"Just bloody amazing. Over-the-top fantastic. This was a trip of a lifetime!" Christine van der Hoek, CAD
 

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The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage through northern Spain that culminates in the town of Santiago de Compostela, where according to legend, the remains of Saint James the Apostle are buried. Whether for spiritual enlightenment or to witness a beautiful part of the world, no one has left the Camino unchanged.

 

Our Medio Camino (half Camino) begins in Leòn, a city noted for its incredible art, churches and cathedrals. Arrive a day before we begin cycling and explore the Leòn cathedral. Famous for its stained-glass windows, it's one of the most extensive and best-preserved collections in Europe. Leaving Leòn, we'll cycle through the heather-clad mountains and beautiful forests of Galicia in northwest Spain, passing some of the most celebrated landmarks and old towns on the Camino. As we draw closer to Santiago de Compostela, the number of pilgrims on the trail increases; they’ve been walking for a month! The incredible sight of the cathedral in Santiago signals the completion of our adventure, where we'll celebrate and bid farewell “Buen Camino!"

 

Have more time? Check out our 15-day Camino de Santiago ride.

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

You love riding breathtaking terrain, eating like royalty, being immersed in a different culture, and you love learning about history and unbelievable architecture. This is the right ride if you want to understand the real you. While the latter is harder to explain, all that finish this pilgrimage express a deeper meaning of their self as the takeaway. Most days are manageable for energetic and fit novice mountain bikers. Technical skills are not required beyond a basic level bike handling. You should be comfortable spending about 4 hours in the saddle each day and you will cover about 60 kilometres on average each day.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    NOVICE 3/9

    SKILL LEVEL 3 - NOVICE

    You're hooked on riding off-road and wide dirt trails (atv trails or doubletrack), but still lack the skills and confidence to consistently ride terrain with roots, rocks, tight corners, tight trees and steeps. Singletrack - what is singletrack?

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    SKILL LEVEL 3 - NOVICE

    You're hooked on riding off-road and wide dirt trails (atv trails or doubletrack), but still lack the skills and confidence to consistently ride terrain with roots, rocks, tight corners, tight trees and steeps. Singletrack - what is singletrack?

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $2,995 USDABOUT CURRENCIES

    About Currencies

    The default currency of the Ride, as displayed, is the same as the currency that we pay our local guides and suppliers in. This helps mitigate our risk of currency fluctuation. However, although the price of the Ride is set in this currency, our payment processing system processes in Canadian dollars (we're a Canadian company, eh).

  • FITNESS RATING

    7/9

    FITNESS LEVEL 7

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.

    • You exercise on average 6 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    FITNESS LEVEL 7

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.

    • You exercise on average 6 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $599 USDLIFETIME DEPOSITS

    Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you from unexpected events that may cause your trip to be cancelled or delayed.

    If you need to cancel for any reason, your initial deposit is good forever and will remain on file with us until you’re ready to use it. You can even pass it on to a friend.

  • RIDE TYPE

    Explorer

    RIDE TYPES

    • SINGLETRACK:for experienced mountain bikers
    • EXPLORER:for beginner mountain bikers
    • BRING-YOUR-PARTNER:for experienced mountain bikers and their non-MTB-ing partners
    • WOMEN'S:skills camps and Rides for women only
  • DURATION

    7 days
  • DATES

    May & September SEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Familiar

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

WHY RIDE WITH US?

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  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Lifetime Deposits
  • Risk-Free Booking Window
  • 4:1 Guide Ratio (Best in Industry)

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day 1: welcome to Leòn!

Start your morning with a cafè au lait and fresh-baked pastry before strolling through the picturesque streets of Leòn. 

 

Tour the 13th-century Gothic cathedral, Catedral de Léon, with its towers and flying buttresses, before meeting for dinner in our private dining room at the La Posada Regia Hotel. You'll spend the evening getting to know your guides and fellow pilgrims as well as reviewing the week's itinerary.

 

day 2: LEÒN to rabanal del camino

Roll through Hospital de Orbigo with its well-preserved Roman bridge. Stop for lunch in sight of the cathedral in Astorga. The house next door – designed by famed Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi i Cornet – is one of his most beautiful private residences. Pedal through lavender fields and mountain scrub trees en route to the tiny town of Rabanal del Camino, with fewer than 100 year-round residents this tiny town is a unique and welcoming stop along the Camino. Enjoy views of tomorrow’s mountains, beckoning from every window.

 

DAy 3: rabanal to villafranca del bierzo

Today starts with a morning climb up to the Cruz de Ferro, the highest point on the Camino de Santiago. Legend has it that if you bring a stone from home and leave it at Cruz de Ferro, you will leave your burdens there and prepare for rebirth on the remainder of your journey. Didn't bring a stone from home? It's okay to bring one from a little closer.

