CAMINO DE SANTIAGO, SPAIN / BICYCLE TOUR.
Burgos to Santiago de Compostela.




ITINERARY



DAY 1

Arrival Day. tba. Meet at our Hotel in Burgos. We will have our group introduction, assemble bikes, if you are renting a bike you can set it up then and we will answer any questions you might have. Burgos (pop. 170,000) is the capital city of Castilla-Leon Province with wide tree-lined streets, outdoor plazas, cafes, a beautiful promenade by the river and more. Its Spanish gothic style cathedral has been individually declared World Heritage monument by UNESCO. It is worth to arrive at least an extra day to explore it if you can.

DAY 2

Burgos to Castrojeriz. (45 km). A gentle, mostly flat day through vineyards and Spanish countryside, an easy day to help recover from any jet lag. In spite of its small size, Castrojeriz (pop. 1,200) has several historic monuments in it including a castle on top of a hill that can be reached by a short (steep) hike after of before our group dinner tonight.

DAY 3

Castrojeriz to Carrion de los Condes. (45 km). Another semi-flat ride through boundless green wheat fields and nice vistas. Lots of small hamlets along the route. We will be staying at a wonderfully restored Monastery-hotel tonight.

DAY 4

Carrion de los Condes to Sahagun. (40 km). Very easy ride today. We will visit this historic little village and rest in the outskirts of it to enjoy the peace and quiet of the region, group dinner tonight.

DAY 5
Sahagun to Leon. (57 km). Our last flat ride. The plains will let us enjoy the big blue sky while riding on the poplar-lined trail through beautiful old towns ending up in Leon (pop. 146,000). León has a remarkable national heritage and historic monuments, first class destiny for Cultural Tourism.

DAY 6

Leon to Astorga. (54 km).Today we will ride some gentle hills changing the scenery from the plains of yesterday. Astorga (pop. 13,500) is a very significant junction of the French and Silver pilgrim routes; this walled town preserves churches, convents even a palace where you can admire Gaudi’s work, Astorga takes travelers back to the purest tradition of the Camino.

DAY 7

Astorga to Molinaseca. (50 km). A short day, somewhat demanding but very scenic first half. Molinaseca is a charming little village of about 600 people only. Lots of time to relax, sit outside for a drink and dinner by the river, walk the streets and take in the sights.

DAY 8

Molinaseca to Villafranca. (30 km). Climb about 600m elevation in the first half of the day for spectacular views, in the afternoon coast down 800m to Cacabelos, well known for its delicious white wines; on route visit the famous Spanish military Templar Castle in Ponferrada. Villafranca (pop. 2,600) is a lovely village, with excellent food and wine.

DAY 9

Villafranca to Samos. (65 km). Samos (pop. 200) is located in a narrow valley by the Orubio River. Our ride today will take us through some hills, Galician farmyards, vineyards, mature pine, oak and chestnut forests while enjoying all day the magnificent views of the Valcarce Valley. We will stay in a hotel by the river well known by the locals for its great restaurant.

DAY 10

Samos to Portomarin. (45 km). On route we will go through the picturesque city of Sarria, perfect for a café con leche and a bite to eat by the river. Today the rolling terrain will take us through centuries old cattle farms, some middle age buildings and we will cross several medieval bridges. Portomarin (pop. 700) nice old little village, beautiful views of the river.

DAY 11

Portomarin to Arzua. (55 km). Ride under the cover of tree lined paths through farmer’s fields and old haciendas. Undulating terrain, lots of tiny hamlets to stop and snack. Arzua (pop.7,000) last major village before Santiago.Group dinner tonight.

DAY 12

Arzua to Santiago de Compostela. (40 km). Gentle hills through several hamlets will lead us to the finish of St. James’ pilgrimage. Santiago de Compostela (pop. 89,500) simply impressive, take your time to walk through it and admire its beauty, final group dinner tonight.

DAY 13

Travel Day: After breakfast you will be on your own. You are responsible for your return transportation. We will point you in the right direction for your next travel destination. We will gladly help you out arranging an extended stay in Santiago de Compostela, strongly recommended.

Note: Minimum 10 to run the trip. Please check for availability.

Tour Dates

custom trip available

13 days total / 12 nights accommodation / 11 riding days

COST: $ CAD (based on double occupancy)

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There is no tax charged on trips outside Canada.

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Spain 2012



Camino Santiago, Spain. Courtesy Jill Haras.



Spain 2012.



Spain 2012.



Camino Santiago, Spain. Courtesy Jill Haras.



Camino Santiago, Spain. Courtesy LH Wilson.