OVERVIEW

Start the historical, UNESCO-protected Camino Frances with the first stage, walking from the trail head in St Jean Pied de Port to Logrono over nine days. Since the discovery of Saint James' tomb in the 9th century, pilgrims have walked the full 700km route to reach Santiago's spectacular cathedral in Plaza de Obradoiro. In Stage 1, walk in the footsteps of the millions of pilgrims that have embarked on this journey, traversing the French Pyrenees and northeastern Spain.

Over 171kms, follow the iconic scallop shell markers through a patchwork of rolling countryside. There are many reasons to walk the Camino – for your own spiritual journey or simply for the physical and cultural experience. There are also daily encounters with other walkers that make the pilgrimage on this famous long-distance Camino route truly unique.

Highlights

  • Walk 171km on the first stage of the Camino Frances route from St Jean to Logrono
  • Hike across the French Pyrenees into the Basque country
  • Drink a variety of Roja red wines in Logroño
  • Visit the famous town of Pamplona (running of the bulls festival)
  • Discover ancient villages and medieval churches
  • Spend each day walking alongside fellow pilgrims on this world-famous route

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
9 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20 plus km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 1625

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 645

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of a room when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9

DAY 1
Arrive Saint Jean Pied de Port

On this first day, you can view the sights of St Jean Pied de Port after being booked in a hotel in the centre of town.

This beautiful walled city is the modern-day starting point for the full Camino Frances route. Nestled in the French Pyrenees, the Spanish border is a mere 8km away. Visit the old prison and the popular Gate of St James as you explore the area. Before leaving, take time to explore the old medieval walls where you can see the original city gates at either end of the Rue de la Citadelle, the town’s main cobbled street. Later, collect your pilgrim’s passport ahead of your first day of walking tomorrow.

Meals Included: None
Accommodation: Hotel Itzalpea
A family home built in 1807, this hotel is located in the heart of the French Basque country. The house has a tearoom, where you can order local pastries and cafe au lait. Rooms are comfortable with classic en-suite furnishings.

DAY 2
Walk to Roncesvalles

Begin your Camino walk, following in the footsteps of thousands before you. Departing Saint Jean on foot, head over the old bridge and under the statue of St James, patron saint of Spain. A challenging trail begins to climb to the Roncesvalles Pass (1450m), as you follow the old Napoleonic military route. Guided by the scallop shell waymarkers, cross the border into Spanish Basque country, which is truly unique. Unlike the rest of Spain, the region has its own culinary traditions and a unique language.

Walk: 25km
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Roncevalles
Contemporary rooms housed in a central medieval building. The dining room still has the original wooden beams, and there is a sun terrace where you can pull up a chair and enjoy a drink before heading to your en-suite room.

DAY 3
Walk to Larrasoaña/Zubiri

With your feet now firmly accustomed to the rhythm of the Camino, head out along a trail lined with oak and beech trees before arriving at the village of Espinal. Today the Camino takes you first to Espinal across amazing mountains, woods and meadows. The view in Espinal is worth seeing with its majestic backdrop of the Pyrenees. You will then pass through the scenic Burgette before making your way to Zubiri, with its Medieval Bridge and serene atmosphere. This sleepy village is a great spot to pick up some provisions before heading over the Alto de Mezquiriz mountain pass. Followed by a steep descent, you will arrive at the village of Zubiri and its medieval ‘Puente de la Rabia’ (Rabies Bridge). In olden times, the bridge is said to have cured animals of the disease if they crossed it three times. Leaving Espinal the route presents another pass to cross, the Alto de Erro. This long but challenging day ends at Larrasoaña or Zubiri.

Walk: 28km
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation:  Casa Elita
A family-run bed and breakfast, your host Elita will welcome you after a long day of walking. You can relax in the shared lounge or your en-suite room. Elita is well known for providing great breakfasts with fresh, warm pastries and plentiful supplies of tea and coffee.

DAY 4
Walk to Pamplona

A shorter day today as you head to the lively town of Pamplona, famed for its ‘Running of the Bulls’ festival. The River Arga guides the way on Day 4 as you follow it past hills covered in a variety of different trees. The rural landscape slowly disappears as you get closer to Pamplona, passing some smaller towns along the way. Pamplona is a sight to behold and one of the jewels of the Camino Frances. Check out the Cathedral, the Citadel of Pamplona, the Museum of Navarra and other famous sights.  Weave your way through a maze of medieval lanes, exquisite architecture and lively bars as you arrive in the 16th-century old town. One of the most popular bars to visit Café Iruna was frequented by Ernest Hemingway, who spent many years in Pamplona and set his modernist novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’ in the city.

