Camino de Santiago from St Jean Pied de Port

Start / Finish:
St Jean Pied de Port / Pamplona

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Availability:
All year

66 km
Distance
5 days / 4 nights
Duration
Half Board or Only Breakfast
Meals
Hotels and Country Cottages
Accommodation
From 340€ per person
Price


Distance
66 km

Duration
5 days / 4 nights

Meals
Half Board or Only Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotels and Country Cottages

Price
From 340€ per person
Our Official License as a Wholesale Agency (Tour-Operator) allows us to work without intermediaries.

The French Camino de Santiago (or French Way) begins in the French city of St Jean Pied de Port in the French Basque Country and continues through the Pyrenees until reaching Pamplona. The Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port is very popular among the French.

Pamplona is a world-famous city for its running of the bulls, known as San Fermín. This section is one of the most difficult but also one of the most beautiful routes of the entire Camino de Santiago.

The so-called ‘Route Napoleón’ is so beautiful because it passes through the Roncesvalles Mountain Pass at 1,450 meters high. The views from Roncesvalles are spectacular and from here we can see the Pyrenees in all its splendor. You will certainly have an unforgettable experience walking from St Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona.

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St Jean Pied de Port

St Jean Pied de Port is the most popular French starting point for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. Approximately 25,000 pilgrims start the French Way from St Jean Pied de Port every year.

St Jean Pied de Port is a beautiful walled city, with its amazing Citadel and the gateway to Santiago. Pilgrims from all over the world come to St Jean Pied de Port to start their Camino de Santiago journey.

Overnight: St Jean Pied de Port

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From St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles

The beginning of this route departs from the city of St Jean Pied de Port and starts by walking up the famousRoncesvalles Pass in the Pyrenees. This route is demanding, probably the hardest of the entire French Way.

The so-called ‘Route Napoleón’ begins with a steep climb from where we will get to see beautiful country homes before reaching the typical upland meadows. On this route we will also have some spectacular views of the Pyrenees Mountains.

Then we will walk through beautiful forests heading towards the Spanish border and we will head downhill until reaching the town ofRoncesvalles. Alternatively, we can also walk to the village of Valcarlos. In Roncesvalles we recommend visiting theCollegiate Church and the Chapel of Santiago.

Length: 26 km

Overnight: Roncesvalles

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Optional from St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles, staying overnight in Valcarlos

If walking 26 km for approximately 8 hours all in one go seems too difficult, we can choose to divide the route into two sections. First we will walk 12 km from St Jean Pied de Port to Valcarlos. Valcarlos is a pretty, welcoming village.

Spending the night in Valcarlos is ideal, especially in the winter months when snow can make the route even more difficult. The second day we will walk for 14 km from Valcarlos to Roncesvalles.

Length: 12 km and 14 km

Overnight: Valcarlos

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From Roncesvalles to Zubiri

We will start the day in the town of Roncesvalles. Roncesvalles is a popular starting point for many pilgrims from Spain. In Roncesvalles we recommend visiting the Chapel of St. James as well as the Royal Collegiate of Santa Maria.

The trail between Roncesvalles and Zubiri crosses beautiful forests of beech and oak trees. This trail also crosses two mountain passes: Alto de Mezquíriz and Alto de Erro. After crossing the passes, we will make our way down to the town of Zubiri where we can visit its famous ‘Rabies Bridge’ located over the Arga River.

Length: 20 km

Overnight: Zubiri

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From Zubiri to Pamplona

Once we leave Zubiri, the trail continues along the Arga River to the city of Larrasoaña, an important city during the Middle Ages due to its influx of pilgrims. Little by little we will make our way towards the city of Pamplona.

Pamplona is famous for its running of the bulls, specifically its San Fermín festival. Pamplona is an interesting city to visit; we can go to its medieval center, visit the cathedral, try its rich local cuisine (don’t forget the wine!), or we can go visit the city’s main square, the ‘Plaza del Castillo’.

Length: 20 km

Overnight: Pamplona

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Pamplona

We will spend the last day of the first section of the French Way in Pamplona. Pamplona is world renowned for its San Fermín festival, during which the running of the bulls takes place in its streets in July. Pamplona is a city with a great vibe and it is worth thoroughly visiting this city.

General information

All the rooms you book with Santiago Ways to make the Camino de Santiago have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort.

