From the Pyrenees to the Meseta

The first section of an epic journey across Spain.

Stage 1 – A Small Group Walking Tour from The Pyrenees to the Meseta


  • days: 14
  • nights 13
  • walking distance: 270km (168 miles)
  • value: 2.400€
  • single supplement: 550€

 

2019

April 27th – May 10th

Description

Take your first steps on this classic pilgrimage which spans the whole breadth of Spain and is perhaps the most famous and certainly the most popular route to Santiago de Compostela.   Beginning in the French village of St. Jean Pied de Port we will cross the Pyrenees into Spain and into the rolling hills of Navarra through the wine epicenter of La Rioja, the beautiful city of Logroño and ending at the start of the wild Meseta in the city of Burgos.

You will be following in the footsteps of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who have made the journey on foot since the 8th Century. The Camino is for many a life-changing experience and always an unforgettable adventure!

Highlights

  • Being a part of the Camino! You will be walking with people from all over the world all heading to the same place – one of the things that make the Camino Francés so special.
  • The changes in landscape, architecture, language, cuisine and climate as you move from the French Pyrenees into Navarra and La Rioja.
  • Tasting the amazing food in these regions, great cheeses, local roasted peppers, fresh asparagus and of course Rioja wine!

What´s Included

  • 13 nights’ accommodation  in great hotel and manor houses always with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts,  4 lunches, 2 dinners including wine
  • Transfers from Pamplona to St Jean Pied de Port
  • Private Tour of Burgos Cathedral
  • Water and snacks along the way
  • All baggage transport and van support if your legs need a break…
  • The Credencial or Pilgrim´s Passport and scallop shell
  • Guide Book for you to keep
  • English and Spanish speaking guide
Salve
Pilgrim Momument on the Camino Francés
Pilgrim Momument on the Camino Francés
A Santiago
Yellow Arrow Mapping the Way to Santiago near Pamplona
Yellow Arrow Mapping the Way to Santiago
Bell Tower in Puente la Reina
Bell Tower in Puente la Reina - Often home to several families of migrating storks
Bell Tower in Puente la Reina
The Queen’s Bridge
11c Romanesque bridge over the Arga River in Puente La Reina
Puente la Reina Bridge on the way to Santiago de Compostela
The Path Less Traveled
A lesser known detour of the Camino de Santiago near Estella
A lesser known detour of the camino de santiago
Meseta Sky
Entering La Rioja near Logroño, the sky is deep blue
The Deep Blue Sky of the Meseta
Pilgrim Crosses
A hand made wall of crosses made by pilgrims walking to Santiago
A hand made wall of crosses made by pilgrims walking to santiago
Pre Harvest Meseta
Pilgrim Nathan walking through the wheat fields outside of Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Pre Harvest Meseta
Hito & Cairn
Mini Cairn built on top of modern waymarker. The signs to Santiago de Compostela are everywhere.
Waymarker on the way to santiago de compostela
Field of Poppies & Ermita
Field of poppies near Belorado with the Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Peña in the rock face
Field of Poppies near Tosantos with Ermita in hillside
Cathedral of Burgos
Cathedral of Burgos on the way to Santiago de Compostela. Worthy of a guided tour and museum visit.
Cathedral of Burgos on the way to Santiago de Compostela
San Miguel
San Miguel lives on the Camino de Santiago. So does his beer.
San Miguel lives on the Camino de Santiago
Wheat Fields of the Meseta
Wheat Fields of the Meseta near Burgos
Wheat Fields of the Meseta near Burgos
Cafe Bar España
Cafe Bar España in Carrion de los Condes
Cafe Bar España in Carrion de los Condes
Stormy Harvest in Astorga
The plains end in Astorga and the mountains ahead bring turbulent weather.
Stormy Harvest in Astorga
Gaudi’s Palacio in Astorga
Gaudi's Palacio in Astorga, built for the Bishop and now home to the Pilgrim Museum
Gaudi's Palacio in Astorga
Blue Door
Blue door on the way to Santiago de Compostela in El Ganso
Blue door on the way to Santiago de Compostela
Into Acebo
Walking into El Acebo, the first steps downward after a day of ascent.
Walking into El Acebo on the Camino de Santiago
Vista of Villafranca del Bierzo
Nestled in a valley, Villafranca del Bierzo is home to a very special set of doors.
Vista of Villafranca del Bierzo on guided camino tour
Traditional Navarrese Home
Brightly colored windows and doors in Burguete, home to Hemingway's old haunts.
Home along the Camino Tour in Navarra
Green Wheat
In May the wheat is still green, a welcome change to the amber that dominates the rest of the Summer
Green wheat fields in May on the Camino de Santiago
Detail of flower
The clouds, when they do not bring rain, provide a welcome retreat from the hot Spanish sun.
Detail of flower with rain clouds
Wine Fountain of Irache
Quite possibly the only fountain in the world dispensing free wine.
Free Wine fountain on Camino de Santiago walking tour
Dome of Chapel in Burgos Cathedral
There are 15 chapels in the Burgos Cathedral, each with a distinct style.
Camino de Santiago walking tour Dome of Chapel in Burgos Cathedral
Detail from Burgos Museum
The museum in the Burgos Cathedral is not to be missed
Camino Tour and Detail from Burgos Museum
From Burgos Museum
The museum in the Burgos Cathedral is not to be missed
Camino Tour and Another Detail from Burgos Museum
Amber Wheat of Meseta
By July the wheat has turned to a golden amber color and the harvest is approaching
Camino walking tour through amber waves of grain
Cruz de Ferro
The iron cross, where countless pilgrims leave behind their burdens.
Camino walking tour past the Cruz de Ferro
The Cowboy Bar
Camino marketing at its finest, the Cowboy bar is a must stop.
The most Iconic bar on the Camino de Santiago
222 km to Santiago
Built by Tomas, last of the Knights Templar
Camino walking tour only 222 kilometers from Santiago

FOOD


Part 1 of Every Inch of the Camino Francés passes through  3 of  the country´s more colorful autonomous regions (Navarra, La Rioja & Castilla y León).  Each region does food differently and all of them cook with great pride.  Along the way we also cross the meseta, a highland plateau known as Spain’s breadbasket.

