For any traveler interested in history, art, and culture, the Camino de Santiago certainly ranks as one of the most spectacular trips in the world today. From the 10th Century to the present day, pilgrims have come (by foot and now bicycle) from near and far to experience this enigma of Spain. For riders of this trail, you can choose between a paved or off-road route as it threads its way across Spain. The scenery is breathtaking with lots of cultural and historical sights along the way. For those with the time, we highly recommend that you consider our classic route; we maintain that this journey has the potential to change your life (in good ways). For those wishing a shorter journey we also offer the trip beginning in Leon. On both trips you stay in the best hotels available, ranging from traditional inns to luxurious paradors.

Location

Pamplona

Pamplona, Spain

Day 1

Estella

Estella, Spain

Day 2

Logrono

Logroño, Spain

Day 3

Santa Domingo de la Calzada

Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Spain

Day 4

Burgos

Burgos, Spain

Day 5

Carrion de las Condes

Carrión de los Condes, Spain

Day 6

León

León, Spain

Day 7+8

Rabanal del Camino

Rabanal del Camino, Spain

Day 9

Villafranca

Villafranca del Bierzo, Spain

Day 10

Sarria

Sarria, Spain

Day 11

Leboreiro

Leboreiro, Spain

Day 12

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Day 13+14

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

13 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 3 dinners
Luggage transfers
Use of a high quality mountain bike and accessories
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019 & 2020
Any dates between March to November
Custom trips available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

14 days / 13 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Pamplona / Santiago de Compostella

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate to challenging - 25 to 55 miles daily The camino de santiago is a challenging trip, due to the distance, daily elevation gains and trail conditions. You do have to have a level of fitness and experience riding trails to enjoy this trip.

TERRAIN

Rolling to hilly, choice of paved or un-paved routes

COST

Casual/B&B Accommodation: US$2475
Single Supplement: US$825

Classic Accommodation: US$2675
Single Supplement: US$965

Luxe Accommodation: US$2975
Single Supplement: US$1250

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions before making your reservation, please contact us at info@randonneetours.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.

Getting there

For the 14 day trip staring in Pamplona, most people arriving to Spain fly into Madrid.

Trains for Pamplona depart Madrid daily and take 3 to 4 hours.

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Day 1

Arrive to Pamplona

Most people arrive via Madrid; there are flight, train and coach options into Pamplona. You’ll stay in a three-star hotel in the city center, where you can walk through the old town.

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Day 2

Pamplona to Estella

Leaving Pamplona you’ll climb towards the foothills of the Sierra del Perdon, reaching Puenta la Reina, with its famous Romanesque bridge and charming town. You’ll spend the night in Estella, near the beautiful 12th century Palace of the Kings of Navarre.
Distance: 47 km, elevation gain 820 m.*

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Day 3

Estella to Logrono

You’ll start the day with a stop at the winemakers ‘Bodega Irache’, where a free-flowing wine fountain welcomes thirsty pilgrims. The ride takes you through vineyards and past castles before crossing the great Puente de Piedra into Logrono, a bustling town with an interesting history, architectural jewels, cafes and music. Your hotel is in a beautifully renovated historical building with all amenities.
Distance: 49 km, elevation gain 750 m.* 

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Day 4

Logrono to Santa Domingo de la Calzada

Your goal today is to reach a town long linked to the pilgrimage. The town’s namesake, St. Dominic, was a hermit who devoted his life to helping pilgrims on their way to Santiago. Among other deeds, he built a pilgrims bridge, hospital and much of the medieval road (which we ride) that still survives from the 11th century. The other reason to stop here is to stay at the extraordinary Parador Hotel that is one of Spain’s best.
Distance: 50 km, elevation gain 730 m.* 

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Day 5

Santa Domingo de la Calzada to Burgos

The riding today is superb through bell heather on rolling trail. Arriving in Burgos, you could visit the Gothic Cathedral, one of the most outstanding artistic monuments in Spain. After dinner, for those wanting a little nightlife, there are plenty of tapas bars and clubs to tempt you!
Distance: 67 km, elevation gain 660 m.*

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Day 6

Burgos to Carrion de las Condes

The riding through most of the Castilian stages is on more level terrain allowing you to comfortably cover more distance. Although no less beautiful, the scenery changes dramatically through this region. You’ll want to have lunch today in the curious town of Hontanas, where the barman drinks wine in a most unusual way. Your destination, Carrion de las Condes makes for a relaxing town, between the bustling cities (and nightlife) of Burgos and Leon.
Distance: 80 km, elevation gain 550 m.*

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Day 7

Carrion de las Condes to Leon

Although one of your longer days, the gentle grade should allow you to take your time and enjoy the ride. We recommend a picnic lunch at a beautiful site on the river Esla in Mansilla de las Mulas; afterwards you’ll continue into Leon with its impressive monuments including the 13 C Cathedral. Your hotel for tonight is located in the historical district, steps from the cities best shopping and restaurants.
Distance: 95 km, elevation gain 450 m.*

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Day 8

Leon

Best visited with a walking tour, we will arrange to have Rafael Gallego, our local expert take you to see the sites. Raphael is extremely knowledgeable about the city’s monuments and the camino and we are sure you will find this a wonderful experience.

