Cycling the Camino de Santiago - León to Santiago

  • Itinerary Summary

    The Camino de Santiago across northern Spain is one of the world's oldest pilgrimage routes. Gothic cathedrals, medieval monasteries, and miles of unspoiled rural scenery are just some of the attractions that draw visitors from around the world annually to make this historic trek. We designed our ride from León to Santiago for those of you who don't have the time to commit to our longer 15-day ride along the Camino; it is also a slightly easier tour with a 301 level rating.

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    1. Day 1: Arrive León, Spain

      Highlights: Former capital of Spain, visit the Cathedral without Walls, introductory dinner

      We'll meet this afternoon at our hotel in León, just a few meters away from the "Cathedral without Walls." This splendid example of Spanish Gothic architecture is renowned for its marvelous stained glass windows. After fitting bikes this afternoon, you can explore town and visit the local sites. Then, we'll gather this evening for dinner together in a traditional Spanish wine bodega and meet others of the group.

      Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

      Lodging: Hotel NH Plaza Mayor

    2. Day 2: Bicycle León to Astorga

      Highlights: Visit to cathedral and palace designed by Antonio Gaudí

      On your way to Astorga you will cross the Puente de Orbigo, one of the oldest and longest bridges on the Camino. Astorga is home to the 15th-century cathedral and neo-Gothic palace designed by the famous Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí.

      Distance: 61 km (38 miles). Meals: B

      Lodging: Hotel Via de la Plata

    3. Day 3: Astorga to Cacabelos

      Highlights: Scenic cycling through the Spanish countryside, Cruz de Ferro (Don't forget to bring your pebble from home!)

      Leaving Astorga, we pedal toward the hills that separate the provinces of León and Galicia. As you pass through tiny hamlets and monuments untouched since early Christianity, it's easy to imagine the awe that original pilgrims making this trek must have felt. By mid-afternoon, we'll arrive at our destination in Cacabelos.

      Distance: 76 km (47 miles).Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Hotel Villa de Cacabelos

    4. Day 4: Cacabelos to Tricastela

      Highlights: Countryside of Galicia, historic Villafranca del Bierzo, hiking option

      We head into the green fields of Galicia today. On the way, you'll pass through the old Camino town of Villafranca del Bierzo, founded by French pilgrims as a place of absolution for those too weak to continue their pilgrimage. There is the opportunity to cut the ride short and do an optional 8km (5 miles) hike so be sure to pack sneakers or light hikers if you are interested as the trail is fairly steep. Our hotel this evening is in Tricastela.

      Distance: 60 km (37 miles), or 8 km (5 miles) hiking. Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Casa Pacios.

    5. Day 5: Bicycle Tricastela to Portomarín

      Highlights: Galician culture, visit Samos monastery

      You will get a real taste of Galicia today - a region with a culture and musical style reminiscent of Ireland - as we pedal our way to Portomarín, where our hotel overlooks the Minho River.

      Distance: 51 km (32 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Santa Mariña

    6. Day 6: Portomarín to Touro

      Highlights: ride over rolling hills, overnight in country manor and B&B

      One of the prettiest rides on the tour awaits you today as we meander along forgotten country roads through the beautiful Galician countryside. Rolling hills and green pastures lead us to our destination for the evening near Touro, where we'll stay in one of the traditional country houses (similar to B&Bs) that dot the landscape.

      Distance: 77 km (49 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Pazo de Andeade.

    7. Day 7: Santiago de Compostela

      Highlights: Arrival in Santiago, Cathedral of St. James, farewell dinner

      Today's ride is a fitting end to the Camino, as we pedal along rural roads through woodlands and pastures to Santiago. Once in town, you'll have plenty of time to look around the famous Cathedral of St. James that forms the city's heart. Tonight, we'll celebrate our journey's end with a great farewell dinner together.

      Distance: 40 km (25 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Monumental San Francisco.

    8. Day 8: Tour ends in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

      Highlights: Pilgrim's Mass at noon

      Remember that we will offer a tour of the roof of the Santiago cathedral this morning. You will also want to stick around for the Pilgrim's Mass at noon because you may not arrive in time to take part on Day 14. If you would like to participate schedule flights after 3:00 p.m. Buen viaje!

      Meals: B

    • Highlights

      Cathedral of St. James, Spanish castles and cathedrals, Continue a Thousand-year-old tradition, León, Basilica de San Isidoro, coordination to obtain your Pilgrim's Passport
    • Includes

      Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 days, 7 nights accommodation, 6 dinners with wine, all breakfasts plus "The Usual"
    • Countries

    • Begin/End

      León / Santiago de Compostela
    • Arrive/Depart

      León (LEN), Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) / Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ) or Madrid
    • Total Distance

      365 km (225 miles)
    • Daily Distance

      61 km average riding day (38 miles)
    • Rating

      301 Rolling terrain on most days. Two days have sustained climbs for approximately 5 - 8 miles.
    • Terms

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  • Dates Price Private Room Charge Notes
    Sep 1-8, 2017 USD$3895 USD$550 Guaranteed to Go! Book it
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    * We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

  • Stories

    • Cyclists of Spain

      ExperiencePlus! traveler Guy Lothian impressed us with his talent for words and we love this ode that was inspired by “an afternoon encounter with some serious local cyclists” during the May 2014 ExperiencePlus! ride along the Costa Brava in Catalonia, Spain.

