Cycling the Camino de Santiago - León to Santiago

Cycling the Camino de Santiago - León to Santiago

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 Roncesvalles to Santiago 15-day ride along the Camino; it is also a slightly easier tour with a 301 level rating.

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Aug 31-Sep 7, 2018
USD$3895
USD$550
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May 31-Jun 7, 2019
USD$3895
USD$550
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Jun 21-28, 2019
USD$3895
USD$550
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Aug 23-30, 2019
USD$3895
USD$550
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Aug 30-Sep 6, 2019
USD$3895
USD$550
 Book by November 15 and save $200!

* 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.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 60 km (37 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 301
  • Countries / Spain
  • Price / From USD$3895
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Tour Summary

Daily Ride Summary

Distance

1 No cycling today.
2 38 mi / 61 km
3 47 mi / 76 km
4 38 mi / 60 km
5 31 mi / 50 km
6 48 mi / 77 km
7 25 mi / 40 km
8 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Cathedral of St. James, Spanish castles and cathedrals, Continue a Thousand-year-old tradition, León, Basilica de San Isidoro, Pilgrim's Passport

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    Though we try and arrange dinners together as early as possible in Spain this means 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. There are times when we will divert from the traditional Camino route because it is gravel, or because we've chosen a more scenic way with less traffic.
  • Includes
    Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 days, 7 nights accommodation, 6 dinners with wine, all breakfasts plus

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
    Spain
  • Begin/End
    León/Santiago de Compostela
  • Arrive / Depart
    Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) / Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ) or Madrid
  • Total Distance
    358 km (221 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    60 km (37 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    301
    Steeper but short hilly rides. Two days have sustained climbs for approximately 5 - 8 miles.
  • Terms
Daily Itinerary

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 Le?n, 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.

DAY 2: 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.

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 today, we head toward the hills that separate the provinces of León and Galicia. As we 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.

DAY 4: Cacabelos to Tricastela

Highlights: Countryside of Galicia, historic Villafranca del Bierzo, optional hiking opportunity

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.

Lodging: Our hotel this evening is in Tricastela or Samos. May departure is staying in Casa de Diaz

DAY 5: 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.

DAY 6: Portomarín to Touro

Highlights: Quiet & scenic roads, stay in a country manor

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.

DAY 7: Arrive in 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.

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 in these activities, schedule flights after 3:30 p.m. Buen viaje!

  • Meals: Breakfast
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Reviews

  • 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
  • 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 most important trip I have ever taken! Whether it is Spain or any other area...you 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 night...food unbelievably good as well as the wine!

    Jeanne L., Ft Collins, CO
  • [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 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
  • Outstanding experience. The guides were exceptional.

    Jose A., Miami, FL
  • 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
  • The perfect combination of exertion, culture and scenery.

    Erika G., Sugar Hill, GA
  • 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
  • I think National Geographic really summed it up - trip of a life time.

    Jan M., Independence, MN
  • I loved the people, the trip, the place, the guides. Fantastic experience!

    Garrett E., Donnybrook, Ireland
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