Walk: 22km
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Leyre
A modern hotel in the centre of Pamplona. Only a few minutes from the main ‘Estafeta Street’. All rooms are en-suite and although very modern in style, the building is a classic Pamplonan townhouse. Breakfast is an extensive affair with a variety of local meats and cheeses along with fruits, granola and fresh breads.

DAY 5
Walk to Puente de la Reina

Today you depart Pamplona and leave the Atlantic region of Navarra behind. The scenery will change before you as you pass through different and unique flora. Crossing the “Alto Del Perdon”, you will see one of the most scenic and popular photo areas on the Camino Frances. Today’s destination is Puente de la Reina, home of the Church of Santiago, a must-see location. The high point of today is ‘Alto de Perdon’ (Hill of Forgiveness), where an extensive sculpture of pilgrims and their animals stretches out across the pass. Enjoy panoramic views back to Pamplona and along the valley before continuing to follow the scallop shell markers as you continue on your journey to Santiago de Compostela.

Walk: 24km
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation:  Hostal Bidean
A charming 17th-century Navarran house. Lovingly restored, the building has retained its wooden and stone construction. In the centre of the Puente de la Reina, the hotel has restored the basement winery and restaurant. Hostal Bidean has welcomed Camino pilgrims for many decades and provide a comfortable night’s sleep.

DAY 6
Walk to Estella

The route today will take you to Estella through mostly rural terrain and a few small villages. The path is generally quiet and serene, allowing you to take in the scenery around you. After arriving in Estella you will have the opportunity to buy delicious local food such as chorizo and cheese and explore locations such as the Church of Santo Sepulcro and the Convent of Santo Domingo. When leaving Puente de la Reina, the route follows the river and then climbs steeply across a landscape of cultivated fields, olive groves and farming communities who have worked the land for centuries. After passing through several small hamlets, the most significant is the climb to Cirauqui (Basque for vipers nest, due to the rocky outcrop it was built on). The 13th-century church is particularly impressive, complete with Gothic doors. Leaving Cirauqui is by way of an old Roman road as you continue the journey to Estella, your overnight stay tonight.

Walk: 22km
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Yerri
A central location in Estella, Hotel Yerri has a bar and restaurant serving a wide range of local and international dishes. The famous Santo Sepulcro Church is a 15 minutes walk from the hotel and for all Camino walkers, the hotel staff are happy to help with any needs you may have.

DAY 7
Walk to Los Arcos

Your Camino journey today continues to the town of Los Arcos. Not long after leaving Estella, you will reach Bodegas Irache, a wine museum and free wine fountain provided to quench the thirst of Camino walkers. After leaving Estella, the walk to Los Arcos leads you over a landscape of vineyards and cereal crops, only interrupted by the sound of footsteps. A truly enjoyable afternoon of walking across one of the most peaceful stretches of the Camino.

Walk: 22km
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Pension Mav
A classic pilgrim pension. Simple, comfortable and a great atmosphere created by the number of fellow walkers which choose to stay at this property. All rooms are en-suite.

DAY 8
Walk to Logroño

Today you will cross into the world-famous Rioja wine region and the renowned wine-producing town of Logroño. After leaving Los Arcos, within 8km, you will reach the sleepy village of Torres del Rio where you can visit the Santo Sepulcro church. Octagonal in shape, it is believed to have been built by the Knights of the Templar and has many Byzantine and Arabic influences. As you get closer to Logrono, you will notice the beautiful vineyards of La Rioja, the wine country of Spain. Logrono is a popular and busy place for tourists and locals of Spain who come here to celebrate weddings, birthdays and other events. The party vibe is amazing, but the town also has some great historical sights such as the Cathedral, a number of churches and the architecture of San Juan Street with its famous pintxo bars.

Walk: 28km
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sercotel Portales
Nestled in the heart of the old town, this hotel is located on the Camino route and has combined style and comfort for you 2 nights in Logroño. The main ‘Calle Laurel’ is only a minute’s walk away where there is an abundance of tapas bars and plenty of opportunities to sample many of the locally produced Rioja wines.

