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  • 10

    Camino de Santiago

    Loved this trip. All-round, this is one of my favourite holidays for quite some time. Great country, great food, great cameraderie, some challenging riding, plus the sense of a journey which makes the trip really special. And we were lucky with the weather.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We were a small group (five) - I took my inspiration from the other people on the trip who were all a bit better than me and helped me along the way. The off-road section on the morning of the penultimate day - this was harder than anything I had done before and the scenery was spectacular. The end of the final push up to Santiago!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Dani was a great leader. He constantly adapted the route to give us more/less off-road biking according to our pace. I learnt a lot and will be much more confident about tackling hills in future. Jose was in a driver/support role for our week but I would also have complete confidence in him. A local guide really makes the difference with food tasting. We got some preferential treatment and delicacies from the restaurants along the camino who all know our guides very well. Try a bit of everything!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get your pilgrim passport stamped - it is a nice momento of the trip. The toughest climb is the road up to O'Cebreiro. There is an option to take the walkers' route to the summit village instead which two of us did and enjoyed. Consider an extra night in Santiago - we flew back on Sunday from the local airport. Go to the Friday night mass in Santiago with the Botafumeiro - none of our party were doing the camino for religious reasons but it was an insight into how much the pilgrimage means for those who were. Packing cubes - I'm a recent convert! They really help for a trip like this when you are on the move all the time. Take your own water bottle as these are not supplied.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Enjoy this trip - Buen Camino!

  • 8

    Captivating Camino

    Week long bike adventure was the perfect mix of intense physical activity and sightseeing / touring.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The challenging uphills were made worthwhile upon reaching the summit of the small mountains (1.500 m)...and then of course the smooth downhill cruise after.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    fantastic

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    Camino de Santiago

    A challenging trip with many hills &amp; steep descents but very enjoyable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There was a huge amount of satisfaction at finishing the ride &amp; cycling into Santiago together as a group.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose &amp; Javier were excellent &amp; very attentive, nothing was too much trouble for them.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you are fit before undertaking this trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotels were much better than I expected &amp; the food lovely.

  • 10

    CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

    This is an excellent but at times challenging trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Achieving the climbs and arriving in Santiago.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both the group leader and support leader were excellent in every way; knowledgeable, skilled in their respective jobs, supportive, encouraging, thoughtful, mindful of the needs of individuals, conscientious and thorough.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be fit!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you Jose and Danni!!

  • 8

    CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

    This was a great trip,  a varied on/off road trip through Galia, stunning Autumn landscapes, good food, culminating in arrival at Santiagao, a real classic old Spanish city. Whilst this is advertised as a road trip, a lot is actually off road through forest tracks which I really enjoyed

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    cycling through forest tracks with all the Autumn colours then arriving at the Santiago Cathedral to finish the trip. Lots of local sites, cafe stops etc

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose the leader was excellent, consistentley helpful, cheerful and generally a good guide 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    bring your own saddle. The food was generally good , with a menu of the day inc wine typically being 9e. Some of us found the breakfasts a bit sparse - if you want muselli or lots of fruit, bringing some would be useful

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Camino de Santiagp

    I didn't know whether to go on this trip selfguided or guided and I'm glad I chose the guided option because I would have missed so much by myself. The two guides were a fantasic team and took us to the best restaurants , on the best routes and to the best places. The best holiday I've ever had. Perfect weather, good company in a small group of 8, fantastic cheap food with many local specialities and terrfic varied cycling. As soon as I got back home I booked a similar trip to Italy with Exodus.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving at the top of the Monte de la Cruz de Ferro where the guides had organised a picnic of local produce that was more like a banquet.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fantastic, informative, caring, passionate about his country and very funny.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go !

