Jacobs Trail Cycling Tour

Spain: San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela from $5450 NZD
(4.5/5) from 5 reviews

Experience the the famous pilgrim route that has been used by millions of people since the Middle Ages.

Jacobs Trail, the Camino de Santiago or the St James Way; these are some of the many names for this famous pilgrim route. These days around 215,000 people either bike or walk this original route every year.

Highlights include fantastic scenery, historic monuments and the lively cities of Pamplona, Logroño, Burgos, León, Astorga, Ponferrada and Santiago de Compostela. We will cycle through rolling hills on asphalted roads, from San Sebastian to the stunning city of Santiago de Compostela. The Camino de Santiago is all about enjoying the journey and soaking up the history of this famous trail. This trip is ideal for serious cyclists wanting a challenge, although recreational cyclists are welcome as the support bus is always nearby. E-bikes are also available for hire.

13 Days
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  • Best time to travel: May / September
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Reviews for Jacobs Trail Cycling Tour - Tour

Global Cycling Adventures - Spain cycling tours

The history, geography, itinerary and weather we had in Spain made this a great cycling experience.

Paul Talmage New Zealand Jacobs Trail Cycling Tour, Spain July 3, 2017

Global Cycling Adventures - Spain cycling tours

Overall the tour was excellent!

David Williams New Zealand Jacobs Trail Cycling Tour, Spain July 3, 2017

The Way of Saint James: San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela | Global Cycling Adventures

My special experience of this tour was biking on an e-bike for the first time.

Althea & John Ormsby June 10, 2017

Global Cycling Adventures - Spain cycling tours

I thought the team of guides and helpers that were arranged to look after us was once again outstanding, and logistically this made the whole trip just so easy for people like me who are always too busy to try and organise something like this for myself.

Tom Pryde July 20, 2015

The Way of Saint James: San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela | Global Cycling Adventures

A humbling and exhilarating ride. Chicken soup... yum! especially on those cold days at the start.
Saint Renee! Sunbleached grain fields dotted with history stretching through the horizon, coupled with a wee tailwind. Wonderful.

Warren & Carolyn July 20, 2015

San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela

San Sebastian
  • Road Cycling
  • Grade
  • Minimum group size is 8
  • EUR585 single room surcharge
  • Road bike or e-bike hire: €360
  • This tour is invoiced in EUR
  • We can customise this tour to suit your group and dates. Call us for details!
Jacobs Trail Cycling Tour The tour is fully supported, so bike as much as you wish, or relax in the support vehicle. We welcome non-cycling partners also. Rest from your daily exertions in lovely small hotels and lodges. All your luggage transfers from place to place will be taken care of.

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival Day: San Sebastian

No cycling

Welcome to the delightful city of San Sebastian in northern Spain. In the early afternoon there will be a group transfer from the airport to your hotel (if arriving earlier or later please arrange your own transfer). There will be time to build your bikes and meet your fellow travellers before our group meeting. Dinner tonight is own arrangements.

Meals: None

DAY 2

San Sebastian to Pamplona

Cycling: 110 km

This morning we leave the Basque capital and ride through the lower Pyrenees to the city of Pamplona (Iruña in Basque), famous for its Bull Run (San Fermín). Wander the medieval streets of this fantastic city and visit the cathedral, taste the local food and wine, or find a pleasant cafe in the Plaza del Castillo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3

Pamplona to Logrono

Cycling: 97 km

From Pamplona we start with a climb to Alto del Perdón at 750m, where we’ll ride past cereal crops and sunflower fields. Then a descent to the charming town of Puente de la Reina, where the French and Aragonese Ways to Santiago merge. Continuing past vineyards and the earthy red tracks of La Rioja, we’ll see some of the most famous landmarks of the Camino, including the Monasterio of Irache with its bodegas, the free wine fountain, and the steep climb to Villamayor de Monjardín. We finish the day in Logroño, capital of the famous wine producing region of La Rioja.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4

Logrono to Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Cycling: 69 km

Our first stop is Navarrete, a 12th century town built by the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, where you will find an impressive Baroque Church. To the north is the Cantabrian mountain range and to the south are the La Demanda Mountains. Today we’ll stop at one of the very old and beautiful monasteries that are located deep in the mountains. Our destination is Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a very beautiful town with a charming, historic centre. Apart from its Cathedral there are also medieval walls and traditional houses.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5

Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Burgos

Cycling: 87 km

Today’s ride is a picturesque journey to the mountains and through some quiet villages. Firstly its relatively hilly with a climb over Puerto de Pradilla pass and later on there are some climbs leading to Lake Uzquiza. Then its relatively easy cycling to Burgos, where there should be plenty of time to explore this wonderful city. Burgos has retained much of its medieval grandeur and is home to a marvelous cathedral, considered to be a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic Architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6

Burgos (rest day)

No cycling

You have the whole day to explore Burgos at leisure. There is plenty to see including the Cathedral, the Abbey of Santa Maria de las Huelgas, Miraflores Charterhouse (monastery) or the old parts of the city centre. Other options could be museums or parks, shopping or sampling the local food and wine (eg. red wines from the Ribera del Duero region).

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7

Burgos to Carrion de los Condes

Cycling: 94 km

Today's route is a picturesque journey across the region and through some tranquil villages. The wide open spaces are a pleasure for cyclists, with crop fields adding some colourful touches to the landscape all year round. The influence of the Camino de Santiago is evident, as you will notice many Camino references in all the villages. In Fromista we stop for coffee next to the amazing church of San Martin, the best example of Romanesque simplicity from the early Middle Ages. Our ride finishes in Carrion de los Condes, another beautiful village full of medieval architecture.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8

Carrion de los Condes to Sahagun

Cycling: 75 km

Its an easy and relatively flat day as we cycle on a plateau between fields and through small villages, allowing us to recuperate before we reach some hilly stages in the west. Finally we reach Sahagún, another famous city on the Jacob’s Trail well known for its two 12th-13th century churches of San Tirso and San Lorenzo, both built in the Mudejar style.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9

Sahagun to Astorga

Cycling: 104 km

We cycle on flat terrain through the Castillian Meseta or plateau, where the colourful landscape appears to be endless. The vistas over the surrounding farmlands and tiny villages are fantastic. This afternoon we ride the flattest section of the whole French Way. However, as you are still on the Castilla Meseta there will still be some great views. Astorga, a former Roman stronghold, has great sites to visit, such as the cathedral, the old city walls and the Episcopal Palace.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10

Astorga to Villafranca del Bierzo

Cycling: 77 km

Its a relatively tough day on the bike, but also the most rewarding! The Camino climbs up to the famous Cruz de Ferro (the Iron Cross), sitting at 1500m above sea level, from where there are fantastic views over the surrounding countryside. We’ll cycle across the valley of El Bierzo in the province of Castilla y León and pass through Ponferrada, an energetic city with a beautiful medieval centre and impressive castle. We’ll reach the red earth wine making region, where our destination is the lively medieval town of Villafranca del Bierzo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11

Villafranca del Bierzo to Sarria

Cycling: 74 km

From Villafranca after a short climb, you’ll follow the slender valley of the river Valcace before tackling the incline of O Cebreiro, between the mountain ranges of 'Os Ancares' and 'Serra do Courel'. From the picturesque mountain village of O Cebreiro, some undulating terrain leads out of the Galician Mountains. Along the road to Sarria you will pass many fantastic sites, lush farmland and beautiful historical buildings, such as the Mosteiro de Samos. The town of Sarria itself is known for its rich ecclesiastical heritage and is a popular Camino starting point.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12

Sarria to Santiago de Compostela

Cycling: 121 km

From Sarria, the Camino continues to climb through wonderful oak forests and you’ll pass the Romanesque Church of Barbadelo. In Portomarín the route crosses the Belesar Dam before continuing along a relatively easy road to Melide. We continue along the Camino, over undulating terrain to Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy), from where you’ll have a glimpse of your final destination: Santiago de Compostela!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13

Departure Day: Santiago de Compostela

No Cycling

The Jacobs Trail tour finishes after breakfast this morning. Please make your own departure arrangements or you may like to spend more time in this delightful city.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation: 12 nights in 2-4 star hotels (double or share twin)
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • English speaking cycling guide(s)
  • Arrival transfer (day 1 only - early afternoon)
  • Support vehicle and luggage transport
  • Drinking water on cycling days

Tour Excludes:

  • International and/or domestic flights
  • Passport and Travel Visa requirements
  • Departure transfer
  • Bike hire
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips to guide and support crew

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