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Camino Frances

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Saint Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela

Walking

Duration

35

Grade

3

Distance Miles/Km

497/800

Hospitality

הדירוג הממוצא הוא 4 מתוך 5

Low Season

From

3553

High Season

From

3930

Saint Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela

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Overview

The full length of the Camino Francés is approximately 800 kilometers. The route begins in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a Basque town in France, crosses the high Pyrenees, enters Spain, and ends in Santiago de Compostela.

The terrain along the Camino Francés constantly changes - from mountainous regions to flat plains, then to the winding green hills of Galicia, and passing through famous Spanish cities and towns such as Pamplona, Burgos, Leon, Sarria, and more.

The route allows us to experience and enjoy a variety of cultures, arts, architecture, history, and gastronomy of each region. The large number of pilgrims walking the trail will provide experiences and a range of emotions that will mainly connect us with ourselves.

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Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrival in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, one of France's most beautiful towns, marks the beginning of the renowned Camino Francés. Before embarking on our journey, we have the opportunity to wander the ancient streets of this iconic town, adorned with orange rooftops and white-fronted houses. The Nive River flows gently beneath a magnificent stone bridge, adding to the town's picturesque charm. As we prepare to set off, a visit to the pilgrim's office provides a chance to meet fellow travelers and register for the adventure ahead.


Day 2


Our journey commences from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, following the famed "Napoleon Route" that traverses the Pyrenees. Embracing the challenge, we ascend approximately 1450 meters, rewarded with panoramic views of quaint village dwellings against the backdrop of the majestic Pyrenees. Crossing into Spain, our path leads us toward the Spanish border.

Distance: 24 km


Day 3


Today's trek from Roncesvalles to the Navarra region of Spain offers a slightly less demanding terrain. Passing through forests and charming villages, we traverse mountain ridges before descending into Zubiri, nestled amidst captivating natural landscapes. Our arrival is greeted by the ancient and captivating Puente de la Rabia bridge, an architectural marvel spanning the Arga River.

Distance: 20 km


Day 4


Following the Arga River to Larrasoaña, we journey onward to Pamplona, famed for its annual Bulls Running festival in July. Pamplona, the historic capital of Navarra, beckons with its culinary delights and rich cultural heritage. Amidst its old streets and bustling Plaza del Castillo, once frequented by Ernest Hemingway, we savor the local cuisine and fine wines.

Distance: 20 km


Day 5


Our route today unveils breathtaking vistas from Alto de Perdon, offering stunning panoramas of Pamplona and its surrounding valley. Continuing toward Puente la Reina, named for its iconic Romanesque bridge, we traverse charming streets and indulge in the local gastronomy.

Distance: 24 km


Day 6


Departing from Puente la Reina, we journey through olive groves, farmlands, and vineyards toward Estella, a medieval gem steeped in history. Here, amidst its ancient streets, we relish the flavors of local cuisine and unwind in the town's tranquil ambiance.

Distance: 21.6 km


Day 7


A delightful start awaits as we pause at the Irache Winery, renowned for its wine fountain, before continuing to Los Arcos. En route, we're captivated by scenic vistas and immersed in the region's rich history and traditions.

Distance: 21 km


Day 8


Today's journey leads us to Logroño, capital of La Rioja, renowned for its wine production and vibrant tapas scene. Despite the demanding terrain, the allure of Logroño's ancient streets and picturesque Ebro River bridge beckons us forth.

Distance: 27 km


Day 9


Traversing through the picturesque vineyards of La Rioja, we pause in Navarrete to explore its wine tradition and unique pottery. Continuing onward to Nájera, we soak in the historical charm and Baroque splendor of Santa María de la Asunción Church.

Distance: 29 km


Day 10


Our route begins with a picturesque village path to Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a cultural gem boasting architectural marvels and rich history. Along the way, we encounter historical sites such as the Romanesque church of Santiago el Mayor in Villafranca Montes de Oca.

Distance: 21 km


Day 11


Exiting the La Rioja region, we journey through diverse landscapes to Belorado, a charming town nestled at the foot of the Sierra de Ayago. Here, amidst its tranquil ambiance, we unwind and explore local wineries.

