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The Camino of Santiago by BikeOur team of specialists offers you everything you need for an unforgettable cycling pilgrimage to Santiago. Experience everything the Camino has to offer without worrying about the logisitics of your journey. Contact us at info@pilgrimpathways.com for more information.

The Camino de Santiago From Pamplona (Navarre) to Santiago de Compostela (Galicia)
15 days and 14 nights
Total Distance: 754 kilometres (468.5 miles)
Cycling Days: 13
Level: ranges from Easy to Difficult
Average Daily Cycling Distance: 58 Kilometers  (36 miles)

Price: 2467€ per person in double room accommodation (Single room supplement 492€)

What is included:

  • Pre-departure information
  • Accommodation in 3 and 4* hotels and selected lodgings+breakffast daily+ 2 dinners
  • Luggage transport
  • Information packet
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rental
  • The Pilgrim Passport, daily maps and descriptions of the sections to be cycled.

What isn't included:

  • Airfare to and from Europe
  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending points (we can assist you with this upon request, at an additional charge)
  • 100€ security deposit per bicycle (payable upon receipt of your bicycle in Pamplona)
  • Entry fees to museums and monuments visited along the way.

Note:  The stages and distances detailed below may be subject to modification due to circumstances beyond our control, such as the season of travel and availability of accommodation in each locale. Where such modifications occurs, participants will be advised before departure.

Customize this itinerary: We can arrange for transportation to and departure from the monastery of Roncesvalles should you wish, at an additional charge.  We will happily customize this itinerary by adapting the number of days and the distances to be cycled to your specific interests and needs! Contact us at info@pilgrimpathways.com for more information.

Day 01: Origin / Pamplona

Arrival in Pamplona.  After checking into your hotel our local representatives will meet you and accompany you to inspect your bicycles and arrange for pick up and departure the following morning.  Afterwards you will be offered a short, guided tour of the most emblematic points of the city—the gothic cathedral, the Plaza del Castillo and the world-famous Estafeta Street where the Running of the Bulls takes place in July each year—before supper and retiring to your hotel.

Overnight in Pamplona

Day 02: Pamplona - Estella                                                       51 kms

Depart Pamplona across fields of wheat to the Perdón Height with its spectacular views of the valley of Pamplona and the Camino stretching out ahead to Puente la Reina. Don’t miss the detour to the charming and enigmatic Romanesque chapel of Eunate on your way to Puente.  Cross the 11th Century Queen’s Bridge that gives the town its name as you depart Puente la Reina on your way to Estella. You will travel along the ancient Roman road in Cirauqui, past the Río Salado (“Salted River”) described in the 12th century Pilgrim’s Guide, to “Estella la Bella” (Estella the Beautiful), founded by King Sancho in 1090 to attend the growing number of pilgrims journeying to Santiago.  Visit the fortified church of San Pedro de la Rúa or the Basilica of the Virgin of Puy and wander the historic city centre this evening.

  • Overnight in Estella

Day 03: Estella - Logroño                                                          50 kms

Upon leaving Estella you will pass by the Bodegas Irache winery, where you can visit the famous Wine Fountain created for pilgrims by the local Irache winery on your way to Los Arcos this morning. In Los Arcos, view the lovely Baroque altarpiece and the cloister of St. Mary’s Church.  Further on, visit the Templar Church in Torres del Río and the Church of St. Mary’s in Viana.  This evening sample the wine and tapas on offer along Logroño’s popular Calle Laurel in Logroño before retiring for the night.

  • Overnight in Logroño          

Day 04: Logroño - Sto. Domingo de la Calzada                              62 kms

Leave Logroño at your own pace this morning and make your way to the royal city of Nájera.  Once there, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the monastery to visit the spectacular Royal St. Mary's Monastery, home to an outstanding Gothic cloister and a royal pantheon where a number of Navarrese kings and queens are buried.  Your destination today is Santo Domingo de la Calzada, one of the most emblematic villages on the route where, according to legend, the resuscitation of a roasted cock and hen served as a harbinger of an even greater miracle: the resurrection of a pilgrim unjustly hanged for theft, through the intercession of the saint for whom the village is named. Visit the cathedral where a live rooster and hen keep watch from their pen overlooking the main altar in commemoration of the miracle; later sample some of the region's fine wine's in one of the nearby bars along the town’s main street.

  • Overnight in Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Day 05: Sto. Domingo de la Calzada - Burgos                                68 km

Today you enter the region of Castile, the medieval kingdom that led the re-conquest of the Iberian Peninsula from the Moors, gave birth to modern Spain and gave the world Castilian Spanish, the language spoken by hundreds of millions of people the world over. Today you’ll cross the Montes de Oca, where many pilgrims in the Middle Ages became lost as they made their way through to the monastery of St. John of Ortega, built by a 12th century monk of the same name to help pilgrims crossing this desolate area. Visit the saint's tomb in the monastery church and admire the lovely Romanesque capital depicting the Annunciation.  Each spring a ray of sunlight enters through one of the church’s windows on the Feast of the Annunciation, illuminating the figures of the Virgin and St. Gabriel.

Burgos is home to one of the most magnificent examples of Gothic church architecture in all of Spain and the final resting place of Spain's great epic hero, El Cid, whose remains lie buried beneath the paving of its famous cathedral, nest to those of hiw wife Doña Ximena. Visit the nearby convent of Las Huelgas, founded in 1187 by Eleanor of Aquitaine, daughter of Henry II of England and wife of Alfonso VIII of Castile, for the daughters of European nobility and once one of the most powerful convents in Europe.

