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Camino Frances Stage 1: St Jean Pied de Port to Logroño

Camino Frances Stage 1: St Jean Pied de Port to Logroño

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Country
Spain
Activity type
Self Guided Walking, Camino Tours
Duration
9 days & 8 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
January - December

Itinerary

Day 1: Saint Jean
Day 2: Roncesvalles
Day 3: Zubiri
Day 4: Pamplona
Day 5: Puente de la Reina
Day 6: Estella
Day 7: Los Arcos
Day 8: Logroño
Day 9: Departure

Overview for Camino Frances Stage 1: St Jean Pied de Port to Logroño

The Camino Frances is the most famous Camino route, walked by millions of pilgrims from all over the globe since the Middle Ages. More than just a pilgrimage, the Camino is a unique social and cultural experience and a truly memorable adventure.

Follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims, walking its first stage from St Jean Pied de Port in the French Pyrenees to Logroño. This is the most demanding stage of the Camino de Santiago, but it is also one of the most rewarding ones. Walk through the high mountains and deep valleys of the Pyrenees, then across undulating fields and olive groves to Logroño.

Itinerary for Camino Frances Stage 1: St Jean Pied de Port to Logroño

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Day 1: Arrive in Saint Jean Pied de Port

Today you will arrive in the pretty town of St Jean Pied de Port, at the foot of the Pyrenees, in the French Basque Country, the starting point of the famous Camino Frances. Overnight in Saint Jean Pied de Port.

Day 2: St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles

This is one of the most challenging but beautiful parts of the route, especially if you take the ‘Napoleon Route’ over the Roncesvalles Pass. The ‘Napoleon Route’ starts with a steep climb past country houses before reaching mountain meadows, the cross and some spectacular mountain views. The views of the Pyrenees are worth the effort! An alternative route is available along the valley for those who prefer a more gentle option.

  • Walking for the day: 25 km, 7 hours
  • Overnight Roncesvalles

Day 3: Roncesvalles to Zubiri

From Roncesvalles, the Camino route continues through beech and oak woods before entering Espinal. You will also cross two mountain passes, Alto de Mezquiriz and Alto de Erro. You will then descend towards the village of Zubiri and its medieval bridge ‘Puente de la Rabia’.

  • Walking for the day: 21 km, 6 hours
  • Overnight Akeretta

Day 4: Zubiri to Pamplona

From Zubiri, the Camino de Santiago follows the river Arga to the town of Larrasoaña, an important stop for pilgrims in Medieval times. The second half of the day will get busier, as you approach the bustle of Pamplona city. Famous for its Running of the Bulls festival, San Fermín, taking place in July, Pamplona has many other attractions to visit. Explore the city’s medieval streets, visit the cathedral, taste some of the fantastic local food and wine and Hemingway fans can go for a coffee in one of the writer’s favourite haunts in the main square: Plaza del Castillo.

  • Walking for the day: 25 km, 7 hours
  • Overnight Pamplona

Day 5: Pamplona to Puente de la Reina

From Pamplona, you will leave this beautiful city behind you as the Camino takes pilgrims towards the ‘Alto del Perdón’ (Hill of Forgiveness) pass. Get your picture taken with the photogenic pilgrim sculpture at the ‘alto’ and enjoy fantastic 360-degree panoramic views of Pamplona and the valley. From there, you will begin your descent towards Puente la Reina (Queen’s Bridge) with its quaint medieval alleys and impressive 11th-century bridge over the River Arga.

  • Walking for the day: 24 km, 5-6 hours
  • Overnight Puente de la Reina

Day 6: Puente la Reina to Estella

From Puente de la Reina, the Camino de Santiago route continues along peaceful tracks for most of the day to Estella. You will walk along rolling farmland, passing small towns and villages nestled among olive groves, cereal crops and vineyards. Estella-Lizarra is your finish point for today, a nice historic town with plenty to do and see.

