For more than 1000 years the Camino de Santiago (or Way of St James / Compostela Trail) has represented the adventure of a lifetime for pilgrims and history buffs alike. The 783km French route from Roncesvalles to the Cathedral of Santiago has through the centuries been well trodden by hiking boots, horse hoofs and more recently bike tyres. Beginning just over half way along the route in the historic cathedral city of Leon, this exhilarating cycle takes in some of the most breathtaking landscapes, unique monuments and typical villages of northern Spain. En-route savour the rich Spanish gastronomy, experiencing traditional regional cuisine and excellent wines. Accommodated in atmospheric hotels, comfort at the end of a hard day's cycle is intrinsic to this historic adventure.
DAY 1 Arrive León DAY 2 Cycle through Castilian landscapes to Astorga (48km) DAY 3 Gentle uphill to the top of Foncebadón then cycle through wine country to Villafranca (75km) DAY 4 A demanding cycle across the mythical O'Cebreiro pass (or optional taxi transfer) and downhill via Sarria to Portomarín (57.5km or 85km) DAY 5 A more relaxing cycle through Galicia's rural landscape to Arzúa (51km) DAY 6 A short but demanding cycle to the Pórtico de la Gloria ("The Façade of Glory") at the Cathedral of Santiago (38km) DAY 7 In Santiago de Compostela DAY 8 Trip concludes
Weekly departures on Saturday from 1 Mar to 31 Oct (other days on request)
Taxi transfer from Villafranca to O'Cebreiro on Day 4 is optional but included in the price (must be pre-booked)
*7 breakfasts, 5 dinners *7 nights in hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities *information pack including maps & road book *luggage transfer (1 bag of 20kg max pp) *rental of 24 speed mountain bike with repair kit, lock, panniers, water bottle and holder & helmet *emergency hotline