Our team checks on site the quality of all the accommodation offered in order for pilgrims to live a comfortable and unforgettable experience on the Camino de Santiago.

Availability

When working with quality accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of the accommodation will be provided 30 days before the start of the Camino.

All accommodation on the Camino de Santiago is subject to availability. In case we can't offer any of them due to capacity, we'll accommodate you in one of equal or better quality.

Single rooms

Single rooms are available subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance and come at an additional cost.

Where am I going to stay?

All our accommodation has been selected to ensure tranquillity, rest and enjoyment during your Camino de Santiago:

St Jean Pied de Port

St Jean Pied de Port

Roncesvalles

Roncesvalles

Valcarlos

Valcarlos

Zubiri

Zubiri

Pamplona

Pamplona

Included Services

checkAccommodation in hotels, traditional Galician homes, country homes, and charming hostels.

checkRooms with private bathroom.

checkMeal plan of your choice.

checkLuggage transport between stages.

checkComplete itinerary of the route.

check24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

checkAssistance vehicle in case of emergency.

checkAssistance vehicle in case of emergency.

checkInformative dossier on the Camino de Santiago.

checkVAT.

Additional Services

checkAdditional single room: €70 per person.

checkExtra night in Pamplona: €55 per person.

checkTransfer from Pamplona to St Jean Pied de Port: €140.

checkTravel assistance insurance: €15 per person.

checkCancellation insurance: €10 per person.

checkCancellation insurance: €18 per person.

In order to resolve the doubts of all pilgrims, here we answer the questions that are most frequently asked when we receive your inquiries.

If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts.

General Information

What is the best time to do the Camino de Santiago?

The Camino de Santiago can be started on any day of the year, always taking into account the weather and the season in which you want to travel, so that your clothes are the right ones.

How do I get to my starting point on the Camino?

The best way to get to the starting point of your Camino de Santiago is to arrive at the airport, train station or bus station nearest to the town from where you will start walking.

Once you confirm your Camino, you will send us the arrival information for your flight, train or bus and, from there, we organize a private transfer to the town where you should start your Camino.

Can I travel alone?

Yes, you can. All the routes on the Camino de Santiago are suitable for pilgrims to travel solo.

Also, whether you are travelling alone, or travelling accompanied but want to sleep in a single room, Santiago Ways offer this option to you.

We can book all your nights of accommodation in single rooms at an additional cost. We suggest you book well in advance since they are usually in high demand.

On the Camino de Santiago, you will find hundreds of pilgrims walking on their own. Many of them may have come to the Camino alone; others have probably moved away from their fellow travellers for a few hours because of the difference in speed when walking.

In any case, all the routes on the Camino are very well signposted, so you will have no problem if you go on your own.

Am I going to have an accompanying guide on el Camino de Santiago?

Most routes on the Camino de Santiago are done in a self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace along the routes marked on the complete itinerary of the route, which is sent one month before starting the Camino.

However, we also offer organized groups with accompanying guide on the stretch from Sarria to Santiago. We have specific dates already established, and we carry them out in groups of up to 15 people, with guaranteed departures. The guides in charge of these routes speak English and Spanish.

We already have all the dates published until 2021, so you are encouraged to reserve your place before the groups are filled.

What does the complete route itinerary consist of?

The complete route itinerary of the route is a guide that we prepare for you with information about the maps, route profiles and places of interest, kilometre by kilometre on each of the stages that you will go through on the Camino de Santiago.

The travel distances and travel times indicated for each route on both the website and the itinerary we send you are based on reference values. It depends on each pilgrim exactly how they carry out these times and distances, according to the speed at which they progress.

When do I get the complete route itinerary?

You will receive it by email one month before starting your Camino along with all the documentation for the trip: accommodation reservations, baggage transfers, among others.

How many kilometres should I walk on each stage?

In Santiago Ways, we adapt each stage to the needs of our pilgrims, so that they can travel according to their physical capability and the number of days available.

On average, a stage of the Camino de Santiago has 15 to 20 km. On most routes, however, we can organize your Camino so that you walk fewer kilometres, dividing some stages into two parts, depending on what is most comfortable for you.


Advice

What should I consider to prepare physically?

Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for doing the Camino de Santiago.

Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.

People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.

Generally, it is recommended to start training for about three months before starting the route.

How far in advance should I make a reservation?

