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5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain

5 day Camino de Santiago Highlights Walk

The French Pyrenees to Sarria in Spain
A Pack Free guided 5 day highlights walk

This Camino walk is a 5 day Pack Free walk showcasing the highlights of the popular pilgrim route from the French town of St Jean Pied De Port in the Pyrenees to the Spanish town of Sarria. This walk can be completed on its own as a highlights of the Camino package, or joined to our French and/or Spanish Camino for a longer journey. It has been specifically designed for Australians who have limited time. We begin our walk in the Pyreenes as we travel across the mountains to the historic walled city of Pamplona through beautiful forests, farmlands and rustic villages following trails and paths. Each hotel along your journey has been hand-picked to ensure you will always stay in the best accommodation available in each town and experience local produce and wines. Each day is flexible allowing our guests to enjoy a shorter walk or opt-out of any day’s walking and explore the local towns.

The highlights of the Camino from the Pyrenees to Sarria

Pack Free Walking Holiday
This walk is a guided and also Pack Free walk allowing our guests to enjoy the landscapes they walk, without the burden of carrying a heavy pack.  Each day your bags will be transported to your accommodation. Each day our guests will walk with a small day pack big enough to carry your lunch, water and camera and your bags will be transported to your accommodation each day.

The best hand-picked hotels in each region
In each region we have walked we have handpicked the best accommodation in each area to ensure we provide a superb experience for our guests.  Unlike other pilgrims which need to walk into their accommodation, our transport allows us to the select the best accommodation ensuring you indulge in the utmost comfort. From staying in at the Pamplona Catedral Hotel, a 4 star restored Medieval convent in the heart of the old city to the Palacio de Burgos, a 16th century Palace. Your accommodation will be a highlight of your journey, this historic building

Superb Guides and Support
Guides are essential in delivering the ultimate walking experience. You’ll be accompanied by a local Spanish guide who has a passion and enthusiasm for the area and a second host guide one of our experienced Senior Guides from Australia who will accompany you for the entire trip ensuring we deliver a world-class walk up to our high standards. We don’t outsource our operations, all tours are created and run by us, with staff on hand in Spain to offer all the support you require.

Fabulous meals featuring local produce
When you are travelling in another country, discovering the local cuisine is one of the delights of travelling. All our meals feature fresh local produce and wines from each region. During your walk enjoy dinners featuring superb regional cuisine and local wines. In Pamplona enjoy dinner in the hotels’ luxury restaurant with its impressive vaulted ceilings.

Flexible walks
Flexibility is what our walks are all about. Each day you have the option to partake in longer or shorter walks, or opt out of the day’s walk and explore the local town. This allows us to cater our walks from a range of fitness level

Personalised Tours
All tours are small and intimate with a maximum group size of 12 people. However, if you have a bigger group please contact us for details.

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Why Choose Us

5 Day Camino de Santiago Inclusions

Your 5 day walking holiday includes:

  • Pack Free fully supported walk with no heavy packs to carry
  • 1 night accommodation at the charming Les Pyrenees Hotel, St Jean De Port
  • 1 night accommodation at the Pamplona Catedral Hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Palacio De Burgos
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Hotel Spa Vía de la Plata, Astorga
  • 5 x delicious lunches
  • 4 x Dinners every evening featuring local produce
  • Complimentary wines with evening meals
  • 4 x breakfasts
  • Pilgrims Passport and shell
  • Camino guidebook with maps (on book per couple)
  • Professional and passionate guides
  • Transfer from Bayonne to St Jean Pied De Port
  • Transfer from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela
  • Luggage transported to your accommodation each day

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day. Transfer from Bayonne to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-PortFrance
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain

Guests will need to organise their own flights into Biarritz airport (4kms from Bayonne) in France to meet the group. Direct flights operate throughout the day from Paris to Biarritz, France (1 hour 20 min flight).

Meet our representative in Bayonne at 12 midday in the foyer of the Mercure Bayonne Centre Le Grand Hôtel, from here we transfer (1 hour drive) to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the capital of the historical Basque province in the Pyrenees . On arriving in the town you will be transferred directly to your hotel, the Les Pyrenees Hotel, an old coach inn where you can check in to your room. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore this quaint walled town at your leisure. The town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is located at the base of the Pyrenean Mountains and the name “Pied-de-Port” actually means “foot pass.” Enjoy time to stroll along the cobbled streets of this mountain town, with its quaint arts and craft shops meandering down the hill. Tonight join the rest of your group (and those completing our French Camino) for dinner in a local restaurant specialising in traditional Basque Food which is accompanied with regional French wines.

Note this walk can be added to our 8 day Camino walk to create a longer journey across Spain or our 8 day French camino to create a French & Spain Camino experience.

