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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 tour begins in Pamplona, famous for the Running of the Bulls. Rolling through the storied hills of the Spanish Pyrenees, never-ending vistas of grape vines signal transition  into the wine rich region of Rioja. We'll sample from the Pilgrims' Wine Fountain, and tour the Gothic cathedral in Burgos and the tomb of Spain's most famous son, El Cid. We'll ride into Castilla Leon: wide open plains, farmland and grassy hills as far as you can see. Take a day to relax and explore the capital of Leon, an ancient, amazing city (the cathedral's stained-glass windows are massive - the second largest collection in Europe - and  took 300 years to  complete.)

 

Ride to Galicia's mountains and forests near the end of your pilgrimage. Closer to Santiago, the number of pilgrims on the trail increases; they've been walking for a month! The awesome sight of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela signals the completion of our adventure. We'll have a farewell dinner to celebrate and bid your fellow pilgrims "Buen Camino." Lodging is included for the last night; sleep in, enjoy breakfast and then head to the airport on the 15th day.

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

You love riding breathtaking terrain, eating like a king, cultural immersion, history and unbelievable architecture. This is the right tour if you want to understand the real you. While the latter is harder to explain, all that finish this pilgrimage express an deeper meaning of their self as the takeaway. Most days are manageable for energetic and fit novice mountain bikers. Technical skill 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 40 miles 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?

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    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?

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  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $5,195 USDABOUT CURRENCIES

    About Currencies

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  • 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.

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    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.

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  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $1039 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

    15 days
  • DATES

    May and OctoberSEE 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.

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DAY 1: meet up in Pamplona

Meet us this afternoon in the salon at Hotel Europa, your lodging for tonight and tomorrow. After introductions, all 'round and an overview of the week, head out for a fun tapas dinner to kick off the journey!

 

DAY 2: RIDE RONCESVALLES TO PAMPLONA

Transfer to Roncesvalles on the French border in the Spanish Pyrenees. Head for the pilgrims' office. Get your Pilgrim's Passport and your first official Camino de Santiago stamp. Ride out of the mountains, through the village near where author Ernest Hemingway fished the streams for trout. Have lunch in Zubiri, next to the river where Martin Sheen drops his backpack into in The Way. Bicycle the paved path next to the river back to our starting point in Pamplona. Enjoy dinner in an unforgettable setting, hosted by Nunci, owner of Restaurant San Ignacio.

 

DAY 3: Pamplona to Estella

Ride out of the ancient city of Pamplona past the Town Hall, start line for the running of the bulls. A ridge line of windmills draws closer as we climb to the viewpoint at Alto de Perdo. Enjoy a long downhill all the way to lunch in Puente La Reina. Picnic under a bridge built by the Romans that has stood for well over a thousand years. Wind your way into Estella, through small towns and the beginnings of vineyards. Explore the town before savoring a dinner prepared by one of the most passionate chefs in all of Spain.

 

DAY 4: Estella to Logrono

Ride up, down, and all around, dipping and diving through the vineyards of Rioja. Little pueblos spot the countryside; walkers scatter across wide-open fields. Storks nest on the church in Los Arcos, signaling our picnic spot for lunch. Bicycle the paved trail into Logrono, lined with statues welcoming us and saluting the efforts of the pilgrims. Tonight: Relish the hustle and bustle of wealthy Logrono and the "foodie nirvana" of the Tapas Tour.

 

DAY 5: Logrono to Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Making your way out of the city of Logrono, take the trail past a popular fishing spot. Ride past a vineyard with an unusual scarecrow: a bird-of-prey sound machine to keep the crows away. Explore Naverette's hilltop church, with a breathtaking surprise inside. Traverse the vineyards of a large regional co-op. Bask in the sun at the lunch stop in Najera, next to the river in the heart of town. Do your best not to overeat (good luck!) Tonight's dinner in The Parador in Santo Domingo de la Calzada - a former pilgrim's hospital - is always stunning.

 

DAY 6: Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Burgos

Take an epic route today: Santo Domingo to San Juan de Ortega sees the ecosystem change from grassy farmland to mountains and trees. Pass through Atapuerca, the UNESCO World Heritage site whose caves cradled the remains of the earliest-known human beings in Europe. Be welcomed by the high-plains city of Burgos and its over-the-top Gothic cathedral. Tonight: The gravel-voiced waiter and his perfect steaks at Meson La Cueva come highly recommended.

 

DAY 7: Burgos to Carrion de Los Condes

Pedal wide gravel paths meandering across high plains. Skies as big as Montana's fill the landscape as we make our way to the warm hospitality of La Taberna for a hearty and well-earned lunch. Count the kilometers through more wide-open space and waves of grass broken by stone villages from Fromista to Carrion de Condes.

 

DAY 8: Carrion de Los Condes to Leon

Hit the halfway point in the journey just before lunch today. Watch birds of prey hunt over the corn fields as you pedal toward Leon. The high-speed train to Madrid zips by, full of people preparing to start their pilgrimage there. Stay right in the ancient city, just a couple of blocks from the cathedral. Ice cream shops beckon after a long day in the saddle. Feast on Italian fare tonight: the friendly staff at Baccolino will make you want to come back again every day for the rest of your life.

