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Way of Saint James: From León to Santiago
Way of Saint James: From León to Santiago
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Way of Saint James: From León to Santiago
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Bike Tour: Way of Saint James: From León to Santiago - 10 days

Embark on a cycling pilgrimage and follow St James’ Way from León to Santiago’s Gothic cathedral, doing a total of eight stages with an average of 41 km per day. Strike out across the vast plains of central Spain, where Castilla envelops you in wheat and sunflowers. Then move into greener territory, as Galicia swirls round you in rolling hills and colourful vineyards. All the while, the Camino stretches west in an endless chain of monasteries, chapels and tiny hamlets, all seemingly lost in time. Replenish both body and soul along the way with richly diverse cuisine and join fellow pilgrims for a joyful arrival at your final destination: Santiago de Compostela

E-bikes are available on this tour!

The Way of Saint James
Route
Day 1: Arrival in León
Day 2: From León to Astorga
Day 3: From Astorga to Molinaseca
Day 4: From Molinaseca to Villafranca del Bierzo
Day 5: From Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro
Day 6: From O Cebreiro to Sarria
Day 7: From Sarria to Palas de Rei
Day 8: From Palas de Rei to Arzúa
Day 9: From Arzúa to Santiago de Compostela
Day 10: End of arrangement

Day 1:    Arrival in León

Travel to León by public transport from the airport in Valladolid, Oviedo or Madrid. Take time to see the spectacular cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece, and sample the delicacies in El Humedo, the city's tasty tapas district. 

Day 2:    From León to Astorga
48 km

Adjust your freshly-delivered rental bike and try it out on a gentle 48-km ride to Astorga, a fortified town of Roman origin. The Camino crosses the Via de la Plata here and Gaudi’s fanciful archbishop’s palace provides a refreshing touch in Modernist style.

Challenge: 48 km, 250 m ascent

Villages along the way: S. Martín del Camino, Hospital de Órbigo

Day 3:    From Astorga to Molinaseca
49 km

Test your bike AND legs today as you ascend from Astorga, elevation 880m. Traverse the hilly terrain of El Bierzo, known for its excellent produce, to reach the Cruz de Fierro situated at 1507m. Glide down to Molinaseca on a truly remote section of the Camino, though not without a few villages and small cafés. 

Challenge: 49 km, 850 m ascent 

Villages along the way: Cruz de Fierro

Day 4:    From Molinaseca to Villafranca del Bierzo
30 km

Relax on a 30-km ride to the town of Vilafranca del Bierzo. Pedal past another Roman settlement, Ponferrada, an ancient base for coal mining in the nearby hills. Gawk at the huge Castle of the Knights Templar, obstinately defying gravity since the 12th century, then continue cycling on rolling terrain to reach Villafranca del Bierzo, gateway to the region of Galicia. 

Challenge: 30 km, 260 m ascent

Villlages along the way: Ponferrada, Cacabelos

Day 5:    From Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro
29 km

Brace yourself for the toughest climb of your Camino journey! Cycle into Galicia first on the old tarmac road then attack a steep 6-km section of dirt track going up to O Cebreiro. Or skip the unpaved ascent and take the road via Pedrafita Pass. Both options lead to your next accommodation, in a village full of legends and intriguing Camino stories, with a pretty 11th-century Romanesque church.

Challenge: 29 km, 800 m ascent

Villages along the way: Vega de Valcárcel, Las Herrerías

Day 6:    From O Cebreiro to Sarria
47 km

Begin with a short burst in ascent then cruise along for 35km, mainly downhill, through dense woodlands and lush Galician pastures. Pause to visit the Monastery of Samos, founded in the 6th century and continuously renovated over time until the 18th century. 

Challenge: 47 km, 200 m ascent

Villages along the way: Fonfría, Triacastela

Day 7:    From Sarria to Palas de Rei
52 km

Get ready to tackle ever-changing landscapes marked by short climbs, though never more than 200 m in one go. Encounter plenty of enticing places to pause for break: villages, cafés and restaurants, where you can compare notes with fellow pilgrims. At the end, zoom off on a short detour from Palas de Rei to your accommodation, located just a few kilometres from the Camino. 

Challenge: 52 km, 600 m ascent

Villages along the way: Portomarín, Hospital da Cruz

Day 8:    From Palas de Rei to Arzúa
31 km

Conquer another stage on up-and-down terrain, pedalling from one village to the next. Glide past local dairy farms and villages crammed with services for pilgrims. Rest and relax this evening in a quiet country setting and gear up for tomorrow’s final stage. 

