Individual arrival in Roncesvalles
Leaving Roncesvalles behind, you will immerse yourself in a typically Pyrenean environment, among pastures, beech forests and cows. The descent will take you to Burguete and its red houses, then you will climb towards the Mezquiriz hill. From here the route continues to descend entering the wild, authentic Navarre, before arriving in Zubiri.
Today you will walk through many woods, dotted with small villages, following the course of the Arga river. The stage will end in Pamplona, a city known throughout the world for the feast of San Fermin. Pamplona however has much more to offer: its Gothic cathedral and Plaza del Castillo, the fortress, the Taconera park.
You will start todays' walk with a climb, but the effort will be rewarded by the view from the top of Monte Perdon, from which you will gave a wide view of Pamplona and the Pyrenees mountain range. After this stop, you will continue downhill encountering several rural villages such as Óbanos, known for the Gothic church of San Esteban. The stage ends at Puente la Reina, famous for its imposing Roman bridge.
Today's stage takes you along country roads to the village of Cirauqui, with its ancient medieval centre. Today you will cross various ancient bridges, such as the one over the Dorrondoa stream and the one over the Salado river. Before arriving in Estella, you will come across the towns of Lorca and Villatuerta, notable for the beautiful churches of San Salvador and the Annunciation. In Villatuerta you can stop in the Pilgrims' Square, and visit the ruins of the ancient monastery of San Miguel. The stage ends in Estella, the small capital of Romanesque art in Navarra. Its name derives from the vision of some shepherds who saw a shower of shooting stars where today stands the statue of Our Lady of Puy.
Resuming your journey after saying goodbye to Estella, you will come across Erache, with its monastery. Before the town, you will find the curious Fountain of Erache, from which you can drink both water and wine! Don't drink too much because the stage continues uphill: before the highest point you will encounter the ancient Fonte dei Mori. You will then descend through cultivated fields to Los Arcos, a small town dominated by the bell tower of Santa Maria.
The last stage of the journey takes you along the Linares valley along quiet paths which then turn into a fairly challenging climb up to Viana, a fortified village where you can stop for a while to visit the pleasant historic center and the Gothic church of Santa Maria . The last kilometers up to Logroño are downhill, among almond groves and villages lost in time. The final destination of the trip, Logroño, is the capital of the autonomous community of La Rioja. You can visit the Roman ruins of the ancient city of Vareia, the imposing Concathedral of Santa Maria de La Redonda (with a Crucifixion attributed to Michelangelo), and celebrate the end of your trip with a good Rioja wine!
Last day is included. Service ends after breakfast.
Roncesvalles – Posada de Roncesvalles
Zubiri – Hosteria de Gautxori
Pamplona – Alda Pamplona Centro
Puente la reina – Hotel Jakue
What is included
- 7 Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
- luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
- maps and detailed description of the itinerary
- Pilgrim Passport
- Medical and luggage travel insurance
- 24h phone assistance
What is not included
- Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
- lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated
- visits and entrance fees - tips
- personal expense
- possible sojourn taxes
- everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.
These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:
- Single room supplement
- cancellation insurance
- Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.
Is this trip for me?
This trip is perfect if you've always dreamt of the Camino de Santiago and want to walk its most challenging yet most beautiful stretch: this section, through the Pyrenees, Navarra, and Rioja, is one of the most beloved. It's a route suited for those with good physical conditioning or prior experience with walking trips because it includes some rather demanding elevation changes, especially in the Pyrenees crossing portion.