Take a wine and walking holiday on the French Way

camino-frances-la-rioja-caminowaysPress release date: 24th April 2012

The French way is the most popular of all the routes to Santiago. Besides the stunning views you will admire along the way, the wine experience is also unforgettable, as you will cross several different vineyards, from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago. You will also meet many other pilgrims as you cross the route.
During the trek from St Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona you will pass through wonderful sites such as Pays Basque and the Irouleguy Wine Region. You will pass across the Pyrenees to Pamplona and the Navarra Wine region, where you can mix the stunning landscapes of the Pyrenees with the taste of a traditional Basque Wine.

Upon reaching Pamplona you can then relax and enjoy the flavours of many different wines including, Domaine Arretxea, Domaine Brana, Domaine Ilarria, and Domaine Etxegaraya.

Another place of interest along the route is Logrono, in La Rioja Wine Region, which is probably the best-known vineyard along the Camino. The Logrono Harvest Festival, in September, offers different activities around the wine, like the traditional foot-crushing of grapes, wine tasting, and exciting parties.

In the Bodegas Irache, pay a visit to the wine fountain, where you will be treated to complimentary wine. While in Logrono your palette will be tempted with wines like Vegas Sicilia, Dominio de Pingus, Pesquera, and Mauro. The final destination on this trek is Santiago de Compostela. When you arrive here you can relax in comfort while you sample the local Galician wine, from the Ribeira Sacra region, such as Albariño, Temera and Dominio do Bibei.

Camino Ways, the walking and cycling holiday specialists are now offering this wine and walking experience from just €320pp. To make sure that your trip is suited to you, you can choose between 2 options. If you decide to walk the whole French Way from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago (780km), which represents a total of 35 nights, you can do so from just €2835pp. Alternatively you can choose to walk a section of the route, representing roughly a week of walking on the Camino, from just €320pp.

Prices include: Luggage transfers, en-suite rooms in selected hotels on a half-board basis, luggage transfers from hotel to hotel and a holiday pack.

Prices do not include: Flights, insurance, dinner on the first night or drinks.
To book, or for further information visit caminoways.com or call 01 525 28 86

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  1. By Alexandra D.

    Dear Jacinthe,

    Thank you for the comment of our blog. I can suggest you to walk the section 2 and 3 of the French Way from Pamplona to Burgos.
    Have a look at those 2 links:
    Section 2 from Pamplona to Logrono

    The section 2 starts in the beautiful historical town of Pamplona. Pamplona is also famous by its Bull Run festival that runs every year in July. You will be passing through nice typical town and villages such as Estella and Los Arcos. This section finishes in Logrono capital of the Rioja wine region. You will also enjoy a hike in hilly Navarra with
    its vineyards, 12th-century castles and picturesque villages.

    The section 3 then continues to Burgos, historic capital of the Castile region. It goes through the traditional villages of Najera and Santo Domingo de la Calzada and also vineyards of this region.

    Those 2 sections of the French Way are well known for their hilly valleys and vineyards. You won’t be disappointed by the lovely sceneries along the way.

    Let me know if you want me to send you a proposal for the route from Pamplona to Burgos.


  2. By Jacinthe

    I have recenetly walked from Sarria to Santiago and am not interested to redo that route but this wine part sounds great from where to where would this be?? for 320? On the other hand what would be the nicest 200kms. to do passing thru vineyards, small town and an easy to moderate route? thank you!!

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