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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

This cycling tour follows the St. James Way starting in León, at the entrance of the Gothic Cathedral. The cycling routes have an average distance of 41 km (minimum distance is 29 km and maximum 52 km). The itinerary will take you through the Castillian plains, surrounded by wheat and sunflower fields, until you head into "green" Galicia, where the landscape changes into rolling hills and colourful vineyards. The Camino offers many historical monuments and churches on the way, as well as small hamlets and villages that still seem lost in time. You cannot miss the experience of tasting the rich and traditional local cuisine and lastly enjoying the excitement of arriving with many other pilgrims at your final destination; Santiago de Compostela

E-bikes are available in 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

From Valladolid, Oviedo or Madrid airport, you travel by public transport to Léon. Hopefully, you might have time to visit the cathedral, a masterpiece of the Gothic style. 

Day 2:    From León to Astorga
48 km

After the rental bikes have been delivered, tested and adjusted, you start with a gentle ride of 48km through the plains of Castille to Astorga, a town of Roman origin, where the Camino crosses the Via de la Plata. In this fortified town, Gaudi built the archbishop’s palace 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

Testing of bikes and legs as you cycle from Astorga (at 880m altitude) through the hills of the Bierzo area to the Cruz de Fierro (at almost 1507m altitude) and then down to the village of Molinaseca. Most desolated rural area of the entire Camino, but there are small villages with some café’s. 

Challenge: 49 km, 850 m ascent 

Villages along the way: Cruz de Fierro

Day 4:    From Molinaseca to Villafranca del Bierzo
30 km

A relaxing day of only 30 km to the city of Vilafranca del Bierzo. On your way you pass Ponferrada, which was also founded by the Romans because they exploited coal mines in the nearby hills. The most impressive historic monument is, without any doubt, the Templar Castle of 8000 square meters, built in the 12th century. After Ponferrada you cycle through an ondulated area to Villafranca del Bierzo, an important gate way to Galicia. 

Challenge: 30 km, 260 m ascent

Villlages along the way: Ponferrada, Cacabelos

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

Today the toughest climb of the entire Camino awaits as you cycle into Galicia; first along the old national road and then 6km steeply up along a dirt road to O Cebreiro (this section can be avoided by following the old national road to the pass Pedrafita and then follow a tarmac road to Cebreiro). O Cebreiro is a remarkable and emblematic village, full of legends and stories related to the Camino. It has a Romanesque church from the 11th century. Your hotel is just next door.

Challenge: 29 km, 800 m ascent

Villages along the way: Vega de Valcárcel, Las Herrerías

Day 6:    From O Cebreiro to Sarria
47 km

Today you start with a short ascent, but then you will have the next 35km mostly downhill through dense woods and the lush green Galician countryside. On your way today, the Monastery of Samos, which was founded in the 6th century but was continuously renovated (in the 18th century for the last time). 

Challenge: 47 km, 200 m ascent

Villages along the way: Fonfría, Triacastela

Day 7:    From Sarria to Palas de Rei
52 km

During this long day, you will accomplish a total ascent of 600 m, but never more then 200m on one climb; often less. The landscape is rural and entertaining; continuously changing and with plenty of villages, café’s and restaurants where you can share experiences with fellow pilgrims. To reach the charming rural hotel for tonight you’ll have to make a small detour near Palas de Rei. 

Challenge: 52 km, 600 m ascent

Villages along the way: Portomarín, Hospital da Cruz

Day 8:    From Palas de Rei to Arzúa
31 km

A gentle and ‘ondulating’ day as you cycle from one village to the next, all focussed on diary production and services for pilgrims. Again, you will stay at a very charming rural hotel, in a typical Galician manor house; a so called Pazo.

Challenge: 31 km, 400 m ascent

Villages along the way: Melide, Ribadixo da Baixo

Day 9:    From Arzúa to Santiago de Compostela
40 km

A ‘glorious’ day as you will finally reach the “Puerta del Perdón” of Santiago’s cathedral. The standard route goes via the airport and the Monte del Gozo through the outskirts of town. If you prefer a more scenic route, you cycle via Touro (50km). 

