Ride in the tracks of many who have traveled this way
Experience a historic trail on a guided group tour
Reach your destination and visit some incredible sights
Enjoy a diverse tour, in terms of terrain and scenery
Ride through the Spanish countryside and meet the locals
Cycle a historic pilgrimage route through Spain
Arrive with jubilation at the end of the trip, with many others who have also completed the route

Camino De Santiago

Duration
7 days
Site savings
$43
From
$2,083 USD

Trace the steps of ancient travelers and make your way along the legendary Camino de Santiago over 7 glorious days. The Camino is said to be the first great European tourist route. Traveled by pilgrims from around the world for over 1000 years to the site where it is said that St. James the Apostle’s relics are buried. The Camino received UNESCO’s accolade as a World Heritage Site because of the journey’s incalculable cultural, historical and artistic value. Your cycling route follows the true Camino Frances as much as possible along forest tracks and country paths, quiet roads and farmers’ trails, crossing countless villages and towns.

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Mixed
  • Distance
    133.6 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    26.7 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    7 days
  • Main Destination
    Spain
  • Distance
    133.6 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    26.7 miles
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Mixed

Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Arrival into Santiago de Compostela airport - Transfer to Ponferrada

    Following your arrival into Santiago de Compostela airport, your guide will pick you up and transfer you to your first hotel (an approx. 2-hour transfer). Named after the long-gone Puente de Ferro (iron bridge), erected to help pilgrims over the Rio Sil, Ponferrada is home to the impressive 12th century Castillo de los Templarios – a castle that oozes tales of ancient battles from its thick walls and lofty ramparts.

    Before heading out to dinner you'll have an important task to take care of, to pick up a Pilgrim’s credential or passport. This document attests that you are a pilgrim and holds your personal details and a fold-out section for stamps of the places that you will be going through. The main city square is a short stroll away from the hotel and is an ideal place to soak up some true Spanish culture. This old part of town boasts an array of local eateries and bars where the city’s folk take their Paseo (promenade) of an evening before settling into one of the terraces for some sustenance or refreshment.

    • Local hotel
  2. Day 2Ponferrada to Vega de Valcarce

    This morning you’ll set off on the exciting journey with Santiago in the distant sight! From Ponferrada, you will take a fun ride along the Rio Sil before heading out of the city through vast and seemingly-endless allotments and vines arriving at the village of Columbrianos. From here you'll take a picturesque route, meandering through vineyards and villages, with the dark menacing masses of the Las Ancares mountain range in the distance. Following a descent on a fast trail, you’ll find yourself entering the beautiful town of Villafranca del Bierzo, an ideal place for lunch.

    As you head into the Vega de Valcarce the valley widens, opening into a beautiful, glaciated valley of meadows and tiny hamlets and villages.

    • 26.7 miles
    • 2,004.6 ft
      2,004.6 ft
    • Local hotel
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  3. Day 3Vega de Valcarce to Samos

    Today’s route can prove to be the toughest, yet one of the most beautiful on the road to Santiago. Firstly you’ll cruise deeper into the Valcarce valley passing Herrerias, a village related to the iron and steel industry, which has existed here since the Middle Ages and from where the climb begins. The climb up to O‘Cebriero is on a well-surfaced lane with some steep sections and takes you past El Bierzo. Don’t worry, the stunning views will take your mind off the climb!

    On reaching O’Cebriero you’ll take some time for congratulations on your achievement before beginning the 10km descent to the valley bottom. From here, you will follow the Rio Ouribio, through a valley wedged in by mountains, until one last swooping descent drops you to the bottom of a deep, steep valley where you'll enter the village of Samos, home to the great monastery of Los Santos Julian y Basilisa de Samos. On hot days the river at Samos is an ideal place for a refreshing, end-of-ride dip!

    • 24.9 miles
    • 3,280.8 ft
      3,280.8 ft
    • Local hotel
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  4. Day 4Samos to Portomarin

    Today you will cycle deep into mysterious Galicia, rich with legends and stories of Brujeria (witchcraft) and mythology. The route is intricate, winding through tiny, granite hamlets and farmsteads, and as it’s short it gives you a chance to savor the region’s beauty. On reaching Sarria, the only sizeable settlement en route, you will have to climb up to the hill town; in Galicia, the Camino is well surfaced for cycling so you will enjoy the true route of this ancient journey.

    Passing Barbadelo, and its beautifully simple 12th-century Romanesque church, you’ll pick up a long Corredoira taking you past the 100km post (100km left to reach Santiago) at Mogarde. Here you’ll notice the Camino tends to get a little busier, as 100km is the minimum distance that pilgrims on foot need to travel to receive a Compostela! Your destination, Portomarin, sits high on the right-hand bank of the river, where the most important monuments of the town were moved stone by stone.

    • 23 miles
    • 1,906.2 ft
      1,906.2 ft
    • Local hotel
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  5. Day 5Portomarin to Sedor

    After a well-deserved rest in Portomarin, you will head out for the first obstacle of the day, the climb up and past Monte de San Antonio, to the villages of Gonzar and Castromaior. The cycling is beautiful as you follow the pretty Torres stream through glades of oak and pine, over softly-undulating countryside that is so typical of this part of Galicia. The atmosphere along the trail is fantastic, one of camaraderie and excitement as you close in on your goal, counting down the Km signs as they go past one by one.

    Following an 11km stretch of lane, you’ll climb gently through the lush Sierra de Ligonde, passing many a village offering inviting hostelries to refresh the many jovial pilgrims. The trail continues through oak woods and eucalyptus plantations bringing you to the first village in the La Coruna province, Cornixa, from where you’ll follow a well-restored ancient medieval road. You‘re now nearly at your home for the night, Sedor, but not before a short steady climb through Melide.

    • 30.4 miles
    • 3,280.8 ft
      3,280.8 ft
    • Local hotel
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  6. Day 6Sedor to Santiago de Compostela

    Your final day on the journey to Santiago is full of fun, with a party atmosphere filling the trail! It will be a memorable day, with just 48km to go! A steady climb brings you to the artisan’s town of Arzua, where, according to legend, a local woman who denied a tired, hungry pilgrim a piece of bread had her bread turned to stone! So please be in a sharing mood when you go out for dinner!

    There is a quiet rest area in Santa Irene where you can stop and rest for lunch, refueling for the final pedal to Santiago. After riding through Lavacolla you’ll take on the last climbs of the Camino as you head up on paved roads and along to Monte del Gozo (Mount Joy), so-called as the long-awaited sight of Santiago comes into view for the first time. From here it’s downhill all the way to a place declared a World Heritage Site in its entirety by UNESCO, Santiago de Compostela. Your sights will be firmly set on the Plaza de Obradoiro, Santiago’s impressive cathedral square, which houses its greatest treasures. It’s a special moment, signifying the end of a truly memorable cycle ride and a memory that will last a lifetime!

    • 28.6 miles
    • 2,919.9 ft
      2,919.9 ft
    • Local hotel
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  7. Day 7Departure from Santiago de Compostela - Transfer to Santiago de Compostela airport

    After a relaxing breakfast, it’s time to pack those bags one last time, as you’ll be transferred to Santiago de Compostela airport for your flight home (just a short 30-minute transfer).


    • Breakfast