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Camino de Santiago

Cycle in style along one of Spain’s most historic routes

Cycle in style along the Camino de Santiago, one of Spain’s most historic routes.

Travel the western section of the pilgrims’ journey, from León to Santiago de Compostela. Over the centuries the route has been travelled by common people, bishops, kings and even popes as they journeyed to worship at the reputed resting place of the bones of Saint James. As you follow the same sections you will experience the breathtaking countryside, ancient monuments and sites of great historical significance.

Over this tour you will cycle through some of the most beautiful countryside in the world, not only with your fellow cyclists but also with some of the tens of thousands of modern day pilgrims who follow the trail each year. They come for their own reasons, some for religious or spiritual experiences, some for the cultural and gastronomic experiences, and others just to be able to say they’ve done one of the world’s great journeys. Whatever your reason, there’s something for you on this tour.

In addition to our group, you’ll see walkers, mountain bikers, riders on horseback and even people running the camino. We’ll make frequent stops to take in the sites and points of interest as well as sharing stories and making friends with other pilgrims who come from all over the world to make this journey.

The Camino de Santiago offers some of Spain’s most appealing landscape, history and architecture and what better way than to travel it by bike.

Tour Highlights

  • Luxury accommodation
  • Excellent local cuisine
  • Fine Spanish wines
  • City walking tours
  • Cathedrals and ancient monuments
  • Buildings of great religious and historical significance
  • Vineyards
  • Santiago de Compostela

Price

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Good to Know

  • Duration:
    • 7 days / 6 nights (5 days cycling)
  • Start and End:
    • León / Santiago de Compostela
  • Rider Level:
    • Moderate with Energetic options
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Average Weather

APR 2016, AUG 2016

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Schedule

APR 2016, AUG 2016

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Itinerary

Day 1

  • Travel:
    • Arrive in León
  • Food & Drink:
    • Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • Parador Hostal de San Marcos

Day 1 | Arrival in Leon.

We will start in the cathedral city and one-time capital of Spain, León, where we will meet up at the Parador Hostal de San Marcos. This is one of the most extraordinary historic hotels on the old continent, originally constructed in the 16th century. We will rendezvous at around 4pm for refreshments and brief introductions before heading out to meet our guide for a walking tour of the historical centre of León.

This will last for approximately two and a half hours, during which we will make an important visit to the tourism office to pick up our “Pilgrim Passport” in which we will collect stamps from all the places we visit until we reach Santiago de Compostela. After this we will have dinner in a nearby restaurant serving exquisite modern local cuisine, then it’s back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep before our riding begins.

Day 2

  • Travel:
    • León to Astorga
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • Vía de la Plata Spa
  • Destinations:
    • León
    • Villadangos del Páramo
    • Santa Marina del Rey
    • Puente de Orbigo
    • Cogorderos
    • Quintana de Fon
    • Astorga
  • Distance:
    • 27 miles (43km)

Day 2 | León to Astorga.

After breakfast we will leave the busy city of León and take a 20 minute drive to Villadangos del Páramo to pick up our bikes. We will start with a steady, mostly flat and downhill ride via Santa Marina del Rey for approximately 9 miles (15km) to Hospital de Órbigo and its beautiful medieval bridge. After a brief stop for refreshments and photos we will set off again and head for the cathedral town of Astorga founded by the Romans around the year 14 BC.

During this section of the ride we will break for lunch before riding into the town and up to the front door of our hotel – Vía de la Plata Spa. The spa is the ideal place to unwind before heading into town where the Catedral de Santa María de Astorga and the 19th century Palacio Episcopal, designed by Antoni Gaudí, are worth a visit.

For dinner we will walk into town and sample regional wine and cuisine in one of the local restaurants.

Day 3

  • Travel:
    • Astorga to Molinaseca
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • Privately owned vineyard
  • Destinations:
    • Astorga
    • Santa Catalina de Somoza
    • El Ganso, Rabanal del Camino
    • Foncebadón
    • El Acebo de San Miguel
    • Riego de Ambros
    • Molinaseca
  • Distance:
    • 28 miles (45km)

Day 3 | Astorga to Molinaseca.