DAY 9
Onward Travel

Depending on your onward travel plans, you can spend time exploring the Cathedral of St Maria, the local bridges and the stunning river that runs through Logrono, the capital of the La Rioja region, before heading off on your journey home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 8 nights of accommodation & 8 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers as described
  • Route Notes, Maps and GPX tracks
  • Begin the journey of walking the full Camino Frances route from St Jean to Logrono
  • Hike 171km across the French Pyrenees into the Basque country
  • Visit the 16th-century town of Pamplona, a favourite of Ernest Hemingway
  • Discover ancient villages and medieval churches

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

During this tour you will stay in simple, small family-run hotels and guest houses that have been welcoming walkers of the Camino for many years. All rooms are en-suited and, typically, in the style of the Camino; accommodations have a great atmosphere as the majority of other guests will be fellow walkers. As this walk is a very busy route, similar accommodations can be used other than that listed. Therefore the accommodations shown are only an indication of the class of what will be booked and we will do our best to match the standard if we cannot get what is displayed.

Single Rooms
If you are travelling with family and/or friends but would like single rooms, we would advise booking as soon as your plans are finalised to secure your rooming preferences. Single rooms incur an additional single occupancy fee.

Dining
You will be provided with 8 breakfasts. If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please let us know at the time of booking so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you.

You will find many of the accommodations have their own restaurant, which serves regional dishes using local ingredients. Although dinners aren’t included in this tour, dinners can be included each evening as a supplement if you wish. Lunches can be purchased locally. This is a great part of the experience. You can either order lunch from your accommodation or buy local cheeses and meats along with a wide variety of different breads you will find along the Camino.

 

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

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DISTANCE - ABOVE AVERAGE

Distance training is a major consideration in your overall training program. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 17-25 km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row. Take every opportunity you can to walk. If you have a fitness watch or phone, you should try to reach >15,000 steps every day.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ABOVE AVERAGE

Elevation training is a major consideration in your overall training program. You must include walks with serious hill climbs.

If you do not have access to hills, it is essential to replicate the elevation level you will be undertaking in any way possible such as on a treadmill or stair climber. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand, or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Also, prioritising resistance weight training will help you develop overall muscle strength.  Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

If high altitude is a factor, incorporate sessions at a higher altitude to acclimatise your body to reduced oxygen levels if you are able to. Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

TERRAIN

FLAT TERRAIN

Whilst training for walking on flat and hard terrain, you should focus on building endurance and ensuring you can maintain a comfortable pace.

Start with regular walks on sidewalks, roads, or paved paths to get used to the surface. Maintain a proper posture and engage your core muscles to support your back, keeping a steady gait. Ensure that you have comfortable, supportive footwear with adequate cushioning. If endurance is important, consider incorporating low-impact cross-training activities like swimming or cycling into your routine.

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This tour is available from the start of April through October. Regardless of when you travel, there are often celebrations along the Camino, specific to individual towns or regions. From the Rioja Wine festival in Logroño or the running of the bulls in Pamplona and the nationwide celebrations of Semana Santa, walking the Camino is a colourful experience.

WEATHER

The route runs across northern Spain and through a variety of terrain. During the early and latter part of the season, conditions can be changeable from temperate warm days through to frosty mornings and very cool nights. From May to September, rainy days are less frequent, and temperatures are steadily between 20-24 degrees. However, it is possible that you may experience a few cloudy days.

THE WALKING

We grade this walk as Moderate because there are only 7 back-to-back walking days over 171km. We may have to shorten or even lengthen the walking day to make the accommodation bookings work. Of course, we will let you know if this happens. The Camino is a well-trodden route, so the trails are very well-defined for the most part. You will follow an ancient pilgrim trail and therefore, whilst sections of the walk will take you deep into the picturesque countryside, you will also walk through urban environments and alongside roads as you follow the truest route possible.

You should be used to walking up to 28km with up to 500m of ascent and descent. On any typical day you will hike on rocky trails, farm and forest tracks and cover long sections in the open countryside. You will sustain climbs to hilltop towns, villages, and the rolling countryside. You will also walk on some roads, so please be mindful of all road users at all times.

A moderate active lifestyle makes the walking enjoyable, an exercise regime of 3 to 4 times a week is needed, in addition to your usual walks.