Distance: 22 km


Day 12


Today's picturesque walk takes us through natural landscapes, past healing springs in Villafranca Montes de Oca and the quaint village of Azofra. Optional detours offer visits to the revered monasteries of Yuso and Suso de San Millán de la Cogolla.

Distance: 24 km


Day 13


Our hike unfolds amidst beautiful landscapes and intriguing historical sites. As we traverse La Sierra de Atapuerca, we're treated to magnificent vistas before reaching Burgos, a city renowned for its medieval architecture.

Distance: 26 km


Day 14


A serene journey through the meseta region offers moments of introspection as we make our way to the medieval village of Hornillos del Camino.

Distance: 22 km


Day 15


Ascending to Alto de Mostelares, we're rewarded with splendid views before descending into the valley of the River Bol. Along the way, we encounter the symbolic cross and sword, alongside the ruins of the San Antón Monastery, before reaching the charming town of Castrojeriz.

Distance: 20 km


Day 16


Ascending from the Burgos province, we journey through the Tierra de Campos region, passing by the Canal de Castilla and Roman ruins, until reaching Fromista.

Distance: 25 km


Day 17

Upon reaching Carrion de los Condes, we'll have the choice of two serene paths to follow, each offering a peaceful and leisurely journey.

Distance: 19 km


Day 18


Today's route guides us through dirt roads amidst golden wheat fields. Passing through Calzadilla de la Cueza, nestled in an expansive valley, we recall its historical significance as a vital junction for pilgrims traveling from the Aquitaine region of France en route to Santiago de Compostela.

Distance: 26.5 km


Day 19


Our journey unfolds amidst stunning landscapes as we traverse valleys, verdant forests, and fertile fields. Crossing the Valderaduey River, we enter the "Paramo Leones" area of the León province. A stop in Sahagun offers a chance to sample local cuisine and admire the town's unique architectural treasures, steeped in rich historical and cultural heritage.

Distance: 23 km


Day 20


Today's path meanders through wooded trails and expansive grain fields. We progress toward Mansilla de las Mulas, renowned for its historical edifices, where we can immerse ourselves in an authentic medieval ambiance at one of the local establishments and relish in the region's delectable cuisine.

Distance: 26.5 km


Day 21


The transition from verdant countryside to the urban landscape of León marks our approach to the city. Here, amidst the grandeur of León's magnificent cathedral and bustling streets, we explore the old town and indulge in culinary delights at one of the many establishments in Plaza Mayor.

Distance: 19 km


Day 22


Departing León, we're presented with the choice between the historical route or the southern path. Both options offer a scenic journey through the Castilian mountains, guiding us toward Villar de Mazarife, where we'll rest for the night.

Distance: 21 km


Day 23


Today's adventure promises surprises around every bend. Beginning with a tranquil walk through flat terrain, we ascend to mountainous regions after passing Hospital de Órbigo. En route to the picturesque town of Astorga, we're treated to breathtaking vistas and have the opportunity to admire architectural wonders such as the Cathedral and the Episcopal Palace, a masterpiece by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí.

Distance: 31.5 km


Day 24


As we bid farewell to the Castilian plains, we embark on an ascent toward the Montes de León through the Maragatería region. Along the way, we pass through Rabanal del Camino, a quaint village known as a gathering place for pilgrims. Continuing our journey, we arrive at the picturesque village of Ponferrada, nestled at an elevation of 1,437 meters above sea level.

Distance: 26 km


Day 25


Today's route guides us through the lush landscapes of the El Bierzo region as we traverse the Leonese mountains. Reaching the highest point of the French Way at Cruz de Ferro, we descend to the charming city of Ponferrada, situated along the banks of the Sil River. Here, amidst the allure of the historic old town, we visit the Templar Castle and savor the region's rich culinary offerings.

Distance: 27 km


Day 26


The Bierzo region's plains, enveloped by mountains, offer a landscape of continuous gentle ascents and descents. Passing through fields, vineyards, and quaint villages, we have the opportunity to visit local home wineries and sample the region's exquisite cuisine. Our journey concludes in Villafranca del Bierzo, a town steeped in history and renowned for its gastronomic delights.

