Pamplona Running of the Bulls Tours
Experience the amazing Fiesta de San Fermin in 2016 with PP - The Pamplona Specialists
It's the wildest, most emotive and fun fiesta in Europe - Pamplona's San Fermin (Running of the Bulls) Festival is simply something you have to be a part of to experience why it is such a famous event. Join the Running of the Bulls specialists and stay at the CLOSEST and best campsite in Pamplona.! We operate quality party tours to Spain!
Choose from coach tours ex London or accommodation packages from just £40 per night. The fiesta starts on 6 July 2016 and accommodation packages are available from the 4th through to the end on 14 July.
Summary of Tour Options for Pamplona (2016)
San Fermin Accommodation PackagesFrom £40.00
Tour Dates: 4th to 15th Jul 2016
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Travelling in Europe already? Planning to fly to Spain? Need good safe accommodation for San Fermin? With PP's flexible accommodation packages you can join the best tour in Pamplona from just £40 per night - two night minimum stay. Arrive and depart any day from 4 July to the end of the fiesta on the 14th. The nights of July 5, 6, 7 and 8 cost £70 per night.
Tour Dates: 4th to 15th Jul 2016
Totally flexible packages - arrive and depart any day from 4 July to the 14th - 2 night minimumStay at Pamplona's only campsite - just on the edge of the cityPamplona Parties with Live MusicPre erected TentsBreakfasts (all you can eat) ContinentalDietary Options available on requestShuttles from camp to Pamplona - 4th to 8th JulyShuttles from camp to Pamplona - 9th to 14th provided by the campsite Euro3 each wayOpening day champagne ceremony, noon on July 6thBull runs from the 7th to 14thBeach camp post Pamplona option
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6 Day Coach TourOnly £299.00
Tour Dates: 4th to 9th Jul 2016
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Our terrific 6-day tour includes a day in Spain before the amazing opening ceremony, the first two running of the bulls, an extra party night in Pamplona plus our famous PP parties at our camping base close to Pamplona.
Tour Dates: 4th to 9th Jul 2016
Return Coach travel from LondonTwo Running of the Bulls on the 7th and 8thExtra party night in PamplonaCampsite entertainment and PartiesFree Sangria to kick off the party of the yearRegular shuttles from Pamps to campOpening day champagne ceremony, noon on July 6thFabulous Ezcaba camp - the closest to PamplonaPre erected tentsBreakfasts (all you can eat)Souvenir T-Shirt and bandana
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7 Day Coach Pamplona & Beach TourOnly £329.00
Tour Dates: 4th to 10th Jul 2016
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The deluxe Pamplona San Fermin tour with two nights besides the beach on the way back! You will be based at Pamplona's best campsite for the opening ceremony and the first Running of the Bulls on the 7th. Then head up to the magnificent Spanish coast where we base ourselves at our superb Zarautz beach campsite. Recover on the beach plus join our free day excursion to ritzy San Sebastian. This perfect party and recovery tour returns to London on a Friday giving you the full weekend to be ready for work again ...
Tour Dates: 4th to 10th Jul 2016
Return Coach travel from LondonTwo nights at Pamplona's best campsiteTwo nights on the Spanish coast at ZarautzPP Parties at our fabulous Pamplona Ezcaba camp - the closest to Pamps Free Sangria to kick off the party of the yearShuttles from Pamplona to EstellaOpening day champagne ceremony, noon on July 6thThe first Running of the Bulls on the 7thSan Sebastian day tripPre erected tentBreakfasts at Pamplona campSouvenir T-Shirt and bandana
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One Way Coach TourOnly £279.00
Tour Dates: 4th to 8th Jul 2016
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Take advantage of our one-way special tour to Pamplona and receive a £20 discount.