  • Overnight in Burgos

 Day 06: Burgos - Fromista                                                        69 kms

Depart Burgos and pass through villages seemingly frozen in time amidst an endless sea of wheat that stretches out to the horizon in every direction. The road today leads to Castrojeriz, an ancient settlement dating from Roman times that was the scene of many battles between Christian and Muslim forces until it was definitively recaptured for Spain by King Alfonso VII in 1131. Shortly before entering the village you’ll pass beneath the enormous arch of the Convento de San Antón (St. Anthony's convent).  After crossing the Mostelares Heights and the broad expanse of wheat fields that follow Castrojeriz, stop for the evening in Frómista, where you can visit to St. Martin's Church, one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in all of Spain.

  • Overnight in Frómista

 Day 07: Frómista - Sahagun                                                     58 kms

The road out of Frómista follows the line of the asphalted highway on a conditioned path for walking and cycling pilgrims.  Before reaching Carrión de los Condes, visit Villalcázar de Sirga and its enormous fortified basilica, Santa María la Blanca (St. Mary the White), another one of the properties entrusted to the legendary Templar knights along the Pilgrim's Way.  Carry on to Sahagún, the first large town in the province of León. Known in past times as the "Spanish Cluny", it once boasted a famous Benedictine monastery. For centuries it flourished as a centre of the arts and letters; sadly, today all that remain of this once-great foundation are the great arch of the main entrance and two minor towers.

  • Overnight in Sahagun

Day 08: Sahagun - Leon                                                 61 kms

In the Middle Ages there was no other city on the entire route to Compostela which could boast as many churches, monasteries, convents and hospitals to attend to the sick and the poor as León, your destination for this afternoon. Its cathedral rivals that of Burgos in its beauty, though in this case it is not only its Gothic architecture but rather its 1,800 square metres of colourful stained glass windows. The Royal Pantheon in the nearby Basilica of St. Isidore is also not to be missed.  Enjoy your final evening with dinner or sample the tapas in the city’s popular Barrio Húmedo.

  • Overnight in Leon

Day 09: Leon - Astorga                                                   53 kms

Cycle across the vast moors of the province of León to the ancient Roman city of Astorga.  Asturica Augustus was an important communications hub for the Romans and the most important city in this region of Spain, known as the Maragatería. Here you will have the opportunity to admire the unusual Episcopal palace designed by Antonio Gaudí, or to visit the Chocolate Museum before enjoying a drink and a relaxed dinner in the restored city centre.

  • Overnight in Astorga

Day 10: Astorga - Ponferrada                                                   55 kms

Set off across the Bierzo Mountains to Ponferrada, an ancient Roman mining settlement that still retains the imposing medieval castle built by the Templar Knights, guardians of the Camino de Santiago. On the way you will pass through the semi-abandoned village Foncebadón and, just beyond it, the Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross), one of the highest points on the Camino (1,500 meters, or 4,921feet); here pilgrims often deposit a stone brought from home or some other point along the Camino at the base of the cross as a symbol of shrugging off the weight of one's sins.

  • Overnight in Ponferrada

Day 11: Ponferrada - Las Herrerias de Valcarce                             48 kms

This morning depart Ponferrada en route to Villafranca del Bierzo, nestled in the valley where the Burbia and the Valcarce rivers flow into one another. Here, in the past, pilgrims too ill to continue their westward journey over the mountain pass of O Cebreiro could gain the same blessings as in Santiago by passing through the Door of Pardon in the Church of Santiago.  Afterwards, carry on through the Valcarce Valley and the village of Las Herrerías, where you will rest tonight before undertaking the ascent to OCebreiro in the morning.

  • Overnight in Las Herrerias de Valcarce

Day 12: Herrerías de Valcarce – Portomarin                                    77 kms

With its stunning vistas of the valleys below from 1300 metres up, the ancient pallozas (pre-Roman stone dwellings built by the Celts of the region), the fog which descends to envelop the village in an enchanted mist even in summer … few places along the Camino are as enchanting as O Cebreiro!  Here you can stop for a late morning snack and a visit  to the rebuilt Romanesque church of St. Mary's, site of a 14th century Eucharistic miracle.  Depart O Cebreiro at your own pace this morning through the lush valleys and rolling green hills of Galicia, the Celtic region of Spain that reminds travellers of Ireland at every turn.  At Triacastela, you’ll have the option of making a detour to the Benedictine monastery of Samos, an important symbol of Galician culture.  Then it’s on to Portomarín for the night.  The Portomarín in which you’ll stay tonight is not the village that pilgrims in the Middle Ages knew; the old village lies below the waters of the reservoir in the valley below the present-day village, built in 1960. The impressive fortified church of St. Nicholas, built by the monk-knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in the 12th century, was disassembled stone by stone and moved up the hill to its present location when the valley below was flooded to create the reservoir we see today.

  • Overnight in Portomarín

Day 13: Portomarin - Arzúa                                                       57 kms

Depart this morning for Palas de Rei and, further along, the little cheese-making village of Arzúa, where a a cheese festival is held every year in March.  En route you'll pass tthrough the bustling small town of Melide, once an important intersection in the Roman Via Traiana and the roads descending from the Cantabrian coast.  During today's route, the chestnuts and oaks native to the rgion gradually give way to fragrant forests of Eucalyptus, imported to the region in the 19th century for use in construction.

  • Overnight in Arzúa

Day 14: Arzúa – Santiago de Compostela                             45 kms

The long-awaited day has finally arrived!  Make an early start this morning to arrive at the cathedral well before the 12.00 Pilgrim's Mass.  Afterwards, if you wish to do so, head over to the Pilgrim's Office to receive your Compostela.  There will be plenty of time this afternoon for an individual visit to the cathedral, sightseeing and souvenir hunting, and a leisurely exploration of the lovely old quarter of the city before a seafood dinner in one of Santiago's many fine local restaurants.

  • Overnight in Santiago de Compostela

Day 15: Santiago / departure

Depart Santiago for home.

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