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French Way – Pamplona to Logroño 2/8

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The second section of the Camino de Santiago along the French Way, the famous Camino Francés starts in the city of Pamplona (Iruña in Basque), world famous for its San Fermín running of the bulls festival, taking place from 7th July every year. From Pamplona, the Camino takes pilgrims to the photogenic pilgrim sculpture at Alto del Perdón, where you will enjoy fantastic 360 panoramic views of Pamplona, the valley and the vast countryside ahead, before continuing on your way.

On this section of the Camino, you will walk across the mountains of Navarra and the red earth vineyards of La Rioja, passing medieval bridges, castles, churches and picturesque villages along the way, such as Puente de la Reina, Cirauqui, Estella-Lizarra and Viana. Stop at Bodegas Irache for a rest and a quick sip at the free wine fountain!

This section of the Camino finishes in Logroño, capital of La Rioja wine region, and a fantastic city to discover authentic Spanish ‘tapas’.

VIEW OUR TOUR OPTIONS

  • Standard:
    • 6 days/ 5 Nights. Stay in our hand-picked accommodation.
    • Split – 7 days/ 6 Nights. This tour includes an extra walking day to split the last walking day (27km) in two: You will walk 17km from Los Arcos to the lovely hilltop town of Viana where you will stay in a beautiful period property; then you will walk the remaining 10km to the city of Logroño.
  • Superior Collection: Best accommodation available.

Trip highlights

  • Trace Hemingway's steps in Pamplona
  • Feel like a medieval pilgrim in Puente la Reina
  • Take a sip of Rioja at the Bodegas Irache wine fountain
  • Follow the tapas trail in Logroño's Calle Laurel

1 Pamplona

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You will start this section of the Camino de Santiago in the city of Pamplona (Iruña in Basque), famous for its Bull Run, San Fermín, each Summer. Discover this fantastic city: wander its medieval streets, visit the cathedral and taste the superb local food and wine. Ernest Hemingway fans can take a literary tour of the city or take a coffee in one of the writer’s favourite haunts in Plaza del Castillo.

2 Pamplona to Puente la Reina - 23km

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6h15 +442 m / -525 m
Leaving Pamplona behind, the Camino takes pilgrims towards the ‘Alto del Perdón’ (Hill of Forgiveness) pass. Get your picture taken with the photogenic pilgrim sculpture at the ‘alto’ and enjoy fantastic 360 panoramic views of Pamplona and the valley. From there, you will begin your descent towards Puente la Reina (Queen’s Bridge) with its quaint medieval alleys and impressive 11th century bridge over the River Arga.

3 Puente la Reina to Estella - 22km

6h15 | +466 m / -405 m:
The Camino de Santiago continues along peaceful tracks for most of today, from the towns of Puente la Reina to Estella. You will walk along rolling farmland, passing small towns and villages nested among olive groves, cereal crops and vineyards. Cirauqui (Zirauki), perched on a hilltop, is a pretty little village of winding medieval streets where you will find one of the best preserved stretches of Roman road. Estella-Lizarra is your final point for today, a nice historic town with plenty to do and see.

4 Estella to Los Arcos - 22km

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6h30 | +288 m / -273 m:
After exploring Estella and its many monuments, you will continue on your Camino to Santiago. Just outside Estella you will find Bodegas Irache, the Wine Museum and its free wine fountain, stop for a rest and sip of the local Rioja! Most of your walk today will be along nice tracks, among vineyards, olive trees and cereal fields. From Villamayor de Monjardín to Los Arcos, you will cover approximately 12kms without passing a single village so make sure you have plenty of water and a few snacks.

5 Los Arcos to Logroño - 27km

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8h | +319 m / -360 m:
You will continue your Camino on a very enjoyable track across rolling countryside, leaving Navarra and entering (officially!) La Rioja region , world-famous for its red wine. You will pass the dramatic ruins of Clavijo Castle before finally entering the city of Logroño, capital of La Rioja and home to some of the best tapas scene on the Camino. Head for Calle Laurel to sample the local Rioja-style specialities.

Easy Walking Option Stay in Viana - 18km & 10km

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4h | +160 m / -180 m
You can split your long walking day from Los Arcos to Logroño, into two stages of 18km and 10km, if you would like to walk at a more relaxed pace. You would stay overnight in a period hotel in the lovely hilltop village of Viana.

6 Logroño

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Today is the final day of your Camino de Santiago holiday. Explore the city of Logroño, capital of La Rioja, before you head home. The old town is home to the gothic cathedral of Santa María and many other Romanesque churches, including the San Bartolomé Church with its beautiful carved porch and the Santiago church with its imposing image of Saint James. If you travel to Logroño in September you might catch the city’s most important festival, Saint Mathew, celebrating the Rioja grape harvest. Head for Calle Laurel to try the city’s best ‘tapas’.

