Cycle the Camino de Santiago

Cycle the Camino de Santiago

Start: Leon Finish: Santiago de Compostela

Visiting: León, Astorga, Molinaseca, Villafranca, O Cebreiro, Portomarín, Monumento de Monte do Gozo, Santiago de Compostela, Camino de Santiago, Santiago, Galicia


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Moderate / Challenging

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour code: MWC

Tour operator: Exodus

Group size: 6 - 16

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

The Camino de Santiago de Compostela across northern Spain is one of the world's oldest pilgrimage routes. Also known as 'The Way of St James', it originated in the region of Galicia where the tomb of the Apostle James the Great was discovered in the 9th century. The way is marked by the symbol of the scallop shell and the grooves that join together are said to represent the many different routes pilgrims take to reach Santiago. The Gothic cathedrals, medieval monasteries and miles of beautiful rural scenery make this section of the ancient route so popular.

Highlights

  • iconVisit impressive Gothic and Romanesque cathedrals
  • iconFollow the famous pilgrimage route to Santiago 
  • iconEnjoy the varied and beautiful landscapes of Castilla and Galicia 

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Start León.

Location: León

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Campus San Mames

Meals: No Meals

Trip starts in León; here we may have time to visit the city's beautiful
gothic cathedral and stroll around its charming winding narrow streets before
having a trip breifing and our first meal as a group.

icon Day 2 : Ride across the plains of Castille through countryside and quaint villages to Astorga.

Location: Astorga

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Gaudi 

Meals: Breakfast

We head into the countryside riding across the plains of Castilla through
cultivated countryside and quaint villages, with adobe houses and wine caves.
We will take lunch in Hospital del Orbigo and on entering the village we
cross a stunning mediaeval bridge (one of the longest pilgrimage bridges in
Spain). We then ride the final 15km to the beautiful walled town of Astorga,
with views of the mountains of León in the distance.

icon Day 3 : Climb into the mountains of Leon to the Monte de la Cruz de Ferro; descend to Molinaseca.

Location: Molinaseca

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hostal El Palacio

Meals: Breakfast

Today's ride is the most beautiful of the trip as we leave the Castillan
plains behind and climb gradually into the mountains of Leon to the Monte de
la Cruz de Ferro (1505m). En route we pass through Castrillo de los
Polvazares, known for its very special architecture created by strong orange
coloured stone. After riding through the charming mountain village of Acebo
(the main street is a straight line of beautiful balconied houses) we enjoy
the rest of our descent into Molinaseca, with stunning views of the
surrounding valley.

icon Day 4 : Ride to Villafranca with views across the wine region of El Bierzo and the mountains of Leon

Location: Villafranca

Accommodation: Centro de Turismo Rural El Capricho de Josana

Meals: Breakfast

The highlight today is the ride to the beautiful town of Villafranca with
stunning views across the green valleys of Galicia and wooded mountains of
Leon. After the first easy and mainly flat 25km through vineyards we have a
short climb to Villafranca, which is worth a look for its many monuments and
picturesque town square. Then after having lunch in Villafranca we will
cycle about 20 km to the always green and peaceful rural valley of Herrerias
de Valcarce in the foothills of Monte O’Cebreiro.

icon Day 5 : Long ascent to the village of O'Cebreiro. Enter Galicia's landscape of traditional agricultural villages; cycle past Samos Monastery on the way to Sarria.

Location: O Cebreiro

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Oca Villa de Sarria

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast we will cycle to the top of the mountain and the small
village of O'Cebreiro.  This climb is one of the most challenging of the
tour as we ascend 650m over 8 kilometres, the climb is a very gentle ascent
with a steady gradient and we will break it up with plenty of stops. At the
top we will be able to appreciate wonderful views of the valleys that
surround this peak and admire the charming slate roofed black houses.

From O’cebreiro, as we enter Galicia, the landscape changes dramatically
and the area is populated by a number of traditional agricultural villages.
Each family has small plots of land, which they cultivate for their own
vegetables and we will pass by many of the locals working the land and
tending to their cattle. As well as a change in culture, landscape and
language, the gastronomy of Galicia is famous for using products of high
quality and preparing them in simple, but delicious ways. We have lunch in
Samos, home to one of the oldest monasteries in Spain, and cycle through
chestnut forests to Sarria.

icon Day 6 : Cycle along tree-lined paths to Portomarin, rebuilt on a hilltop in the 1950's in order to construct a reservoir; continue to Palas de Rei.

Location: Portomarín

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Complejo la Cabaña

Meals: Breakfast

Today's ride runs through beautiful rural Galician countryside and along
tree-lined paths to the town of Portomarin, which was rebuilt on a hilltop in
the 1950's in order to construct a reservoir. After lunch, a 13km climb,
followed by a welcome 12km downhill, takes us to Palas de Rei, a small town
full of the pilgrim spirit. As usual, during the climb there will be plenty
of stops opportunities to take pictures and everyone is welcome to ride at
the preferred pace.

icon Day 7 : Short ascents and descents to Monte de Gozo; follow the pilgrims' route to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Location: Monumento de Monte do Gozo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel La Salle

Meals: Breakfast

Our final day involves a number of short ascents and descents towards Monte
de Gozo. From here, as pilgrims have done for centuries, we wind our way
through the city’s streets and crowds to Plaza del Obradoiro, dominated by
the impressive cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
We then move onto the Pilgrim's Office for those who wish to obtain the
'compostela' (certificate of accomplishment).

icon Day 8 : End Santiago de Compostela.