  • 10

    CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

    A great trail and a brilliant leader

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of the climbs, and arriving in Santiago on the last day of the trip

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Can't imagine a better leader

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring your own pedals and bike shoes if you want to clip-in.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

    Fantastic holiday with a great group of people, enthusiastic guide, wonderful scenery, good food and comfortable hotels. This was a very special week following the last 200 miles of the Camino de Santiago. All this together with challenging and exhilirating cycling made for an unforgettable trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    One of the most inspitrational moments was getting to the top of the hill on the 3rd cycling day. Our group of 16 varied quite widely in cycling ability. Even the best cyclist set himself his own challenge to get up the 8km rise as fast as possible without putting a foot down. I just wanted to get to the top without having to give up and when I achieved this, the rest of the group gave me a round of applause - awesome !!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Dani was a complete star !! This mountaneer had only led one Camino cycling trip before and was now presented with the responsibility of guiding 16 cycalists of varying ability. He was consistently enthusiastic and encouraging while maintaining a sense of humour. As we struggled to find those elusive yellow arrows he took all our ribbing about his map reading skills with good humour !!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    My advice is really about the conflict between the grading and the written description of the trip. In my opinion the trip is correctly graded moderate to challenging. However the trip notes also state "the riding is generally undemanding" Not sure what planet this author is on !! Even the most experienced cyclists on the trip found  demanding sections on most days. A later sentence reads "This trip is ideal for the occassional cyclists who exercise regularly" It was on the basis of this statement that my husband and I signed up. In reality it was FAR more challenging than this would indicate. We are SO delighted to have experienced the trip but as "occasional" cyclists we had to dig very deep into our reserves of "regular exercise" to get up those hills !!! My point is that less motivated and stubborn people might be disappointed and demotivated to find themselves on a trip that was too difficult for them.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Definitely one of our best holidays ever.. Great combination of personal achievement overcoming the cycling challenges presented by the Camino together with stunning scenery, great group, enthusiastic guide, good food and comfortable hotels. Bring on the next one !!

  • 10

    CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

    This was a great cycling holiday with some lovely scenery, great food and good biking. The company was great too - all the group (5 of us) bonded and together with the two guides, we sat down together for every meal and coffee break. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The descent from the outskirts of Santiago to the front of the Cathedral late on the Friday night after a 70k + cycle was awesome and made it all worthwhile. Personally, managing to cycle up all of the two mountain climbs was really satisfying too.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I am full of praise for our group leader Jose, who found the best way through the trails and roads, managed our safety while keeping the trip challenging and exciting and found great places for us to eat! On our trip, some severe rain and winds had lead to some river crossings flooding which could have caused us real problems. Jose found the best way through with minimal interruption and all on spur of the moment - that's great leading.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would certainly recommend you spend a good few weekends leading up to the trip getting your cycle legs ready - get plenty of uphills in (that's really important if you want to cycle all the way around). You will be cycling around 50-60k + a day so build up your distance, though there are plenty of breaks during the day. I would certainly recommend filling your drinks bottle with isotonic (especially for the two big mountain climbs).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Be aware that the rental bikes (Spanish Orbea make) are OK but not great. I certainly made the trip fine on mine but would have preferred something more up to date and better spec. These bikes have heavy steel frames, the gearing is not particularly low and they use caliper brakes rather than disc. If it's convenient you might want to bring your own bike instead. I took my own saddle and SPD pedals but I wish I'd also taken a gel saddle cover too as my backside was either sore or numb after a day in the saddle! Be warned!

  • 10

    CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

    Best cycle holiday yet.  Excellent company and well paced itinerary.  

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching Santiago late on the last day, with wonderful final dinner

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose and Sandro were a first class team

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

    A Good trip. My only complaint was that I was issued with the wrong size bike and had to suffer back ache for the firfirst day due to shortage of a suitable bike. There were no spare bikes in case of breakages and I felt this put unnecessary strain on the leader.  

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving at Santiago on Friday eveving.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    .Great. He coped with difficulties by improvisation and always kept his sense of humour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring warm clothes. I only had cycle shorts and really needed long trousers to ride in especially when we were cycling at higher altitudes. Waterproofs were essential.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    THe bikes were not particularly well maintained with dodgy gears and worn fittings on some. The driver had no spare parts and no spare bikes which seemed incomprehensible. He had to rely on finding bike shops on route to purchase these. There should definitely have been a spare bike available. The trip was made very enjoyable as a result of the guide. 

  • 8

    CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

    Great trip, great guides

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving at the village of O Cebereio after a long hard climb. A simple, beautiful village high on the mountain between Leon and Gallicia.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose was an excellent leader in every respect. Professional, supportive, hugely positive attitude and always seeking to make the trip work for everyone and with great suggestions for eating. He deserves an Exodus medal.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I'd say you need to be taking regular exercise to get the best out of this trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This could easily be a 5* trip if a little more attention was paid to the hotels. On a few days these were quite far out of town or rather functional. So this detracted somewhat from the magic and atmosphere of the Camino experience.

