Camino Section # F3

Galicia Spain: (ZZ-HK-ESCAM03)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/spain_hiking_camino_santiago_french_route_3.aspx

Introduction
Galicia Spain
The French Way is the most traditional of all the pilgrims’ ways to Santiago and the best known internationally. The third section of the Camino Frances starts from Logrono in the heart of the famous Rioja region and finishes in medieval Burgos. This section is slightly flatter than the previous; it crosses the hilly province of Burgos, passing typical villages, vineyards and ruined castles.

Everyday, during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. The Camino de Santiago is clearly marked with the Scallop Shell showing you the way. This walk can be physically demanding and requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk that includes numerous cultural highlights.

Accomodation

Accommodations
Our accommodation is selected based on a number of criteria, including location, comfort, services, price and character.
Please note, in case of non-availability of the below mentioned Hotels on the requested dates, similar ones will be used.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Hotel in Logrono
Night 2: Hotel in Najera
Night 3: Hotel in Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Night 4: Guesthouse in Belorado
Night 5: Hotel in St Juan De Ortega
Night 6: Hotel in Burgos

Logrono - Hotel Mercure Carlton Rioja
Located in the center of Logroño, the capital of the La Rioja region, Mercure Carlton Rioja is a functional hotel. It offers free WiFi and classic-style rooms. The Mercure Carlton Rioja offers spacious, air-conditioned rooms with a TV and mini-bar. The private bathroom is equipped with a hairdryer.

Najera - Duques De Najera
Housed in a charming property dating from the 17th century, Duques de Najera is located next to Najerilla river, in the small town of Najera, near the city of Logroño. Each of the bedrooms comes with an private bathroom and is decorated in bright colors, boasting plenty of natural light. You can enjoy complete tranquility and rest in the hotels bedrooms. WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

Santo Domingo de la Calzada - Pedro Primero
The Hotel has 9 rooms, distributed in:
3 Double rooms: with double bed of 140 cm
5 double rooms: with two beds of 90x190 cm
1 Family Suite: Room with two beds and two possible extra beds
Each of our rooms is decorated in a different way, combining furniture and old details with modern ones, achieving a very cozy atmosphere. All rooms have a private bathroom, heating, television, telephone and internet access (Wi-Fi or network).
We also have a common area (Room of The Wall of King Pedro I) where you can check the construction system of the fortifications in the Middle Ages. This unit is adapted for reading, being, and public access point to the Internet.

Belorado - Casa Verdeancho
The house consists of 7 different decorated rooms. We have preserved both on the outside and on the interior the stone and the wood ceiling. Distributed in three floors, the first is a living room with French chimney and cafeteria; on the 2nd floor, there are 3 double rooms; and on the 3rd floor three double rooms and one quadruple room.

St Juan De Ortega- La Henera- Casa Marcela
Set in San Juan de Ortega, Hotel Rural La Henera features a terrace and views of the garden.
Rustic and simple, it is equipped with everything you need: 10 double rooms with private bathrooms and a television.
The hotel also features free WiFi in public areas.

Burgos - Hotel Forum Evolucion
Hotel Forum Evolución is a modern hotel. It has a wine-themed décor. It has 19 rooms, including single, double and family rooms. The air-conditioned rooms are soundproofed and have a desk, a TV and a private bathroom with hairdryer and free toiletries. Services such as a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi are available.


Meals:
Breakfasts and 4 dinners are included. Breakfast are eaten at the hotels and evening meals in the restaurant’s hotel or a restaurant nearby. It is usually a set menu.

Special diets and dietary restrictions:
We can only request dietary requirements to our suppliers for the following diets:
– Diabetic - Suitable for reduced sugar, hyperglycemic, hypoglycemic and carbohydrate controlled meal requests.
– Gluten Intolerant/Celiac also known as low gliadin, non-tropical sprue, Celiac disease, low wheat, wheat free, gluten restricted diet. A Gluten Intolerant Meal eliminates all foods prepared with wheat, rye, barley and oats.
– Vegetarian  (No meat – no fish). Nuts may be used as a protein substitute.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - Subject to changes

The Camino is clearly marked with the “Scallop Shell” showing you the way. The walking can be physically demanding and will require a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding venture that includes numerous cultural highlights along the way!

French Route 3/8 - From Logrono to Burgos - 123km

Day 1: Logrono
You will be pre-booked in a traditional hotel in the heart of the town. Logrono is a city rich in history and traditions that have been preserved since the Middle-Ages.

