Duration:

12 Days / 11 Nights

Distance:

783 km / 486.5 mi

Difficulty:

Low

Start / End

Pamplona - Santiago

2017:
3690 €

Single room supplement: 480€

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Road Trip on the French Way

A beautiful journey, done in our private vehicle, where we will get to discover the Camino and its diverse landscapes, foods, legends, stories and artistic treasures. We will visit the most important places along the French Way including many of the ones featured in the movie "The Way".

In this incredible pilgrimage you will get to know the entire French Way of the Camino from a different perspective, starting on the French border and ending in Santiago de Compostela.

Meals

All breakfasts and dinners are included in this tour. We have carefully selected the included meals so you can have a taste of the most typical, most delicious, local cuisine. Most lunches are not included to provide more flexibility during the day and so you can experiment on your own. You can stop and eat something along the way, or have lunch at the end of the daily stage.

Vegetarians, vegans, or those with a special diet (eg. gluten-free) can always find suitable options. Just let us know beforehand and we will be happy to accommodate your needs.

Accommodations

All of our accommodations are hand-picked to give you the best possible experience. We will stay in charming Galician manors, usually located in rural areas, that used to be the homes of important people in the community in the past such as kings or noblemen. They form part of the cultural experience. Usually they are located in privileged areas surrounded with green, peaceful scenery. All our accommodations have a private en suite bathrooms. You can be sure to receive personalized attention and excellent service from the owners, who will make you feel more than at home.

Before and After

You walk at your own pace. There is no one you have to follow or walk with. We have meeting points along the way where our support vehicle will be waiting with snacks, fruit and water and to make sure everything is OK. We also offer assistance for any unexpected circumstances or simply to relieve muscular pain or cure blisters.
Don’t worry about getting lost. The yellow arrows will always guide the way. Moreover, on the Camino you are never alone. If you do not want to keep walking for any reason, you can hop on the support vehicle or be taken back to the hotel. After the daily walk, and after we’ve all had lunch we will head back to the hotel where we can shower, freshen up and have a much-deserved rest.

Means and Assistance

Vehicle and guide

A vehicle and guide for logistical support will be available during the entire route. It shall be of help not only for the pilgrims in transit but for the transport of luggage and to cover any other needs that might arise along the way. It will have fruits, snacks, water, medicine, first aid kits and everything necessary for unexpected situations.

Luggage transferred

The luggage will be transferred from one hotel to the next using the support vehicle. For the walk you can take a small/medium backpack for a camera, water bottle, and personal belongings. You can use the one we provide, or bring your own.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones with a spanish line will be handed out for the period of the tour for every 2 or 3 pilgrims. This will allow you to communicate with the driver or guides for any reason at all times. The number can also be given to family members back home to receive phone calls.

Packing list

We will send you a packing list with recommendations on what to bring along on your trip, along with a ‘Guide to Your Camino’ which answers questions regarding laundry, tip, and other useful topics.

Dates:

  • Apr 10 - Apr 21, 17
  • Oct 17 - Oct 28, 17
  • Mar 28 - Apr 08, 18
  • Oct 16 - Oct 27, 18

Our Camino Includes:

  • Private Van Support & Luggage transfer
  • All breakfasts, drinks and snacks
  • Mobile phones with a Spanish line
  • Pilgrims' Kit
  • Travel insurance for the entire tour
  • Guaranteed BOTAFUMEIRO ritual (Santiago only)
  • Carefully selected en suite accommodation
  • English-speaking guide assistance
  • Informational program and route map
  • Photos of your Camino
  • Farewell dinner and surprise
  • Value added Tax (VAT)

Day 1

St. Jean Pied de Port & Roncesvalles
Night in Roncesvalles

We meet at 11:30 am at Pamplona's train station to drive in our private vehicle to the town of St. Jean Pied de Port in France to explore its ancient streets & witness to the passing of Pilgrims throughout history. After lunch, we will make our way to Roncesvalles following the famous Napoleon Route. This route covers a large part of the legendary first stage of the French Way of the Camino, which connects St. Jean and Roncesvalles. Stunning views of the Pyrenees await us & stops along the way to visit the legendary Virgin of Biakorri & the Cross of Thibault, located at around 1220 meters above sea level.