Tour Dates: 4th to 8th Jul 2016
One way coach travel from LondonGBP20 discount on 6 Day tourFree Sangria to kick off the party of the yearRegular shuttles from Pamplona to campOpening day champagne ceremony, noon on July 6thUp to two Bull runs on the 7th and 8thExcellent Ezcaba camp - the closest to PamplonaPre erected tentBreakfasts (all you can eat)Souvenir T-Shirt and bandana
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Event and PP Tour Information
The San Fermin (Running of the Bulls) Festival is without doubt the wildest and probably most fun festival in Europe. Its amazing festive atmosphere and the way the Pamplona locals Party has to be seen to be believed!! If you are after Serious Fun in Pamplona it has to be PP Travel. This year's San Fermin will be our 26th operation of quality camping tours to the Running of the Bulls. With our great campsite close to the city, value tour option choices - accommodation from just £40 per night - and our wealth of experience we know you will have one of the most memorable party weeks of your life.
It's hard to really describe the spirit & atmosphere of Pamplona's famous Festival of San Fermin. You really just have to experience it for yourself. Even though the festival is best known as The Running of the Bulls, it is the full-on Spanish fiesta - not the bull running - that makes visiting Pamplona at this time such a must do event. The festival starts each year at noon on July 6 with the amazing champagne Opening Ceremony and then runs non-stop 24-hours a day through to midnight on July 14.
The bull running begins at 8am every morning from the 7th to the 14th of July. Even though the festival is known worldwide for this unusual event, it is only a small part of the festival and you really will only want to watch once or twice. Running with the bulls is a relatively new activity when you consider how ancient this festival is.
It is free to run with the bulls, if you want to take the risk. You just have to get a position on the street pretty early. It is a male-only tradition and it is extremely frowned upon by Pamplona locals for females to run.
PP'S Pamplona's Base - The Closest Campsite to the City
There is only one place to stay during San Fermin and that is at PP's party base at Camping Ezcaba. Not only has it got excellent facilities - Ezcaba has the major advantage of being just on the outskirts of the Pamplona - a quick 10 minute shuttle into the old town. Our fantastic convenient position is very important in getting the most out of the fiesta. Being just 7km from the centre of Pamplona, PP can provide free frequent and fast from our camp into the old town, meaning you can party from dawn to dusk and onto dawn again!
Please see our PDF information on travel to Pamplona and our campground - Public transport to Ezcaba
This year's Pamplona tours for San Fermin 2016 look set to be our biggest ever - and we are offering our greatest variety of value packages:
PP's Great Running of the Bulls Tours
Our Pamplona Tours are renowned as the best organised and most fun to the big party destinations. Join us at our Ezcaba camping base just a few kms out of Pamplona. Choose from 5, 6 and 7 day return coach tour options from London. Or meet us there and join our great value accommodation packages, which are from just £40 per night - 2 night's minimum stay. We also offer great value combined Pamplona and Bilbao Live Music festival packages including coach travel from London or meet us in Spain packages.
Travelling Europe independently? Then join our very popular, economical and flexible camping packages. Arrive and depart any days from July 4th through to the last day of the fiesta - July 14th. The price per person per night is just £40 - except for the nights of July 5, 6 and 7, when the cost is £70 per night. There is a two night minimum requirement. If you are flying into Spain we can assist with transfers from many airports to our Pamplona campsite. The price will depend upon the number in the group, but ideal for large groups.
Our short 5-day dash Pamplona coach tour (ideal for those with limited time to take off work) is sure to be really popular as it is virtually a long weekend away. We depart on Saturday, July 4th and have you back in London on Wednesday the 8th. You have a day in Spain to prepare for the amazing opening ceremony on July 6, followed by the first Running of the Bulls on the 7th. You even have time to spend the afternoon in Pamplona continuing to celebrate San Fermin with the crazy locals, before returning to London that evening.
Our classic 6-day Pamplona tour offers a more thorough San Fermin experience. You have the opportunity to do two bull runs, the opening and have an extra party night in Pamplona.
The ultimate Pamplona tour is definitely our 7-day Bulls and Beach Pamplona Combo tour. Take in the amazing opening ceremony and the first bull-run while based at Pamplona and then spend nearly 3 days recovery on the magnificent Spanish coast at our Zarautz camp.
