Roncesvalles to Burgos

Castilllia Spain: (ZZ-BK-ESCAM01)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/spain_biking_camino_santiago_french_route_1.aspx

Introduction
Castilllia Spain
This Cycling Holiday explores the first section of the Camino Frances / French Way by Bike, the most traditional of all the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela and the best known internationally. The route, which was established in the late 11th century reaching the tomb of St James the Great, crosses the North of the Iberian Peninsula, through the Basque Country, Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y Leon and Galicia regions of Spain. Nowadays, cycling on the Camino has become an incredibly popular way of enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime journey to Santiago de Compostela.

Starting in Roncesvalles, this leg of the French Way will bring you to the vibrant city of Burgos. This section is great for cyclists who want to enjoy different landscapes, from the foothills of the Pyrenees to hilly fields of sunflowers, from woodland to red earth vineyards. It also has many historical cities as well as picturesque towns, and visitors can enjoy different regional cultures as they journey from the Basque Country to Castilla y Leon, not to mention the wine-dedicated region of La Rioja.

Accomodation

Accommodations
Our accommodations are selected based on a number of criteria, including location, comfort, services, price and character.
Please note, in case of non-availability of the below mentioned Hotels on the requested dates, similar ones will be used.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Hotel in Roncesvalles
Night 2: Hotel in Pamplona
Night 3: Hotel in Estella
Night 4: Hotel in Logrono
Night 5: Hotel in Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Night 6: Hotel in Burgos



Roncesvalles - Casa De Beneficiados
This restored 18th-century building offers a bar, free Wi-Fi zone and modern apartments with well-equipped kitchenettes. Each accommodation is decorated in light colors, with original beamed ceilings. All have a living-dining room with a TV and a bathroom with a hairdryer and toiletries. The property includes a communal laundry room, and luggage storage.

Pamplona - Europa Hotel
Each room comes equipped with a flat-screen TV, mini-bar and tea and coffee making facilities. Rooms are heated and feature a private bathroom with a hairdryer and toiletries kit.
There is free WiFi.

Estella – Hotel Yerri
The hotel is located 90 m from Estella Bullring, in the center of Estella. It offers 28 rooms with plasma TV, free WiFi and air conditioning. All rooms have a private bathroom equipped with a hairdryer.

Logrono - Hotel Mercure Carlton Rioja
Located in the center of Logroño, the capital of the La Rioja region, this is a functional hotel that offers free WiFi and classic-style rooms. Each of the spacious, air-conditioned rooms is equipped with a TV and mini-bar. The private bathroom has a hairdryer.

Santo Domingo de la Calzada - Pedro Primero
The Hotel has 9 rooms, distributed in:
3 Double rooms: with double bed of 140 cm
5 double rooms: with two beds of 90x190 cm
1 Family Suite: Room with two beds and two possible extra beds
Each of our rooms is decorated in a different way, combining furniture and old details with modern ones, achieving a very cozy atmosphere. All rooms have a private bathroom, heating, television, telephone and internet access (Wi-Fi or network).
There is also a common area  where you can check the construction system of the fortifications in the Middle Ages and connect to free Wi-Fi.

Burgos - Hotel Forum Evolucion
Hotel Forum Evolución is a modern hotel. It has a wine-themed décor. There are 19 rooms, including single, double and family rooms. The air-conditioned rooms are soundproofed and have a desk, a TV and a private bathroom with hairdryer and free toiletries. Services such as a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi are available.



Meals
Breakfasts and 3 dinners are included. Breakfast are eaten at the hotels and evening meals in the restaurant’s hotel or a restaurant nearby. It is usually a set menu.

Special diets and dietary restrictions:
We can only request dietary requirements to our suppliers for the following diets:
– Diabetic - Suitable for reduced sugar, hyperglycemic, hypoglycemic and carbohydrate controlled meal requests.
– Gluten Intolerant/Celiac also known as low gliadin, non-tropical sprue, Celiac disease, low wheat, wheat free, gluten restricted diet. A Gluten Intolerant Meal eliminates all foods prepared with wheat, rye, barley and oats.
– Vegetarian  (No meat – no fish). Nuts may be used as a protein substitute.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

BIKES:
Mountain Bike BH Over-X 27V; Bike Breakdown Insurance; Repair kit.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary
- subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
With its collegiate church, old monastery and chapel of Santiago, Roncesvalles has a strong link to the Camino de Santiago. It is also one of the major spots of all the routes to the tomb of St James as this is where all pilgrims gather to start their journey to Santiago de Compostela via the French Way. Set at the foothills of the Pyrenees (Alt. 1000m), this peaceful place seems to exist because of, and for, the Camino.
Meals included: none
Overnight in Roncesvalles


