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DISTANCE

100 miles

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DURATION

11 days

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LEVEL

Hard

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ROUTE

León - Santiago

  • Welcome packet
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From: $ 3,250
$3,050

camino from leon route map

Camino from Leon

Travel back in time as you journey through Northern Spain walking the Camino de Santiago. Our Leon Camino is ideal for the adventurous spirit who enjoys learning about the history and culture of a place, while experiencing the best of Spain's local cuisine, staying in exclusive accommodations and finding those secret places that only local experts can provide. We have carefully chosen this unique journey to allow you to be immersed in a thousand-year-old tradition that has the power to transform the spirit and leave you with a memorable experience.

We have conscientiously crafted an itinerary for the Leon Camino tour that focuses on the history of this ancient pilgrim route while also including unique experiences only available with luxury travel. We will travel through the hilltop towns of Castilla and Leon and across the ancient meadowlands of Galicia. Explore medieval monasteries, see ancient Roman artifacts and even visit a local chocolate factory. This trip allows travelers the freedom to live and become a part of a thousand-year-old story.

Starting in Leon, we will tour the best that the camino has to offer in Astorga and neighboring regions. We will visit the Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross) where traditionally pilgrims deposit a rock brought from their place of origin. Our actual walk will start in O Cebreiro, the starting point of the Camino in the Galicia region through the Samos monastery following the French camino route for 100 miles to Santiago.

  • TOUR TYPE: Guided
  • GROUP SIZE: 10
  • AGE: 21+
  • ACCOMMODATIONS: 4* Hotels (Leon region) & Rural Houses / private hostels
  • TRANSPORTATION: Bus, Private vehicle, Walk
Rural house on el camino
Accommodations

You will stay at 4* hotels in the Leon region to ensure you get a well deserved rest. On the camino you will stay at unique rural houses and comfortable small hotels, all with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms.

croquetas de jamon
Meals

All meals are included in this tour. This region is famous for its meats and hearty stews like cocido maragato, that also find their way into croquettes. You will taste the best of the region during our 3-course dinners with your group.

pilgrim on the trail to O Cebreiro
On the trail

You will be walking 9-15 miles/day for 8 days. This hike is rated as moderate as it covers 100 miles. Pilgrims of different ages walk the Camino but it is important that you are used to walking and in good physical condition. Our guide and private vehicle will support you!

Itinerary

Day 1: Visit León
We will meet in Leon to start our tour. Leon was founded more than 2,000 years ago on a Roman legion’s camp. Since then, many civilizations have left their mark on the city. We will visit its impressive Gothic cathedral, built in the 13th century, that resembles Notre Dame of Paris. The cathedral has 20,000 sq. ft. of stained glass windows, the largest in Europe. We will also tour the different neighborhoods and try the delicious local staples while we enjoy a relaxing evening.

Meals: L,D. Overnight: Leon.

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Day 2: The Astorga region
Today we will visit the Astorga region, famous for its cultural heritage and delicious food, together with the relevant sights in this section of el Camino. We will enjoy a great meal sampling the best products of the region and visit landmarks like the episcopal palace built by Gaudi, which looks more like a castle. On the camino, we will stop at the Cruz de Fierro, where it is a tradition that pilgrims deposit a rock brought from their own countries as a symbol of their pilgrimage.

Finally , we will enjoy a good night rest in Ponferrada as tomorrow we start our camino walk.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Ponferrada.

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Day 3: O Cebreiro - Triacastela (13 mi)
O Cebreiro is where el Camino crosses into the Galicia region and where we will start our walk. We will see the impresive pallozas (straw-roofed houses) and visit the sanctuary of the Eucharistic miracle before we set out on our way to Triacastela. Today we start up high and will go through some up and downs until we will reach Alto de Poio, the highest peak of el camino in Galicia at 4380ft with amazing views. It's all downhill from there through forests and the river valley.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Triacastela.

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Day 4: Triacastela - Sarria (11 mi)
Today you will be walking along the Oribio valley, one of the most impressive landscapes of the French route, surrounded by the river and lush forests of chestnuts, poplars and oak trees. Halfway through the stage we will visit the benedictine monastery of Samos, the oldest inhabited monastery in Spain, with its impressive cloisters and murals. The day will end with dinner in Sarria, where many of the camino routes come together.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Sarria.

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Day 5: Sarria - Portomarín (14 mi)
Sarriá is strategically placed just over the 100Km mark away from Santiago which is the minimum distance eligible for the completion certificate (Compostela). It is the ideal starting place for new Camino walkers. The day starts at one of the most beautiful oak groves in El Camino. Along the way, you will see Romanesque building remains, rustic crossings and a medieval bridge together with several historical sites like the church of Santiago de Barbadelo or the church of San Fiz de Reimondez. As you reach the end of the stage you will cross over the Miño river.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Portomarín.

