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Cycling the Camino de Santiago

Cycling the Camino de Santiago

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    8 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    , and
  • Activity level
  • From $2499per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2020  
  • Departures
    Anyday EXCEPT Fridays from 28 Mar '20 to 22 Oct '20
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 8 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , and hotels
  • 8 breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Transfers on day 2 and day 5 as per the standard itinerary
  • Pilgrims passport
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Electric bikes available
  • City break add-ons in Madrid
  • Guided tour of Leon Cathedral on day 2
  • Room upgrades available
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, art & history, couples

Spain: Galicia

Cycling the Camino de Santiago

  • Cycle along one of the world's most famous UNESCO pilgrimage routes
  • Stamp your pilgrims passport in the villages, chapels, churches and cathedrals.
  • Visit the architecturally stunning cathedrals of Leon and Santiago de Compostela.

The Spanish Camino de Santiago is one of THE most ancient pilgrims routes in the world. Since the 9th century, the French Way has led thousands of pilgrims on an 800km journey across northern Spain, winding from the Pyrenees across the wheat fields of old Castile to pass through to Leon and onwards to Santiago. Your journey begins in Leon. Leon is the seat of the Spanish Kings and is full of soaring cathedrals and hushed convents. Your cycling route then builds through the Galician countryside to a spectacular finale at Santiago de Compostela's majestic Baroque cathedral, the last resting place of St James the apostle.



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Day-by-day itinerary



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Day 1: Arrival into Leon

Arrive at the Posada Regia hotel, perfectly located in the centre of Leon. Explore the picturesque old quarter, the Barrio Humedo, which boasts narrow alleyways, traditional Spanish tavernas and breath-taking plazas.
Hotel Posada Regia

Day 2: Leon and transfer Leon to Astorga

After your morning briefing, discover the highlights of Leon, including the Panteon Real, the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo and the 13th-century Catedral de Leon, reputed to be one of the most beautiful in Spain. A late afternoon transfer takes you to to Hotel Via de la Plata in Astorga where the Episcopal Palace was designed by Gaudi.
Hotel Via de la Plata
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Astorga to Molinaseca 49km/30.5mi

Cycle into the Maragateria area, a wooded mountainous region where beautiful villages dot the landscape. Climb to the highest point of the tour, passing the stone cross at 1,510m, where traditionally each pilgrim leaves a stone they have brought from their homeland. Later descend into the rich valley of the Bierzo before arriving at the Hotel El Palacio in medieval Molinaseca
Hotel El Palacio
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Molinaseca to Ferrerias 49km/30.5mi

Cycle through the Bierzo valley, which produces excellent wines, fruit and vegetables before reaching the historic town of Villafranca del Bierzo. On to the foothills of the O'Cebreiro, a pastoral village between the mountain ranges of O Courel and Os Ancares where you have a traditional tapas dinner at the Hotel Capricho de Josana.
Hotel Capricho de Josana
Meals included: Breakfast and evening meal

Day 5: O'Cebreiro to Sarria 43km/26.5mi

A transfer takes you to the top of the steep O'Cebreiro mountain with breath taking views. Descend into outer lying woods and mountains, cycling through the small town of Samos where you can visit its ancient Middle Age monastery and is still inhabited by monks to this day. Cycle alongside streams and rivers arriving at the restored parsonage Hotel Rectoral de Goian in time for your included dinner.
Rectoral de Goian
Meals included: Breakfast and evening meal

Day 6: Sarria to Palas de Rei 49km/30.5mi

Today cycle on narrow secondary roads through one of the most beautiful sections of the Camino. Pass through peaceful woodland and green pastures before arriving at Hotel A Parada das Bestas for your included dinner.
Hotel A Parada das Bestas
Meals included: Breakfast and evening meal

Day 7: Palas de Rei to Arzua 16km/10mi

Time stands still in many of the pretty villages you cycle through today, each one a hidden gem with stone-built houses and quaint narrow streets. The last one Arzua has more cows than inhabitants! Dinner awaits at the restored stately home, Pazo de Santa Maria.
Hotel Pazo de Santamaria
Meals included: Breakfast and evening meal

Day 8: Arzua to Santiago de Compostela 19km/12mi

The final few miles of your epic pilgrimmage takes you into the heart Santiago de Compostela, the capital of northwest Spain's Galicia region. We cycle into this unique city of pilgrims and onto the Plaza de Obradoiro overlooking the Cathedral built in honour of Saint James before arriving at the Virxe da Cerca on the edge of its legendary historic centre.
Hotel Virxe da Cerca
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9: Leave Santiago de Compostela


Meals included: Breakfast

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


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Posada Regia, Leon

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The Posada Regia is perfectly located in the centre of Leon, just off the main (largely pedestrian) street and around a five minute walk from the impressive central cathedral. The hotel has two buildings on adjacent streets.

The main building is where the restaurant and bars are located. Once inside you enter the world of 'old Leon' as even part of the original Roman city wall has been incorporated into the structure of the new building. The atmosphere is rustic with lots of timber and tile floors, and this building is next to a lively square where it is pleasant to sit out for drinks of an evening. The second building (where Headwater rooms are located) is 20m down a quieter street. Bedrooms are attractive with bold colours and smart new bathrooms.


