Camino de Santiago: From León to Santiago

4.8/5 (4)
7 nights
34 miles/day
Guided from EUR € 1527
Bike tour in Spain
Rider Level: Active

Camino de Santiago: From León to Santiago

4.8/5 (4)

Rider Level: Active

7 nights
34 miles/day

Guided from EUR € 1527
Bike tour in Spain

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  • Immerse yourself in an iconic experience along the compelling Camino

    The Camino de Santiago offers an incredible cycling experience surrounded by the beauty of Spain. You'll find this tour packed with history - pilgrims have walked this route for over 1,000 years, and the way is lined by blissful cathedrals, churches, and quaint old villages. It's a varied tour, offering a change of scenery every day of the trip; the area of Castilla is very different to Galicia from a cultural and scenic point of view. Every day, you'll cast your eyes over the kind of landscapes that linger in the memory for years to come.

    This tour begins in the charming city of Leon, 206 miles/332km away from Santiago. You'll cross the impressive open spaces of the Castilian plains, gradually climbing to the highest point of the trip, the 'Iron Cross' (on a 1,505 m peak), that has become one of the abiding symbols of the pilgrim way of St. James. You'll then descend into the fertile valleys of the Bierzo region and, finally, into the green countryside of rural Galicia before Santiago de Compostela appears on the horizon.

    As you travel, sample the outstanding food and wines of these splendid regions. The Galicians are especially known for the excellent quality of their sumptuous seafood and tender meat delicacies. When riding and when eating, you may encounter other travelers drawn to the beauty and adventure of the Camino de Santiago, and, so, you can revel in the experience together. Millions of people walk or bike the Camino each year, many on solo adventures, thus the trail has kept much of the feel of community venture that existed for the pilgrims who first encountered these glorious landscapes.

    This is an unmissable cycling adventure for those who love to bike and travel. With its unique blend of wonderful experiences, it goes beyond the usual biking vacation!

    • Gardens of Plaza de San Marcos in León, Spain. CC:Emgorio
    • Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Victoria Noiz Quierdo@Unsplash
    • Camino de Santiago: From León to Santiago Bike Tour
    • Scallops shells are the symbol of the Camino de Santiago Route.
    • Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage Route
    • Delicious Spanish wines! Didriks@Flickr
    • Ponferrada, Spain. Vladd@Unsplash
    • León's grand Gothic Cathedral in Spain. CC:David Jimenez Llanes

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    Highlights

    • León's Gothic Cathedral
    • The plains of Castilla
    • Roman town of Astorga with its cathedral and Bishop's residence
    • Cruz de Ferro, famous pilgrimage landmark
    • Ponferrada with its templar's castle
    • Samos, home to one of the oldest monasteries in Spain
    • Santiago de Compostela and its cathedral

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    Learn more about guided tours or see more Spain bike tours.

    Interested in adding to your itinerary? Take a look at our cycling day tours in Spain.


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  • Traveler photos

    • Our Team Biking the Camino (photo by BRAG)

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     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

    Day 1: Arrival in León
    Arrive at your first hotel in León and join the group. You'll explore the town, get your first stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport, and dine together at a local restaurant. There's time to visit the outstanding Gothic cathedral and enjoy tapas in the lively center of León.

    The group will meet the guide at the hotel reception at 7:00 p.m. on the first day of the tour and go together for dinner.

    Day 2: León – Astorga (36 miles/58 km)
    You'll start cycling through the blissful plains of Castilla, riding through the quaint town of Hospital de Orbigo with its long medieval bridge to reach the Roman town of Astorga. Here, cast your eyes over the grand cathedral and the beautiful Bishop's residence, designed by the world-famous architect Antonio Gaudí.

    Day 3: Astorga – Molinaseca (32 miles/51 km)
    Today you'll cross your first magnificent mountains and enjoy cycling along quiet backroads replete with stunning scenery. You'll pass the Cruz de Ferro ('Iron Cross'), a site where pilgrims traditionally left a stone brought from their homeland. Feel free to bring your own rock, stone, or pebble and share stories of your homeland with your fellow travelers! You'll then descend into the blissful village of Molinaseca where you'll enjoy a lovely rest and hearty meal in your hotel next to the river.

    Day 4: Molinaseca – O'Cebreiro (37 miles/60 km)
    Today's ride takes you through the sensational valley of Bierzo. You'll enjoy a visit to the city of Ponferrada, with its picture-perfect Templar's Castle. You'll then cross verdant vineyards where sumptuous local wine is produced on your way to the beautiful town of Villafranca del Bierzo. From here, you'll bike to the border with Galicia, reaching the bottom of the valley via the foothills of Monte de O'Cebreiro. Take a little rest here before the final push to the top of the mountain and the small village of O'Cebreiro. Here, you'll be rewarded with a sensational view of this stunning Spanish valley.

    Day 5: O'Cebreiro – Sarria (28 miles/45 km)
    Today you'll cycle into the region of Galicia, watching as the landscape changes dramatically around you as you explore an area populated by many traditional agricultural villages. As well as the change in landscape, language and culture, the gastronomy of Galicia is famous for its high-quality ingredients and dishes prepared in simple but delicious ways. Descend into the village of Samos and admire one of the oldest monasteries in Spain, still inhabited by monks! You'll then start cycling through oak, walnut, and chestnut forests to reach Sarria.

