of maps and town plans translated into English, Spanish, and French. Covering the route from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago.

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