After breakfast we will leave directly from the hotel, cycling west out of town towards Molinseca. For the first 17 miles (27km) we will be climbing gently up and over the mountains of León. As we reach the top we will stop at the Cruz de Ferro (the iron cross) for refreshments, but more importantly, to throw down our personal stone on the mound at the foot of the cross.

The mound is made up from all the pebbles and stones left behind by the thousands of pilgrims from all over the world through the ages. Many pilgrims find the sight an important milestone indicating that they are within days of reaching the Santiago de Compostela.

After the hard work of the first section of the ride we will have approximately 4 miles (6km) of mainly flat road and then a 7.5 miles (12km) coast downhill, all the way into Molinaseca where we will stop for lunch and leave the bikes for the day.

After lunch we will drive away from the camino for about 45 minutes to our overnight accommodation. We’ll be staying at an exclusive, privately owned wine estate where we will relax, tour the vineyard, and dine on the terrace sampling the local produce and the estate’s excellent wine.

Day 4

  • Travel:
    • Molinaseca to Fervenza
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • Casa Grande de Fervenza
  • Destinations:
    • Trabadelo
    • Las Herrerías
    • El Ganso, Rabanal del Camino
    • Pedrafita do Cebreiro
    • Fervenza
  • Distance:
    • Ride 1: 6 miles (10km)
    • Ride 2: 6 miles (10km)

Day 4 | Molinaseca to Fervenza.

After breakfast we will drive back to the Camino de Santiago and meet our bikes at Trabadelo. Our ride will be broken into two sections, the first of which will be a gentle climb through lush green forests and mountains on our way to Las Herrerías. When we arrive there we’ll take a break for refreshments before loading the bikes and driving to the foot of one of the more challenging climbs on this tour.

The drive will take us from Castilla y León over the border into Galicia, where we will meet the bikes at Pedrafita. From there we’ll start a 2.5 miles (4km) climb up to the charming hamlet of O Cebreiro. This is a great place to stop, take photos and pick up souvenirs as well as indulge in some well-earned refreshments and lunch. After O Cebreiro we will cycle down to Hospital de la Condesa and leave the bikes for the day.

Our hotel for the night will be Casa Grande de Fervenza, a 60 minute drive from Hospital de la Condesa. Hidden away next to the fast flowing river Mino in a verdant glade, this charming 17th century mill has its own rustic style and a lovely restaurant where we’ll have dinner.

Day 5

  • Travel:
    • Fervenza to Arzúa
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • Hotel Pazo Santa María
  • Destinations:
    • Fervenza
    • Airexe
    • Palas de Rei
    • A Covela
    • Melide
    • A Peroxa
    • Sedor
    • Arzúa
  • Distance:
    • 20 miles (32km)

Day 5 | Fervenza to Arzúa.

For the penultimate day of our pilgrimage we will take a 30 minute drive to meet our bikes back on the camino at Airexe. We’ll continue east towards Arzúa, through the small towns of Palas del Rey and Casanova, before turning off the camino and riding the last kilometre into our hotel, the charming Galician country house of Pazo Santa María. Here we’ll dine and rest for the final section of our pilgrimage.

Day 6

  • Travel:
    • Arzúa to Santiago de Compostela
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • Hostal dos Reis Catolicos
  • Destinations:
    • Arzúa
    • Sedor
    • Outeiro
    • A Salceda
    • O Pedrouzo
    • Amarelle
    • Lavacolla
    • Catedral de Santiago de Compostela
  • Distance:
    • 18.5 miles (30km)

Day 6 | Arzúa to Santiago de Compostela.

A 15 minute drive after breakfast will take us back to the camino, to the small village of Calle. From here we will head west towards our goal – the beautiful cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela, the reputed resting place of the bones of St James the Apostle. As we pass through pretty stone villages we will start to meet many more pilgrims as different routes and journeys converge for the final 10.5 miles (17km). We will ride through the outskirts of the city and into the cathedral square where we will arrive at our final hotel, the beautiful Hostel dos Reis Católicos. (If we arrive in the city at a particularly busy time we may choose to walk, with our bikes, alongside the many other pilgrims for the final mile.)

Once at our hotel we’ll freshen up and take a long leisurely Spanish lunch followed by a fascinating guided walking tour of the cathedral and its surroundings.

