The Camino – Stage One
Guided Walking Holiday of 8 Days on The Camino : St Jean De Port to Estella – The Way of St James.
Dates 2018: May 22nd – 29th and Sept 4th – 11th
Cost is €680, (Members of Club €580) Deposit of 25% required at the time of booking. There is a 3% booking fee
||Note that flights are not included in cost.
Recommended flights to get you there
The Camino De Santiago is the ancient Pilgrimage trail of St James with its source in many countries and ending up at the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain.
On this section we will be following the traditional first part of the French Way (Camino Frances) starting from St Jean Pied de Port in the Pyrenees and going as far as Estella with a rest day in Pamplona.
This section brings you from France into Spain through the Pyrenees following what is called the Napoleon route. Along the way we take a rest day in Pamplona, famous for it’s Bull Run festival. It is a wonderful city to explore with it’s beautiful old quarter of small narrow streets, small cafes, restaurants and squares.
For the complete Itinerary, just select the Itinerary section of this page
8 days on the Camino: Frances. (Guided)
Day 1: Arrive St Jean de Port
Meet your guide at Dublin Airport and fly to Biarritz, Pickup at the Airport and travel to St Jean de Port. This town is the ancient capital of the Basque region with a great medieval atmosphere in its narrow streets. When we arrive here and book into our accommodation we will have some time to look about the town and get our Camino passports stamped. Then we can relax and enjoy a meal before organising ourselves for the start of our walk in the morning.
Day 2: St Jean de Port – Burguete: – 30Km
This is the most demanding of all the walks we are going to do, so it’s important we get an early start. We will be taking what is called the “Napoleon Route” named after the Great French General, the way he would take his troops into Spain. This route starts to ascend as soon as we start walking. We will be making our way past the town of Roncesvalles onto Burguete. The town of Burguete is famous for Ernest Hemingway with a central square and statue of San Nicolas de Barri (A saintly protector of Pilgrims on the Camino).
(Luggage Transfer To Burguete.
Day 3: Burguete – Zubiri: – 22Km
Today’s walk will be a mix of woodland and open countryside and we are still at a height of about 900m so there is still a lot more down than up to go. It is also mainly quite track with very little road. We will be crossing the Puente de la Rabia (medieval bridge) so called because it was believed that any animal led 3 times around the central arch would be cured of rabies. Zubiri itself has a population of approx 400 and has grocery shop, bank and church.
(Luggage Transfer To Zubiri)
Day 4: Zubiri – Pamplona – 21Km
The path today is a tranquil walk crisscrossing the Rio Argo for the first half and the rest will bring us along busy main road leading into the town Pamplona. There are plenty of shaded areas along the way to cool down and water fonts as well. Pamplona itself is a beautiful city and the Camino trail passes right through the heart of it. We can stop here and visit some nice cafes and tapas bars before going to our accommodation in Pamplona.
(Luggage Transfer To Pamplona)
Day 5: Rest Day in Pamplona.
This is the famous city of the St Ferman (Bull Run) and as this is such a lovely city and fits in nicely for a place to stop and let the legs take a break. The city itself is walled and there is an old section that the Bull Run takes place. Hemingway is also famous in the Part of the World after writing about the city and the Bull running festival. So there is plenty to see and do while resting in Pamplona.
Day 6: Pamplona to Puente La Reina. 21 KM
The trail today is mainly on a quite path and not as long as yesterdays trail. There is how ever some hills to cross but these offer great views across Pamplona behind us and to the west of us the Arga Valley opens up and the villages we pass through ahead. The scenery is quite different from what we have walked through before with open farmland around us. Eventually we will make our way into Puente La Reina.
(Luggage Transfer To Puente La Reina)
Day 7: Puente La Reina – Estella – 21.9Km
Today’s walk continues through some wonderful open farmland with a little incline at the start but is quite flat after this leading to lovely lovely peaceful walk all the way to Estella. We pass few through quite a few villages along this way so plenty of chances to get water, snacks etc.
(Luggage Transfer to Estella)
Day 8: Au revoir and Hasta luego to the Camino for now…
Today after some breakfast and getting our things together we say Goodbye to the Camino for Now.
Get a bus to Bilbao airport for our return to Dublin.
Here is a short list of extras you will need to bring along for this walking holiday.
Your Day Pack:
Essentials: Water, snack, sun hat, sun cream, sun glasses, raingear. blister plasters, lip balm. small first aid. (Small Backpack)
A typical day pack is approx 20L – No heavier than 8Kg.
Very Important: Check Your Passport is in date: and get Travel Insurance.
Antiseptic cream (e.g. Neosporin or similar)
Lip balm (e.g. Chapstick or similar)
Cloth tape for blisters (also good to use before the blister forms, for prevention)
Band-aids, again primarily for blisters
Sterile gauze bandages for emergencies
•Strong walking shoes are necessary, mountaineering shoes are not.
•In most sites one can wash clothes; so there is no need to take too many extra clothes
•Mostly, one good water bottle or water bag is enough; if it is very hot you can take extra water in plastic soft-drink bottles
•It can rain heavily, also in Spain: a good rain cape not only keeps oneself dry, but also one’s backpack
•Don’t forget your earplugs.
•Bring a small light camera.
•small torch .
The walks on this tour are generally of a moderate to a strenuous level.
A good reasonable level of fitness is required.
You can walk at your own pace as although this is guided the route is fairly well sign posted.
The groups can range from 6 to 16 in size with a mixed level of fitness and age usually.
We choose our accommodation very carefully and use a mix of quality Guest houses and hotels.
The accommodation providers are well used to us bringing them guests after a days walk and know that they somewhere comfortable to relax and freshen up.
Breakfasts are included and can range from size depending on accommodation.
Lunches for the walks: We will stop in the mornings at Delis or shops to get these.
Evening Meals : One evening meal is part of the package. Meals are available in all the towns we pass through and are very reasonably priced with a wide selection to choose from.