Want to fly to Spain? No problem. The cheapest and easiest way to fly to the Running of the Bulls is to book a low cost airline on the web to the region and join us at our campsite with our great value accommodation only Pamplona Tour packages, from just £40 per person night.
PP Airport Transfers
We can organise tailored airport transfers for individuals up to very large groups from a number of Spanish airports direct to our Pamplona campsite as well as return transfers. The price will depend upon the size of each group. The most popular airports in the region are Bilbao and Biarritz. For groups up to 3 or 4 people the cost will be from approx £60 each way. Mid sized groups of 8 and above about £33 each. Large groups from £20 per person. Please contact us directly for further information.
Pamplona, Beach and Bilbao BBK Live 2016 Packages
Awaiting Confirmation of 2016 Bilbao BBK Live Dates
Best of two great festivals! Enjoy Pamplona's sensational San Fermin Fiesta, two Running of the Bulls and then onto the great Bilbao BBK Live festival. PP Travel is the official Bilbao Live tour company and we are offering exclusive San Fermin and music festival packages to both accommodation only and London coach passengers. Either catch a PP coach (one way) from London to Pamplona or make your own way to our fabulous base near Pamplona.
Bull Run Balcony Viewing Option
You can treat yourself to the luxury of viewing the Running of the Bulls in your own private balcony as the they bolt immediately below you at dawn. Limited private balconies are available but must be pre-booked. Cost £60 per person and includes a light breakfast.
PP'S PAMPLONA BASE - EZCABA - The Closest Campsite to the City
There is only one place to stay during San Fermin and that is at PP's party base at Camping Ezcaba. Not only has it got excellent facilities - Ezcaba has the major advantage of being just on the outskirts of the Pamplona - a quick 10 minute shuttle into the old town.
Our fantastic convenient position is very important in getting the most out of the fiesta. Being just 7km from the centre of Pamplona, PP can provide free frequent and fast transfers from our camp into the old town, meaning you can party from dawn to dusk and onto dawn again!
All PP Pamplona packages are based at Ezcaba. Upon arrival you will be greeted by experienced PP reps and shown to your pre-erected tents. The camp has an excellent pool, plenty of showers, toilets, bars, restaurants and mini market.Not only is Ezcaba the best camp in the region, it is the party camp!. It has its own stage with live music on the nights of July 4, 5, 6 and 7. It also has a resident DJ with the music pumping by the pool throughout the fiesta.
At the camp we provide all you can eat breakfasts daily. With all tours and packages you are given the opportunity to join our extensive Pamplona walking tours to get to know the city, its history, the bull run course and a thorough background to this fabulous fiesta. PP shuttle services will have you in the centre of the action for the noon Opening Ceremony on 6 July and will operate late into the night. Naturally our shuttle service will be operating for the dawn bull runs on the 7th and 8th. After the 8th you can use the campsite's shuttle service for a small cost. Taxis to the city centre from the campsite are only approx. 15 euros.
Our coach tours take you directly from London to our campsite, arriving on the 5th of July, in time to get set for the amazing Opening Ceremony on the 6th. If you are travelling independently our campsite is just so simple to get to. Local buses run from central Pamplona close to Ezcaba or it is an inexpensive taxi journey.
Accommodation packages: our campsite, being so close to Pamplona, is ideal for those wanting to meet us in Pamplona. We offer flexible packages from just £40 per night from 4 July to the end of the fiesta on 14 July. Two night minimum stay. The nights of 5, 6 and 7 July cost £70 per person per night.
:: Please see our PDF information on travel to Pamplona and our campground - Public transport to Ezcaba
:: PP's Pamplona base Ezcaba on Google maps
:: Pamplona region, campsites and airports
:: More info on Camping Ezcaba
PP'S BEACH CAMPSITE - ZARAUTZ - The ideal place for R&R post San Fermin
Run the Bulls, party non-stop at Pamplona's incredible fiesta and then relax at our beautiful northern Spanish coast beach camp at Zarautz.
