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Spain – El Camino de Santiago STAGE 2: Logroño to Burgos

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The pilgrimage continues with Pure Adventures on the Camino Frances. After the first ten days, for those interested in continuing their spiritual and physical journey across a thousand-year-old- pilgrimage route, another portion of the self-guided bicycle tour of Camino de Santiago de Compostela continues. A modern-day pilgrimage with the comforts of today but traveling the same route as prior pilgrims over the centuries. The Logrono to Burgos route takes the pilgrim through the Rioja wine country to the medieval town of Burgos. Lined with churches, a nod to its continued religious significance, this transformational travel hiking tour will leave the traveler feeling more connected and grounded.

Arrival & Departure Locations

Logroño to Burgos

Price Includes

  • 8 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 (1 per room)
  • All pre and post-travel planning services 
  • Pre-travel info sent electronically and in advance, to help you prepare for your trip

 

Lodging

Included Standard Hotels:

  • Logroño: Hotel Marques de Vallejo
  • Navarette: Hotel Rey Sancho
  • Nájera: Hotel Duques de Nájera
  • Santo Domingo de la Calzada: Hotel Parador Santo Domingo de Calzada
  • Belorado: Rural Hotel Verde Ancho
  • Villafranca Montes de Oca: Hotel San Anton Abad
  • Atapuerca: Rural Hotel Papasol
  • Burgos: NH Palacio de la Merced

Upgrades: Some upgrades to Parador accommodations are possible on this route, please inquire. 

About: Included standard hotels on this tour are usually family owned and in convenient locations. All lodging includes a private bathroom and many amenities.

Optional Add-Ons

Guides & Local Support

Local Expert: Born and raised in Barcelona, Angel is always on two wheels and has been riding all over. Originally an engineer, he has since decided to make his hobby his profession, sharing his passion and local knowledge with visitors. Angel knows all of the best places, hidden gems, restaurants and local traditions; he is delighted to welcome you to his country and to Barcelona!

Tour Highlights
  • Discover the world famous pilgrimage route
  • Explore charming villages and quiet countryside
  • Time for reflection, meet others, grow intellectually 
  • Charming and comfortable lodging – NO “dorm style” on this trip!

Need to Know:

  • This is only 1 stage of the longer route from France to Santiago de Compostella. It is an intermediate stage meant to be added on to Stages 3-5. 
  • It is a good idea to avoid travel in August.
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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival to Logroño

Explore the capital of the region La Rioja, which has one of the most distinguished culinary traditions in Spain. There are over 50 taperías (tapas restaurants) located within a 4 block area, all near the town center. The Camino reaches the city centre over the Stone Bridge and crosses the Old Town passing the Pilgrim’s hostel.

Overnight: Logroño

Day 2Walk to Navarette: 13 km / 8 mi

Today it is fairly obvious that we are close to a large city, as 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. The Camino reaches the dyke of the La Grajera Reservoir and goes along the edge of the reservoir. The way passes next to the ruins of the Hospital de San Juan de Acre, just before reaching Navarrete.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 13 km / 8 mi, 3-4 hrs
Overnight: Navarette

Day 3Walk to Nájera: 16 km / mi

Today is a short day and this is good because it is important to have some days that are not as hard on the body now and then. During the first half of the route today, the path hugs the main N120. After the path crosses the road, the track eventually becomes further from the road. It is an easy walk along red earth tracks, passing by the many local vineyards.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 16 km / mi, 4-5 hrs
Overnight: Nájera

Day 4Walk to Santo Domingo de la Calzada: 21 km / 13 mi

The route goes uphill along a dirt trail through pine trees and across farmlands heading towards Azofra, the first place to stop for another breakfast and coffee. From Azofra, there is a choice of routes. The main route continues alongside the N120, straight into Santo Domingo. The other route heads left uphill towards Cirueña and then back down over a rough trail to Santo Domingo. The second route is the preferred route, unless you are in a hurry. Watch the transition in scenery as you move from the vineyards of La Rioja to the farm lands around Cirueña.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 21 km / 13 mi, 5-6 hrs
Overnight: Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Day 5Walk to Belorado: 22 km / 14 mi

Once again the Camino Frances follows closely to the N120. Most of the day it runs alongside and occasionally takes detours into towns and across fields. The route is fairly easy going, but as usual on the Camino, there are many ups and downs.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 22 km / 14 mi, 5-6 hrs
Overnight: Belorado

Day 6Walk to Villafranca Montes de Oca: 12 km / 7 mi

As has been the way for the last few days, the Camino Frances hugs the N120 for the most part of the day.

Note: Strong hikers may combine this walk with Day 7.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 12 km / 7 mi, 3-4 hrs
Overnight: Villafranca Montes de Oca

Day 7Walk to Atapuerca: 18 km / 11 mi

Today’s travels take you from the Montes de Oca into the Meseta Plateau in Castile. The climb can be steep at times and unpleasant if it is raining, as the path will turn to mud very quickly. The saving grace are the trees where shade is abundant for this part of the Camino.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 18 km / 11 mi, 5 hrs
Overnight: Atapuerca

Day 8Walk to Burgos: 23 km / 14 mi

The Montes de Oca are behind us and they bring us to a totally different landscape – the Meseta, a plateau at about 800-900 m which accompanies the pilgrim for at least 10 days until after Astorga. The last part of the walk into Burgos is through an industrial area; you will pass an army base, old mines, and communications masts for the last 10 km. Take a bus or taxi from Hotel Buenos Aires to avoid walking through the suburbs (saves about 5 km and not included in tour price).

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 23 km / 14 mi, 5-6 hrs
Overnight: Burgos

Day 9Departure Day

Today marks the end of your tour, unless perhaps you would like to spend some extra time in this wonderful city? Burgos is the historic capital of Castile and still preserves important vestiges of its medieval splendor. The city, which was the capital of the unified kingdom of Castilla-Leon for five centuries, boasts a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture: the Cathedral of Burgos, a declared World Heritage Site. Aside from a visit to the historic quarter, you can take an interesting walk along the banks of the Duero and Arlanza rivers. These are great places to stop and enjoy a delicious and varied cuisine. Or, add on Stage 3 to León – the choice is yours and we can arrange it for you!

Meals: breakfast

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Rates

9 Days Self Guided: (based on double occupancy)

Quality Two & Three Star Hotels: 

  • 2 persons:  1049 euros/person
  • Upgrade Burgos:  +39 euros/person
  • Half board add-on for 6 dinners:  +96 euros/person
  • Single Supplement:  330 euros/person (applies when 2 or more traveling but in separate single use rooms)
  • Solo Supplement:  ask us for rates

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.

Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!

 

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