Camino de Santiago cycling holiday

“Cycle from Leon to Santiago de Compostela and experience the valleys, mountains, monasteries and farming villages that form the backdrop to one of the world's oldest pilgrimage routes.”

Highlights

Oviedo | Castille to Astorga | Monte de la Cruz de Ferro | descend to Molinaseca | Villafranca | ascent to O'Cebreiro | Galicia | Leon | Samos monastery | Sarria to Portomarin | Palas de Rei | pilgrims' route to Santiago de Compostela |

Description of Camino de Santiago cycling holiday

If you’re looking for an experience that offers both spiritual and physical gratification then cycling the Camino de Santiago is certainly an option worth investigating further.

As one of the oldest religious routes on the planet, the Camino has become a ‘must experience’ achievement for pilgrims and travellers alike with Camino de Santiago cycling tours offering a great opportunity to accomplish the entirety of the northern Spain section in just under eight days.

Finding out more about the ‘Way of St James’ as you embark on cycling the Camino is the perfect accompaniment to travelling from Leon to Santiago de Compostela, with plenty of peaceful pastoral scenes providing added incentives en-route.

Aside from the tranquil rural ambience you’re bound to meet a rich variety of characters along the way with medieval monasteries, Gothic cathedrals and the iconic scallop shell symbols all marking out the experience for its unique ability to inspire and challenge in equal measures.

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23 Apr 2017
£ 1349
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07 May 2017
£ 1249
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21 May 2017
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04 Jun 2017
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02 Jul 2017
£ 1269
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06 Aug 2017
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03 Sep 2017
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10 Sep 2017
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17 Sep 2017
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01 Oct 2017
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06 May 2018
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20 May 2018
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10 Jun 2018
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05 Aug 2018
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02 Sep 2018
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16 Sep 2018
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07 Oct 2018
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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Camino de Santiago cycling holiday

Environment

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a cycling trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints (or tyre tracks!) although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants, use markets to purchase traditional gifts and crafts and get a real impression of the Camino de Santiago. We have the chance to explore cathedrals, monasteries and rural locations where our commerce has a really positive impact.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. Our guides can advise where to fill them and where to recycle litter.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation & Meals:
We will spend the week in a variety of small, family run ‘casa rurales’ in villages, and larger hotels in towns. By spreading our commerce to several different local businesses, we are providing more financial benefit to the local community. Food is a massive part of Spanish culture and so where meals are provided (all breakfasts), our local staff are enthusiastic about showcasing fresh produce from the area. Your guides can make sure you’re acquainted with local restaurants and cafes, which is a great chance to both support the community and to get an authentic experience. Our route takes us through a variety of areas and terrains so there is opportunity to try regional specialties like tapas, pinchos, vegetable stews and succelent lamb dishes in the mountainous areas and fresh seafood nearer the coast.

Charity:
We support a local charity called RAIS Fundacion, which works with homeless people in the area to provide housing and training opportunities. Annually, we arrange activities every year with RAIS so that groups working with the charity can experience cycling and walking day trips with us.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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