Distance: 25 km


Day 27


Before embarking on today's unforgettable journey, we pass through the narrow valley of the Valcarce River, transitioning into the lush landscapes of green Galicia. Our path leads us to the quaint village of O Cebreiro, often considered the gem of the Camino, offering majestic vistas of the verdant peaks that lie ahead.

Distance: 29 km


Day 28


Departing from O Cebreiro, we traverse Galicia's rolling hills and verdant meadows, passing through the "Sierra de Ranadoiro" before descending to the charming village of Triacastela. Here, the streets offer a harmonious blend of historical and modern architecture, inviting us to explore and unwind.

Distance: 21 km


Day 29


Among the two routes leading to Sarria, we select the path that nourishes our spirits. Both options offer enchanting surroundings and traverse one of the most beautiful valleys along the French Way. Arriving in Sarria, the last major city before Santiago de Compostela, we take time to explore the city, ascend to viewpoints, and draw inspiration from the landscapes that lie ahead.

Distance: 25 km


Day 30


Our journey continues along picturesque trails, winding through quaint villages and verdant meadows. Along the way, we discover charming viewpoints that enrich today's adventure, culminating in Portomarín, nestled along the banks of the Miño River, where we savor the renowned Tarta de Santiago.

Distance: 22.2 km


Day 31


Departing Portomarín, we ascend through forests marked by the footsteps of countless pilgrims, ultimately reaching the quaint village of Gonzar. Continuing through the Siera de Ligonde region, we're treated to unforgettable vistas and find solace in the small villages that offer respite along the way to Palas de Rei.

Distance: 24.8 km


Day 32


Today presents the most challenging leg of our journey, characterized by both distance and elevation gains. However, the unforgettable sites we encounter – including the 12th-century Church of San Julian and dense forests – make the effort worthwhile. In Arzúa, we indulge in the region's rich culinary offerings and explore the Church of Santiago in the old quarter.

Distance: 28.5 km


Day 33


We're on the brink of our destination! The final kilometers of the Camino lead us through special places like Calzada and Brea, providing opportunities to connect with fellow pilgrims and share stories before arriving in Santiago.

Distance: 19.4 km


Day 34


The long-awaited day has arrived! Traditionally, pilgrims stop at Lavacolla to cleanse themselves before entering the city. At Monte de Gozo, we catch our first glimpse of Santiago's cathedral spires, marking the culmination of our journey. After stamping our last credential and relishing the moment, we immerse ourselves in the vibrant atmosphere of Santiago de Compostela.

Distance: 19.5 km


Day 35 - Santiago de Compostela


Our incredible journey has reached its conclusion. Depart after breakfast, carrying with you cherished memories of an unforgettable pilgrimage. Alternatively, extend your stay and explore the wealth of historical, cultural, and gastronomical treasures that Santiago de Compostela has to offer. Reach out to us to plan your extended stay.

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Services & Terms

Including:


  • Accommodation in private rooms (combination of hotels, ancient stone houses, and high-quality guesthouses)

  • Breakfast

  • Transfer of equipment between accommodation places (1 suitcase/bag per person, maximum 18 kg)

  • Guidebook including tips and information about the route in Hebrew

  • Travel passport and copy

  • Pre-departure briefing

  • 24/7 emergency support and customer service

  • Taxes


Accommodation:


Accommodation on this tour includes a combination of friendly guesthouses, comfortable 3/2-star hotels, and cozy village inns, strategically chosen along or near the Camino de Santiago for their location, atmosphere, and unique services. Please note that the Camino is a highly popular destination, and accommodation availability is subject to seasonal variations; they will be confirmed upon final booking confirmation. Additional nights can be booked at each accommodation along the route.


Not Included:


  • Flights

  • Transfers to and from airports

  • Insurances

  • Lunches and dinners

  • Tourist tax (if applicable)

  • Personal equipment

  • Personal expenses


Optional extras:


  • Dinners

  • Additional night in San Jean Pied de Port

  • Additional night in Santiago de Compostela

  • Additional nights along the trail upon request

  • Private transfer from the airport to the hotel

  • Single room additional fee