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Camino de Santiago self guided walking holiday

Overview
Location
Accommodation
Getting There

The Northern way is one of the most scenic, hilly and less crowded stretches of the Camino de Santiago, starting in Hendaye in France and ending in Bilbao, Spain. You will cover around 150km in 6 days, walking along the coast between Hendaye and Deba via San Sebastian along beaches and clifftops, through small fishing villages, vineyards and meadows, then heading inland through Guernica and end your week in the area's cultural hub, Bilbao. Stay at cosy inns and hotels along the route, your luggage will be transported for you each day. Contact us for availability, prices start from € 675 pp

Highlights

  • Discover one of the less busy and most panoramic sections of the Camino de Santiago
  • Feast on the delicious seafood that the area is famous for
  • Visit the world famous Guggenheim museum in Bilbao

Included

  • 6 nights accommodation in small hotels and guest houses along the route
  • Breakfast
  • 5 dinners (no dinner included on day 2)
  • Luggage transportation between hotels
  • 1 travel guide book with detailed map (1 book per 4 people)

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals and beverages unless specified above
  • Public transport (boats and trains)
  • Local taxes if applicable
  • Anything else not mentioned above

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Hendaye
Day 2: Passage across the Bidasoa by road or by boat, stage from Fontarrabie to San Sebastian. 6h00 walking, 25km
Day 3: San Sebastian - Zarautz. 5h30 walking, 22 km
Day 4: Zarautz - Deba. 5h30 walking, 25 km
Day 5: Deba - Markina. 5h30, 23 km
Day 6: Markina - Guernica. 6h20, 25km
Day 7: Gernika-Bilbao, to shorten the the route it is possible to take a train from Lezama (not included in the price). 6h or 8h30h walking, 22km or 34km.
Day 8: End of stay in Bilbao.

Luggage: Try to pack light even if you aren't transporting it yourself, preferably a soft bag or rucksack.
What to bring:
• Walking boots (with ankle protection) and walking socks
• Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and lip protection
• Waterproof jacket and over trousers
• Lightweight, breathable clothing for the day
• A change of clothes for the evening
• Daytime backpack
• Water bottle or backpack container (allow 2 litres per person per day)
• Tupperware type container for picnics cutlery
• Compass
• Waterproof cover for walking instructions and map
• Head torch
• Survival blanket
• First aid kit

Please Note

IMPORTANT: Due to the nature of this tour the dates and prices may on occasion vary from what you had originally booked, in which case you can either accept the change or will be offered a full refund. You will be informed of any changes within a few days of your booking. Please do not book flights or any other non refundable services related to your holiday until you have received written confirmation from us regarding your booking.

The world famous Camino de Santiago is a network of routes that all lead to the city of Santiago de Compostela in the Galicia region of Northwest Spain. Though the routes themselves pre-date Christianity, the Camino is known as a pilgrimage site to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela where there is a shrine to the apostle St. James the Great.

The network includes the French way (from the French Pyrenees), the primitive way (from Oviedo), the Portuguese way (from Lisbon) and the Northern way (from San Sebastien). Both the French and Northern routes are classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

While still a very popular pilgrimage route, the camino also attracts walkers and cyclists from around the world attracted by the challenge, the sense of camaraderie, the fantastic scenery, and the excellent food.

You will be staying at small hotels and guest houses along the route, please see the itinerary for information on the stop off point each day.

Arrival Airport: Biarritz airport (approx 30 mins from Hendaye)

Other airports: Bilbao airport

By Car

As you will be starting and ending this tour in two different locations hiring a car is not advised.

By Public Transport

There is a bus between Biarritz airport and Hendaye
There are airport shuttle buses from the city centre to Bilbao airport

By Private Transfer

Taxi available outside airport. Private transfer available on request after main booking.

Overview

The Northern way is one of the most scenic, hilly and less crowded stretches of the Camino de Santiago, starting in Hendaye in France and ending in Bilbao, Spain. You will cover around 150km in 6 days, walking along the coast between Hendaye and Deba via San Sebastian along beaches and clifftops, through small fishing villages, vineyards and meadows, then heading inland through Guernica and end your week in the area's cultural hub, Bilbao. Stay at cosy inns and hotels along the route, your luggage will be transported for you each day. Contact us for availability, prices start from € 675 pp

Highlights

  • Discover one of the less busy and most panoramic sections of the Camino de Santiago
  • Feast on the delicious seafood that the area is famous for
  • Visit the world famous Guggenheim museum in Bilbao

Included

  • 6 nights accommodation in small hotels and guest houses along the route
  • Breakfast
  • 5 dinners (no dinner included on day 2)
  • Luggage transportation between hotels
  • 1 travel guide book with detailed map (1 book per 4 people)

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals and beverages unless specified above
  • Public transport (boats and trains)
  • Local taxes if applicable
  • Anything else not mentioned above

Please Note

IMPORTANT: Due to the nature of this tour the dates and prices may on occasion vary from what you had originally booked, in which case you can either accept the change or will be offered a full refund. You will be informed of any changes within a few days of your booking. Please do not book flights or any other non refundable services related to your holiday until you have received written confirmation from us regarding your booking.

Location

Location

The world famous Camino de Santiago is a network of routes that all lead to the city of Santiago de Compostela in the Galicia region of Northwest Spain. Though the routes themselves pre-date Christianity, the Camino is known as a pilgrimage site to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela where there is a shrine to the apostle St. James the Great.

The network includes the French way (from the French Pyrenees), the primitive way (from Oviedo), the Portuguese way (from Lisbon) and the Northern way (from San Sebastien). Both the French and Northern routes are classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

While still a very popular pilgrimage route, the camino also attracts walkers and cyclists from around the world attracted by the challenge, the sense of camaraderie, the fantastic scenery, and the excellent food.

Accommodation

Accommodation

You will be staying at small hotels and guest houses along the route, please see the itinerary for information on the stop off point each day.

Getting There

Getting There

Arrival Airport: Biarritz airport (approx 30 mins from Hendaye)

Other airports: Bilbao airport

By Car

As you will be starting and ending this tour in two different locations hiring a car is not advised.

By Public Transport

There is a bus between Biarritz airport and Hendaye
There are airport shuttle buses from the city centre to Bilbao airport

By Private Transfer

Taxi available outside airport. Private transfer available on request after main booking.

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