 

DAY 9: Enjoy Leon

The sights. The sounds. The shopping! Enjoy a well-earned day off the bike in Leon. Shopping, massage, sightseeing, relaxing - all await today. It's a fun city with centuries of history to explore. Spend the morning walking from cafe to cafe sampling coffee and pastries. Explore the city while doing a little shopping. Have lunch outside at a sidewalk cafe. Tour the cathedral in the afternoon. Maybe try a little more ice cream or have a massage before meeting for dinner in our our private dining room at La Posada Regia ...there's lots fit in on this day off.

 

DAY 10: Leon to Rabanal del Camino

Back in the saddle, leave the city behind. Roll through Hospital de Orbigo with its well-preserved Roman bridge. Stop for a riverside 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. Head into new scenery on the exit from town: lavender fields and mountain scrub trees. Spend tonight in the tiny town of Rabanal del Camino, with fewer than 100 year-round residents. Enjoy views of tomorrow's mountains, beckoning from every window.

 

DAY 11: Rabanal to Villafranca del Bierzo

Start the morning with a brisk climb up to the Cruz de Ferro, the highest point on the Camino de Santiago. Legend has it that if you add a stone that you've brought from home, you may leave your burdens here 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. Traverse the ridgeline on the way to a stop at the colorful Refugio in Manjarin. Welcomed by a bunch of friendly dogs and cats, stop for a photo, and some refreshments. Enjoy the 20 kilometer downhill to lunch in Molinseca. Visit the Templar castle in Ponferrada before rolling through cherry orchards into Villafranca Bierzo.

 

DAY 12: Villafranca to Sarria

Ride the most mountainous day of the journey today. Begin with a mellow hour of cruising through a deeply-cut valley leading towards the pass. Settle in for the long steady climb up to Cebriero. What a feeling of accomplishment - and a healthy need for a hearty lunch! The three-course lunch at the top of the mountains will do the job nicely, thank you. Roll through the hills after lunch, past the Albergue in Tricastella, welcoming cyclists with a bicycle hanging on an exterior wall. Continue riding the path as it slices right through farms - with chickens running everywhere - on the way to the transportation hub of Sarria. Feeling brave? A Fred Flintstone steak can be yours for dinner! Tonight's restaurant specializes in char-grilling very ample portions to perfection.

 

DAY 13: 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. Stay tonight in Melide, just a short 52 kilometers from tomorrow's destination, the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

 

DAY 14: Melide to Santiago de Compostela

A certificate, a final celebration! Buen Camino! You're almost there! The feeling of enthusiasm is palpable. Cross several small stone bridges over tiny streams on today's. Eucalyptus forest thickens, shading the trail as you near the final hill up to the airport. The last few miles seem endless - then suddenly you arrive at the John Paul II Monument at Monte do Gozo. This signals the first glimpse of the city. Get your final stamp here, then coast downhill into Santiago. The square in front of the cathedral is alive with activity. Your fellow pilgrims arriving there congratulate each other and take photos. Set your bike down for a bit. Take time to explore the cathedral – final stop on your journey – before going to the Compostela Office to get your certificate for completing The Camino de Santiago. Our farewell dinner will be filled with toasts and tales of The Way. Buen Camino, Amigos! Tonight’s lodging at Costa Vella is included.

 

DAY 15: Sleep in

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then head to the airport anytime you wish.

  • 14 nights accommodation in comfortable and unique lodgings along the Camino de Santiago
  • 15 days of guided mountain biking on the famous Camino de Santiago
  • Front-Suspension mountain bike rental, on-trail bike maintenance & helmet
  • All meals (exception to 2 lunches & 2 dinners) and luggage transfers
  • The smallest client to guide ratio in the industry (4:1), allowing you to ride at your preferred pace

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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... 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
  • The Burgos Cathedral, the final resting place for El Cid

Please note that the following data represents a typical itinerary, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical itinerary. Weather issues, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary, so the data below represents an 'average' itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride your bike! Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, though :)

Day Hours of Riding Distance ridden Elevation gained Elevation lost Highest elevation
1 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m 446 m
2 4 hours 49 km 466 m 1065 m 461 m
3 5 hours 54 km 947 m 796 m 680 m
4 4 hours 46 km 739 m 930 m 664 m
5 4.5 hours 50 km 863 m 622 m 779 m
6 5.5 hours 71 km 962 m 722 m 1090 m
7 4.5 hours 88 km 697 m 704 m 969 m
8 6 hours 93 km 637 m 623 m 821 m
9 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
10 4 hours 69 km 802 m 487 m 1045 m
11 4 hours 59 km 853 m 1448 m 1511 m
12 5 hours 72 km 1483 m 1554 m 1344 m
13 4.5 hours 64 km 1225 m 1218 m 662 m
14 4 hours 54 km 903 m 1088 m 321 m
15 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
Totals 55 hours 769 km 10577 m 11257 m 1511 m
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
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Single Room Supplement$1,405.00 USD
Front-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$0.00 USD
2019
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Saturday, May 11, 2019 Pamplona - Hotel Europa, 7 pm Saturday, May 25, 2019 Costa Vella in Santiago, 10 am 5,198.00 1,039.60 USD Limited Book Now!
Sunday, September 8, 2019 Pamplona - Hotel Europa, 7 pm Sunday, September 22, 2019 Costa Vella in Santiago, 10 am 5,198.00 1,039.60 USD Limited Book Now!
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