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A Taste of The Camino – Pyrenees

£240.00£340.00

Trek the Pyrenees, from France to Spain in just four days.

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.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 4 days hiking
  • Accommodation booking assistance (although you pay the vendor directly)
  • Luggage transfer bookings (if you don't want to carry your pack)
  • An experienced Camino guide on the ground, every day to show you the way
  • And lots more (check out the section tabs below)

Perfect for: 

Keen walkers who are looking for a new challenge with the experience of crossing the border of two countries, or for those seeking some “time out” of their usual busy lives.

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DESCRIPTION

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 at the foot of the Pyrenees, 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 hill 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 (except for the first two nights in the Pyrenees).
  • 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 receive a daily information sheet so that you are prepared for the next day’s hiking.
  • 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.

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.

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.

TRIP INCLUDES

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

Our weekly fees are: £240 per person

(Discounts are available via our loyalty card programme for regular walkers and 20% discount for Adventure Geek Walking Club Members)

Our Pilgrim Meal at the Orisson Albergue

The above price includes:

  • Booking luggage transfer (if you are not keen on carrying your backpack)
  • Helping you to organise your accommodation (be aware that the first two nights through the Pyrenees you will be staying in a hostel, however, you may want to upgrade to a private room – see accommodation tab for more details.
  • 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 (to the extent that you wish)
  • Medical support for minor medical needs. (All guides carry a first aid kit and are first aid qualified).
  • Pre-trip briefing (includes meeting your fellow pilgrims, workshops, painting your stone, and a pack shakedown).
  • Camino induction pack, which includes a guidebook, Camino Shell, Camino Credential and a packet of poppy seeds.
  • Certificate of completion of the first stage (Adventure Geek Certification).

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. The ONLY accommodation that we will book and pay for on your behalf is the first night in Bayonne (if you selected this option).  Part of the adventure is booking your accommodation each day depending on how you are feeling.
  • 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.

ITINERARY

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!

What happens next?

Saturday – Arrival Evening

TimeItinerary
TBCArrive at Biarritz Airport and look out for the Adventure Geek Host (alternatively, you can meet your guide at the UK Airport in the UK).

We then take a bus from Biarritz to Bayonne (c€3.00 – told you it was cheap!) – stay overnight and have time to explore this wonderful town.

Day 1 – Bayonne to St Jean Pied De Port to Refuge Orisson (5 miles walking)

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AM7.45am get the bus from Bayonne to St Jean Pied De Port (c€10)

11.00am get our first stamp at the pilgrim's office (free of charge) and spend a little bit of time in St Jean Pied De Port.

PMStart walking, taking it very slow and steady with lots of breaks.  This first day is probably the hardest day of the whole Camino Frances route.  It is only 5 miles, but a very steep five miles!

Refuge Orisson (c€40 – the most expensive hostel on the Camino, but you will see why when you get there!).   So 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, after which we will have our daily briefing in preparation for tomorrows hike. 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 2 – Refuge Orisson to Roncesvalles (17km/10.56 miles)

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AM7.30am Latest! – 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 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 cow bells 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 (€12 per person).   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.

PMThe evening is yours to do with as you so wish.  You can explore the village, attend the evening mass in the wonderful church and of course enjoy an evening meal.  Many pilgrims 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.

We will agree a time for a quick debrief and explain the plan for the following day.

Day 3 – Roncesvalles to Zubiri (22km/13.5 miles)

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AMAt this stage, you may feel that you would like to leave on your own, or with a few friends.  If you would like to walk with your Adventure Geek guide then we will be leaving approximately 7.30am.

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.

PMDepending on your choice of accommodation will determine where you are booked in for the night.  The evening is your own to decide what you would like to do.  There is the church service and a choice of many bars and restaurants in this small town.  Catch up with friends and attend the daily briefing before retiring to bed.

Day 4 – Zubiri to Pamplona (22km/13.5 miles)

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AMAgain, if you wish to leave at your own time then just let us know.  We will catch up with you (or you will catch up with us) along one of the café’s on route, or in Pamplona later in the day.  Take the time to explore the many Spanish towns and villages along the way.

The walk today is relatively flat with the first section on rural tracks.  The second half of the walk being the suburbs of the city of Pamplona, which takes you through a beautiful riverside park.

PMPamplona 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.

We will meet up at a designated time for a debrief of scheduled events for tomorrow about 6pm.

Day 5 – Pamplona – Biarritz Airport

TimeItinerary
AMIf you booked the Pamplona Walking Tour then we will meet up at (TBC)
PMWe will meet at (TBC) for the bus (2hrs €13) to take us back to Biarritz Airport where we catch our flight home to the UK.

ACCOMMODATION

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.  Everyone will need to stay in a hostel at least twice as the Pyrenees areas only provide this basic type of accommodation.  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)

FIRST NIGHT HOTEL

The very first night will be spent in the beautiful city of Bayonne.

Stretching along the banks of the Rivers Adour and Nive, the waterside city of Bayonne is one of the prettiest in southwest France and the capital of the French Basque Country. It's been a strategic stronghold since medieval times, and the old ramparts are still visible around the outskirts of the old town, but it's Bayonne's pretty half-timbered buildings, riverside restaurants and shady cobbled streets that make it worthy of exploration.

Your accommodation for the evening, should you decide to select this option with Adventure Geek, will be a 2-star hotel, providing a comfortable nights rest with wifi, ensuite bathroom and a full buffet breakfast (continental style).  The rooms have hairdryers and a TV.

The Adventure Geek team have stayed at this hotel numerous times and as a bonus, the train station is literally across the road!  Tomorrow we will be heading to St Jean Pied De Port to start our Camino walk.

If you wish to book your own accommodation on the first night then there are many options available (we can help)

PAMPLONA TOUR

Consider selecting the “Pamplona Walking Tour” option as you will be in for a treat!

You'll walk into the Old Town knowing how Pamplona was born, its evolution and discovering the old disappeared neighbourhoods.

Learn about Pamplona's Festival and the most famous tradition of all, the running of the bulls.  You will walk the 825 meters route and stop at the most special points:-

  • The Saint
  • The Town Hall
  • Estafeta St.

Moreover, you will have the opportunity to visit the jewel of Pamplona, architecturally speaking, the Cathedral (ticket not included which is €5)

Last but not least, we can't forget our gastronomy:

Learn about Pamplona's typical drink, Pacharán.  What is it?  How is it done?  How many different kinds are there and of course…. how does it taste?  Yes, you get to taste Pacharán!

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 = £125.45 (Saturday 25th May)
  • Flights – Ryan Air, Biarritz to Stansted = £72.41 (Thursday 30th May)
  • Bus from Biarritz to Bayonne – €3.00
  • Train from Bayonne to St Jean Pied De Port – €10
  • Bus from Pamplona to Biarritz Airport – €13

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.

  • Hotel is Bayonne (which we can book for you), will be approximately €60
  • 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 you budget for approx €25  a day then that should be plenty!  It's the many cafe con lechés (coffee) that tend to add up!