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Cycle the Camino de Santiago - Exodus Travels
Cycle the Camino de Santiago - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Oviedo
+11 Destinations
Northern Spain
Ends
Oviedo
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Start and end in Oviedo! With the bicycle tour Cycle the Camino de Santiago, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Oviedo, Spain and 11 other destinations in Spain. Cycle the Camino de Santiago is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Bicycle

39 Reviews

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  • Cycle the Camino de Santiago reviewer 1
    Written on November 5, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    This was a great trip,  a varied on/off road trip through Galia, stunning Autumn landscapes, good food, culminating in arrival at Santiagao, a real classic old Spanish city. Whilst this is advertised as a road trip, a lot is actually off road through forest tracks which I really enjoyedWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?cycling through forest tracks with all the Autumn colours then arriving at the Santiago Cathedral to finish the trip. Lots of local sites, cafe stops etcWhat did you think of your group leader?Jose the leader was excellent, consistentley helpful, cheerful and generally a good guide Do you have any advice for potential travellers?bring your own saddle. The food was generally good , with a menu of the day inc wine typically being 9e. Some of us found the breakfasts a bit sparse - if you want muselli or lots of fruit, bringing some would be useful

  • Cycle the Camino de Santiago reviewer 2
    Written on September 7, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great trail and a brilliant leaderWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Getting to the top of the climbs, and arriving in Santiago on the last day of the tripWhat did you think of your group leader?Can't imagine a better leaderDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Bring your own pedals and bike shoes if you want to clip-in.

  • Cycle the Camino de Santiago reviewer 3
    Written on September 7, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great trail and a brilliant leaderWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Getting to the top of the climbs, and arriving in Santiago on the last day of the tripWhat did you think of your group leader?Can't imagine a better leaderDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Bring your own pedals and bike shoes if you want to clip-in.

  • Cycle the Camino de Santiago reviewer 4
    Written on June 20, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Fantastic holiday with a great group of people, enthusiastic guide, wonderful scenery, good food and comfortable hotels. This was a very special week following the last 200 miles of the Camino de Santiago. All this together with challenging and exhilirating cycling made for an unforgettable trip.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?One of the most inspitrational moments was getting to the top of the hill on the 3rd cycling day. Our group of 16 varied quite widely in cycling ability. Even the best cyclist set himself his own challenge to get up the 8km rise as fast as possible without putting a foot down. I just wanted to get to the top without having to give up and when I achieved this, the rest of the group gave me a round of applause - awesome !!!What did you think of your group leader?Dani was a complete star !! This mountaneer had only led one Camino cycling trip before and was now presented with the responsibility of guiding 16 cycalists of varying ability. He was consistently enthusiastic and encouraging while maintaining a sense of humour. As we struggled to find those elusive yellow arrows he took all our ribbing about his map reading skills with good humour !!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?My advice is really about the conflict between the grading and the written description of the trip.In my opinion the trip is correctly graded moderate to challenging.However the trip notes also state "the riding is generally undemanding" Not sure what planet this author is on !! Even the most experienced cyclists on the trip found  demanding sections on most days.A later sentence reads "This trip is ideal for the occassional cyclists who exercise regularly" It was on the basis of this statement that my husband and I signed up. In reality it was FAR more challenging than this would indicate. We are SO delighted to have experienced the trip but as "occasional" cyclists we had to dig very deep into our reserves of "regular exercise" to get up those hills !!! My point is that less motivated and stubborn people might be disappointed and demotivated to find themselves on a trip that was too difficult for them.Is there anything else you would like to add?Definitely one of our best holidays ever..Great combination of personal achievement overcoming the cycling challenges presented by the Camino together with stunning scenery, great group, enthusiastic guide, good food and comfortable hotels.Bring on the next one !!