Day 2: Roncesvalles to Pamplona
Leaving the Pyrenees behind us, we cycle down to Pamplona (Alt. 450m) through the undulating terrain of the Basque Country via woodlands and hilly cultivated lands, before reaching the capital city of the region of Navarra – Pamplona.
By bike: approximately 48 kms. / Ascent: 600 m / Descent: 1000 m
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Pamplona


Day 3: Pamplona to Estella
As soon as we leave Pamplona, we notice a drastic change in landscape: sunflowers and cereal fields surround us as we pass el Alto del Perdon (Alt. 750m) before heading down to Puente de la Reina, where the French and Aragonese Ways to Santiago meet. The second half of the day sees another progression in landscapes as red earth crop fields, charming villages and vineyards begin to appear.
By bike: approximately 44 kms. / Ascent: 650 m / Descent: 650 m
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Estella


Day 4: Estella to Logrono
Today is another beautiful day, cycling through vineyards and red earth crop fields. We also pass by a few famous landmarks of the Camino such as the Monasterio of Irache and its bodega, and the steep climb up to Villamayor de Monjardin. Shade also decreases as we get closer and closer to Logrono, capital city of world-known wine producing region of La Rioja.
By bike: approximately 49 kms. / Ascent: 670 m/ Descent: 650 m
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Logrono


Day 5: Logrono to Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Yet another great cycling day, along red earth tracks and through the countryside of La Rioja. As the day goes on, we notice vines start to disappear and are replaced by more cereal fields as we approach Santo Domingo de la Calzada, another great milestone on the Camino de Santiago. This day can be seen as challenging as there are many ups and downs all day long and little shade.
By bike: approximately 48 kms. / Ascent: 600 m / Descent: 350 m
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Santo Domingo de la Calzada


Day 6: Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Burgos
The day is spent through hilly crop fields, crossing a few quiet villages before getting back to civilization in Burgos. This can be a demanding day as the length is challenging and because of the ascent/descent – but the final destination in Burgos worth it!
By bike: approximately 70 kms. / Ascent: 1000 m / Descent: 650 m
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Burgos


Day 7: Burgos. End of the Camino
After breakfast we bid you farewell



Rates and Dates for Roncesvalles to Burgos

Rates include:

Accommodations in standard hotels and guesthouses, All breakfasts and 3 dinners, Luggage transfers, Bike rental & Detailed cycling notes and Map.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20217 day cycling trip, MAP€850$1015
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.19

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2021 Single supplement 180 $205
2021 Upgrade to 4* accommodation, dbl, pp 45 $50
2021 Upgrade to 4* accommodation, single 90 $100
2021 Upgrade to 5* accommodation, dbl, pp 185 $210
2021 Upgrade to 5* accommodation, single 260 $295
2021 Extra night, dbl, pp ~ Please inquire 0 $0

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 01/01 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day cycling trip, MAP 2 /16 Reserve

Dates Note: Available any time of the year.

Rates do not include:

All lunches and 3 dinners, Drinks, Airport transfers, Insurance, Gratuities & Transfers to/from start and end point

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Roncesvalles to Burgos Cycling along the Camino (ZZ-BK-ESCAM01):
We know things have been pretty changeable for the last few months, so we are committed to helping you to change your plans if you need to.  All bookings made in 2021 will be able to be changed up to 10 days before departure.

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Roncesvalles
Airport: Biarritz, Bilbao
Transfer:

Climate:
                                                    Burgos area
 

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

44

47

54

57

67

73

81

81

74

63

51

45

Average Low Temperature (°F)

31

31

34

37

42

48

52

52

48

42

36

32

Average High Temperature (°C)

7

9

12

14

18

23

27

27

23

17

11

7

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-1

0

1

3

6

9

11

11

9

6

2

0

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

8

7

6

8

9

5

3

3

5

7

8

8

Source: NOAA


Seasons

The French Way in its entirety stretches from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela, and is divided into eight sections. Some of the most popular cities along the route include Pamplona, Leon, and Sarria. All sections of the Camino Frances stretch across the northern region of Spain, creating very seasonal weather.

Summer
Like most countries in the Western Hemisphere, Spain in summer can be very warm. In fact, from June to August the temperatures in this region average at around 27°C (80°F). The sun is shining for a majority of the days every month. However, in Sarria in particular, there is a higher chance of rain.

Fall
When the season turns to fall, the temperature on the Camino shifts as well. Temperatures cool to around 23°C (73°F) in September, 18°C (64°F) in October, and 13°C (55°F) in November. As the temperatures drop, there is also a higher chance of rain along the route. Like before, in Sarria specifically, there are more predicted rainy days than sunny days.

Winter
As winter hits the region, the temperatures drop drastically. Averaging around 9°C (48°F) or 10°C (50°F), the weather in the northern region of Spain is typically rainier.

Spring
In March, April and May, the temperatures slowly get warmer. With temperatures increasing from 13°C (55°F) in March to 18°C (64°F) in May, the days still have a tendency to be half rainy and half sunny.

What To Bring: