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Camino de Santiago by handbike
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8 days
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May Jun Sep Oct
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ESSH010
Pilgrimage Cycling Handbike
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Camino de Santiago by handbike

Camino de Santiago by handbike

Camino de Santiago: History, nature and culture

  • Carefully selected accessible accommodations with adapted rooms and private bathrooms to ensure maximum comfort
  • Feasible stages without prolonged slopes, allowing for enjoyment of the journey.
  • Magniicent open landscapes,  solitary plains and ininite horizons
  • Fabulous gastronomy
  • Heritage jewels of Romanesque and Mudejar art

 

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Route

Start: Burgos         Finish: León

The stages for this trip have been  selected after careful consideration of  the terrain, relief, possible dangers due to physical barriers, type of surface and availability of nearby accommodation with accessible facilities. However, there are inevitably certain critical spots where wheelchair users will need the help of their companion. There are also certain road crossings and short sections along road shoulders, which cannot be avoided if one wishes to do the longer stretches of the ‘Camino’.   

Day 1: Arrival in Burgos
Day 2: From Itero de la Vega to Frómista (15 km)
Day 3: From Frómista to Carrión de los Condes (20 km)
Day 4: From Carrión de los Condes to Moratinos (24 km)
Day 5: From Moratinos to Bercianos del Camino Real (20 km)
Day 6: From Bercianos del Camino Real to Mansilla de las Mulas (27 km)
Day 7: Discovering León
Day 8: Fin del programa

Day 1:    Arrival in Burgos

Having done the check-in in your hotel, you can spend the afternoon visiting Burgos, with a pedestrian old quarter and a very nice promenade along Arlanzón River. This city boasts visitors with very nice restaurants to get in touch with the tasty gastronomy of Castilla y León.  Tonight’s dinner is not included in the package, but you can arrange it yourself directly with the hotel or choose one of the accessible restaurants we suggest for people with reduced mobility. 

 

Day 2:    From Itero de la Vega to Frómista (15 km)

After breakfast, an adapted taxi will take you to the beginning of the route in Itero de la Vega, where the rental bike for the companion will also be delivered. This is the first village of Palencia province, in the region of Tierra de Campos, with vast plains and slight ruggedness among crop fields.  After 8 km you reach Boadilla del Camino, an easy stretch with a short but well worth it ascent to get beautiful views over Boadilla and its church (Iglesia de la Asunción) and pillory (15th century).

The second section until Frómista (6km) goes along the Canal de Castile on a compact dirt path. In the afternoon, you will have time to visit some architectonic jewels, belonging to the Romantic period.  

Again, dinner is not included tonight, but you can have it next to the accommodation, in a carvery.

Villages: Itero de la Vega - Boadilla del Camino - Frómista

Day 3:    From Frómista to Carrión de los Condes (20 km)

Today’s stage goes along an easy path parallel to the main road P-980, with scarce slopes. Endless crop fields will accompany you along the way.

Don’t miss Santa María la Blanca’s Church in Villalcázar de Sirga. Until Carrión de los Condes, the end of today’s route,  you follow the same path for other 6 km. This village has around 2000 inhabitants and offers all kinds of services and interest points such as Sta. María de la Victoria’s Church, Santiago’s Church and The Monastery of San Zoilo.

Villages: Frómista -  Población de Campos - Revenga de Campos -  Villovieco -  Villarmentero de Campos - Villalcázar de Sirga -  Carrión de los Condes

Day 4:    From Carrión de los Condes to Moratinos (24 km)

An adapted taxi will take you this morning, with your handbike and rental bike, to the beginning of the route by the Roman path Vía Aquitana. This stage is quite easy, flat and straight until Calzadilla de la Cueza, following a compact dirt / gravel track. On the way, you go past Calzadilla de la Cueza, a typical western scenery. Its houses were built along an ancient Roman path which is now part of the Camino de Santiago. In Calzadilla you will also spot some dovecotes, typical from this area. After other 13 km you will reach the end of today’s route, in Moratinos

Villages: Calzadilla de la Cueza - Lédigos - Terradillos de los Templarios - Moratinos

Day 5:    From Moratinos to Bercianos del Camino Real (20 km)

Today you enter theso-called Páramo Leonés, on a dirt track with no slopes.

You will go past the villages of Moratinos and San Nicolás del Real Camino. Before Sahagún there is diversion to avoid the tricky entrance to Ermita de la Virgen del Puente (Mudejar & Romanesque styles), with the historic churches of San Lorenzo & San Tirso.

The rest of the way to Bercianos del Camino Real (about 10 km) is easy along a road with little traffic. As an option, this section can be done on a dirt path suitable for the handbike, with loose stones and at a lower speed.

Villages: Moratinos-San Nicolás del Real Camino-Sahagún- Calzada del Coto-Bercianos del Camino Real.

Day 6:    From Bercianos del Camino Real to Mansilla de las Mulas (27 km)

Today’s stage goes through the Páramo, among plains and vast crop fields. The route is easy on a dirt track with loose stones, but it does not imply any problem for the handbike. It can also be done along a tarmac road with little traffic.