Day 2: Logrono to Najera
This first day is an easy stage through landscape dominated by vineyards. After 12km, you will pass Navarrete, a town built in the 12th century by the “Knights of the Holy Sepulchre”. Here you will have a chance to stop for some refreshments and to visit the fabulous Baroque Church of “La Ascension”. Finally, arriving in Najera in the afternoon, you can enjoy the panoramic views from this hill-top town.
Distance: 29km  / approx. 8 hours

Day 3: Najera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Country roads dominate this stage, which runs through the Cantabrian mountain range to the north, and the La Demanda mountain range to the south. Enjoy a shorter walking day with great views. There is the possibility to visit the Monastery of “Valvanera” deep in the middle of the “Sierra de la Demanda”. Later today, you will arrive in Santo Domingo de la Calzada; another great milestone on the road to Santiago.
Distance: 21km  / approx. 6 hours

Day 4: Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Belorado
After a brief walk through a wooded area, the Camino takes us through crop fields, interspersed with small brooks and oak woods. This landscape warns us of the approaching mountain range and, indeed, we can soon see the Oca Mountains looming on the horizon. This afternoon, you will have the chance to relax in the lovely main square of Belorado. On the route, don’t miss the Altarpiece in the 16th century church of San Juan Bautista, in Granon.
Distance: 23km  / approx. 7 hours

Day 5: Belorado to St Juan de Ortega
Until you get to Villafranca Montes de Oca (14km), this stage is similar to the previous one. However, as you go deeper into the woods, you will soon discover the beautiful Oca Mountains. In St Juan de Ortega, have a look at the Gothic Mausoleum.
Distance: 24km  / approx. 7 hours

Day 6: St Juan de Ortega to Burgos
After a quiet sojourn in the mountains you will make your way down into the valley of the Pico River. Here, the tranquil landscapes disappear, making way for the roads and buildings that characterize Burgos and its outskirts.
Distance: 26km  / approx. 5 hours

Day 7: Burgos, end of the Camino
After breakfast we bid you farewell. Burgos still preserves important vestiges of its medieval splendor. The city, which was the capital of the unified kingdom of Castilla-Leon for five centuries, boasts a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture; the Cathedral of Burgos (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Apart from a visit to the historic quarter, you can take quite an interesting walk along the banks of the Duero and Arlanza rivers. Discover the delicious and varied local cuisine in one of the city’s restaurants.


Rates and Dates for Camino Section # F3

Rates include:

Accommodations in hotels and guesthouses. Breakfasts. 4 dinners, Luggage transferred from hotel to hotel. Detailed Walking Notes. Map. Pilgrim passport

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20197 day hike, MAP€610$735
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Single supplement 120 $145
2019 Upgrade to 4* accommodation, dbl, pp 40 $50
2019 Upgrade to 4* accommodation, single 75 $90
2019 Upgrade to 5* accommodation, dbl, pp 155 $185
2019 Upgrade to 5* accommodation, single 220 $265
2019 Extra night, dbl, pp ~ Please inquire 0 $0

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 01/01 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day hike, MAP 1 /16 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Lunches, some dinners, drinks. Airport transfers.

Other Info
Meeting: Logrono
Airport: Bilbao, Madrid
Transfer:

Climate:
                                                    Burgos area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

44

47

54

57

67

73

81

81

74

63

51

45

Average Low Temperature (°F)

31

31

34

37

42

48

52

52

48

42

36

32

Average High Temperature (°C)

7

9

12

14

18

23

27

27

23

17

11

7

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-1

0

1

3

6

9

11

11

9

6

2

0

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

8

7

6

8

9

5

3

3

5

7

8

8

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The French Way in its entirety stretches from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela, and is divided into eight sections. Some of the most popular cities along the route include Pamplona, Leon, and Sarria. All sections of the Camino Frances stretch across the northern region of Spain, creating very seasonal weather.

Summer
Like most countries in the Western Hemisphere, Spain in summer can be very warm. In fact, from June to August the temperatures in this region average at around 27°C (80°F). The sun is shining for a majority of the days every month. However, in Sarria in particular, there is a higher chance of rain.

Fall
When the season turns to fall, the temperature on the Camino shifts as well. Temperatures cool to around 23°C (73°F) in September, 18°C (64°F) in October, and 13°C (55°F) in November. As the temperatures drop, there is also a higher chance of rain along the route. Like before, in Sarria specifically, there are more predicted rainy days than sunny days.

Winter
As winter hits the region, the temperatures drop drastically. Averaging around 9°C (48°F) or 10°C (50°F), the weather in the northern region of Spain is typically rainier.

Spring
In March, April and May, the temperatures slowly get warmer. With temperatures increasing from 13°C (55°F) in March to 18°C (64°F) in May, the days still have a tendency to be half rainy and half sunny.

What To Bring: