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French Way 1/8 (The Heming-Way), Guided Tour

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From Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Pamplona, the starting point of the French Way/ the Camino Frances

The Camino Frances or the French Way is the most traditional of all the pilgrims' ways to Santiago de Compostela and the best known internationally.

This specific route is the starting point of the Camino Frances/the French Way. It starts in France at St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and finishes in Pamplona, the town famous for its Bull Running festival, the San Fermin, described by Ernest Hemingway. For this guided trip however we will continue onto Puente De La Reina. At first it follows the 'Route de Napoleon' over the Roncesvalles Pass (1500m) in the Basque country, and then crosses onto more gentle terrain to the great region of Navarra. Read more


French Way 1/8 Day 1Day 1 - Arrival in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

You will be booked into the traditional inn type lodging, right in the centre of the small town. We always try to ensure that rooms are en-suite.

 

French Way 1/8 Day 2Day 2 - Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port To Roncesvalles (8h,25km).

This first day is considered the most difficult as the Camino crosses the Pyrenees. The "Camino Napoleon" kicks off with a steep climb, on through orchards and past country houses and then, later, through Alpine style meadows, before weaving its way alongside leafy beech woods towards the border and the descent into Roncesvalles. The Valcarlos Camino mainly follows the road which runs through the valley, alongside the river Nive or river Valcarlos. Don't miss the "Collegiate Church" in Roncesvalles.

 

French Way 1/8 Day 3Day 3 - Roncesvalles to Zubiri (7h, 22km)

The Camino crosses two beautiful mountain passes and continues on through beech and oak woods and meadows before coming to Espinal, where the panoramic views of the countryside with the Pyrenees in the background are a sight to behold. The river Arga runs alongside this part of the Camino and continues its course all the way to Larrasoana.

 

French Way 1/8 Day 4Day 4 - Zubiri to Pamplona (6h, 21km)

The Camino runs along the river Arga, at the foot of a group of hills covered in beech, oak and Scots pine. As we approach Pamplona, the landscape shows the obvious influence of civilisation; with its conifers, reforestation and farmlands.

 

French Way 1/8 Day 5Day 5 - Pamplona to Puente de la Reina (6h15, 24km)

Leaving Pamplona,a city full of history and tradition, you are also leaving behind the Atlantic area of Navarra. From here onwards, the landscape will be dominated by cereal crops, Holm oaks and Mediterranean brushwood. The Pamplona basin is left behind too when you cross the "Alto del Perdon".

 

French Way 1/8 Day 6Day 6 - Puente de la Reina

We bid you farewell.

What you get

Camino de Santiago included tick box Experienced Bilingual Guide
Camino de Santiago included tick box 5 nights in 2* and 3* hotels and guest houses.
Camino de Santiago included tick box Pilgrim Passport
Camino de Santiago included tick box Luggage Transfers
Camino de Santiago included tick box 5 Breakfasts
Camino de Santiago included tick box 5 Dinners
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Camino de santiago can be included Airport Transfers from Biarritz to Saint-Jean

 

It is best to fly to France (Biarritz or Paris), then come back from Spain (Bilbao, Santander or Madrid)

1 - To France

2 - Flying back home from Spain

  • From Bilbao
    A large amount of the passenger traffic at Bilbao Airport comes from internal flights and you can fly from Bilbao to any of the following Spanish Airports: A Coruna, Alicante, Barcelona, Badajoz, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Jerez, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tenerife, Valencia and Vigo.
    There are also European flights to Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Milan, Munich, Paris and Stuttgart.
    At the moment, easyJet, Iberia and AerLingus fly from the UK and Ireland to Bilbao. easyJet offer daily flights to Bilbao from London Stansted Airport, Iberia flys from Gatwick or Heathrow via Madrid and AerLingus operate out of Dublin.

  • From Santander
    Ryanair are the only low-cost airline that currently offer direct flights to Santander. They offer flights from London Stansted and now Dublin, Frankfurt, Milan and Rome, as well as Reus and Madrid in Spain.
    Iberia offer a good selection of internal flights from Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville and Valencia. 

    For more info see: http://www.spanish-airport-guide.com/

To the beginning of your walking holiday: St-Jean-Pied-de-Port

From Biarritz (2h)

1 - Shuttle bus to Bayonne train station
Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz Airport is located just 3 Km from Biarritz. However it is a much better option to go to Bayonne train station (not Biarritz). Take the STAB line 6 to Bayonne train station (direct). The journey takes approx. 20 minutes and will cost €1.20. See http://www.bus-stab.com. The bus stop is in front of the terminal. Alternatively, there is a taxi rank in front of the terminal; cost is €25-€30.

2 - Train to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port

There are direct trains from Bayonne to Saint Jean Pied de Port at 18h13 (1h22 travel). See http://www.voyages-sncf.com/leisure/fr/launch/home/

From Paris (6h30)

Take a train to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Departs every day at 12.10, arrives at 18:30

Back Home, from Pamplona

1 - The Burundesa bus company links Pamplona with Bilbao (2h) with 10 departures a day. It is possible to fly from there with Aerlingus.
See: http://laburundesa.com/pamplona-bilbao/

2 - The Burundesa bus company links Pamplona with Santander (2h) with 2 departures a day. From the bus station in Santander, simply get a direct city bus to the airport (20min), and Ryanair operates flights from there. 
See: http://laburundesa.com/pamplona-santander-2/

Spanish airport info: http://www.spanish-airport-guide.com/

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