NEW TOUR
Spain

Medio Camino

DURATION

7 Days

PRICE

$2,950

LEVEL

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

DAILY DISTANCE

35-45 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling & Wine-Tasting

INCLUDED MEALS

All meals

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

The Camino de Santiago – the Way of St. James – is the name of the pilgrimage route to the shrine of the apostle St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, northwest Spain. Our “Medio Camino” (Half Camino) begins in Leòn in the evening of the first day. Use the day before we begin cycling to relax and explore Leòn, an ancient, amazing city. The cathedral’s stained-glass windows are massive – the second largest collection in Europe – and took 300 years to complete. Leaving Leòn, we cycle through the heather-clad mountains and beautiful forests of Galicia in northwest Spain, passing some of the most celebrated landmarks on the Camino. As we draw closer to Santiago de Compostela, the number of pilgrims on the trail increases; they’ve been walking for a month! The awesome sight of the cathedral in Santiago signals the completion of our adventure. Have a farewell dinner to celebrate and bid your fellow pilgrims “Buen Camino.” Lodging is included for this last night; sleep in, enjoy breakfast and then head to the airport.

*E-bikes: Electric-assist bicycles are available as an option for an additional $200.00 for the tour. Please note that if an e-bike is used, the Compostela diploma is not available through the Pilgrim’s office.

Day 01

Enjoy Leon: The sights. The sounds. The cathedral. The shopping!

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

La Posada Regia

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Beginner

Leòn is a fun city with centuries of history to explore. Spend the morning walking from cafe to cafe sampling coffee and pastries. Explore the city while doing a little shopping. Have lunch outside at a sidewalk cafe. Tour the cathedral in the afternoon before meeting for dinner in our private dining room at La Posada Regia.

Day 02

Leòn to Rabanal del Camino

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Posada Plaza Mayor, Villafranca del Bierzo

Distance

44 miles

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Roll through Hospital de Orbigo with its well-preserved Roman bridge. Stop for lunch in sight of the cathedral in Astorga. The house next door – designed by famed Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi i Cornet – is one of his most beautiful private residences. Pedal through lavender fields and mountain scrub trees en route to the tiny town of Rabanal del Camino, with fewer than 100 year-round residents. Enjoy views of tomorrow’s mountains, beckoning from every window.

Day 03

Rabanal to Villafranca del Bierzo

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Posada Plaza Mayor, Villafranca del Bierzo

Distance

39 miles

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Start the morning with a brisk climb up to the Cruz de Ferro, the highest point on the Camino de Santiago. Legend has it that if you add a stone that you’ve brought from home, you may leave your burdens here and prepare for rebirth on the remainder of your journey. Didn’t bring a stone from home? It’s okay to bring one from a little closer. Traverse the ridgeline on the way to a stop at the colorful Refugio in Manjarin. Welcomed by a bunch of friendly dogs and cats, stop for a photo, and some refreshments. Enjoy the 20 kilometer downhill to lunch in Molinseca. Visit the Templar castle in Ponferrada before rolling through cherry orchards into Villafranca de Bierzo.

Day 04

Villafranca to Sarria

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Hotel Alfonso IX, Sarria

Distance

46 miles

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Ride the most mountainous day of the journey today. Begin with a mellow hour of cruising through a deeply-cut valley leading towards the pass. Settle in for the long steady climb up to Cebriero. What a feeling of accomplishment – and a healthy need for a hearty lunch! The three-course lunch at the top of the mountains will do the job nicely, thank you. Roll through the hills after lunch, past the Albergue in Tricastella, welcoming cyclists with a bicycle hanging on an exterior wall. Continue riding the path as it slices right through farms – with chickens running everywhere – on the way to the transportation hub of Sarria. Feeling brave? A Fred Flintstone steak can be yours for dinner! Tonight’s restaurant specializes in char-grilling very ample portions to perfection.

Day 05

Sarria to Melide

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Carlos 96, Melide

Distance

38 miles

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Deep in the heart of Galicia, the hills are a mixture of forests and centuries-old family farms separated by stacked rock fences. The scent of eucalyptus fills the air; its bark blankets the trail. Portomarin, our lunch town, sits on top of a hill next to a former lake that is now a lush valley. Stay tonight in Melide, just a short 52 kilometers from tomorrow’s destination, the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

Day 06

Melide to Santiago de Compostela. A certificate, a final celebration! Buen Camino!

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Costa Vella

Distance

38 miles

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

You’re almost there! The feeling of enthusiasm is palpable. Cross several small stone bridges over tiny streams on today’s ride. Eucalyptus forest thickens, shading the trail as you near the final hill up to the airport. The last few miles seem endless – then suddenly you arrive at the John Paul II Monument at Monte do Gozo. This signals the first glimpse of the city. Get your final stamp here, then coast downhill into Santiago. The square in front of the cathedral is alive with activity. Your fellow pilgrims arriving there congratulate each other and take photos. Set your bike down for a bit. Take time to explore the cathedral, the final stop on your journey. Our farewell dinner will be filled with toasts and tales of The Way. Buen Camino, Amigos! Tonight’s lodging at Costa Vella is included.

Day 07

Relax in the morning and then say goodbye!

Meals

– Breakfast

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Beginner

Sleep in, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then head to the airport anytime you wish.

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September 24, 2019
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Price
$2,950
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Single Supplement
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$1,404
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo or on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night.