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11-Day Leon to Santiago Cycling Tour

11-Day Leon to Santiago Cycling Tour

11 Days/10 Nights From
AU$2,395 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Cycling tourCycling tour
  • Distance
    315.5 km
  • Level
    Challenging
  • Tour Code
    LESA80216
11 Days/10 Nights From
AU$2,395 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Cycling tourCycling tour
  • Distance
    315.5 km
  • Level
    Challenging
  • Tour Code
    LESA80216
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Accommodation includedTransfersTransfers Luggage transfer between hotelsMealsMeals Daily breakfast & dinnerOfferOffer Access to the Spa Circuit for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Includes massage treatments, sauna, showers & moreInclusionInclusion Pilgrim passportToursTours Cycling tour from Leon to Santiago de Compostela

Summary

Experience the magic of the classic Camino de Santiago route on two wheels, cycling the last 300km of the Camino from the lively city of León, across the spectacular mountains of O Cebreiro and into Santiago de Compostela.

Itinerary

Day 1: Leon
Make sure you explore the historic town in León before you embark on your Camino journey. León was the capital of the kingdom in the Middle Ages, as well as a historic enclave on the pilgrim’s route to Santiago de Compostela. Visit the Pulchra Leonina (the ‘Sistine Chapel’ of Spanish architecture), the old ‘Hospital de San Marcos’ which is today a luxurious ‘parador’ and the Gaudí-designed Casa de Botines.

Day 2: Leon to Astorga (52 km)
After your night in Leon, with the suburbs of León city long behind you, you will start a pretty hike along footpaths and dirt tracks towards one of the prettiest villages on the Camino: Hospital de Órbigo where you will cross the famous and picturesque ‘Puente de Órbigo’ bridge, before continuing onto Astorga.

Day 3: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino (21 km)
After your night in Astorga, you will gradually make your way up towards the stunning León Mountains and the lush Bierzo region, taking paths surrounded by broom, heather and oak trees before reaching Rabanal del Camino.

Day 4: Rabanal del Camino to Ponferrada (32 km)
After spending the night in Rabanal del Camino, this is one of the most rewarding days ahead on the Camino as it climbs to ‘Mount Irago’. Stop at the Iron Cross on top of the mountain, one of the most special places on the French Way, where you can place a memento and visit the St James chapel before descending to the lush area of El Bierzo. On your way to Ponferrada, pass through the lovely town of Molinaseca. Once in Ponferrada, you should explore the old town, its impressive 12th century Templars Castle, and make sure you try the local specialities, such as botillo and some of Spain’s most delicious cured meats.

Day 5: Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo (23 km)
After your night in Ponferrada, the Camino takes you across the heart of the lush region of El Bierzo, nestled in the mountains. Take the opportunity to taste the local delicious cherries if you are travelling in Summer, exquisite cured meats and other regional delicacies. In Villafranca, known as ‘little Compostela’, visit the garden of the Iglesia de Santiago, St James Church. The church has a ‘Forgiveness Gate’, Puerta del Perdón, that only opens during Holy Years.

Day 6: Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro (30 km)
After your night in Villafranca, known as ‘little Compostela’, visit the garden of the Iglesia de Santiago, St James Church. The church has a ‘Forgiveness Gate’, Puerta del Perdón, that only opens during Holy Years. Your route passes by the ranges of ‘Os Ancares’ and ‘Serra do Courel’ and it should be noted that this stage to O Cebreiro holds a steep climb in only a few kilometres but the views are truly spectacular.

Day 7: O Cebreiro to Sarria (40 km)
After your night in O Cebreiro, you have the choice of two Camino options, the ‘San Xil’ Camino offers scenery that will lift your spirits. It has many ‘corredoiras’ (narrow forest tracks) with paved pathways through native Galician oak woods. If you wish to visit the impressive Samos Monastery, you will walk across the valley of the river Ouribio to reach Samos and continue on to reach the larger town of Sarria.

Day 8: Sarria to Palas de Rei (46 km)
After your night in Sarria, your Camino will cross the river Miño (Galicia’s longest river) and rise uphill steadily towards the Serra de Ligonde. You will pass nice hamlets such as Gonzar and Ventas de Narón. Stop to visit the Romanesque Church of Santa María in Castromaior and the Romanesque church in Eirexe, with its portal featuring a sculpture of Daniel with animals, as well as Pilgrim Santiago.

Day 9: Palas de Rei to Rua Pedrouzo (47 km)
After your night in Palas de Rei, your Camino will take you through pretty woods, sleepy villages and across streams for most of the day. The chapel of Santa Irene, with its unique statue of Santiago, is worth a visit. En-route, do not miss the lovely hamlet of Rúa Pedrouzo (310m) where you stay tonight.

Day 10: Rua Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela (18 km)
After your night in Rúa Pedrouzo, your next point of interest is Lavacolla in the outskirts of Santiago, where pilgrims used to wash themselves in the river in preparation for their arrival in Santiago de Compostela. Rows of tall eucalyptus trees line your journey to Monte do Gozo (‘Mount of Joy’ 368m) and it is from here that will catch your first glimpse of the spires of the cathedral in Santiago. When you arrive in the city (264m, population 80,000), explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s architecture and delight in the wonderful atmosphere of this spiritual and cultural city. With only 16.5km to walk today, you should be in Santiago in time for the pilgrim mass (12:00 pm).

Day 11: Santiago de Compostela
After visiting Santiago Cathedral and recovering from your cycle, take time to explore this gem of a city, small and vibrant. Its old town will enchant you. In Santiago the Compostela you will find not only pilgrims but also locals and students, enjoying a few bites and socialising over a glass of wine in the many bars, restaurants and cosy cafes.

Inclusions

  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Ensuite accommodation in the centre of the towns
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Holiday pack (including Pilgrimage Passport)
  • Transfers from/to airport (For guided tours only or on request for self guided tours)
  • Bicycle for cycling tours
  • Cycling notes

Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Lunches

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