French Camino Cycling: León to Santiago (guided group)

8 days cycling the last 332 km of the French Way: from León to Santiago
Description

Our cycling tour in the Camino begins in the charming city of Leon , 332 km away from Santiago de Compostela. We then cross the impressive open space of Castilian plains gradually climbing to the highest point of the trip, the "Iron Cross" (1.505 m) that has become one of the abiding symbols of the pilgrim way of St. James. Then we ride through fertile valleys full of vineyards in the Bierzo region and finally through the green countryside of rural Galicia before reaching Santiago de Compostela.

You will ride in a group with a local guide and a support vehicle will be nearby to carry the luggage and take you if you need a lift. In this tour we cycle 70% in tarmac and 30% on paths and we follow for most of the way the same itinerary than the walkers.

You will be given a pilgrim passport at the beginning to collect stamps along the way as prove of your journey. In Santiago de Compostela you will be able to get the Compostela certificate in latin to take home.

 

  • Day: 1 - Arrival in León

    Join the group in Leon. This charming city was founded by the Romans in the 1st century BC. We may have time to visit its beautiful gothic Cathedral and getting our first stamps on our Pilgrims passport. Dinner "tapas" in the center of Leon to get to know each other.

    If you need help to get to Leon we can help you but there is a good train service from Madrid international airport. let us know if you need help to buy train tickets or need a private transfer.

     

  • Day: 2 - Leon - Astorga (58 km/36 miles)

    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 have lunch in Hospital del Orbigo where we find 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 Leon in the distance.

     

  • Day: 3 - Astorga - Molinaseca (49 km/30 miles)

    Today's ride is probably the most beautiful of the trip as we leave the Castilian 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.

  • Day: 4 - Molinaseca - Herrerias (52 km/32 miles)

    The highlight today is the ride to the beautiful town of Villafranca with stunning views across the vineyards of the Bierzo region and wooded mountains of Leon. After the first easy and mainly flat 25km we have a short climb to Villafranca, which is worth a look for its many monuments and picturesque town square. In the last section today we will ride along the always green and beautiful Valcarce valley. We will get to our charming rural hotel located in the village of Herrerias on the foothills of Monte de O'Cebreiro. 

  • Day: 5 - Herrerias - Sarria (54 km/34 miles)

    Today we start cycling up (9 km)  to the top of the mountain and the small village of O'Cebreiro that is also the first village in Galicia. Here we will be able to appreciate wonderful views of the valleys that surround this peak and admire the charming slate roofed black houses. Once 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 and not elaborate, but delicious ways. We will stop in Samos, home to one of the oldest monasteries in Spain, and cycle through chestnut forests to Sarria.




  • Day: 6 - Sarria - Melide (63 km/39 miles)

     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 1960s in order to construct a reservoir. After lunch, a 13 km climb, followed by a welcomed 12 km downhill, takes us to Palas del Rey to then cycle a further 15 km to Melide,  charming town where we will stay and famous for its bars where they sell octopus cooked in Galician style.

     

  • Day: 7 - Melide - Santiago de Compostela (52 km/32 miles)

    Today is the last day cycling and we will make our way through forest and rural areas to the famous Monte do Gozo, where we will be able to see for the first time the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. From here we only have 5 more km to the Plaza del Obradoiro where all pilgrims celebrate their longed arrival surrounded by the beautiful facade of the Cathedral, old stone buildings, like the Parador de los Reyes Católicos, and the town hall.

    We will also get our Compostelana (certificate in Latin of our pilgrimage).

    Tonight we will celebrate together over a good table (special dinner with seafood) and enjoy the lively University city of Santiago.

    The hotel we stay at in Santiago is very close to the city center.

  • Day: 8 - Return

    Your tour finishes after breakfast.

Prices and Dates

 2021 Dates: 

 

  • 6TH TO13TH OF JUNE
  • 19TH TO 26TH OF SEPTEMBER

 

* Guaranteed departure from 2 clients.

 

Prices (per person): 

  • Person in double/twin room: 1.249€
  • Single Supplement: 150€
  • Rental Mountain Bike (including helmet and one pannier): 120€
  • Rental E-bike (including helmet and one pannier): 210€

 

What's included: 

  • 7 nights accommodation in standard hotels on the Camino itself with en-suite facilities.
  • reinforced breakfasts.
  • English and Spanish speaking guide throughout.
  • Support vehicle.
  • Luggage transfers.
  • Pilgrim Passport.

Optional:

  • Bike hire (mountain bike or trekking e-bike / including helmet and one back pannier)
  • Transfers from and to the airport
Gallery
  • León. Camino de Santiago Cycling
  • Astorga
  • The Way. Cycling Guided Groups
  • Camino de Santiago. Group
  • The Way of St. James
  • St. James Way. Cycling. Group
  • Camino de Santiago
  • Camino de Santiago Group
  • Pilgrim Passport
  • Cycling Group. Pilgrimage
  • Monte do Gozo
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Santiago. Saint James
Accommodation

León

Accommodation Leon   Accommodation Leon

 

Astorga

Accommodation Astorga   Accommodation Astorga

 

Molinaseca

Accommodation Molinaseca   Accommodation Molinaseca

 

Las Herrerías de Valcarce

Accommodation Herrerias   Accommodation Herrerias

 

Sarria

Accommodation   Accommodation

 

Melide

Accommodation Melide

 

Santiago

Camino de Santiago Accommodation

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