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The French Way - Stage 1 - St Jean Pied-de-Port to Pamplona   •   The French Way - Stage 2 - Pamplona to Burgos   •   The French Way - Stage 3 - Burgos to Leon   •   The French Way - Stage 4 - Leon to O Cebreiro   •   The French Way - Stage 5 - O Cebreiro to Santiago de Compostela   •   The French Way - Stages 2 to 5 - Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela   •   The French Way - Stages 3 to 5 - Burgos to Santiago de Compostela   •   The French Way - Stages 4 to 5 - Leon to Santiago de Compostela

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The famous Camino de Santiago, also known as St James’ Way and the French Way, is a wonderful 500 miles trail which has been walked by pilgrims for over 1000 years. For most pilgrims, the Camino de Santiago ends at the magnificent Romanesque Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela – reputedly the final resting place of St. James the Apostle, although a further few days of walking takes the pilgrim to ‘the end of the earth’ at Finisterre with its downward pointing scallop shell signifying the actual ending, and where pilgrims once burned their boots.  

We feature the complete Camino de Santiago route from St Jean Pied-de-Port in France all the way to Finisterre (End of the Earth) in Galicia, as well as the lesser known, but increasingly popular Portuguese Way, from Tui to Santiago de Compostela. 

We organise pilgrim journeys for the complete route as well as various combinations of the in-between stages – we tailor our itineraries to suit you. Our Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago range from solo walkers to large organised groups who come from far and wide across the globe to embark on this unique adventure. With our profound knowledge of the routes and our established, reliable, local support along the entire route, New Experience Pilgrims has the expertise and devotion to offer an individually arranged spiritual journey of a lifetime; one we are certain will hold a special place in your heart forever. 

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The Walking

Walking the Camino involves average daily distances of about 14 miles and follows well marked paths with good surfaces. Some days are long and where possible we offer a split with accommodation midway. In more remote regions, where accommodation is sparse, this is not always possible. We provide a step by step guide to the trek and location of your overnight hotel along with other supporting notes such as language and history. You may wish to spend an extra night in one of the cities exploring its architecture and culture, especially Santiago at the journey’s end to relax and reflect on your journey. On rare occasions, we offer a short transfer to avoid less attractive sections but if you wish to walk every step it can be arranged! We show the route as five separate sections starting in St Jean Pied-de-Port and ending in Santiago de Compostela, which may be combined as desired. Each section has a brief summary followed by our standard itinerary with approximate distance, ascent and descent.


The Experience

Without doubt this holiday is about more than the usual joys of walking! The Camino may be walked  for religious or non-religious reasons or perhaps just the desire to hop out of the fast lane to reflect on life and refresh the soul. For whatever reason, a very special atmosphere arises from the comradeship quickly established between pilgrims of many nationalities - each walking for their own personal reasons. With our fully flexible stages and accommodation grades you can walk all or part of the Camino – many walk a week each year until completed….and then start over again! The experience is recommended for everyone from Church Groups to the solo walker, all joining together at the Cathedral in Santiago to witness or participate in the daily Pilgrims’ Mass – an intensely memorable and moving experience.

Variations

Our basic itineraries can be varied when possible. You may make the walking days shorter by adding additional nights, take rest days in one of the existing stops or stay longer at the beginning or end to explore the historical and vibrant cities. Just contact us with your wishes and we will provide a quotation.

Luggage Transfers

Luggage may be transported from each hotel to the next enabling you to travel with a day rucksack. Unlike our other treks, baggage transfer is an optional extra as many Perigrinos (Pilgrims) prefer to travel light and carry their own. See price section for costs.

Walk Grading

Challenging with Moderate option. Total for standard itinerary:- Ascent 1960m, Descent 1670m, 42 miles.

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The French Way - Stage 1 - St Jean Pied-de-Port to Pamplona

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The French Way - Stage 2 - Pamplona to Burgos

Walking holidays in Camino - Stages - The French Way - Stage 2 - Pamplona to Burgos - Click Here For Larger Image Wandering through the world famous wine lands of Rioja sets the scene for the stage of the Camino between the walled city of Pamplona, famous for its bull running Fiesta de San Fermin, and the bustling city of Burgos with its majestic Gothic Cathedral. Most of the route between these two cities follows rural paths which link hill top villages set amongst the vineyards and is a much favored section by many Pilgrims.  This may because of the promise of the Fuente de Irache where delicious Rioja wine flows freely and constantly enabling Pilgrims to drink to their hearts content! Logrono, is the wine capital of Rioja where eating, drinking and merrymaking can continue in one of the many Bodegas lining the narrow streets. 