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Day 9

Leon to Rabanal del Camino

Riding out of Leon you could visit Hospital del Orbigo, arriving in time for lunch in Astorga. For Epicureans, Astorga is known for mantecadas, one of the famous delicacies in Spanish pastrymaking. You will overnight in Rabanal del Camino, one of the more famous pilgrimage sites along the trail.
Distance: 74 km, elevation gain 690 m.*

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Day 10

Rabanal to Villafranca

Your route today will begin with a visit to Castrillo de los Polvares, a town immortalized by the writer Concha Espina in her novel The Maragato Sphinx, a portrait of the village and its centuries-old customs. Just before lunch you’ll reach the Cruz de Ferro, one of the most symbolic monuments along the pilgrims’ route. Whenever a pilgrim adds a stone to the pile they become part of an ancient tradition; the Romans called these stone heaps, ‘mounts of Mercury’ after the god of travelers. In Ponferrada, you can visit the impressive Templar Castle, one of the oldest and finest examples of Spanish military architecture. You’ll finish the day in Villafranca, one of the most attractive towns on the Camino. Your hotel for tonight is in a charming 3-star hotel in the center.
Distance: 58 km, elevation gain 820 m.*

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Day 11

Villafranca to Sarria

From Villafranca, you will climb through unspoiled countryside of heather and broom, pines, chestnuts and oaks enjoying a magnificent view over the Valcarce valley up to El Cebreiro, famous for its ‘pallozas’, straw-roofed dwellings. In Samos, visit a monastery before continuing on to Sarria and with its Monastery of La Magdelena and its hospitable Mercedarian monks.
Distance: 70 km, elevation gain 1500 m.*

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Day 12

Sarria to Leboreiro

From Sarria, the terrain changes again, as you find yourself in a rural part of the country with people living much as they did centuries ago. Have lunch in Portomarin, and then enjoy some of the best biking of the camino on rolling terrain arriving to a little village in the country- side; where you will spend the night at a most charming inn.
Distance: 71 km, elevation gain 1200 m.*

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Day 13

Leboreiro to Santiago de Compostella

Start this day with crossings of medieval bridges at Disicabo and at Furelos before reaching Melide, particularly rich in pre-Roman remains. You’ll pass many small hamlets hidden among eucalyptus trees before reaching the environs of Santiago. Your adrenaline will surge as you make your way through Santiago itself, packed with vestiges of the pilgrimage. Nothing quite prepares you though, for arriving at the Cathedral itself, where you can share in the sense that pilgrims have felt since time immemorial. You’ll stay at one of the finest hotels in the city located just 200 meters from the Cathedral.
Distance: 46 km, elevation gain 740 m.*

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Day 14

Departure – We recommend a leisurely last day; if you are heading back to Madrid, there are flight, train and bus connections.

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

Casual/B&B

Hotel Eslava, Pamplona

This casual hotel is managed by a lovely family and is comfortable and close enough to restaurants and cafes that you can walk easily.


Hostal San Andres, Estella

A modest 2-star hotel with a friendly proprietor. The hotel has charm, but there is no breakfast room, so you must take desayuno at a nearby café.


Hotel Marques de Vallejo, Logrono *Classic Inn

This boutique hotel is located in the historical district on a quiet pedestrian street.


Hostal Rey Pedro, Santa Domingo de la Calzada

This small hotel is modest, but impeccably clean, bright and airy. The service from the owners is friendly and professional.


Hotel Norte Y Londres, Burgos

Located just 100 meters from the Cathedral, this hotel's guest rooms features hardwood floors and a warm welcome.


Hotel Real Monastery San Zoilo, Carrion de los Condes *Classic Inn

An atmospheric hotel, recently converted from part of a monastery.


La Posada Regia, Leon *Classic Inn

This popular 3-star hotel is ideally located on a quiet lane near the Palacio de los Guzmanes. There is an excellent restaurant.


El Refugio, Rabanal del Camino

This is the classic inn along the camino that has been welcoming travelers forever. There is a great restaurant here and the town is one of the true gems of the route.


Hotel Las Donas el Portazgo, Villafranca *Classic Inn

This is a charming distinctive hotel with comfortable rooms located in the historical district on an atmospheric street.


Hotel Alfonso IX, Sarria *Classic Inn

A recently renovated and upgraded 4-star hotel situated on the river with a good restaurant. There is a new outdoor swimming pool to enjoy.