Our camp is just a few minutes walk from the magnificent Zarautz surf beach with stunning views of the green Basque mountains that cling to the coast. Camping Talai Mendi's facilities include bar, restaurant, shop, excellent shower facilities and free Wi-Fi.
Join our 7 day London coach tour for two nights at Zarautz and the fun and fiesta of Pamplona. Accommodation only passengers also have the option of spending a couple of nights on the coast as well. .
Frequently Asked Questions about PamplonaWhat tours does PP offer?
What tours does PP offer? We offer a wide choice of Pamplona packages, covering the entire fiesta from the opening on 6 July through to the closing on 14 July. Our flexible camping accommodation only packages are from just £40 per night - 2 night minimum stay (except 5, 6 and 7 July when the price is £70 per night). Our London coach tours all cover the sensational opening ceremony of San Fermin on 6 July. Choose from 5, 6, 7-day coach tours. As well as one-way coach specials and airport transfer options. Best of all, we operate from Pamplona's closest camping ground - Ezcaba - to base your Running with the Bulls tour from.
PP Travel are one of the largest operators to Pamplona Bull Run. We annually take over 1000 people for a massive party at Pamplona's Festival of San Fermin.
Our 5-day bash offers the opening and the first Running of the Bulls. Our 6-day party offers the opening, two Runnings of the Bulls and an extra party night in Pamplona. Our 7 day Bull and Beach combo offers the opening, the first running of the bulls and two nights on the magnificent Spanish coast at Zarautz to recover from the fiesta!. We also offer a one-way coach special Pamplona tour.
Accommodation Only - from just £40 per night
Join us at our camp close to Pamplona with our flexible and economical accommodation packages. Priced from just £40 per night - these are available from 4 July to the end of the fiesta on 14 July. Two night minimum stay. The nights of July 5, 6 and 7 cost £70 per night. Single tent options for just £60 per night.
Flying and Transfer Options
Fly to Spain and join our accommodation only package. We also offer a tailored transfer service to/from Bilbao or Biarritz airports and other airports on request. From luxury taxis, to mini buses up to full coaches. The price will depend upon the size of the group.
Hire car: use Opodo for very economical car hire, ideal for smaller groups. 3 day hire from around just £75.
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Bilbao BBK Live packages
Best of two great festivals! Enjoy Pamplona's sensational San Fermin Fiesta and then onto the great Bilbao BBK Live festival. PP Travel is the official Bilbao Live tour company and we are offering exclusive San Fermin and music festival packages to both accommodation only and coach passengers.
Either catch a PP coach from London to Pamplona or make your own way to our Pamplona base. Then laze the pool, warm up at PP's huge pre-Pamplona party on the 5th, be blown away by the amazing champagne fuelled opening of San Fermin on the 6th, do the first two bull runs on the 7th and 8th. You are then transfered to Bilbao for 3 days of Bilbao BBK Live (July 9 to11).
Pamplona and 3-day Bilbao Live Accommodation only special: £339 - 3 nights accommodation package in Pamplona, transfer to Bilbao Live, 3-day festival pass.
Coach tour Bilbao Live option: £399 - One way London to Pamplona, 3 nights accommodation package in Pamplona, transfer to Bilbao Live, 3-day festival pass.
Where do we stay? PP's Pamplona party base is at Camping Ezcaba, the closest camp to the old town. Not only has it got excellent facilities - Ezcaba has the major advantage of being just on the outskirts of the Pamplona - a quick 10 minute shuttle into the old town.
Our fantastic convenient position is very important in getting the most out of the fiesta. Being just 7km from the centre of Pamplona, PP can provide free frequent and fast from our camp into the old town, meaning you can party from dawn to dusk and onto dawn again!
Our 7-day Bull and Beach Combo Tour spends two nights of recovery at Camping Tali Mendi, in the coastal resort town of Zarautz, approximately 75 minutes travel time from Pamplona. It also has fine facilities and is only a few hundred metres from the beach. It is in a lovely spot with sweeping views of both the ocean and surrounding mountains. close
Camping We use pre-erected 3 and 4 person tents on a twin share, 2 to a tent, basis. close
Can I have a single tent? We normally allocate our tents as two people to a tent (we use 4 person dome tents). If you require a tent on your own you can pay a single supplement of £20 a night. Simply add this request in the notes when you book on. close
How do I book a Pamplona tour? To make a booking to the Running of the Bulls is easy. You either book on line or call our office to reserve your seats. Only £50 deposit per person reserves your seat the Pamplona Bull Run. Full payment for all Pamplona tours is due at the beginning of June. All deposits are non-refundable, and bookings are not transferable. Our booking conditions outline refunds payable on cancellations. Balances paid by credit card will be subject to a 2.5% service charge. close
What is included in the price? All coach tours include return executive coach transport from London to Pamplona and ferry crossings. At our Pamplona campground we provide continental breakfasts (all you can eat), pre-erected dome tents, shuttles to and from Pamplona (on July 5, 6, 7 and the morning of the 8th), local maps and the services of our couriers, ground crew and drivers.
We also have free PP Pamps t-shirts and bandanas for all coach passengers and those arriving on accommodation only packages on 5, 6 and 7 July.
With its own stage, Ezcaba has live music on the nights of July 4, 5, 6 and 7. Plus a DJ pumping out the tunes by the pool.
Our 7 day coach tour includes 2 nights at our Spanish beach base at Zarautz.
Those doing our Pamplona/Bilbao BBK live packages whether by coach from London or doing accommodation only, have 3 nights in Pamplona with the opening and 2 Running of the Bulls plus transfers to the music festival.
Once at Pamplona, basically all you have to budget on is your meals (apart from breakfast) and your drinking money! close
Are there any deals for large groups? Book ten people on any Running of the Bulls tour and the eleventh goes free!! We offer this discount for groups of 10 booked and paid by the same person on one payment at the same time. Ask our office staff for further details. This offer only applies to those booking direct with PP Travel. close
Can we book just accommdation? If you will already be in Europe or planning to fly to Spain for the Running of the Bulls, we offer up to 5 night accommodation only packages starting from £149. You can stay from 4th July to 9th July and so have a few days to build up to the fiesta, do the opening and two running of the bulls. You are fully part of the tour except for the return London journey and can stay for up to 5 nights (4 to 8 July inclusive). This includes breakfast, transfers between camp and Pamplona during the fiesta, your camping accommodation, PP Pamps souvenir T-shirt, bandana plus the services of the experienced PP crew. We also offer transfers meeting low-cost flights at Bilbao and Biarritz. close
How do I get to PP Travel's San Fermin base? All our coach tours take you directly from London tour our campsite close to Pamplona. If you an doing accommodation only package, you will need to make your own way to Pamplona and then it is very easy to get to Ezcaba, being the closest camp to the old town, just 7km away. For those flying into Spain we can offer transfers on request. The price will depend upon the group size, but ideal and economic for large groups, such as stag or hen parties. Alternatively there are a number of public transport options or you may choose to drive to our campsite by van or hire car. Please see our PDF information on travel to Pamplona and our campground - Public transport to Ezcaba
How do I fly to Pamplona? The most economical to do a Running of the Bulls tour by air is to book a low cost airline, take one of our dedicated PP airport transfers from Bilbao or Biarritz and join our accommodation only packages.
Low cost airline destinations from London include: Biarritz (130km from Pamplona) and Bilbao (160km from Pamplona), Zaragoza (180km from Pamplona) and Santander (260km). Further afield Barcelona (490km) and the capital Madrid (450km).
You can fly into Pamplona Iberia Airlines, but must change flights in either Madrid or Barcelona and flights are normally very expensive unless booked very early. close
Which airports are the best? We offer tailored airport transfers operating from Biarritz or Bilbao (other airports on request) taking you directly to our Ezcaba camping base close to Pamplona. These is no doubt these are the easiest options if you choose to fly to the Running of the Bulls. The price will depend upon the size of each group. For groups up to 3 or 4 people the cost will be from approx £60 each way. Mid sized groups of 8 and above about £33 each. Large groups from £20 per person. Please contact us directly for further information.
