FRENCH WAY FROM RONCESVALLES TO SANTIAGO (754km)

This is the perfect option for cycling lovers. We will travel the whole French way in Spain from Roncesvalles to the impressive city of Santiago de Compostela with its majestic cathedral. You will have the chance to visit beautiful places and get to know historical monuments and cities such as Pamplona, Logroño, Burgos, León, Astorga, Ponferrada and Santiago.

Arrival in Roncesvalles

The traveler is responsible to arrive at the given accommodation on the chosen date. This day is a good chance to visit the city and to rest.

Roncesvalles – Pamplona

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 5h 30′Distancia42 Km

We depart from Roncesvalles, to enjoy an easy stage ideal to warm up and prepare for the upcoming days. First we will go down to Burguete and Espinal. Once the first kilometers are made, we will be ready to climb up to Erro. From here the road follows the same way than Arga River and continues until the end of the stage. Once approaching to Pamplona the roads will be more crowded.

Pamplona – Estella

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 5h 30′Distancia42 Km

After leaving Pamplona, we will begin a climb up to the “Alto del Perdón”. From here it will begin a descent towards Puente la Reina with its medieval narrow streets and the impressive famous bridge of the eleventh century. The way continues crossing the main square of the city until Cirauqui. From the top of this village we descend our last kilometers to arrive in Estella.

Estella – Logroño

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 6h 30′Distancia50 Km

During this stage we will leave the region of Navarre crossing along various famous places like “Fuente del Vino” (wine fountain), the Irache Monastery or the “Caserío de Azqueta”.  The road flows between olive trees, cereal fields and, most importantly, vineyards, one of the most traditional sceneries of La Rioja before arrival in Logroño, end of the stage.

Logroño – Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 6h 30′Distancia49 Km

We leave Logroño behind, after 12 kilometers we will see Navarrete, popular for its reach monumental heritage. One of the highlights is the old pilgrim’s hospital of San Juan de Acre. From here the level of difficulty increase little by little, we will climb to San Antón Mountain. During the tour we will cross dirt roads up to Azofra, located on a small hill in the center of Cañas Valley. Later we will arrive to Santo Domingo de la Calzada, another important point of the Way to Santiago.

Santo Domingo de la Calzada – Burgos

Dificultad HighTiempo estimado 7h 30′Distancia72 Km

The level of difficulty increases. Our first stop will be at Belorado. The way continues through forest to finally open in front of the wonderful Goose Mountains. Today’s journey will be above all a mountainous route through the Atapuerca Mountains, one of the most iconic landscapes of Burgos region. After the effort we will reach our goal, Burgos.

Burgos – Carrión de los Condes 

Dificultad HighTiempo estimado 8h 30′Distancia87 Km

We will leave the beautiful city of Burgos by crossing Arlazón River. This is a long stage with almost no irregularities of the path. Along the way we will find places like Tardajos and Hornillos, as well as San Antón Convent, one of the highlights of the stage. To get to Mostelares we will have to save some energy for the previous demanding climb. From there we descend to the Pisuerga river and continue towards Fromista, Villalcázar de Sirga and finally we will arrive in Carrión de los Condes.

Carrión de los Condes – León

Dificultad HighTiempo estimado 8h 30′Distancia93 Km

From Carrión de los Condes the path leads us to Calzadilla de la Cueza. We will leave behind the cities of Lédigos, Terradillo de Templarios and Moratinos. Within this road you will find one of the most important historical points, Sahagún. After this point we have to cross Cea River to reach the Calzada del Coto, where the road splits. We choose to continue the road on the left leading us to Bercianos del Camino and El Burgo Ranero. Only a few kilometers away we will find León.

León – Astorga

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 8h 30′Distancia54 Km

We will enjoy a peaceful route of low difficulty. The starting point is León to go towards Villar de Mazarife. The route goes along interminable valleys. We will enter San Martín del Camino and from there a small descent leads us to Hospital de Órbigo. After a relatively strong descent we will arrive to San Justo de la Vega, only three kilometers before our destination, Astorga.

