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A Taste of The Camino – La Rioja


Are you at a crossroads in your life, or possibly stuck on that busy roundabout and can't seem to decide which exit to take?   Perhaps you have a life-changing decision to make, you need to let go of something or you just need some well deserved “time out”.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 5 days hiking (see itinerary below)
  • Visit a free wine fountain!
  • An experienced Camino guide on the ground, every day to show you the way
  • A full Camino workshop and training weekend, so you feel fully prepared for your trip and you will get to know your fellow Pilgrims.
  • A training schedule to help with your fitness (optional).


Pay a 20% deposit per item


Are you curious about the Camino de Santiago? You have perhaps seen the TV series or heard someone talk passionately about this magical place which has guided you to land on this page, but you are still not sure?

Adventure Geek specialises in facilitating an inexpensive week-long trip to sample everything about the Camino. We have a full-time guide to help you and your small group of fellow pilgrims all the way. From what to pack, to arriving in Pamplona, to drinking the best Spanish wine, experiencing the culture and spirit of the Camino.

As our client, you will experience this, and so much more.

No need to be anxious about:

  • Not speaking Spanish
  • Not being an experienced walker
  • Not being fit enough (we will give you a full training programme, but you really do not need to be super fit for this journey).
  • Sleeping in hostels with other people.
  • Carrying your rucksack along the way

We guarantee:

  • You will feel prepared as we will assist you with what to take, how much training you need and what to expect on your forthcoming Camino.
  • Full time, on the ground experience guide(s), to assist you in every way
  • Walk with a small group that you will meet before your trip.
  • That you will have fun and experience a healthy, and often a spiritual journey, that you will never forget.
  • That this adventure will fit most people’s budget.
  • That you will get to spend time with YOU, which we all need.

What is special about the Camino?

Time to think

Historically, most people undertook the Camino de Santiago as a religious pilgrimage.  Nowadays, whilst many still have religious reasons for doing so, a significant number of pilgrims are not religious and have other reasons for walking The Way.

Here are a few aspects of the Camino De Santiago that make the whole experience unique:-

  • Time to think:
    In our everyday lives, we get very little time for reflection and thought. When all you need to think about is walking, sleeping and eating then you find that you have plenty of time for reflection and thinking about stuff.  Or sometimes, you will find that you have walked a few miles and not actually had a single thought about anything.  It’s very hard to explain, but this is one of the magical aspects of this wonderful place.
  • The scenery:
    The Camino offers such a variety of scenery.  From cute Spanish villages with their wooden window boxes and glorious flowers to rich mountains full of wildlife.  From vineyards to forests, there is something for everyone.
  • The people you meet:
    Everyone is walking in the same direction, but they come from all over the world.  It is a place where you are not judged by the size of your house, the car that you drive or what you do for a living. It is a place where your ego is left at home.  Everyone is in the same boat.  You are all wearing walking clothes, you all have rucksacks, you eat the same food, yet you all have different stories to tell. Most people walk the stages as written in the guidebooks, therefore you get to see the same people at café’s or hostels each day.  The friendships made on the Camino are known as your “Camino Family” and they often become friends for life.
  • The weather:
    The Adventure Geek Camino Tasters will be between May to October, and we are more-a-less guaranteed relatively warm weather (in UK terms!).  You are also heading west each day which means the sun is always on your left.  You can spot a Pilgrim as we tend to develop a one-sided suntan!  Please note that it does also rain in Spain… quite a bit!
  • Clarity about your future / solve that problem:
    People walk the Camino for all sorts of reasons.  It may be a simple physical challenge, or you may be at a crossroads in your life and need to ponder on the issue before making a decision.  Many people also walk as they are grieving (the loss of a loved one, or perhaps a break up of a relationship).I have heard that many stories where people did not even know why they were called to walk the path but felt that they had too. Not everyone is religious, but most people have an open mind and find clarity in their situation whilst walking The Way.


There are no permissions expressed or implied by the Adventure Geek organisers. Participants make use of the facilities at their own risk and without express permission from the Adventure Geek organisers.

