This journey encompasses eight days and seven nights, the most famous of all the Camino de Santiago routes. From León to Astorga before reaching O Cebreiro in a section containing the highest point on the Camino Francés. The Camino continues and the green scenery becomes increasingly vibrant as you get closer to Santiago where we will receive our well gained Compostelana certificate
Guaranteed departure guided tour: September 10th
Arrival to León.
Night at hotel in city centre.
After breakfast it is finally time to get started on our Camino to Santiago. Today’s cycling will take us from the historical centre of León and out to the beautiful landscape of Castilla y León. Once out of León we will be met with the highland’s plateau of León. This is our easiest day of cycling, so when we get to Astorga, we will have some idea of what to expect for the next day’s to come. In Astorga our hotel is situated in the City’s square with only a few minutes’ walk to Gaudi’s Episcopal Church and the impressive Cathredal of Astorga. Our hotel is situated in the beautiful plaza in the city centre.
Today we will be climbing up to the highest point on The French Way of St. James, The Iron Cross (La Cruz de Hierro). The altitude is 1503 meters. Expect a nice, but challenging climb to the top. But once riding down again, all our struggling will easily be forgotten. We suggest a break in the beautiful village of Molinaseca before riding the last way to Ponferrrada, where our hotel is located close to the impressive Templars Castle dated back to the 12th century.
Today we will be cycling to one of the most characteristic village on The French Camino, O Cebreiro. We will also be leaving the Region of Castilla y León to be entering Galicia. Today’s ride takes us through the El Bierzo valley, known for its wine production. A short break could be in Vilafranca del Bierzo, a lively medieval town, known as “little Santiago” because of the “Puerta del Perdón” The Foregiveness Gate. From the Valley of Bierzo we will be cycling along the Valcase river before the incline to O Cebreiro begins at La Faba. Although this might be the most challenging part on our way to Santiago, you shouldn’t forget to enjoy the nature scenery – it is AMAZING, and worth every stroke in the pedals getting to the top. (Don’t be ashamed to walk some of the way to the top) The change from Castilla y León to Galicia is obvious and getting to the top is absolutely breath-taking – in every sense!! We will overnight in beautiful Casa Rural.
Today is another day of cycling – but after an incline comes a decline and today is no exception. Before going down, we will be enjoying the peaks of Sierra de Ranadoiro and Alto de Poio, where we will have some impressing views over the Galician countryside and the surrounding mountains. Our cycling takes us by some fantastic sites, lush farmland and beautiful historical buildings, such as the Monasterio de Samos. After having visited the Monasterio de Samos, we suggest having a typical Galician lunch at the outskirts of the village before cycling on towards Sarria. Sarria is especially known for being one of the most popular starting points for walking pilgrims on their way to Santiago.
Today is our longest day in the saddle, but it is also a day with wonderful changes in the landscape. We will be riding through some amazing oak woods and we’ll be passing some important monuments, such as the Romanesque Church of Barbadelo. Getting to Portomarin the route crosses the Belesear Dam and we will continue our slightly lumpy – but still beautiful – track to Melide.
After breakfast we will be heading on to our final destination, Santiago de Compostela. With great spirits, new friends we met on our way and properly some legs a little tired, our route continues over the rolling Galician hills. After leaving Melide we will cycle along the forest tracks we by now know so well, accompanied by the familiar smell from the many eucalyptus trees in Galicia. A stop at Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy), with a view to the Cathedral of Santiago, will make our excitement of almost being at our destination even greater. If there isn’t to many Pilgrims when we get to centre of Santiago, we will be cycling all the way to the famous Plaza do Obradoiro in front of the Cathedral.
- 7 night´s accommodation and breakfast at three star hotels and local rural houses.
- 6 dinners at local restaurants.
- 6 day bike rental with Ortlieb bike panniers.
- Luggage transfers.
- Bike transfers.
- Private English speaking guide.
Total rate per person group of 8 people: 1.475 Euros
Total rate per person group of 12 people: 1.340 Euros
Total rate per person group of 16 people: 1.132 Euros