Spain 6 Day French Way (Saint Jean Pied de Port – Pamplona)
Durartion: 6 Days
Price: From $663 (excluding flights)
FRENCH WAY (SELF GUIDED)
SAINT JEAN PIED DE PORT (SJPP) – PAMPLONA
The French Way is the most famous Camino route to Santiago. It runs from the eastern side of the Pyrenees at Saint Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela in the Northwest of Spain, extending to a distance of 780km. This route follows earlier Roman trade routes and traverses the Pyrenees, beech and pine forests of Navarre, the vineyards of La Rioja, the Meseta of Castile until it reaches the mountains and oak/chestnut forests of Galicia.
This 6 day walking experience takes you over the first section of this Camino from the beautiful French village of Saint Jean Pied de Port to the medieval city of Pamplona, loved by Hemingway and home to one of Spain’s most famous festivals.
The first walking day crosses the Pyrenees offering spectacular views of the green mountain range. The trail ascends through Alpine style meadows to a peak of 1,450m where it crosses the border into Spain and descends through a remarkable beech forest to Roncesvalles. The Camino continues through pine, beech and oak forests and small villages with traditional style Basque houses to Zubiri. The final walking day combines a beautiful rural environment, along the banks of the Arga River, with an urban environment to finish at the Cathedral in the centre of Pamplona.
This trip is not recommend for novice walkers. A moderate level of fitness and walking experience is required due to the steep gradient over the Pyrenees. It is ideal for people who plan to walk the entire Camino in stages over a number of years or those who are seeking to meet other pilgrims and enjoy the social side of the Camino.
As part of this trip, you will stay 5 nights in high quality Rural Guesthouses and 2 and 3 star hotels with breakfast and luggage transport between your accommodation. Around-the-clock emergency assistance is also included which adds confidence to the detailed walking notes which covers landmarks, distances and things to see over the course of your walk.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Day 1 – Arrival day to Saint Jean Pied de Port
Day 2 – Saint Jean Pied de Port – Orisson (8km) with overnight in Saint Jean Pied de Port
Day 3 – Orisson – Roncesvalles via the Napoleon Route (17km)
Day 4 – Roncesvalles – Zubiri (21.9km)
Day 5 – Zubiri – Pamplona (20.9km)
Day 6 – Departure day from Pamplona
Total Distance 67.9km
April, May, June and October
Price €550 per person, based on two people sharing a room
Single Room Supplement of €250
Easter, July, August and September
Price €575 per person, based on two people sharing a room
Single Room Supplement of €275
CUSTOMISE YOUR TRIP
- Add Airport Transfers
- Upgrade to Luxury accommodation at the end of your Camino in a 5 star Hotel in Pamplona
- Merge the first two walking days SJPP to Roncesvalles and add a free day in Pamplona
If you choose not to include airport transfers, we will provide detailed advice how to get from /back to the airport.
Self guided, tailor made trips are available from March to mid October. 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 email@example.com
At a glance:
- 5 nights in High Quality 2 and 3 star Hotels and Rural Guesthouses
- 5 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
Quote of the day:
“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures...”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland