The Way of St James French completed

The Way of St James French completed

The Way of St James French: Roncesvalles – Santiago de Compostela

PROGRAM: 34 DAYS / 33 NIGTHS
MODALITY: TAILOR MADE
REF: VE-29 790 KM RONCESVALLES – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

EXPANDED PROGRAM:

DAY 1:
Arrival and Reception in Roncesvalles from 12.00h
Accommodation in: Hotel**  with double room, in AB (Accommodation and Breakfast)
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 2:
Route from Roncesvalles  to Zubiri. 22 Km
Accommodation in: Hostel**   with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 3:
Route from Zubiri to Pamplona. 20 Km
Accommodation in: Hostel** with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 4:
Route from Pamplona to Puente La Reina. 24 Km
Accommodation in: Hotel*** with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 5:
Route from Puente la Reina to Estella. 22 Km
Accommodation in: Hostel** with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 6:
Route from Estella to Los Arcos.  22 Km
Accommodation in: Hostel** with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 7:
Route from Los Arcos to Logroño. 29 Km
Accommodation in: Hotel*** with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 8:
Route from Logroño to Nájera. 29 Km
Accommodation in: Hostel*** with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 9:
Route from Nájera  to Sto Domingo de la Calzada. 22 Km
Alojamiento en: Hostel** with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 10:
Route from Sto Domingo to Belorado.  23 Km
Accommodation in: Hotel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 11:
Route from Belorado to San Juan de Ortega. 25 Km
Accommodation in: Country House** with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 12:
Route from San Juan  to Burgos. 26 Km
Accommodation in: Hotel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 13:
Route from Burgos to Hornillos del camino. 20 Km
Accommodation in: Hostel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 14:
Route from Hornillos del camino to Castrojeriz. 20 Km
Accommodation in: Hotel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 15:
Route from Castrojeriz to Fromista. 25 Km
Accommodation in: Hotel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 16:
Route from Fromista to Carrion de los Condes. 20 Km
Accommodation in: Hotel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 17:
Route from Carrion de los Condes to Ledigos. 25 Km
Accommodation in: Hotel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 18:
Route from Ledigos to Burgo Ranero.33 Km
Accommodation in: Hostel** with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 19:
Route from Burgo ranero to Mansilla de las Mulas. 19 Km
Accommodation in: Hostel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 20:
Route from Mansilla de las Mulas to Leon. 20 Km
Accommodation in: Hotel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 21:
Route from Leon to Villadangos del Paramo. 22 Km
Accommodation in: Hotel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 22:
Route from Villadangos del Paramo to Astorga. 27 Km
Accommodation in: Hostel** with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 23:
Route from Astorga to Rabanal del Camino. 21 Km
Accommodation in: Hotel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 24:
Route from Rabanal del Camino to Ponferrada. 29 Km
Accommodation in: Hotel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 25:
Route from Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo. 25 Km
Accommodation in: Hotel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 26:
Route from Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro. 28 Km
Accommodation in: Hostel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 27:
Route from O Cebreiro to Triacastela. 22 Km
Accommodation in: Hostel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 28:
Route from Triacastela to Sarria. 21 Km
Accommodation in: Hotel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 29:
Route from Sarria to Portomarin. 23 Km
Accommodation in: Hotel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 30:
Route from Portomarin to Palas de Rei. 25 Km
Accommodation in: Hostel** with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 31:
Route from Palas de Rei to Arzua. 28 Km
Accommodation in: Hostel*** with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 32:
Route from Arzua to Pedrouzo. 20 Km
Accommodation in: Hotel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 33:
Route from Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela.19 Km
Accommodation in: Hotel* with double room, in AB.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 34:
Breakfast in the Hotel.
End of the services

Download the program in pdf: PROGRAMA Ref. VE-29

FREE CHOSEN DATES

  • Prices and services are included in the PRICE section
  • Description about the chosen accommodation are in the ACCOMMODATION section
  • All the frequently questions are in the QUESTIONS section

HOW TO BOOK: 

  • In the section RESERVAS, fill in the fields and send the form
  • By phone: +0034 966 424 792
  • Email: info@viviendoexperiencias.com / reservas@viviendoexperiencias.com

WHAT TO DO NEXT

  • Once we have received your booking form, we will respond within a maximum of 24 hours (on working days).
  • We will then send you a pro-forma invoice so you can pay your deposit of 100€ per person, and tell you what steps to take depending upon your chosen method of payment, either a bank account number so you can make a transfer, or how to pay by card.
  • You should pay the balance 30 days before the start of your trip. We will contact you again to send you the invoice, with the deposit of 100€ already paid deducted from the total.
  • Once we have received full payment, we will send you all the paperwork you need for your trip to your email address.