    • Meals on Your Bicycle Tour

      Information on how meals work on ExperiencePlus! Bicycle tours

    • Movie Review: Walking the Camino-Six Ways...

      There are many books, blogs and journals written about walking the Camino de Santiago. A new documentary tries to capture the diverse lives that come together on a route like this one.

    • One Pilgrim's Way

      Traveler Mary Kay Loner bicycled the Camino with ExperiencePlus! and then decided to go back and hike it alone.

    • A Camino de Santiago Resource Page

      These pages are intended to help you plan your Camino de Santiago tour and hopefully keep you in contact with other pilgrims after you have gone back to your daily life.

    • Bike the Camino de Santiago

      Ted Kornish made a video highlighting the once-in-a-lifetime tour on the Camino in Spain for us.

    • Cycling the Camino de Santiago

      Gabriel Del Rossi gives us a glimpse of life on tour with ExperiencePlus! in this video

    • Gigi Ragland Rides the Camino

      Gigi Ragland of Women's Adventure Magazine blogged about her experiences along the Camino de Santiago with ExperiencePlus! in 2013.

    • Iberia by James Michener

      Looking for a travelogue set in Spain? Here's a review on one of Michener's finest books.

    • La Tomatina

      The end of summer means tomatoes! In Valencia, Spain, there's a tomato throwing festival..join in the fun.

    • Nat Geo Traveler Tours of a Lifetime 2010

      The Camino de Santiago is a fantastic trip; we're excited that National Geographic Traveler thinks so too!

    • New Cultural Pilgrims

      New York Times highlights our final stop on the Camino in this article

    • Pre-tour training

      ExperiencePlus! has contracted with national fitness expert Joe Friel to create customized, day by day, training programs to ensure you are ready for your biking tour.

    • Restaurant Basics in Spain

      Ordering, meal times, and customs at restaurants in Spain

    • Spain hosts the 32nd America's Cup

      Before or after your trip, consider visiting Valencia, where you can view the new facilities built for the 32nd America's Cup. You may also have a chance to watch crews from all over the world racing or training. The Cup will be defended in June and July, 2007 by Switzerland. There are many preliminary races before that date.

    • I think this tour exceeded my expectations in all aspects. A really well thought out tour in every aspect-accommodations, food, route, support.

      Emma S., Sydney, Australia
    • The perfect combination of exertion, culture and scenery.

      Erika G., Sugar Hill, GA
    • Outstanding experience. The guides were exceptional.

      Jose A., Miami, FL
    • The most important trip I have ever taken! Whether it is Spain or any other can''''t go wrong with Experience Plus! "the experience of a lifetime"....I so badly want to go again. I loved the evening meetings...the history of the area shared...the stories and entertainment were beyond GREAT...just their compassion and sincere caring of each and every person was superb! Our bikes were wonderful, they were fit to each of us that our biking would be trouble free...I always thought my bikes were great, but these were the BEST! Our accommodations were special, each unbelievably good as well as the wine!

      Jeanne L., Ft Collins, CO
    • I think National Geographic really summed it up - trip of a life time.

      Jan M., Independence, MN
    • What was your favorite experience on this trip? Riding the Camino every day, the amazing food every evening, leaving rocks at the cruz de ferro arriving in Santiago, the incredibly amazing guides. Amazing, A must-do, Incredible. You spoiled me and I wouldn''t use another tour group for fear of disappointment. The arrows were the best!

      Cathy E., Edmond, OK
    • What was your favorite experience on this trip? The beautiful scenery and seeing the walking pilgrims, chatting with other pilgrims along the way. I enjoyed hearing the residents wish us well.

      Betsy M., Colorado Springs, CO
    • The Camino really is a trip of a lifetime. History, scenery, food ... everything about the trip makes it memorable. The chalk arrows are absolutely brilliant. They take all the worry out of riding and let me go completely at my own pace. On the Camino, they were the Way! I can''t imagine a better experience.

      Pam K., Stanford, CA
    • We absolutely loved every minute of the tour. Thank you to our guides for making sure that Mike had all of the gluten-free food that he needed. They made it a stress free vacation.

      Carolyn O., Littleton, CO
    • I loved the people, the trip, the place, the guides. Fantastic experience!

      Garrett E., Donnybrook, Ireland
    • [My favorite part?] Riding through endless rolling hills day after day in beautiful weather. Encountering at least two quaint and unique villages each day. I can think of nothing I disliked about the trip!

      Sara G.
      Portland, OR
    • I loved being so well taken care of by the leaders. The arrows on the street were great. There was no fear of being lost so we could enjoy the country side and really appreciate what was in front of us.

      Eunice C.
      Roosevelt Island, NY

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