Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain
Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain
Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain
Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain
Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain
Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain
Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain
Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain
Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain

Spain – El Camino STAGE 1 Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

from 1132 Euros

The Camino de Santiago de Compostela across northern Spain is one of the world's oldest pilgrimage routes. For more than 1000 years, pilgrims from all over Europe were attracted by the grave of the Apostle James the Great at Santiago de Compostela at the far North-Western tip of Spain, where ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Fit: 3/5
  • Tour Type
    Self-guided Hiking tour
  • Availability
    April to October
  • Duration
    9 Nights / 10 Days
  • Distance
    20 km/day

Day 1 | Arrival to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

On arrival fill in for Pilgrim’s passport “La Credencial”, which you will need to be stamped daily at a “refugio”, church or town hall to receive the “Compostela” in Santiago. Essential place on the way to Santiago, Saint-Jean seduces you with its old stone ramparts and citadel of the XV century traditional Basque architecture and surrounding houses. Overnight in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

Ramuntcho


Saint-Jean-Pied-De-Port

Ramuntcho

Ideally located in the old town at the foot of the ramparts and easily accessible, the 16 rooms completely renovated and carefully decorated ensure comfort.

Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain

Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain

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Day 2 | Walk Roncesvalles - 25 km, 7-8 hrs

Hard and challenging walk crossing the Pyrenees over three mountain passes on the Napoleon Route. The route from St Jean is steep, very steep and climbs from 200 meters above sea level to just above 1.400 meters then head right back down again into Roncesvalles at 900 meters, which can be very hard going on your knees and shins. On paved road in France and dirt roads/trails on the Spanish side. Note! Rather hard first day crossing the Pyrenees. If you wish to start with shorter and easier walks, you may prefer to split this walk into two: walk 14 km on the first day and take return transfer to SJPP (supplement). Second day morning transfer and remaining walk to Roncesvalles. Overnight in Roncesvalles.

Roncesvalles


Roncesvalles

Roncesvalles

This restored Medieval hospital is situated next to the Roncesvalles Monastery, an important point after the Pyrenees crossing. Hotel Roncesvalles combines original stone walls and wooden ceilings with elegant, modern décor.

Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain

Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain

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Day 3 | Walk to Akeretta - 28 km, 8 hrs

Down the hills towards Pamplona, this is a beautiful hike through Basque forests and agricultural land. Two moderate climbs and the final descent to Zubiri. Long walk but it’s the better option because of the great hotel in Akeretta (also offers more time for visits in Pamplona tomorrow). Charming hotel in a traditional stone house. Parts of the movie “The Way” have been filmed here. Overnight in Akeretta. Optional: Walk only to Zubiri (22 km).

Akeretta


Akeretta

Akeretta

Hotel Akerreta is a small family-run charming country hotel. The farmhouse called Sastrearena, a typical Basque caserio of the Pyrenees, was built in 1723. It has been catalogued by the institute for the preservation of the local patrimony “Principe de Viana” for its historical and architectural interest. The stone-wall house still conserves its original Pyrenees-style kitchen and its bread oven. The enormous oak wood beams, webbed to create the structure of the house, reveal the historical power of the homestead. It combines perfectly rustic taste with modern amenities. The hotel also has several living rooms and cozy spots where guests can read in calm surroundings while enjoying the valley´s panoramic views of mountains and meadows. In the winter guests can chat next to the fireplace; or sit on the terrace or recline on a lounge chair in the garden during the summer.

Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain

Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain

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Day 4 | Walk to Pamplona - 14 km, 3-4 hrs

Fairly short and moderate hike to the capital of the Navarra region and one of the five cities on the Camino Francés: Pamplona! Today’s route is more urban than the last two days, quickly passing into the suburbs of Pamplona. Note that out of the 5 capitals on the Camino Francés, this is the sweetest and easiest for the pilgrim. Overnight in Pamplona.

Maisonnave


Pamplona

Maisonnave

The hotel is located in the peaceful street “Calle Nueva” in Pamplona, in the O,d Town, just a stone's throw from the Town Hall, the Plaza del Castillo square and Calle Estafeta, emblematic places in the city, which are famous throughout the world thanks to the San Fermín celebrations. Following the extensive remodelling work completed in early 2013, the hotel has been awarded 4 stars. It now has new facilities, offering all the services our guests might need.

Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain

Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain

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Day 5 | Walk to Puente la Reina - 19 km, 5 hrs

Long hike with one major climb to the Alto de Perdon, a mythical point on the Camino. The route out of Pamplona is the best marked of any of the cities and it passes the university campus where they have a pilgrim’s office to have your pilgrim’s passport stamped. Recommended detour to church of Santa Maria de Eunate from Muruzabal. Overnight in Puente la Reina.

El Cerco


Puente la Reina

El Cerco

This 12th-century tower is located in the mediaeval walled town of Puente la Reina, in Navarra. Now a family-run hotel, it offers charming, country-style rooms that combine traditional stone walls with modern touches.

Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain

Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain

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Day 6 | Walk to Estella - 19 km, 5 hrs

The route follows closely to the N11 without much difficulty. Highlights include the Roman bridge and road as well as the church in Cirauqui. Overnight in Estella.
 