PAYMENT METHODS ACCEPTED

  • Bank transfer
  • Postal order (Western Union)
  •  Credit card

You can check the GENERAL CONDICIONS

ACCOMMODATION

What type of hotels or other accommodation is there?   

Accommodation is in hotels or guest houses of two or three stars for the standard tours. Special tours tend to be in large country guest houses or hotels of three to five stars. Consult this modality.

Where are the hotels based?   

The accommodation is found in different towns and villages along the pilgrimage route. Unless stated otherwise, all hotels are easy to reach on foot. Some rural hotels and guest houses are outside the towns, so you will have to make diversions off the established footpaths. Where this arises, we’ll let you know. 

Is it possible to get details of the hotels before booking?     

We work with various hotels and guest houses in each town and village. On the group tour, we can let you know beforehand which ones have been designated for your trip.

Single, double or triple rooms?

A single room has one bed; a double room has a double bed and a triple room has three separate beds. For the latter, availability will need to be checked first.

Do all rooms have their own, private bathrooms?  

All rooms are booked with a private bathroom, unless otherwise stated.

Will the hotels have Wi-Fi or internet access? 

Some hotels will have Wi-Fi or internet access, but not all of them. When you get your trip programme, a few weeks before you start, we’ll tell you in full detail about each of your hotels.

Do the hotels provide bed-linen and towels, or do I have to bring my own? 

All hotels provide bed-linen and towels. You don’t need to bring a sleeping-bag.

You can see the accommodation: HERE

HOW ARRIVE TO RONCESVALLES:

You have available this options:

ARRIVAL TO PAMPLONA:

BY BUS:
From Madrid:
Conda, S.A, 948314224 y 902422242 www.condasa.com
PLM Autocares, 902144174 www.plmautocares.com
From Barcelona:
Vibasa, 902101363 www.vibasa.es
From Bilbao:
Autobuses La Unión S.A y La Burundesa S.A, 94 4271111 / 948 221766 www.laburundesa.com
From la Comunidad Valenciana, Murcia, Cartagena, Teruel, Santander, etc.
Bilman Bus S.L: www.bilmanbus.es

BY PLANE:
The Pamplona airport is based to 6 kilometres of the city. You can contact with the telephone number 902 404 704.
There are directly flights from Madrid, Barcelona and Lisboa with the following companies:
Air Nostrum and Iberia: 902 400 500 www.airnostrum.es / www.iberia.es
Tap Portugal: 901116718 www.flytap.com

BY TRAIN:
From Madrid
From Monday to Friday: 7:35, 10:35, 15,05, 19:35h
Saturdays: 7:35, 10:35, 15:05h
Sunday: 10:35, 15:05 y 19:35h
Prices: 58,30€ in tourist zone and 88,90€ in preferential zone
From Barcelona:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays: 7:35, 9:20 y 15:30h
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays: 7:35, 9:20 y 15:30 y 17:05h
Prices: 58,90€ in tourist zone and 78€ in preferential zone

FROM PAMPLONA TO RONCESVALLES:

BY BUS
Pamplona bus station, 948203566. www.estaciondeautobusesdepamplona.com
C/ Yanguas y Miranda Nº 2, 31002
Route Pamplona – Roncesvalles (the duration is one hour and ten minutes)
Autocares Artieda: 948300287
www.autocaresartieda.com y www.autocaresartieda.com/?scc=roncesvalles
You can buy the tickets in the box office in the Pamplona bus station or by Internet in the web: www.autobusesdenavarra.com
The people that buy by Internet will have to present directly in the bus the localization number or the payment proof.
From Monday to Friday: 18:00
Saturdays: 16:00
Sundays and holidays: There are not services
Price: 6€ and you can take the bike, this option only in the box office and the same day of the trip, with an additional cost of 6€. You have to dismantle the wheels and the saddlebags.
In Roncesvalles, at the same time that arrive the bus of Pamplona, there are a lot of taxis waiting to carry the Pilgrims that want to Saint Jean Pied de Port.

