Camino de Santiago inn to inn walking holiday
Description of Camino de Santiago inn to inn walking holiday
Want to walk along the entire length of the Camino Francés but don't have a month to spare? Prefer to end the day with a warm welcome, great food and comfortable bed in welcoming family-run lodges and boutique city hotels?
This uniquely-designed private walking trip takes you all the way from Roncesvalles to Santiago de Compostela, using strategic car transfers to skip out the most monotonous and unattractive parts of the Camino. As your luggage carries on ahead of you to your next lodge, you walk with your daypack through the best scenery, with detailed walking notes, OS maps and GPS device (though navigating is not difficult).
Along the way you pass through ever-changing landscapes, from the rolling pastures of the Basque Pyrenees to the vineyards of La Rioja and the cereal fields of Castile, finishing in the lush forests of Galicia. As well as time to wander around Santiago, you have a full day in Burgos to explore at your own pace and spend a night in Pamplona, a city famed for its pintxos.
Throughout the trip you pass through wonderful little villages that are full of life and character particular to Northern Spain. In La Rioja you stay in one of the region's most iconic hotels, enjoying a guided tour of a local winery before you tuck into a special tasting menu at your hotel. In Pamplona your home for the night is a converted 18th century royal masion.
You will walk seven stages across the 11 days, with walks between 8.5 and 15km. On average this means 4-5 hours of walking each day. These can be lengthened or shortened according to your energy levels as you travel.
PlanetAs much as it is a spiritual journey for some, for many walking the Camino Francés is all about connecting with the ever-changing landscapes through which you pass and interacting with local communities as you go from village to village. That can only happen if we continue to look after the pathways and thoughtfully engage with each place.
For the visitor, there are many basic things you can do, by no means exclusive to the Camino, such as bringing a refillable water bottle and choosing locally-run restaurants where you do not have meals included.
There are always ways that we, the tour operator can help. For example some of the hotels along the route help to protect the historical heritage of their regions. On the first night you sleep in a converted medieval hospital, part of the monastery. Later on you'll rest your head in a former 16th century watermill.
In La Rioja we introduce guests to a boutique vineyard that takes an environmentally-friendly and low impact approach to its wine growing techniques.
PeopleA key component of this trip is that you get to interact with different communities along the length of the Camino Francés, starting near the French border in the Basque region, then on through La Rioja, Castile and into Galicia.
For a trip of this length, it is much more common to concentrate your travels into the final 100km stretch from Sarria to Santiago in Galicia. One in four people do this. We take great pride in introducing you to the different cultures and communities across the considerable width of Northern Spain.
Throughout the trip we work directly with local drivers to transport you to the starting point of each walk and then on to your next hotel at the end of the day. Whilst you are walking they also take your luggage on to the next lodge. Outside of the cities you stay in small family-run guesthouses, again with whom we work directly, rather than through an agency or middle man.
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