CAMINO PYRENEES – 2022

£730.00

The Camino is not just a walking holiday, it's a vacation, a vacation from life.  Join us on this magical trail for an experience of a lifetime as we explore the delights of the Pyrenees mountains, spend a night in a monastery and be woken by piped music!  This is a true Camino experience.

DATES: 29th Sept – 3rd October 2022

  • Includes accommodation, private transfers, some meals, luggage transfer.
  • An experienced guide on the ground.
  • A fitness plan, plus training hikes to get you ready for your challenge.
  • A workshop so you have a full understanding of the Camino.
  • You will receive a Camino starter pack, including shell, peace pebble, guide, Camino passport.
  • This package does NOT include flights (although we will happily advise and assist you with this).
  • Note: If you would like to extend your adventure, then join the next section (Camino Rioja) from 4th October to 9th October. 

GET OUTSIDE AND GET INSPIRED, GO TAKE A HIKE!

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SUMMARY

Camino De Santiago Pyrenees 2022

The first section of the Camino Frances route takes you through the most stunning scenery of the Pyrenees, quaint Spanish villages and ending in a city full of history. Over the next 6 days (4 days walking) you will experience a taste of the true Camino and all its glory.

INCLUDES

YOUR ADVENTURE WILL INCLUDE:

  • 5 nights accommodation (including bed and breakfast and some evening meals)
  • All transfers from the airport to the hotels and to the start of your walk from St Jean Pied de Port.
  • Daily baggage transfer service, so that you only need to carry a day pack.
  • Walking with a small group of no more than 15 people.
  • A very friendly, welcoming, fully qualified and experienced walk leader on the ground to guide you the way.
  • Medical support for minor medical needs. (All guides carry a first aid kit and are first aid qualified).
  • Option to join our training hikes so that you get to know your fellow walkers before the big day.
  • Daily information sheets, with a training package and kit list.
  • A Camino Passport (Celebrate your journey and record your achievement by getting your passport stamped along the route, which will allow you to claim your certificate in Santiago)
  • A Camino Shell for your rucksack.

YOUR ADVENTURE DOES NOT INCLUDE:-

  • Flights (although we are happy to advise and assist you on flights).
  • Travel Insurance
  • Evening meals
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips

ITINERARY

Let the journey begin…

Day 1 – Travel Day

(Flying from Stansted to Biarritz).  We stay overnight at the fabulous Raddison Blu Hotel in Biarritz which gives us time to explore this wonderful seaside town.

Day 2 – Biarritz to Refuge Orison 5.5 miles / 8.6km

A private transfer company will collect us from the hotel and we will then take the very scenic journey across France to the foot of the Pyrenees mountains in St Jean Pied de Port.  We can take our time and explore the small town and shops of St Jean Pied De Port before grabbing our first stamp in the Pilgrim's office.

11am – We start walking, taking it very slow and steady with lots of breaks. It is only 5.5 miles, but fairly steep miles! Refuge Orisson (the most expensive hostel on the Camino, but you will see why when you get there!). Time for a nice hot shower and relaxing on the veranda overlooking some of the most spectacular views that you will ever see. You will be in awe as you treat yourself to a well-deserved glass of something and pat yourself on the back! You did it! You climbed a mountain! The evening you will experience your first Pilgrim meal. We order our lunch for the next day (unless you bought food at St Jean), and then it is time for bed. The accommodation is a comfy bunk bed that you will be sharing with your fellow pilgrims. You are about to experience the pilgrim song!

Day 3 – Refuge Orison to Roncesvalles 10.5 miles / 17.52km

Depart early as we have a long day ahead of us and we fuel up on the biggest coffee cups you have ever seen and a traditional pilgrim breakfast.

Today we walk over the top of the Pyrenees and cross the border into Spain. We will see wild horses, lots of sheep and buzzards. You will hear the sound of cowbells constantly and you will feel truly alive. Your legs may be a little sore from yesterday’s steep walk but it feels strangely good! As we descend through a forest trail into the small Spanish village of Roncesvalles you will marvel at the monastery where we will be staying tonight. This hostel is very modern and is set into pods of four bunks. Everyone has their own light, power source and locker for their backpack.

The evening is yours to do with as you so wish. You can explore the village, attend the evening mass in the wonderful church and receive a pilgrim blessing. Many hikers take advantage of the pilgrim meal offered at one of the two restaurants in the town. Meal tickets for the evening meal can be purchased at the hostel when you are checking in.

