Camino Frances Camino Frances Pyrenees Guided Tour

Activity:
Walking
Duration:
6 Nights
Distance:
110 km
Difficulty:
Medium +
Tour Type:
Camino Guided Tours
Time To Go:
2021
August 21st
Price:
From €860
Rating:

Camino Frances Pyrenees Guided Tour

ON the Camino Frances Pyrenees Guided Tour, Take on the first section of the famous Camino Francés joining our Camino guided tour across the Pyrenees and into the La Rioja wine region.  The famed Camino Francés starts in the walled town of St Jean Pied de Port in the French Basque Country, and takes pilgrims to the Pyrenees and into the city of Pamplona, world-famous for its San Fermín running of the bulls festival.

CAMINO GUIDED DEPARTURES:

The Camino Frances Pyrenees Guided Tour is one of the most challenging stages of the Camino but also one of the most beautiful, especially if you follow the ‘Napoleon Route‘ over the Roncesvalles Pass. The views of the Pyrenees are definitely worth the effort! Along the route, you will meet fellow pilgrims from all over the world, as St Jean is the second most popular Camino starting point.

Visit the city of Pamplona (Iruña in Basque), world-famous for its San Fermín running of the bulls festival. 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.

The group will then continue across the mountains of Navarra and the vineyards of La Rioja, passing medieval bridges, castles, churches and picturesque villages along the way, such as Puente de la Reina and Cirauqui before finishing in the pretty medieval town of Estella-Lizarra.

This Camino guided tour departs on specific dates only and you will have to select this start date when booking. Contact our travel experts at [email protected] if you require additional information.

Please note: This tour is conducted in English however all our guides are fluent in Spanish also.

Click below to create your Camino Frances Pyrenees Guided Tour.

This is the most popular itinerary, you may be able to combine or split the distance for each day. Click on get a quote to customize your trip.

Saint Jean Pied de Port
Saint Jean Pied de Port

Arrive into Biarritz Airport and you and your group will be collected and brought to your hotel in Saint Jean Pied de Port.  At dinner this evening you will get the opportunity to meet with your guide and other members of your group.  Your guide will give you a brief outline of the coming few days walking and answer any questions that you may have.  In your free time this evening, take a stroll around this beautiful town and sleep well tonight as your walking adventure begins tomorrow after breakfast.

26 km
Roncesvalles
Roncesvalles

St Jean Pied de Port is the second most popular Camino starting point for pilgrims.  20,000 people each year choose to start their Camino de Santiago in this walled town in the French Basque country. Take the opportunity to explore this picturesque town, its citadel and the St James Gate, arrival point for pilgrims coming from other Camino ways in France.

After breakfast this morning your group and guide will leave St Jean Pied de Port and start the ascent to the famous Roncesvalles Pass across the Pyrenees. This is a challenging day, probably the most difficult of the whole French Way Camino route. The Napoleon Route starts with a steep climb past country houses before reaching mountain meadows, the cross and some spectacular mountain views. The Camino will then take you through woodlands towards the French/Spanish border and descend into Roncesvalles where you will stay and have dinner this evening. There is also an alternative trail along the valley, passing the town of Valcarlos. Take some time to visit the Collegiate Church and St James chapel in Roncesvalles.

22 km
Zubiri
Zubiri

Roncesvalles (‘Orregaga’ in Basque) is a popular Camino starting point for Spanish pilgrims. Here you should visit the St James chapel, as well as the Royal Collegiate Church of Saint Mary. After your breakfast in Roncesvalles, the Camino de Santiago French route continues through beech and oak woods before entering Espinal. You will also cross two mountain passes: Alto de Mezquiriz and Alto de Erro. Your guided group will then descend down towards the medieval ‘Puente de la Rabia’ (the Rabies Bridge) over the River Arga and the village of Zubiri where you will all have dinner together this evening.

20 km
Pamplona
Pamplona

From Zubiri, the Camino de Santiago follows the river Arga to the town of Larrasoaña, an important stop for pilgrims in Medieval times. The second half of the day will get busier, as you approach the bustle of Pamplona city. Famous for its Running of the Bulls festival, San Fermín, taking place in July, Pamplona has many attractions that are well worth a visit.

