Southern Cross - 3 weeks
France, Spain and a bit of Portugal (Loire Valley, the Basque Country & Galicia)

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Basque street

At the time of the crusades, a Santiago pilgrimage was as meritorious as one to Jerusalem, and a heck of a lot safer.  Pilgrims, Europe’s first tourists, gathered in Paris’s Latin Quarter, where the Cluny Museum is decorated with the iconic scallop shell of Santiago’s patron Saint James.  They then beat a path from abbey to monastery, cathedral to convent, across France and Spain, and to magnificent Santiago.  Where they whooped it up for a while, and then went home.

Not much has changed.  Santiago is still a hopping town.  We loosely follow the historic trail, through the Loire Valley, the Pyrenees and the green lands of northern Spain, as we bike and train over roads still often travelled on foot.

En route are French castles, kings and cuisine; the beautiful beaches, green mountains, and lively nightlife of the Basque Country; the fresh wines and wild, undiscovered scenery of the Miño Valley....  A study in contrast of Europe’s best and least known.



Ocean view

Our Cycle Trips

Overview Map
of the places we stage trips

Departure Calendar
of our scheduled trips

Trips by Length / Title

Short Trips from Paris

What's Included
... the Trip Cost

Additional Services...
...which you can add to your trip.

Other Trips We Offer


Summary Trip Itinerary

For details within each region, including ride difficulty, click on the name under “Region Visited”...
Days of the Week
Region Visited
1 - 7
See Access Package for options to reach Blois
Sa & Su
Blois, Chambord
Mo & Tu
Châteaux & Trogs
We - Fr
Tours, Chinon & the Villandry Gardens
Train to Basque Coast
8 - 15
Sa - Mo
The French Basque Country, Biarritz
Mo - We
The Pyrenees, San Sebastian
Th - Sa
Costa Vasca, Gernika
Train to Galicia

Sleeper berth provided on board

16 - 23
Su, Mo
  Monforte, the Rio Sil
Mo - Th
The Rio Miño
Fr & Sa
The Atlantic Coast
Sa & Su
Trip disbands on Sunday.
Sunday night included in the Access Package (in one place or another) to get you to a Monday flight or ongoing project.
Travel Date

Southern Cross — Facts & Figures
Baggage Services Offered*

Schedule Pending
Follow this link to help choose the trip dates

$5,150 US
$6,425 C
4,095 €
Daily, Half, Lite
* Prices in $ and € do not include precisely the same things.  Click here for details.

Prices of Optional Extras (links lead to explanations)
$ prices include
the bike.
See here for information on bringing your own.
** At least 4 riders must subscribe to a given baggage service for it to operate (except for “Lite,” which always operates on this trip).  The services listed are those currently offered on the departure in question.  Services which appear in bold already have at least 3 subscribers (so, one more would ensure their operation).

Reaching & Leaving Your Trip:  General Information on Access Packages
Specific information on reaching your trip’s start in... Blois
Specific information on departing from your trip’s end... Santiago de Compostela