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The Camino De Santiago (Way Of St. James) - The French Way (to Pamplona)

Tour Details

Country:
Spain France 
Duration:
5 days
Best period:
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
Price from:
€ 460

This walking holiday explores the 1st section of the Camino Frances / French Way. Starting from France, St Jean Pied de Porto & finishing in Pamplona, famous for its Bull Run festival. At first it follows the 'Route Napoleon' over the Roncesvalles’s Pass (1500m), then across Basque country onto more gentle terrain. Every day, during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. The Camino is extremely well marked, with the “Scallop Shell” showing you the way. This section requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk including numerous cultural highlights.

Itinerary
Day 1. To Saint Jean Pied de Port
You will be booked in a hotel in the heart of the small town of St Jean Pied de Port. The rooms are en-suite.
Day 2. Saint Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles (8h30, 26km, +1250m -540m)
This first day is considered the most difficult as the Camino crosses the Pyrenees. The "Route Napoleon" kicks off with a steep climb, on through orchards and past country houses acamino de santiago self-guided walking spainnd then, later on, through Alpine style meadows, before weaving its way alongside leafy beech woods towards the border and the descent into Roncesvalles. The Valcarlos Camino mainly follows the road which runs through the valley alongside the River Nive or River Valcarlos. Don't miss the "Collegiate Church" in Roncesvalles.
Note: if you would like to walk at a more relaxed pace, we can split this walking day into 2 stages (12km & 14km), staying overnight in the village of Valcarlos. Here you will be staying a charming 2* hotel. (+€90pps). We recommend taking this route during the winter months when snow can make the higher route impassable.
Day 3. Roncesvalles to Zubiri (7h, 22km, +90m -550m)
The Camino crosses two beautiful mountain passes and continues on through beech and oak woods and meadows before coming to Espinal, where the panoramic views of the countryside with the Pyrenees in the background are a sight to behold. The River Arga runs alongside this part of the Camino and continues its course all the way to Larrasoana.
camino de santiago inn to inn trekkingDay 4. Zubiri to Pamplona (6h, 20km, +/-250m)
The Camino runs along the River Arga, at the foot of a group of hills covered in beech, oak and Scots pine. As we approach Pamplona, the landscape shows the obvious influence of mankind; with its conifers, reforestation and farmlands. We rejoin civilisation once again on arrival in Villava.
Day 5. Pamplona, end of the Walking Holiday
After breakfast we bid you farewell.

Accommodation
The best accommodation is booked on the way with a combination of 1*, 2** and 3*** hotels with rooms en-suite at each stage. Half Board, except no dinner in St Jean Pied de Port, Zubiri or Pamplona.

If you would like to stay in Pamplona or Puente de la Reina during the Fiesta de San Fermin (6-14 July), an additional fee of €90 per person will apply.

Single room supplement: €125 Euro

camino de santiago inn to inn trekking spainThe price includes

Luggage transferred from hotel to hotel, en-suite rooms, half-board during the hike (except in St. Jean Pied de Port and Pamplona), detailed walking notes and maps and pilgrim passport.

The price excludes
Flights, insurance (recommended), drinks, dinners in St Jean Pied de Port and Pamplona and transfer from/to airport.

Tips
How to get to the beginning of the walking holiday: St. Jean Pied de Port:
From Biarritz (2h)
1 - Shuttle bus to Bayonne train station
Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz Airport is located just 3 Km from Biarritz. However it is a much better option to go to Bayonne train station (not Biarritz). Take the STAB line 6 to Bayonne train station (direct). The journey takes approx. 20 minutes and will cost €1.20. See http://www.bus-stab.com. The bus stop is in front of the terminal. Alternatively, there is a taxi rank in front of the terminal: cost is €25-€30.
2 - Train to St Jean Pied de Port
There are direct trains from Bayonne to Saint Jean Pied de Port at 18h13 (1h22 travel): http://www.voyages-sncf.com/leisure/fr/launch/home/
From Paris (6h30)
Take a train to St Jean Pied de Port. Every day dep: 12.10 Arr: Arr:18:30
3 - Airport transfer Biarritz Airport to St. Jean de Pied de Port: 120 Euro for up to 4 pax
4 - Airport transfer Pamplona to Bilbao Airport: 250 Euro for up to 4 pax


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