Looking for something more exciting than the Wicklow Hills? Why not Join us this year on the Camino.
The Camino de Santiago.
May 6th - 12th / 13th 2013
The Camino de Santiago de Compostela:
The Way of St James.
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. We will be following part of the French Way (Camino Frances) starting from St Jean Pied de Port in the Pyrenees. The trail itself is approx 800Km long and is broken up into manageable stages to walk it.
8 days on the Camino: Frances.
Day 1: St Jean De Port
Arrive in Biarritz, Pickup at the Airport and travel to St Jean de Port, Where we will spend our first night. St Jean de Port is the ancient capital of the Basque region with a great medieval atmosphere in its narrow streets. We will arrive late here but can enjoy something to eat and drink before retiring to bed and get some rest.
(Luggage Transfer To Burguete)
Day 2: St Jean de Port - Orisson - 12Km
Today we will be taking what is called the Napoleon Route named after the Great French General and the way he would take his troops into Spain. This is the steeper of the route options but the most scenic and beautiful. I'm also being very kind as this is the first day not to travel too far so we can gather ourselves before we leave. On our walk we will wonderful all around us and overlooking St Jean. The first part of the walk is through steeply wooded countryside as far as Huntto, which then opens up into open countryside. This is the steepest part of our trail and we will take our time.
Once we get into Orisson there will be plenty of time to rest the legs and relax.
Day 3: Orisson - Burguete: - 18Km
This morning after we have had some breakfast and coffee we will continue to make our way along the Napoleon Route. The ground will not be as steep as the previous day but we will still be going up a little, the good news is there is a lot more downhill today. 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). They also burnt women as witches here in the 16th century.
(Luggage Transfer To Cizur Menor)
Day 4: 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 approz 400 and has grocery shop, bank and church.
Day 5: Zubiri - Cizur Menor Via Pamplona - 24Km
Today is the longest day that we will be walking for, so an early start is essential. 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 continuing on to Cizur Menor which is just another 4Km outside Pamplona.
(Luggage Transfer To Puente La Reina)
Day 6: Cizur Menor to Puente La Reina. 19 KM
The trail today is mainly 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. Eventually we will make our way into Puente La Reina and the end of the road for us.
Time to slip on the flip flops and place the boots in your bag I think.
Today we can enjoy a well earned meal together with local vino and tapas. A great way to end a great walk and week.
Day 7: Return back to St Jean de Pied.
A day of rest and a bus trip back to St Jean. Once we have booked back in and relaxed a little we will have some time to look about this town that we couldn't see on our arrival.
N.B. For those having to get back to Biarritz Airport for the flight home, Transport is organised to bring you back to Biarritz Airport for your flight at 15:50..
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 the Train back to Bayonne and a bus to Biarritz airport for our return to Dublin.
Cost: Non- Member : €460
Deposit of €150 required to secure booking
Included in Cost:
- 6/7 days accommodation:
- Guide on Walks
- Breakfast most mornings.
- 3 Evening Meals.
- Transport during tour.
- Luggage Forwarded.
Note: That Flights are not included.
How to get there:
Ryan Aer - Biarraitz
Mon May 6th
Flight FR1982 18:05 Depart 21:10 Arrive
Sun May 12th
Flight FR1983 15:55 Depart 17:00 Arrive
Mon May 13th
Flight FR1983 21:35 Depart 22:40 Arrive
Transport is organised to bring us all from the airport.
Meals: Most breakfasts where possible are included in price. Three evening meals are also covered in cost. There are many places along the way to eat as well.
Luggage Transfer:Your luggage will be transfered along the way at 3 points, easing what you need to carry each day,
Accommodation: The accommodation along the way is a mix of hostels and guesthouses. The sharing of rooms is hard to avoid for groups along the way.
If you would like to try organise a single or double room for yourself I can give you the details of where we are staying. You will need to pay the difference if you are successful in doing this.
What to Bring:
Very Important: Check Your Passport is in date:
and get some Travel Insurance:
What you carry each day will be your most important part. So less is better.
Your Day Pack:
Essentials: Water, snack, sun hat, sun cream, sun glasses, raingear. blister plasters, lip balm. small first aid.
Extra: Change of underwear, deoderant, fresh top / socks and ear plugs for that evening.
A typical day pack is approx 25L - 30L. No heavier than 8Kg.
Some Suggestions: Your Send on Pack:
2 pairs of short pants (wear one, pack one), OR one pair of shorts and one pair of long pants (long pants for evenings only)
2 pairs of short-sleeve shirts (wear one)
3 pairs of socks (wear one)
1 long sleeve lightweight fleece shirt / jacket
1 pair of shoes (which you wear while hiking)
Rain poncho: make sure that it can cover both you and your pack
Flip flops or sandals
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
•It 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 raincape not only keeps oneself dry, but also one's backpack
•Don't forget your earplugs.
•Bring a small light camera.
•small torch .
Note: As the Camino is a pilgrimage Trail:
You can get your pilgrimage passport from