For any traveler interested in history, art, & culture, the Camino de Santiago certainly ranks as one of the most spectacular trips in the world today. From the 10th Century to the present day, pilgrims have come (by foot and now bicycle) from near and far to experience this enigma of Spain. For riders of this trail, you can choose between a paved or off-road route as it threads its way across Spain.

The scenery is breathtaking with lots of cultural and historical sights along the way. For those with the time, we highly recommend that you consider our classic route; we maintain that this journey has the potential to change your life (in good ways). For those wishing a shorter journey we also offer the trip beginning in Leon. On both trips you stay in the best hotels available, ranging from traditional inns to luxurious paradors.

Location

Leon

Leon

Day 1+2

Rabanal del Camino

Rabanal del Camino

Day 3

Villafranca del Bierzo

Villafranca del Bierzo, Spain

Day 4

Sarria

Sarria

Day 5

Leboreiro

Leboreiro, Spain

Day 6

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Day 7+8

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

7 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Luggage transfers
Use of a high quality mountain bike and accessories
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES


Any dates between March to November except starting day on Saturday or Sunday.
Custom trips available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

8 days / 7 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Leon / Santiago de Compostela

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate to challenging - 25 to 55 miles daily The camino de santiago is a challenging trip, due to the distance, daily elevation gains and trail conditions. You do have to have a level of fitness and experience riding trails to enjoy this trip.

TERRAIN

Rolling to hilly, choice of paved or un-paved route

COST

Casual/B&B Accommodation: US $1295
Single Supplement: US $465

Classic Accommodation: US $1395
Single Supplement: US $520

Luxe Accommodation: US $1795
Single Supplement: US $645

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions before making your reservation, please contact us at info@randonneetours.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.

Getting there

There are direct trains from Madrid that takes about 4 hours. We will provide you further information on how to get to the tour start in your information package.


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Day 1

Leon

You can make your way from to Leon by train or coach through Madrid. Your accommodation is included on arrival day.

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Day 2

Leon

Best visited with a walking tour, we will arrange to have Rafael Gallego, our local expert take you to see the sites. Raphael is extremely knowledgeable about the city’s monuments and the camino and we are sure you will find this a wonderful experience.

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Day 3

Leon to Rabanal del Camino

Riding out of Leon you could visit Hospital del Orbigo, arriving in time for lunch in Astorga. For Epicureans, Astorga is known for mantecadas, one of the famous delicacies in Spanish pastrymaking. You will overnight in Rabanal del Camino, one of the more famous pilgrimage sites along the trail.
Distance: 63 km, elevation gain 294 m.

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Day 4

Rabanal to Villafranca

Your route today will begin with a visit to Castrillo de los Polvares, a town immortalized by the writer Concha Espina in her novel The Maragato Sphinx, a portrait of the village and its centuries-old customs. Just before lunch you’ll reach the Cruz de Ferro, one of the most symbolic monuments along the pilgrims’ route. Whenever a pilgrim adds a stone to the pile they become part of an ancient tradition; the Romans called these stone heaps, ‘mounts of Mercury’ after the god of travelers. In Ponferrada, you can visit the impressive Templar Castle, one of the oldest and finest examples of Spanish military architecture. You’ll finish the day in Villafranca, one of the most attractive towns on the Camino. Your hotel for tonight is in a charming 3-star hotel in the center.
Distance: 58 km, elevation gain 650 m.

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Day 5

Villafranca to Sarria

From Villafranca, you will climb through unspoiled countryside of heather and broom, pines, chestnuts and oaks enjoying a magnificent view over the Valcarce valley up to El Cebreiro, famous for its ‘pallozas’, straw-roofed dwellings. In Samos, visit a monastery before continuing on to Sarria and with its Monastery of La Magdelena and its hospitable Mercedarian monks.
Distance: 69 km, elevation gain 84 m.

