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The Fanatics
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My friend and I knew we were going to Run with the Bulls in Pamplona to kick off our European adventure together. After researching and researching, I was sure that we were going to overpay for a hostel that wasn’t even guaranteed to have availability. Mind you, I began looking in February – a solid 5 months before the kick off of the festival. I felt completely defeated and just accepted that I was going to spend way more than I would otherwise budget in lodging alone.

After reading some other forums on this website, I read about The Fanatics…An Aussie tour group that does San Fermin among MANY other tours of Europe. Although it’s actually a “sports fan group”, they have expanded their scope to tours and events all over the world…and you don’t have to be Australian OR a sports fan.

I only had to spend 10 minutes on their website before I was putting down a deposit… The itinerary options were abundant and included a chance to experience San Fermin by hostel, hotel or camping. Well, being a girl who loves a party and isn’t afraid to sleep on the ground, I chose their camping tour. After talking to my friend, we decided to do the camping tour in San Sebastian (an hour shuttle ride from the tour – all included in the price). Our itinerary gives us 4 days and 3 nights. Per person it was roughly $260… which after seeing they provide shuttle AND free breakfast was an EASY spend. Fanatic tourists also get a Run with the Bulls T-shirt AND handkerchief for the event.

I contacted the team about safety of baggage in tents and they IMMEDIATELY responded with a personalized message, making me feel 100% comfortable with the accommodations and “customer service” (although it felt more like making an instantaneous group of new friends).

For fellow Eurotrip.com users, I highly, highly recommend checking out this group for tours. They also do Oktoberfest and sail the Greek islands among many, many other things. They seem right up the alley of the users I see on this site!!

I will most definitely post photographs and stories of the adventures, but no doubt anticipate a wonderful time!!!

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Hi,
What they don’t tell you is that being out in a campsite 7km out of town can be problematic as regards transport. There bus back is not as late as you might want and taxis are impossible to get in the fiesta. Nobody ever goes back camping to the fiesta more than once. Other than that it is a cheap and cheerful way of doing the fiesta. If you are doing the run check out the expert walking tours of the bull run course, they are only 20 euros and you get it all from a top runner. Look on www.pamplonaposse.co…. They do have one good guide to the fiesta in the Fanatics, his name is Brendan, I know he is good because I taught him to run. I am sure you will have a great time at the fiesta with the Fanatics

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I will actually be at a campsite in San Sebastian and they make it seem very accessible to bars and nightlife. Not to mention, we chose to be outside of Pamplona because we do like our sleep! I think for first time, this is an ideal way to see all the festivities. I did see on their website that they have a guide show you the walking course the day before, although I am thinking we might sit the actrual “run” out…

Thanks for feedback…

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Just wanted to add some additional information to this thread!! Pamplona mentioned above that The Fanatics tours are great with the exception of a lack of shuttle transfers to and from the campsite, forcing you to leave the party long before you are ready to. Well, I just received my itinerary from The Fanatics and they have added more shuttles, running every hour, to 2 am and beyond, taking into consideration how many campers they have wanting to stay up and party. Also there is a big party at the campsite, so even after you leave the Pamplona center, there is still plenty of chance to stay up late and have some sangria!!

Hope this helps anyone else considering seeing San Fermin this way!!!

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Hi,
It is good to see that they are starting to realise that more buses have to be put on. Because it is very common that you have to wait an hour or so in a queue to catch a bus into and out of town. If it is a cheap and cheerful Pamplona you are after then camping is an idea. But nobody ever goes back and does it that way again. Also watch out for people who might only have run once before or worse showing people around the bull run course passing on dodgy advice. Always do a lot of research on the internet and if possible chat to people that have run many times.

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Pamplona wrote:
Hi, Also watch out for people who might only have run once before or worse showing people around the bull run course passing on dodgy advice. Always do a lot of research on the internet and if possible chat to people that have run many times.

Excellent advice. My first time I talked a lot with a guy who was about 60 who first ran when he was 13 – much more useful than the guys who had run the day before and thought they knew everything.

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^^ The more I think about doing the run, the less I think I want to do the run. I think I’m going to follow the guided tour beforehand and get all the info, but probably save running until next year!! I’m just a teeny-tiny thing and although I’m an adrenaline junkie, I’m thinking large animals with huge horns may be slightly beyond my comfort zone…

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Do you know if its possible to pay for a spot on the shuttle bus? I’m staying in San Sebastian during the festival as well, but apparently the last train back for the night from Pamplona is before 8pm, which is waaaay too early.

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I don’t know about that. You could always contact them and ask… If they don’t offer something like that, they may be able to tell you who does. They’re really helpful and quick when getting back to email inquiries.

Definitely worth looking into, otherwise you may have to ditch the party or early or risk getting stuck in Pamplona for the night.

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Here’s what a lot of people do: head down to Pamplona by train or bus at night (late trains are probably already full, last bus leaves at 21:30) , party all night, run or watch the running, train or bus back to San Sebastian. Bus tickets can be booked here: http://www.movelia.e…