 

Next, we'll traverse the ridgeline on the way to a stop at the colourful Refugio in Manjarin. We'll be welcomed by a bunch of friendly dogs and cats, stop for a photo, and enjoy some refreshments. We'll cycle 20 kilometres downhill to lunch in Molinseca and visit the Templars Castle in Ponferrada before rolling through the beautiful cherry orchards into Villafranca de Bierzo.

 

day 4: villafranca to sarria

Today, we'll ride the most mountainous terrain along our journey. We'll begin with a mellow hour of pedalling through a deep-cut valley leading towards a mountain pass. Then, settle in for the long steady climb up to the small town of O'Cebreiro. When you make it to the top, you'll have a great feeling of accomplishment – and a healthy need for a hearty lunch!

 

We'll have a delicious three-course lunch at the top of the mountain to fuel you up for the rest of the day.

 

After lunch, we'll roll through the hills, past the Albergue (hostel) in Triacastella that welcomes cyclists with a bicycle hanging on an exterior wall. We'll continue riding through picturesque farms on the way to the transportation hub of Sarria, one of the most popular towns on the French Way of the Camino.

 

Feeling brave? A Fred Flintstone steak can be yours for dinner! Tonight’s restaurant specializes in char-grilling   to perfection.

 

day 5: sarria to melide

Deep in the heart of Galicia, the hills are a mixture of forests and centuries-old family farms separated by stacked rock fences. The scent of eucalyptus fills the air; its bark blankets the trail. Portomarin, our lunch town, sits on top of a hill next to a former lake that is now a lush valley. 

 

Tonight, we'll stay in Melide, just a short 52 kilometers from tomorrow’s destination, the incredible cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

 

day 6: melide to santiago de compostela & end of our journey

You’re almost there! It's the home stretch.

 

The feeling of enthusiasm is palpable. This morning, we'll cross several small stone bridges over tiny streams as eucalyptus forest thicken around us, shading the trail as you near the final hill. The last few kilometres seem endless – then suddenly we'll arrive at the John Paul II Monument at Monte do Gozo. Monte do Gozo is well known as the place where Christian pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago get their first glimpse of the three spires of their destination, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

 

We'll get our final stamp in Monte do Gozo before coasting dowhill into Santiago.

 

The square in front of the cathedral is always bustling and we'll spend some time exploring the Cathedral, congratulating each other on the amazing journey and snapping photos to keep the amazing memories alive.

 

Our farewell dinner will be filled with toasts and tales of The Way. Tonight, we'll stay at Hotel Costa Vella.

 

Buen Camino, Amigos! 

 

day 7: FAREWELL TO THE CAMINO

Wake up on your own time, there's no schedule to follow today!

 

Enjoy breakfast (included) at the hotel before heading to the airport or continuing your travels through Spain.   Please note: you are responsible for arranging airport transportation. 

  • 6 nights accommodation in comfortable and unique lodgings along the Camino de Santiago
  • 7 days of guided mountain biking on the famous Camino de Santiago
  • Front-Suspension mountain bike rental, on-trail bike maintenance & helmet
  • All meals are included (prepare to eat like royalty!)
  • The smallest client to guide ratio in the industry (4:1), allowing you to ride at your preferred pace

Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination, including Frequently Asked Questions by site visitors and our Riders at the bottom. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, click the ‘Ask a Question’ button below.

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BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS+

Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

Kempton Baker
Kempton grew up riding and racing anything with a motor and two wheels in rural Washington. When motocross became too expensive for a 19-year-old, he switched to bicycles. An avid cyclocross and mountain bike racer and road bike enthusiast, Kempton has both taken - and guided - cycling vacations...[more] The incredible Camino de Santiago, of course!
  • Riding through the canopy of trees on the Camino de Santiago
  • Long lines of site riding on the Pilgramage
  • Riding along the Camino de Santigo always provides epic views
  • Chad is loving the poppies on the trail of the Way of St. James
  • You can't pass this landmark without a group photos.
  • Along the Camino we stay is very comfortable hostels and lodgings
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Single Room Supplement$798.00 CAD
Front-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$0.00 CAD
2020
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Sunday, May 31, 2020 La Posada Regio Hotel, Leòn, 7 pm Saturday, June 6, 2020 Costa Vella Hotel, Santiago de Compostela, 9 am 2,995.00 599.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
Sunday, September 20, 2020 La Posada Regio Hotel, Leòn, 7 pm Saturday, September 26, 2020 Costa Vella Hotel, Santiago de Compostela, 9 am 2,995.00 599.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
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