There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season, and in dates of religious interest such as the San Fermin Festivals in Pamplona, from 7th to 14th July, or the Feast of Santiago the Apostle, on July 25th.

Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all of your needs.

What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?

For any of the Caminos, we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.

Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary.

Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).

For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash.

How does the baggage transfer between stages work?

Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.

Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.

Should I take out travel insurance?

To complete any of the routes on the Camino de Santiago, it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.

To do this, we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways. If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.


Accommodation

Do all rooms have a private bathroom?

Yes, all rooms you book with Santiago Ways to do the Camino de Santiago have a private bathroom.

Can I sleep alone in a room?

Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each pilgrim.

Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability according to the location.

When will you tell me where I am going to stay?

We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our pilgrims, provided that they are booked well in advance.

The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the Camino with all the documentation related to the trip.

Am I going to share a room with strangers?

No. All the accommodations we book for our pilgrims have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort needed torest properly.

Is the accommodation close to the route that I should follow?

All the accommodations that we book are in the centre of the towns or villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is somewhat far from the centre, most of them are accessible on foot.

When necessary, Santiago Ways could offer a round trip transfer so that the pilgrim can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible and return the next day to the point on the route from where he must continue the Camino.

What type of accommodation do you reserve?

All the accommodation that we book in Santiago Ways offers the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking.

We work with hotels, traditional Galician homes, country cottages, and charming hostels, always a room with a private bathroom.

We want to talk to you now about one of the most charming routes on the Camino Frances. In fact, we refer to the route of the Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona. It is one of the most popular for many reasons that we will explain later.

By the way, we offer in this, and in other articles on our web, all the necessary information to be able to carry out your adventure of the Camino of Santiago on any of its routes.

Why choose the Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona?

There are many reasons to make the Camino de Santiago de Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona. Next, we will detail some of them with the intention of encouraging you to complete one of the most beautiful and popular routes of all the possible itineraries of the Camino.

1.- The natural surroundings: one of the most noteworthy aspects of the Camino from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona is its great landscape and environmental richness. For example, roads littered with forests before entering the final point, Navarra, are impressive.

Uno de los bosques en Navarra

Also, this section of the Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona includes mountain stretches (two of them) where we can enjoy a wonderful experience.

2.-Historical heritage: in general, the Camino Frances is full of valuable cultural, historical and artistic heritage. However, for its stretch between Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona this is especially visible.

For example, in Saint Jean Pied de Port we can find its genuine medieval bridge and the Rue D’Espagne, a medieval aspect whose charm still remains intact.

Puente medieval St Jean Pied de Port

The carving of the Virgin of Biakorri, in the area of Aquitaine, in France, is another example of this. Later, in the section of sites of interest, we will detail other places that you cannot miss. However, and to whet your appetite, it must be remembered that these points constitute for themselves another reason why to make this route of the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela.

3.- Gastronomy: one of the most noteworthy points of the Camino Frances of Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona is, without doubt, its great variety and gastronomic richness. This is due to the great variety of cultures that it crosses, even in the culinary.

Thus, along the route, and as we will detail in the section of the best restaurants, we can find gastronomic wonders to delight any pilgrim. A journey that, to culminate, has its strong point in one of the gastronomic capitals of our country and, by extension, of the whole world: Pamplona.

Tomar pinchos en Pamplona

4.- Infrastructure: it is necessary to say on the Camino Frances to Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona that it has an excellent endowment in terms of infrastructure. It is for this reason that, ahead of other routes of the Camino de Santiago which are less crowded, the popularity of all the Camino Frances ensures that it is spectacularly served.

The road is well signposted, avoids overcrowding, the terrain is well prepared for pilgrimages and, the locals who are found along the way live its culture with more passion (if it is possible) than the pilgrims themselves.

Information about the route between Saint Jean Pied de Port and Pamplona

The Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona is a route that forms part of the so-called Camino de Santiago Frances. It finishes its route in Pamplona and is divided into four stages. It has a total length of 68 kilometres that run by unparalleled landscapes, cultural and historical.

It is one of the busiest routes and, in addition, it is one in which most of the pilgrimage paths to Santiago converge for many centuries. When we finally get to Pamplona, this route allows us to go around its historic centre to enjoy one of the key cities since the early Middle Ages.