23 km
Puente de la Reina
Puente de la Reina

Explore the city’s medieval streets, visit the cathedral, taste some of the fantastic local food and wine and Hemingway fans can go for a coffee in one of the writer’s favourite haunts in the main square: Plaza del Castillo.

After your breakfast this morning your group will leave Pamplona behind and continue following the Camino taking 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.  Your group will have dinner together this evening, after which you will be free to stroll around the pretty town.

19 km
Estella
Estella

Once again after a filling breakfast, the Camino de Santiago takes your group 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 groups final point for today and is the end of your 6 night guided Pyrennes tour.

The town of Estella or Lizarra as it is known in Basque was founded in 1090 and is a historic city on the pilgrim route.  Formerly known as Estella the elegant, the city is known for its beautiful buildings, churches, palaces and stately homes.  The city offers visitors history, art, good shopping, great food, and a wide range of cultural events throughout the year.  Some of the best attractions to see in the city include the Palace of the Kings of Navarre and the church of San Pedro de la Rua.

Your 6 night guided Pyrenees tour finishes after breakfast the next morning. Your transfer to the airport is not included in your package but there are many transport options to Santander and Bilbao airport, which you can check in the Access tab.  If you wish for more time to relax after your camino, you should consider adding an extra night in this pretty town of Estella.

Accommodation

Standard Hotel & Guesthouse

We have hand-picked hotels and guesthouses along the Camino for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to your Camino trail. All rooms are en-suite with bathroom.

For our family packages, we have hand-picked establishments with outdoor space and swimming pools where possible. Where accommodation with private outdoor space is not available, we have selected comfortable hotels with spacious common areas as well as a convenient location close to recreational areas and sights. As your comfort is our priority, we try to book hotels located within walking distance of the Camino. Despite our effort, on rare occasions your accommodation can be located a few kilometers away from the trail, so we organise transportation to/from your accommodation.

Access

How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us

Saint Jean Pied de Port

Biarritz Airport 55km: You can take a shuttle bus from Biarritz Airport (25 min approximate travel time) to Bayonne Gare (station). From there, you can take a train to St Jean Pied de Port five times a day (approx. total journey time. 1h40 – 2h25 in total). See www.voyages-sncf.com and http://en.biarritz.aeroport.fr/. Alternatively, contact the team for airport transfers.

Pau Airport 90km: Airport Shuttle bus is available from the airport to the town’s train station every hour (except Sundays and public holidays). See http://www.pau.aeroport.fr/. From the town you can take a train to St Jean (up to 5 times/ day; not on Sunday), with a change in Bayonne. Travel time is about 3h-5h, depending on the time you need to wait in Bayonne. See: en.oui.sncf.

Bordeaux Airport 235k: Shuttle bus to the train station (45min), then train to St Jean Pied de Port via Bayonne See www.voyages-sncf.com.

Pamplona

Bilbao Airport 155km: The Burundesa bus company links Pamplona with Bilbao (2h) with 10 departures a day. It is possible to fly from there with Aerlingus.
See: http://laburundesa.com/pamplona-bilbao/

Biarritz Airport 103km: Train from Pamplona to Biarritz airport (2:15min) http://alsa.es

Santander Airport 253km: The Burundesa bus company links Pamplona with Santander (2h) with 2 departures a day. From the bus station in Santander, simply get a direct city bus to the airport (20min), and Ryanair operates flights from there. See: http://laburundesa.com/pamplona-santander-2/

Madrid Airport 391km: Train 3h renfe. Metro to the airport (45min)

Whats Included

All our guided trips include; Luggage transfers (one bag up to 20kg per person), dinner each night*, airport transfer at set times*, friendly English speaking guide, holiday pack with electronic route information guidebook, links for your google maps, all rooms with private bathroom, 24/7 support during your trip.

NOT INCLUDED: Flights, drinks, city tax, Travel Insurance (Recommended)

Please note that we require a minimum of 6 people for this tour to go ahead. 

*If you requested any extra nights at the beginning or at the end of the tour, the associated dinners or the free airport transfers will not be included.

 *If you requested the Tapas tour, this will replace the group dinner on the day you arrive in Santiago.

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