This is not your standard cycling tour as pilgrims from across Europe have been travelling along the Camino de Santiago for centuries. The Camino itself is part of our history and cultural heritage. Out of all the long distance routes that exist, only the Camino de Santiago has been given the recognition of World Heritage by the United Nations because of its historical and spiritual significance. Countless millions have walked it over the last thousand years and yet it has remained largely unchanged. It continues to cross the same rivers, climb the same mountains and pass by the same villages, chapels, churches and cathedrals.
People from over 100 countries make this journey each year, for a number of reasons, only some of which are spiritual. Most conclude that it is a moving experience and rewarding in ways they did not anticipate.
You will be cycling the final 270 kms of the classic Camino de Santiago. Starting at the historic Roman town of Astorga, in the North West of old Castilla, will give you a chance to soak up the history that surrounds this long distance route even before you start cycling.
Also available as an 18 day tour, starting in Roncesvalles. Contact us for details and pricing.
Arrival at the monumental and historic town of Astorga.
Leave the Castillian plains behind to climb progressively towards the mountains of Leon with its highest point of the cycle being the Monte de la Cruz the Ferro (the iron cross), where it is tradition to leave a small stone that you have brought from your homeland. From here the rest of the way is mostly downhill and the views are astonishingly beautiful.
Cycle 25 Km amongst vineyards to reach the beautiful town of Villafranca. Later climb O´Cebreiro, where the Galicia Region starts.
We are now in Galicia and there is a big change in landscape, culture, gastronomy and language. A fantastic part of the day comes when we descend to the town of Samos where we find one of the oldest and most beautiful monasteries in Spain, the Benedictine monastery of Samos.
Today´s cycle ride runs through very nice rural countryside, passing through many little villages. Most of this stage is along tree-lined roads and pathways and there is a mix of little country roads and old paths. At the end of the day we reach Palais de Rei. A small town full of the pilgrim spirit.
Today´s ride does not have great climbs but it is a constant up and down that can be quite tiring. We will ride enjoying the Galician countryside. During the day you will go through the town of Melide that is famous for its “pulperías” where they serve superb octopus.
The route is not long so as to allow you to enjoy the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela. There are hard hills to climb before arriving at the “Monte do Gozo” (the hill of joy) where you first see the Cathedral of Santiago in the distance.
Return home or extend your stay in Santiago.
The daily bike routes are alternately flat and hilly, also with some longer ascents. You will cycle on bike paths and quieter side roads. In some cases, you will find yourself on roads with heavier traffic, especially when entering or leaving a city. A good level of fitness is required for this tour.
Flights go into Santiago or Madrid.
Our hotels are conveniently positioned very near or on the Camino and are always the best quality on offer along the way. They are typically of 3 star grading.
Departure Dates: Daily departures possible from April through October
|Per person, double occupancy: 8 day tour||CAD||$1225|
|Half-board supplement (6 x 3-course dinners)||$170|
|Optional Mountain bike||$100|
|Solo Traveller supplement||$220|
This tour includes:
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Saturday: by appointment