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Spain by Bike
An Ancient Pilgrimage by Bike
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.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
8 Days / 7 Nights
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Day by Day
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!
Parador San Marcos, León
Once a 16thC monastery built to shelter pilgrims, this parador is one of Spain’s most acclaimed hotels. Located near León’s old town on the banks of the Bernesga River, the property boasts a magnificent cloister, sumptuous antique-filled rooms, gorgeous gardens, a lovely music room and an equally impressive buffet breakfast that fuels us for our first day on the trail! View hotel website »
Casa de Tepa
This exceptional civil building was the Earl of Tepa’s usual residence until its last renovation. The Earl ordered the construction of this building at the end of the 18th century –as inscribed on the main door’s lintel. Right here there was the Convent and the Pilgrims Hospital of Santiago, the most important out of the 17 hospitals that happened to be in the city at that time.View hotel website »
This 14-room guesthouse is a breath of fresh air just off the Camino. The onsite winery and canning facilities are well worth the visit. Each rooms is uniquely decorated and themed making for a cozy stay amongst pilgrims and travelers alike. View hotel website »
Parador Monforte de Lemos
The historic site of San Vicente do Pino is located in the uppermost part of the town of Monforte de Lemos. It is made up of the keep, San Vicente do Pino Monastery and the palace of the counts of Lemos, which houses the Parador de Monforte. The monastery dates back to the 9th century, although the current structure was built in the 17th century in the neoclassical style. View hotel website »
Pazo Santa Maria, Arzua
The oak and chestnut wood ceilings and stonewalls hold a history descending from two prominent lineages in this corner of Spain. The sweeping views over the Galician countryside are a great way to unwind after a long day of biking. The Pazo has 16 lovely bedrooms divided between the main house and individual cottages surrounding the main building. View hotel website »
Parador de Santiago de Compostela
The Hostal dos Reis Católicos, a former 16thC hospice founded by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, provides a well deserved five-star finish to our journey. Next to the cathedral, the property once served as a hospital for pilgrims visiting the tomb of St. James, and is now considered one of the finest hotels in Europe. Our rooms are palatial, featuring handsome antiques, ornate canopied beds and remarkably sumptuous bathrooms. View hotel website »
Daily biking distances usually vary from 70 to 80 km (45 to 50 mi.) a day with options on some days as far as 100 km (62 mi.). The terrain starts off relatively flat and progressively gets steeper as we pass into Galicia. The difficulty of the ride often depends on the length of the climb.
You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you'll be riding customized Cannondales; there are three models to choose from to ensure you'll have the perfect bike. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
- All accommodation
- Meals as indicated
- Use of a customized specialized bicycle and helmet
- Services of local B&R support van
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All transportation and all baggage handling
- Services of a local guides
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— Doug & Mimi Traina
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