Once in León, we will stay near the Cathedral and tapas streets of Barrio Húmedo. Meet up with the tour guide. Short presentation followed by bike testing. First Compostela stamp on our Pilgrim Passport and visit the beautiful Gothic cathedral. Early dinner.
The cycling starts with a “must-stop” at the San Marco Square in León and a picnic lunch in Hospital Órbigo where we cycle over its legendary bridge. We reach Astorga where we can visit Gaudi’s Episcopal palace and then enjoy dinner on your own in this beautiful city.
One of the harder workouts over the León Mountains takes us by some of El Caminos’ prettiest villages and the hard work gets paid off with a picnic up at the Cruz de Hierro. Then we roll down towards Molinaseca and El Bierzo, where we stay at a charming countryside hotel and enjoy cooking activities and dinner at dusk.
Rest day in El Bierzo, where we take the opportunity to visit the beautiful Médulas mines landscapes and taste wine at one of the DO bodegas. Lunch on your own. Cooking and dining in the evening.
We continue towards Galicia. At the appropriate place, we have a picnic to manage the slopes. In the beautiful Celtic village of O Cebreiro and its surrounding valleys you may leisure walk in the afternoon and enjoy amazing views before dinner at the hotel.
The morning begins with a descent towards the Monastery of Samos, that we visit guided by a monk. Picnic lunch by the creek beneath the Monastery before heading to Sarria, a common starting point for walking pilgrims and with several dining options.
The trail takes us to the interesting village of Portomarín, a village that Franco decided to move stone by stone in 1962 and “save” from drowning under the water of a nearby new dam. We are in green Galicia and will find beautiful countryside landscape, perfect for picnic lunch. Tonight we will have dinner and rest at a spa-hotel.
Together with a strengthening picnic on the way, we will get a glimpse of one of the Cathedrals’s towers: our last day of the Camino de Santiago group biking takes proud pilgrims to Santiago. In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner at one of Santiagos best restaurants.
Day off to get your Compostela diploma. Optional day trip to Finisterre, where the Camino really ends and pilgrims traditionally burn their clothes and take a shell as evidence for their pilgrimage.
Transfer to airport.
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