Cycle the Camino de Santiago

From Leon to Santiago de Compostela

Visiting: Camino de Santiago, Santiago, Galicia


Tour Operator: Exodus

Physical rating: Moderate / Challenging

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

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

  • 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.

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. *Hotel Campus San Mames*

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

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. *Hotel Gaudi *

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

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. *Hostal El Palacio*

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

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. *Centro de Turismo Rural El Capricho de Josana*

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.

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. *Hotel Oca Villa de 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.

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. *Hotel Complejo la Cabaña*

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

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). *Hotel La Salle*

icon Day 8 : End 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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Reviews

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MWC180527
Great ride which was excellently managed by Alfonso. I had a fall and my cuts were attended to by Alfonso in a quick and efficient manner. He continued to check ....more Great ride which was excellently managed by Alfonso.

I had a fall and my cuts were attended to by Alfonso in a quick and efficient manner.

He continued to check with me that all was okay which was very much appreciated.

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Captivating Camino
Week long bike adventure was the perfect mix of intense physical activity and sightseeing / touring. Week long bike adventure was the perfect mix of intense physical activity and sightseeing / touring.

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CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
This is an excellent but at times challenging trip. This is an excellent but at times challenging trip.

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Great trip, great guide, and great group
The atmosphere along the Camino is great, you quickly lose count of how many time you exchange "Bon Camino" with others on the way. The country side is lovely, especial ....more The atmosphere along the Camino is great, you quickly lose count of how many time you exchange "Bon Camino" with others on the way.

The country side is lovely, especial the closer you get the Santiago.

Our guide Daniel was excellent, he kept us going but without being bossy.

I don't know how he did it but he created an experience that we all enjoyed.

The accommodation was really well chosen - the first night was little bland, but after that we stayed in really charming places, all were clean, comfortable, and welcoming.

Our group was quite diverse, both in age, fitness and backgrounds, but we all got on really well - makes the last day rather sad.

There is no doubt about it, Spain really is hilly, so be prepared, and the last day is long (I skipped a bit in the van) but well worth it.

I'm a vegetarian.

The trip notes mention the need to be "flexible".

Spain is not the best place for vegi food, Daniel did his best, but don't expect a wide variety - but you should still go!; ....less
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
A fabulous experience, with a fabulous group of people of a wide age range! A fabulous experience, with a fabulous group of people of a wide age range!;
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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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
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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CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
This was a great trip,  a varied on/off road trip through Galia, stunning Autumn landscapes, good food, culminating in arrival at Santiagao, a real classic old Spanish city. Whilst this ....more This was a great trip,  a varied on/off road trip through Galia, stunning Autumn landscapes, good food, culminating in arrival at Santiagao, a real classic old Spanish city.

Whilst this is advertised as a road trip, a lot is actually off road through forest tracks which I really enjoyed; ....less

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