Day 2

Zubiri and Pamplona
Night in Pamplona

Brief walk around Roncesvalles to visit its most important sites and to take a picture at the famous 790 km sign. We drive along the Pyrenees until we reach the town of Zubiri where we will visit the famous Puente de la Rabia (Bridge of Rabies) featured in the movie "The Way", to learn about the legend surrounding it. On to Pamplona, we enjoy a traditional meal of pintxos & tapas and a guided visit to see many of Pamplona’s sites as well as many of the places seen in the movie "The Way" accompanied by an expert local guide.

Day 3

our Lady of Eunate & Puente de la Reina
Night in Logroño

We visit Zariquiegui's beautiful church and climb to the famous "Alto del Perdón" at the peak of which we can see one of the most famous Pilgrim monuments on the Camino and where we will discover the legend of the "Fountain of Reniega". Our next stop will be the Hermitage of our Lady of Eunate, one of the Camino's most magical places to learn about its history and legends before arriving in Puente la Reina, town in which the Aragonese and French Ways meet and as the Pilgrim saying goes, "All roads become one". We will visit this beautiful town, which houses the Church of the Crucifix with it's beautiful carving of the image of Christ and The Church of Santiago with it's wonderful image of Santiago the Pilgrim called "The Black Santiago". We will also enjoy a nice walk across the most noteworthy bridge on the Camino "El Puente de la Reina" or Queen's bridge, which was built in the 11th century and where we will learn about the legend of the Virgin of Txori. This bridge is the symbol for A.P.O.C association (American Pilgrims On the Camino). We head to Estella and beautiful royal palace, the church of San Pedro da Rua and also its famous wine fountain. We enjoy a guided visit and then before arriving in Logroño, today's final destination, we make a brief stop in the town of Los Arcos to visit what is probably one of the most famous churches on the Camino "Santa María de los Arcos."

Day 4

Marqués de Riscal Vinyard
Night in the Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada.

We experience the wine culture of the Rioja Region and the winemaking process by visiting the legendary wine cellars of the Marqués de Riscal winery and its beautiful, Frank Gehry designed hotel with a delicious lunch at the hotel and a private wine tasting at the winery. After lunch we will set off to visit another of the Camino's most important places, the town of Nájera. We will learn about the epic battle between Rolando and Ferragut, which appears in the Codex Calixtinus. We will go to the Sanctuary of Santa María la Real de Nájera which houses a magnificent cloister, the legendary cave where the Virgin Mary appeared and the Royal Pantheon for the old kingdom of Nájera-Pamplona.

Day 5

Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Night in Burgos

We enjoy a guided visit of Burgos and then visit the Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada and the Sanctuary of San Juan de Ortega, another of the Camino's most significant sites which houses the tomb of the Holy Disciple of Saint Domingo, builder of bridges and roads for the Pilgrims. We will be awed by the Capital of the Annunciation, one of the most beautiful examples of the Spanish Romanesque style, and we will also learn about the famous miracle of light that happens here during the summer and winter solstices.

Day 6

Hospital del Rey & Castrojeriz
Night in the Parador de León

Upon leaving Burgos we will make a stop next to Hospital del Rey, an ancient Pilgrim's Hospital that in time became a University. We visit the Chapel of San Amaro, which is very important for its miracles and also for being a Pilgrim cemetery. We will visit the ruins of San Antón to learn about the history of this unique place and of how the Antonian Monks cured Pilgrims of an illness known as "Saint Anton's Fire." We will continue on to Castrojeriz on Spain's central plateau to visit the church of "Nuestra Señora del Manzano". We climb to the peak of the "Alto de Mostelares" to marvel at its panoramic view. Passing by beautiful medieval bridges like Puente Fitero, places like Boadilla del Camino and its famous Justice Scroll, we will arrive to the town of Frómista where we will visit the Church of San Martín and its wonderful capitals, another beautiful example of the Romanesque style. We will then stop at Villalcazar de Sirga, to visit its impressive church. Here we will learn about many of the legends that make this a truly special place for Pilgrims, among which the most important are the story of the Cantigas of Alfonso X and the legend of the 100 damsels. We will enjoy a lunch at a very special place with an authentic Pilgrim and Castillian atmosphere. In the afternoon we will make a brief stop in Carrión de los Condes and then proceed on to León.