  • Cycle the Camino de Santiago reviewer 5
    Written on June 20, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Fantastic holiday with a great group of people, enthusiastic guide, wonderful scenery, good food and comfortable hotels. This was a very special week following the last 200 miles of the Camino de Santiago. All this together with challenging and exhilirating cycling made for an unforgettable trip.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?One of the most inspitrational moments was getting to the top of the hill on the 3rd cycling day. Our group of 16 varied quite widely in cycling ability. Even the best cyclist set himself his own challenge to get up the 8km rise as fast as possible without putting a foot down. I just wanted to get to the top without having to give up and when I achieved this, the rest of the group gave me a round of applause - awesome !!!What did you think of your group leader?Dani was a complete star !! This mountaneer had only led one Camino cycling trip before and was now presented with the responsibility of guiding 16 cycalists of varying ability. He was consistently enthusiastic and encouraging while maintaining a sense of humour. As we struggled to find those elusive yellow arrows he took all our ribbing about his map reading skills with good humour !!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?My advice is really about the conflict between the grading and the written description of the trip.In my opinion the trip is correctly graded moderate to challenging.However the trip notes also state "the riding is generally undemanding" Not sure what planet this author is on !! Even the most experienced cyclists on the trip found  demanding sections on most days.A later sentence reads "This trip is ideal for the occassional cyclists who exercise regularly" It was on the basis of this statement that my husband and I signed up. In reality it was FAR more challenging than this would indicate. We are SO delighted to have experienced the trip but as "occasional" cyclists we had to dig very deep into our reserves of "regular exercise" to get up those hills !!! My point is that less motivated and stubborn people might be disappointed and demotivated to find themselves on a trip that was too difficult for them.Is there anything else you would like to add?Definitely one of our best holidays ever..Great combination of personal achievement overcoming the cycling challenges presented by the Camino together with stunning scenery, great group, enthusiastic guide, good food and comfortable hotels.Bring on the next one !!

  • Cycle the Camino de Santiago reviewer 6
    Written on April 18, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a great cycling holiday with some lovely scenery, great food and good biking. The company was great too - all the group (5 of us) bonded and together with the two guides, we sat down together for every meal and coffee break. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The descent from the outskirts of Santiago to the front of the Cathedral late on the Friday night after a 70k + cycle was awesome and made it all worthwhile. Personally, managing to cycle up all of the two mountain climbs was really satisfying too.What did you think of your group leader?I am full of praise for our group leader Jose, who found the best way through the trails and roads, managed our safety while keeping the trip challenging and exciting and found great places for us to eat! On our trip, some severe rain and winds had lead to some river crossings flooding which could have caused us real problems. Jose found the best way through with minimal interruption and all on spur of the moment - that's great leading.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I would certainly recommend you spend a good few weekends leading up to the trip getting your cycle legs ready - get plenty of uphills in (that's really important if you want to cycle all the way around). You will be cycling around 50-60k + a day so build up your distance, though there are plenty of breaks during the day. I would certainly recommend filling your drinks bottle with isotonic (especially for the two big mountain climbs).Is there anything else you would like to add?Be aware that the rental bikes (Spanish Orbea make) are OK but not great. I certainly made the trip fine on mine but would have preferred something more up to date and better spec. These bikes have heavy steel frames, the gearing is not particularly low and they use caliper brakes rather than disc. If it's convenient you might want to bring your own bike instead. I took my own saddle and SPD pedals but I wish I'd also taken a gel saddle cover too as my backside was either sore or numb after a day in the saddle! Be warned!

