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Camino Santiago de Compostella guided

Cycle the last 332 km of the Camino de Santiago

Leon
Madrid

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Santiago de Compostella
Santiago de Compostella

From León to Santiago de Compostela through a varied landscape.

This cycling tour in the Camino begins in the charming city of Leon, 332 km away from Santiago. You then cross the impressive open space of Castilian plains gradually climbing to the highest point of the trip, the “Iron Cross” (1.505 m) that has become one of the abiding symbols of the pilgrim way of St. James. Then You ride through fertile valleys full of vineyards in the Bierzo region and finally through the green countryside of rural Galicia before reaching Santiago de Compostela.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 3
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 55 km, average daily distance

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Arrival to León

At the hotel in León you will meet your tour guide and the rest of the group.

This charming city was founded by the Romans in the 1st century BC. We may have time to visit its beautiful gothic Cathedral and getting our first stamps on our Pilgrims passport. Dinner “tapas” in the center of Leon to get to know each other.

Day 2

Sunday: León to Astorga

58KM

We head into the countryside riding across the plains of Castilla through cultivated countryside and quaint villages, with adobe houses and wine caves.  We will have lunch in Hospital de Orbigo with its stunning medieval bridge (one of the longest pilgrimage bridges in Spain). We then ride the final 15km to the beautiful walled (Roman) town of Astorga where you can admire the Cathedral and the Bishop´s residence designed by the famous architect Antonio Gaudi. You also have a great view of the mountains of León in the distance.

Day 3

Monday: Astorga - Molinaseca

51KM

Today’s ride is probably the most beautiful of the trip as we leave the Castilian plains behind and climb gradually into the mountains of Leon to the Monte de la Cruz de Ferro (1505m). En route we pass through Castrillo de los Polvazares, known for its very special architecture created by strong orange coloured stone. After riding through the charming mountain village of Acebo (the main street is a straight line of beautiful balconied houses) we enjoy the rest of our descent into Molinaseca, with stunning views of the surrounding valley. We can enjoy a good rest and eat well in our hotel next to the river.

Day 4

Tuesday: Molinaseca - Herrerías

51KM

The highlight today is the ride to the beautiful town of Villafranca with stunning views across the vineyards of the Bierzo region and wooded mountains of Leon. After the first easy and mainly flat 25km we have a short climb to Villafranca, which is worth a look for its many monuments and picturesque town square. In the last section today we will ride along the always green and beautiful Valcarce valley. We will get to our charming rural hotel located in the village of Herrerias on the foothills of Monte de O’Cebreiro.

Day 5

Wednesday: Herrerías - Sarria

57KM

Today we start cycling up (9 km) to the top of the mountain and the small village of O’Cebreiro that is also the first village in Galicia. Here we will be able to appreciate wonderful views of the valleys that surround this peak and admire the charming slate roofed black houses. Once we enter Galicia the landscape changes dramatically and the area is populated by a number of traditional agricultural villages. Each family has small plots of land, which they cultivate for their own vegetables and we will pass by many of the locals working the land and tending to their cattle. As well as a change in culture, landscape and language, the gastronomy of Galicia is famous for using products of high quality and preparing them in simple and not elaborate, but delicious ways. We will stop in Samos, home to one of the oldest monasteries in Spain, and cycle through chestnut forests to Sarria.

Day 6

Thursday: Sarria - Melide

63KM

Today’s ride runs through beautiful rural Galician countryside and along tree-lined paths to the town of Portomarin, which was rebuilt on a hilltop in the 1960s in order to construct a reservoir. After lunch, a 13 km climb, followed by a welcomed 12 km downhill, takes us to Palas del Rey to then cycle a further 15 km to Melide, charming town where we will stay and famous for its bars where they sell octopus cooked in Galician style.

Day 7

Friday: Melide - Santiago de Compostela

52KM

Today is the last day cycling and we will make our way through forest and rural areas to the famous Monte do Gozo, where we will be able to see for the first time the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. From here we only have 5 more km to the Plaza del Obradoiro where all pilgrims celebrate their longed arrival surrounded by the beautiful facade of the Cathedral, old stone buildings, like the Parador de los Reyes Católicos, and the town hall.

We will also get our Compostelana (certificate in Latin of our pilgrimage).

Tonight we will celebrate together over a good table (special dinner with seafood) and enjoy the lively University city of Santiago.

The hotel we stay at in Santiago is very close to the city center.

