Spain : Galicia

Cycling the Camino de Santiago

Trip code: C08CS 4.4 (5 reviews)

Self-guided plgrimage

8 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 3
Stretching

15.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

SUMMARY

  • 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.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Transfers on day 2 and day 5 as per the standard itinerary
  • Pilgrims passport
  • Email briefing pack

TRIP DESCRIPTION

The Spanish Camino de Santiago is one of the most ancient pilgrimage 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 eight-night self-guided cycling holiday begins in Leon with the route taking in the last 225km of the pilgrimage trail. 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

 

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.

You stay at Posada Regia.

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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.

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. You can choose to take a guided tour of Leon (available for a supplement.) A late afternoon transfer takes you to to Hotel Via de la Plata in Astorga where the Episcopal Palace was designed by Gaudi.

You stay at Hotel Via de la Plata.

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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.

Day 3: Astorga to Molinaseca (49km/30.4mi)

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 Iron 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

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You stay at Hotel El Palacio.

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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.

Day 4: Molinaseca to Herrerias (49km/30.4mi)

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 to dinner at your hotel.

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You stay at Hotel Paraiso del Bierzo.

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Hotel Paraiso del Bierzo, La Herrerias

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Paraiso del Bierzo is a renovated butter factory located on the Camino route with extensive grounds and offers a restaurant and bar. The rooms feature wooden beams and floors, with flat screen TV and Wifi.

Day 5: O'Cebreiro to Goian (nr Sarria) (52km/32.3mi)

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.

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You stay at Rectoral de Goian.

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Rectoral de Goian, Goian (nr Sarria)

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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.

Day 6: Goian to Pidre (50km/31.1mi)

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.

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You stay at Hotel a Parada das Bestas.

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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.

Day 7: Pidre to O'Pino (59km/36.7mi)

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. Dinner awaits at the your hotel O Muino de Pena.

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You stay at O Muino de Pena.

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Hotel O Muino de Pena, O Pino

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O Muiño de Pena is a pretty rural house located on the banks of the river Mera in the beautiful Galician countryside. The house has been in the Pena family since 1948 and was operated as a mill for the local community until restoration started on the hotel at the end of the 1990's and it reopened as a rural hotel in 2003.

Day 8: O Pino to Santiago de Compostela (31km/19.3mi)

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.

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You stay at Hotel Virxe da Cerca.

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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.

Day 9: Leave Santiago de Compostela

Enjoy Santiago and the cathedral before taking a taxi to the airport (pay locally approx 15 euro). Alternatively, stay on for extra nights to explore this beautiful historic city. Walking through the old streets of Santiago is a fantastic way to spend your time here, with Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque buildings lining the old town's streets and plazas.

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra hotel nights we recommend: Hotel Petit Palace Preciados, Madrid.

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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.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $453.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $453.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Electric bikes
  • Guided tour of Leon Cathedral on day 2
  • Room upgrades available
TRAVEL DETAILS

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 0044 1606 720199 or email us at sales@headwater.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

REVIEWS

Your agents were fully conversive with the holiday and my needs. Only down side was I felt the hotel in Gatwick Airport was expensive with no breakfast provided in the cost

Eric Suddes, 9 Apr 2024

 

Organised. Stress free. Challenging but very rewarding

NAUMAN, 17 May 2023

 

Excellent holiday, very highly recommended. However, 3 comments. Bike collection in Astorga, your directions say collect from Bike Shop at 9.00 am but the Bike Shop does not open until 9.30 am. MY Ebike was very good but the chain kept coming off,. On 13 Aug, our accommodation was changed to Casa Blanco but the route given in both the App and paper maps was only to A Parada das Bastas. We had to go to A Parada day Bastas and ask them for directions, which thankfully worked.

Mr Luard, 8 Aug 2022

 

The Santiago ride was a pleasure but the information from the app caused us both delays, detours and frustration before reaching destinations

Mr ROBERTSON, 21 Jul 2022

 

Cycling the Camino de Santiago was great but the description in the brochure is a little deceptive as there was a lot of cycling on roads (not on the Camino), even though not much traffic. Last 2 days didn’t see the Camino signs at all! I believe the brochure should describe this a little better. Electric bikes a must if you are a leisure cyclist as extremely hilly! Having said this Headwater were very helpful and we would definitely recommend them.

Mrs Morgan, 29 Jun 2022

 


Self-guided plgrimage

8 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 3
Stretching

15.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

8 nights from $2960

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