- Follow in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims and over 1,000 years of history on the world’s greatest historical trail as you cross the imposing and beautiful Pyrenees from France into Spain.
- Pamplona – Enjoy the history, vibrant basque culture and nightlife of this historic walled city.
- Enjoy the fantastic Navarran food and wine and take your own Tapas or Pincho tour in the streets of Pamplona and Logrono.
- Enjoy a sip of wine at the famous wine fountain of Irache, walk through vineyards and Olive groves and enjoy the world famous Tempranillos of the Rioja region.
Walk the first sections of the 800km long Camino and start in the beautiful French Pyrenees from where you walk through the hills to Pamplona then on through Navarra and Rioja to finish at Logrono. Enjoy the excellent food and wine this region is known for as well as the leafy green surroundings and stay in historical accommodation that will delight you.
This section of the Camino Trail is undoubtedly the hardest but one of the most beautiful and diverse sections of the trail as it crosses the Pyrenees but there are untold rewards with mountain vistas, fantastic food and wine and wonderful accommodation en route.
Day 1 – 29 Aug 2017: Arrive in St Jean Pied de Port
Arrive into this beautiful mountain town at the foothills of the Pyrenees. The old town of St. Jean Pied de Port winds down the hill with narrow cobbled streets that are a delight to explore. Take in the views from the Citadel which looks across the wooded valleys.
St Jean has become the traditional starting point for Pilgrims walking the French way and you will see many people arriving today and preparing for the big Pyrenees walk the next day. Get your last minute supplies today from the shop and light a candle at the church for good luck.
Day 2 – 30 Aug 2017: Walk St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles (25km)
Set off in the pre-dawn darkness through the old streets and under the statue of St. James, following in the footsteps of millions of others who have preceded you over the centuries. Today will be your first time to follow the famous yellow arrows which mark the Camino all the way to Santiago – you’ll get practiced at looking out for them and other pilgrims! The first section today is quite steep as you follow country lanes up out of the Valley of St. Jean. Take your time and enjoy the views over the beautiful countryside.
You will pass the albergue at Orisson and start to head into open country above the tree line, where sheep and ponies are grazed. The inconspicuous border with Spain is in a patch of forest marked by an old stone sign saying the distance to Santiago and a small drinking fountain. Continue onwards to the highest point at the Col De Lepoeder and enjoy the extensive views over the Pyrenees. After this you start a descent through wood lands to the monastery at Roncesvalles, which you can see through the trees. Arrive at Roncesvalles and enjoy a well earned drink at the Posada before checking into your accommodation in this historic and beautiful town.
Day 3 – 31 Aug 2017: Walk Roncesvalles to Akerreta (28km)
Today’s walk is mostly downhill as we head down through the valleys, delightful countryside and woodland. You meander on country paths crossing rivers and two small hill climbs, with plenty of shade and drinking fonts en route. It is very pleasant walking and nothing like the strenuous day before. Towards the end of the day you’ll descend to the town of Zubiri and continue onto Larrasoana, from where it is another few km to our hotel.
Today is a long walk but well worth it once you reach your accommodation. Enjoy and perhaps relax with a drink before your meal which is prepared from locally grown produce – you’ll never taste anything fresher!
Meals: B L D
Day 4 – 1 Sep 2017: Walk Akerreta to Pamplona (17km)
Today’s walk is a much shorter one as we leave the peace of the countryside and approach the famous city of Pamplona. There are some beautiful old bridges along today’s route and as we climb a small hill the city comes into view. The excitement builds as you walk in through the outskirts of the city, over the river and through the old city walls. Immediately you are into the narrow, cobbled streets bursting with colour and life.
The Camino passes through the streets used for the running of the bulls, the San Fermin festival, and into the central plaza area. Check into our centrally located hotel and explore the many galleries, churches and sights. Alternatively head for Cafe Iruna on the main plaza where Hemingway and other celebrities hung out – its art deco interior has not changed over the decades.
Meals: B L
Day 5 – 2 Sep 2017: Free Day in Pamplona
A day to explore the sights of Pamplona and take in its artistic, historical and gastronomical highlights!
Day 6 – 3 Sep 2017: Walk Pamplona to Puente la Reina (24km)
The Camino quickly leaves the city and enters tranquil rolling countryside, passing Cizur Menor as we ascend to the hill of Sierra del Perdón. Here you will find a monument of sculptures to Pilgrims on top.
Descend down and you have the option of a side trip to the distinctive eight sided church of Eunate, linked to the knights Templar who defended the Pilgrims on the road to Santiago. We continue to Puente la Reina, famous for its perfectly balanced 11th century stone bridge – it is one of the famous photo’s of the Camino.
Meals: B L
Day 7 – 4 Sep 2017: Walk Puente la Reina to Estella (22km)
Today’s track initially follows the River Arga before it begins to go uphill. The track continues through fields and past the remains of the 13th Century Monasterio de Bargota. The path then takes you through olive groves and vineyards. After another few km you pass through a gothic arch into the medieval hilltop village of Cirauquí – look out for the beautiful 12th century Iglesia de San Román with its impressive doorway.
