Camino de Santiago
Enjoy the experience with all the details taken
Many of us long for a chance to really rest the mind, to take stock... 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.
Our hotels are conveniently positioned near the Camino and are always the best quality on offer along the way.
Cycling (self guided)
Astorga to Santiago de Compostela. The last 268 kms, 8 days.
- 7 nights accommodation in twin or single rooms with own bathroom.
- 7 breakfasts.
- Luggage transfers between hotels.
- Detailed maps and roadbook with your trail clearly marked, instructions to find the hotels each night and recommendations.
- Day 1 Astorga. Arrival at the monumental and historic town of Astorga.
- Day 2 Astorga to Molinaseca. 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) at 1505 meters above sea level, 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 (breakfast included).
- Day 3 Molinaseca to O´Cebreiro. Today´s cycle has an easy first 25 kms, until you start to climb first to the beautiful town of Villafranca and then to the Monte O´Cebreiro at 1300 meters above sea level, where the Galicia Region starts and on a clear day one can see magnificent views to the east and west of Galician green valleys and the Leon´s wooded mountains. When you reach the very small but full of character village of O´Cebreiro you will feel on top of the world and be able to appreciate the great views all around, of the valleys that surround this high point (breakfast included).
- Day 4 O´Cebreiro to Sarria. 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. (breakfast included).
- Day 5 Sarria to Palas de Rei. Today´s cycle ride runs through very nice rural Galician 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 (breakfast included).
- 54 Km
- Day 6 Palas de Rei to Rua. 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 (breakfast included).
- Day 7 Rua to Santiago de Compostela. Today you are doing your last 19 kms. 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 (breakfast included).
- 19 km
- Day 8 Return (breakfast included).
Extra nights in Santiago can be arranged.
How to get there:
- How do I get to the Starting Point? Transfers to Astorga from Madrid are easy by bus. Eg. ALSA bus from Madrid Airport to Astorga at 14:30 hours from terminal 4 takes 3:30 hours and costs 29 Euros.
- How do I get back home? Fly back from Santiago or from Madrid. Transfers from Santiago to Madrid with ALSA buses. Eg. Depart 7:00 hours arrival at Terminal 4 at the airport at 14:45 (7:45 hours) costs 59 Euros.
- We can offer you help with purchasing your bus tickets.
Cycling (self guided), Camino de Santiago PILGRIMS WAY
- 655€ per person (160€ single supplement)
- Grade : Moderate
- Recommended time of year : April - end of October