Hotel Costa Vella, Santiago de Compostella

We have stayed here many times over the years and is a fine inn with a warm welcome from Javier.


Classic

Hotel Europa, Pamplona

A 3-star hotel with all amenities. We like this hotel for its location, literally steps from superb tapas bars and cafes.


Hospederia Chapitel, Estella *Luxe Inn

This 4-star boutique hotel boasts a 17th century building that has been restored with just 14 rooms. It combines an historic property with modern amenities.


Calle Mayor Hotel, Logrono

This former palace from the 16th century is now a boutique hotel with just 12 rooms. It has been thoughtfully restored, with contemporary design.


Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Santo Domingo de la Calzada *Luxe Inn

What was once a pilgrim’s hospital from the 12th century is now one of Spain’s finest paradors.


Meson del Cid, Burgos

Located just meters from the Cathedral and right in the historic center of town, the guest rooms have been nicely renovated and the breakfast room has one of the best views of the city.


Hotel Real Monastery San Zoilo, Carrion de los Condes

An atmospheric hotel, recently converted from part of a monastery.


La Posada Regia, Leon

This popular 3-star hotel is ideally located on a quiet lane near the Palacio de los Guzmanes. There is an excellent restaurant.


La Posada Gaspar, Rabanal del Camino

This charming inn was built using centuries old stone in the traditional style and is managed by a lovely father and daughter team.


Hotel Las Donas el Portazgo, Villafranca

This is a charming distinctive hotel with comfortable rooms located in the historical district on an atmospheric street.


Hotel Alfonso IX, Sarria

A recently renovated and upgraded 4-star hotel situated on the river with a good restaurant. There is a new outdoor swimming pool to enjoy.


Monumento San Francisco, Santiago

Situated in the historical city centre just 150 m from the Cathedral, this 18th century Franciscan convent has been renovated into a luxurious, historic 4-star hotel with heated swimming pool and jacuzzi with views of Mt. Pedroso.


Luxe

Palacio Guendulain, Pamplona

Built in the 18th century, this 4 star luxury boutique hotel is located right in the historic center and is facing the Palace's inner courtyard.


Hospederia Chapitel, Estella

This 4-star boutique hotel boasts a 17th century building that has been restored with just 14 rooms. It combines an historic property with modern amenities.


Calle Mayor Hotel, Logrono

This former palace from the 16th century is now a boutique hotel with just 12 rooms. It has been thoughtfully restored, with contemporary design.


Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Santo Domingo de la Calzada

What was once a pilgrim’s hospital from the 12th century is now one of Spain’s finest paradors.


NH Collection Palacio de Burgos, Burgos

This hotel occupies a former palace and is just across the river from the Cathedral. Excellent breakfast.


Hotel Real Monastery San Zoilo, Carrion de los Condes

An atmospheric hotel, recently converted from part of a monastery.


Hotel Parador San Marco, Leon

One of the most luxurious hotels in Spain, you’ll feel like you are sleeping in a museum (in a good way). The historic building offers beautifully decorated rooms and a restaurant with local specialties.


Hotel Casa de Tepa, Astorga

Built in the 18th century as the Earl of Tepa's residence, this hotel has just 10 rooms and a large 19th century garden. Astorga is a lovely city to overnight in, with Gaudi castles to explore and fine restaurants to enjoy.


Parador de Villafranca, Villafranca

A recently renovated and upgraded 4-star hotel situated on the river with a good restaurant. There is a new outdoor swimming pool to enjoy.


Hotel Alfonso IX, Sarria *Classic Inn

This hotel is one of the world's finest - and its oldest! It has all the fine touches and attention to detail that distinguishes world-class hotels. The public areas of the hotel include four cloisters of immense beauty and a dining room that can be described in no other way than regal.


Parador Santiago de Compostella, Santiago

This hotel is one of the world's finest - and its oldest! It has all the fine touches and attention to detail that distinguishes world-class hotels. The public areas of the hotel include four cloisters of immense beauty and a dining room that can be described in no other way than regal.


Trips starting at
US $2,475

Tour Reviews

November 11, 2019

This is the trip of a lifetime — so difficult, so rewarding, so much Spain. Our guides — Daniele V. and Juan (Joan) — made the trip. “Ok, today was tough, but tomorrow will be even more difficult.” Every day. We loved every minute of it.

April 11, 2019

“It was an exceptional trip – the camino was incredible. We loved the cycling and had a fantastic time. Some trails were challenging, but we were happy every day. The hotel in Santiago was outstanding, Beautiful, lovely breakfast and the proprietor was exceptionally helpful in every way. All in all the hotel were great and our luggage arrived each day with no problem.”

April 11, 2019

“The bikes were good – we were on the trails almost the entire way, so we needed the suspension and mountain bike tires. The walking tour in Leon was great. Our tour was really good – the luggage was forwarded without a hitch, the hotels worked out fine overall and we had a great experience.”

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