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Camino Francés (Pamplona - Burgos)

Camino Francés (Pamplona - Burgos)

Camino de Santiago Francés

Camino Francés is by far the most favoured, most traditional and internationally the most celebrated of the many Camino routes. The French Camino starts in the French village St. Jean Pied de Port and passes shortly hereafter the boarder to Spain. From here it crosses Northern Spain on a route that is all together 800 km. to Santiago de Compostela. Therefore it is also known as the French Camino. A Camino experience of a lifetime.

  • From 785 Euro/pers.
  • 217 Km
  • 11 days / 10 nights days
  • Difficulty
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    NOTE: nowhere, in any Camino, will steep cliffs be found next to path!

    1: Very easy. Flat and without significant gradients. Good and normally wide paths.

    2: Easy. Slightly hilly. Good and normally wide paths.

    3: Medium. Hilly, possibly with longer distances between service facilities/cities. Good, sometimes narrow paths.

    4: Medium/Hard. Longer, steeper climbs, perhaps with few servicefacilities/cities. Good, sometimes narrow paths.

    5: Hard. Long gradient(s), possibly few facilities. Very hilly. Good, sometimes narrow paths.
  • Nature

From Navarre's renowned capital of Pamplona and the mountainous hills through the vineyards of Rioja until arriving to Logroño's atmosphere-packed Old Town, this is a route that passes through a great number of picturesque villages of authentic charm, immense natural beauty and one of Spain's most acclaimed gastronomic regions.

On this Pilgrimage hike you will complete stages 4 to 12 of the 33 stages to Santiago.

Spain is More specializes in the Camino de Santiago, providing the best and most economic trips. We know the zones and hotels like no one else and we will constantly guide you with the guidebook that you will receive before leaving on your trip. We offer assistance 24/7, during your trip so that you never have to worry about anything.

Make your trip personal! Spain is More offers and guarantees the following on this trip:

✔ Daily Departures all year round

✔ Hotel-to-Hotel Baggage Service is optional.

✔ Your personal Pilgrim's Passport.

✔ Specially Selected Hotels - always with private bathroom - selected for best location, service and authentic charm.

✔ Spain is More Camino Guidebook (which you will receive some weeks before departure) contains practical pilgrim information, suggestions for packing list, recommended restaurants, maps of all cities along The Camino- and hotel location, Pilgrim's Passport/Credential, advice and guidance, service phone numbers and much more, all to make your trip on The Camino an experience of a lifetime!

✔ This trip can be combined with other Camino routes.

✔ Dividing stages: Yes, always!

From 785 Euro/pers.Per person in a double room.

Single room supplement: 220 Euro

It includes
  1. 10 nights in a double room - always with private bath/toilet.
  2. 10 x breakfast.
  3. Transport from Madrid, Bilbao or Barcelona to Pamplona.
  4. Transport from Burgos to Madrid, Bilbao or Barcelona.
  5. The price includes 1 Spain-is-More-Travel Guidebook per every 4 travellers. More copies can be purchased when booking for 20€ per copy, or 30 euros per copy if the request is less than 6 weeks prior to departure.
  6. Pilgrim passport/Credencial
  7. 24/7 emergency telephone.
  8. Taxes.
Not included
  1. Some short local bus or taxi journeys, e.g. from airport to bus or train station in the same city.
Optional
  1. Personalise your Camino: Extended stays, divide stages, transportation to startingpoint from anywhere in the world and back. Please ask us, we will be happy to assist you.
  2. Baggage Transport on the pilgrim route can be purchased. If you buy a luggage service your bag / suitcase will be transported from hotel to hotel on the scheduled days of hiking. Price 95 €/unit of max 20 kg.
  3. Extension of stay in Madrid, León and Santiago de Compostela can be purchased.
  4. The price include 1 Spain-is-More-Travel Guidebook per every 4 travellers. More copies can be purchased when booking for 20€/copy, or 30 euros/copy if you ask for it with less than 6 weeks prior departure
  5. Cancellation insurence: 6% of total price (can be added when ordering).

The terrain becomes gentler before arriving to Pamplona without becoming completely flat.  There will be several hills along the way, but the flat stretches begin to be longer, more frequent and easier as you as you near Logroño. Vineyards, quaint villages and a diverse landscape greet you through this lovely stretch of the Camino.

You'll pass several small bodegas along this stage, where you can enjoy a short stop and perhaps tour a bodega or two to include wine tasting in this region.  We recommend enjoying and trying as much as possible.

In addition, both Navarra and Rioja are known for their excellent gastronomy, and provide you with plenty of really good opportunities to experience the cuisine of these two regions during your trip.

Service functions are generally good with many smaller towns along the way.

More information on Pamplona - Logroño

The terrain from Logroño until Burgos is quite easy, often very dry and relatively flat. The Camino goes through vineyards, particularly at the beginning, as far as the eye can see. The Ebro River runs just a few kilometers north of the route, causing this area to be where some of the best Rioja wineries are located. If you have time, it is certainly recommended that you stay an extra night in Logroño to visit this beautiful region.

To the south you walk with the view of the mountains, the source of the Rio (River) Oja. There are two unforgettable UNESCO heritage experiences here to visit; firstly, the Monasteries of Santo Domingo de la Calzada and secondly the dinosaur and other archaeological sites at Atapuerca, just east of Burgos. Again, both are essential visits. In addition, of course, are Logroño and Burgos, both glorious cities, the latter with its impressive cathedral in the center of town. Along the way, is Santo Domingo, a beautifully preserved and historic part of the pilgrimage. All in all, this trek offers an enormous variety of experiences.