From the world famous wines of La Rioja to the famous blood sausage of Burgos we go out of our way to track down the best to share with you.

ACCOMMODATION


All of the accommodation is carefully chosen for its proximity to the camino, for its charm and for the quality of service provided. We try to use small rural farmhouses or manor houses wherever possible. These are similar to bed and breakfasts and are usually traditional houses typical of the region, full of character and run by local people.

On some nights we use hotels so you will experience a mix, always of good quality! The amenities vary from location to location, meaning that not all places will necessarily have a bathtub.  They are all up to our standards.

 

Extra days before or after

If you are traveling at a busy time of year it´s best to reserve. For hotels in Pamplona and Burgos it´s certainly better to reserve in advance. We can help if you need advice or assistance booking a room – just let us know.

LUGGAGE

AND TRANSPORTATION


From the starting point in Pamplona, to the ending point in Burgos we take care of all luggage handling and transportation.

For the luggage this means leaving your bags by the hotel door and starting your walk; we handle the details of getting them into the next hotel room.  We also find it handy to keep a small bag in the van with stuff you might need throughout the day.

For you this means being able to take a rest by shuttling ahead to the lunch spot, or if the need arises to get you straight to your room.

Inbound and Outbound Transportation

We can advise the best ways to get to the starting point from your arrival city as well as back to your departure city from the ending point.

GUIDANCE

AND PREPARATION


Preparing for a walk of this magnitude can be a daunting task.  Part of our booking process involves ensuring that all of the details are considered.  We’ll discuss transportation to and from the starting point too.

You do the walking, we’ll take care of the rest.

This, Part 1 of Every Inch of the Camino Francés is fully guided walking tour along the Camino Francés.  That means that from beginning to end we will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Our guides

Everyone at AndaSpain was a pilgrim before they became a guide, in fact most of us spent a few years returning to the camino before setting out to help others do the same.  For all of us the Camino de Santiago was a life changing experience and we consider the act of walking purposefully to be one of our most cherished activities. Every Inch of the Camino Francés, and every other walking tour we offer, is always led by a qualified and bilingual guide.

Other Professional Guides

Along Every Inch of the Camino Francés we pass several cathedrals of significance.  For such important pieces of the camino we defer to the locals for their expertise.  These guides walk you through the following cathedrals:

  • Burgos

ITINERARY


Part 1 of Every Inch of the Camino Francés is walked during a 13 day period.  We have divided the journey into days of similar length.

Below is the city to city itinerary, but please note that specific hotels vary between dates and are therefore not published here.  They are provided at the time of booking, along with a more detailed schedule that you can share with your friends and families.

Click to Show Itinerary of Stage 1

  • Meet in Pamplona/ St Jean Pied de Port to Huntto 5km : 3m

    Accommodation in St. Jean Pied de Port

  • Huntto to Roncesvalles - 20km : 12.4m

    Accommodation in Roncesvalles

  • Roncesvalles to Zubiri - 22km : 13.7m

    Accommodation in Pamplona

  • Zubiri to Pamplona - 20km : 12.4m

    Accommodation in Pamplona

  • Pamplona to Puente la Reina - 24km : 14.9m

    Accommodation in Puente la Reina

  • Puente la Reina to Estella - 21km : 13m

    Accommodation in Estella

  • Estella to Los Arcos - 22km : 13.7m

    Accommodation in Logroño

  • Los Arcos to Logroño - 27km : 16.8m

    Accommodation in Logroño

Our booking process

  • Step 1.  Complete the form on the right to schedule a phone call.  We’re kind of sticklers about this step and promise to make it the best phone call you ever had.

  • Step 2.  After we’ve gotten to know each other, we will email you a link to our top-secret and very secure booking page. That of course is why we are asking for your email address in step 1. By the end of this step you will have confirmed your place on Every Inch of the Camino Francés, and the places of anybody that will be joining you.  This is done by means of a deposit of €300 per person.

  • Step 3.  Once your booking is confirmed you will immediately be presented with step 3, which can be completed at any time but at least 1 month prior to the departure date.  You will get this link in your booking confirmation in case you are a procrastinator. In step 3 we collect a bit more personal information to make sure that everything on the trip goes smoothly.  This includes any medical allergies, old injuries that might give you grief, and lastly your passport number for the sake of expediting our hotel check-ins.

BEFORE THE WALK, WE TALK

this is STEP 1

The journey to Santiago de Compostela is one of nearly one million steps. We feel strongly that learning more about your expectations should be the first.

To make sure that AndaSpain is an ideal fit for the adventure ahead please tell us when you can be reached by phone and we will call you.

If you prefer to call us, scroll all the way to the bottom of this page and pick a number.

Nothing you share with us will be sold or given away, and you will not be added to any list.  This form is a one time deal.

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Private Group Tours

A private group tour can be created to suit your needs.  Visit our private group tours page for more inspiration.