Day 7

Puente de Órbigo & Astorga
Night in Molinaseca

After our guided visit of León, we will continue on to the visit Europe's longest medieval bridge in the town of Puente de Órbigo. This bridge has 17 arches and Pilgrims have been crossing it for over a thousand years. Here we will learn about the legend of Don Suero de Quiñones and the Paso Honroso. We will then visit the city of Astorga where we will enjoy a delicious lunch featuring local products from the region of El Bierzo. In the afternoon we will visit the legendary Iron Cross and then proceed on to one of the most beautiful towns of the Camino where we will spend the night: Molinaseca.

Day 8

Ponferrada & O'Cebreiro
Night in Lugo

After breakfast we will travel to the city of Ponferrada to visit its Templar Castle, the church of "Nuestra Señora del Manzano" and the Plaza Mayor. After the visit we will drive to O'Cebreiro, the town that marks the start of the Camino in Galicia and which is situated on one of the highest points of the Camino at approximately 1300 meters above sea level. Here we can see the famous "Pallozas" which are structures built from stone and hay which have Celtic origins. We continue our journey to the town of Samos to visit the Chapel of the Cypress.

Day 9

Lugo & Melide
Night in Palas de Rei

We will start the day by visiting the beautiful city of Lugo. We will then continue on to the town of Portomarín to visit the Church of Saint Nicholas. We will continue our journey to visit the church of Vilar de Donas, which has very close ties to the Camino as it was owned by the "Guardians of the Camino" the famous Order of the Knights of Santiago. The church was declared a national monument in 1931. We will continue our journey until we reach the town of Melide, where we will stop for an octopus lunch at one of this town's many "Pulperias" (Restaurants specializing in octopus). This town is known for having the best octopus in all of Galicia. In the afternoon we will participate in an artisanal cheese-making workshop, where we will use traditional and ecological products to make an authentic Galician cheese. We will then get to taste the fruit of our labor by trying the cheese we made with our own hands.

Day 10

Monte do Gozo & Santiago
Night in Parador de Santiago

After breakfast we will travel to Monte do Gozo to enjoy a marvelous panoramic view of Santiago and where for the first time we will be able to see our final destination: The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. We will arrive to the Cathedral on foot in the morning and we will have the rest of the morning free to explore this beautiful city. In the afternoon we will have a guided visit of the city and we will attend the Pilgrim's Mass in the Cathedral where we will be able to perform traditional Pilgrim rituals like hugging the statue of the Apostle. In the evening we will enjoy a delicious dinner accompanied by a wonderful surprise to celebrate our arrival.

Day 11

Finisterre
Night in Parador de Santiago

We will visit Finisterre (End of the Earth), and the Non Plus Ultra gate place believed to be the end of the world in ancient times. This is considered to be continental Europe's westernmost point. Pilgrims will end their journey across Spain at Finisterre's famous lighthouse. After finishing the visit and having a well deserved rest, we will enjoy a very original wine tasting with a theme based on the Codex Calixtinus and the poet Rosalía de Castro, because, as the saying goes "Con pan y vino se hace el Camino" or "The Camino is done with the help of wine and bread "

Day 12

Guided visit in Santiago
Tour ends at about 1 pm

In the morning we offer a guided visit through Santiago for our group. The focus of the guided visit will be on the old city, where we will recall the history of the city and the pilgrimage to Santiago through its main monuments, squares and streets. During the visit we will enter the Cathedral where, in addition to its history and evolution, well-known traditions will be explained. We will also enjoy an exclusive visit to the Cathedral's roof to enjoy the most spectacular view of the city. Your Camino through life begins!

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What kind of accommodations do we stay in? (Guided trips)

We work only with lovely, comfortable accommodations with private rooms & bathrooms…

How do we get to Pamplona?

The best option is to take the train which is quite comfortable and has a duration of approximately 3 hours.