Panoramica de la Plaza del Castillo

The most reserved routes from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

Among all the possible options that exist within the Camino Frances, some of them can link directly to the Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port. Others arrive directly in Pamplona and follow the route of this magnificent pilgrimage path.

Now, we want to talk to you about the other most popular route along with the one we are discussing.

Camino Frances from Sarria

With a length of 111 kilometres, the Camino Frances can also start from Sarria. In this section, there is a large number of pilgrims, so it is an excellent opportunity to make friends on the pilgrimage.

Route of the Camino from St Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

Maps of the Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

To follow, we enclose the maps of the Camino Frances to Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona.

St. Jean Pied de Port – Roncesvalles

St Jean Pied de Port a Roncesvalles

Map stage from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles

Roncesvalles – Zubiri

Roncesvalles a Zubiri

Map stage from Roncesvalles to Zubiri

Zubiri – Pamplona

Zubiri a Pamplona

Map stage from Zubiri to Pamplona

Profile of the Camino from St Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

Here we present all the information regarding the profile of the Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona.

In general, we can say that it is a very recommended section for those who want to start on the route: the highest level of the entire route is the Collado Lepoeder pass at 1430 metres. Later, it includes a steep descent into the town of Roncesvalles.

St. Jean Pied de Port – Roncesvalles

Perfil de St Jean Pied de Port a Roncesvalles

Profile stage from St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles

Roncesvalles – Zubiri

Perfil de Roncesvalles a Zubiri

Profile stage from Roncesvalles to Zubiri

Zubiri – Pamplona

Perfil de Zubiri a Pamplona

Profile stage from Zubiri to Pamplona

In general, we can say that it is a very recommended section for those who want to start on the route: the highest level of the entire route is the Collado Lepoeder pass at 1430 metres. Later, it includes a steep descent into the town of Roncesvalles.

Desde el Collado Lepoeder

Stages on foot

We also detail what the walking stages are that we must face in this Camino Frances to Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port.

Stage from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles.

Stage from Roncesvalles to Zubiri.

Stage from Zubiri to Pamplona.

How long does the Camino de Santiago Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona take?

The total length of this section of the Camino de Santiago Frances is 66 kilometres. These are distributed in a total of 4 nights and 5 days. This is the proposed itinerary from Santiago Ways.

In any case, we want you to remember that it is always possible that this duration will lengthen if you fall in love with any of the spots that you may find along the route.

The best time to do the Camino de Santiago Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

While the question of when to make the Camino de Santiago, in general, depends on the taste of each individual, we want to talk now about what is the best time of the year to make the Camino Frances to Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port.

We will detail according to each month what advantages and disadvantages there are in each one, although we can anticipate that the factor of weather instability is especially noted in the seasons of autumn and winter and that, in general, except in the mountain stages, the temperatures are mild throughout the route.

January

The month of January is a moment chosen by many people to complete this route, especially taking advantage of the last days of the Christmas holidays. One of the most powerful reasons to do it during this month is the beauty of the environment, especially in mountain regions. You have to go well covered up, warm and prepared for possible rains, yes.

February

In February the weather is a little milder in respect to mountain temperatures. As we have said, most of the Camino Frances to Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port runs through areas of Atlantic or transitional climate. This means that the winters are mild.

March

In March the temperatures begin to rise. It is the moment when spring begins to show its influence and therefore it is a good time for those who feel the cold. With the necessary planning, we can avoid the rains, yes.

April

In April the temperature is mild and the rains are intermittent. The whole environment of the Camino from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona is dressed in beautiful colours that will make our experience unforgettable. In this month, our route can coincide with Easter.

Semana Santa en Santiago de Compostela

May

In May there is a potential risk of increased rainfall. However, as we always advise, we will be able to avoid these drawbacks with an adequate forecast especially when it comes to your equipment. The temperatures are mild, even up in the mountains.

June

When summer comes it is when most pilgrims are encouraged to make the Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port. They do so for obvious reasons that have to do with increasing temperatures and the lower risk of precipitation.

July

The same goes for the month of July. In July, it is when the local festivities of Santiago take place, between the 15th and the 31st. This month is another favourite of the year for pilgrims. In fact, temperatures increase even more, which increases the popularity of the itinerary but also the levels of possible precipitation.

Dia del Apostol Santiago en la Catedral

August

August is, by far, the favourite time of year to make the Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port. It is because it is a period of ideal temperatures and, above all, when most people have more available time.

