Day 1 - Arrival in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
You will be booked into a hotel in the heart of the small town. The rooms are en-suite.
Day 2 - Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port To Roncesvalles (8h,25km).
This first day is considered the most difficult as the Camino crosses the Pyrenees. The "Camino Napoleon" kicks off with a steep climb, on through orchards and past country houses and then, later, through Alpine style meadows, before weaving its way alongside leafy beech woods towards the border and the descent into Roncesvalles. The Valcarlos Camino mainly follows the road which runs through the valley alongside the river Nive or river Valcarlos. Don't miss the "Collegiate Church" in Roncesvalles.
NOTE: If you would like to walk at a more relaxed pace, we can arrange an alternative route (though not as rewarding) that splits this walking day into 2 stages (12km & 14km), staying overnight in the village of Valcarlos. Here you will be staying a charming 2* hotel. We recommend taking this route during the winter months when snow can make the higher route impassable. Please note that this is itinerary though Valcarlos is not the usual Camino itinerary and that the walk is not as rewarding.
Day 3 - Roncesvalles to Zubiri (7h, 22km)
The Camino crosses two beautiful mountain passes and continues on through beech and oak woods and meadows before coming to Espinal, where the panoramic views of the countryside with the Pyrenees in the background are a sight to behold. The river Arga runs alongside this part of the Camino and continues its course all the way to Larrasoana.
Day 4 - Zubiri to Pamplona (6h, 21km)
The Camino runs along the river Arga, at the foot of a group of hills covered in beech, oak and Scots pine. As we approach Pamplona, the landscape shows the obvious influence of civilisation; with its conifers, reforestation and farmlands.
Day 5 - Pamplona, end of the walking holiday
After breakfast we bid you farewell.