If you take public transport from the coastal airports, please be aware that it can take up to 6 hours (depending on bus and train connections) to get from Bilbao or Biarritz airports to our campsite. Transport will NOT be running from Bilbao airport after about 8pm in the evening so please make sure you are aware of this if choosing an evening flight into Bilbao. All Spanish bus companies seem to have a siesta midday between about 12 and 2pm so also please be aware of this.
If don't take a PP transfer from Bilbao or Biarritz - the best option is for you to fly into Pamplona's local airport. These flights from the UK will ALWAYS be via either Madrid or Barcelona and are normally much more expensive than flights to Bilbao or Biarritz. From Pamplona airport you catch a bus or taxi into the city then a bus to our camping base (about 20km). A taxi directly from the airport to our camp will cost around 25 euros, which is a good option if there is a group who can share the cost.
Other airports: You may consider Zaragoza or Santander. While budget airlines fly into these destinations, public transport will prove all most impossible but we can organise transfers from these upon request. You can fly cheaply into Madrid or Barcelona, but will be looking at least a 6 hour train or bus to Pamplona city and then local bus to our base. close
What if we want to go one-way to Pamplona? If you are planning on not coming back to London and continuing your travels after your Pamplona Tour, we offer a one way special package. Book and pay for our 6 Day tour at a reduced cost of only £279 (a £20 discount). Once down in Pamplona, you can decide when you want to depart. On the evening of July 8th our 6 day coaches head back to London. We also offer a San Sebastian drop off on the afternoon of July 8th. Cost 15 Euro and subject to availability. If you want to stay on the night of July 8 it costs an extra £25/30 euros. close
What do I need to bring? Make sure you have your valid passport with you. We supply your pre-erected tents and breakfasts at the camp. You'll need a sleeping bag, airbed/mat and your party boots! You may also want to bring a pillow. We will allocate tents (two people per tent) on the journey to Spain or upon arrival for accommodation only passengers.
No camping gear? No problem, as we have sleeping bags for sale as well as sleeping mats in Pamplona from just 5 euros for mats and 15 euros for sleeping bags,
The weather should be hot and sunny, so bring your swimmers, towel, and sun cream. But be warned: it can get cool late at night - so also bring something warm. Occasionally it can also be cool and wet. So basically be prepared for everything!
Traditional fiesta clothing is all white with a red bandana, so bring all your old white t-shirts and pants/skirts. close
Is there security at the campsite? At camp we offer a free security valuables service, where your valuables such as passports, wallets and electrical gear will be locked up at reception. You have access to these valuables during breakfast. Please note, as per our booking conditions, whilst all due care will be taken in providing security for these items, any passengers using this service does so completely at their own risk. No responsibility will be taken by this firm for any losses or damages that may occur whilst under our care. General personal items such as clothes and sleeping bags are normally ok left in tents which are not obviously not secure. Please remember that all personal items taken on any tour is the full responsibility of each passenger. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cover any unfortunate losses.
Do I need to change money? How much will I spend? As with most of western Europe, the local currency in Spain is the Euro. We strongly suggest you change up the bulk of your money before leaving. While there are plenty of ATMs about in Pamplona (not at the camp).How much? This will depend very much on how much you drink. Pamplona, being a street fiesta, is quite cheap, budget on 60-100 euros per day to cover food and general partying. close
What are the coaches like? All our coaches to Pamplona are fitted with TV/video, stereo, toilets and air conditioning. Refreshments will be available on the coach. All coach tours depart from Embankment, opposite Embankment tube station. We cross the channel by ferry from Dover to Calais then do a night drive to Spain arriving just after dawn. All our coaches are non-smoking, however we have regular stops along the way. Each coach has a PP courier to assist passengers. close
Do we need travel insurance? We encourage all passengers to have adequate travel insurance on our tours - the possibilities for injury or loss are considerable and medical costs can be extremely expensive - but we do not force you into purchasing insurance. close
Can I watch the Running of the Bulls from a balcony? You can treat yourself to viewing the Running of the Bulls on a balcony as the they run immediately below you. Limited balconies are available but must be pre-booked. Cost £60 per person, including light breakfast of coffee and biscuits. close
What about Visas? All passengers will need to carry a valid passport. Those travelling on South African and Zimbabwean passports will need a Schengen visa from the Spanish consulate, unless you have a valid one, already issued by another country. Australians, New Zealanders and EC passport holders do not require visas. Remember, visas are your responsibility. Please organise your visa in plenty of time, as it usually takes weeks - up to 8 is not uncommon! close
What if I need to cancel? As all deposits are non-refundable you will lose at least this amount if you cancel. Please note that bookings and names are not transferable. If you have paid in full, refunds (if any) due will depend upon when we receive your written, faxed or emailed cancellation instructions. Our full booking conditions are printed on each confirmation invoice, which will be emailed to you. Or they are available upon request from our office. close
The PP Pamplona Experience
It is hard to really describe the spirit & atmosphere of Pamplona's famous Festival of San Fermin. You really just have to experience it for yourself. Even though you probably know the festival as The Running of the Bulls, it is the full-on Spanish fiesta not the bull running that can make visiting Pamplona during this period such a life changing experience.
At PP, we aim to to not only operate the most organised, best fun tours to the Running of the Bulls, we are determined that you really get to discover and experience this unique atmosphere for yourself. And with our long experience at San Fermin and our large professional team, we believe we know what it takes takes to make this happen.
The cornerstone of PP's determination to operate the most professional tours to the Running of the Bulls, is our deliberate policy of operating out Pamplona's Ezcaba camp - the closest to the city's old town - as well as offering tours that also stay on the Spanish coast at Zarautz. Being so close to all the action means you really can make the most of your San Fermin Fiesta experience - you can really party from dawn to dusk and then dusk to dawn! Not only is Ezcaba the best camp in the region and only a 15min shuttle ride away, it is THE party camp. With its own stage, live music runs from July 4 to 7 and the atmosphere at the camp is electric.
All PP Tours to the Pamplona cover the sensational opening ceremony of the festival of San Fermin at noon on the 6th. If you are going to head to Pamplona for the Bull Run, then you MUST be at the opening - it will blow you away!
PP Travel is the only major Pamplona tour company that operates it's own security system. Upon arrival we will check in all your valuables - passports, cards, tablets, phones etc. These are available during breakfast daily. Pamplona during the fiesta is not the place to take any valuables with you. This is an excellent service to all passengers.
PP Travel is one the largest operators to the Running of the Bulls annually taking over 1000 passengers to the Pamplona Bull Run and we are proud of our reputation of quality tours achieved over the past 24 years.
Whether you are travelling on a coach tour from London, making your own way and joining our Pamplona accommodation only packages or flying in and joining one of our airport transfers - all PP reps are thoroughly trained and will be sure to show you a great Pamplona/San Fermin experience.
The festival starts each year at noon on July 6 with the amazing champagne Opening Ceremony and then runs non-stop 24-hours a day through to midnight on July 14. The Running of the Bulls begins at 8am every morning from the 7th to the 14th of July. Even though the festival is known worldwide for this unusual event, it is only a small part of the festival and you really will only want to watch once or twice. Your PP Pamplona Tour will transfer you into old town early on the 7th and 8th in plenty of time to get a position to watch the run or join in yourself! Experienced PP reps will give you a thorough background to the run, where best watch it from and will even walk bull runners to the best starting position.
It will be our 25th year at Pamps in 2015. Pamplona 2015 will mark PP Travel's birthday and it is sure to be be a great party. Our first tour back in 1991 was to Pamplona with just two coaches. We are very proud of how we have grown so much from our humble beginnings and the quality of the tours we have run to Spain over the past 25 years. We will ensure that our San Fermin 2014 tours are something special
If you only go to one fiesta in Europe this year - Pamplona for the Running of the Bulls it has to be. It really is a must!