  • 6

    CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

    It's an amazing physical and spiritual experience, and the Spanish guides went above and beyond the call of duty.  However, the trip was physically more demanding than the description led me to believe, beware if you have food allergies, and I didn't think much of the insurance assistance company provided by Exodus.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I got up very early one morning and tackled the most arduous day of the holiday by myself.  Seeing the sun rise while bing totally alone but surrounded by all that natural grandeur and beauty was an experience I shall never forget.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ignacio (Nacho) was funny, considerate, well-informed, knowledgeable, and eager to communicate his love of the region to his little flock.  After I had my accident, he went out of his way to make sure that I had everything I needed.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Tiop 1: If you have any kind of food intolerance or allergy, take your own supplies with you.  Exodus assured me that gluten intolerance wouldn't be a problem, but all they had done was alert the guide.  Fortunately, we found a supermarket that stocked gluten-free food; these are not common in Spain.  Without this, one morning I would have faced the prospect of eating raw tomatoes (only) for breakfast. Tip 2: a cycle route in Spain is not the same beast as a cycle route in the UK.  Think unmade up road, forest track, large loose boulders.  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was a great experience with a great bunch of people.  We were lucky in that it was a very small group (9 of us) and we all got on well.  We were also fortunate in our group leaders: Nacho and Diana were fantastically good fun and nothing was too much trouble for them.

  • 8

    CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

    This was a really great trip- the history of the Camino, interesting towns, the Galician countryside, some reasonably challenging climbs and a good group of people who got on well.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving in Santiago, but also the days we climbed up to O Cebreiro and cycling through the Galician country lanes.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Nacho and Jaime were both excellent and looked after the group really well, and with a great sense of humour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you like historic cities, consider staying an extra day in Santiago at the end. For those of us who cycled on the last afternoon, we only had an evening there which isn't time to have a good look round.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

    This trip was fantastic! Really good route with a mixture of on and off road cycling. Beautiful area of countryside with a good amount of attractive towns and villages. Superb guides with excellent command of English, good local knowledge and great entertainment.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This trip has a good mixture of fairly level cycling with a number of significant ups and downs. The two long uphills mentioned in the trip notes were fairly hard going, but the rewards came on the way down - A couple of fantastic long descents with superb views over the surrounding countryside.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Nacho (cycling guide) and Jaime (driving the minibus) were excellent. Both had a great grasp of English (Jaime lived in Scotland for many years). Both were good cyclists and looked after the group very well - giving plenty of leeway for the faster/fitter riders and keeping an eye open for the more laid back cyclists in the group. Not an easy job with a group of 15 of various ages! The organisation was fantastic and the care of the cycling equipment with appropriate help when needed was superb. They were also good company both on the ride and in the evenings.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a superb trip, but you do need to have a certain degree of cycling fitness! Having been on a couple of other trips, I would say Moderate/Challenging is about right... there are several fairly hard going uphill bits to the trip, but that only makes the downhills even more worthwhile. We had a very mixed group aged mid-thirties to late-sixties, but all coped very well albeit at slightly different paces! However, it isn't a gentle ride in the country!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Although I took my own bicycle, the hire bicycles provided appeared to be well maintained and stood up to the trip well. I think 3-4 punctures in the week were the only difficulties encountered, and the guides sorted these quickly on each occasion. Enjoy!

  • 8

    CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

    I'm not one to write about a recent holiday but this was an exceptional holiday with a group of people who loved the whole experiece as much as I did. We were lucky enough to enjoy a mini heatwave in October without needing to get the wet weather gear out of our suitcases.It was my first Exodus holiday and it wont be last. Some of the group had travelled on other trips and I was able to hear first hand about the trips ( much better than reading about them in the brochure).Northern Spain, what a beautiful region to cycle thru with 2 experienced guides Nachos and Jamie. We were even abe to help Nachos with some of his  English sentences  .....

