Pamplona 2023 - Opening Ceremony Pamplona Hotel
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Enjoy all the madness of the Pamplona opening ceremony and the running of the bulls from the comfort of our three-star hotel!
The incredible San Fermin Opening Ceremony at midday on 6 July is the most sensational street party you will ever see - a highlight of most travellers’ European summer! The morning bull runs begin on 7 July and continue daily throughout the festival. Meanwhile the nightly street fiestas see the true spirit of the festival in full swing!
Our tour crew are on hand throughout your stay to answer any questions you may have and escort you to the bull runs & street parties in town.
Hotel VillavaOur hostel is located 4km from Pamplona's old town centre and coach shuttles are included so you won't miss any of all of the Bulls & festival party action!
San Sebastian Day TripOur San Sebastian Day Trip on 7 July is included in your booking. The tour departs in the morning after the bull run and returns in the early evening ready for you to get stuck into the buzz in town in the evening.
Getting to PamplonaFlights into Pamplona and surrounding airports (Bilbao, San Sebastian, Santander) are available from EasyJet, British Airways and Iberian Airlines.
For train travel to Pamplona go to Trainline or Renfe and for coach travel try Monbus, La Union or Alsa.
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- Three nights 3* hotel accommodation
- Coach shuttles into Pamplona's old town centre
- Guided walk of the bulls course with our experienced bull runners
- Funky Fanatics running-of-the-bulls souvenir T-shirt
- Fanatics San Fermin Pañuelo (neck scarf)
- Fanatics Street Fiestas with free sangria
- San Fermin Opening Ceremony on 6 July
- Run with the bulls (or watch safely in the stands!)
- San Sebastian beach day trip on 7 July
- Experienced Fanatics Pamplona tour leaders
Hotel VillavaStaying at our hotel in Pamplona offers an incredible opportunity to experience the San Fermin festival in style. Rooms all have a separate bathroom and are fully equipped with air conditioning, TV and internet access and the hotel has its own bar and restaurant, business centre and car park. Breakfast can either be purchased at the hotel's cafe or in Pamplona's old town centre before the bull runs.
Hotel Villava is located 4km from Pamplona's old town centre and our morning & evening coach transfers mean you won't miss a minute of the action!
Single Travellers & GroupsOur tours are the ideal way to get stuck into the Running of the Bulls and everything that goes along with it.
We make it an absolute priority to ensure everyone on our tour is part of the group. So whether you're coming on your own or with a big bunch of friends, you'll instantly be mixing it up with an awesome bunch of fellow travellers all ready to share this experience of a lifetime together.
If you must, leave the friends at home... just be sure to join us as we do Pamplona in a massive way!
Wednesday 5 July - Pamplona ArrivalWelcome to Pamplona! Hotel check-in is available this afternoon from 3pm. Full arrival details will be emailed to you four weeks before the tour. Access from the heart of town is an easy local bus ride or 5-minute taxi ride.
This evening at 7pm we’ll depart the hotel for an orientation walk of the bull run course and Pamplona's old town centre. Tonight is the perfect chance to take a walk through the myriad of narrow streets and get your bearings before tomorrow's massive opening ceremony, while sampling the many tapas bars and classic restaurants that are dotted throughout the whole of the old town centre with the tour group.
Thursday 6 July - San Fermin Opening CeremonyThis morning a range of excellent value breakfast options are available to be purchased at the hotel's cafe before we board our coach shuttle into the heart of town.
Today sees the opening ceremony of the San Fermin festival and the biggest street party you will ever see! This morning people gather in front of the town hall where at midday Pamplona’s mayor lights the firework officially starting the festival. If you would prefer to avoid the tight crowds in front of the town hall you can watch the events unfold via the big screens in the main square.
The champagne & sangria then starts flying throughout the old town centre and an afternoon of unbelievable street partying follows. From the town hall and main square the party moves along to the St Cecilia Fountain and up to Mirador del Caballo Blanco (White Horse lookout).
Tonight the town centre will be abuzz with live entertainment getting the San Fermin crowds ready for tomorrow's first bull run.
Friday 7 July - First Bull Run, San Sebstian Day Trip & Pamplona Street FiestaThis morning meet the group in the hotel lobby at 6am ready for the short ride into town where we get in position for the 8am bull run. To watch the bull run you have the option of finding a place along the street barricades or heading into the bull ring to watch the bulls and runners enter the stadium and the release of the year-old bulls into the arena. Anyone interested in renting a place on a balcony along the bull run course should look into that during the orientation walk on 5 July.
After the bull run we have our day trip to the amazing coastal town of San Sebastian, well regarded as one of Spain's most beautiful beaches and traditional old cities. It's a great day and sure to energize the batteries after the madness of the San Fermin festival!
This evening we jump on board our transfer into town ready for the huge nightly fiesta including street parties, massive fireworks display and loads of tapas bars pumping out the tunes. Tonight hundreds of Fanatics t-shirts will be lining Calle San Nicolas as we get stuck into the Spanish party in a big way!
Saturday 8 July - Second Bull Run & Check-OutThis morning’s second running of the bulls takes off at 8am and this time you’ll be there with a trained eye. It’s a great chance to experience the running from a different vantage point and catch the thrills and spills of all the action!
If you are departing Pamplona straight after the morning bull run, simply take your bags with you on our shuttle coach into town in the morning and store them at the left luggage service inside Pamplona coach station.