Day 8

Saturday: Santiago de Compostela, end of the tour

After breakfast the tour ends.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
5/19/2018 - 5/26/2018 Available Leon Hotels guided cycling Santiago 2/3-star hotels Book now
9/22/2018 - 9/29/2018 Available Leon Hotels guided cycling Santiago 2/3-star hotels Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
All prices are per room
Hotels guided cycling Santiago Double room € 2498,-
Hotels guided cycling Santiago Single room € 1399,-

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Mountainbike Mountainbike Mountainbike with helmet and one back pannier €96

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in 2 and 3 star hotels on the Camino itself with on suite facilities
  • 7 x breakfast
  • English and Spanish speaking guide throughout
  • Support vehicle
  • Luggage transfers
  • Pilgrims Passport

Not included

  • Reservation costs € 20,- per party
  • Bicycle rent
  • Personal insurance / Cancellation insurance (optional)
  • Transfers from and to airports

Special details

  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions.
  • The program is subject to change without notice.

HOW TO GET TO LEON:

The easiest way to get to the starting point in Leon is to fly to Madrid that is the capital city of Spain and one of the best connected international airports in Spain. Once in Madrid you can
take a high speed train to Leon that only takes 2,15 hours and costs under 30 Euros.

HOW TO GO HOME AT THE END:

We recommend taking a flight from Santiago de Compostela or A Coruña airport. There are flights from these airports to European mayor cities and to Madrid and Barcelona. We can help
organize an inexpensive taxi from the hotel to the airport of Santiago de Compostela or to the airport of A Coruña.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What can I expect of the hotels along the way?

    For our trips, we generally utilize good 2-3 star hotels with a bathroom in each room. The accommodations vary a great deal, ranging from a simple Bed & Breakfast to a very luxurious hotel and from a family hotel to a former cognac estate.

  • Can you choose your own itinerary without a guide?

    Cyclists can choose a longer route than the group takes. The guide will gladly advise you on the choice of an alternative route.

  • Does a guide accompany us?

    On our guided tours a tour guide will accompany the group during their cycling route.

    When mentioned ‘self-guided’, the tours are on an individual basis and no guides are provided. We will provide you with a thoroughly detailed and comprehensive description of the routes, enabling you to follow the route correctly without problems. Furthermore, these route descriptions are frequently accompanied with information on the main tourist attractions that you will come across.

  • How long are the daily cycling stages?

    The average daily distance on our Bike & Barge tours in Holland is 50 kilometers (32 miles). But don’t forget that Dutch countryside is very flat and the stages, taken at a leisurely pace, take seven to eight hours including a number of breaks and visits.
    The time spent on your bicycle is about 4 hours per day.

  • What happens if it rains?

    Most people wear rainwear and get on their bicycle. If the weather makes cycling absolutely impossible (this doesn’t happen very often!) the guide will arrange an alternative programme which might include a longer visit to one of the towns along the way or cultural excursions.

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Price starting from € 1249,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Hotels guided cycling Santiago
Hotels guided cycling Santiago

Hotels on the cycling holiday Camino Santiago de Compestela

León

Hotel Exe Campus San Mamés

Featuring free WiFi throughout the *** property. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. Each room comes with a private bathroom with a bathtub and bidet, with free toiletries and a hairdryer provided.

Astorga

Hotel Gaudí,

Hotel Gaudi is set across from Astorga's Santa María Cathedral and Gaudí’s Episcopal Palace, on the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Route. Its dining room offers views of the palace. Typical meals from León and the Maragato region are served at Hotel Gaudí’s restaurant. Pilgrims can enjoy special meal options, including local dishes such as cocido maragato, a stew. The hotel also has a bar-cafeteria, a garden-terrace and lounges. Each room at Hotel Gaudi is air-conditioned and heated. Satellite TV and a hairdryer are included.

Molinaseca

Hotel El Palacio

The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms have views of the mountains or pool. Every room is fitted with a private bathroom. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Las Herrerías

El Capricho de Josana,

Featuring free WiFi.  Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The rooms come with a private bathroom equipped with a bathtub. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Sarria

Hotel Oca Villa de Sarria

Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Each room is fitted with a TV. The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.

Melide

Hotel Xaneiro

Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. The rooms come with a TV. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is a shared lounge at the property.

Santiago de Compestella

Hostal La Salle, Santiago

A flat-screen TV is featured. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property.

Hotel Exe Campus San Mamés
Hostal La Salle
Hotel Gaudi
El Capricho de Josana, Las Herrerías
El Capricho de Josana, Las Herrerías
Hotel Xaneiro, Melide
Hotel Xaneiro, Melide
Hotel Oca Villa de Sarria
Hotel Oca Villa de Sarria

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