September

It is the month when the autumn begins and when, in a way, the probability of precipitation reappears. However, this time of year also brings many beautiful colours to the whole landscape.

October

Although rainfall is more abundant in October, it is a great time to enjoy all the beautiful landscapes that come together along the Camino Frances to Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port.

November

In November, this is the month in which the winter is about to fully begin. Therefore, temperatures fall, although there is still a risk of precipitation. Contrary to what happens during the rest of the winter, in this month the cold is not excessively worrying.

December

December is also a good time to make the Camino Frances to Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona because during this month the city is dressed up for its Christmas festivities.

Navidad en Santiago de Compostela

Guide to the places you cannot miss on the Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

We also want to offer to name of some of the most emblematic places that you will be able to know on this Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona.

Places of interest

Roncesvalles

The whole historical collection in this town is worth it. However, the Royal Collegiate Church of Santa María de Roncesvalles must be highlighted among all the town’s heritage. It is a church of imposing appearance and beautiful architecture.

Alto de Mezquíriz y el Alto de Erro

Between Roncesvalles and Zubiri are these two wonderful spots where we can make a stop to enjoy the views of the surroundings.

Catedral de Pamplona

Pamplona Cathedral is one of the most interesting architectural monuments due to its appearance and unmistakable façade. It has a gothic interior that constitutes one of the most valuable architectural jewels of Spain and, by extension, of all Europe.

Estilo gotico Catedral de Pamplona

Where to sleep – the best lodgings

In Santiago Ways, we offer you the best selection of hotels to make your pilgrimage an unforgettable journey and to give you all the rest you deserve.

Where to eat – The best restaurants

Gau Txori: This emblematic restaurant located in Zubiri offers the best of Navarre’s gastronomy. It is an elegant place where you can taste a good menu at a relatively affordable price.

Casa Sabina: This restaurant offers us a popular menu at reasonable prices. It is located in Roncesvalles and is one of the obligatory stops that you cannot miss in the Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona.

Asador Olaverri: In Pamplona, we can pay homage after completing the Camino Frances to Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port with Navarre specialties and, above all, with its exquisite traditional style roasts.

Asador Olaverri en Pamplona

Origin of the Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

The Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona connects its own history with the Camino Frances. This emerged as an alternative to the so-called Camino del Norte when, as the Reconquista progressed, this route was opened, much more practical than the previous one.

Since then, the Camino de Santiago Frances and, of course, the route from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona has been completed by thousands of people. It is, in fact, the most popular route of all possible options on the Camino de Santiago.

The Camino of St Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona with Santiago Ways

Ideal footwear for the Camino de Santiago from Sarria

Other sections of the Camino Frances

Other users’ opinions about the Camino de St Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

So that you have all the information on what other people who have already completed the Camino with Santiago Ways think, then we offer you some of their opinions.

