This trip is available to start on any day from the beginning of March to the end of October. Also check our group departure dates above.
The Camino del Norte is best enjoyed from March to October but you can walk at any time of year. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans.
SOLO WALKERS & SINGLE ROOMS
The Camino del Norte is available to solo walkers at a single supplement.
GRADE & TERRAIN
This walk is graded moderate to strenuous and includes daily walks on average of 20 – 25 km per day.
You can expect to walk for between five and 7 hours each day and much of it is rather arduous walking with some steep inclines/declines.
The Camino Del Norte follows a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths.
NAVIGATION, ROUTE NOTES & MAPS
The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections, if you not walking with the group or guide.
For end of the tour can be possible to add, do let us know in advance.
It is possible to walk the Camino del Norte in less time than this but we would not recommend this as walking 20-25 km is enough for average hikers. For group tour we can’t do less than 9 days for this tour, rather we can add more 1-2 days to make walk easy, bust cost will be higher.
Baggage transfers are included (max 15kg per person). Your main bag will be transferred each day between your overnight accommodations so that you only need to walk with a day pack. (There is a supplement applicable for solo walkers on baggage transfers due to the fact that the transfer costs are usually shared.)
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
We will provide all list 3 month before departure.
The pilgrim’s passport is issued by the church of St James, you can obtain one at the start of your walk in the pilgrim’s office or the local church in town. You need to get the passport stamped in churches, restaurants and hotels along the way. At the end of the walk in Santiago you can obtain your Compostela Certificate (only if you have walked the last 100km). For the other sections of the trail, the passport is used as a souvenir with all the colorful stamps you will receive.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Namaste Nomad that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the entire activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care, baggage lost etc. However we do our best to keep all safe all the time.
Our greatest resource!. All our guides are Basque and Himalayan guide, our friend Eder live in Basque year round and she have good knowledge of her own country well, - no hired-out college grads! When specified, we will hire few different guides for short city tour in Bilbao and san Sebastian to give you extra test of history.
LIMITED GROUP SIZES
We prefer small groups to ensure that you receive the individual attention that you deserve. In order to treat each of our clients with a personal touch, we limit our group size to a maximum of 14 participants.
Namaste Nomad selects a combination of 2-3 star hotels, guest house, restored country manors and family run B&B's that offer the best in hospitality, comfort and location. All rooms have their own bathrooms. Tour prices are based on double occupancy. ( single supplement 250 Euro for 9 days)
Food speaks volumes about a culture and we love to eat! During our walk days, when possible, we prepare gourmet picnics, using the freshest of local ingredients and selecting the tastiest recipes of the region. Dinners are celebrated in restaurants chosen not only for their menu, but also their atmosphere and service. We are proud to cater to vegetarians and those with food allergies as well. Food includes in depend on the price and package offer by us.
SPECIAL EVENTS TICKETS
Wine tastings, garden tours, concerts, will be extra cost but we will provide the tour arrangements, within the budget.
The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. We will provide detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
GETTING TO/FROM NORTHERN SPAIN
Flying into Bilbao is the best airport for this particular tour. Direct flights are available from Dublin.
From Bilbao you can take an ALSA bus back to San Sebastian if you are not coming with group or coming early, which takes around an hour and a half.
If you are traveling from outside Europe Madrid is a good hub to fly in/ out of, from here you can catch a bus to San Sebastian ALSA (takes around 6.5 hours). A bus back to Madrid from Bilbao takes around 4.5 hours.
The Camino del Norte offers a more authentic pilgrim experience than the Camino Frances.
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