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What is it?

This route spans the opening stages of the French Camino. Our journey begins in the French walled village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and ends in the lovely historic town of Estella. On our very first day, we will traverse the spectacular Pyrenees Mountains into Spain, reaching a height of 1500m. Along the way, we will also pass through Pamplona, a city made famous by the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival every July. These are some of the most beautiful, and at times demanding, stages of the entire Camino, showcasing a stunning landscape and many points of artistic, cultural and culinary interest. Join us for Camino 2019 and help us change lives.

What’s included?

  • 7 nights ensuite hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast and evening dinner
  • All bus transfers
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive information pack
  • Shell and Credential (Pilgrim Passport)
  • Experienced guides including Irish Guide Dogs representative
  • Flight from Dublin

How Do I Sign Up?

Contact Anne:

Mobile: 087 1954 827 | Tel: 021 4878 259 Email: anne@guidedogs.ie

Camino 2017 Group photo

What’s The Itinerary?

Saturday 17th August

Arrival at Biarritz Airport and transfer to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

After checking in, we will have time to enjoy the evening and have dinner in this beautiful French village, before crossing the border into Spain the following day. Saint- Jean-Pied-de-Port is one of the most important points on the Camino, where three of the four most important routes in Europe converge (Paris, Le Puy and Vezelay).

Overnight: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Sunday 18th August

WALK. Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port – Roncesvalles (25 km)

A challenging but spectacular route across the Pyrenees. A stage traditionally dreaded by pilgrims, whose strong initial uphill stretch becomes moderate after seven kilometres, providing breathtaking landscapes of soaring mountains and alpine meadows. The stage ends with the stunning descent through a beautiful forest to Roncesvalles.

Overnight: Roncesvalles

Monday 19th August

WALK. Roncesvalles – Zubiri (22 km)

The trail courses through beautiful rainforests and small villages that have preserved their essence over the centuries. Magnificent scenery on offer all along the Pyrenees Mountains. Apart from the climb to Alto de Erro, most of the route is downhill. Short transfer to Pamplona.

Overnight: Pamplona

Tuesday 20th August

WALK. Zubiri – Pamplona (21 km)

Transfer back to Zubiri. During this stage, you will cross several oak and pine forests as well as charming medieval bridges over the Arga river, before entering the first great city of the Camino, Pamplona, made famous by the San Fermín festival and the running of the bulls.

Overnight: Pamplona

Wednesday 21st August

WALK. Pamplona – Puente la Reina (24 km)

Today you undertake a long but gentle climb to the Alto del Perdón (Summit
of Forgiveness). During the downhill sections, you can enjoy wonderful views of the rolling landscapes and nestled villages. Your day ends in the medieval town of Puente la Reina, which gets its name from the beautiful 11th century bridge over the Arga river, built to facilitate the passage of pilgrims bound for Santiago.

Overnight: Puente la Reina

Thursday 22nd August

WALK. Puente la Reina – Estella (22 km)
Vineyards cover a landscape dotted with pretty historic settlements. This stretch follows one of the few well-preserved sections of Roman road along the Camino. The land here is dominated by crop-fields, olive groves and vineyards

Overnight: Estella

Friday 23rd August

Free day in Estella
Time to relax and get lost in the medieval streets of Estella, a town of major historical importance. Visit Estella’s Romanesque churches and palaces; enjoy great local cuisine at any of the restaurants in the Plaza de los Fueros in the heart of the old town.

Overnight: Estella

Saturday 24th August

Transfer to Biarritz Airport and flight back home.

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