Day 4- Roncesvalles to Zubiri – 13.5 miles / 21.34 km

You will be woken early by monks singing as the music is piped through the sound system of the monastery to wake up all the pilgrims. We take the short 2-mile walk to the next village before indulging in a scrumptious breakfast and hot café con Leche.

This section of our route works its way steadily downwards as we head out of the Pyrenees. Undulating terrain and woodland paths through small villages are the highlights of the day, including many café stops along the way. The evening is your own to decide what you would like to do. There is a church service and a choice of many bars and restaurants in this small town.

Day 5 – Zubiri to Pamplona – 12.50 miles / 20.25 km

The walk today is relatively flat with the first section on rural tracks. The second half of the walk is along the river and then into the suburbs of the city of Pamplona, which takes you through a beautiful riverside park. Pamplona is full of culture and is a rather large city. You can feel the energy as you walk into the centre and you will see pilgrims rucksacks with the shell attached at every corner and every bar. It brings an atmosphere that you can’t help but get caught up in. There is so much to do in Pamplona but we also have a good part of tomorrow to explore this city. You will be tired from your day of walking, so it is time to enjoy a good meal, purchase your gifts for loved ones back home and reflect on your time on the Camino.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

GRADE: MODERATE

The first two days of this particular trail is rather steep and can be challenging as we climb up and over the Pyrenees.  You will need to have reasonable fitness levels and you should be able to walk a minimum of 12 miles with no issues.

To prepare you for this hike, we also include:-

  • A training plan (optional, although we strongly encourage you to join our training hikes).
  • A kit list
  • A preparation evening, so everyone can meet everyone beforehand, and Julia will talk through things such as health and safety, the terrain, what to expect, transport arrangements etc.
  • A WhatsApp Group so that you can share your excitement, fears and ideas with your fellow hikers.

NEED TO KNOW

Julia Doherty has walked this section of the Camino many times and is a confident walk leader.

MEDIA

If you have walked a long-distance walk with Julia previously then you may be aware that some of her adventures are vlogged, journaled and often end up as books that are sold on the website / Amazon etc. Signing up for this walk will mean that you may end up in the book, or the vlog, however, please let us know beforehand if you do not want to be included in this media.

AGE LIMIT 

Adventure Geek Walks are open to anyone over the age of 10. However, anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

DOGS 

I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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.

REFUNDS:

  • Deposits of this event are non-refundable.
  • If you cancel within 4 weeks of the event then no refunds are available.

ACCOMMODATION

We have hand-picked hotels, guesthouses and a couple of hostels along the Camino for their character and warm hospitality.

The hotels are up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino trail.

Hostels or Albergues will give you the experience of the Camino where you can cook your own meal and share with other pilgrims on the route.  These hostels have been chosen for their cleanliness and have a friendly/welcoming feel.  Julia has stayed in the hostels previously and gives them a thumbs up.

 

COVID REFUND POLICY

COVID REFUND GUARANTEED

If your trip is cancelled due to Covid choose from free date changes, account credit, or a full refund.

Full Financial Protection: Your money is safe. Every booking is fully financially protected.

WHAT OUR COVID REFUND GUARANTEE INCLUDES:

If your trip is cancelled by Adventure Geek at any time up to the day of departure you will be offered the option to:

  1. Move to a new date.
  2. Convert your booking into account credit – which can be put towards any future adventure of your choice.
  3. Get a full refund. We process 100% of refunds within 14 days.

If your trip is going ahead but you need to cancel 30 days or less before departure due to Covid-19 we agree to waive our normal cancellation terms and offer you the option to move to a new date, convert to account credit or a full refund in the event that:

  1. You are prevented from travelling due to your government banning non-essential travel to the destination.
  2. You are prevented from travelling due to a national or local lockdown.
  3. You are prevented from travelling due to quarantine requirements on your return.

WHAT OUR COVID REFUND GUARANTEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Your normal cancellation terms will apply if you need to cancel your trip for the following reasons:

  1. You or a family member is diagnosed with Covid and you are required to self-isolate, which prevents you from travelling.
  2. A close relative is diagnosed with Covid and you are required to care for them.
  3. You are denied boarding your flight due to failing Covid checks.
  4. You are unable to join your trip due to not fully complying with the testing or vaccination requirements to enter the destination country.

We recommend customers take out travel insurance with specific Covid-19 cancellation and curtailment provision which is now available from many reputable providers.

SPOILER ALERT! Previous trip videos...

Here are the trip videos from the same event that took place in October 2021.  Only watch these videos if you don't want to spoil the surprise.

Note: Some of the itinerary has now changed (ie: we are no longer taking a train to St Jean, we have a private transfer organised).

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