Day 2: Walk Puente la Reina to Roncevaux. Transfer to PamplonaFrance
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain

Track notes: A strenuous uphill walk is rewarded with stunning views in all directions.

Enjoy breakfast before departing our hotel. We farewell St Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port as we are transferred up the mountain to Refuge Auberge d’Orisson at 770m altitude where we start our walk. The scenery today is magnificent as our walks crosses three mountain saddles and meanders towards the French and Spanish border offering impressive views along the way of the Pyrenees. We walk into the historic village of Roncevaux (or Roncesvalles), high in the Pyrenees. This town is rich in history from battles between French Napoleonic troops and Anglo-Portuguese forces in the 1800s to the defeat of Charlemagne by local tribes. From here we transfer to the lively town of Pamplona (1 hour transfer). The city of Pamplona is most famous for the daring ‘Running of the Bulls’ spectacle where hundreds of people run in front of the bulls down a narrow stretch of the old town and into the bullring. Our accommodation for the night is at the Pamplona Catedral Hotel, set in a Medieval convent, this beautiful hotel has been transformed into a boutique 4-star hotel. After you settle in you can stroll around the old town with the lively Plaza del Castillo close by. Tonight enjoy a superb dinner featuring local produce and regional wines.

For those after an easier option today, start a little later than the rest of the group and walk from Croix to Roncevaux 10kms.

Day 3: Walk Cizur to Puente la Reina. Transfer to BurgosSpain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain

Track notes: Track: A steep climb rewarded with views followed by a steep descent through villages.

After an early breakfast, we leave Pamplona and enjoy a short transfer to Cizur Menor (15 mins). We walk from the town of Cizur Menor, as soon entering the town we’ll spot the Church of San Miguel Archangel which once formed part of a monastery that pilgrims stayed en route to Santiago. Our track ascends to Sierra del Perdon from here you will appreciate magnificent views northwards to the Pyrenees and Pamplona. We pass the life-size installation called the ‘Monument to the Pilgrims Way’ depicting a group of pilgrims from different eras crossing the trail. From here we pass through various ancient villages before reaching the medieval town of Puente la Reina set on the river bank with its charming stone bridges and enjoy some refreshments in a local establishment. Afterwards, we transfer to the town of Burgos (2hrs). Burgos is famous for its intact medieval architecture such as its impressive gothic cathedral is a veritable jewel and full of monuments worthy of exploration and appreciation and was home to the warlord El Cid. Tonight we spend the evening at Palacio de Burgos, once a 16th century Palace, this historic building has been tastefully restored with modern interiors. it is ideally located in the centre of the old town. Tonight enjoy a wonderful dinner featuring regional cuisine and wines.

For those after a shorter option, today walk from Cizur Menor to Uterga 11.8kms and afterwards be transferred for some free time in the afternoon in Puente la Reina before meeting the group. Alternatively, travel with our logistic guide and enjoy a free day to explore the town of Puente la Reina.

 

Day 4: Walk Hospital de Orbigo to Astorga
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain

Track Notes: Track: Some gentle hills with sections of trees.

After breakfast, we leave Burgos and are transferred to Hospital fr Orbigo (2 hours). Today’s walk is between the villages of Hospital de Orbigo and Astorga. We start our walking crossing the magnificent medieval sandstone bridge which leads into Hospital de Orbigo, and from here we’ll pass the holm oak and chestnut tree covered Colomba mountain and cross the Tuerto river to Astorga. This ancient city which still has some impressive Roman walls surrounding it as well as an eclectic mix of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture. Tonight we spend the night at the stylish Hotel Spa Vía de la Plata Astorga, ideally located in the heart of the old town. Enjoy a superb dinner tonight including local produce and wines.

For those after an easier option, today walk from Santibanez de Valdeiglesias to Astorga 11.5kms.

Day 5: Walk Cruz De Ferro to Molinaseca.
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain

Track Notes: Track: A high altitude start (1500m) means mostly downhill on natural pathways.

After breakfast, we leave Astorga and transfer to Cruz de Ferro (3o mins). The walk today is in the mountains and we begin at Cruz de Ferro, which has panoramic views over the plains below. Continue to the picturesque village of Molinaseca before strolling into Villafranca del Bierzo, nestling at the foot of the mountains. Afterwards, we arrive at Sarria.

For those finishing the tour here, our transfer company will drive you to Santiago de Compostela with the option to spend at the night at the Parador de Santiago set on the famous Plaza del Obradoiro opposite the Cathedral of Santiago.

If you are continuing on doing our 8 day Spanish Camino walk you will meet the rest of your 8 day walkers at your accommodation this afternoon the Casa Caxiguero a charming historic accommodation built in the 12th century.