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sharing the Camino with people who had been walking for up to 4 weeks and cycling on a route where thousands of pilgrims had walked before was a very thought provoking experience. Not having to worry about the speed of the front runners ( there were some very keen experienced cyclists up front) wasn't a problem ...you simply cycled with those who were the same pace as you!  Grinding out the long steep slopes after lunch one afternoon in 30 degrees of heat with 2 similar paced cyclists and sharing the job of being the leader along the climb was a great 'mini' team effort ( thanks Richard and Rose).

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A couple of decent Spaniards, well informed and who new the way to Santiago ...thanks guys! Thank heavens for the yellow arrows that marked the route the whole distance.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try to be  fit before the trip to enjoy the whole  week long experience. I think because of the heat I would have graded the trip 'challenging' rather than 'moderate / challenging'.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Would have liked to have stayed on an extra night in Santigo to see the whole town and spent some time watching the pilgrims arriving in the square. The Cathedrals and Churches along the way were breathtakingly beautiful.  Dont forget to fill your pilgrims passport with stamps from everywhere along the route.  Buen Camino

  • 10

    Camino de Santiago

    An excellent trip with glorious weather - we were so lucky! 2 fab guides, great cycling, amazing food and mucho vino tinto! Thoroughly recommended and brilliant off road on the camino at times made for a different experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing to the top of the hill at O'Cebreiro and arriving above the clouds - a spectacular view and worth the slog!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Javier and Alfonso were great company and did an excellent job to all us English!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do some training beforehand!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

    A wonderful trip - perfectly paced, a great group of people, superb guides. We laughed a lot and there was a real sense of camaraderie amongst the whole group. Cycling, picnics, swimming in a freezing river, a cold beer at the end of the day - the perfect trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The variety of countryside along the route was wonderful. We cycled on every surface imaginable, from dirt tracks to tough mountain climbs, and from paths through vineyards to cobbled streets through beautiful villages. Each day was full of surprises and stunning views. Though no one in the group was doing the Camino for spiritual reasons, the fact that you meet so many people en route who are added a real sense of purpose to the trip and gave the feeling that we were working towards a goal of reaching Santiago.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leaders (Jose and Diana) made the difference between a good trip and a great trip. I could not praise them highly enough - both wonderful people, both with a great sense of humour and both went out of their way to ensure we had a great time, whilst also both immersing themselves in everything we did and being part of the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Panniers are provided so you don't need a daypack - it's much better to keep your bits and pieces in your pannier rather than on your back. The cycling is achievable by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness - you don't need to be an expert or even frequent cyclist.  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a brilliant trip. Whilst it's physically tough at times, it's doable and the sense of camaraderie and team spirit will get you through the harder bits. It is super-relaxing - from the moment we arrived I left behind the stresses of work and felt totally immersed in the trip. Book it now!!

  • 10

    CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

    A fabulous experience, with a fabulous group of people of a wide age range!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking from the valley up to O Cebriero - I had fantastic views before the clouds came down. The arrival in Santiago and knowing that the challenge had been met.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A superb group leader and backup person who couldn't do enough for us; everything planned to make each stage of the journey achievable and flexible enough to sort out any bike problems along the way.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Ensure you get in some practice climbing hills before the trip; not totally essential, because the backup vehicle is a fail safe. If not, be prepared to walk fast and push!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    For a first time visitor to mainland Spain, the whole experience was a joy and a challenge; every day was superb and as it happens, the weather and temperatures couldn't have been kinder to us.

  • 8

    CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

    Just got back from the Camino de Santiago cycling trip and am filled with enthusiasm for all things Spanish, and all things cycling. Had a wonderful time, with a lovely group of people, and a guide and driver who did so much to make our week fun and enjoyable. The cycling was harder than we expected. There are no flat days, one day was slightly easier than the others but there were strenuous climbs almost every day. The days were long and there was very little 'down time'. There are lots of rough tracks and steep descents on tricky terrain. A few of us felt that the holiday description should give more of an idea of what to expect. To complete every day requires a good level of fitness, determination and cycling experience

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Our group varied widely in fitness and cycling. The fitter members coped easily, but others showed amazing and inspirational determination on some of the more difficult days

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was lovely. He was friendly, kind, and helpful, and was brilliant with all of us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try to get some experience of cycling on rough tracks, and be prepared to spend long days on the saddle.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

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