The route is very well waymarked by the iconic scallop-shell markers and with the many other walkers on the trail it’s very easy to find your way. For each walk, you will be provided daily walk notes, a map and the GPX tracks if you wish to use them for your own device.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

The tour starts in Saint Jean Pied de Port and finishes in Logrono. The best way to reach Saint Jean is by arriving at one of the following airports; Madrid or Biarritz (Bayonne Train Station). See skyscanner.com.au

From Madrid, a 3 to 4-hour train journey connects (from the airport as well) to Pamplona.  Then a 2 hr bus ride on to St Jean.

From Biarritz (Bayonne), it is an hour by train to St Jean.

Getting away from Logrono by train or air is very easy.  Flights go from Logrono twice a day to Madrid.

Trains go to many destinations in Spain, so please see trainline.com to make a booking or research where you might want to head next.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Apr 2024 - 31 Oct 2024
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1625

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $645
  • 1 Apr 2025 - 31 Oct 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1690

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $670

FAQS

Q: What happens if I don’t want to walk one of the days, can I travel with the luggage?

Unfortunately, walkers cannot travel with the luggage. The information you are provided with has details for local taxi numbers, bus and train timetables should you wish to not walk on any day. Your accommodation hosts will also have up to date information and advice should you wish to travel to the next destination by local transport. As always, you can call us in the office should you need help during your walk.

Q: Can you extend our stay on the walk?

Of course, please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to extend your time.

Q: Can my children walk with me?

We don't allow children under the age of 16 to do this walk.

Q: Is this tour OK for solo walkers?

Absolutely. Many people choose to complete stages of the Camino as a solo walker. There are many people walking the route and many of the overnight stays welcome hordes of walkers which means you can choose to walk your own journey or join in the camaraderie of walking with others.

Q: We’re travelling as friends but would like single rooms?

Subject to a single occupancy payment, single rooms are available. However, due to the limited accommodation single rooms might not always be available for every night of the tour, but we will let you know your options throughout the booking process.

Q: Can we extend the days walked?

Of course, we’re happy to discuss your needs.

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Overview

OVERVIEW

Start the historical, UNESCO-protected Camino Frances with the first stage, walking from the trail head in St Jean Pied de Port to Logrono over nine days. Since the discovery of Saint James' tomb in the 9th century, pilgrims have walked the full 700km route to reach Santiago's spectacular cathedral in Plaza de Obradoiro. In Stage 1, walk in the footsteps of the millions of pilgrims that have embarked on this journey, traversing the French Pyrenees and northeastern Spain.

Over 171kms, follow the iconic scallop shell markers through a patchwork of rolling countryside. There are many reasons to walk the Camino – for your own spiritual journey or simply for the physical and cultural experience. There are also daily encounters with other walkers that make the pilgrimage on this famous long-distance Camino route truly unique.

Highlights

  • Walk 171km on the first stage of the Camino Frances route from St Jean to Logrono
  • Hike across the French Pyrenees into the Basque country
  • Drink a variety of Roja red wines in Logroño
  • Visit the famous town of Pamplona (running of the bulls festival)
  • Discover ancient villages and medieval churches
  • Spend each day walking alongside fellow pilgrims on this world-famous route

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
9 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20 plus km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 1625

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 645

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9

DAY 1
Arrive Saint Jean Pied de Port

On this first day, you can view the sights of St Jean Pied de Port after being booked in a hotel in the centre of town.

This beautiful walled city is the modern-day starting point for the full Camino Frances route. Nestled in the French Pyrenees, the Spanish border is a mere 8km away. Visit the old prison and the popular Gate of St James as you explore the area. Before leaving, take time to explore the old medieval walls where you can see the original city gates at either end of the Rue de la Citadelle, the town’s main cobbled street. Later, collect your pilgrim’s passport ahead of your first day of walking tomorrow.

Meals Included: None
Accommodation: Hotel Itzalpea
A family home built in 1807, this hotel is located in the heart of the French Basque country. The house has a tearoom, where you can order local pastries and cafe au lait. Rooms are comfortable with classic en-suite furnishings.

