Slow-Paced Camino de Santiago Cycling Tour

Slow-Paced Camino de Santiago Cycling Tour

Slow-Paced Camino de Santiago Cycling Tour

Prices

From $850USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

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Highlights

Cycle from León to Santiago de Compostela on the St. James Way over 10 incredible days

Soak in the serenity of the Spanish countryside as you tackle the Camino de Santiago at a pleasant, slower pace.

Pedal your way through peaceful villages, green pastures, robust vineyards, and rolling hills.

Come to know the unique styles and flavours of Northern Spain’s Castile and León and Galicia regions.

Feel a sense of achievement as you cruise into Santiago de Compostela, proudly collecting your Compostelana (certificate).

Some things in life are best experienced at a slower pace to truly soak up the moment. The 10-day Slow-Paced Camino de Santiago Cycling Tour invites you to do just that: to experience the ancient route to its fullest potential at your own pace, ensuring you don't miss a thing.

This self-guided cycling holiday in Northern Spain guides you along the classic pilgrim route of the Camino de Santiago (St. James Way), the same route that has lead travellers to the sacred cathedral of Santiago de Compostela for nearly a thousand years.

Setting out from León, you'll enjoy eight days of easy, approachable routes, leading you through Castile and León, and later through the gorgeous Galician countryside. Pedalling through picturesque villages like Astorga and Palas de Rei, you'll be swept up in the authentic ambience, enjoying fabulous gastronomy and regional wines along the way. Daily rides through rolling green hills, vibrant vineyards and sprawling plains will immerse you in a nature-lovers oasis, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of the Spanish countryside fully.

Arriving in Santiago de Compostela, you'll feel a sense of pride as you collect your well-earned certificate, having completed a meaningful journey on two wheels.

Slow-Paced Camino de Santiago Cycling Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive

León, set on the Bernesga River, is the starting point for your cycling holiday on the Camino de Santiago. The beautiful Spanish city is the perfect place to acquaint yourself with traditional architecture and local gastronomy.

Get settled into your accommodations before heading out to explore. Catedral de León is an excellent place to start.

Overnight Location
Hotel in León
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Cycle the Plains of Castile to Astorga

After your bike fitting this morning, you’ll enjoy a pleasant warm-up ride through the sprawling plains of Castile, making your way to the Roman fortified town of Astorga.

Once in Astorga, explore the walled Old Town—a fascinating area frozen in time.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Astorga
Distance
48km, 250m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Cycle the Hills of Bierzo to Molinaseca

Sail through the scenic hills of Bierzo, to the Crus de Fierro (1507 metres/4944 feet), admiring the green oasis and inhaling the fresh country air.

Your ride to Molinaseca will lead you through the most rural area of the entire Camino, where stillness and tranquillity abound.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Molinaseca
Distance
49km, 850m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 4 Cruise to Villafranca del Bierzo Via Ponferrada

Enjoy a short relaxing ride today to the city of Villafranca del Bierzo, passing the Roman town of Ponferrada on the way. Ponferrada is home to a colossal 12th-century castle called The Templar, an impressive historic monument well-worth a stop to explore.

Pressing on through gently undulating terrain, you’ll make your way to Villafranca del Bierzo, known as the gateway to Galicia.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Villafranca del Bierzo
Distance
30km, 260m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Challenging Climb to Galicia

Today’s route is perhaps the most challenging but jam-packed with rewards as you climb to the beautiful Galician countryside.

Following the national road, you’ll ascend to O Cebreiro, an emblematic village steeped in legends of the Camino and a fascinating place to explore.

Settle into your accommodations before exploring on foot. Check the 11th-century Romanesque church, located next door to your accommodations.

Overnight Location
Hotel in O Cebreiro
Distance
29km, 800m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 6 Cycle Charming Woods and Galician Countryside

This morning, a short ascent will get the adrenaline flowing before you continue on a pleasant route, mostly downhill through charming woods and gorgeous green Galician countryside.

Along the way, you’ll pass the 6th-century Monastery of Samos, yet another fascinating encounter with history along the trail.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Sarria
Distance
47km, 200m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Cycle Through Pretty Villages to Palas de Rei

Today’s challenge will have you accomplishing a total climb of 600 metres, but no more than 200 metres at a time. Your backdrop for the ride is rural and scenic, with plenty of welcoming villages peppering the trail.

Cycling through the village of Portomarín, you’re sure to brush shoulders with fellow pilgrims. Enjoy a few moments in town, recharging your batteries as you swap stories and experiences over lunch before continuing the trail to Pala de Rei.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Palas de Rei
Distance
52km, 600m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 8 Cycle from Palas de Rei to Arzúa

Enjoy gentle rolling hills today as you make your way through scenic villages in the Galician countryside.

Keep your eyes peeled for the seemingly out-of-place Pambre Castle along the way. The 14th-century structure pops up out of nowhere on the route and was once an important site in the early days of the Camino.

Reaching Arzúa, you’ll settle into a typical Galician manor, or pazo, enjoying a traditional experience in the countryside.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Arzúa
Distance
31km, 400m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 9 Arrive at Santiago de Compostela

Your highly anticipated arrival at Santiago de Compostela is finally here. Cruise triumphantly into the city and make your way to the famous cathedral as the feelings of pride and accomplishment set in.

