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Camino de Santiago – The St. James Way 8JW

Spain

This pilgrim’s path takes us into its spell and it leads us through a stunning and magnificent landscape

Our bicycle adventure starts in Santander, ‘The Ocean’s Bride’, along St. James’ Way. Already on the first few meters we can
feel the soothing energy of the “Camino”, on which pilgrims have been drawing strength for centuries, while we get enchanted by Cantabria and Asturias with its mix of sea and mountains.

We cycle on into the highlands of the northern Meseta and are impressed by the pilgrimage hubs of Burgos and Leon. Their cathedrals rank among the most beautiful ones in Spain. The green landscapes of Galicia and Santiago de Compostela herald the end of St. James’ Way and our tour. We will remember the impressions we gained on our way forever!


Start/Finish: Santander / Santiago de Compostela
Nearest airport: Santander / Santiago de Compostela
Duration: 8 nights
Route: safe and well-maintained cycle paths, forest roads and roads
Accommodations: charming and carefully selected hotels
Highlights: Desfiladero de la Hermida, Mirador de Llesba, Lake Riano, Royal Town León, Astorga, Ponferrada, Villafranca del Bierzo, Queixo do Cebreiro Castelo, Triacastela, Lavacolla
Minimum number of participants: 8
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9 days vacation
7 day riding route

DAY 1: Arrival in Santander
Your adventure begins with our Welcome Briefing in the hotel at 4 pm where you can meet the group.
DAY 2: Santander - Fuente Dè
Santander, ‘The Ocean’s Bride’, offers much in every respect. The bay in front of the city is one of the most beautiful in the world. The impressive limestone massif Picos de Europa, the largest nature reserve in Spain, is only about 25 km of airline away. We will cycle along the river Rio Devo, passing the impressive gorge of Hermida ‘Desfiladero de la Hermida’. Incredible rock walls rise up to 600 m into the air. A cable car will take us to the summit and viewing point of Mirador del Cable. Today’s final destination is Fuente Dè.
DAY 3: Fuente Dè - Santa Colomba de las Arrimadas
Picos de Europa – here you can find alpine meadows, gorges, bizarre rock formations, over 40 species of orchids, wildcats, eagles and wild hoopoes. We will start today’s trip cycling uphill to then enjoy the ride down towards the reservoir lake Riano, which is nestled right in between the mountains.
DAY 4: Santa Colomba de las Arrimadas - León
Adios Picos de Europa! We will cross the western edge of Meseta with its endless distance and rolling hills, towards León. The royal city of León in the High Plain of Castile welcomes us. Its colorful streets are filled with life and provincial charm. It is now time to explore the huge variety of the Castilian culinary delights, such as Iberian pork, sausages, chestnuts and not to forget the delicious wine from Bierzo. We have plenty of time to discover León and to relax in our hotel.
DAY 5: León - Villafranca del Bierzo
We will leave the royal town behind us and travel by bus to the ancient Roman city Astorga. We invite you to visit the episcopal palace and cathedral built by the Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí. Astorga is also known for its sweet treats and chocolate, such as mantecadas and hojaladres, which are best enjoyed with a cafe con leche. From here we explore a variety of ancient little villages along Cruz de Ferra and the Templar castles in Ponferrada. Our destination today is the beautiful city of Villafranca.
DAY 6: Villafranca del Bierzo - Sarria
It’s getting exciting: We are approaching Santiago de Compostela. The last part of the path will lead us through a breath-taking mountain landscape. The ancient little mountain village of O Cebreiro is on the way, where pilgrims used to recover with a tasty cabbage soup. We will continue our journey through this fantastic mountain landscape, passing by Triacastela. These 3 castles protected the old pilgrimage route.
DAY 7: Sarria - Melide
The green Galicia! We travel on through tiny villages, rolling hills, forests and meadows. The old Portomarin is located in the valley Rio Mino. From here we are only 90 km away from Santiago.
DAY 8: Melide - Santiago de Compostela
The countdown is on. Lavacolla is the last stop before Santiago. Pilgrims in the Middle Ages used to clean themselves in the local river with the same name before their journey to the town. Eventually, the time has come: We reach Santiago – squares, countless churches and monasteries, old mansions and a quirky, lively nightlife create an impressive work of art. Our last hotel is a dream come true! Of course we will visit the 1000 year old cathedral, a dream come true, maybe one or the other will find their way to Cabo Finisterre.
DAY 9: Departure from Santiago de Compostela
Let’s enjoy our final breakfast together and then set off on our journey homeward.

Tour prices 2020

Included services

Price for rider in double room
Own Bike
$ 3.270,-
Riese & Müller NEVO
$ 3.600,-
Single room supplement$ 600,-

Tour prices 2021

Included services

Price for rider in double room
Own Bike
$ 3.460,-
Riese & Müller Charger
Riese & Müller Charger Mixte
Riese & Müller NEVO
$ 3.820,-
Single room supplement$ 600,-

Tour prices 2022

Included services

Price for rider in double room
Own Bike
$ 3.460,- *
Riese & Müller Charger
Riese & Müller Charger Mixte
Riese & Müller NEVO
$ 3.820,- *
Single room supplement$ 600,- *
* Please note the dates and tour prices for 2022 not being confirmed yet. The shown figures are preliminary and subject to change. If the final tour price in 2022 includes an increase of more than 5% compared to the previous year´s tour price, you can cancel your booked participation free of charge until October 31, 2021.

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