Challenge: 31 km, 400 m ascent

Villages along the way: Melide, Ribadixo da Baixo

Day 9:    From Arzúa to Santiago de Compostela
40 km

Revel in pure pilgrim glory today, as you cycle toward the 'Puerta del Perdón' at Santiago Cathedral. Take the standard route via Monte del Gozo and the airport, or opt for a slightly longer, scenic itinerary via Touro. This evening, savour a glass of Albariño wine to celebrate the week’s endeavours.  

Challenge: 40 km, 310 m ascent

Villages along the way: A Rua, Lavacolla

Day 10:    End of arrangement

Your cycling tour comes to an end today after breakfast. Travel home from Galicia or, if you have booked extra nights, continue exploring Santiago.

Accommodation

The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. A list of the hotels we work with appears below. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra nights: Extra nights can be booked at any accommodation along the way.

Hotel Real Colegiata
Hotel Real Colegiata (León)
Venta Celta
Venta Celta (Piedrafita do Cebreiro)

Hostel and traditional restaurant located in Piedrafita do Cebreiro

Posada Real Casa de Tepa
Posada Real Casa de Tepa (Astorga)
Hostal El Palacio (Molinaseca)
Hostal El Palacio (Molinaseca)
Hotel Posada Villafranca Plaza
Hotel Posada Villafranca Plaza (Villafranca del Bierzo)
Hotel Roma en Sarriá
Hotel Restaurante Roma (Sarria)
A Parada das Bestas en Pidre
A Parada das Bestas (Pidre)
Pazo de Santa María en Arzúa
Pazo de Santa María (Arzúa)
A Tafona do Peregrino (Santiago de Compostela)
A Tafona do Peregrino (Santiago de Compostela)
Bikes
  • Bike model:Bergamont vitos/ GT Avalanche/ Orbea Dakar/Peougeut CM22/61/ Stevens tonga/WeedHEAP 2.0
  • Bike Type: MTB//Trekking bikes
  • Gears: 24-27gears
  • Suspension:Suntour locking, recovery, 100mm
  • Frame sizes: Adults; 15" (XS), 17"(S), 19"(M), 22"(L) and 23"(XL)//Kid's bikes

                          Stevens tonga

  • e-bike model: Moustache Samedi/ Univega Vision ELTD
  • Motor: Bosch 250 w
  • Battery: 300-400 wh
  • Autonomy: 60-100 km
  • Components: High-end components

Practical info

9 nights accommodation

Hotels: 3 nights standard, 6 nights comfort

9 breakfasts and 4 dinners

Detailed route description and maps

HYBRID BIKE RENTAL

  • Bike model: Bergamont vitos/ GT Avalanche/ Orbea Dakar/ Peugeot CM22/61/ Stevens Tonga/ WeedHEAP 2.0
  • Bike Type: MTB // Trekking bikes
  • Gears: 24-27gears
  • Suspension: Suntour locking, recovery, 100mm
  • Frame sizes: Adults; 15"(XS), 17"(S), 19"(M), 22"(L) and 23"(XL) // Kid's bikes

 

 

24/7 hotline (bilingual staff)

Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

GPS tracks are available

  • Single Room Supplement
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Private taxi transfers can be booked from/to any of the recommended airports

Not Included

  • Transfers from/to airport
  • Rental bike
  • Solo traveller bike rental supplement to be applied separately

Extras

  • Extra nights can be booked pre-tour, post-tour or at any accommodation along the way.
prices & dates
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

Arrival airports: the nearest airport is Oviedo/Asturias airport (OVD) but you can also fly to Madrid-Barajas airport (MAD)

Departure airports: the airports nearest to Santiago are La Coruña airport (LCG) and Santiago de Compostela airport (SCQ)

Arrival in León

By public transport from Asturias airport; Bus from Oviedo (Asturias) airport to León with five or six services daily. Travel time is 3 to 4 hours, and you may have to changes buses in Oviedo or Gijón. See www.alsa.es for further details. 

By public transport from Madrid airport; Bus from Madrid-Barajas Airport T4 to León with 4 or 5 services daily. Travel time is 3.5 to 4.5 hours. See www.alsa.es for further details. 

Departure from Santiago de Compostela

By public transport to Santiago airport (Lavacolla); Bus from Santiago city centre to Santiago airport, with departures every 30 minutes 

By public transport to A Coruña airport (Alvedro); Bus from Santiago bus station to A Coruña, with departures every hour. Travel time 1 to 1,5 hours. Service provided by Castromil / Monbus. From A Coruña bus station, you take a city bus to the airport (Line 443). Service provided by Autos Calpita. 

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