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FROM ST. PIED DE PORT TO LOGROÑO

7° stretch:   8 days / 7 nights / 7 walking days  

 

 the Pyrenees has always been a legendary experience within the St. James’ way, for all pilgrims; when they tell that they have started the way from St. Jean Pied de Port, we can always hear a touch of pride in their voice… and they are right to be proud, because the stretch from St. Jean to Roncisvalles is the hardest of the whole way. After Roncisvalles, the way goes to Pamplona and Logroño, two cities with beautiful historic centres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

 

Day 1

Arrival in Saint Jean Pied de Port

Saint Jean Pied de Port is the traditional point of departure for the Saint James’ Way. The village, along the river Nive, is situated 8 km from the Spanish borders. The name ‘Foot of the pass’ derives from the fact that the country was built at the foot of Roncevalle pass. Different itineraries - from Paris, Vézelay and le Puy en Velay- of the Way meet here and this is the last stop before crossing the steep Pyrenees mountains. In St.Jean you will take the Credential of the Way, a document you will need in order to sleep in the ‘Albergues’ and to collect stamps along the Way to Santiago

 

Day 2 

From St.Jean Pied de Port to Roncevalles

To cross the Pyrenees it is worth taking the street of Napoleon, which follows more or less the old Roman street between Bordeaux and Astorga, the most beautiful pathway used by most of the pilgrims. The other itinerary, which goes through Arnéguy, is less tiring, but also less interesting.

The path goes up, trees end and leave space to green pastures. You go up to the Madonna Biakorri (or Orisson Virgin), 1100 Meters a.s.l., until the fountain of Rolando, on the border between France and Spain (1344 Metres) and Col de Lepoeder, after that you start do descend towards Roncisvalle.

Distance: 24,9 km; duration 8 hours; altitude of departure:180m– altitude upon arrival 920 m

 

Day 3 

From Roncisvalle to Zubiri  

This is the first stretch, totally in Spain. Up to Zubiri, the path goes through charming little villages like Burguete, Espinal (871m), Viscarret…Everywhere you are followed by the shadow of legendary and valiant Franc paladin Roland, who opposed the king Moro Marsilio and fell victim of an ambush by the Moors in Roncesvalles.

Distance: 21,8 km; duration 6 hours; altitude of departure::920m– altitude upon arrival 526 m

 

Day 4 

 

From Zubiri to Pamplona

The pathway follows the valley of Arga up to Zabadilca, after that it goes through the pass to get to Pamplona, the first Spanish city of the Way. The suburb is not very interesting, but the historic centre (casco antigüo) is a pearl. Take your time to visit it, walking through the alleys and little streets. Pamplona was founded by Pompey in the year 75 BC. Pamplona shows a big contrast between the modern city, with big boulevards and lots of green, and the medieval city, with its alleys, small squares and old monuments, all kept together in extraordinary and perfect harmony. Your overnight stay is in a B&B.

Distance: 20,8 km; duration 5 hours 30 minutes; altitude of departure 526m– altitude upon arrival: 415m

 

Day 5

From Pamplona to Puente la Reina  

You have left the Pyrenees behind you and continue your way to the Region Navarra. After picturesque Zariquiegui, you go through Sierra del Perdon (780m),  surrounded by 40 wind pales and you go past a monument which represents a group of pilgrims of metal. You descend to Puente la Reina, where your path meets the one coming from Arles. Your overnight stay is outside the city, that you can visit also the day after.

Distance: 23,5 km; duration 5 hours 30 minutes; altitude of departure 415m and altitude of arrival: 346m

 

Day 6 

From Puente la Reina to Estella

The pathway comes closer to Region Rioja, which you will reach in two days, and the landscape becomes more arid and monotone. In spite of this, it is still interesting because you go past monuments that remind you of a glorious past: Roman streets, medieval bridges...half way between you will go through the centre of Cirauqui (498m), which develops around the church of San Román, a Gothic building with ogival portal and poly-lobed arches which, in spite of the many transformations, still keeps the aspect of a fortress. You leave Ciraqui along the Roman street (there are still Roman sidewalks and a pavement) and a Roman bridge, whose upper part was transformed in 1702. Your overnight stay is in Estella, situated along River Ega. There are different Romanesque churches to visit.

Distance: 22,1 km; duration 5 hours 30; altitude of departure 346m - altitude of arrival 426m

 

Day 7

From Estella to Los Arcos

The pathway goes through cultivated fields. You can make a short detour to visit the monastery of Irache, where, in the Romanesque church, you will find a very special fountain: a fountain from which wine comes, even if many of you will prefer drinking water from the fountain of the village of Villamayor de Moniardin.  

Distance: 21,3 km; duration 5 hours 15; altitude of departure 426m - altitude of arrival 447m

 

Day 8

From Los Arcos a Logroño

Today you will reach La Rioja, famous for its wines. Logroño has Roman origins and is situated on the banks of the Ebro River: it often surprises pilgrims with its beautiful historic centre.  Logroňo is a city with 150.000 inhabitants. The main monuments and places of interest are:  The church "Santa Maria de la Redonda" (15° century) facing Calle Major, a Gothic Cathedral with a  beautiful portal of Rococo style full of statues and decorations situated between two baroque towers, "San Bartolomé", a Roman-Gothic church going back to centuries XIII-XIV, "Santa Maria del Palacio", a Templar church (12° century),  the church of Santiago la Real (15th century) where pilgrims from Santiago used to meet, the “Bridge on the Ebro” of the year 1183, the "Paseo del Espolon", centre of the city with gardens, statues and big buildings, the “Museum of Logroňo" with collections of sculptures and paintings from various periods and objects of local archeology. Departure (it is possible to book for an overnight stay in Logroňo)

Distance: 27,9 km; duration 6 hours 45; altitude of departure 447m -altitude of arrival 400m

 

 

 

 

Included in the tour:

  • 7 nights in B&B and hotels ** and *** stars 

  • 6 dinners except at Pamplona (B&B). 

  • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel

  • Tour information

  • Road book in English or French

 

Not included in the tour:

  • Drinks during dinner

  • The trip to St Jean Pied de Port and back to Italy

  • Dinner in Pamplona 

  • Lunches

  • Entrance fees

  • Cancellation insurance policy

 

Period

Daily from Eastern to 1 November (excl. during the holiday of San Fermin first two weeks of July) 

Level 3

medium/difficult. On the first day there are significant differences in altitude (1400 m). Daily distances: between 20 and 28 km. Duration from 5.30 to 8 hours walk (duration is indicative, because breaks are included and because everyone has their own pace). Walking experience and good physical condition needed.

Climate

Mild and rainy in the Basque country. Summer is hot and sunny, sometimes humid. In Autumn it often rains. Climate becomes dryer in other Spanish regions. In the mountains in Spring and Autumn fresh in the morning and evening.

Prices p.p. 2017

in double room     € 653,00 

In single room    € 769,00

Travelling alone  € 810,00

On request

extra nights 

Participants

From 1 person

 

 

 

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