DAY 2
Walk to Roncesvalles

Begin your Camino walk, following in the footsteps of thousands before you. Departing Saint Jean on foot, head over the old bridge and under the statue of St James, patron saint of Spain. A challenging trail begins to climb to the Roncesvalles Pass (1450m), as you follow the old Napoleonic military route. Guided by the scallop shell waymarkers, cross the border into Spanish Basque country, which is truly unique. Unlike the rest of Spain, the region has its own culinary traditions and a unique language.

Walk: 25km
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Roncevalles
Contemporary rooms housed in a central medieval building. The dining room still has the original wooden beams, and there is a sun terrace where you can pull up a chair and enjoy a drink before heading to your en-suite room.

DAY 3
Walk to Larrasoaña/Zubiri

With your feet now firmly accustomed to the rhythm of the Camino, head out along a trail lined with oak and beech trees before arriving at the village of Espinal. Today the Camino takes you first to Espinal across amazing mountains, woods and meadows. The view in Espinal is worth seeing with its majestic backdrop of the Pyrenees. You will then pass through the scenic Burgette before making your way to Zubiri, with its Medieval Bridge and serene atmosphere. This sleepy village is a great spot to pick up some provisions before heading over the Alto de Mezquiriz mountain pass. Followed by a steep descent, you will arrive at the village of Zubiri and its medieval ‘Puente de la Rabia’ (Rabies Bridge). In olden times, the bridge is said to have cured animals of the disease if they crossed it three times. Leaving Espinal the route presents another pass to cross, the Alto de Erro. This long but challenging day ends at Larrasoaña or Zubiri.

Walk: 28km
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation:  Casa Elita
A family-run bed and breakfast, your host Elita will welcome you after a long day of walking. You can relax in the shared lounge or your en-suite room. Elita is well known for providing great breakfasts with fresh, warm pastries and plentiful supplies of tea and coffee.

DAY 4
Walk to Pamplona

A shorter day today as you head to the lively town of Pamplona, famed for its ‘Running of the Bulls’ festival. The River Arga guides the way on Day 4 as you follow it past hills covered in a variety of different trees. The rural landscape slowly disappears as you get closer to Pamplona, passing some smaller towns along the way. Pamplona is a sight to behold and one of the jewels of the Camino Frances. Check out the Cathedral, the Citadel of Pamplona, the Museum of Navarra and other famous sights.  Weave your way through a maze of medieval lanes, exquisite architecture and lively bars as you arrive in the 16th-century old town. One of the most popular bars to visit Café Iruna was frequented by Ernest Hemingway, who spent many years in Pamplona and set his modernist novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’ in the city.

Walk: 22km
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Leyre
A modern hotel in the centre of Pamplona. Only a few minutes from the main ‘Estafeta Street’. All rooms are en-suite and although very modern in style, the building is a classic Pamplonan townhouse. Breakfast is an extensive affair with a variety of local meats and cheeses along with fruits, granola and fresh breads.

DAY 5
Walk to Puente de la Reina

Today you depart Pamplona and leave the Atlantic region of Navarra behind. The scenery will change before you as you pass through different and unique flora. Crossing the “Alto Del Perdon”, you will see one of the most scenic and popular photo areas on the Camino Frances. Today’s destination is Puente de la Reina, home of the Church of Santiago, a must-see location. The high point of today is ‘Alto de Perdon’ (Hill of Forgiveness), where an extensive sculpture of pilgrims and their animals stretches out across the pass. Enjoy panoramic views back to Pamplona and along the valley before continuing to follow the scallop shell markers as you continue on your journey to Santiago de Compostela.

Walk: 24km
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation:  Hostal Bidean
A charming 17th-century Navarran house. Lovingly restored, the building has retained its wooden and stone construction. In the centre of the Puente de la Reina, the hotel has restored the basement winery and restaurant. Hostal Bidean has welcomed Camino pilgrims for many decades and provide a comfortable night’s sleep.

DAY 6
Walk to Estella

The route today will take you to Estella through mostly rural terrain and a few small villages. The path is generally quiet and serene, allowing you to take in the scenery around you. After arriving in Estella you will have the opportunity to buy delicious local food such as chorizo and cheese and explore locations such as the Church of Santo Sepulcro and the Convent of Santo Domingo. When leaving Puente de la Reina, the route follows the river and then climbs steeply across a landscape of cultivated fields, olive groves and farming communities who have worked the land for centuries. After passing through several small hamlets, the most significant is the climb to Cirauqui (Basque for vipers nest, due to the rocky outcrop it was built on). The 13th-century church is particularly impressive, complete with Gothic doors. Leaving Cirauqui is by way of an old Roman road as you continue the journey to Estella, your overnight stay tonight.

