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The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
- Difficulty Level
Level 1: Occasional
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain with a few small hills—all very manageable for people trying their first biking trip.
Walking – 6-10 km (4-6 mi.) a day on country lanes, footpaths and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.
Level 2: Recreational
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over terrain that’s relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.
Walking – 8-12 km (5-7 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain, with occasional steeper climbs.
Level 3: Enthusiast
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day in gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
Level 4: Avid
Biking – Roughly 50 km (30 mi.) a day in consistently rolling countryside, with repeated climbs and longer options available.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) over terrain that varies between rolling and hilly, with a few steeper climbs.
Level 5: Expert
Biking – 50-60 km (30-45 mi.) a day over both level and tougher, hillier terrain with multiple 100 km (62 mi.) options. The routes are designed for avid cyclists and include plenty of chances to push yourself.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Routes are along high meadow paths and/or well-maintained cliffside or alpine trails, with a few steep ascents to make you feel invigorated.
Ride the Ancient Route
Traditionally, the Camino de Santiago is about soul searching, but we’re more interested in soul-stirring. It starts with riding while others walk, to feel serenity in the saddle. It continues in the farm-fresh meals we enjoy en route, and the passion of the people who prepare them. And it culminates at the resplendent Reis Católicos, a stone’s throw from the cathedral.
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Day by Day
After a quick drive out of Leon, we begin our journey through the fertile landscape and ravines that divide the plain from the Sierra de Ancares. We’ll dig into a lunch of local specialties (Sopa de trucha, anyone?) before heading to Astorga for a tour of the town’s architectural marvels.
Following the Camino due west out of Astorga, we’ll pedal past the unconquered town of Castrillo de los Polvazares, en route for the legendary Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross). Later, a scenic descent brings us to the symbolic pilgrim town of Ponferrada, home to the Castle of the Knights Templar.
Head to the mountaintop town of O'Cebreiro where we will peruse the village and its prehistoric Celtic limestone huts before setting off downhill, our descent taking us through the lush green Galician countryside.
Today our journey ends in the impressive shadow of the medieval Cathedral of Santiago, the legendary resting spot of Saint James the Apostle. After a casual tour of the town and a well-deserved drink, enjoy dinner in one of the town’s many restaurants.
Cycling the small roads along the rugged coast of Galicia, we’ll wind our way to today’s destination, Finisterre, where we’ll stop to dine on a fresh seafood lunch. Then, it’s head back to Santiago for a final afternoon of exploring and watching the pilgrims trickle into the plaza.
After one last hearty breakfast, make your own way to the Santiago airport or train station for your onward travels. Buen Camino Peregrino!
Casa de Tepa, Astorga
This exceptional civil building was the Earl of Tepa’s usual residence until its last renovation. The Earl ordered the construction of this building at the end of the 18th century –as inscribed on the main door’s lintel. Right here there was the Convent and the Pilgrims Hospital of Santiago, the most important out of the 17 hospitals that happened to be in the city at that time.
Parador de Monforte de Lemos, Lugo
The historic site of San Vicente do Pino is located in the uppermost part of the town of Monforte de Lemos. It is made up of the keep, San Vicente do Pino Monastery and the palace of the counts of Lemos, which houses the Parador de Monforte. The monastery dates back to the 9th century, although the current structure was built in the 17th century in the neoclassical style.
Palacio de Canedo, Arganza
This 14-room guesthouse is a breath of fresh air just off the Camino. The onsite winery and canning facilities are well worth the visit. Each rooms is uniquely decorated and themed making for a cozy stay amongst pilgrims and travelers alike.
Parador de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela
The Hostal dos Reis Católicos, a former 16thC hospice founded by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, provides a well deserved five-star finish to your journey. Next to the cathedral, the property once served as a hospital for pilgrims visiting the tomb of St. James, and is now considered one of the finest hotels in Europe. Your rooms are palatial, featuring handsome antiques, ornate canopied beds and remarkably sumptuous bathrooms.
This trip was outstanding - maybe the best European B&R trip I have ever taken! The food blew me away in that it was consistently good everywhere we went, and the wine was jaw dropping. I do not know why it has taken me so long to get to Spain, but shame on me! B&R has opened the door to a new country for me - and I will be back!— Owen Billes
Daily biking distances vary from 48 to 68 km a day with options on some days as far as 80 km (48 mi). The terrain starts off relatively flat and progressively gets steeper as we pass into Galicia.
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- 5 nights hotel accommodation
- All breakfasts, four lunches, four dinners, including wine
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
- Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- A handlebar-mounted 7” Samsung Galaxy tablet with preloaded GPS bike routes.
- Biodegradable B&R water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All baggage transportation
- All transportation from rendezvous to Santiago de Compostela
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
On this trip, you can choose between a customized hybrid with flat bars or a road bike with drop bars. We also equip you with a handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle. See Equipment Details
Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
Spend more time in Santiago
Stay an additional day in Santiago to witness the daily pilgrim’s mass in the cathedral at noon and go on a day trip to Fisterra, the ‘true’ end of the Camino de Santiago. Otherwise spend a relaxed morning in town, before catching a train or flight back to the happening city of Madrid. No one ever regrets a two-night stay in this great capital city—the cuisine and culture are truly amazing.
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