You can prepare everything, your backpack, your helmet, your clothes, patches, raincoats, but there will never be enough preparation for the amount of emotions that will overflow your heart.
You will immerse yourself in a route that makes you fall in love, surprises you and that leads you to experience the sensation of maximum freedom traveling through fields, routes, ramps and dirt trails.
On your bike path you will find towns, medieval villages, bridges, castles, churches. You will also have dreamlike landscapes and beautiful sunsets.
Its wealth is so great that when you least expect it, your wheels will have already touched the ground of Santiago, but the Way of your life is just beginning.
When we invite you to live a VIP experience, it is not about providing you with the luxuries to which you are already accustomed. Although we have chosen the best bikes, hotels and restaurants on the route, this is not the main feature of our experience.
What really makes it VIP is the quality of our services, it is being able to provide you with the support you need at all times and not just limit ourselves to emergencies.
It is having carefully chosen the accompaniment, the lodgings and the gastronomic or cultural experiences so that you make the most of your trip and that even in the moments of rest, you live a wonderful surprise…
A few drinks around the fireplace in a medieval village, a theatrical performance, a room with a view of the square, a choice of the best local dishes, picnics in nature and visits to wonderful places not frequented by tourists.
All this and much more is what makes our trips a VIP and unforgettable experience.
Once you arrive to Madrid, we welcome you at the airport and you won’t have to worry about a thing. Your transfers, meals, drinks, snacks, insurance, and more, will be taken care of by our team.
We meet you at the airport, and then transfer you to the hotel that we have selected for you. You will have the afternoon free to rest or explore the city and in the evening we will meet again for our welcome celebration in which we will share a delicious dinner with all the participants.
We will take advantage of this moment to get to know each other and learn a little about the Way of Santiago.
Meet up on the hotel lobby after breakfast to go to Chamartín station. We will travel by high-speed train from Madrid to the city of León where we will make a brief stop for rest and leisure.
We will continue to Sahagún de Campos, where we will receive our bicycles to adjust them to our needs and test them. They have to be perfect for the next day.
During the afternoon, we will have time to take a walk around the city and see its monuments.
Our route begins. It will be a flat stage in the Castilian moor, with a leg-breaking slide at the end.
During the stage we will have prepared several refreshment areas where you can have snacks, energy bars, isotonic drinks, water and soft drinks.
In the afternoon we will eat in a typical restaurant and we will walk through the historical places of the City of León.
It will be our last stage on the flat terrain, before entering the mountains that will take us to Bierzo, a valley of vineyards.
We will cross a Roman bridge with 20 eyes, and next to it we will be able to have our snack. Then the roads will be winding, with some climbs, but nothing that we can’t easily cope with.
In the afternoon, before eating, we will contemplate the episcopal palace of Gaudí and other works of art in Astorga.
After about 10 flat kms. to warm up, the mountain begins. We will start the ascent to the Cruz de Ferro mountain pass. At this stop, we will perform a small ritual typical of pilgrims.
Then we will have 14 km of fantastic descent, to reach Ponferrada and its Templar castle.
We will have our Picnic next to the Molinaseca river, and if the weather is good, we will dive in its waters.
This stage will pass through the valley of the Valcarce River, between vineyards, cherry trees and chestnut trees.
We will now enter Galicia, going through a demanding mountain pass. Our stage will end in a beautiful pre-Romanesque town called O Cebreiro.
In this place we will have a special surprise for everyone. It will be a day to always remember.
We will start our stage going down the mountain. Meanwhile, we can see how the landscape changes completely.
We will contemplate the impressive monastery of Samos in the middle of a beautiful valley.
Then we will cross Sarria, a city where pilgrims leave on foot, and we will pass through Km. 100. We will finish in Portomarín where we can visit its fortified church.
A stage of continuous ups and downs, all day we will go between small streams and corredoiras (paths covered by the branches of the trees).
It will be a demanding stage because we have already been pedaling for several days, but we will have our reward when we pass through Melide, the capital of the Galician Octopus, where, of course, we will taste this delicious delicacy.
We will have a leg-breaking road with continuous ups and downs, until we reach the last stop, the Lavacolla stop.
Then Monte do Gozo at the gates of Santiago, where we will regroup before entering together the Obradoiro Square in Santiago. Surely some tears will appear on our faces.
At night we will have our Gala Dinner to say goodbye to the Santiago’s Way.
We will have the morning to enjoy the city of Santiago and buy some souvenirs. At noon we will meet to take the train back to Madrid where we will end our services.
You can consult with us an alternative option if you want a different return, for example joining us in the Van making stops at places of interest. This alternative option is not available on all our paths, places are limited and it is handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
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You will have the company of a specialized guide and support staff throughout the experience, leaving enough space for you to enjoy the journey at your leisure and talk with your companions.
You have the peace of mind of having our support car available for any situation, for example, if you need to rest or go ahead on a stretch. We are not limited to just emergencies.
On the Way, hostels with a room and bathroom shared by 4 or more people predominate. We have chosen hotels and rural houses to offer you privacy and a better rest.
We want you to make the most of your visit to Spain. For this reason, we have our trip back to Madrid in a Van, visiting Medieval towns such as Puebla de Sanabria and the City of Segovia.
As a Colombian, I know the warmth and kindness that represents us. From us you will always receive personalized, familiar and close treatment even if you are far from home.
Thanks to our special agreement, we guarantee that you can rent your mono suspension, double suspension, carbon, or Ebike bike, at the best price and without the need to leave a deposit for possible breakdowns or damages.