Walk: 22km
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Yerri
A central location in Estella, Hotel Yerri has a bar and restaurant serving a wide range of local and international dishes. The famous Santo Sepulcro Church is a 15 minutes walk from the hotel and for all Camino walkers, the hotel staff are happy to help with any needs you may have.

DAY 7
Walk to Los Arcos

Your Camino journey today continues to the town of Los Arcos. Not long after leaving Estella, you will reach Bodegas Irache, a wine museum and free wine fountain provided to quench the thirst of Camino walkers. After leaving Estella, the walk to Los Arcos leads you over a landscape of vineyards and cereal crops, only interrupted by the sound of footsteps. A truly enjoyable afternoon of walking across one of the most peaceful stretches of the Camino.

Walk: 22km
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Pension Mav
A classic pilgrim pension. Simple, comfortable and a great atmosphere created by the number of fellow walkers which choose to stay at this property. All rooms are en-suite.

DAY 8
Walk to Logroño

Today you will cross into the world-famous Rioja wine region and the renowned wine-producing town of Logroño. After leaving Los Arcos, within 8km, you will reach the sleepy village of Torres del Rio where you can visit the Santo Sepulcro church. Octagonal in shape, it is believed to have been built by the Knights of the Templar and has many Byzantine and Arabic influences. As you get closer to Logrono, you will notice the beautiful vineyards of La Rioja, the wine country of Spain. Logrono is a popular and busy place for tourists and locals of Spain who come here to celebrate weddings, birthdays and other events. The party vibe is amazing, but the town also has some great historical sights such as the Cathedral, a number of churches and the architecture of San Juan Street with its famous pintxo bars.

Walk: 28km
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sercotel Portales
Nestled in the heart of the old town, this hotel is located on the Camino route and has combined style and comfort for you 2 nights in Logroño. The main ‘Calle Laurel’ is only a minute’s walk away where there is an abundance of tapas bars and plenty of opportunities to sample many of the locally produced Rioja wines.

DAY 9
Onward Travel

Depending on your onward travel plans, you can spend time exploring the Cathedral of St Maria, the local bridges and the stunning river that runs through Logrono, the capital of the La Rioja region, before heading off on your journey home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 8 nights of accommodation & 8 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers as described
  • Route Notes, Maps and GPX tracks
  • Begin the journey of walking the full Camino Frances route from St Jean to Logrono
  • Hike 171km across the French Pyrenees into the Basque country
  • Visit the 16th-century town of Pamplona, a favourite of Ernest Hemingway
  • Discover ancient villages and medieval churches
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

During this tour you will stay in simple, small family-run hotels and guest houses that have been welcoming walkers of the Camino for many years. All rooms are en-suited and, typically, in the style of the Camino; accommodations have a great atmosphere as the majority of other guests will be fellow walkers. As this walk is a very busy route, similar accommodations can be used other than that listed. Therefore the accommodations shown are only an indication of the class of what will be booked and we will do our best to match the standard if we cannot get what is displayed.

Single Rooms
If you are travelling with family and/or friends but would like single rooms, we would advise booking as soon as your plans are finalised to secure your rooming preferences. Single rooms incur an additional single occupancy fee.

Dining
You will be provided with 8 breakfasts. If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please let us know at the time of booking so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you.

You will find many of the accommodations have their own restaurant, which serves regional dishes using local ingredients. Although dinners aren’t included in this tour, dinners can be included each evening as a supplement if you wish. Lunches can be purchased locally. This is a great part of the experience. You can either order lunch from your accommodation or buy local cheeses and meats along with a wide variety of different breads you will find along the Camino.

 

Fitness Guide

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

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DISTANCE - ABOVE AVERAGE

Distance training is a major consideration in your overall training program. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 17-25 km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row. Take every opportunity you can to walk. If you have a fitness watch or phone, you should try to reach >15,000 steps every day.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ABOVE AVERAGE

Elevation training is a major consideration in your overall training program. You must include walks with serious hill climbs.

