Spain Self Guided Package – Northern Way Accommodation – 8 Days
Price: €650 (excluding flights)
NORTHERN WAY BASQUE COUNTRY
SAN SEBASTIAN – BILBAO
Running from the French border town of Irún to Santiago de Compostela, the Northern Way is a cracking alternative to the busier French Way route which can be found adjacent, yet, further inland.
This 8 day walking experience takes in 125km of ‘El Camino del Norte’ (its entire length is 825km) through the Basque Country. This trail is ideal for those who would like to begin at the ‘start’ of the Camino and be able to pick up where they left off at a future date. Please note this section has daily ascents and descents of 250-350m and is recommended for people with a moderate level of fitness and walking experience.
Coastal scenery takes in some splendid images of fishing villages, vineyards that provide the fruit for what is known locally as ‘white gold’ Txakoli wine and wooded pine forests as well as providing a cool sea breeze from where stunning beaches, mountains and medieval heritage merge into one.
To ensure walkers get to experience the very best of the northern Spanish coastline without getting completely worn out, we’ve created a wonderful walking route. From the chic provincial capital of San Sebastian to the coastal fishing villages of Getaria and Deba, the historical town of Gernika that inspired one of the most famous paintings by Picasso to the cosmopolitan city of Bilbao, this trip through the lush green Basque Country allows for chances to pause and drink a glass of Txacoli wine overlooking the sea rather than slogging it out from morning till night.
The seaside trails, dense pine forests and country lanes allow you to become completely absorbed in an atmosphere that inspires solitude as well as providing 4 star hotels in San Sebastian and Bilbao and comfortable, homely, 2 or 3 star hotels or rural guesthouses between the two cities. Having self guided notes, luggage transfers from one hotel to the next, hand-picked accommodation and 24hr telephone assistance allows confidence to grow as you stroll from town to town also lessening the stress of attempting this trip with complete independence.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Day 1 – Arrival day to San Sebastián
Day 2 – San Sebastián to Zarautz or Getaria (23km or 27km)
Day 3 – Zarautz or Getaria to Deba (21km or 17km)
Day 4 – Deba to Markina (24.2km)
Day 5 – Markina to Gernika (24.8km)
Day 6 – Gernika to Lezama (21 km)
Day 7 – Lezama to Bilbao (11km)
Day 8 – Departure day from Bilbao
Total Distance 125km
PRICE – 2020
April, May, June, September (16th to 30th) & October
Price €650 per person, based on two people sharing a room
Single Room Supplement of €250
July, August & September (1st to 15th)
Price €695 per person, based on two people sharing a room
Single Room Supplement of €295
CUSTOMISE YOUR TRIP
- Add airport transfers
- Add additional free days in San Sebastian or Bilbao
If you choose not to include airport transfers, we will provide detailed advice how to get from /back to the airport.
CALENDAR – 2020
Self guided, tailor made trips are available from April to mid October 2020. Choose a start date that suits you/your group. You can secure your booking with a 20% deposit.
For further information about this package, contact us on 01 – 442 8921 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
At a glance:
- 7 nights (2 nights in 4 star hotels in San Sebastian and Bilbao and 5 nights in 2 or 3 star Hotels/Rural Houses/Pensiones)
- 7 breakfasts
- Luggage transfer between hotels (one bag per person, up to 20kg)
- Pilgrim’s Passport
- Camino Information Pack and Walking Notes
- 24 hour phone assistance
- Transfer in case of emergencies
“Martina and I have just returned from walking the Camino del Norte for 6 days from San Sebastian to Bilbao. We had a lovely time made better by the great organisation of walking notes, accommodation and baggage transport by Bronagh and her team at Magic Hill Holidays. This is the second year we have taken a Magic Hill walking holiday and the support and service was super and personal on both occasions”.Joe McKnight, Belfast, Northern Ireland – September 2019
“We’ve had an amazing time and loved the scenery, fresh air and the up and down of the hills. Big thanks for the arrangements because we wouldn’t have been able to do it otherwise”Paula Suckling, New Zealand – September 2019
“We had a wonderful Camino. The surprises are the best thing – the wonderful sea swims in San Sebastián, Zarautz and Deba, the beautiful church of the Black Madonna in Itziar where the choir were practicing, the amazing views from the Hotel in Getaria, the beautiful hotel in Markina, the fabulous 1000 Kolorau restaurant in Gernika. Thank you for all your help – it has been a trip we will always remember and we will be back to look at further routes on the Northern Way for next year”.
Bernadette Daly, Dublin, Ireland – April 2019
Quote of the day:
“Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the things you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”