The Way of St James Supported

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This is THE PORTUGUESE PILGRIM’S WAY to Santiago de Compostela (Camino Portugues). Camino de Santiago de Compostela (The Way of Saint James) is a bicycle tour that is different from all the other PortugalBike Tours. This is the Medieval Way to get Santiago de Compostela, in Spain. This tour is impossible to be done with a Road Bike, or even with a Hybrid Bike. That’s why we have to use a Mountain Bike for this tour.

The overall difficulty level of this tour is 3, Intermediate (more precisely, level 3.4 between 1~5). It is recommended for “bikers” and “cyclists”. It is supposed that you are in good shape.

Cycling the way of St James we follow the way to Santiago de Compostela, a city located in Galicia, a province in the north of Spain. The Portuguese Way to Santiago is very mystic, full of positive energy, of belief and of faith.

Camino de Santiago is a way that has been covered by thousands and thousands of pilgrims along the centuries since the 9th century. We cannot say that there is only “one” way (“camino”) to Santiago de Compostela. There are several, because the idea is to get to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

The Way of St James (the Camino de Santiago) was originally covered on foot by devote pilgrims, beggars, clergymen and nobles; it is still covered today not only on foot but also by bicycle by people from all over the world and for many different reasons. It follows off-road trails, narrow roads and footpaths, always in a straight line when possible in order to make the way as short as possible to get to Santiago de Compostela. You will cycle on many different types of pavements and will see a very diverse landscape.

This PortugalBike Tour takes us along the Portuguese Way to Santiago de Compostela. We start in Porto (Oporto – known by its famous Port Wine) always along the Portuguese north coast until we get to the border with Spain. Then we continue along the Medieval Way (Caminho Medieval) to Santiago de Compostela, in Spain. Biking the Camino Portugues to Santiago you will cover innumerous paths and trails, ancient Roman roads, dense woods, you will cross small stone bridges, cover footpaths and roads among small houses, cross streams and mountains… Many sections of the original way have been asphalted and civilized, …but it is still the “Camino de Santiago de Compostela” (The Way of St James).

From
Euro 2080
Supported
Tour

7
Days 

Level 3 (3.4)
Intermediate

Distance
257km/159mi
Average
51km/32mi day
Trails
32% trails and bike-lanes + 68% asphalt 
Start | End
Porto | Santiago de Compostela
Dates

Start-End

Availability

Booking

Price

Per Person

Oct, 2017

Available

Euro 2140

April, 2018

Available

Euro 2390

May, 2018

Available

Euro 2430

June, 2018

Available

Euro 2430

July, 2018

Available

Euro 2310

August, 2018

Available

Euro 2310

September, 2018

Available

Euro 2440

October, 2018

Available

Euro 2390

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Minimum number of people: 2
Location: Porto and the North
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Price includes:
7-day Mountain Bike Tour with a GPS device | Superior quality bicycle rental | Transfers from and to Porto or Lisbon Airport | Accommodations (6 nights): 1 Pousada (one 17th century Fortress), 1 Parador (a former 16th century Palace), 3 four* Historic Hotels (one 16th century Monument Hotel, one 18th century Historic building and one 16th century Manor House), 1 four* modern Hotel | Double bedroom occupancy | 6 Breakfasts | Daily energy-bars and water | Luggage transport from Hotel to Hotel | Documentation about PortugalBike Tour  | Personal Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance | First-Aid assistance on location | Techno-Mechanical Assistance | Permanent Backup Vehicle | Pilgrim’s Credential.

Please note:
Supported version: We require a minimum of 2 people to confirm a Supported departure | Longer tour: You can join two PortugalBike Tours and have a 2-week program (10% discount on the second tour) | Groups: Discount for Groups of 4 or more people | On Supported tours we can offer you any date, depending on our availability. If the tour starts and ends in different months the price will be adjusted accordingly, depending on how many days in each month.

DAY BY DAY 

Day

1

Arrival   

Welcome at Porto or Lisbon airport. Transfer to a hotel in Porto (20-min from Porto airport, or 3-hour from Lisbon airport). Briefing about the tour. Lodging in a 4* hotel.

Day

2

Riding to the historic town on the coast

78km (48mi), 750m total climbing (2460ft), level 4 (3.9). After breakfast we leave the ancient city following the ways covered by the pilgrims until we get to the historic town on the coast. Lodging in a historic 4* hotel in the historic center of this small town.

Day

3

Riding to the border, always following the Way

58km (36mi), 560m total climbing (1840ft), level 3 (3.2). After breakfast we continue riding along the Portuguese coast towards the Spanish border, but we spend the night in Portugal, in a beautiful medieval town near the border, which is protected by a fortress with double walls. Lodging in a Pousada which is set on the highest place of the old fortified area of this town, with a great view over Spain.

Day

4

Crossing the border to Spain

55km (34mi), 1400 total climbing (4590ft), level 4 (4.3). After breakfast we finally cross the border. We continue along The Way and we will ride on some old roman tracks (older than 2000 years) and medieval paths until getting to the next town. Lodging in a Parador, a 16th century palace, near the historical and commercial center of the town.

Day

5

The luxuriant vegetation and the mysticism of the Way

40km (25mi), 800m total climbing (2630ft), level 3 (3.1). Breakfast. Before we get the next Spanish town we cross the thick woods with a luxuriant vegetation. Lodging in a 4* hotel with a swimming-pool; the building was built in the 16th century and it was the vacation house for the archbishops from Compostela.

Day

6

Mixed emotions when we arrive to Santiago de Compostela

26km (16mi), 800m total climbing (2630ft), level 3 (2.5). Breakfast. Finally, we get to Santiago de Compostela and we feel we accomplished our “mission”. Free afternoon to wander around this mystic city and do some shopping. Lodging in a beautiful 4* hotel ideal to rest after this long ride and very near to the historical center of Santiago de Compostela.

Day

7

Departure

After breakfast transfer to Porto (2-hours and 30min) or Lisbon airport (5-hours and 30 min).

Total distance 257km (159mi) | Average 51km/day (32mi/day) | 32% trails and bike-lanes + 68% asphalt

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TESTIMONIALS

“Jose and Cristina – the owners of Portugal Bike – are truly the best cycling tour operators in Europe. I went on the Camino de Santiago trip, which was a perfect mix of countryside scenery, cuisine, historical accommodations, and fun cycling. Cannot imagine a better way to see Portugal. Jose is a pro at gauging all cyclists’ strengths and abilities – being a first-time mountain cyclist, I felt completely comfortable having Jose lead us down somewhat challenging terrain. Highly recommend any of Portugal Bike’s trips!!”

Jennifer Huang, 33 – New York, United States

“We are pleased to inform that in August 2012 we did the tour Camino de Santiago de Compostela. This was an excellent adventure that took us along trails with an unimaginable history for those that come from tropical lands. The landscape is completely different from what we can see in Brazil. We were able to experience some of the situations described in the pilgrims’ reports. The pleasant company of the gods, the amazing discovery of the cultural “differences and similarities” between Brazil and Portugal, softened the weariness, the heat during the climbs and the rocks along the way. Everything was very well organized, first class equipment and car, very comfortable hotels; we enjoyed the ride, the food, the landscape and the historic monuments. We thank PortugalBike Team very much.”

Eduardo Preto, 57 – São Paulo, Brazil

“My wife and I did the northern mountain bike trip to Santiago a couple of weeks ago. We had an AWESOME time. Here’s a quick rundown: 1) Jose and Cristina are really the perfect guides. Both very friendly and very professional. Very knowledgeable about Portuguese history, culture etc… And Jose is a hell of a cyclist, to boot! 2) Really cool hotels. Obviously, these vary depending on the trip, but we stayed in 3 historic “Pousadas,” which were amazing. We also had one awesome new, modern hotel along the way. 3) Some wonderful food. With one exception, all the restaurants they selected were excellent. We had a lot of authentic, tasty Portuguese dishes. 4) Beautiful, challenging, rewarding biking. My wife and I are both in good shape, but neither of us is an experienced cyclist. Jose did a great job of encouraging us and helping us out without being condescending or unnecessarily demanding. We both felt exhilarated at the end of our 220+ km journey! All in all, this was a splurge for us, but one that we will absolutely remember for the rest of our lives! Oh, and I don’t want to promise that they’ll do this for everyone, but Jose and Cristina even drove us about 30 km out of their way to our final hotel in Cascais, outside of Lisbon, which was certainly above and beyond the call of duty… Thanks again Guys!!!”

Noah Zepelin, 33 – Colorado, United States

“Cycling to Santiago de Compostela was a unique experience. These 2 Brazilian women that were not very well prepared for such a big adventure got to the end with a great satisfaction. The tour was very well organized, with gorgeous views, and wonderful food showing a very rich gastronomy. The guides were very thoughtful, nice and competent conveying a great feeling of safety. We highly recommend this tour and we plan to come back and do other tours with Portugal Bike tours.”

Lucia Miranda, 53 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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