In addition to our special gastronomic outings, you will enjoy Picnic-style lunches, in front of the most amazing landscapes of the Camino and tasting the best of Mediterranean food.
We carry out more than 10 bike paths every year and we handle every detail very well so that you are the protagonist of this wonderful experience and enjoy everything that is important to the fullest.
The VIP Bike experience includes your accommodation in double rooms with private bathroom, each night you share a room with one person from the group. (Max. two people per room)
If you come as a couple, as a family or with friends, you can choose who accompanies you. If you come alone, we will place you with a person of your same sex, who will be your partner or roommate throughout the trip.
Remember that you will only share with one person belonging to the group. If you want a single room, we can talk to quote the extra amount to pay.
The Way is a very busy destination, it is likely that in some towns there is no possibility of having a single room.
The support car is reserved solely for our Walking pilgrims. Therefore, it is not possible to bring a companion who does not participate in the experience.
You can offer your companion the option of signing up for the experience and they can have our support car if they need to rest or go ahead on a stretch, we will take care of accompanying and guiding them and you can enjoy the pace you want.
Remember that this option is allowed in our Premium version Paths (Customized, under quote). If you want to talk with us to quote a Camino Premium you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To participate in this route and that you can achieve your goal of traveling the 400 km by bike, you must be in good physical shape. It is important to be used to riding a bike, especially on the saddle, and to know your proper speed to avoid falls.
It is not necessary for you to be an advanced cyclist, with a minimum of preparation it is enough. It is good that you start training a month or two before coming to the trail in order to avoid fatigue or sore muscles during the experience.
Whenever you have doubts about your physical condition and level of training, we recommend using the electric bike. You can keep pedal assist off when you want to exercise and turn it on in the toughest moments.
The most important preparation is on a mental level, you must be aware that you will be out of your comfort zone, and in contact with another culture, you will also share with people from different parts of the world.
Every day we will get up early and travel an average of 50 km, the meal times will be different from what you are used to, we will spend most of the time in rural environments and it is possible that during the tour it will rain, be cold or we will have to pedal in terrain wet. Nothing that an adventurous mind does not know how to take advantage of.
The base program provides paths with easy slopes.
Yes, regardless of the entry requirements that Spain demands according to your country of origin.
ZocoCamino has some measures to guarantee the protection of its pilgrims.
It is necessary that you use the mask in the indicated places and that you wash your hands or use hydroalcoholic gel frequently. In addition, we will maintain a constant disinfection of the Support Car and our work elements.
Your medical insurance included in the price of the experience, has coverage in case of suspicion, symptoms or being diagnosed with COVID 19 during your trip.
Remember that by booking any of our experiences, you are committing to follow the security instructions of the ZocoCamino team.
Each pilgrim will be able to carry a single suitcase or backpack of max. 23 kg of weight that will be transported in a vehicle from hotel to hotel. (If you bring more suitcases with you to Spain, you must leave them in storage in Madrid)
To get used to the way of traveling of the pilgrims, avoid carrying unnecessary luggage on the Camino. You don’t need: Jewelry, books, elegant or party clothes or shoes, iron or hair dryer, towels, sleeping bag, umbrella, wallets.
On some selected dates, you will need the following warm items:
By being part of the ZocoCamino family, you can rent the bike of your choice at the best price and without having to leave a deposit for possible damages. You rent the bike when you are in Spain and directly with our supplier.
Once you are in Madrid, apart from the bike rental, you must bear in mind that lunch and accommodation on the 10th is not included and we will end our services when we are back in Madrid.
You may need to bring extra money if you want…
– Meals and drinks not specified in the program.
– Upgrade to a single room.
– Bring extra baggage to the one allowed (1 suitcase or backpack per person).
– Visit payment monuments.
– Buy Souvenirs.
Yes, you can enjoy this route with children from the age of 10 who have experience with the bike. It is necessary for one of the parents or family member to take care of him and not leave him alone at any time, even if he chooses to rest in the support car.
If the minor does not have experience or confidence riding a bike, we recommend choosing the Camino de Santiago VIP Walking experience.
Puedes viajar con tu grupo en privado siempre y cuando sean 12 o más personas. En este caso, además gozarás de un descuento especial del 10% en el valor del viaje..
Si tu grupo es más pequeño, aceptaremos más peregrinos hasta completar los 12 cupos.
El grupo debe acomodarse a nuestras fechas disponibles para el Camino VIP en Bici.
Si desean realizar la experiencia en las fechas de su elección o un viaje totalmente privado en pareja o con un grupo de menos de 12 personas, pueden optar por cotizar un Camino en Bici Premium.
The VIP experience, either by bike or on foot, is a pre-designed experience, which is carried out in a group and on the dates that we have chosen. The activities and the tour are carried out without any modification.
The Premium experience is the option that we offer you so that together we can design a route that suits you, if you want to come in private, as a couple or with your own group, add or remove stages, more or fewer days, include other activities, etc. The Premium experience is made under quotation since the price varies according to the dates, the number of days, the stages, the activities and the number of people to include.
If you want to plan a Camino Premium with us, you can contact us at email@example.com
For us, all the stations on the Santiago’s Way have their charm. The best time to do it depends more on your personality and tastes when traveling.
The months of May and September have pleasant weather and fewer tourists than the summer months.
Between March and April Holy Week is celebrated with many religious representations and we have the first shoots of spring.
Summer is lived from June to August, they are the hot months although normally in Galicia we do not have temperatures as high as in the rest of Spain, there is more influx of tourists and more atmosphere on the Camino.
October is the ideal month to experience a change of season and enjoy the colors of nature, the fall of the leaves and the beautiful sunsets that autumn gives us.