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The French Way - Stage 3 - Burgos to Leon

Walking holidays in Camino - Stages - The French Way - Stage 3 - Burgos to Leon - Click Here For Larger Image The Meseta, so often condemned as the most boring and uninteresting stage of the Camino, can actually be one of the most atmospheric and soulful stages.  The endless flat plains, providing the bread basket of Spain, merges with vast skies filled with soaring vultures and eagles and a hint of distant mountains to be traversed before reaching Santiago. It is a hot, harsh route to follow during the heat of summer whilst in winter strong winds sting the face of Pilgrims bracing the cold. However, the emptiness and peace during softer months can lift the spirits on high as miles are quickly covered underfoot.

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The French Way - Stage 4 - Leon to O Cebreiro

Walking holidays in Camino - Stages - The French Way - Stage 4 - Leon to O Cebreiro - Click Here For Larger Image Along this stretch the Pilgrim is faced with the major challenge of crossing the Cordillera Cantabria at over 1500m. Departing culturally rich Leon, the Camino winds its way over mountain and moorland with the weather contrasting between sun and snow, wind and rain.  Nestling between the mountains is the Bierzo Valley where milder weather and easier walking provides a welcome break from the higher paths. Fresh, locally produced white wines quench the thirst after a long day in the mountains.  

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The French Way - Stage 5 - O Cebreiro to Santiago de Compostela

Walking holidays in Camino - Stages - The French Way - Stage 5 - O Cebreiro to Santiago de Compostela - Click Here For Larger Image The final stage of the Camino and one which is walked by more Pilgrims than the rest of the route passes entirely through Galicia – a land with Celtic origins and weather!  Green and lush, warm and moist, Galicia is a verdant part of Spain with its own language of Galega.  Many characteristics of Galicia resemble Wales, Ireland and Brittany as Celtic influences come through in their language, music and lifestyle. Farming is the main occupation and most houses cultivate even the smallest parcel of land around their homes. Grain is stored in ‘horreos’ which rise like tombs through the mist creating a mysterious scene.

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The French Way - Stages 2 to 5 - Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela

Walking holidays in Camino - Stages - The French Way - Stages 2 to 5 - Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela - Click Here For Larger Image Pamplona is an ideal starting point for those who wish to eliminate the more challenging start of crossing the Pyrenees. It is also an easier access point than St Jean. Wandering through the world famous wine lands of Rioja sets the scene for the start point of the Camino in the walled city of Pamplona, famous for its bull running Fiesta de San Fermin.  From here you will follow rural paths which link hill top villages set amongst the vineyards to Burgos with its imposing Gothic Cathedral.  This is a much favoured stage of the Camino possibly due to the promise of the Fuente de Irache where delicious Rioja wine flows freely and constantly enabling Pilgrims to drink to their hearts content! Logrono is the wine capital of Rioja where eating, drinking and merrymaking can continue in one of the many Bodegas lining the narrow streets. 

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The French Way - Stages 3 to 5 - Burgos to Santiago de Compostela

Walking holidays in Camino - Stages - The French Way - Stages 3 to 5 - Burgos to Santiago de Compostela - Click Here For Larger Image With easy access from Madrid, Burgos makes an excellent start point to walk part of the Camino.  It is a large, cosmopolitan city with endless historical buildings to explore as well as its vast Gothic Cathedral dating back to the 13th century and designated a UNESCO Heritage Building. The walk to Santiago starts with easy days crossing the Meseta, so often condemned as the most boring and uninteresting stage of the Camino, but which can actually be one of the most atmospheric and soulful stages.  The endless flat plains merge with vast skies filled with soaring vultures and eagles and a hint of distant mountains to be traversed before reaching Santiago. It is a hot, harsh route to follow during the heat of summer whilst in winter strong winds sting the face of Pilgrims bracing the cold. However, the emptiness and peace during softer months can lift the spirits on high as miles are quickly covered underfoot.

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The French Way - Stages 4 to 5 - Leon to Santiago de Compostela

Walking holidays in Camino - Stages - The French Way - Stages 4 to 5 - Leon to Santiago de Compostela - Click Here For Larger Image Along this stretch the Pilgrim is faced with the major challenge of crossing the Cordillera Cantabria at over 1500m. Time should be allowed to visit at least one or two of Leon’s stunning historical buildings especially the Cathedral complete with its superb stained glass windows. Departing culturally rich Leon, the Camino winds its way over mountain and moorland with the weather contrasting  between sun and snow, wind and rain.  Nestling between the mountains is the Bierzo Valley where milder weather and easier walking provides a welcome break from the higher paths. Fresh, locally produced white wines quench the thirst after a long day in the mountains.

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