10 Days


Moderate - Challenging

trip cost

from $2890 pp

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10 Days

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Moderate - Challenging

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trip cost

from $2890 pp

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Self-Guided Trip

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Leon to Santiago: E-Bike

Starting in Leon, cycle to the end of the trail at the legendary city of Santiago de Compostela, around 330km of cycling. This section suits cyclists who are in reasonably good shape as there are several hills to be tackled as the route climbs into the beautiful green countryside of Galicia. The trail is full of variety with sections on sealed road, track, rocky paths and everything from long flat days to long climbs and short sharp ascents. In most cases it is possible to get off the trail and use roads that run parallel to the Camino.

You’ll have a high quality mountain bike delivered to your hotel along with panniers, tool kit, lock, small handlebar bag and pump – everything you need to get you on the road. Each day your main luggage will be transferred to the next hotel so you can keep your weight in the bike light and just take what you need for the day. Each evening you’ll come into excellent accommodation, hand picked for its character and location.

The e-bike allows you to take on the many hills and climbs of the Camino much more easily than with a regular bike whilst having the full experience. It’s a great option for people who may be less certain of their fitness levels and abilities to ride long distances.

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Get Ready For

  • Start your trip to historic and lively Leon, enjoy its many attractions
  • Tackle the climbs to the iconic Cruz de Ferro and O’Cebreiro
  • Visit Roman ruins and the Museo del Chocolate in Astorga
  • Ride through Villages and Towns of verdant Galicia
  • Finish your pilgrimage riding into the vibrant city of Santiago de Compostela


Leon to Santiago


Arrive into the lively city of Leon, capital of Castile and Leon. Your bike will be waiting for you when you arrive at your hotel. You just need to assemble the handlebars and pedals from the box – an easy 10-minute job.


Spend the day exploring this beautiful city and its incredible Gothic cathedral which is renowned for its marvellous stained-glass windows. The streets of Leon come alive in the evenings when people parade the streets and its bodegas are overflowing with people.

Meals: B


There are two routes available for this morning. Both start at ‘La Virgen Del Camino’ and converge at ‘Hospital de Orbigo’ – one is a more indirect route that goes via Villar de Mazarife and has better scenery and less traffic, a more pleasant ride. The other route runs parallel to the autopista (highway) is less peaceful but quicker. You will see pilgrims on both routes but we’d recommend the quieter one via Villar de Mazarife. Stop for refreshments at the cafe overlooking the extraordinary bridge the ‘Puente de Orbigo’ – built on a Roman bridge this one dates from the 13th century and is one of the best preserved bridges in Spain.

You then ride the final 15km to reach the beautiful walled town of Astorga, with views of the mountains of Leon in the distance. On this last section you will cross over a few kilometres of quite rough tracks over rolling terrain before you reach the cross which overlooks Astorga. Look out for the small basic ‘Cantina’ at the top of the hill, a welcome refreshment stop before you reach the cross. Continue on to Astorga, which offers a number of attractions including a Cathedral by Gaudi and a delicious chocolate museum!

Meals: B


Leaving behind Astorga you cycle on pleasant paths across the plains with good views of the hills before you. Look out for the Cowboy Bar at El Ganso, a good place to stop for morning coffee. After El Ganso you start to climb to Rabinal del Camino and you’ll start to feel the incline which will steepen as you get further into the hills towards Foncebaddon – the infamous deserted village which is no longer deserted! The incline is always rideable however and there are plenty of switchbacks with great views back over the plains from where you’ve come. At the top of the hill is the Iron Cross, where pilgrims leave something whether a pebble they’ve carried or a bad habit or memorial to a loved one.

Meals: B


Today is a big day of hills, the Camino climbs into the city of Ponferrada past the castle of the Knights Templar, worth a quick coffee in the plaza to admire the hills you’ve just climbed over the day before. After Ponferrada continue on through gentle rolling hills and vineyards to reach the charming town of Villafranca del Bierzo, nestled in the hills that mark the border with Galicia. From here continue onwards and upwards to overnight at O Cebreiro which lies at the top of the mountains, a further 30km and 800m vertical ascent.

Meals: B


From O’ Cebreiro you have one or two more uphill stretches to conquer before an amazing long freewheeling descent of almost 20km to reach Triacastela. After Triacastela you continue along the river valley to Samos, home to an impressive monastery which dominates this little town. The monastery is now a museum and well worth a look. From here you will continue along the road to Sarria.

Meals: B


Today you’ll continue through the beautiful green Galician countryside to the modern town of Sarria, which is a major stop on the pilgrim trail – walking pilgrims can start here to cover the last 100km and earn their Compostela. Immediately after Sarria you will cross a series of low hills of up to 600m that will eventually lead you down to Portomarin, the route is along tree-lined paths and country roads so very pleasant riding. After Portomarin the Camino climbs again for 400m of ascent before finally rolling down the last 20km to Palas de Rei, a modern town.

Meals: B


Your final day on the bike as you approach the holy city of Santiago. Today’s ride is a fitting end to the Camino, as you pedal along rural roads through woodlands and pastures to Santiago, meandering along forgotten country roads through the beautiful Galician countryside. Rolling hills and green pastures predominate as you approach the final stretch to Santiago and feel the excitement building as you glimpse the towers of the Cathedral.

Meals: B


This morning you will need to take your bikes on a short ride back to the bike shop to drop-off, and you will then have the whole day to enjoy and explore historic Santiago with its many enticing tapas bars and restaurants. You can attend the midday pilgrims mass and look around the famous Cathedral of St James which forms the city’s heart and watch the steady stream of pilgrims arriving into the square as they finish their epic journey.