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Day 5

Sarria to Leboreiro

From Sarria, the terrain changes again, as you find yourself in a rural part of the country with people living much as they did centuries ago. Have lunch in Portomarin, and then enjoy some of the best biking of the camino on rolling terrain arriving to a little village in the country- side; where you will spend the night at a most charming inn.
Distance: 71 km, elevation gain 10 m.

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Day 7

Leboreiro to Santiago de Compostela

Start this day with crossings of medieval bridges at Disicabo and at Furelos before reaching Melide, particularly rich in pre-Roman remains. You’ll pass many small hamlets hidden among eucalyptus trees before reaching the environs of Santiago. Your adrenaline will surge as you make your way through Santiago itself, packed with vestiges of the pilgrimage. Nothing quite prepares you though, for arriving at the Cathedral itself, where you can share in the sense that pilgrims have felt since time immemorial. You’ll stay at one of the finest hotels in the city located just 200 meters from the Cathedral.
Distance: 46 km, elevation gain 155 m.

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Day 8

Departure

We recommend a leisurely last day; if you are heading back to Madrid, there are flight, train and bus connections.

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

Casual/B&B

La Posada Regia, Leon *Classic Inn

This popular 3-star hotel is ideally located on a quiet lane near the Palacio de los Guzmanes. There is an excellent restaurant.


El Refugio, Rabanal del Camino

This is the classic inn along the camino that has been welcoming travelers forever. There is a great restaurant here and the town is one of the true gems of the route.


Hotel Las Donas el Portazgo, Villafranca *Classic Inn

This is a charming distinctive hotel with comfortable rooms located in the historical district on an atmospheric street.


Hotel Alfonso IX, Sarria *Classic Inn

A recently renovated and upgraded 4-star hotel situated on the river with a good restaurant. There is a new outdoor swimming pool to enjoy.


Hotel Costa Vella, Santiago de Compostella

We have stayed here many times over the years and is a fine inn with a warm welcome from Javier.


Classic

La Posada Regia, Leon

This popular 3-star hotel is ideally located on a quiet lane near the Palacio de los Guzmanes. There is an excellent restaurant.


La Posada Gaspar, Rabanal del Camino

This charming inn was built using centuries old stone in the traditional style and is managed by a lovely father and daughter team.


Hotel Las Donas el Portazgo, Villafranca

This is a charming distinctive hotel with comfortable rooms located in the historical district on an atmospheric street.


Hotel Alfonso IX, Sarria

A recently renovated and upgraded 4-star hotel situated on the river with a good restaurant. There is a new outdoor swimming pool to enjoy.


Monumento San Francisco, Santiago

Situated in the historical city centre just 150 m from the Cathedral, this 18th century Franciscan convent has been renovated into a luxurious, historic 4-star hotel with heated swimming pool and jacuzzi with views of Mt. Pedroso.


Luxe

Hotel Parador San Marco, Leon

One of the most luxurious hotels in Spain, you’ll feel like you are sleeping in a museum (in a good way). The historic building offers beautifully decorated rooms and a restaurant with local specialties.


Hotel Casa de Tepa, Astorga

Built in the 18th century as the Earl of Tepa's residence, this hotel has just 10 rooms and a large 19th century garden. Astorga is a lovely city to overnight in, with Gaudi castles to explore and fine restaurants to enjoy.


Parador de Villafranca, Villafranca

A recently renovated and upgraded 4-star hotel situated on the river with a good restaurant. There is a new outdoor swimming pool to enjoy.


Hotel Alfonso IX, Sarria *Classic Inn

A 3-star modern hotel situated on the river with an excellent restaurant. Amenities include a gym, sauna, and outdoor swimming pool. Renovated in 2003 the rooms are large and comfortable and guests can enjoy pleasant views of the surrounding area.


Parador Santiago de Compostella, Santiago

This hotel is one of the world's finest - and its oldest! It has all the fine touches and attention to detail that distinguishes world-class hotels. The public areas of the hotel include four cloisters of immense beauty and a dining room that can be described in no other way than regal.



Trips starting at
US $1,295

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