If you do not have access to hills, it is essential to replicate the elevation level you will be undertaking in any way possible such as on a treadmill or stair climber. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand, or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Also, prioritising resistance weight training will help you develop overall muscle strength.  Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

If high altitude is a factor, incorporate sessions at a higher altitude to acclimatise your body to reduced oxygen levels if you are able to. Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

TERRAIN

FLAT TERRAIN

Whilst training for walking on flat and hard terrain, you should focus on building endurance and ensuring you can maintain a comfortable pace.

Start with regular walks on sidewalks, roads, or paved paths to get used to the surface. Maintain a proper posture and engage your core muscles to support your back, keeping a steady gait. Ensure that you have comfortable, supportive footwear with adequate cushioning. If endurance is important, consider incorporating low-impact cross-training activities like swimming or cycling into your routine.

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This tour is available from the start of April through October. Regardless of when you travel, there are often celebrations along the Camino, specific to individual towns or regions. From the Rioja Wine festival in Logroño or the running of the bulls in Pamplona and the nationwide celebrations of Semana Santa, walking the Camino is a colourful experience.

WEATHER

The route runs across northern Spain and through a variety of terrain. During the early and latter part of the season, conditions can be changeable from temperate warm days through to frosty mornings and very cool nights. From May to September, rainy days are less frequent, and temperatures are steadily between 20-24 degrees. However, it is possible that you may experience a few cloudy days.

THE WALKING

We grade this walk as Moderate because there are only 7 back-to-back walking days over 171km. We may have to shorten or even lengthen the walking day to make the accommodation bookings work. Of course, we will let you know if this happens. The Camino is a well-trodden route, so the trails are very well-defined for the most part. You will follow an ancient pilgrim trail and therefore, whilst sections of the walk will take you deep into the picturesque countryside, you will also walk through urban environments and alongside roads as you follow the truest route possible.

You should be used to walking up to 28km with up to 500m of ascent and descent. On any typical day you will hike on rocky trails, farm and forest tracks and cover long sections in the open countryside. You will sustain climbs to hilltop towns, villages, and the rolling countryside. You will also walk on some roads, so please be mindful of all road users at all times.

A moderate active lifestyle makes the walking enjoyable, an exercise regime of 3 to 4 times a week is needed, in addition to your usual walks.

The route is very well waymarked by the iconic scallop-shell markers and with the many other walkers on the trail it’s very easy to find your way. For each walk, you will be provided daily walk notes, a map and the GPX tracks if you wish to use them for your own device.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

The tour starts in Saint Jean Pied de Port and finishes in Logrono. The best way to reach Saint Jean is by arriving at one of the following airports; Madrid or Biarritz (Bayonne Train Station). See skyscanner.com.au

From Madrid, a 3 to 4-hour train journey connects (from the airport as well) to Pamplona.  Then a 2 hr bus ride on to St Jean.

From Biarritz (Bayonne), it is an hour by train to St Jean.

Getting away from Logrono by train or air is very easy.  Flights go from Logrono twice a day to Madrid.

Trains go to many destinations in Spain, so please see trainline.com to make a booking or research where you might want to head next.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

Map

MAP

Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Apr 2024 - 31 Oct 2024
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1625

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $645
  • 1 Apr 2025 - 31 Oct 2025
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1690

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $670
Faqs

FAQS

Q: What happens if I don’t want to walk one of the days, can I travel with the luggage?

Unfortunately, walkers cannot travel with the luggage. The information you are provided with has details for local taxi numbers, bus and train timetables should you wish to not walk on any day. Your accommodation hosts will also have up to date information and advice should you wish to travel to the next destination by local transport. As always, you can call us in the office should you need help during your walk.

Q: Can you extend our stay on the walk?

Of course, please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to extend your time.

Q: Can my children walk with me?

We don't allow children under the age of 16 to do this walk.

Q: Is this tour OK for solo walkers?

Absolutely. Many people choose to complete stages of the Camino as a solo walker. There are many people walking the route and many of the overnight stays welcome hordes of walkers which means you can choose to walk your own journey or join in the camaraderie of walking with others.

Q: We’re travelling as friends but would like single rooms?

Subject to a single occupancy payment, single rooms are available. However, due to the limited accommodation single rooms might not always be available for every night of the tour, but we will let you know your options throughout the booking process.

Q: Can we extend the days walked?

Of course, we’re happy to discuss your needs.

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