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The Camino HemingWay, first section of the French Way

Summary

  • walking the Pyrenees on Camino Frances 1st section

The Camino HemingWay traces the first part of the French way starting in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French border to Pamplona. But we have added a Hemingway twist to this Camino. This unique walk is arguably one of the most scenic, challenging and rewarding of all the itineraries we offer.

And now, it can also be a journey through time and literature.

In only five days, you will experience French gastronomy, cross the Pyrenees, discover the legendary Basque country and arrive in one of Hemingway’s favourite Spanish cities: Pamplona, where he wrote a masterpiece ”The Sun Also Rises”.

You will also stop near Burquete, on the Irati River, where Hemingway was fishing for trout and resting after the San Fermin Festival. Then, on arrival in Pamplona, you will visit the city in the footsteps of Hemingway: have a drink in Café Iruna, take a picture at the Hemingway Monument and enjoy the local specialities favoured by Ernest Hemingway.

Itinerary


The Camino HemingWay, first section of the French Way map
The Camino HemingWay, first section of the French Way Day 1 Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port – France
Your journey in the footsteps of Hemingway starts in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a beautiful bustling French market town hidden away in the Pyrenees and the traditional start of the Camino de Santiago. Admire the engraved doorways on the Rue de la Citadelle, cross the Porte de St Jacques and enjoy fine Basque cuisine before spending the night in a delightful small 3* hotel in the city centre.

The Camino HemingWay, first section of the French Way Day 2 Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port To Burguete (26 Km)
The Heming-Way kicks off with a challenge as you cross the Pyrenees and walk into Spain. Expect a steep climb, wonderful landscapes, orchards and Alpine style meadows.On your way down, stop in the historical town of Roncesvalles before arriving in Burguete, “an oasis that exists outside linear time.” The place where Jake and Bill from ”The Sun also Rises” enjoy five days of tranquillity, fishing trout in the Irati river.

The Camino HemingWay, first section of the French Way Day 3 Burguete to Zubiri (22 Km)
Another day of stunning mountain panoramic views awaits you today as the HemingWay crosses two beautiful mountain passes and follows the river Arga down to Zubiri. With less hiking today, you might even be able to take some time to fish under a centennial oak tree or relax in the clear waters of the Rio Erro.

The Camino HemingWay, first section of the French Way Day 4 Zubiri to Pamplona (21km)
On your last walking day before arriving in Pamplona you will continue along the Arga River through riverside woods. It is in this region fighting bulls and horses are bred for the San Fermin and probably where this famous picture was taken (don’t try it yourself).

On arrival in Pamplona, treat yourself to the ”Bacalao de Pamplona”, Hemingway’s favourite!

The Camino HemingWay, first section of the French Way Day 5 Extra day in Pamplona with City Tour
Today you will discover Hemingway’s favourite Spanish town in his footsteps: have a drink in Café Iruna, take a picture at the Hemingway Monument and enjoy the local specialities favoured by Ernest Hemingway.

The Camino HemingWay, first section of the French Way Day 6 Pamplona – end of the HemingWay, the first section of the French Way
After breakfast we bid you farewell and hope to see you again soon on the Camino for all the other sections!

Included

Included

  • A mix of great accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack with Hemingway book
  • Visit of Pamplona, HemingWay Style
  • 24/7 Customer Service

Optional

  • Add nights where you want
  • Upgrade to luxury accommodation
  • Great dinners with local food
  • Your airport transfers

Not Included

  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

Transport

Fly In

It is best to fly to France (Biarritz or Paris). Biarritz Airport with airlines – Ryanair, EasyJet or British Airways.

Starting Point

Option 1
Book Airport Transport with us

Option 2
From Biarritz (2H)

Step 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. The bus stop is in front of the terminal.

Alternatively, there is a taxi rank in front of the terminal; cost is €25-€30.

Step 2 – Train to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port
There are direct trains from Bayonne to Saint Jean Pied de Port at 18h13 (1h22 travel).

From Paris (6H30)
Take a train to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Departs every day at 12.10, arrives at 18:30

Getting Home

Option 1 – Bilbao
The Burundesa bus company links Pamplona with Bilbao (2h) with 10 departures a day.

Bilbao airport with Aerlingus, Easyjet or British Airways.

Option 2 – Santander
Santander airport with Ryanair.

Spanish Airport Website

Map


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