BY TAXI
Teletaxi San Fermín, 9482323 00 and 948351335 www.taxipamplona.com
Rates 2012:
Workdays: From Pamplona to Roncesvalles: 57€; from Pamplona airport to Roncesvalles: 60 euros; from Pamplona to Saint Jean Pied de Port: 96€ and from Pamplona airport to Saint Jean Pied de Port: 100€.
Weekends and holidays: From Pamplona to Roncesvalles: 70€; from Pamplona airport to Roncesvalles: 75€; from Pamplona to Saint Jean Pied de Port: 120€ and from Pamplona airport to Saint Jean Pied de Port: 125€.
The taxis give the option to share the taxi with other pilgrims. More information in www.taxipamplona.com

VIAJE EN GRUPO Ó A MEDIDA

What is the Group Programme?

You’ll be part of an organised tour group, the dates of which will have been set in advance. There’ll be a tour guide and a support vehicle for the group throughout the trip. Accommodation, meals and equipment transport are the same for both types of tour, both the group trip and the self-guided tailor-made trip. You can join a group on your own or with other people.

If you have your own group of six or more people, we can arrange specific dates with a private tour guide for you

GROUP TRIPS

When do the group trips start?

We have prepared many group trips during the season. Consult different departures.

Connecting transport

You can opt to book the program in the begin locality or hire the program with departure from Madrid.

Depending of the participant number the departure will be by minibus or bus.

The place of departure will be the train station Las Matas at 11.00h of the first day program. To arrive to the Las Matas station, you can take the trains C8 and C10 from the Atocha and Chamartin stations each 15 minutes

Are there a minimum or maximum number of people for tailor-made trips? 

In the groups on foot and by bike there are a minimum of 6 persons. There are also a maximum number by each guide.

If you have booked guide tripe but the minimum it isn’t completed, we give you the option of change the modality to tailor made, on foot and by bike, or refund the trip. This isn’t normal.

How are the components of the group normally?

Exist a big variety of people on the guide groups, with a mix of persons that travel only, in pairs, in family and with friends.

What happens if the group walks too slowly or too fast for me?

Each member of the group can walk at their own pace, nobody is obliged to keep up with the others. In general, each group comprises a mix of people with different abilities and walking speeds.

Can I, or will I have to, share a room with other group members?

You can share a room with another group member if you wish, and this is perfectly possible. Alternatively, you can book a single room if there is one available.

Do you have to train physically beforehand?

Logically, this depends upon how fit you are already. If you are physically in good shape, you will find it easier to cover the distance involved, so it is advisable to train beforehand. However, you can always resort to the support car (if you are on a group trip) for some of the checkpoints, if you need to.

Can the support car pick me up anywhere?

During each stage of the journey there are a series of set meeting points, and this is where each participant decides whether they want to carry on walking or whether to use the support car if they are tired or suffering from physical difficulties.

Do I have to carry my own equipment?

No, this is carried by the support car, although we recommend you take a small rucksack with a bottle of water, a change of clothing, camera, a small first aid kit, identity documents, and so on.

Are the services in guided group tours and tailor-made trips the same?

The difference is that on the group tour, you will join an organised party with a tour guide and support car, whilst on the tailor-made tour you will not have either a guide or a support car, these are self-guided trips. Accommodation, meals and equipment transport services are the same for both types of tour.

MEALS

What does half-board (HB) mean? 

Half-board includes breakfast and evening meal. Most hotels offer a lunchtime menu. Generally, a first and second course with a series of choices for each, plus dessert, wine and water are offered.

Can I just book HB? 

If you prefer reserve the lunch, please let us know when you book so we will add in the program.

What times are meals served? 

Evening meals are usually served from 20.00hrs onwards, but this may vary according to the hotel. Upon arrival, ask at the reception desk about times for breakfast and evening meals.

Is lunch included in the programme? 

No, lunch is not included since, almost certainly, you’ll be walking at this time of day. If you wish, we can include picnic lunches at 10€ per person per day. These are prepared by the hotels and generally include a sandwich or baguette, fruit, a bar of chocolate and a drink.

I have specific dietary requirements. 

If you have special dietary requirements or allergies, please let us know when you book so that we can advise the hotels. If you are wheat-intolerant or need a gluten-free diet, it is best to bring your own bread, since not all hotels can offer gluten-free bread.

What is the maximum luggage weight allowed? 

Luggage transport is limited to one bag or suitcase per person with a maximum weight of 15 kilos each. You can arrange to transport extra luggage by paying a supplement. Please contact us to discuss if this is the case.

SERVICES ON ROUTE

Are there cafés, restaurants and shops to buy food and drinks along the route?

In most towns and villages along the route you can buy sandwiches and drinks. The route plans tell you where the bars, restaurants and shops are that you can buy food and drinks.

Are there toilets en route? 

In general, you can use the toilets in bars, shops and restaurants en route, although sometimes you may need to buy something there to be able to use the bathrooms.