    Day 6: Sarria – Melide (39 miles/63 km)
    From Sarria, ride the lovely cycling miles to Portomarín through rural Galicia, journeying along off-road paths and very secondary roads. Portomarín is a relatively new town by the River Miño that was completely rebuilt after the original town had to make way for a reservoir in the 1960s. The Roman church was even moved, stone by stone! After lunch, you'll start climbing up to a high point before cycling on through the undulating, lush landscapes. Pass through gorgeous rural areas dotted with hamlets as you ride to Melide.

    Day 7: Melide – Santiago de Compostela (32 miles/52 km)
    Today's itinerary makes the most of your last day of cycling. You'll make your way through the forest and little villages to reach the famous Monte do Gozo. Here, you'll be able to see the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela for the first time! From here, it's just 3 more miles (5 km) to the Plaza do O Bradoiro, where the pilgrims celebrated their longed-for arrival in the shadow of the remarkable cathedral.

    When you arrive in Santiago, you'll receive your Compostelana - your pilgrimage certificate! During the evening, the group will celebrate its arrival and enjoy the jovial, exciting atmosphere of the city. The hotel you'll spend the night in is very close to the city center, offering a modern and comfortable room for the final night of your tour.

    Day 8: Departure
    After breakfast, it's time for individual departures. If you need help with public transport or finding prices for private transfers, let your guides know - they'll be happy to assist you.


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  • Accommodation

    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary by availability.

    You will be acoommodated in 2- and 3-star hotels with private bathrooms.

    León: Campus San Mames

    Astorga: Hotel Gaudí

    Molinaseca: Casa el Palacio

    O'Cebreiro: Parais del Bierzo

    Sarria: Oca Duerming

    Melide: Hotel Xaneiro

    Santiago de Compostela: Loop-Inn La Salle

    Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


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     Daily program Bikes 

  • Bikes

    Bikes available to rent on this tour (must be reserved in advance at the time of booking) include:

    • Standard bikes
    • Electrically-assisted bikes*

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    Bikes come equipped with the following at no additional cost:

    • Helmet
    • One rear pannier

    Bike Protection:
    Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE.

    Pedals:
    The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.

    Helmets:
    Although helmets are available on this tour, we recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.


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     Accommodation Dates & Prices 

  • Dates

    May 25, 2024 (minimum 2 participants; additional dates upon request for parties of 6 or more.)

    Prices

    Tour package

    Per person, double occupancy €1527
    Single use room(1 person/1 room) €1760

    Bike Rentals

    Standard bike €140
    Mountain bike €140
    Electrically assisted bike €243

    Included services

    • 7 nights accommodation in 2- and 3-star hotels
    • Daily breakfasts
    • Luggage transfers
    • English and Spanish speaking guide
    • Support vehicle (from 5 clients, For less than 4 clients the service will be provided with taxis)
    • Pilgrims Passport

    Tour Company


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  • Map

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

    Surface and terrain

    The first three days follow quiet secondary roads. The last three days will take place on dirt tracks (50%) and paved roads (50%). You'll have some short technical stretches, which can easily be covered by pushing your bike if you'd prefer.


    How to get there

    Tour start
    Nearest airport: Madrid Airport
    Nearest train station: León

    The easiest way to get to the starting point in León is to fly to Madrid and take a high-speed train to Leon that only takes a little over 2 hours.

    Tour end
    Nearest airport: Santiago de Compostela or A Coruña Airport

    Tips on getting to and from your tour.


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     Dates & Prices Tour Reviews 

    • DougC October 9, 2019

      Great trip through beautiful country!

      This was my fifth trip I've booked through BikeTours.com and it reinforced why I keep coming back. The itinerary was great and the riding was spectacular. It was a nice mix of road riding and trail riding. We toured medieval castles, monasteries, churches and countless small villages and hamlets. Our guides were fantastic. They knew the route extremely well so were able to get us to the best places, from an old monastery slightly off the route that many miss to the best restaurants in each town. Jose (our bike guide) and David (our support van driver) were both incredible. Though no technical single track, there was some spectacular trail riding interspersed with road riding on country roads. There are a few days of big hill climbs but each one had views that made it all worthwhile. I highly recommend this trip to anyone with an itch to explore NW Spain by bike.

      What was the date of your tour?
      22-28 SEP 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      5
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • 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. .

      What was the date of your tour?
      Sept. 16, 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      8 with Bike Tours.com
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Our Team Biking the Camino (photo by BRAG)
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Bullet November 6, 2017

      BRAG el Camino Trip sept. 207

      What was the date of your tour?
      7/16-23/17
      How many tours have you completed?
      10+
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • mikie November 2, 2017

      Very nice ride. Seeing the pilgrims on the trail was heartwarming. Our guides were outstanidng.

      What was the date of your tour?
      9/15 to 9/24
      How many tours have you completed?
      30
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)

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