 

 

Tour Accommodation

5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain

Les Pyrenees Hotel, St Jean Pied-de-Port

Night one is spent in the charming 4 star Hôtel des Pyrénées, an old coaching inn ideally located only 400m from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port’s citadel. Guests will enjoy rooms with ensuites, with mountain views from each one, bathrobes and slippers are also provided. choice of Queen or twin beds

5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain

Pamplona Catedral Hotel

Set in a Medieval convent, the beautiful Pamplona Catedral Hotel has been transformed into a boutique 4-star hotel. Located next to the Cathedral and 200 metres from the famous Plaza del Castillo the hotel is ideally located in the heart of the old quarter of town. Guests will enjoy comfortable modern rooms with ensuites with the choice of King or double beds with large window offering views over the town. In the evening we dine in luxury in the magnificent restaurant which was once the chapel with its impressive vaulted ceilings.

5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain

Palacio de Burgos

Situated in the heart of the old town opposite the impressive Cathedral and only a short walk to the Plaza Mayor lies the gothic Hotel NH Collection Palacio de Burgos. Once a 16th century Palace, this historic building has been tastefully restored with modern interiors using natural materials. Guests will enjoy stylish Superior rooms with ensuites with choice of king or twin beds. In the evenings dine in the award-winning restaurant savouring modern regional cuisine perfectly matched with local wines.

5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain
5 Day Camino de Santiago walk Spain

Hotel Spa Vía de la Plata, Astorga

On the stone of the convent of San Francisco, the Hotel Spa Vía de la Plata was built in the centre of the city at Astorga. Within a short walk, you will find the Town Hall and the world heritage site of Gaudi’s Episcopal Palace This smart modern hotel has a relaxing spa area featuring a thermal pool, Finnish and Turkish saunas. Guests will enjoy modern and stylish rooms with ensuite including shower and bathtub with choice of double or two twin beds.

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Tour Availability

Departure Dates:
9 May 2020.
6 June 2020
4 July 2020
1 August 2020
29 August 2020
26 September 2020

Private Groups Dates
Groups can choose a date of their choice for 8 or more people. Subject to availability of accommodation. Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

 

 

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Tour Prices

Super Earlybirds Save up to $300 per person or Past Passengers Save $400 per person

Book now and save $300 per person off when you book and pay in full on any departure for 2020 departures
Life's An Adventure Past Passenger save $400 per person. (see conditions below).
Earlybirds available for bookings made in full by 31 December 2019.
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PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 10-12 people can save $250 per person off Normal Price when they book a departure. Choose the date of your choice - subject to availability. Book and pay in full at time of booking to receive these special offers.


Past Passenger Super Earlybirds
$ 2495 /p

For guests that have travelled with us before

Prices in Australian Dollars

Special prices for passengers who have travelled with us before.

PAST PASSENGER SUPER EARLYBIRD SAVE $400 per person
Book and pay in full at the time of booking before 31 Dec 2019.
Super Earlybird Past Passenger Price
……$2495
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NORMAL PRICES
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 12 weeks prior to departure.
Past Passenger Normal Price ……$2795

Book Now

Super Earlybirds
$ 2595 /p

Prices for those doing their first walk with us.

Prices in Australian Dollars

SUPER EARLYBIRD PRICES
SAVE $300 per person

Book and pay in full at the time of booking before 31 Dec 2019.
Super Earlybird Price
……$2595
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NORMAL PRICES
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 12 weeks prior to departure.
Normal Price ……$2895

Book Now

PRIVATE GROUPS
$ 2545 /p

Your own Private Group of 10-12 guests.

Prices in Australian Dollars

PRIVATE GROUPS
SUPER EARLYBIRDS

10-12 participants
Departure of your choice subject to availability.
Group Super Earlybird Price…. $2545
Book & Pay in full at time of booking before 31 December 2019.

NORMAL PRICES
Group Normal Price…. $2845

Deposit of $250 per person.Final payment due 12 weeks prior to departure.

PAST PASSENGER GROUPS
$100 extra Past Passenger discount available for those in the group that have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously.

TO ENQUIRE EMAIL:
walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

ROOM UPGRADES:

Singles wanting their own room.       Add $648
Subject to availability at time of booking.

Discount Information

PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: In order to receive the $100 Past Passenger Discount, you must state on your booking each tour you have been on with Life’s An Adventure and what year, so we can cross check these details for each client. Please note our Reservation staff will apply this discount manually, so select “Deposit Only”  at the booking checkout stage (even if choosing a Super Earlybird price) and will send you a payment link for the remaining payment once the discount is applied.

EARLYBIRD CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 12 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking.

Travel Insurance

We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through NIB Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click here for details.

Booking Conditions

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $250 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 12 weeks of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card fee applies.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.
  • Where a tour is altered due to unsuitable weather conditions, our guides will provide the best alternative itinerary possible.

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