Be sure to grab your Compostela from the pilgrims office before you go!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Santiago de Compostela
Distance
40km, 310m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 10 Depart

This morning after breakfast, your adventure on the Camino comes to an end. Check-out of your hotel, and spend some time exploring Santiago, if you have time.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Slow-Paced Camino de Santiago Cycling Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided cycling tour in Spain is always run as a private tour for your group and the price per person depends on the number of people staying in one room, as well as the season.

Prices below are per person.

Departures from April 1st to July 13th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,225EUR
  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): €1,225EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €850EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €850EUR

Departures from July 14th to September 14th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,225EUR
  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): €1,225EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €875EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €850EUR

Departures from September 15th to October 25th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,225EUR
  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): €1,225EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €850EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €850EUR
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Accommodation on the Slow-Paced Camino de Santiago Cycling Tour

This tour is based on 2-star, 3-star, and 3.5-star hotels and hostels. All accommodations on the tour offer comfortable private rooms with ensuite bathrooms and basic amenities. Rooms are double or triple occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
It is possible to stay in a single room, when travelling with your group and the prices in Dates and Prices include all the supplements necessary. Please note, that this tour is not available for solo travellers. Please note that solo travellers renting a bike will pay a €25EUR supplement for bike transportation.

Hotel Real Colegiata in León

This hotel, nestled in the old town of León, sits at the heart of one of the most spectacular Romanesque complexes on the whole peninsula.

Posada Real Casa de Tepa in Astorga

Found at the heart of Astorga, this lovely hotel is set right in front of a cathedral. It is situated in a monumental building that maintains its historical architecture and timeless character.

Hotel El Palacio in Molinaseca

Conveniently situated along the Camino en route into Molinaseca and mere steps away from the town’s landmarks and restaurants.

Hostal Posada Plaza Mayor in Villafrance de Bierzo

This hotel is located in the main square and has been tastefully restored using marble and fine woods.

Hotel Venta Celta in O Cebreiro

Centrally located in O Cebreiro, Hotel Venta Celta offers quiet rooms in a peaceful location with an adjoining restaurant complete with hearty meals for road-weary travelers.

Hotel Restaurante Roma in Sarria

Originally built in 1930, this historic hotel is located in a calm and quiet area of town, offering guests rest and tranquility after a long day on the trail.

A Parada das Bestas Hotel in Palas de Rei

A Parada das Bestas Hotel welcomes all guests with its warm atmosphere in a picture-perfect rural setting, Guests can enjoy superb amenities like an outdoor pool and a charming restaurant.

Pazo de Santa María Hotel in Arzúa

This rustic hotel set in a beautiful stone building dates back to 1742 and is brimming with authentic charm.

A Tafona do Peregrino in Santiago de Compostela

Located near the famous food market of Santiago, this hotel is centrally located and affords guests the perfect base for exploring the city.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Slow-Paced Camino de Santiago Cycling Tour?

Meals

9 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included on this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 9 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Luggage transportation between hotels for the duration of the tour is included according to the itinerary. Your bike rental and airport transfers are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Also Included

  • Detailed route description and maps in English
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

  • Bike rental
  • International flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal equipment (GPS/side bags)

Optional Extras

  • Bike rental:
    • Hybrid bike: €225EUR
    • E-Bike: €350EUR
  • Airport transfers
  • Activities and excursions
  • Additional nights before or after tour
  • Bike transfer supplement for solo travellers renting a bike: €25EUR

Frequenty Asked Questions about Slow-Paced Camino de Santiago Cycling Tour

How hard is the Slow-Paced Camino de Santiago Cycling Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. The route contains some moderate hilly areas and those who are fit and cycle regularly will get the most out of this tour. Daily distances covered range from 29 to 52 kilometres, and cyclists can expect ascents of up to 850 metres. You should be comfortable riding a bike and cycling these distances.

Do I need a visa to travel to Spain?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Slow-Paced Camino de Santiago Cycling Tour?

9 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included on this tour.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this tour, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to León to start this tour?

The nearest airport to León is Asturias Airport (OVD). From Asturias Airport (OVD), you can take a bus to León, which takes 3–4 hours. If arriving at Madrid Airport (MAD), you can take a bus to León, which takes 3.5–4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can book a direct private transfer as a supplement in advance or arrange your own private transfer.

Where does the Slow-Paced Camino de Santiago Cycling Tour end?

The tour ends in Santiago de Compostela. If departing from Santiago Airport (SCQ), you can take a bus from Santiago city center to Santiago Airport (SCQ). If departing from A Coruña Airport (LCG), you can take a bus (Line 443) to the airport, which takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can book a private transfer as a supplement in advance or arrange your own private transfer to the airport.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes! You can rent a bike during the booking process.

What does the bike rental include?

Bike rental includes a helmet, panniers, waterproof cover, tools, air pump, gel seat, front handlebar bag, map holder, and odometer.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes! You can bring your own bike (minimum 21 gears).

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Spain?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Spain?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Spain for this tour?

The best time to travel to Spain for this pilgrimage is during the spring and fall when the summer crowds haven’t yet flocked to the Camino. This tour is available from April to October.

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Prices

From $850USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels, Hostels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. The route contains some moderate hilly areas and those who are fit and cycle regularly will get the most out of this tour. Daily distances covered range from 29 to 52 kilometres, and cyclists can expect ascents of up to 850 metres. You should be comfortable riding a bike and cycling these distances.

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