WHAT IS THE FESTIVAL OF SAN FERMIN?
It is impossible for anyone to accurately describe the spirit and atmosphere of Pamplona's famous Festival of San Fermin - it is something you'll really just have to experience for yourself. Also it is very difficult to explain why the festival is so important to the locals, all its ancient traditions and why the people of the region go so crazy during the week of San Fermin. Even though most tourists know the festival as "The Running of the Bulls" it is the amazing party atmosphere, a full-on Spanish fiesta, not the bull running that makes visiting Pamplona during San Fermin such a memorable experience.
The festival begins each year at noon on July 6 with the amazing champagne opening ceremony and then runs non-stop 24-hours a day through to midnight on July 14. Today's modern festival is a combination of three ancient festivals that were united in 1591. It obtained its name from Saint Fermin who is the patron saint of Navarra. He was the first bishop of Pamplona and died as a martyr in Amiens, France, way back in the 1st century AD. He has always been worshipped by the people of Pamplona as he was considered their original martyr of Christianity. The cult of San Fermin grew when his relics arrived in 1187 from Amiens with more relics arriving in the 1500s. Originally this festival was held in October when tradition says San Fermin first arrived in Amiens. It was moved to July in 1590 basically because of better weather. The other two festivals that now make up the modern one are the bull fighting festival which began in 1385 - bull fights are only held in Pamplona now during the festival -and an ancient trade fair that used to be held on St Peters Day - 18 July, when taxes were exempt.
WHAT IS THE BULL RUNNING ALL ABOUT?
The Running of the Bulls occurs at 8am each morning from the 7th of July through to the 14th. Even though the festival is famous for this unusual event, it is only a small part of the fest, something you really only want to watch once or twice. Transporting the bullfighting beasts to the ring is simply what the running of the bulls is all about. The bull run is known as the "encierro" which means "enclosing" (the bulls in the bullring). In old times there were no trucks to take the bulls from farms into the pens at the rear of the ring so they were hearded through the streets just after dawn when things were starting to quiet down. Running beside the bulls is a relatively new occurrence when you consider how ancient this festival is. It is believed men first started proving their manhood by running with the bulls during the early morning transport to the ring in the early 1800s. Running was outlawed then. But it grew through tradition and authorities officially allowed it in 1867.
Today all the shops and streets along the route in the old town are boarded off about 7am and cleared by police. At 8am a gun goes off and the bulls are released from a pen on one side of old Pamplona and it takes only a few minutes for them to charge the 1 mile (approx) through the narrow cobblestone streets into the ring. Once the bulls are safely in their pens, young steers are released into the thousands of runners in the ring for a bit of fun. By 8.30am the whole event is over, then it is back to the party ...! It is not easy to get a good position to watch the bull running on the streets. It is free to go into the lower sections of the bullring but for a few euros you can go to the upper tiers and watch the runners enter the "tunnel of death" and then watch the small bulls knock a few runners over. The bullfight occurs each evening about 6.30pm. Tickets to the fight cost anything from 25 to 70 Euros.
CAN I RUN THE BULLS? IS IT DANGEROUS?
It is free to run, if you want to take the risk. You just have to get a position on the street relatively early. It is considered a male-only tradition and it is extremely frowned upon by locals for females to run.
There have been 14 deaths in the run since 1910, the more recent being 22 year old American tourist Mathew Peter Tassio in 1995 and local veteran bull-runner 63-year-old Fermín Etxeberria Irañeta in 2003 - so it obviously is dangerous. However these numbers are not huge compared to the massive amount of runners who take on the 800 metre dash each year. In fact, it is those thousands who run - not the bulls - that you usually have to watch out for. Runners often fall over each other during the panic as the bulls get close putting limbs etc. at risk. Like a bungy jump, the thrill of the run is surviving.
PP Travel does do not encourage anyone to run or to dive off the statue in the mussel bar. If you do either, you do so at your own risk (insurance will not cover either) and PP Travel will take no responsibility for the consequences.