Karen Srajer
Karen Srajer
We took the French Way, Leaving from Saint Jean Pied de Port. Santiago Ways booked our rooms the entire trip and make sure our luggage was transported. The rooms were a delight the walk was wonderful. Santiago Ways made sure to have support for us on the trip as well as needed. I would highly recommend this company. The entire group was a delight to work with and Cristiana on it especially was helpful.If we should decide to do another way, we would definitely use this company.
Diane Nunez
Diane Nunez
This was our first time in Spain and first time walking on a daily basis. Santiago Ways answered our many questions and concerns over many emails. We started our walk September 1st 2019 in Sarria and took 10 days to walk to Santiago de Compostela. Santiago Ways booked our lodging in 10 different places along with luggage transfers. We asked that all breakfasts,dinner and picnic lunch be included. Our accommodations varied from Albergues. Inns, Boutique hotel, to Bed and Breakfast. We truly enjoyed our picnic lunch as we could stop anywhere and enjoy the view. The accommodations - private room and private bathroom as we requested were not disappointing. We would recommend Santiago Way to anyone that needs some assistance in walking The Way.
Richard Luna
Richard Luna
I changed my itinerary about 10 times before finalizing my vacation, 2 weeks prior to my trip date. Santiago Ways (Sara Mateo) was so polite and understanding throughout the entire process. My wife and I loved our great 2 week walk on the Camino. Every reservation, baggage transfer, excursion and transportation worked out exactly as planned. Thank you Sara for our memorable vacation.
Mark Nichols
Mark Nichols
This is a very professional company that helped create a fantastic journey. My contact person, Ylenia, responded to my emails and answered my questions. I highly recommend this company.
Kat Cust
Kat Cust
I have walked with Santiago Ways twice and have been impressed by their professionalism and services both times. I wanted to support a Spanish company for the walks, and found them to be a competitive option - in a crowded industry. Am planning to walk with them again as I’ve enjoyed my caminos so much!
Richard Luna
Richard Luna
I changed my itinerary about 10 times before finalizing my vacation, 2 weeks prior to my trip date. Santiago Ways (Sara Mateo) was so polite and understanding throughout the entire process. My wife and I loved our great 2 week walk on the Camino. Every reservation, baggage transfer, excursion and transportation worked out exactly as planned. Thank you Sara for our memorable vacation.
Richard Luna
Richard Luna
I changed my itinerary about 10 times before finalizing my vacation, 2 weeks prior to my trip date. Santiago Ways (Sara Mateo) was so polite and understanding throughout the entire process. My wife and I loved our great 2 week walk on the Camino. Every reservation, baggage transfer, excursion and transportation worked out exactly as planned. Thank you Sara for our memorable vacation.
Rachel Mckeeve
Rachel Mckeeve
We recently walked part of the Camino de Santiago Trail. Our trip was arranged by Santiago Ways. We were part of a larger group we had a tour guide and our luggage was transferred each day. Our trip was an immense success, everything went very smoothly and that in part was down to Veronica who arranged the trip. She was very helpful throughout the whole planning procedure even arranging for a private transfer from the airport to Sarria, our start point. I would recommend Santiago Ways and Veronica and would definitely use them again.
Eilish Bye
Eilish Bye
After comparing several agencies, our group of 7 decided to go with Santiago Ways for our first Camino experience as they offered an all round better price for our customised package that included insurance, meals, accommodation, luggage transfers and any required transportation to accommodation. The booking process was straightforward, they responded quickly to various enquiries and changes that we requested and they provided guidance on preparation and the Camino route which we referred to throughout our trip.We had a couple of issues including one of our group injuring her ankle but Santiago Ways were available 24 x 7 and they resolved everything efficiently including all communications required with local accommodation providers, taxis etc. which was very reassuring. Pilgrims we met who organised their accommodation en route had to deal with lack of accommodation in some locations and then they had to organise transport to and from the nearest hostels. We didn’t have any stress like this at all which left us free to enjoy the stunning scenery and great camaraderie on this wonderful trip. We will use Santiago Ways again and we can highly recommend them.
Kerry Mannette
Kerry Mannette
I booked my Camino de Santiago for Sept 2019 through Santiago Ways and the company made the experience absolutely wonderful. Vanessa Veiga was a pleasure to deal with, very professional and informative and made it very easy to arrange the entire trip. The accommodations and board booked through Santiago ways were amazing, we were very pleased with the diversity (B&B, hotel, hostel) of the accommodations along with the service and cleanliness of the accommodations. The luggage transfer worked flawlessly. I would rate Santiago Ways 10 out of 10 and recommend them to anyone looking to book their Camino.
Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson
I was so pleased with the trip Santiago Ways set up for me to Walk The Camino Francés. My first experience was when I requested a quote in October 2018 for a August 2019 walk. Ylenia went above and beyond to answer all our questions and to provide numerous options for me before I made my final decision on the trip. She was patient and thorough as I gathered information. Her follow up was amazing and her attention to detail was very assuring! Once I booked the trip she continued sending updates until we departed for Spain. Once we arrived in Spain Ylenia and the Operations team stayed in touch via email to answer any questions. The hotel accommodations for 39 days were all wonderful and the baggage transfer was perfect. Every day our bags were at the hotel by the time we arrived. One day my friend left her hat in the hotel room and Santiago Ways Operation team sent an email saying the hat would be waiting at our next hotel. That’s going “above and beyond”. I highly recommend using Santiago Ways for your Camino!!!!! We walked with numerous people who had used other companies and they all thought Santiago Ways had the best hotels. I’ve already referred a friend to them and definitely will use them for my next Camino. Thank you Santiago Ways!!!!!!!!
Alison McEvoy
Alison McEvoy
Ylenia Conesa from Santiago Ways was very helpful answering all my question prior to my Camino trip. A truly memorable experience beautifully organised by Santiago Ways
Chantal Ryan
Chantal Ryan
This was a great experience from start to finish. From the on-line booking team that answered my numerous questions and comminucated with me in an efficient and friendly manner to the amazing guide we had and the quality of the hotels we stayed in. It all exceeded my expectations
Jon Lucas
Jon Lucas
Excellent company with excellent staff, couldn't fault their organisation and execution of my Camino walk. My special thanks to Ylenia who looked after my bookings and organised things for me.
LUCIA CARABINE
LUCIA CARABINE
Fantastic service and Ylenia Conesa who handled the booking was a delight and very efficient
Jasmine Pantuso
Jasmine Pantuso
Santiago Ways, and our advisor Ylenia Conesa , provided an outstanding travel experience! Ylenia answered every question that I had during my trip planning process! The accommodations were absolutely charming, and the food was perfect! Thank you for the experience of a lifetime!
Yuko Fujita
Yuko Fujita
Celebrating 60th birthday, we walked 100 kilos for 10 days. No pain and no blisters. Santiago ways transported our luggage on time every day even we changed one of the hotel to Paradores. Taxis were always on time waiting for us. All hotels were clean, friendly and conveniently located. The food and buildings and history of each accommodations were all unique and wonderful! I will use Santiago ways for my next Camino. Andriana was very helpful. Thank you! Muchas Gracias!
Yana Mileva
Yana Mileva
We booked our "Camino" trip via this agency. Our agent was Vanessa and we are ecstatic with the service! The booking went very smoothly. All our questions were answered and all our wished addressed in a very quick manner. Actually, the agency had to ping us a few times via email and WhatsApp, as we were the ones too slow to answer them. They even made arrangements for us to take our dog on the trip and book the appropriate hotels. The luggage transfer was wonderful. We had a pickup from Santiago to our starting point on "Camino" that also worked perfectly. We can highly recommend the services of this agency. I have to admit that I have not compared prices and if there is something cheaper on the market, but the service we received here was impeccable. We had a wonderful trip and are planing to come back next year and walk another "Camino" again. Buen Camino everyone!
Peggy White
Peggy White
Walking the Camino was the best experience of my life! Partially because I had such a great support crew of Santiago Ways! I worked with Vanessa Veiga who organized my trip to suit my needs. When some details needed to be changed, she kindly worked with me to make it happen. My accommodations were all very different- from Casa Rurals to hostels to Pensions, but they were all excellent. The luggage transfer worked perfectly, too. I highly recommend this company to anyone planning to walk the Camino!
Tamir Shemer
Tamir Shemer
excellent experience with Santiago way team, all that was promised accomplished to the last detail , the transportation, the hotels choices , the path segment choice, the information provided ,the luggage transfer just a perfect vacation
mary ellen canal
mary ellen canal
Santiago Ways is the perfect agency to help you plan you Camino de Santiago.Since the first day that i wrote my email the response was very fast, gladly i began speaking to the agent Vanessa Viega and she made sure i had all the information and helped me plan everything, she was really great .i really enjoyed my Camino, i was looking forward for it and it did satisfied my expectations.This experience for me was the most special in my life, i am really thinking about doing it again starting in Portugal
Winston Fernandez
Winston Fernandez
I used Santiago Ways on my first Camino in March this year. The trail that I did was from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela. The experience was truly fantastic ….. mainly because of Santiago Ways.My contact person at Santiago Ways was Vanessa Veiga. Right from the onset Vanessa was extremely helpful , sensitive and very attentive to all my requests. She responded swiftly to all my mails. She selected the right hotels which were excellent and the luggage always arrived on time.I am planning my second Camino next April and I would continue to use Santiago Ways and in particular Vanessa. Thanks a million Vanessa and continue the good work to all the pilgrims who want to experience a true Camino.Winston FernandezKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Marion Tilley-Vyner
