Camino Frances on a Budget

Explore the Iconic French Way on a Budget

The Camino Frances (or the French Way) is probably the most famous of all the nine major Camino de Santiago routes. Its 800km of trails has inspired many artists, writers and filmmakers to document their profound journey – such as Paulo Coelho in his bestseller The Pilgrimage and 2010’s Hollywood movie The Way starring Martin Sheen. Discover the magic of this trail yourself with our Camino Frances Budget packages.

The French Way traditionally starts in St Jean-Pied-De-Port in France, before traversing the Pyrenees and continuing through the La Rioja region and along the rolling hills of northern Spain, before finishing in the city of Santiago de Compostela, the burial place of St. James.

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This route is the starting point of the Camino Frances. It begins in France at the town of St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and finishes in Pamplona, the town famous for its ‘Running of the Bulls’ festival in San Fermin each July, described by Ernest Hemingway in his novel The Sun Also Rises. At first, it follows the Route de Napoleon over the Roncesvalles Pass (at an elevation of 1,500m) into the Basque country, and then crosses into more gentle terrain in the great region of Navarra.

Stage 1 of 8

activity

67.3km

5 days

Budget

Easy

Easy

Challenge

Popular time

september

Starting from

€511

Start your walk in Pamplona, famous for its Bull Running festival, and finish in Logrono at the heart of the Rioja wine region. Enjoy an attractive hike in hilly Navarra with its 12th Century castles, picturesque villages, and vineyards. Why not stop along the way and sample some of the wines that are so synonymous with high quality?

Stage 2 of 8

activity

94.7km

6 days

Budget

Easy

Easy

Challenge

Popular time

september

Starting from

€445

The third section of the Camino Frances starts from Logrono in the heart of the famous Rioja region and finishes in mediaeval Burgos. This section is slightly flatter than the previous one; it crosses the province of Burgos, passing typical villages, vineyards and ruined castles. You will also pass between the Cantabrian and La Demanda mountain ranges, offering stunning views.

Stage 3 of 8

activity

120.5km

7 days

Budget

Easy

Easy

Challenge

Popular time

september

Starting from

€544

Starting from Burgos, the mediaeval city and hometown of ‘El Cid’, and finishing in Sahagun, a town renowned for its unique Romanesque churches, this Camino is certainly one of the most rewarding in terms of culture and natural surroundings. This walk can be physically demanding and requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk that includes numerous cultural highlights. Every day during the walk, you are guaranteed authentic accommodation and the best local food!

Stage 4 of 8

activity

123.9km

8 days

Budget

Easy

Easy

Challenge

Popular time

september

Starting from

€510

On this section, you’ll walk from Sahagun, a town renowned for its architecture, and finish in Leon, one of the greatest cities in Spain. The Camino de Santiago, or Way of Saint James, crosses the vast Castilian Plateau (at an elevation of 900m) and passes through its wealthy villages before ending in Leon, one of the most important kingdoms of mediaeval Spain before the country’s unification.

Stage 5 of 8

activity

55.2km

5 days

Budget

Easy

Easy

Challenge

Popular time

september

Starting from

€342

You’ll start in León, one of the greatest cities in Spain and finish in Ponferrada. Built by the Knights Templars in the 12th Century. The Camino de Santiago, or Way of Saint James, starts on the central high plateau and traverses the untouched Leon Mountains. As with all of our tours, you’ll be treated to the very best local gastronomy, and stay in traditional guesthouses and hotels.

Stage 6 of 8

activity

103.9km

6 days

Budget

Easy

Easy

Challenge

Popular time

september

Starting from

€476

Starting in the mountain-hugging town of Ponferrada and finishing in Sarria, a bustling market town, this Camino crosses the magnificent O Cebreiro Mountains before winding down to a more gentle terrain. O’Cebreiro is a megalithic village with round stone houses, with an amazing church, Santa Maria Real, where you can find the most important religious remains of Galicia (the miracle of Santo Milagro with a Chalice and Paten turning into the body and blood of Jesus Christ). The Chalice and Paten are the symbols of Galicia. The remains of Don Elias Valina Sampredo, the father of the modern Camino and ‘inventor’ of the yellow arrow, are also in the Church.

Stage 7 of 8

activity

92.2km

6 days

Budget

Moderate plus

Moderate plus

Challenge

Popular time

september

Starting from

€567

For those who are short on time, but still want to experience the beauty of completing the Camino, you can walk from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela through the beautiful hilly landscapes of Galicia in just 5 days. You will still receive your certificate of completion, or Compostela, upon arrival at Santiago Cathedral. Take an extra day or 2 to experience the magical city sights at the end.

The final stage of the famous Camino Frances (or French Way) is the most popular Camino package.

Stage 8 of 8

activity

113.5km

7 days

Budget

Easy

Easy

Challenge

Popular time

september

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