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The French Camino

with Judyth Hill
September 29-October 8, 2024


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Travel the first leg of the French Camino, also known as the French Way, as we go from the famed red and white town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de Port to Pamplona, Spain, winding through the stunning foothills of the Pyrenees. This favored path of the nine different Caminos is known for its simplicity and scenery.

This is Basque country, where we will walk, sometimes in the quiet of the contemplative heart, sometimes in the kind of deep talk only a walk invites, all the while surrounded by extraordinary Beauty of ancient half-timbered homes and lush grassy fields.

We will each be setting an intention in resonance with our own unique Pilgrimage…and all along, we will be Walking our Stories as an act of discovery…in communion with our purpose…allowing our walk to Write our Way.

We’ll finish with two CELEBRATORY days in one of Europe’s most magnificent cities—San Sebastian— where we will explore its history, culture, and cuisine.

At any and every point, we will be accompanied by our van and our brilliant guide, Andoni, learning about the land, landscape, stories and history of each region…and at all times – a ride is available! This journey is about YOU! You will follow your heart, your path…and your body! We will walk with light packs, our luggage—also light, please – will be in the van.

Our accommodations let you experience the authenticity of traveling the Camino but with more privacy and comfort than the typical hostels. We’ll start off in style at the remarkable Hotel Arraya in Sare, France before heading into the villages of the Basque Country with their small inns and guesthouses. Our last 2 nights will be in the heart of San Sebastian at the 3-star Villa Katalina. All accommodations will have private baths, a rarity in these parts.


Day 1

Arrive to the Hotel Arraya in Sare, designated one of France's Most Beautiful Villages. Sample the traditional Gateau Basque on the main square or watch a game of pelota, the region’s favored sport. In the evening, we’ll meet for introductions and a glass of wine on the hotel’s charming patio. Gourmet dinner at their award winning restaurant.


We'll travel to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the historic town where the Camino begins. Get your Pilgrim's Passport and its first stamp. Wander the cobbled alleyways full of quaint cafés and stores, ready to supply you with any missing gear. Visit the witch caves of Zugarriamurdi before a countryside lunch of French specialties followed by an afternoon class with Judyth to prepare for your pilgrimage.


We'll begin our journey and head toward the Spanish border, walking along the foothills of the Pyrenees. Move at your own pace, stopping to admire the beauty and serenity of the region. We'll pass fields of horses and farmhouses trimmed in the traditional Basque colors of red, green, and blue. Traditional lunch at a Spanish farmhouse.


Our journey will continue through fir and oak forests and into the Spanish land of Navarre, a medieval Basque kingdom that was annexed by Castille in the 16th century. This landscape is dotted with remote villages and a mountain pass. We’ll proceed to the magical town of Roncesvalles, known for its 13th-century monastery and Gothic architecture.


Our pace will dictate the day’s activities and destinations.


Our pace will dictate the day’s activities and destinations.


As we descend from the foothills of the Pyrenees and into the arid valley of the Rioja wine region, the temperature will rise and the forest will recede. Winery lunch and tasting, an evening of sharing stories.


We’ll arrive to Pamplona and the end of the first leg of the French Way. Lunch at the historic Café Iruña, a famous Hemingway haunt on the main square. Explore this fabled city with our guide Andoni before heading to the ever-spectacular San Sebastian. Settle into the Villa Katalina alongside to the Cathedral. Evening pinxtos tour.


Discover Old Town San Sebastian with a walking tour that delves into history, architecture, and the unique Basque culture. Free afternoon to explore on your own. Farewell dinner and paella cooking class with Chef Benatur.

DAY 10

After breakfast and goodbyes, head to another town to Spain or directly to the Bilboa airport.

*itinerary subject to change depending on local festivals and markets.

Additional Information


$4200, double occupancy

$700, single supplement

Our French Camino tour includes 9 nights accommodations: 1 night at the Hotel Arraya in Sare, 1 night in Saint Jean Pied a Port, 5 nights along the way between San Jean and Pamplona, and 2 nights at the Villa Katalina in San Sebastian. Also included: ground transportation after arriving to Sare and until San Sebastian, group activities and tours, expert guides, daily assignments and check-ins with Judyth as well as 3 hours of online mentoring. All meals with the exception of 4 free evenings.



Not included: transportation to and from our meeting points, alcoholic beverages apart from tastings and table wine at dinner, tips to staff and guides.

Please note that we are unable to accommodate special diets on this tour. Pilgrims are often served communal meals at the various inns and guesthouses.

We encourage you to arrive to Europe a day or two early to help with jet lag. It's best to fly into Bilbao, Spain or into France--either Bordeaux or Paris. Departing out of Bilbao is the easiest option. Once you register, we will provide detailed informaiton about getting to Sare.

Deposit & Insurance

A $1000 per person deposit is required to reserve your place on the French Camino. Since we only have 12 spots to offer and accommodations vary, early registration is recommended. Please do not purchase your airline ticket until you have received our letter of confirmation.

The balance is due no later than 90 days before the tour begins. If not received by that time, EAT-WRITE-TRAVEL reserves the right to treat the reservation as cancelled.

EAT-WRITE-TRAVEL strongly recommends the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances. Research policies carefully. CFAR (cancel for any reason) insurance may be more expensive, but it should cover everything, including any last-minute illnesses or apprehensions.