Location: Santiago de Compostela

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast the trip ends in Santiago de Compostela.

What's Included

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    All breakfasts

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    Local bike hire

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    All accommodation

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    London flights (if booking incl. flights)

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    Airport transfers

What's Not Included

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Travel insurance

Food

All breakfasts are included. Breakfasts will be continental style with cold cheese, meats and bread, as well as pastries, tea and coffee. Vegetarians: Please be aware that a meat and fish diet is the norm in Northern Spain. Many vegetarians have not experienced any problems, however please be prepared to be flexible. Please note that mealtimes in Spain are later than in many other countries; dinner is usually taken between 21:00 and 21.30.

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Do you require a visa for this holiday?

UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.

Are vaccinations required for this tour?

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

Yes

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

Minimum 16 years old people can go on this tour.

    Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

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Reviews

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CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
Great trip, great guides Great trip, great guides;
CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
I'm not one to write about a recent holiday but this was an exceptional holiday with a group of people who loved the whole experiece as much as I did. ....more I'm not one to write about a recent holiday but this was an exceptional holiday with a group of people who loved the whole experiece as much as I did.

We were lucky enough to enjoy a mini heatwave in October without needing to get the wet weather gear out of our suitcases.

It was my first Exodus holiday and it wont be last.

Some of the group had travelled on other trips and I was able to hear first hand about the trips ( much better than reading about them in the brochure).

Northern Spain, what a beautiful region to cycle thru with 2 experienced guides Nachos and Jamie.

We were even abe to help Nachos with some of his  English sentences  .

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Cycling the Camino de Santiago
This was a great trip and I was happy to give it 5 starts (I don’t give every Exodus trip 5 stars either).I was not sure about of number of ....more This was a great trip and I was happy to give it 5 starts (I don’t give every Exodus trip 5 stars either).

I was not sure about of number of things before setting off but the trip ticked all of the boxes – great cycling, excellent leaders, a fun group, excellent weather (most of the time), fantastic and cheap food and a beautiful part of the world.

What more could you ask for from 1 week in Spain.

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CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
This was a great cycling holiday with some lovely scenery, great food and good biking. The company was great too - all the group (5 of us) bonded and together ....more This was a great cycling holiday with some lovely scenery, great food and good biking.

The company was great too - all the group (5 of us) bonded and together with the two guides, we sat down together for every meal and coffee break.

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Cycling the camino
Well organised trip staying almost completely on the camino route, with good hotels, good guides, and a great group of people. Well organised trip staying almost completely on the camino route, with good hotels, good guides, and a great group of people.

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Camino de Santiago
An excellent trip with glorious weather - we were so lucky! 2 fab guides, great cycling, amazing food and mucho vino tinto! Thoroughly recommended and brilliant off road ....more An excellent trip with glorious weather - we were so lucky! 2 fab guides, great cycling, amazing food and mucho vino tinto! Thoroughly recommended and brilliant off road on the camino at times made for a different experience.

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CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
Well what a great trip. Very exhilarating and a complete endorphin high as this was my first cycle trip ever. My training for the trip was about 3 times a ....more Well what a great trip.

Very exhilarating and a complete endorphin high as this was my first cycle trip ever.

My training for the trip was about 3 times a week doing 15-20kms on roads with hills and flat sections for 4 months before the tour started.

I was able to finish most of the tour except for the last 20kms due to time pressure of my flight out of Santiago de Compostella.

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Cycling Leon to Santiago
This was my first group cycling holiday and it was just brilliant. The cycling was challenging but great fun. There were not many flat sections, a lot ....more This was my first group cycling holiday and it was just brilliant.

The cycling was challenging but great fun.

There were not many flat sections, a lot of “undulating” and a few big climbs but it was all manageable with plenty of stops for coffee, lunch or a quick visit to a castle or church that we were passing.

The cycling never felt pressurised and all our group managed fine.

The weather was great, the scenery was varied and lovely , food and accommodation was all good and our group all got on really well.

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CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
Just got back from the Camino de Santiago cycling trip and am filled with enthusiasm for all things Spanish, and all things cycling. Had a wonderful time, with a lovely ....more Just got back from the Camino de Santiago cycling trip and am filled with enthusiasm for all things Spanish, and all things cycling.

Had a wonderful time, with a lovely group of people, and a guide and driver who did so much to make our week fun and enjoyable.

The cycling was harder than we expected.

There are no flat days, one day was slightly easier than the others but there were strenuous climbs almost every day.

The days were long and there was very little 'down time'.

There are lots of rough tracks and steep descents on tricky terrain.

A few of us felt that the holiday description should give more of an idea of what to expect.

To complete every day requires a good level of fitness, determination and cycling experience; ....less
Cycling the Camino de Santiago
A fantastic trip in beautiful scenery from mountains to vineyards. The guide was amazing (Jose) endless knowledge and tireless in answering our questions, helping out and generally great company. The ....more A fantastic trip in beautiful scenery from mountains to vineyards.

The guide was amazing (Jose) endless knowledge and tireless in answering our questions, helping out and generally great company.

The ride was challenging in parts, but overall manageable, with plently of stops for coffee.

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