One of National Geographic Traveler Magazine's '50 Tours in a Lifetime': Cycling the Camino de Santiago - Roncesvalles to Santiago

   
 

One of National Geographic Traveler Magazine's '50 Tours in a Lifetime': Cycling the Camino de Santiago - Roncesvalles to Santiago

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6 months ago

DURATION

15 Days

SEASON

May - September

RATES

USD 5,525.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2017
One of National Geographic Traveler Magazine's '50 Tours in a Lifetime': Cycling the Camino de Santiago - Roncesvalles to Santiago
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Selected by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of "50 tours in a lifetime", this trip is a truly an experience not to miss.

"A pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela is the finest journey in Spain," wrote James Michener in his book Iberia. Join this bicycle tour across northern Spain and you too will discover the magic of the Camino de Santiago. The tour follows the original guide for the Camino written by a monk in the 12th century. Along the way you'll explore Gothic cathedrals, visit medieval monasteries, pedal through one of Spain's premier wine growing regions - the Rioja - and encounter adventurous travelers from around the world. More than just a bicycle tour, this is an adventure of a lifetime.

Highlights: Follows the route of the Codex Calixtinus, 1000 years of history in along the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim's Passport, Guided tour of León, Option to hike one day and Burgos.

If this sounds great but you don't have time for the full 15 days, check out our shorter Cycling the Camino de Santiago - León to Santiago tour.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Single Supplement*: $650

*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Tour Begins In Pamplona - Shuttle To Roncesvalles
Pamplona, Navarre, Spain
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Highlights: Pilgrim's Passports, introductory dinner, bike fitting

Day 2: Roncesvalles To Puente La Reina
Puente La Reina, Navarre, Spain
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Highlights: Church of Santa María Eunate, historic Puente la Reina

Day 3: Puente La Reina To Laguardia
Laguardia, La Rioja, Spain
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Highlights: Scenic cycling, winery visit, wine tasting

Day 4: Bicycle Laguardia To Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo de la Calzada, La Rioja, Spain
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Highlights: Cycling in Rioja Alta wine region, winery visits

Day 5: Santo Domingo To Burgos
Burgos, Castile and Leon, Spain
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Highlights: Ancient Burgos, Gothic cathedral

Day 6: Burgos To Carrión De Los Condes
Carrion de los Condes, Castile and Leon, Spain
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Highlights: Historic Church of St. Anton, overnight in refurbished monastery

Day 7: Sahugún To León
Leon, Castile and Leon, Spain
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Highlights: Sahagú, Basílica de San Isidoro

Day 8: Rest Day In León
Leon, Castile and Leon, Spain
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Highlights: Guided walking tour of León museums, shops, Basílica de San Isidoro

Day 9: León To Astorga
Astorga, Castile and Leon, Spain
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Highlights: Visit to cathedral and palace designed by Antonio Gaudí

Day 10: Astorga To Cacabelos
Cacabelos, Castile and Leon, Spain
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Highlights: Scenic cycling through the Spanish countryside, Cruz de Ferro (Don't forget to bring your pebble from home!)

Day 11: Cacabelos To Tricastela
Tricastela, Galicia, Spain
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Highlights: Countryside of Galicia, historic Villafranca del Bierzo, optional hiking opportunity

Day 12: Tricastela To Portomarín
Portomarin, Galicia, Spain
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Highlights: Galician culture, visit Samos monastery

Day 13: Portomarín To Touro
Touro, Galicia, Spain
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Highlights: Quiet & scenic roads, stay in a country manor

Day 14: Arrive In Santiago De Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain
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Highlights: Arrival in Santiago, Cathedral of St. James, farewell dinner

Day 15: Tour Ends In Santiago De Compostela, Spain
Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain
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Highlights: Pilgrim's Mass at Noon

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Use of a Quality 27 to 30-Speed Bicycle
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • 10 Dinners with Wine and 14 Breakfasts
  • Pilgrim's Passport
  • Winery Visit and Tasting
  • Guided Walk in León
  • Group Shuttle from Pamplona to Roncesvalles

NOTES

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Total Distance: 860 km (531 miles)

Daily Distance: 72 km (44 miles)

What to Expect: Varied terrain throughout the trip, days with longer mileage (50 to 65 miles) have less climbing. There are 3 days with sustained climbs of 5 to 8 miles.

Note: If this sounds great but you don't have time for the full 15 days, check out the shorter Cycling the Camino de Santiago - León to Santiago tour.


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