Is there drinking water en route? 

Along the route, there are springs and fountains, but we recommend you do not drink from these as the water is untreated. You will have bars, restaurants, shops, supermarkets and vending machines at your disposal to buy bottled water without any problems.

Do I have to take a sleeping bag, bed-linen and towels? 

Your hotels will provide bed-linen and towels, so you don’t need to take  your own.

Is there Wi-Fi or internet access en route? 

Some hotels, towns or villages will have Wi-Fi or internet access, but not all. You can check which hotels offer this service when you receive your programme a few weeks before setting off. You will spend a lot of time in rural areas, meaning internet access will be limited.

Will I get a signal on my mobile phone en route? 

In many areas, and, in general, in the towns, you will get a mobile phone signal. As you will be mainly walking in rural areas, the signal may be limited at times.

Is there public transport en route in case I cannot walk the entire stage? 

In some areas, there is public transport between towns, but not in all. It depends upon where in town, and what connections are available. Check with us beforehand or, when you are there, ask at your hotel about local bus and train services. Where there is no public transport, the alternative is to use a taxi.

Is there parking in Santiago, or in the town I’ll be setting off from? 

In Santiago, there are a number of free parking spaces. There are also secure paid-for car parks in various parts of the city. Your hotel in Santiago will provide parking for a daily fee. Check with us in advance for the various options.

BOOKINGS AND CHANGES IN BOOKINGS

When do I pay the booking fee? 

A deposit must be paid when you book in order to reserve your place. Choose your preferred payment method on the booking form. Deposits are non-refundable.

How much is the booking deposit? 

The booking deposit is 100€ per person for both group tours and tailor-made tours.

When do I pay the balance?   

The balance should be paid a month before you set off. You’ll receive a notification by email or telephone to remind you.

Is there a charge for changing my booking? 

Once you have booked, there is a 30€ charge for any changes or alterations to the dates chosen. You will also need to wait for confirmation of the new dates selected.

What happens if I cancel my booking? 

If you cancel your booking, the following charges apply:
Cancellation more than 45 days before start of tour: 30% of full price
Cancellation between 10 and 30 days before start of tour: 50% of full price
Cancellation less than 10 days before start of tour: 100% of full price
We recommend you take out travel insurance before you start.

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

What should I take with me? 

Comfortable trainers or walking shoes (but not brand-new ones).
Comfortable footwear for resting after a day’s walking.
A poncho for when it rains, or a raincoat which covers your rucksack.
Shorts or trousers for walking, short-sleeved T-shirts, a jumper, sweater or jacket for nights and various spare pairs of socks.
Hat or baseball cap, sunglasses and sun lotion.
Water bottle or flask.
A first-aid kit. Blisters, chafing and twisted ankles are the most common ailments.
Hiking poles.
All documentation clipped together for each of the stages, hotel booking slips and pilgrimage accreditation.                    

Which is the best month or time of year to make the trip? 

The time of year depends upon the route you wish to take. If you take the shorter, end routes of the pilgrimage which finish in Santiago de Compostela, the most popular and pleasant time is between April and June, or September. July and August tend to be much hotter, but continue to be popular. In general, northern Spain does not suffer the same extreme temperature found in the south. From late October to March, temperatures can be very low and there is a greater chance of rain in the Galicia region. It often snows during the winter months, but mainly in mountainous areas. Contact us for further information.

What transport methods should I use to get to the start of the route? 

For each case, we will give you detailed information according to where you are coming from and where your starting point is.

What is a pilgrimage accreditation, and a Compostelana?

This is an official document that proves you are a pilgrim. You can get this accreditation from the ecclesiastical authorities from any town or village or church along your route. This accreditation shows your name and where you started your trip from. Along the pilgrimage route, you can gradually add on stamps to show the official checkpoints you have passed through. Once you reach Santiago, you can obtain the Compostelana (a certificate to show you have completed the pilgrimage) at the Pilgrims’ Office, provided you have covered at least 100 kilometers.

PRICES:

  • Reception in Roncesvalles double/Triple AB 1955€

INCLUDED SERVICES:

  • Accommodation in Hotel/Hostel of 2 and 3 stars
  • Breakfast (Coffee, infusion, bakery, toasts, fruits, cold meat, cereals, yogurts)
  • Luggage transport between routes
  • Telephone assistance 24h
  • Security of RC and Accidents
  • Sheet of Route and needed documentation
  • Credentials

OPTIONALS SERVICES:

Individual room 675€
HB (breakfast and dinner, except in Santiago)  495€
Extra night in Santiago  45€

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