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French Way 1/8 (The Heming-Way), Guided Tour

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French Way 1/8 – Guided Tour Map
This specific route is the starting point of the Camino Frances. It begins in France at St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and finishes in Puente la Reina. At first, it follows the Route de Napoleon over the Roncesvalles Pass in the Basque country, then crosses into more gentle terrain in the great region of Navarra.
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French Way 1/8 - Guided Tour

From Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Puente De La Reina, the starting point of the French Way/ the Camino Frances

The Camino Frances or the French Way is the most traditional of all the pilgrims’ ways to Santiago de Compostela and the best known internationally.

This specific route is the starting point of the Camino Frances/the French Way. It starts in France at St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and finishes in Pamplona, the town famous for its Bull Running festival, the San Fermin, described by Ernest Hemingway. For this guided trip however we will continue onto Puente De La Reina. At first it follows the ‘Route de Napoleon’ over the Roncesvalles Pass (1500m) in the Basque country, and then crosses onto more gentle terrain to the great region of Navarra.

This walk can be a bit of a challenge physically, so requires a reasonable level of fitness as you are going to cross over the Pyrennees. However, it is very doable and you are rewarded with it’s many cultural highlights and splendid scenery. Pamplona is also the capital for  some of the best tapas in Spain (Pintxos).

On top of this, as the beginning of the French Way is in Saint Jean Pied de Port, the atmosphere is very special, full of enthusiasm, spirituality and joy from pilgrims from all around the world!

Important: Follow The Camino guided trips are guaranteed at a minimum of 7 people registered. In case we do not reach this number, the tour will continue as self guided and we will refund the price of the guide to you.

Services

Included
  • Experienced Bilingual Guide
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • 5 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners
  • Specially chosen 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Our Holiday or Pilgrim Pack
Add-On
  • Airport Transfer
  • Additional Night in Puente la Reina
Not included
  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

Itinerary

Day 1

SAINT JEAN PIED DE PORT (Arrival)

You’ll be booked into a hotel in the heart of the small town. The rooms are en-suite.


Day 2
24.3km

SAINT JEAN PIED DE PORT
to
RONCESVALLES

This first day is considered the most difficult as the Camino crosses the Pyrenees. The ‘Camino Napoleon’ kicks off with a steep climb, on through orchards and past country houses and then, later, through Alpine-style meadows, before weaving its way alongside leafy beech woods towards the Spanish border and the descent into Roncesvalles. The Valcarlos Camino mainly follows the road which runs through the valley alongside the River Nive or River Valcarlos. Don’t miss the Collegiate Church in Roncesvalles. NOTE: If you would like to walk at a more relaxed pace, we can arrange an alternative route (though not as rewarding) that splits this walking day into two stages (12km and 14km), staying overnight in the village of Valcarlos. Here you will be staying in a two-star hotel. This is route through Valcarols is no the usual Camino itinerary and the walk is not as rewarding as it follows the main road. IMPORTANT: The Napoleon Route over the Pyrenees is closed for Pilgrims from the 1st November until the 31st March. Pilgrims need to use the alternative route via Valcarlos if they are travelling within these dates. Travelling on the Napoleon Route at this time is forbidden and all pilgrims going over the Pyrenees and having to be rescued before that time will be fined €5,000.


Day 3
21.4km

RONCESVALLES
to
ZUBIRI

The Camino crosses two beautiful mountain passes and continues on through beech and oak woods and meadows before coming to Espinal, where the panoramic views of the countryside, with the Pyrenees in the background, are a sight to behold. The River Arga runs alongside this part of the Camino and continues its course all the way to Larrasoana.


Day 4
21.3km

ZUBIRI
to
PAMPLONA

The Camino runs along the River Arga, at the foot of a group of hills covered in beech, oak and Scots pine. As we approach Pamplona, the landscape shows more signs of civilisation, with its reforested conifers and farmlands.


Day 5
23km

PAMPLONA
to
PUENTE LA REINA

When leaving Pamplona behind, you are also leaving behind the Atlantic area of Navarra. From here onwards, the landscape will be dominated by cereal crops, Holm oaks and Mediterranean brushwood. The Pamplona basin is left behind too when you cross the “Alto del Perdon”.


Day 6

PUENTE LA REINA



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