Gastro-Camino: Navarra & Rioja the French Camino

Wine from Rioja, food from Navarra and the Camino from St Jean Pied de Port

1430.00 €

This unique approach to a classic pilgrimage route combines a passion for good food with the incredible history of the trail crossing northern Spain. With fully supported day walks on the best sections of the pilgrimage trail paths, including the French route from Pamplona, the essence of the pilgrimage is retained. The walking is combined with  wine tasting and numerous samplings of the local cuisine from the heart of Spanish modern cuisine in the Navarra and Rioja region to the small rural villages on the Camino, as the pilgrimage is commonly called. In the company of a local gastronomic expert, there will be many insights into the local culinary scene. Spectacular very famous wines and wineries as the incredible tapas in Navarra and Rioja.

This section of the Camino is a beautiful walk: we start after the Pyrenees Mountains, so this part of the path until Logrono is not excessively difficult with a few hills and short mountain ranges along the way.

Itinerary not valid to get the Compostela certificate


1st day: Arrival in PAMPLONA
2nd day: PAMPLONA
4th day  camino stage: PAMPLONA - PUENTE LA REINA (24 km - difficulty 1/3)
5th day  camino stage: PUENTE LA REINA - ESTELLA (23 km - difficulty 1/3)
6th day  camino stage: ESTELLA - LOS ARCOS (22 km - difficulty 2/3)
7th day  camino stage: LOS ARCOS - LOGROÑO (28 km - difficulty 1/3)

The Price includes:
- 9 nights handpicked hotels and inns, all with en-suite accommodation, on a bed and breakfast basis.
- 7 dinners (tapatours included)
- 2 lunches
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
-  Professional English speaking guides and local experts
- Pamplona walking tour
- tapatour walking tour in Pamplona
- Bus excursion to Saint Jean Pied de Port and Roncesvalles
- tapatour walking tour in Logrono
- Pilgrimage walk along the Camino de Santiago trail
- 6 wine tastings
- Travel insurance
- Credencial (Pilgrim's passport)
- Camino Tips and maps
- 24/7 telephone assistance (English-speaking)

The Price does not includes:
- Single room supplement
- Activities indicated as optional
- Additional meals
- Personal expenses
- Wine or alcohol with meals, unless specified.
- Services not specified.




1st day: Arrival in PAMPLONA
Check-in. Welcome dinner:  Experience a “Pintxos” Tapas walking tour through Pamplona.
Accommodation in Pamplona

2nd day: PAMPLONA
Let's run with the bulls today — figuratively speaking, of course — as we take a walking tour through the historic heart of Pamplona (Iruña in Basque), including its cathedral and ramparts. We'll learn about Pamplona's importance as capital of Spain's Navarra region, and as a key stop along the Camino de Santiago trail. We'll also learn about Pamplona's association with author Ernest Hemingway — the Illinois native who is celebrated here as a native son. Tonight we've organized a special dinner at  one Michelin star restaurant in Pamplona.
Accommodation in Pamplona

Being so close to France, it would be a crime not to visit and so today you will go sightseeing in the nearby French Pays Basque. From Pamplona Today we'll visit  the walled French town of St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a traditional starting point for hiking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail. Here we'll learn about the humble pilgrims who have trekked across the north of Spain since the Middle Ages to pay homage to the remains of St. James. This afternoon our bus will take the scenic route, crossing over the impressive Pyrenees mountains to Pamplona, with a stop at the small hamlet of Roncevalles.
Tonight we've organized a traditional dinner at  a small, family owned restaurant in Pamplona, long a favorite of the locals and numerous visitors to the city, offers an excellent selection of traditional Navarran cuisine.
Accommodation in Pamplona

4th day  camino stage: PAMPLONA - PUENTE LA REINA (24 km - difficulty 1/3)
As you leave Pamplona behind you, you will start your ascent towards the “Alto del Perdón” (Hill of Forgiveness). Get your picture taken with the photogenic pilgrim sculpture at the top and enjoy the views of Pamplona and the valley beyond. From there, you will begin your descent towards Puente la Reina with its medieval alleys and impressive 11th century bridge over the River Arga
Possibility to walk only the distance you want or all the stage
Dinner and accommodation in Puente la Reina

5th day  camino stage: PUENTE LA REINA - ESTELLA (23 km  - difficulty 1/3)
The route to Estella is very uneven and quite agricultural. Small towns and villages are dotted amongst cereal fields, vineyards and olive trees. Perched on a hilltop, Cirauqui is a pretty little village with winding medieval streets where you will find one of the best preserved stretches of Roman road.
Possibility to walk only the distance you want or all the stage
Dinner and accommodation in Estella

6th day  camino stage: ESTELLA - LOS ARCOS (22 km  - difficulty 2/3)
Today’s stage moves towards the Rioja region with its olive trees, cereal fields and, most importantly, its vineyards. From Villamayor do Monjardin to Los Arcos, you will cover 12 km without coming across a single village. Ensure that you have plenty of water and use sun protection.
Possibility to walk only the distance you want or all the stage
Dinner and accommodation in Los Arcos

7th day  camino stage: LOS ARCOS - LOGROÑO (28 km  - difficulty 1/3)
It’s time to leave Navarre and move into La Rioja. Expect a pleasant hike through undulating countryside. On this route, you will pass the little town of Viana before coming to the town of Logroño, capital of the world-famous wine-producing region of La Rioja. Explore your surroundings, such as the Plaza de la Paz and the beautiful Santo Tomás Church, before enjoying a delicious Riojan tapas tour
Possibility to walk only the distance you want or all the stage
Dinner and accommodation in Logroño

On this day you will be leaving Logroño to discover Rioja: from traditional cellars to avant-garde winery architecture. Architects such as Gehry, Calatrava, Aspiazu, Hadid and Quemada have all left their mark on the Rioja wine region, creating stunning wineries. Expect to increase your wine knowledge, enjoy regional specialties and be blown away by the avant-garde architecture. Of course we can't miss a special lunch at local restaurant.
Accommodation in Haro

The day starts with pickup from the hotel in Haro, one of the most important in the production of wine in Rioja, to visit the first winery of the day; a “classic” winery in Rioja, a true example of the type of wine produced in this area. After the visit, we will take you along some of the most beautiful and emblematic landscapes of Rioja . You will stop at several special points along the route to take beautiful photos of the Riojan landscape. You will have lunch in a beautiful and traditional restaurant and you will be able to enjoy some of the Riojan specialities We have prepared a menu for you which includes several local specialities as starter dishes.   After enjoying lunch, you will have time to stroll through the charming cobbled streets of Laguardia, one of the most stunning in Rioja, here we could visit Rioja Alavesa winery. At the end of the day, we'll visit one of the most famous wineries of the zone and we'll walk through the vineyards.
Accommodation in Haro

After have breakfast transfer to Madrid..

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