Service functions are generally good, but the distance between the cities is now little longer. In the evenings, however, there are always restaurants in or near the hotel. The route goes almost every day through cities, which have supermarkets, banks, laundry services, shops and other possibility for stocking up.

Possibility of dividing stages: Yes (see stage descriptions).

More information on Logroño - Burgos
Detailed itinerary (view all days )
Day 1.- Arrival to Pamplona

You will arrive to one the Northern Spains most charming cities, Pamplona. The city atmosphere-filled center is one of Spain's most attractive with loads of delicious tapas-bars and restaurants. If you want more time to explore and enjoy the city, an extra night is certainly recommendable. 

Note: If you want to stay in Pamplona during the Sanfermines festival from the 6th to the 17th of July each year, the price will be significantly higher. In addition, it’s necessary to book at least eight months in advance during this period. 



Day 2.- Pamplona - Puente la Reina 24 Km

Climbing Mount Alto del Perdón (see picture) is the biggest obstacle on this day, but if the climb seems too hard, will you discover a recommendable detour in our guidebook. However, despite the difficulty we recommend the climb, because from the top you will have a spectacular view of Pamplona and the Pyrenees in one direction and a view of the easier upcoming stages of the route in the other. 
Today's stage ends in Puente de la Reina, which has a beautiful old town and a famous bridge from where the Camino heads west (The Queens bridge, Puente de la Reina).

Distance: 24 Km

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Puente la ReinaPamplona
Day 3.- Puente la Reina - Estella 22 Km

A few minor but steep hills bring you to Estella. Especially during the early part of this stage you will pass through many vineyards.  It's recommendable to take the several opportunities to visit some of them and in this way also enjoy a little rest along the way. 

Distance: 22 Km

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EstellaPuente la Reina
Day 4.- Estella - Los Arcos 23 Km

Estella is a history-rich and exciting city with a beautiful old town.

Today's stage begins with a relatively gentle ascent and continues into flat and easy walking as you travel. There are several wineries along the way which can be visited, with a few of them also serving as excellent restaurants.

There’s not much shade available at this stage, so if you walk in the summer or on a sunny day it advisable to get an early start. Torres del Rio is situated on a hilltop and has a nice old town in which to relax and explore.

Distance: 23 Km

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Los ArcosEstella
Day 5.- Los Arcos - Logroño 26 Km

This is a flat and easy stage compared to everything you've experienced so far. You will pass several historical villages along the Camino. You will begin to be surrounded by vineyards, a sign that welcomes you to Logroño and La Rioja.

Logroño is La Rioja's largest city and, of course, the center of many of the Rioja wineries. Besides an excellent glass of wine for which Logroño is so well-known, is also its great cuisine. In the city's well-preserved old town center there are also countless delicious tapas bars. 

Distance: 26 Km

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LogroñoLos Arcos
Day 6.- Logroño - Nájera 29 Km

The parks and natural environment of the Grajera Reservoir top off the stay in Logroño and open the doors to the incredible Rioja landscape, filled with vineyards and orchards filled with fruit trees.

This stage takes you to Nájera, passing through Navarrete, a town celebrated for its traditional pottery. Later you walk on to Ventosa and the heights of San Antón. These hills offer views of unending rows of vineyards, a beautiful sight especially in September when harvest has reached its peak.

Distance: 29 Km

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NájeraLogroño
Day 7.- Nájera - Sto. Domingo 21 Km

Today the goal is Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a town in Rioja Alta. The route passes through the charming town of Azofra.

In this segment, due to its proximity to Castilla, the landscape is rich with abundant fields of grain. Moreover, Santo Domingo itself is a vibrant town. There are many restaurants with delicious food and a very well preserved city centre that attract tourists all year round.

Distance: 21 Km

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Sto. DomingoNájera
Day 8.- Sto. Domingo - Belorado 21 Km

Today the Camino enters Castilla y León. From now on, and for a couple of weeks, you will pass through the widened passages of the “Meseta Castellana,” the Castillian plateau. The next closest objective is Belorado, located in the shade of a peak where ancient hermit caves and the ruins of a mythical Castle still remain.

Distance: 21 Km

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BeloradoSto. Domingo
Day 9.- Belorado - San Juan de Ortega 25 Km

The following stage passes through several interesting monuments such as the Virgen de la Peña Church, carved out of the rock as well as some nicely located castle ruins.

This part of the journey passes through hillside landscapes and extensive forests (the last before reaching León, and if you have chosen to continue walking from Leon to Santiago, you will not see true forests for approximately 300 km.).

Distance: 25 Km

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San Juan de OrtegaBelorado
Day 10.- San Juan de Ortega - Burgos 26 Km

The first leg of the trip passes through a small pine forest before seeing the outskirts of Burgos.

Burgos was founded in the year 884 and its heritage shines with its own light. The city is filled with monuments that include its crowned jewel, an amazing gothic cathedral. In fact, the cathedral of Burgos became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Overall, Burgos gives off a medieval feeling, a sensation completed by its inviting tapas bars.

Distance: 26 Km

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BurgosSan Juan de Ortega
Day 11.- Departure

Departure from Burgos to Bilbao, Barcelona or Madrid.