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 during our way forever!
|Start/Finish:||Santander / Santiago de Compostella|
|Route:||safe and well-maintained cycle paths, forest roads and streets|
|Accommodations:||charming and carefully selected hotels|
|Highlights:||Desfiladera de la Hermida, Mirador de Llesba, Lake Riano, Royal Town León, Astorga – Gaudí, Ponferrada, Villafrance, O Cebreiro, Triacastela, Lavacolla|
|Minimum number of participants:||8
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|DAY 1:||Arrival in Santander
Please arrive at the hotel before 4pm for our welcome get-together.
|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 air-line away. We will cycle along the river Rio Devo, passing by the impressive gorge of Hermida ‘Desfiladero de la Hermida’. Incredible rock walls rise up to 600 m into the air. Per cable car we will reach the summit and viewing point of Mirador del Cable. Today’s final destination is Fuente Dè.
[distance: 38 km, uphill: 220 m; 24 miles, uphill: 722 ft]
|DAY 3:||Fuente Dè - Cistierna
Picos de Europa – alpine meadows, gorges, bizarre rock formations, over 40 species of orchids, wildcats, eagles and wild hops. 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.
[distance: 77 km, uphill: 1250 m; 48 miles, uphill: 4101 ft]
|DAY 4:||Cistierna - 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 streets are filled with vibrancy and charm. It is now time to explore the huge variety of the Castilian culinary delights, such as Iberian pork, sausages, and chestnuts and not to forget the delicious wine from Bierzo. We have plenty of time to discover León and to relax in our hotel.
[distance: 56 km, uphill: 500 m; 35 miles, uphill: 1640 ft]
|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 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 our parador in Villafranca.
[distance: 78 km, uphill: 990 m; 49 miles, uphill: 3248 ft]
|DAY 6:||Villafranca del Bierzo - Sarria
We are now 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 strengthen themselves 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.
[distance: 70 km, uphill: 1430 m; 44 miles, uphill: 4692 ft]
|DAY 7:||Sarria - Melide
The green Galicia! We journey on through tiny settlements, 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.
[distance: 62 km, uphill: 1030 m; 39 miles, uphill: 3379 ft]
|DAY 8:||Melide - Santiago de Compostela
The countdown is on. Lavacolla is the last stop before Santiago. Pilgrims of the Middle Ages used to cleanse themselves in the local river before continuing their journey into the town. Santiago - impressive squares, countless churches and monasteries, old mansions and a quirky, lively nightlife. Our last hotel is a dream! Of course we will visit the 1000 year old cathedral. And maybe one or the other will find their way to Cabo Finisterre.
[distance: 55 km, uphill: 860 m; 34 miles, uphill: 2822 ft]
|DAY 9:||Departure from Santiago de Compostela
We will be happy to take you to the nearest train station or airport. We wish you a pleasant journey home.
Price for rider in double room
|Own Bike||$ 2.980,-|
|Riese & Müller Nevo||$ 3.280,-|
|Single room supplement||$ 430,-|
Price for rider in double room
|Own Bike||$ 2.980,- *|
|Riese & Müller Nevo||$ 3.280,- *|
|Single room supplement||$ 430,- *|
* Please note that the dates and prices for 2020 are not confirmed yet. The dates shown on our website are preliminary dates for 2020 and might change. Also, for this tour there are yet no prices confirmed for 2020. If the tour price differs more than 5% from last year’s pricing you can cancel your participation until October 31, 2019 without any cancellation fee.
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Tag 8: Die Ankunft in Santiago