• history infused landscapes of Castilla
  • great food and wine of Galicia
  • famous medieval city of Santiago de Compostela
7 Days
6 Nights
298 Total kms
59.6 km/day (avg)
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Pilgrims have travelled this route now for centuries. Our route begins in the fine city of León. The route is dotted with many monuments, reminding us that this is the oldest, most celebrated and frequented tourist route in Europe. The landscapes are varied and breathtaking and we pass through picturesque villages and monumental cities, taking the opportunity to enjoy fine wines and cuisine. The climax of the tour is the arrival in Santiago itself with its fine cathedral and beautiful medieval streets.

Tour Route

Day
1
Arrival Point
to
León

Everything you need for the tour will be ready at your hotel: your touring bike with all accessories, detailed documentation with maps and a road book.
Founded in 884 AD, León has abundant gastronomic and architectural riches - dinner is best enjoyed by having tapas in the atmospheric bars located along the narrow streets of the Barrio Húmedo. The cathedral is a gem from the Gothic period. Accomodation in the magnificent Parador de León.

Day
2
León
to
Astorga

Today's route takes us through classic Castilian landscapes, complete with holm oaks, golden wheatfields and gentle ups and downs. The landscape in the first half of the route is relatively dry, but gets greener the further west you get; you'll cross fields full of diverse crops, such as wheat, corn, hops and wine grapes. You will see geckoes, birds of prey and lot of dairy cows! Astorga is home to three national monuments and one of the best Romanesque facades. Accommodation in the Hotel Vía de la Plata Spa. 49 - 31 miles

49km
Day
3
Astorga
to
Villafranca del Bierzo

From Astorga, the Camino starts to climb gently until it meets the first mountain on the way. Once you've reached the top of Foncebadón, take it easy and enjoy the sweeping downhill ride and the gorgeous views on the ride through wine country to Villafranca. The town of Villafranca del Bierzo is a historical and artistic monument, was created to give refuge and sanctuary to the pilgrims before initiating the most difficult part of their pilgrimage. The monastery cloister is a Renaissance jewel. Accommodation is in the Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo. 75 - 47 miles

75km
Day
4
Villafranca del Bierzo
to
Portomarín

The most challenging day. From Villafranca you ride slowly towards the mythical O'Cebreiro pass, the most demanding peak along the western section of the Camino. With a little patience it's more than possible to reach the top, but in any case a taxi is available for those who wish to avoid it. Then it's downhill all the way to Sarria, and onward via a rolling route to Portomarín. The older neighbourhoods of Portomarín once belonged to the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, but now lie submerged, covered by the waters of the Miño River dam. Accommodation is in the Hotel Posada de Portomarín. 85 - 53 miles (30 less if taking the taxi transfer option)

85km
Day
5
Portomarín
to
Arzúa

This day provides a lovely alternative to the previous day's hard work. Several easy and long uphills and downhills go through rolling terrain, giving cyclists a view of Galicia's rural landscape. Accommodation in Hotel Casa Teodora. 51 - 32 miles

51km
Day
6
Arzúa
to
Santiago de Compostela

Today we reach our goal - the Pórtico de la Gloria of the Cathedral of Santiago. After taking a breather (and celebrating with others arriving by foot and on horseback!), you can visit the Pilgrims' Office where you can obtain the "Compostela" certificate which certifies you as an official pilgrim. Accommodation is centrally located, giving you the opportunity to explore the streets and bars of the atmospheric historic centre. This city, without any doubt, is the most important of the Christian Middle Ages. It has world-wide renown, and each year thousands of travellers come to visit its treasures. Accomodation in the Hotel Carrís Casa de la Troya. 38 - 21 miles

38km
Day
7
Santiago de Compostela
to
Departure

End of IberoCycle services. Depart from Santiago de Compostela.

FAQs

    • Bike hire
    • 6 nights accommodation in charming and historic 3/4 & 5* hotels, including the Parador de Leon and the Parador de Villafranca
    • Buffet breakfasts
    • Detailed road book and maps
    • Optional taxi transfer from Villafranca to O'Cebreiro on day 4
    • Daily luggage transfers between hotels from begining to the end
    • Lunches and dinners
    • Airfare
  • We think cycle touring is the ideal way to travel in Europe and that is why we are very pleased to launch European Bike Adventures, as it allows us the opportunity to offer a whole new set of experiences to people we know will appreciate them.

    Accordingly we have taken our time in selecting the portfolio of cycle tours you find listed here.

    A selection of hand-picked bike trips in spectacular places throughout Europe that focus on fun with the same attention to detail and quality that hundreds of our very satisfied clients have been enjoying with Ibero Cycle Tours since 1999.

     

  • IberoCycle transports luggage to the next hotel. On the Villanueva de la Franca to Portomarín route, a transfer is available for those cyclists who may find the climb a little daunting.

    Bikes will generally be left waiting at the first hotel for you to collect on arrival.

    Cyclists do not travel as part of a group or with a guide, although they may coincide with other cyclists on the same trip.

    Guests are not transported to and from arrival / departure points, unless otherwise stated.

    Cyclists are provided with our own detailed Route Guide and maps for their chosen route.

  • Personalised tours are available for groups of 4 or more riders. You may like to add extra days, choose a different arrival day, modify the itinerary.

    Please contact us if you would like to personalise this tour.

  • Clients on this tour are responsible for getting themselves to the first hotel in León.

    We can organise a transfer from Madrid to León - 480 € (maximum 6 passengers)

    IberoCycle services finish after breakfast on Day Seven in Santiago de Compostela.

  • Information will be added shortly for the bikes available on these tours.

Prices


01
Mar
31
Oct

Self Guided / per person
Standard Camino de Santiago Adult Double €1420
Adult Single €1810

Notes
Departures are every 2 weeks from March 18 to October 28. Groups of 4 or more people can specify own start dates

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