Hotels and country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food and hospitality. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard, comfort and price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

Pamplona - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Puente la Reina - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail. First choice in Puente la Reina is a hotel at the entrance of the village. A former 17th century stone building, listed as part of the artistic heritage of Navarra, it has been carefully restored to maintain the old wood, stone and brickwork and to create a country-style welcoming atmosphere. In 2003 the cellar and ground floor were renovated into a restaurant, offering excellent cuisine and service.

Estella - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Los Arcos - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Logroño - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail. Our first choice in Logroño is set next to the River Ebro in the centre of town just 350 metres from the Santa Maria de la Redonda Church. This hotel offers a café-bar, 24-hour reception and a spa which features a sauna, hot tub and offers a selection of treatments, including massage. There is also a gym on site. All rooms feature flat-screen satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. The hotel has an impressive central atrium with original stone arches and a glass ceiling. Each stylish room has central heating, a minibar and a laptop safe. The café-bar serves regional cuisine and has an extensive list of Rioja wines from the hotel’s own wine cellar. There are various restaurants and tapas bars within a 10-minute walk of the hotel.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Pamplona Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Logroño Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Pamplona:
Best Option: Bilbao airport (150km)
Bilbao international airport has direct flights from many cities in Europe, including London (Stansted, easyJet), Manchester (easyJet), Dublin (Aer Lingus), Paris (Orly, Vueling), Frankfurt (Lufthansa) and Lisbon (easyJet). See www.skyscanner.com
Other option (a): Zaragoza airport (170km)
Ryanair offers several international flights from London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo), Brussels (South Charleroi) and Paris (Beauvais).
Other Option (b): Pamplona airport (7km)
Pamplona airport has direct flights from Barcelona (El Prat) with Iberia and Vueling, and Madrid (Barajas) with Air Nostrum L.A. Mediterraneo. See www.skyscanner.com
How to get back from Logroño:

Best Option: Bilbao airport (140km)
Bilbao international airport has direct flights from many cities in Europe, including London (Stansted, easyJet), Manchester (easyJet), Dublin (Aer Lingus), Paris (Orly, Vueling), Frankfurt (Lufthansa) and Lisbon (easyJet). See www.skyscanner.com
Other option: Zaragoza airport (170km)
Ryanair offers several international flights from London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo), Brussels (South Charleroi) and Paris (Beauvais). See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Pamplona:
From Bilbao Airport
There is a shuttle bus between Bilbao airport and Bilbao bus station (every 30min). From Bilbao station you can take a bus to Pamplona (journey time 1h30), see: www.movelia.es; or take the train from Bilbao train station (2h). See www.renfe.com 

From Zaragoza Airport
From Zaragoza airport you can take the bus (every 30 min) to the station in Zaragoza (named Delicias). There is a direct train between Zaragoza and Pamplona (7 times/ day. 2h). See www.renfe.com
From Pamplona airport
There is a bus between the airport and the city centre 2 times/ hour (about 15min travel time between Estacion de Autobuses -centre and Noain, C/Real Nº 61 -airport). See www.infotuc.es/

 

How to get back from Logroño:
To: Bilbao airport (140km)
An intercity bus links Logroño with Bilbao bus station (6 times a day/ 1h45) see: http://www.movelia.es/. From Bilbao bus station you can take a shuttle bus to Bilbao airport (every 30min).
Other option: Zaragoza airport (170km)
There is a direct train from Logroño to Zaragoza (9 times/ day, approx. 2h), see www.renfe.com. From the station in Zaragoza (named Delicias) to the airport you can take the bus (every half an hour / 20 min travel time), see http://www.zaragoza-airport.com.

Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


Select your trip

1. Tour options - Select your trip type

  • Selected accommodation, all rooms are en-suite. Please note prices will vary during special periods, such as San Fermín Festival in Pamplona. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €623
    Double/Twin Room
    €497
  • This tour includes an extra walking day to split the last walking day in two days of 17km and 10km. Stay in the lovely town of Viana. Please note prices will vary during special periods, such as San Fermín Festival in Pamplona. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €758
    Double/Twin Room
    €606
  • Best accommodation available along the Camino. Please note prices will vary during special periods, such as San Fermín Festival in Pamplona. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €884
    Double/Twin Room
    €690
  • Best accommodation available along the Camino. Please note prices will vary during special periods, such as San Fermín Festival in Pamplona. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €1019
    Double/Twin Room
    €799

2. Select Date

3. No. of rooms

  • Single (1 bed)
  • Twin Rooms (2 beds)
  • Double (1 large bed for 2)

What's Included

  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Rooms en-suite
  • Half Board
  • Holiday pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, useful info

We also offer

  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available)

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