The Camino de Santiago by bike

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There were many roads that led to Santiago in ancient times. We started from home and the journey started. There were four routes that descended from Europe and all met at Roncesvalles. The most beaten path was and still is what is called the French Camino. It is the most popular route. It starts in the Pyrenees and proceeds along two variants that correspond to two different entry points: Roncesvalles (in Navarra) and Somport (in Aragon). The routes unify at the town of Puente la Reina, and then head towards Galicia through the territories of La Rioja and Castile and León. The path of the Camino de Santiago is well signposted. Although the original route constantly undergoes alterations due to the construction of new roads, parceling of land and the opening of motorways, there is no danger of getting lost because the signs are constantly kept clear and clear. Along the way, in the countryside and villages, the Way is marked by large yellow arrows, the most frequent and representative sign of the Way, and by milestones decorated by a stylized yellow shell on a blue background, symbol of the European Cultural Route . After Jerusalem and Rome, Santiago de Compostela is the third religious destination in the world. In addition, the way to Santiago and all the routes to reach it were declared in 1987 "European cultural itinerary" and in 1993 a World Heritage Site, awards that make it a fascinating journey for so many historical and cultural reasons that can go beyond the purely religious and tourist and religious. In short, it is a journey that, according to those who have already done it, must be undertaken at least once in a lifetime.

MAIN TECHNICAL FEATURES:
Total kilometers 325
Mainly unpaved terrain with asphalt stretches.
Trails with steady and ridable ascents. The stages are around 60 km with a touristic pace.
Recommended mountain bike bikes
Degree of difficulty, Difficult.
Recommended clothing, Technical.

HOW TO GET THERE: By plane, Bergamo to Santander

The first thing to do before leaving for the actual bike trip is the "Credencial del Peregrino" (a card where the stamps of the various hostels where you will be staying will be collected), at the pilgrims' reception office in Leon. The program includes 6 days and 7 nights.

PROGRAM

Day 1: Departure
Flight to SANTANDER. Arrival at the airport and transfer of participants and bicycles by GT coach to Leon (270 km). Check-in at the 3 *** hotel, delivery of the selected rooms, free time available. Dinner at the ticpico restaurant and overnight at the hotel. After dinner briefing with the Bikelife and Aleste Adventour staff to illustrate the progress of the stages.

Day 2: LEÓN - RABANAL DEL CAMINO km 71.30
Breakfast and departure by bicycle to Rabanal del Camino. Free lunch during the Way. Arrival in Rabanal del Camino, dinner and overnight stay in a 1 * pension

Day 3: RABANAL DEL CAMINO - OR CEBREIRO km 87.3
Breakfast and departure by bicycle to O Cebreiro. Arrival in O Cebreiro, dinner and overnight stay in hotel 1 *

Day 4: O CEBREIRO - PORTOMARIN km 72.7
Breakfast and departure by bicycle to Portomarin. Free lunch during the Way. Arrival in Sarria, dinner and overnight stay in hotel 1 *

Day 5: PORTOMARIN - ARZUA km 53
Breakfast and departure by bicycle to Arzua. Free lunch during the Way. Arrival in ARZUA, dinner and overnight stay in a 2 ** hotel

Day 6: ARZUA - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA km 42
Breakfast and departure by bicycle to Santiago de Compostela. Arrival in Santiago de Compostela, dinner at a typical restaurant and overnight stay in a 2 ** pension (religious structure).

Day 7: FLIGHT FROM SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA 
Breakfast at the hotel and at the time agreed private transfer to Santiago airport. Flight from SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. End of services.

Miscellaneous: It is useful to have a little bell on your bike, it will serve on the Way when we have to overcome the many pilgrims present. Equip yourself with a kit to replace air chambers: along the way, only in the big cities, we will find service centers and bicycle shops, so on the Way you have to be 100% independent. Doing many hours a day of physical activity is good to drink a lot: we recommend preparing at least two bottle cages on the bike. We also recommend taking mineral salts and supplements (best to buy them in Italy, they are not easily found on site). Entering the various cities, it is good to go immediately to the tourist offices ("oficina del turismo", always well marked and very active). Here you can request a free city map, with all the information you need.

PARTICIPATION FEE
Price per person in double room per person: TO BE DEFINED
Single room supplement: TO BE DEFINED
Registration fee: TO BE DEFINED

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Italian guides and escorts
  • hotels / pensions or similar as planned,
  • half board, drinks included (breakfast and dinner),
  • all transfers to and from apt, luggage transfer from stage to stage,
  • transfer bike bags, car assistance during the stages,
  • Pellegrino Shell and Credentials, 10 kg hand luggage (size 55x40x20) + bag (size 35 x 20 x 20),
  • medical / luggage insurance.

THE FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • airplane flight + bike transport by plane and / rit
  • Tips and extras of a personal nature, meals as per the program, any tourist taxes and anything not included in the "price includes".

SUPPLEMENTS AND REDUCTIONS:
Bike rental, accessories and official merchandising, packet lunch. unplanned meals, drinks.

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