'La Rioja Wine Region'
This Walking Holiday explores the second section of the Camino Frances / French Way, the most traditional of all the pilgrims' ways to Santiago de Compostela and the best known internationally.
Start your walk in Pamplona, famous for its Bull Run 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.
Everyday, during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. The Camino is clearly marked with the “Scallop Shell” showing you the way. 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.
♦ Pamplona – a city, famous worldwide for the San Fermín festival, in which the running of the bulls is one of the main attractions
♦ Alto del Perdon – a panoramic spot with cast-iron “cut-out” sculptures of pilgrims
♦ Clavijo castle – ruins of a 10th Century castle, located on top of an imposing rock
The quoted price (to the right) is from price! Minor price adjusting can occur due to meals plan or/and accomodation.
Day 1. To Pamplona
You will be pre-booked in a traditional hotel in the heart of the town.
Day 2. Pamplona - Puente de 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".
Walking: approx. 6h15, 24km, +330m /-480m
Day 3. Puente de la Reina - Estella
The Camino to Estella is very uneven and quite agricultural. Small towns and villages are dotted amongst cereal fields, vineyards and olive trees.
Walking: approx. 6h15, 22km, +260m /-170m
Day 4. Estella - Los Arcos
Today you go through the Rioja area of Navarra. Enjoy the olive trees, cereal fields and, most importantly, the vineyards. From Villamayor do Monjardin to Los Arcos, you will cover 12km without coming across a single village.
Walking: approx. 6h30, 21km, +220m/ -210m
Day 5. Los Arcos - Logrono
Today we leave Navarra and journey into Rioja. A pleasant hike into undulating countryside. On the route you will pass the stunning ruins of the Clavijo castle. Finally we come to the town of Logrono, strategically situated on the border between Alava and Navarra.
Walking: approx. 8h, 28km, +190m /-240m
Day 6. Logrono
After breakfast we bid you farewell. Logrono is a city rich in history and traditions that have been preserved since the Middle Ages. The pilgrim's Camino to Santiago de Compostela made this one of the most important towns on the Camino.
Luggage transportation: Luggage will be transported from hotel to hotel. The baggage allowance is one item (maximum 20kg) per person. If you need to add more bags please contact us in advance.
Good to know:
♦ If you would like to stay in Pamplona or Puente de la Reina during the Fiesta de San Fermin (6-14 July), an additional fee will apply.
♦ If you would like to stay in Logrono during the September Wine Fair, an additional fee will apply.
How to get there?
♦ Fly in and out – It is best to fly to Bilbao, Santander or Madrid. To/ from Bilbao you can fly with EasyJet (daily flights to Bilbao from London Stansted Airport), Iberia (flights from Gatwick or Heathrow via Madrid), Air France and AerLingus (operates out of Dublin). To Santander there are direct connections only with Ryanair (from London Stansted, Dublin, Frankfurt, Milan and Rome, as well as Reus and Madrid in Spain), and internal connections with Iberia from Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville and Valencia. To/ from Madrid you can fly with almost every company. You can check the Spanish national company: www.iberia.com.
♦ Getting there – From Bilbao to Pamplona there is a direct bus with Burundesa bus company (2 hours journey, 10 departures a day). Direct bus Santander – Pamplona with Burundesa bus company is 2 hours journey, and departs twice a day. From Madrid to Pamplona there is a bus with Conda bus company (10 departures a day). As well as you can take a train from Madrid, which has 9 departures a day.
♦ Getting back – You can go to Bilbao by train or bus. The train takes 1.30h, and the bus takes 2 hours (Timetable Mon-Fri: 7.30, 9.30, 11.00, 15.00, 17.30, 19.30; Timetable Sat-Sun: 8.30,11.00, 17.30, 19.30). To Santander you can take a train – 2.30 hours ride. Or a bus, which has 2 departures a day: 9.30 and 15.00. The train from Logroño to Madrid is 3 hours journey. You can check Spanish train timetables: www.renfe.com