Walking is a physically active sport. If you have any doubts about your abilities, you should always seek advice from your GP before embarking on an Adventure Geek walk.

By registering for an event you accept that you do so entirely at your own risk and that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and able to take part in the event. We regroup often and our walks cater for all levels of fitness.

Children under the age of 16 years old are the responsibility of their parents or guardians and need to be accompanied at all times before, during and after the walk.

Adventure Geek volunteers do not accept responsibility for injury, loss and damage sustained by a participant unless the above injury, loss and damage are proven to have been caused as a direct result of negligence on the part of the organisers.

Dogs are welcome on the majority of our walks, however, we kindly ask that only one dog per walker and that the welfare of the animal remains your responsibility throughout your walk.  On occasion, we may add a note of “No dogs allowed” on specific walks (usually those with cattle), please respect this note.


All of our Camino Tasters are “guided Camino only”, with a few optional extras.

Our weekly fees are: £280 per person

(discount available for previous hikers and AG walking club members)

Our Pilgrim Meal at the Orisson Albergue

The above price includes:

  • Assisting with booking luggage transfer (if you are not keen on carrying your backpack)
  • Assisting with the booking of accommodation.
  • An experienced Camino walking guide/host (or two!), with a daily briefing and relevant documentation for the day (meeting points etc). We will accompany you from your arrival in Spain, all the way to your flight home (as much or as little as you need)
  • Medical support for minor medical needs. (All guides carry a first aid kit and are first aid qualified).
  • The pre-trip briefing (includes meeting your fellow pilgrims, full Camino workshop with everything you need to know, and a pack shakedown).
  • Camino starter pack (if you ordered this), includes a guidebook, Camino Shell, Camino Credential, achievement keyring, hook for your pack, a Camino patch and notepad)

The above price does not include:

  • Our prices are “pay as you go”,  so although we assist you with your accommodation, luggage transfer etc, it will be your responsibility to pay for this on the day directly to the service provider.  Part of the adventure is booking your accommodation each day depending on how you are feeling, however, we do have options to book on your behalf if this is what you would prefer us to do (just let us know and we can talk through the options).
  • Spain is very much a cash country. We recommend a budget for around €30-€35 a day for basic food/accommodation or €40-€50 a day if you want a private room.
  • Flights are not included (although we will recommend certain flights and we will meet you at the airport)
  • Bus and transfer fees are not included.
  • Food – your eating preferences are absolutely your choice. You choose where/when/what you eat.


You have booked your plane ticket, your rucksack is the ideal weight, your walking boots are well worn in and you have completed your training.  You have your Camino Credential (passport) and your shell is attached to your backpack and you are ready for the off!

This section of the Camino is known as the Rioja area which is famous for its wine.

What happens next?

Wed 23rd October – Fly from Stansted to Biarritz

Note: AG Team are flying from Stansted on Ryan Air flight at 6.40am.

We will be in Pamplona by lunchtime so we have time to explore this city before the walking starts tomorrow.

Thursday 24th October

Day 1 – Pamplona to Puente La Reina – 14.90 miles

We meander through the wonderful city of Pamplona and then we start an incline to the famous “Iron Statues” and walk amongst the windmills.  Today you will be able to look back and see for miles and miles across the Pyrenees.

We then start the descent towards Puente La Reina which means “bridge of the Queen”.

Friday 25th October

Day 2 – Puente La Reina to Estella – 13.70 miles

This stage of the Camino has its ups and downs but is fairly flat.  You will be tempted by the many cafe's on the route, and I urge you to dip your feet in the ice-cold streams.  We will reach Estella by lunchtime, and perhaps enjoy a siesta.  In the evening, I would recommend either a pilgrims meal, or perhaps enjoy the local cuisine in one of the many tapas bars. The church in Estella is one of the most beautiful on the whole Camino.

