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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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