  • Walking for the day: 21 km, 5 hours
  • Overnight Estella

Day 7: Estella to Los Arcos

From Estella, your Camino journey continues to the town of Los Arcos. Just outside Estella, you will find Bodegas Irache, the Wine Museum and its free wine fountain, stop for a rest and sip of the local Rioja! Most of your walk today will be along nice tracks, among vineyards, olive trees and cereal fields.

  • Walking for the day: 21 km, 5 hours
  • Overnight Los Arcos

Day 8: Los Arcos to Logroño

From Los Arcos, you will continue your Camino on a very enjoyable trail across rolling countryside, leaving Navarra and entering the world-famous winemaking La Rioja region. You will pass the dramatic ruins of Clavijo Castle before entering the city of Logroño, capital of La Rioja and home to some of the best tapas scenes on the Camino. Head for Calle Laurel to sample the local Rioja-style specialities.

  • Walking for the day: 21 km, 5 hours
  • Overnight Logroño

Day 9: Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading to the airport.

Hotels for Camino Frances Stage 1: St Jean Pied de Port to Logroño

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Accommodations on this tour include a mix of welcoming country inns and comfortable 3-star hotels, located close to the route of the Camino. You will always have a private room and en-suite (attached) bathroom. In the larger cities, you will stay in larger 3-star hotels; the other nights will be in a mixture of rural hotels and inns, all with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms. They have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.

Meals

Breakfast is included (usually a simple buffet breakfast/coffee and toast/bread/croissant) on all days. When no restaurant location is available on the route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Where no dinner is included, most places serve hearty pilgrim menus – you can get a 3-course dinner including wine and water for about GBP 10 pp.

Travel for Camino Frances Stage 1: St Jean Pied de Port to Logroño

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The best place to fly into to get to St Jean is Biarritz airport. You can fly directly from Santiago back to the UK. Other good points to connect through to travel internationally are Madrid and Paris.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

Arrival to St Jean

From Biarritz, you should take the bus from outside the airport to Bayonne rail station (20 mins) and then from there take the mountain railway up to St Jean (1.5 hours) which you can book in advance with SNCF.

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Departure Logrono

From Logrono you can take a train or bus either to Madrid (3.5-4hh) or Barcelona (4-6h). The closest airports are San Sebastian (check La Estella) or Bilbao airport (check Termibus).

Baggage Transfers

All hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included (maximum one piece of 20 kg per person). When arriving at hotels, usually your luggage would have been taken to your room awaiting your arrival. However, don’t be surprised if at some places your luggage is waiting for you at the reception desk – just politely ask someone from the staff if you need assistance to bring it to your room.

Travel Insurance

A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with World Nomads Logo to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.

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Country Info

Up-to-date travel advice on Spain is available here

Trip Info for Camino Frances Stage 1: St Jean Pied de Port to Logroño

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate 

This stage of the Camino is graded moderate but note that it involves a rather demanding crossing of the Pyrenees. It includes daily walks of 20-25 km. You will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

The routes are perfectly waymarked, and the itinerary is very easy to follow. The route is marked with yellow painted arrows and a yellow shell on a blue background.  We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available all year round, but the best months to visit are April – June and September – October as in summer months it may become too hot (and crowded). The flexibility of self-guided walking holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date during the season.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing no more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack.

  • Good hiking boots or trail running shoes
  • Hiking socks
  • Several T-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside the accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Camino Frances Stage 1: St Jean Pied de Port to Logroño

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  • 8 nights in private en-suite rooms (country inns and 3-star hotels)
  • 8 breakfasts
  • Detailed journey documentation and practical information
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel on all walking days (up to 20 kg per person)
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Supplements

  • Single room supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; as costs are not shared, there is a solo traveller supplement to the standard price. As a solo traveller, you will be accommodated in a single room on all nights.

To see the price of the holiday for your desired dates, including the cost of different options and supplements, please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above.

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • All lunches and dinners
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

Extensions and Optional Extras

  • Extra nights along the trail are bookable upon request
  • Airport transfers

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