Meals: B


You are free to check out of your hotel any time before 10am. If you would like to explore Santiago further you are able to leave your bags with reception.

Meals: B


What's Included?

  • Quality E-bike (S-L frame sizes)
  • Ortlieb rear panniers
  • Tool kit, lock, and pump
  • Drop off and collection of bike
  • 9 nights excellent accommodation including historic hotels and character country houses
  • Private en suite rooms on a twin share basis
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfer each day from hotel to hotel (1 x 20kg bag per person)
  • RAW Travel navigation app with maps of your hotel locations and emergency contact numbers
  • Local and Australian emergency contact numbers
  • Pre-trip Camino guidance and planning
  • Dedicated local support person in Spain for reassurance
  • Single supplement $585
  • Cycling helmet
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to/from Spain
Added Extras

RAW Travel also offer tailor-made arrangements and can adapt this itinerary to suit your needs. Tailor-made arrangements incur higher costs due to the extra work involved.

For an extra indulgence, upgrade your hotel in Santiago to a Parador from $170 per person/per night twin share and $250 per person/per night single occupancy, when booked 6 months in advance (subject to availability).




What's it like to ride an e-bike?

E-bikes make it far easier to cycle long distances with assistance from electric motors. They are not electric motorbikes though and don’t have a throttle! i.e. you still have to pedal and put effort in but less so than with a regular bike.You can choose between different levels of assistance: you may want light assistance on a flat section, or none on a downward slope and the highest assistance going up steep hills. They are an excellent way to cycle long distances and multiple days without feeling physically drained or exhausted at the end of each day. Typically, they are a very enjoyable and easy ride for people used to riding a bike

Who are they suitable for? Can a non cyclist ride the Camino on an e-bike?

In essence e-bikes make cycling accessible to a very broad range of people and have proven quite revolutionary in encouraging people to ride. HOWEVER, that does not mean you should attempt to ride the Camino if you are a non-cyclist. We strongly advise against this – the Camino is not the place to learn to ride a bike or an e-bike!

They are very suitable for people who are already cyclists and have basic confidence with riding a bike on and off road. Older cyclists appreciate the assistance offered by an e-bike and people who may not be confident in their ability to ride longer distances day after day – they an excellent choice Though you should be complacent, you still need to train and get your fitness up.

You will need to bring your own helmet ( or buy one there) for hygiene reasons and make sure you check your chosen travel insurance provider covers e-bikes.

How about range and battery life?

E-bike batteries are classified with a battery wattage: for instance a 650W battery will have a much longer range than a 250W battery. Then how long that battery will carry you depends upon a few factors:

1) The terrain you are riding – steep uphills will use up your battery far faster than level terrain

2) The level of assistance you choose: ECO, TOUR, EMTB and TURBO – each uses progressively higher levels of assistance and therefore your battery life shortens. So riding in Turbo assist all the time will significantly reduce your range compared to ECO which gives a light level of assistance. It is easy to switch between modes with your handlebar controls.

3) The weight you carry – The bikes are capable of carrying a combined weight of bike, rider and luggage of up to 150kg. The bikes weigh around 22kg and if you are a heavier rider plus carrying more gear then you will use up the batter faster than a lighter rider also carrying less gear in their panniers.

Typically you will have no trouble making then battery last for each day’s Camino stage providing you are keeping an awareness and varying the level of assistance as required, it should be perfectly adequate. On the largest climbs like the Cruze De Ferro you may use up your battery to reach the summit but you can freewheel down the long descent without needing any battery assistance at all. You will need to recharge the battery after each day’s ride unless you have had it on minimal assistance and/or medium distances. The battery is certainly capable of doing 2 full days ride on moderate terrain and medium assistance.

How do you recharge the bike?

Each e-bike comes with a power pack and cable which you just plug one end into a mains power point and the other into a socket on the bike. Typically it’s about 4 hours to get a full charge and your handlebar display tells you how much charge you have in the battery when riding it or when recharging it.

Hotels along the Camino are used to riders with e-bikes and so it should be easy enough to find a suitable charging point each night, they can advise you on where to charge and securely store the bike each evening.

What's the downside to an e-bike?

1) The weight! Typically an e-bike will weigh around 22.5kg, so significantly heavier than a normal bike because of the motor and battery. This can be significant if you need to lift up the bike up stairs or other obstacle, unless you’re quite strong you will need assistance. If two or more of you are riding together then you just help each other, otherwise ask a passing walker for help. There are places where it makes more sense to jump on a nearby road than follow the trail if its over a particularly rough stretch of ground, you just have to be the judge of this at the time. Any short sections of downhill where you may not be confident to ride, just factor in that extra weight as you wheel it downhill. Generally speaking the bikes can handle rough terrain, its whether the rider can or should!

2) The Compostela certificate. At the time of writing if you arrive in Santiago having used an e-bike you are not eligible to receive a Compostela certificate.

3) Cyclists don’t enjoy the same level of camaraderie as walkers do as it’s easier to meet other people walking on the Camino.


Exclusive Guide

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Riding the Camino is an incredible journey that will immerse you not only in Europe’s grand history, food and culture but most importantly the extraordinary camaraderie that exists along these routes. The spirit of the Camino de Santiago is alive and well among people from all over the world. It is a ‘bucket list’ experience you will never forget! Discover inspiration, travel essentials, practical information and more in our free Destination Guide. All you need to know about the Camino de Santiago routes through Spain, Portugal and France!

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