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Day 6: Portomarín - Palas de Rei (16 mi)
Portomarín dates back to the Roman invasion of Spain and was an important stop along the route in the Middle Ages. You can visit its 13th century church and see the ancient roman bridge when the river runs low. This stage will take you through the region of Monterroso and Palas de Rei, crossing renowned villages like Gonzar, Castromaior (with its famous Castro) and Ligonde.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Palas de Rei.

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Day 7: Palas de Rei - Melide (10 mi)
Palas de Rei was the old residence of the visigoth king Witiza in the 8th century where you can visit the church of St. Tirso dating from the 12th century. We will set on foot for Melide today, an important town where both the Northern Camino and the Camino Primitivo merge with the French. For this reason, you'll find more pilgrims on the following stages until you arrive in Santiago.

Melide is famous for its pulpo a feira (octopus) and melindres (dessert), which we will enjoy!

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Melide.

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Day 8: Melide - Arzúa (9 mi)
After enjoying the local food in Melide, we will make our way to Arzúa. The route is a mix of well conserved and repaired trails together with some more abrupt sections. You will cross the Iso river and reach the village of Ribadiso while walking through some of the most spectacular scenery in el Camino. We will make sure to try the renowned cheese varieties from this region (Arzúa-Ulloa). In March they hold a Cheese festival at the village dedicated to this local staple, famous enough to carry its own trademark.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Arzúa.

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Day 9: Arzúa - O Pedrouzo (12 mi)
After our stay in Arzúa, where you can visit the Convent of Mary Magdalen and the parochial church of Santiago, we'll get our pilgrim passports stamped and head out to the town of O Pedrouzo. This stage takes you through quiet forest paths with eucalyptus groves between villages that are so small with houses so spread out that it is hard to tell where one village ends and the next one begins. The scenery is one of the most beautiful throughout el Camino. Towards the end of the stage, we will visit the chapel and fountain of St Irene, built in the Baroque style.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: O Pedrouzo.

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Day 10: O Pedrouzo - Santiago (12 mi)
Ready with anticipation as this is the final stage of the journey on the Camino, some pilgrims eager to reach their final goal in Santiago usually make it through this stage pretty fast. Other pilgrims, sad to see their wonderful time on the Camino coming to an end, choose to take it easy through the leaf covered paths. Monte de Gozo (Hill of Joy) is the first place from where you can see the spires in Santiago's Cathedral. After that, you will arrive in Santiago where you can visit the famous Obradoiro square, the Cathedral and have a chance to hug the apostle.

We will also collect our last stamp and with the completed credential, visit the Pilgrim's office to request your pilgrim certificate. Finally, we will enjoy our farewell dinner in Santiago.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Santiago.

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Day 11: Visit Santiago
In the morning, we will have a guided tour of Santiago's main landmarks. Find out about Santiago's rich cultural heritage and visit its famous monuments and squares. Your Camino adventure ends here. If you would like to extend your tour with other activities, let us know and we'll arrange them for you. Congratulations, you did it!

Meals: Breakfast.

  • Cathedral of Leon on el Camino de Santiago
  • iron cross - cruz de ferro at Foncebadon
  • episcopal palace Astorga
  • palloza straw roof house on o cebreiro
  • jamon iberico display and other specialties
  • angels at Gaudi Episcopal palace in Astorga
  • Samos monastery cloister with statue of Feijoo
  • samos monastery wall mural
  • chapel in Fonfria on el camino
  • Land tour only (No airfare)
  • Double Accommodations (10 nights)
  • Daily Breakfast (10)
  • Daily Lunch (10)
  • Daily 3-course dinners (10)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Expert guides
  • Support vehicle
  • All transfers on itinerary
  • All taxes, tips
  • Welcome packet
  • Pilgrim's Credential
  • Tour prices listed are per person, in double occupancy accommodations.
  • See OPTIONAL tab for individual supplement and other add-ons
  • SINGLE OCCUPANCY SUPPLEMENT: $599
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$3,050

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Guides: Our guides are great! They speak both English and Spanish and are here to respond to your needs on the spot. They will teach you the local culture, the secrets of el Camino and in short, turn your trip into a memorable experience.

Luggage Transfer: Carry just a small backpack on the trail as we transfer your luggage to your hotel for you every day. It will be waiting for you when you arrive from your walk.

Support Vehicle: Our private support vehicle will meet you at checkpoints along the way to assist you in anything you need, whether you want to rest, drink water, or even be transferred the rest of the way to your hotel.

Welcome packet: Our complete information package includes your pilgrim credential, maps for the walk and hotels and all the information you need during the tour.