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.
Day 1: Arrive León, Spain
Highlights: Former capital of Spain, visit the Cathedral without Walls, introductory dinnerWe'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.
Lodging: Hotel NH Plaza Mayor
Day 2: Bicycle León to Astorga
Highlights: Visit to cathedral and palace designed by Antonio GaudíOur destination today is Astorga, home of the 15th-century cathedral and neo-Gothic palace designed by the famous Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí. You'll have time to explore both this afternoon after our arrival. Dinner is on your own tonight, but we'll suggest some of our favorite restaurants. Distance: 63 km (39 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Via de la Plata
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, where we'll enjoy dinner together. Distance: 72 km (45 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Villa de Cacabelos
Day 4: Cacabelos to O'Cebreiro
Highlights: Medieval hilltop village of O'Cebreiro, historic Villafranca del Bierzo, hiking optionIt's a beautiful ride today, as we head through the green fields of Galícia. Along the way, you'll pass through the old Camino town of Villafranca del Bierzo, which was founded by French pilgrims during the Middle Ages 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 O'Cebreiro. Dinner is together. Distance: 43 km (27 miles).
Lodging: Hotel San Giraldo
Day 5: Bicycle O'Cebreiro to Portomarín
Highlights: Rural Galicia's landscapes & Celtic influencesYou will get a real taste of Galicia today as we pedal our way to Portomarín. Celts from Ireland settled in Galicia as long ago as the 10th Century B.C., and their impact on local culture and music is evident to this day. If you have been on our bicycle tour through Ireland, you will also notice similarities in agricultural styles between Galicia and western Ireland, with endless green stretches of pasture divided by low stone fences. Dinner is on your own. Distance: 69 km (43 miles).
Lodging: La Pousada de Portomarín
Day 6: Portomarín to Touro
Highlights: ride over rolling hills, overnight in country manor and B&BOne 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. Dinner together. Distance: 79 km (49 miles).
Lodging: Pazo de Andeade
Day 7: Santiago de Compostela
Highlights: Arrival in Santiago, Cathedral of St. James, farewell dinnerToday'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: 43 km (27 miles).
Lodging: Hotel San Francisco
Day 8: Tour ends in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Highlights: Pilgrim's Mass at noonRemember that you may not get to Santiago in time for the Pilgrim's Mass at noon on Day 7 so if you'd like to participate plan travel accordingly. There is plenty of Spain left to explore. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is not far away and neither is the Minho Wine region that separates Spain from Portugal. Thanks for joining us and buen viaje!
HighlightsCathedral of St. James, Spanish castles and cathedrals, Continue a Thousand-year-old tradition, León, Basilica de San Isidoro, Pilgrim's Passport
Includes"The Usual" plus... Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 days, 7 nights accommodation, 6 dinners with wine, all breakfasts
Begin/EndLeón/Santiago de Compostela
Arrive/DepartMadrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) / Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ) or Madrid
Total Distance373 km (233 miles)
Daily Distance43-78 km (27-49 miles)
What to ExpectCenturies of history, great cycling, charming medieval villages.
Rolling terrain on most days. Two days have sustained climbs for approximately 5 - 8 miles.
NotesIf this sounds great but you would like a longer tour, check out our Cycling the Camino de Santiago - Roncesvalles to Santiago tour.
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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 single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.|
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