NOTE – We only bring people on this section who have walked one of the other sections of the Camino with us on a previous trip (Eg either the Navarra or La Rioja sections)/or whom we are satisfied have good experience of the Camino and are therefore able for this section. Whilst the distance walked on this section is less than others at 70km, some days can be deemed more challenging as we cross through the Pyrenees from France into Spain during the week. That said, the majority of our clients tell us that this is the most enjoyable and spectacular of all the sections of the Camino along which we take people.
SATURDAY – ARRIVAL EVENING
14.50 Arrive Biarritz airport, where you will be met by your FLAVOUR OF THE CAMINO guide who will accompany you to your hotel. First group briefing followed by personal time to explore the city with its magnificent port/coastal area, have dinner etc.
By clicking on each “DAY” heading below you will see pictures of the countryside through which we walk on the day in question. (CLICK ON EACH PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT)
Morning – personal time to explore Biarritz/walk the spectacular coastal path. Afternoon – departure by train for St Jean Pied de Port Evening – In St Jean Pied de Port – a beautiful Basque town perched on a slope in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. Daily briefing followed by dinner/personal time to enjoy this historic camino town, famous as THE starting point for the Camino De Santiago
Morning – walk to Orisson (approx 8 km climbing steeply by road/country tracks up into the Pyrenees through spectacular scenery. Terrain is steep, and as there is very little to explore at Orisson we take this walk at a very sedate pace, stopping regularly to admire the views/take a cup of coffee at the halfway point – Huntto. Afternoon/Evening – relax on the large verandah at Orisson which has panoramic views for miles, situated as it is, high up on the slopes of the Pyrenees. Evening – daily briefing/communal dinner/personal time – our accommodation is in dormitory style rooms.
Morning – Depart early – today we go over the top of the Pyrenees and crossing into Spain, we head down to Roncesvalles (our destination for this evening and the first Spanish town on the Camino de Santiago). Today’s distance is approximately 17.5km, with the climb much less steep than yesterday and weather permitting, really stunning scenery. Afternoon/Evening – time to rest in your hotel/ explore this small and famous camino town with its magnificent monastery, followed by dinner/evening briefing/personal time
Morning – walk to Zubiri (approx 22 km). This section of our route works its way steadily downwards, as we head out of the Pyrenees area. Undulating terrain and woodland paths through small villages are the highlights of the day. Afternoon/evening – again we stay in dormitory accommodation. This evening we dine in a communal meal setting – typical of the traditional Camino experience. Wholesome local food and wine, and in the company of many others from all round the world – this will be a highlight of our trip. There will also be personal time to explore this small town and experience its hospitality. Daily briefing /review of our day followed by dinner/personal time.
Morning – walk to Pamplona (approx 22km from Zubiri). The walk is predominantly flat with the first section on rural tracks, and the second half of the walk being into the suburbs of the city of Pamplona with its population of approx. 200,000 people, along a beautiful riverside park. Afternoon/Evening – personal time to rest in your hotel and explore the Old Town/Cathedral/old town walls/Tapas bars/restaurants of this lively Basque city
Morning – Personal time to enjoy the city of Pamplona. Afternoon – 3.00pm – Bus to Bilbao. Evening – Personal time to enjoy the sights of Bilbao. 8.00pm – Final dinner together in the Old Town.
Morning – personal time to explore Bilbao, including the Cathedral, the Artxanda funicular, the Guggenheim museum and the Old Town. Afternoon – We head to Bilbao airport in time for the 5.10pm flight home to Dublin.