Astorga – Ponferrada

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 5h 30′Distancia53 Km

This stage reaches the highest point of the French way, the famous Iron Cross (Cruz de Hierro). From Rabanal, the path leads us to El Acebo, a mandatory stop before to stat the hard descent until Bierzo. Finally we will arrive to Ponferrada, a wonderful city to enjoy the rest of the day.

Ponferrada – O Cebreiro

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 5h 30′Distancia53 Km

Once leaving Ponferrada we will reach Villafranca del Bierzo, the entrance to the city is worth to visit with its famous “Puerta del Perdón”. The beginning of the stage presents irregularities with many ups and downs. The last ten kilometers flows along the Valley of Valcarcel River. The stage ends in O Cebreiro, a wonderful Celtic style village.

O Cebreiro – Portomarín

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 6h 30′Distancia62 Km

From O Cebreiro we leave towards Triacastela. From Triacastela, there are two possibilities to get to Sarria: Samos or San XiI. If we choose San Xil, we will find a path going mostly through countryside. If we choose Samos (highly recommended) we will have the chance to visit the Benedictine Monastery, the path follows the provincial asphalt road, narrow and very busy. Before arriving in Sarria we will cross iconic and emblematic places. The rest of the stage does not present special difficulties leading us to Portomarin.

Portomarín – Arzúa

Dificultad HighTiempo estimado 7hDistancia53 Km

We continue our journey with one of the most difficult stages. To begin, a hard climb leads us to “Montes de Ligonge” before to arrive in Palas de Rei. From there only a few kilometers separate us from Melide. It’s a must to stop at one of its “pulperias” to try the best Galician octopus. After Melide we will find Ribadixo do Baixo, one of the most beautiful places of the French way with its photogenic Roman bridge. Finally, after a last strong climb we will get to Arzúa.

Arzúa – Santiago de Compostela

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 4hDistancia39 Km

To finish our journey we will have an easy and pleasant stage, crossing through forest with lights up and downs and alternating with areas of national road frequented by cars and trucks to finally get to Pedrouzo. This is one of the most exciting stages as it is the one that would complete our journey to Santiago.

Monte Do Gozo it’s a strategic point, located just 4 km from the Cathedral. Once there we will observe in the distance the towers of the long-awaited Santiago Cathedral and we will feel a great personal satisfaction. We must let ourselves be guided downhill, the end of our Camino is near. We will arrive at Obradoiro Square, where the Cathedral is located.

Santiago de Compostela

Mission completed. After sealing our credential at every stage and collecting our Compostela, we deserve this great reward. A good opportunity to get to know the city, enjoy its culture, people and gastronomy, after all the effort invested you’ve earned it.

** After leaving the accommodation, our services will be concluded.

THIS TRIP INCLUDES

  • 8 days / 7 nights in the chosen accommodation
  • Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
  • Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
  • Telephone assistance service 24/7
  • Travel assistance insurance
  • Single room supplement: 265 €/pax
  • Extra night in Santiago: 35 € pax double room / 55 € pax single room
  • Breakfast: 90 €/pax
  • Half Board:  290 €/pax
  • Cancellation insurance: 20 €/pax
  • Electric Bike rental: 455 €/pax
  • Mountain Bike rental 27”: 270 €/pax
  • Mountain Bike rental 29”: 350 €/pax
  • Bike shipping from your home: 60 €/pax
  • Bike shipping from Santiago: 60 €/pax

PRICE

  • 795 € pax double room

ACCOMMODATION

For this itinerary we offer accommodation in double private rooms in hotels, hostels or rural accommodation.

Hostales y/o pensionesHostels and hotels 795€

* All accommodations are of the best quality, carefully selected after years of experience and approved by our customers.

H O T E L

Accommodation in double private rooms in hotels, hostels or rural accommodation

The accommodation in Hostels and Guesthouses has double, triple or quadruple rooms, always with private bathroom. They are simple and comfortable room ideal for sleeping and resting.

* For individual bookings, it is necessary to pay a supplement. 

Accommodation in double private rooms in hotels, hostels or rural accommodation

The accommodation in Hostels and Guesthouses has double, triple or quadruple rooms, always with private bathroom. They are simple and comfortable room ideal for sleeping and resting.

* For individual bookings, it is necessary to pay a supplement.