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Hotel Via de la Plata, Astorga

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This stylish spa hotel is 100 yards from Astorga Town Hall, in the city centre. It offers an extensive spa and modern rooms with free WiFi.

Rooms at the Hotel SPA Vía de la Plata feature parquet floors and smart, elegant décor. Each one has flat-screen satellite TV and a private bathroom with hairdryer.

The hotel’s spa includes a thermal pool with hot tub, loungers, Finnish and Turkish saunas, different showers, UVA cabin, and other services. Access to the spa and treatments and massages available for an extra charge. Please note on Mondays the spa is closed.

The hotel's restaurant is located 1-minute walk away.


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Hotel El Palacio, Molinaseca

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El Palacio is perfectly located on the banks of the river in Molinaseca and in a restored building that was formerly known as the Casona de Don Pelegrin. Recently renovated the modern rooms offer flat screen TVs and WiFi access.


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Hotel Capricho de Josana, Ferrerias

The Capricho de Josana is located in Herrerías de Valcarce, on the Santiago Pilgrimage Route. There is free Wi-Fi and all rooms have private bathrooms.

The heated rooms in El Capricho de Josana feature stone walls and flat-screen TVs with cable channels.

The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, specializing in dishes from the Castile and León region. In warm weather there is also a terrace, as well as large gardens.

Set by the Valcarce River, El Capricho is located at the foot of O Cebreiro Mountain, just 1.9 miles from the Galician border.


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Rectoral de Goian, Sarria

A rectoral in Spain is the equivalent of a parsonage in the UK. A grand home, often in a picturesque location built of attractive old stone. Such is the case with The Rectoral de Goian, just 8km from the centre of Sarria, it's a gorgeous property set in isolated countryside in landscaped gardens that are just too perfect.

The Rectoral building is horseshoe shaped - it has an open patio and balconies facing the garden so it is ideal for eating al fresco in the evening. There is even a tiny chapel in the garden that is still used!

Bedrooms are gorgeous with stone walls, beams, wooden floors and modern bathrooms, all with views on to the patio or the garden. Raquel and Javier don't speak English, so a phrase book will come in handy here too.


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Hotel a Parada das Bestas , Palas de Rei

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Offering an outdoor swimming pool and an à la carte restaurant, A Parada Das Bestas is located amidst the Galician countryside, a 4-minute walk from the centre of Pidre. It offers rustic-style accommodation with free Wi-Fi.

Offering a flat-screen TV, all rooms come with wood-beamed ceilings, exposed stonework and heating. The private bathroom includes a shower and free toiletries.

A breakfast including homemade products is offered daily in the restaurant, which serves local cuisine at dinner.


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Pazo de Santamaria, Arzua

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Pazo Santa María is an 18th-century property, set in 35,000 m² of gardens. This historic building has original stone walls and wooden beams. There are relaxing lounges, with a library and an open fireplace. Free Wi-Fi access is available in public areas.

Rooms at Pazo Santa María are spacious and charming. They have heating and a private bathroom. The hotel also has a restaurant, a bar and a terrace, with impressive views.


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Hotel Virxe da Cerca, Santiago de Compostela

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Just on the edge of the historic centre in Santiago de Compostela, the Virxe da Cerca sits just below the old market - it is still used by the locals daily and is definitely worth wandering through.

Our superior rooms are in the grand old 4-storey building that backs on to an extensive garden at the back. The breakfast room overlooks the garden while the in house restaurant is on the ground floor in the depths of the building with solid stone walls and a cosy atmosphere.

It is only a 5-minute walk into the heart of the old town so it is perfect for exploring, and feels like coming back to your very own stately home in the city.


Room upgrades: Suite.
Suites offer extra space.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.


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Hotel Petit Palace Preciados, Madrid

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The Hotel Petit Palace Preciados enjoys an excellent position just off the bustling Puerta del Sol Square, which is considered one of the central spots in Old Madrid. The hotel itself lies just off the pedestrian area to the north where the famous Corte Ingles department store is located. You are ideally situated for exploring all of Madrid's famous sights.

The hotel has a charming turn of century facade and many of the rooms have wrought iron balconies from which you can sit and watch the world go by.

The 75 rooms are furnished in a modern style with laminate flooring and crisp white decor. All are double glazed and air-conditioned and are equipped with mini bar, satellite television and direct dial telephone. The bathrooms are well appointed and many have hydro massage showers.


Room upgrades and extra nights: Contact us for details.

Travel

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

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Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

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This 8 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , and hotels

8 breakfasts and 4 evening meals

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

GPS route directions and maps

RideWithGPS navigation app

High quality bikes

Luggage transfers between hotels

Transfers on day 2 and day 5 as per the standard itinerary

Pilgrims passport


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Holiday details

Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Anyday EXCEPT Fridays from 28th Mar 2020 to 22nd Oct 2020, for 8 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
8 breakfasts and 4 evening meals

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £110 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

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