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Camino de Santiago: From Leon to Santiago (Guided)

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  • 7 nights | 34 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Guided from: €1249
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  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
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  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
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Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

Our cycling tour in the Camino begins in the charming city of Leon, 206 miles/332km away from Santiago.

We 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 we 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.

Note: If you have minimum 6 people in your party, you may request a start-day other than May 19 or Sep 22, 2018. Please inquire for further details.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival to Leon
Arrive to your first hotel in Leon to join the group. We'll walk around town, getting our first stamps on our Pilgrims passport and dinner in town to get to know each other. We will be able to visit the gothic cathedral and enjoy some tapas in the lively center of Leon.

Day 2: Leon – Astorga (36 miles/58 km)
Start cycling through the plains of Castilla crossing the quaint town of Hospital de Orbigo with its long medieval bridge to get to the old Roman town of Astorga where you can admire the Cathedral and the Bishop's residence designed by the famous architect Antonio Gaudi.

Day 3: Astorga – Molinaseca (32 miles/51 km)
We have to cross today our first mountains and we will enjoy cycling along quiet back roads with beautiful scenery. We pass the Cruz de Ferro where pilgrims leave a stone they have brought from home and then descend to the village of Molinaseca where we can enjoy a good rest and eat well in our hotel next to the river.

Day 4: Molinaseca – Herrerias (32 miles/51 km)
Today's ride takes us through the valley of el Bierzo. We will first enjoy a visit to the city of Ponferrada with its picture perfect templar's castle. Then we will cross the vineyards that make the great local wine to reach the town of Villafranca del Bierzo. From here we approach the border with Galicia and we stay in a lovely green valley in Herrerias just before the climb to the village of O Cebreiro.

Day 5: Herrerias – Sarria (35 miles/57 km)
In the morning with all the energy and the fresh temperatures we climb to the village of O Cebreiro with its wonderful views of the regions of Castilla y Leon and Galicia. We cycle now into the region of Galicia. First we have a long descent to the village of Samos where we admire one of the oldest monasteries in Spain. We then start cycling through oak, walnut and chestnut forest to get to Sarria.

Day 6: Sarria – Melide (39 miles/63 km)
From Sarria we have a lovely few miles to Portomarín cycling through rural Galicia using the off road paths and some very secondary roads. Portomarín is a new town by the river Miño that was completely rebuilt when a reservoir was build in the 1960s. The Romanic church was also moved stone by stone. After lunch we start climbing to a high point to then cycle on undulating landscape through lovely rural areas full of little hamlets to reach Melide.

Day 7: Melide – Santiago de Compostela (32 miles/52 km)
Today is the last day of cycling. We will make our way through forest and little villages to reach 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 3 more miles (5 km) to the Plaza do O Bradoiro where all pilgrims celebrate their longed arrival surrounded by the beautiful facade of the Cathedral.

We will also get our Compostelana (certificate in Latin of our pilgrimage). That night we will celebrate our arrival and enjoy the lively University city of Santiago. The hotel we stay at in Santiago for one night is very close to the city center and is a modern and comfortable building.

Day 8: Departure
After breakfast the tour ends each person will make their own way back. If you need help getting public transport or prices for private transfers let us know and we can help you.

Route map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route. Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

May 19, Sep 22, 2019 (minimum 2 participants) *Additional dates upon request for parties of 6 or more.

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1249
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€150
Bike Rentals
Mountain bike
€96
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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1. Administration expenses: 60€ per booking.

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  • 5% of the total cost of the booking if the cancellation is between fifteen and ten (15-10) days of the holiday start date.
  • 15% of the total price between days nine and three (9-3).
  • 25% of the total price in the last 48 hours before the start date (2 days).
  • In the event of not appearing for the holiday, 100% of the cost of the holiday will be due.

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Average Ratings

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    4.7

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.7
  • Value 4
  • Included meals 4.3
  • Bikes & equipment 4
  • Hotels or boat 4
  • Scenery 4.3
  • Ease of navigation 4.7
  • Tour documents 4
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 5
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

BRAG November 12, 2017

Great Leadership and organization for a customized tour of the Camino!

Our 18-person group experienced the Camino by bike both on parallel paved roads and on the path, when feasible. We saw spectacular countryside, biked the back roads through quaint villages, talked with other pilgrims, visited churches and religious sights, enjoyed the local food, and stayed in comfortable inns and lodges each evening. Attending mass in the Cathedral of Santiago was a highlight. It's a good way for a group to experience the Camino in only 8 days and we earned the Compostela by biking 206 miles. .