Leaving Cirauquí through one of the gothic arches the Camino takes a downhill track which leads to an old paved Roman road considered to be one of the best preserved examples along the Camino. The route then meanders through rolling yet arid hills and every now and then the Roman road disappears only to reappear again. Just before reaching the town of Estella you will come across two beautiful churches – Iglesia del Espiritu Santo and Iglesia Santo Domingo.
Meals: B L
Day 8 – 5 Sep 2017: Walk Estella to Los Arcos (22km)
The day starts in Estella, a lovely small town split in two by the Ega River and surrounded by wooded hills topped with castles (or their ruins) and churches attesting to its long history as a crucial center of commerce. In Estella we can find the famous Irache fountain which dispenses free red wine to Pilgrims (courtesy of the Bodegas!).
After taking a sip and visiting Estella’s most important monuments, our walk enters a dense forest of evergreen oaks, passing through fields of red poppies, wheat, grapes and white asparagus. We’ll continue on to Los Arcos, a classical Pilgrim halt, where you can enjoy the narrow tranquil streets.
Meals: B L
Day 9 – 6 Sep 2017: Walk Los Arcos to Viana (19km)
Most of today’s route is on natural paths and dirt tracks so it’s very enjoyable walking. We will have some steep sections as we cross a couple of hills en route crossing the river valleys of the Rio Linares and Valdearas.
Further on we come to Viana, our stop for the night, a well preserved historical town whose centre has changed little over the centuries.
Meals: B L
Day 10 – 7 Sep 2017: Walk Viana to Logrono (10km)
Today our goal is Logroño, capital of the La Rioja region and home of some of Spain’s most celebrated red wines. The last short section of today’s route takes us into the region of La Rioja before approaching the university city of Logrono built on the river Ebro.
Logroño has one of the most distinguished culinary traditions in Spain. There are over 50 taperías (tapas restaurants) located within a 4 block area, near the town center. The traditional tapas restaurants often serve only one tapa, served as pincho (pintxo in Basque), meaning one serving. Tonight we will celebrate the completion of our walk with some tasty pinchos and Rioja red wine!
Meals: B D
Day 11 – 8 Sep 2017: Depart Logrono
Check out this morning for your onward travel arrangements – or the next stage of your Camino! Talk to us about booking further arrangements along the Camino, perhaps the last few days into Santiago?
Pay AUD2420 and commit to fundraising a minimum of $2500 to join this once in a lifetime trip.
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08 Sep 2017
- Group will be escorted by RAW Travel owner, Melinda Reynolds
- 10 nights’ comfortable accommodation, twin share ensuite rooms
- Daily breakfast
- 3 x Dinner
- 6 x Lunch
- Luggage transfers on all trekking days (1 x 15kg bag per person)
- Pre-departure pack
- Pilgrims passport
- Transfer to meeting point hotel in St Jean Pied de Port and transfer from end of trek (Logrono) to onwards destination
- Country entry visas
- Travel insurance
- Train travel to meeting point hotel in St Jean Pied de Port and train travel from end of trek (Logrono) to onwards destination not included. Tickets can be purchased locally or online prior to travel. Raw Travel is happy to assist.
- This is a land only itinerary and does not include flights. Raw Travel has an in-house flights specialist who can assist with booking airfares.
- This section does not entitle clients to obtain pilgrims certificate. To be able to register as a pilgrim (or dual pilgrim if already walked Kumano Kodo), clients must walk at a minimum the last section from Sarria to Santiago (100km). RAW Travel can book this section or any other sections as an add-on.
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Carole Doherty, Pt Leo (VIC) – September 2017
I spent 10 wonderful days walking the first stage of the St James Way. I enjoyed every second of it. The beautiful scenery, interesting, inspiring and eclectic groups of people. The accommodation was beyond my expectations, very comfortable and varied. RAW Travel made it a most memorable experience in every way. Go do it!
Vere Fairbairn, Witchcliffe, WA – April 2016
Thank you for organising and making our Camino journey so fantastically special. We finished our walk from St Jean de Pied Port to Longrono last Thursday and were just so sad it was ending there – perhaps we should have gone on to Burgos. Another time. Everything about our journey was so well organised and the information you gave us about what to expect and the training was just so useful. We felt really prepared and fortunately for us nothing went wrong and we made it to Logrono without any injuries or blisters.
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Thank you for organising and making our Camino journey so fantastically special. We finished our walk from St Jean de Pied Port to Longrono last Thursday and were just so sad it was ending there.
Vere Fairbairn, Witchcliffe, WA - April 2016
I spent 10 wonderful days walking the St James Way. RAW Travel made it a most memorable experience in every way. Go do it!
Carole Doherty, Pt Leo (VIC) - September 2017
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