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 Operator: Exodus

Group size: 6 - 16

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $2207

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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

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

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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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 accommodation

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    London flights (if booking incl. flights)

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    Local bike hire

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    All breakfasts

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    Airport transfers

What's Not Included

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    Travel insurance

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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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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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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
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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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I didn't know whether to go on this trip selfguided or guided and I'm glad I chose the guided option because I would have missed so much by myself. The ....more I didn't know whether to go on this trip selfguided or guided and I'm glad I chose the guided option because I would have missed so much by myself.

The two guides were a fantasic team and took us to the best restaurants , on the best routes and to the best places.

The best holiday I've ever had.

Perfect weather, good company in a small group of 8, fantastic cheap food with many local specialities and terrfic varied cycling.

As soon as I got back home I booked a similar trip to Italy with Exodus.

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Fabulous cycle trip
A fantastic week in this beautiful part of Spain with a great bunch of people. Despite the wintry conditions (hail in May at one point !) we had a terrific ....more A fantastic week in this beautiful part of Spain with a great bunch of people.

Despite the wintry conditions (hail in May at one point !) we had a terrific week.

The Camino is a fairly tough ride due to some big ascents , but you are well rewarded with fantastic views and some great downhills .

The tour leader , Alfonso , was great ; he was patient , knowledgeable and really a pleasure to be with for the week.

Jose transported bags and supported on snacks and water en route and was great.

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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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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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CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
A really good group of people and a trip I'd wanted to do for a few years but which seemed to have disappeared from the brochure for a couple of ....more A really good group of people and a trip I'd wanted to do for a few years but which seemed to have disappeared from the brochure for a couple of years before being re-introduced.

 Cycling was harder than expected; although rated 'moderate' this trip was harder than other 'moderate' trips I've done in the past; in fact only two of our group actually cycled the whole way without spending any time in the support vehicle.

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