 
 
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Hospederia Chapitel


Estella

Hospederia Chapitel

Located right in the Old Town next to St MIchael church, this 4-star hotel is housed in an old stone building from the XVIIth century

Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain

Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain

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Day 7 | Walk to Los Arcos - 21 km, 5-6 hrs

Solitude is what defines this stage. And the “Fuente del Vino” (wine fountain. You should carry a cup in case the machine doesn’t work) next to the monastery of Irache. Overnight in Los Arcos.

Monaco


Los Arcos

Monaco

Small family-run hotel in the centre of the town.

Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain

Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain

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Day 8 | Walk to Viana - 18 km, 5 hrs

A very hilly day with many ups and downs; therefore it is harder than it will appear on the map. There are very deep steep ravines between Sansol and Torres del Rio, and it is hilly afterwards for a while. Overnight in Viana. Distance: 18 km. Note! This walk can be combined with Day 9.

Palacio de Pujadas


Viana

Palacio de Pujadas

Located within the historic centre of the city of Viana, at the foot of the Santiago pilgrim route in the historical part of Viana (Navarre). It combines the historical building charm of the 16 th century and the comfort of a modern hotel establishment.

Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain

Hiking tour on the Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim Route, Spain

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Days 9 + 10 | Walk to Logroño - 10 km, 3 hrs + Departure Day

Today it is fairly obvious that we are near a large city. There can be the sound of traffic from the motorway and at times you have to cross it on a footpath and go under it by way of underpasses. However, you are reaching the capital of La Rioja: Logroño! Overnight in Logroño.

Rolfs Country House


Baltimore

Rolfs Country House

Rolfs is a family-run business established in 1979 by the Haffner family. Originally an old farmhouse, with a courtyard surrounded by traditional stone build outhouses and set in 4.5 acres of mature grounds and gardens. The buildings, dating back several hundred years have been carefully restored and renovated in its original style and character, providing beautiful Bedrooms, Holiday Cottages and an award winning à la carte Restaurant and Wine Bar.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- 9 nights accommodations in double room with private bath
- Daily breakfast
- All luggage transfers from hotel to hotel (limit 1 bag per person)
- Local emergency support throughout your tour during daylight riding hours
- Arrival orientation by phone
- Route maps, route cue sheets with suggestions for visitation and site information
- All pre and post travel planning services
- A package of pre-travel documents sent electronically to help you prepare for your trip.

Lodging

Accommodations: Hotels on this tour are usually family owned and in convenient locations. All lodging includes private bathroom. Some upgrades to Parador accommodations are possible, please inquire. Hotels on the 9-night tour include:
Standard Hotels:
- Hotel Ramuntcho
- Hotel Roncesvalles
- Hotel Akeretta
- Hotel Maisonnave
- Rural Hotel El Cerco
- Hospederia Chapitel
- Hotel Monaco
- Hotel Palacio de Pujadas
- Rolfs Country House
 
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information on other Camino sections. Please inquire **
Prices
Camino Frances - St Jean Pied de Port - Logrono (9 nights)
Double Occupancy:
1132 €/person
Single Supplement (for 2 or more travelers, no solo bookings possible):
250 €/person

Note: Please note that only 1 piece of luggage per person is included to be transferred during the tour. If you plan on having more than 1 piece per person, there is a supplement per extra bag.

Tour Details

 Tour Highlights:
- World famous pilgrimage route
- Charming villages, quiet countryside
- Find your own meaning, meet others, grow intellectually

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights;
 
Dates: Any date available on request from April through October. This is self-guided touring and offers total freedom of dates - you can choose whatever dates you wish. We can accommodate small parties of 2 persons up to large groups. For your safety, we do not make reservations for solo travelers. Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 6 or more; please inquire.
 
Level 3 - Fit - rolling countryside; some notable hills with longer distance walks. Daily walking distances around 20 km. These are available to most people of some experience and average fitness who are working out regularly. Note! The first two walks are challenging because they are longer and hillier. You can make shorter walks. Please check the itinerary or contact us for more information.This is a self guided tour - see what all that includes!
 
Arrival & Departure: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is accessible by local train from Bayonne (4 times a day, about 1h30min). Nearest airports are Biarritz, Pau and San Sebastian. Take a taxi on your own from station to your first hotel. The tour concludes in LOgroño which has a regional airport with daily flights to Barcelona and Madrid. Or take a train to Barcelona or Madrid.
 
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  • Local Coordinator

    .Always on two wheels, Angel has been riding all over. Born and raised in the city of Gaudi (Barcelona),where he obtained an engineering title. Ten years ago he decided to make his hobby his profession, sharing his passion and local knowledge with the visitors. Always delighted to introduce you his country, He knows every hidden place, small paths, restaurants, local traditions. You will easily recognize him, as he is very tall considering he is Spanish

    Gear Recommendations:
    - Hiking boots/trekking boots or trail shoes
    – sturdy, mid-weight, and well broken in.
    - Trekking poles
    - optional if you use them, bring them
    - Day pack - 1500+ cubic in (24 liter) with chest and waste straps A packing list is always sent at 60 days prior to travel. No other special gear or backpacking gear is required. Some things you may want to bring:
    - GPS - Smartphone with GPS app, and local SIM card for low cost calling

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