  • Cycle the Camino de Santiago reviewer 7
    Written on April 18, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a great cycling holiday with some lovely scenery, great food and good biking. The company was great too - all the group (5 of us) bonded and together with the two guides, we sat down together for every meal and coffee break. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The descent from the outskirts of Santiago to the front of the Cathedral late on the Friday night after a 70k + cycle was awesome and made it all worthwhile. Personally, managing to cycle up all of the two mountain climbs was really satisfying too.What did you think of your group leader?I am full of praise for our group leader Jose, who found the best way through the trails and roads, managed our safety while keeping the trip challenging and exciting and found great places for us to eat! On our trip, some severe rain and winds had lead to some river crossings flooding which could have caused us real problems. Jose found the best way through with minimal interruption and all on spur of the moment - that's great leading.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I would certainly recommend you spend a good few weekends leading up to the trip getting your cycle legs ready - get plenty of uphills in (that's really important if you want to cycle all the way around). You will be cycling around 50-60k + a day so build up your distance, though there are plenty of breaks during the day. I would certainly recommend filling your drinks bottle with isotonic (especially for the two big mountain climbs).Is there anything else you would like to add?Be aware that the rental bikes (Spanish Orbea make) are OK but not great. I certainly made the trip fine on mine but would have preferred something more up to date and better spec. These bikes have heavy steel frames, the gearing is not particularly low and they use caliper brakes rather than disc. If it's convenient you might want to bring your own bike instead. I took my own saddle and SPD pedals but I wish I'd also taken a gel saddle cover too as my backside was either sore or numb after a day in the saddle! Be warned!

  • Cycle the Camino de Santiago reviewer 8
    Written on November 6, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Best cycle holiday yet.  Excellent company and well paced itinerary.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching Santiago late on the last day, with wonderful final dinnerWhat did you think of your group leader?Jose and Sandro were a first class team

  • Cycle the Camino de Santiago reviewer 9
    Written on November 6, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Best cycle holiday yet.  Excellent company and well paced itinerary.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching Santiago late on the last day, with wonderful final dinnerWhat did you think of your group leader?Jose and Sandro were a first class team

  • Cycle the Camino de Santiago reviewer 10
    Written on October 3, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A Good trip. My only complaint was that I was issued with the wrong size bike and had to suffer back ache for the firfirst day due to shortage of a suitable bike. There were no spare bikes in case of breakages and I felt this put unnecessary strain on the leader.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Arriving at Santiago on Friday eveving.What did you think of your group leader?.Great. He coped with difficulties by improvisation and always kept his sense of humour.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Bring warm clothes. I only had cycle shorts and really needed long trousers to ride in especially when we were cycling at higher altitudes. Waterproofs were essential.Is there anything else you would like to add?THe bikes were not particularly well maintained with dodgy gears and worn fittings on some. The driver had no spare parts and no spare bikes which seemed incomprehensible. He had to rely on finding bike shops on route to purchase these. There should definitely have been a spare bike available.The trip was made very enjoyable as a result of the guide. 

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  1. Day 1: Start Leon.
  2. Day 2: Ride across the plains of Castille through countryside and quaint villages to Astorga.
  3. Day 3: Climb into the mountains of Leon to the Monte de la Cruz de Ferro; descend to Molinaseca.
  4. Day 4: Ride to Villafranca with views across the valleys of Galicia and the mountains of Leon; long ascent to the village of O'Cebreiro.
  5. Day 5: Enter Galicia's landscape of traditional agricultural villages; cycle past Samos Monastery on the way to Sarria.
  6. Day 6: Cycle along tree-lined paths to Portomarin, rebuilt on a hilltop in the 1950's in order to construct a reservoir; continue to Palas de Rei.
  7. Day 7: Short ascents and descents to Monte de Gozo; follow the pilgrims' route to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
  8. Day 8: End Santiago de Compostela.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 568 km.
  • Oviedo (Spain)
  • 87 km
  • Leon (Spain)
  • 43 km
  • Astorga (Spain)
  • 38 km
  • Molinaseca (Spain)
  • 25 km
  • Villafranca del Bierzo (Spain)
  • 16 km
  • Las Herrerias (Spain)
  • 7 km
  • O Cebreiro (Spain)
  • 24 km
  • Samos (Spain)
  • 8 km
  • Sarria (Spain)
  • 17 km
  • Portomarin (Spain)
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