Villages: Bercianos del Camino Real - El Burgo de Ranero- Reliegos - Mansilla de las Mulas 

Day 7:    Discovering León

After breakfast, a taxi will take you direct to your hotel in León. After checking-in: visit the most important monuments of the city such as its Santa María’s Cathedral (12th-13th centuries), of Gothic style and with a magnificent stained glass window, or the Basílica of San Isidoro. Art lovers can also visit  the Contemporary Art Museum (MUSAC). But if there is something León is well-known for that is its old quarter or Barrio Húmedo, full of tapas bars. Stroll around San Martín Square and Ancha, de la Rúa, Badillo and Las Cercas streets. 

Day 8:    Fin del programa
accommodation

The accommodation selected for this trip  has been chosen according to location (daily stages to be covered), comfort and accessibility, both in rooms and common facilities. The standard accommodations on this trip will be hotels*** and hostels (prioritizing rooms with private bathroom).

When a standard accommodation is not available, these categories or location may vary. Extra nights may be booked in Burgos and León. The travel agency will inform clients about the accessibility at each of the accommodations. 

The accessibility of the accommodations included in this package have been tested by the Consultant specialized in accessible tourism Equalitas Vitae

Hotel Rice Bulevar (Burgos)
Hotel Rice Bulevar (Burgos)
Hostal San Pedro** (Frómista)
Hostal San Pedro** (Frómista)
Casa de Acogida Ntra. Señora de Belén (Carrión de los Condes)
Casa de Acogida Ntra. Señora de Belén (Carrión de los Condes)
Albergue San Bruno (Moratinos)
Albergue San Bruno (Moratinos)
Albergue La Perala (Bercianos del Real Camino)
Albergue La Perala (Bercianos del Real Camino)
Hotel Rural Casa Rural de los Soportales (Mansilla de las Mulas)
Hotel Rural Casa Rural de los Soportales (Mansilla de las Mulas)
practical info

This trip can be done between 1 April-15 June and 1 September and 30 October.

Due to the extreme weather conditions of this area (cold winters and hot summers) and that many accommodations along the Camino are closed most of the year, this trip cannot be booked in July and August. Also, we try to avoid the peak season with crowds of people and lower availability in the accommodations.

 

If you are coming from abroad, the Aeropuerto de Madrid-Adolfo Suárez (MAD) is the best option to reach cities like Burgos and León by public transport. Also, this airport has a wider offer of international flights into Spain.

If you are flying into Bilbao (BIO) or Valladolid (VLL)  you will also have good connections by public transport with either Burgos or León. 

How to arrive in Burgos / Return from León

by Train

The train company RENFE offers several services from Madrid, Bilbao or Valladolid to Burgos. For more information: www.renfe.es

Train journey (direct)

From Madrid airport (MAD)

  •         Madrid-Burgos (16:05)
  •         León-Madrid   (16:59h/18:50h)

From Bilbao airport (BIO)

  •         Bilbao-Burgos (17:00h /9:20h) 
  •         León-Bilbao  (15:44h)

From Valladolid airport (VLL) 

  •        Valladolid-Burgos (15:17h/ 17:23h)
  •        León-Valladolid(15:50h/16:59h/18:50h)

by bus

bus company ALSA (www.alsa.es) offers this service. Visit its website to check timetables and prices. 

 

Services for people with reduced mobility

  • AENA service

           wwwssl.aena.es . 902 404 704 & (+34) 91 321 10 00.

  • Servicio Atendo RENFE   

            www.renfe.com/viajeros/atendo

            Main Customer Service office at Atendo

            Train station Madrid-Atocha

            oca.accesibilidad@renfe.es

           Phone: 91 774 40 40

           Opening hours: 6:00 to 24:00h

           App Renfe Atendo www.play.google.com/store/apps

  •  ALSA  Assistance Service

            www.alsa.es/experiencia-alsa/planifica-tu-viaje/asistencia-especial# 

Throughout the programme travellers will have private transfers in adapted vehicles to the start of each stage, in addition to luggage transfer from hotel to hotel.

HYBRID BIKES RENTAL

  • Bike model:Bergamont vitos/ GT Avalanche/ Orbea Dakar/Peougeut CM22/61/ Stevens tonga/WeedHEAP 2.0
  • Bike Type: MTB//Trekking bikes
  • Gears: 24-27gears
  • Suspension:Suntour locking, recovery, 100mm
  • Frame sizes: Adults; 15" (XS), 17"(S), 19"(M), 22"(L) and 23"(XL)//Kid's bikes

For this trip, the means of transport for the person with reduced mobility will be an electric Hanbike, hitched to the wheelchair. The client has to bring his/her own wheelchair and handbike. Also, it is necessary to bring a spare battery, a charger and a off-road tyres which will be used for each stage. 

included

Included

  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners (days 4 & 5)
  • Luggage transfer between the accommodations
  • Adapted transfers on days 2, 4 and 7
  • Bike rental for the care giver
  • Accessibility information of the accommodations included in the program, with pictures of the rooms and bathrooms
  • GPS routes with information of interest and possible critical points of the itinerary
  • Trip notes with detailed route descriptions and maps

Not Included

  • Lunches
  • Handbike and accessories
  • Trip insurance
  • Personal expenses such as tips, phone calles, entrance fees, etc.
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation

Extras

  • Additional nights in Burgos or León
  • Arrival/departure transfers to the airport
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