Camino de Santiago Self Guided
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- 695 EUR /person
- Payment Types:
- Credit Card
- Travellers cheque
- Wire Transfer
- 7 days
- Location Start:
- Location Finish:
- Santiago de Compostela
- We Speak:
- Spanish, French, English, German, Dutch
Last updated: 11/12/2006
Dotted with delightful monuments such as old pilgrims' hospitals, and sanctuaries, this route remind us constantly that it is the oldest, most celebrated route in Europe...The Camino de Santiago
Day 1 LEON
Pick up at Madrid airport and transfer to Leon. You will find all necessary to do this memorable trip at your hotel: a complete package including hotel vouchers, your touring bike with all accessories, detailed documentation with maps and a road book.
Day 2 León - Astorga 48 km
Today's 49-km route takes us through classic Castilian landscapes, complete with holm oaks, golden wheatfields and gentle ups and downs. It's hard to get lost: the route never strays far from the N120 highway. The landscape in the first half of the route is relatively dry, but gets greener the further west you get; you'll cross fields full of diverse crops, such as wheat, corn, hops and wine grapes. Wildlife isn't a big feature of this first part of the trip, though you will see geckoes, birds of prey and lot of dairy cows!.
Día 3 Astorga - Villafranca
75 km. A climbing.
From Astorga, the Camino starts to climb gently until it meets the first mountain on the way. Once you've reached the top of Foncebadón, take it easy and enjoy the sweeping downhill ride and the gorgeous views on the ride through wine country to Villafranca.
Día 4 Villafranca - Portomarín
85 km. The most difficult day.
The most challenging day. From Villafranca you ride slowly towards the mythical O'Cebreiro pass, the most demanding peak along the western section of the Camino. With a little patience it's more than possible to reach the top, but in any case, the sag van (or a taxi, for those on the self-guided trip) is there to avoid it. Then it's downhill all the way to Sarria, and onward via a rolling route to Portomarín
Day 5 Portomarín - Arzua
51 km. This day provides a lovely alternative to the previous day's hard work. Several easy and long uphills and downhills go through rolling terrain, giving cyclists a view of Galicia's rural landscape.
Day 6 Arzua - Santiago Compostela
38 km. 200 mts. gradient (ascent)
Don't let the short length fool you; the final stage is short, but kind of demanding! After approximately four hours of riding, cyclists become pilgrims upon arriving at the Pórtico de la Gloria ("The Façade of Flory") at the Cathedral of Santiago. After taking a breather (and celebrating with others arriving by foot and on horseback!), you can visit the Pilgrims' Office where you can obtain the "Compostela" certificate which certifies you as an official pilgrim (good for John Wayne jokes in the future!). Accommodation is centrally located, giving you the opportunity to explore the streets and bars of the atmospheric historic centre after dark.
Day 7 End of the trip
Rest your weary legs and bask in the glory as you ride back to Madrid!
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