Marion Tilley-Vyner
Santiago Ways made it possible for me to do the pilgrimage. At 69 I did not like the idea of staying in a hostal, I like a bit of privacy and comfort! And I could not have done the walking while carrying my luggage. Adriana at Santiago Ways helped me work out my route and booked hotels and luggage transfers. Also, having them there in case I had any problems, was very reassuring. Adriana was only a phone call away. I recommend using Santiago Ways for anyone having doubts about doing the pilgrimage - they make it so much easier!
Tammy Shain
Tammy Shain
Vanessa was awesome and we loved Santiago Ways! We had a group of 8 college friends that were all around 50-years old. The deciding factor in choosing Santiago Ways was the group discount offered for groups of 6 or more. All other companies threshold for a discount was 10 people. Vanessa and the staff were awesome to work with throughout the process. We did the five day hike from Sarria to Santiago. We requested superior accommodations in places that were on the trail. The accommodations were top notch and 4 of the 5 places were directly on the trail. The exception was our night in Lavacolla in which we were .4 miles off the trail. It was our choice to stay in that location in order to have a shorter walk to Santiago on our final day so we could make the noon mass. We were pleasantly surprised at how clean each place was and they all had great bar and restaurant choices in close proximity - with the exception of Lavacolla so we recommend eating on-site - it was very good.
Sandi Frost Steensma
Sandi Frost Steensma
We had an excellent experience on the Camino with Santiago Ways. We had 14 women and everything was wonderful. We enjoyed the hotels, loved the daily luggage transport and the food was terrific. Santiago Ways communicated throughout our trip. We felt well-supported when we needed to make changes. Thank you!!
Beatriz Beltranena
Beatriz Beltranena
Santiago Ways is excellent they exceeded my expectations!! they do a great JOB and we had a "Buen Camino" in part thanks to them... lovely hotels.. flawless bag transfers and great great service!!! I would totally recommend them and please look for Vanessa she is the best.
Jan Schubert
Jan Schubert
My family and I used Santiago Ways to organize our recent pilgrimage from Lisbon to Porto. They did an excellent job booking us (as much as possible) into wonderful, small, family-run hotels and coping with the many changes dictated by "group" travel. In addition, one of us was traveling by bicycle whilst the rest were walking, necessitating even more planning which Santiago Ways did with patience and grace. We recommend using Santiago Ways for Camino support and planning!!! Jan Schubert
Jill Scher
Jill Scher
My family and I (6 of us) just finished walking the Lisbon to Porto section of the Camino Portuguese. It was a wonderful experience for us. The hotels we were booked into were well chosen and the food was great. We also found the path to be well marked making way finding fairly easy. A great relief as we had heard it was not well marked. Our luggage was efficiently transferred each day and everything ran very smoothly. Thank you Santiago Ways! We would definitely recommend your services to our friends. Jill
Kenneth E. Nowell
Kenneth E. Nowell
Santiago Ways made my memorable hike trouble-free. I had excellent hotels, tasty breakfasts, dependable baggage forwarding, informative advance information, and a dependable drive to deliver me to Sarria. I really appreciate their attention to detail!
Margo Gosia Barker
Margo Gosia Barker
We booked our El Camino with Santiago Ways and we were very lucky to have Silvia as our agent. She did a fantastic job organizing our trip, always promptly responding to our inquiries, impeccable English, all accommodations that she arranged for us were great, and our luggage was always delivered to the next location timely, before our arrivals to sites. I would definitely recommend Santiago Ways and ask for Silvia to be your representative.
Patricia Bazán
Patricia Bazán
This trip changed my life in ways I could not describe! I knew the hiking was going to be a challenge, but Santiago Ways made it so easy to plan and execute. They are truly the best and I am already planning my next trip with Santiago Ways and would not think of going anywhere else. Silvia Rivera was particularly helpful in the planning, as she answered all my questions patiently, and help me through the process. Great job, Guys, and I will see you next year!
Roberto Canto
Roberto Canto
Have just finished El Camino de Santiago from Sarria with the help of Santiago Ways. They have been extremely accesible from day one. The transfer of the luggage throught the five days was impecable, always finding the luggage in the room on every stage of the way. The food and lodging was very acceptable. If I were to do it again I would not hesitate to contact them once more for their assistance! "Buen camino".
Edmee Flores
Edmee Flores
Our experience with Santiago Ways was flawless. We highly recommend this outfit for your Santiago way experience. A perfect 10!
Barbara Melinska
Barbara Melinska
Very nice experience. Good and professional organization.Nice and friendly environment during the event. Recommended 100 %. Saludos para Jose 😉
Hanna Ringel
Hanna Ringel
Simply put - an incredible experience! This agency looks after every last detail. I walked the last 100 km of the Camino with their help and I definitely want to go back soon and do a longer part of the route. When that happens (which I hope is soon) I'll definitely be using Santiago Ways again! Thanks for everything.
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