For our final dinner we will eat in the restaurant of the hotel, share stories of our pilgrimage and receive our official pilgrim certificates.

Day 7

  • Travel:
    • Depart Santiago de Compostela
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast

Day 7 | Depart for home.

After a leisurely breakfast we will say our farewells and head our separate ways. If you need help getting to train or bus stations, or with transport arrangements to airports, please let us let know.

Hotels

Photograph of the Parador Hostal de San Marcos

Parador Hostal de San Marcos

This five star parador was originally a monastery founded in the 12th century to provide lodging for the pilgrims travelling to Santiago de Compostela. It’s one of the most important historic structures in the city, and one of the most iconic Renaissance buildings in all of Spain.

  • Day 1
Photograph of the Via de la Plata

Vía de la Plata Spa

This stylish spa hotel is just a short walk from the city centre of Astorga where Antoni Gaudí’s Catedral de Santa María de Astorga and the 19th century Palacio Episcopal both sit.

  • Day 2
Photograph of the privately owned vineyard accommodation in Privately Owned Vineyard in Molinaseca

Privately Owned Vineyard

This exclusive, privately owned wine estate is the perfect place to relax after a days cycling.  Tour the vineyard and dine on the terrace sampling the local produce and the estate’s excellent wine.

  • Day 3
Photograph of the Casa Grande de Fervenza

Casa Grande de Fervenza

An idyllic and fascinating retreat in the Terras do Mino nature reserve, Casa Grande de Fervenza is a charming 17th century mill hidden away next to the fast flowing river Mino.

  • Day 4
Photograph of the Pazo Santa Maria

Hotel Pazo Santa María

The charming country house of Pazo Santa María was built in the 18th-century and is set in 35,000m of beautiful gardens.  Close to the town of Arzúa the hotel offers a peaceful and comfortable environment just moments away from the Camino trail.

  • Day 5
Photograph of the Hostal dos Reis Catolicos garden

Hostal dos Reis Católicos

The Hostal dos Reis Católicos is a blend of history, art and tradition.  Located on Obradoiro Square near the cathedral, it creates an area of spectacular beauty in one of the most visited provincial capitals in the world.

  • Day 6

What's Included

What's Included

What's Included:

  • Breakfast
  • Luxury and exclusive accommodations
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Lunches
  • Exclusive dinners with wine
  • Specialist guides
  • Extra activities described on program (monuments, wine tastings, etc.)
  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Full technical support vehicle along tour
What's Included

What's Not Included:

  • Air fares
  • Transfers from airport to first hotel
  • Transfers from final hotel to airport
  • Personal medical
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages other than those served with meals and at other scheduled activities on the tour

Prices & Dates

Go Private

If you'd prefer to have us all to yourself we offer private tours to each of our destinations. Wherever you want to go, whenever you want to go, let us know and we'll work with you to make it happen!

Alternate dates and prices

Below is a selection of alternate dates and prices for our Camino de Santiago tour. Once our tours are advertised, they're confirmed.

Rider Levels

Gentle

Moderate

Energetic

If you're in any doubt about whether a trip is right for you, contact us and we'll call you back to talk it through.

Bikes

Bikes

Bikes used on the tour.

On day one we’ll introduce you to your bike, make sure you’re familiar with its features and operation, and make any adjustments that are required to suit your personal riding preferences. If you ride with cleats and would like to bring your own pedals along we’ll fit them for you and return them to you at the end of the tour. If you’d like a rear view mirror fitted let us know and we’ll attach one for you. If your saddle isn’t quite as comfortable as you’re used to, tell us and we’ll offer you an alternative.

Every morning while you’re enjoying breakfast and loosening up for the ride ahead at least one of us will be checking your bikes to ensure they’re in tip-top condition for the ride ahead.

Hopefully not required, but nice to know they’re available, an extensive range of tools and spares with be travelling along with you, out of sight and at a discreet distance so we can quickly get you back in the saddle in the event of a problem. Should you have a problem that takes a little longer to fix, don’t worry we’ll also be carrying a couple of spare bikes that we can adjust to your preferences and get you riding again in a matter of minutes.

For more information on the bikes we use click here.

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