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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.
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.”
Ride the Ancient Route
In the Middle Ages, the 800 km trail leading to Saint James the Apostle’s tomb was the third most important Christian pilgrimage destination, after Jerusalem and Rome, hosting over two million peregrinos (pilgrims) each year. The grueling journey was meant to mimic the ordeals of Christian martyrs. Today, some 200,000 pilgrims complete variations on the historic journey each year, inspired not only by their religious beliefs but also by curiosity and enterprise. On this trip, you’ll take in the portion between Leon and Santiago de Compostela. En route you will pass through landscapes unchanged since the time of the first pilgrims, stopping to eat in ancient villages and towns, and making your way along paths that have been trodden by millions of dedicated feet. Only yours will be in cleats. Buen Camino!
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Day by Day
After a quick drive out of Leon, we begin our journey through the fertile landscape and quebradas (ravines) that divide the plain from the Sierra de Ancares. We’ll stop to taste their specialties, including some arroz con costillas de cerdo al estilo de la Virgen del Camino, a Camino rice and pork rib specialty.
Set out on a day long loop through the villages of Valdespino de Somoza, Boisan, Lucillo and Santa Colomba de Somoza. The landscape today is a mix of wide open spaces with views to distant mountain ranges and shady ravines with walls so smooth they seem polished.
Head to the mountaintop town of O'Cebreiro where we will peruse the village and its prehistoric Celtic limestone huts before setting off downhill. Our descent takes us through the lush green Galician countryside!
After breakfast, we follow the Camino Primitivo out of Lugo before embarking on a gorgeous Galician loop ride. We’ll head southwest out of the city and soon find ourselves lost in a network of rural roads. Crumbling stone walls, shade dappled hard top and towns unchanged from time immemorial await our admiration.
Today our journey ends exactly where it should—in the impressive shadow of the medieval Cathedral of Santiago, legendary resting spot of Saint James the Apostle, where pilgrims both ancient and modern complete their act of devotion. Tonight we’ll head out for a celebratory drink before an unforgettable final night dinner.
This morning, we wake to a sumptuous breakfast, after which we must sadly say our farewells. We highly recommend spending another day in the city, as well as attending the daily pilgrim mass that is held at noon daily.
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 »
Pazo de Orban, Lugo
Nestled on a quiet pedestrian street of Lugo, this 18th century building overlooks Lugo’s intact Roman wall, which is unique in the world. With stylishly and individually appointed rooms, the hotel is a two-minute walk from Rua Nova and Rue de la Cruz, Lugo’s main tapas streets.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 »
This trip was outstanding - maybe the best European B&R trip I have ever taken! The food blew me away in that it was consistently good everywhere we went, and the wine was jaw dropping. I do not know why it has taken me so long to get to Spain, but shame on me! B&R has opened the door to a new country for me - and I will be back!— Owen Billes
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Daily biking distances vary from 48 to 68 km a day with options on some days as far as 80 km (48 mi). The terrain starts off relatively flat and progressively gets steeper as we pass into Galicia.
“I bike about once a week at home.”
Gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort. Layover days accommodate varying preferences.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All accommodation
- All breakfasts, four lunches, four dinners, including wine
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
- Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All baggage transportation
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
- Downloadable GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
You can’t enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you’ll be riding a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
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Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help. We can create an independent travel experience to fit your needs—and if you desire, arrange for a local guide.
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