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8 Days
Availability : May - October, 2022
Leon
Santiago de Compostela
Tour Details
Cycling the Camino de Santiago

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.

8 Days with prices from $3,049 CAD per person

Departure Location

León

End Location

Santiago de Compostela

Price Includes

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Local bike hire

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa's & vaccinations, if required
  • International flights

Tour Specialist

  • Lesli Heron
What to Expect
Key information
  • 6 days cycling with partial vehicle support 
  • 50% tarmac roads, 50% gravel roads and tracks 
  • Some climbs to be expected 
  • Group normally 6 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 7 nights in hotels and Casa Rurales
  • E-bikes available from £110 per person
  • Countries visited: Spain

6 Days of Cycling

Pace: Moderate: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour
Terrain: Low altitude; 50% quiet roads, 50% mix of gravel, tracks and off road selections
  • Visit impressive Gothic and Romanesque cathedrals
  • Enjoy the varied and beautiful landscapes of Castilla and Galicia
  • Follow the famous pilgrimage route to Santiago
For more information on this tour, or help with booking, please contact your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent!
Itinerary

Day 1León

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

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

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

Meals included: breakfast

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

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

Meals included: breakfast

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

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

Meals included: breakfast

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

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

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6Cycle 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

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

Meals included: breakfast

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

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

Meals included: breakfast

Day 8Santiago de Compostela - Departure

After breakfast the trip ends in Santiago de Compostela.

Meals included: breakfast

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Have a Question?

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