The ancient pilgrimage route along the Camino de Santiago is a quintessential example of how cycling provides a great way to slow down to see the world. We only take in a portion of this route, the full version of which stretches its way all over Europe. Our portion features many challenging up-hill sections, which will make its flatter sections all the more rewarding. Along the way, we’ll view some of the pilgrimage’s most noted sites, including the Puerta del Perdón, the Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross), a Benedictine monastery in Samos, and the Catedral de Santiago. The best thing about this trip is we bike from start to finish with no driving by car or van, meaning you truly bike from León to Santiago.
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You'll arrive in León and, depending on your arrival time, you will have some time to explore the town before meeting your guide for dinner and drinks. Raising a glass to an exciting week ahead, you'll be given an overview of the object of the week’s desire, the 800-km trail leading to St. James the Apostle’s tomb.
Our first day of riding sees us set off from León for the Roman village of Astorga, pedalling through the stark beauty of the Castilla León plains en route. After a well-earned lunch of medieval stew, we a historian leads us through Astorga’s architectural highlights, including a palace designed by Antonio Gaudí.
Ultimately bound for Ponferrada, we start early today and bike by way of the Cruz de Ferro, the Iron Cross, where pilgrims bring a stone from their hometown to add to the pile.
Today you'll venture to Villafranca and the Puerta del Perdón, the "Door of Forgiveness". Here, pilgrims who could not complete their journey came to beg for absolution. From there, you'll head to Parador de Monforte de Lemos for a lovely dinner and one-night stay.
Today we tackle the most rewarding ride of the trip, setting out to climb Cebreiro Mountain, destined for the tiny hamlet O Cebreiro in the mystical Galicia region, famous for its fog and mist. It’s then down through farming villages frozen in time and ancient forests of pine, oak, walnut and eucalyptus, to Arzúa, where your 18thC accommodation awaits.
Our journey culminates exactly where it should; the Catedral de Santiago, legendary resting spot of St. James the Apostle. After taking in its impressive gothic and Romanesque features, we’ll join the pilgrims who pack the church’s nave and dance ecstatically before we celebrate our own journey with dinner and drinks.
Today you head out with your guide to the lovely Galician coastline and Finisterre, or KM 0, the true ending site of the Camino as it was believed to be the end of the world, as its Latin name suggests. You'll have the option for more biking or a coastal walk for a change of pace.
Today you make your own way to the Santiago airport for connecting flights home. Your guide can arrange a taxi for you. Hasta Luego!Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
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