July - bull running


#1

Is anybody doing the running of the bulls in spain next year July?


#2

I was thinking about it.[br][br]Barbara


#3

Hi Guys! [br][br]I just booked in to do the 5 day camping “Make your own way” Topdeck tour for running with the bulls- should be amazing! [br]I am doing the Greek Islands first then flying over for this one. I did a Topdeck tour last year and loved it. [br][br]Have you decided if you are going to do it yet? Would be a shame not too I think! Let me know and we could get in touch beforehand? :slight_smile:


#4

I’ll be in San Sebastian a few days beforehand… I was thinking about making a day trip to Pamplona for the opening… but still undecided… ugh.


#5

I think you should definately make the trip- will be an awesome experience. I’m spending a day or two in San Sebastian as well; I cant wait. [br][br]Are you travelling with tour groups when your in Spain? I’m spending a few days on my own in Barcelona prior if anyone has any ideas of things i should do/see?


#6

hey yeah im doing the 7 day pamploma picador trip with topdeck… leaving on the 4th… anyone else booked on? im travellng alone


#7

Hey,[br][br]Im going to pamplona after the European Pioneer that finishes in london on the 8th of july. Gutted that the topdeck for the running of the bulls starts before i finish. So im gonna be in spain for a week after that. Im trying to find anyone else keen to run with the bulls…


#8

My mate and I will be there! And then we’re looking at going in an Iberian Voyager trip on 13th July since we’re already in teh country. Our flat mate went to Pamplona last year and said it was a MUST DO festival. So excited!


#9

Gday,[br][br]My girlfriend and I will be at running of the bulls, we are doing a 3 night camp package through First Festival. Only a shorter one but should be great, our campsite has pools, bars and DJs.[br][br]Cant wait to run away from those bulls


#10

I went last year and it was AWESOME! Topdeck stays at this really cool campsite which only has opne other tour company there, who everyone at Topdeck seems to get on with and socialise a lot with, so it has a really good atmosphere. There is a pool, a bar (where they have bands and stuff most nights) a little supermarket, and all Topdeck passengers camp in the same area so there’s a real feeling of community. They also organise an optional sangria party which was possibly the SECOND BEST DAY OF MY LIFE - the best day being opening ceremony at Pamplona!

If anyone is thinking about doing a trip I would so so SO recommend Topdeck, we had a great time adn even though the campsite is a little further out than others, it was way nicer than some of the others. My mates travelled with another company and even though that company was great, they shared a campsite with Fanatics who are just bogans and really ruined their experience.

Do it! You’ll love it!


#11

Yes! my friend and I can’t wait!! we’re soo excited! I’ve heard that this festival is amazing and not to be missed. Im doing the top deck 5 day ‘make your own way there’ trip. Although im still contemplating whether i should actually ‘run’ with the bulls or just watch from the balcony lol


#12

I was thinking of doing this, because I have a week in between the two trips I’m doing and it happens to be the running of the bulls week.

Anyone know the cost/time of a rail ticket from London or Amsterdam to there? I can’t seem to find that for some reason.


#13

[quote=15017]I was thinking of doing this, because I have a week in between the two trips I’m doing and it happens to be the running of the bulls week.

Anyone know the cost/time of a rail ticket from London or Amsterdam to there? I can’t seem to find that for some reason.[/quote]

Fly into Bilbao, spain or Biarritz, France and bus/rail it there… i read somewhere that the rail tickets to spain can only be bought like a couple months ahead…probably best for you to go bus. i think…

I’m hiring a car and driving :smiley: Probably going to sleep in the car during the festival as well!! haha


#14

If you check out Iberia (www.iberia.com), they do flights into Madrid or Barcelona and then local connecting flights into Pamplona. However, the cheapest option is usually to fly into Bilbao, then from the airport you can get a bus into Bilbao city bus station, and then another bus from there to Pamplona (which takes a couple of hours). It’s really easy and you can buy tickets on the day. Topdeck’s campsite is then only a bus ride from Pamplona to Estella. That might seem like a lot of buses, but they are super cheap and easy to catch.

When we went I didn’t run with a bulls, but a few people we met there did. It’s up to each individual whether they want to, but if you don’t there is still plenty to do! We watched the runs one day from the bull fighting ring, which was AWESOME because at the end of the run all the runners and bulls end up there and then they let little steers out to chase everyone! Another day we paid to watch from a local’s balcony (which was organised for us by Topdeck), which was expensive but it gave us a great view of “dead man’s corner”. Sure, the bull run went past us in about 5 seconds, but it was really cool to watch the preparation beforehand as they emptied the streets, and then all the runners nervously waiting for the bulls to come!


#15

[quote=15082]If you check out Iberia (www.iberia.com), they do flights into Madrid or Barcelona and then local connecting flights into Pamplona. However, the cheapest option is usually to fly into Bilbao, then from the airport you can get a bus into Bilbao city bus station, and then another bus from there to Pamplona (which takes a couple of hours). It’s really easy and you can buy tickets on the day. Topdeck’s campsite is then only a bus ride from Pamplona to Estella. That might seem like a lot of buses, but they are super cheap and easy to catch.

When we went I didn’t run with a bulls, but a few people we met there did. It’s up to each individual whether they want to, but if you don’t there is still plenty to do! We watched the runs one day from the bull fighting ring, which was AWESOME because at the end of the run all the runners and bulls end up there and then they let little steers out to chase everyone! Another day we paid to watch from a local’s balcony (which was organised for us by Topdeck), which was expensive but it gave us a great view of “dead man’s corner”. Sure, the bull run went past us in about 5 seconds, but it was really cool to watch the preparation beforehand as they emptied the streets, and then all the runners nervously waiting for the bulls to come![/quote]

Awww, i can’t wait! Hey I heard you have to buy tickets to the bull fighting ring? Is this true and where do we buy if we have too! OMG! Balcony spots would have been heaps expensive!


#16

We bought tickets for the bull ring on the day - you need to buy in advance for actual bull fights (which are at night time) but these are REALLY hard to get your hands on I heard. But there was plenty of spots available to watch the bull run there in the morning, and if I remember it was only about €10.

the balcony spots were a bit pricey, but it was a totally different experience. The bull run goes past in seconds but you get to watch the build up on the street. And the guy whose house we were in had the tv on for us as well so we could see the replays and stuff on that too. He was really cool, and kept giving us lots of coffee since we’d been awake from 5am!


#17

Hey Guys

For a chance to win a trip to Pamplona check out http://findyourfestival.com/newsletter. You just need to sign up to the newsletter and you can stand the chance to win a 5-day Topdeck trip for 2 to the Running of the Bulls at Pamplona in July 2010!

We are also running a festivals rewards scheme so if you are planning a few festivals with Topdeck this year, you could save with some cool discounts! Check out http://www.topdecktours.co.uk/content.asp?Document_ID=56642 for more info!

Yay Pamplona!

Jen
Topdeck Team


#18

I SOOOOO wanna do this but my mega euro tours finishes the day before these tours depart and i’ll probably be dying for a good day or two rest afterwards!! so i’m torn because it would be incredible but i’m sure i’ll be rooted!!..what are you guys thoughts?


#19

You should do pamplona! I’m pretty sure everybody at the festival is going to be knackers anyways! haha
Only happens once a year! ;D


#20

Nah, do it anyway! You can rest when you’re dead! And the Spanish sure as hell know how to party.