Challenge: 40 km, 310 m ascent

Villages along the way: A Rua, Lavacolla

Day 10:    End of arrangement

After breakfast your cycling tour ends. 

accommodation

All hotels of this trip are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.

You can find the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hotel Real Colegiata
Hotel Real Colegiata (León)

Located in the old town of León, in the very heart of one of the most outstanding Romanesque complexes in the whole peninsula. The Hotel Real Colegiata de San Isidoro; a perfect place to start the St. James Way, offering its guests an experience difficult to forget. 

www.hotelrealcolegiata.com

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)

This hotel is strategically located in the heart of Astorga, in front of the cathedral. This monumental building was transformed into a hotel trying to maintain its unique and historical architecture, adding all the services and comfort of a modern accommodation. It has a large 19th century style garden, a library, a playroom, several lounges and two living rooms that preserve all the refined and aristocratic atmosphere from the time it was built.  

www.casadetepa.com

Hostal El Palacio
Hostal El Palacio (Molinaseca)

This Hostel located in Molinaseca has been renovated recently. The building used to be called “La Casona de Don Pelegrín”, and the legend says that the Queen Urraca slept in the building when she travelled to Galicia. 

www.casaelpalacio.com

Hotel Posada Villafranca  Plaza
Hotel Posada Villafranca Plaza (Villafranca del Bierzo)

Located in the main square in Villafranca del Bierzo, this hotel has been renovated taking care of every detail, using noble materials such as marble and fine woods. History and avant-garde blend perfectly in this hotel. 

www.villafrancaplaza.com

Hotel Roma
Hotel Restaurante Roma (Sarria)

This hotel founded in 1930 is located in a quiet area in the town of Sarria, offering relax to the pilgrim in its comfortable rooms and a nice restaurant.

www.hotelroma1930.es

A Parada das Bestas
A Parada das Bestas (Pidre)

A charming rural hotel that offers its guests a good rest and comfort as well as the best local gastronomy in a beautiful natural environment. Tradition and new cuisine blend in the kitchens of  “A Parada das Bestas” to show the visitor the best Galician dishes using local seasonal products.

www.aparadadasbestas.com

Pazo de Santa María
Pazo de Santa María (Arzúa)

A historical hotel created in the mid-18th century (founded in 1742). An oasis of tranquility and a welcoming place, ideal to enjoy some relax with family or friends. From here, charged with energy, we can step out to walk the last stages of the Camino de Santiago.

www.pazosantamaria.com

A Tafona do Peregrino (Santiago de Compostela)
A Tafona do Peregrino (Santiago de Compostela)

A hotel in which every detail has been thought of. Located only about 25m  from the traditional Food Market of Santiago, the Belvís park and the "Puerta del Camino": one of the entries to the old quarters of Santiago and the entry of the French Way. 

www.atafonadoperegrino.com

practical info

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

Departure airports: nearest airport from Santiago de Compostela are La Coruña airport (LCG) or 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 daily every 30 minutes 

By public transport to A Coruña airport (Alvedro); Bus from Santiago bus station to A Coruña, with departures every hour. 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes. This service is provided by Castromil / Monbus. From A Coruña bus station you take a city bus (Line 443) to the airport. Service provided by Autos Calpita. 

 

Bikes

HYBRID BIKES RENTAL

  • 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

 

 

ELECTRIC BIKES RENTAL

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

 

Included

9 nights accommodation

3 nights at standard accommodation and 6 nights at comfort accommodation

9 breakfasts and 4 dinners

Luggage transfers from one hotel to the next

Detailed route description and maps package

24/7 hotline (bilingual staff)

GPS tracks are available

  • Single Room Supplement
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • A private taxi transfer can be booked  from/to any of the suggested airports

Not Included

  • Transfers from/to airport
  • Rental bike
  • solo traveller supplement for bike rental (if booked through S-Cape), to be applied separately

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk at any of the accommodations

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