Saturday 26th October

Day 3- Estella to Los Arcos – 13.67 miles

Today's walk includes the famous free wine fountain (which is just on the outskirts of Estella) it also has some long sections of open fields.  If you are going to do any soul searching then you may find that today may be the day.  Those open fields where you don't need to think about navigation too much gives you time and space to consider why you are here.

Sunday 27th October

Day 4 – Los Arcos to Logrono –  17 miles

I know what you are thinking – 17 miles!  I can't do that!  But today's walking is fairly relaxed and no overly challenging.  You have some of the best cafe's on the Camino and I guarantee that you will stop numerous times to enjoy a cafe con leche, a cold lemon beer or a glass of wine.  Last time I walked this route there was a fabulous market in full flow in Vienna which was wonderful.  The walk into Logrono is very enjoyable as you cross the river into the city.   I will advise you about hostels, or hotels in this town, and I would also recommend the wine tour in the evening.

Monday 28th October

Day 5 – Logrono to Najera – 19 miles

Leaving Logrono, pass through the Pantano de la Grajera, a pretty reservoir surrounded by woodland. Continue to Navarrete famous for its Rioja wine.   Today is a long day but boy will you feel good when you fall into bed at night.  Najera is full of Spanish character and after an afternoon kip, you will be ready to have some dinner and a few glasses of vino with your new pilgrim friends.

Tuesday 29th October

Day 6 – Day of rest

You may be wondering why we have added a day of rest into a 7 day walking holiday, but after walking nearly 80 miles in just five days your body will need a good day to rest.  We will make our way back to Logrono, leave our packs in the museum whilst we spend some time in this amazing city.   We can hire bikes (free of charge) and go exploring.  We can sit in one of the many plaza's and watch the world go by, or perhaps spend time in the museums/cathedrals or parks.  Logrono has a stretch of the best tapas bars in the world.

Wednesday 30th October 2019

Day 7 – An afternoon at the beach!

We will leave Logrono and make our way back to Biarritz airport.  Our flight is not until 6pm, therefore we can spend a few hours on the lush beach and enjoy a paddle or a swim in the sea.  What a way to end your Camino journey!



Not all accommodation is bunkbeds!

Adventure Geek will assist you with your accommodation bookings which are paid directly by you to the hostel or hotel.

The Camino caters to everyone’s needs, from basic bunkhouse type accommodation to five-star hotels.  We feel that you get a true sense of the Camino sleeping in the hostels, but we appreciate that it is not for everyone.

I urge you to consider a variety of accommodation as this adds to the sense of adventure.

Approximate prices:

  • Bunkhouse – from €5 – €12 per person (told you it was cheap!).
  • Single Room – from €35
  • Double Room – from €35 (for the room)
  • Triple Room – from €60 (for the room)

Note: We will book all accommodation together during the weekend workshop.

Approx Costs

With exception to your initial fee to Adventure Geek, there will be other costs that you will need to consider for this trip.  So before you click the “buy now” button, please take a look at the list below.

Gear costs

There are some essentials that you will either need to purchase, or already have before you embark on a trip such as the Camino.  The two main essentials will be a good backpack (35 litres +) and a good sturdy pair of trail runners or walking boots.  There will be other little items to purchase (see gear list here).

Transport Costs

  • Flights – Ryan Air, Stansted to Biarritz = from £23
  • Flights – Ryan Air, Biarritz to Stansted = from £40
  • Budget for approx £30 for bus/train transfers.

Note:  The above transport prices may fluctuate (especially the flight prices), so please book as soon as possible to secure your place.  Bus & train tickets are purchased during the trip, so it is only the flights that you will need to prebook.

Accommodation costs

As mentioned, accommodation can vary from place to place.

  • Bunkhouse – from €5 – €12 per person (told you it was cheap!).
  • Single Room – from €35
  • Double Room – from €35 (for the room)
  • Triple Room – from €60 (for the room)

Food costs

Food is relatively cheap in Spain and the wine is even cheaper! If your budget for approx €25  a day then that should be plenty!  It's the many cafe con lechés (coffee) that tend to add up!