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The Most Amazing Experience

My Camino de Santiago with Fresco Tours was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. I... read more

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Wonderful way to walk the Camino

I had a first rate experience walking the kinder, gentler Camino organized by Fresco Tours. Our... read more

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Reviewed June 3, 2017

We opted for the Fresco Tours 115km self-guided option from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, and it was an amazing experience. We wanted the flexibility of going at our own pace and choosing our own mealtimes/evening activities, and this worked perfectly. We could have walked just the 2 of us, but after the Orientation Dinner, we got along so well with the other people we met that we ended up sticking together for the entire week. The mileage of 12-15 miles per day was just right ..... challenging enough to feel a sense of achievement, but plenty of time to stop and admire the scenery and have a leisurely lunch-break. Elba was amazing during the booking process and helped us with additional hotel bookings before and after the tour. Alissa was wonderful once we arrived in Sarria. Both ladies really went out of their way to make this a very special vacation. It was awesome. Beautiful scenery, great accommodation and an experience I will always remember. Thank You, Fresco Tours!

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank CaymanPen
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Alex C, Owner at Fresco Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2017

Hola CaymanPen,

Great news! I love to hear that the group bonded and formed a special group of peregrinos. This tends to happen - like minded travelers that are willing to spend a week of their vacation time walking across a country says a lot about each of you! It also confirms my belief that you don't need to sleep in an Albergue to have a Camino experience. Glad to know that Alissa and Elba provided you with all the guidance before and during your trip - they are an outstanding combination of caring and kindness!

Keep us posted on future visits to Spain - maybe we'll see you on the Camino Portugues...

Saludos from Spain,

Alex

P.S. Thank you for the picture - good looking group! ;)

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Reviewed June 1, 2017 via mobile

I really cannot say enough positive about Fresco tours. From the quick response to my initial inquiry, to the organization and support throughout planning, to the knowledgeable and friendly tour guides and the overall travel/logistics coordination experience, they are truly outstanding.
I joined the group as a solo traveler and never worried about one thing because everything was thought of and very well executed.
Buen Camino!

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Love2TravelSRQ
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Alex C, Owner at Fresco Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2017

Dear Love2TravelSRQ,

If my guess as to your true identity is correct, I had the pleasure to be with you on the Camino!

Regardless, thank you for the praise - I am fortunate to be surrounded by a fabulous team! We share a common goal and vision of what a Fresco Tours journey should be and it is a true labor of love. Come again - we'd love to have you back!

Abrazos from Spain,

Alex

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Reviewed May 28, 2017 via mobile

We couldn't imagine going on the Camino any other way than with Fresco Tours. We are typically, "go it our own way travelers," however, we had no idea how to navigate our way, so we signed up on Fresco Tours to walk a section of the Camino, which was a long-standing goal for both of us to accomplish. Unfortunately, we needed to cancel the time we had planned last year, and Fresco Tours (Alissa was so helpful!) accommodating changes of our dates to go this May. Every part of our trip was expertly planned and thought through; from meeting the tour guides (Raul and Jaume), and starting in Leon with its amazing history and current vibrancy, to the last steps in Santiago de Compostella, we were taken care of like family. They were there to give us hugs and congratulate us there on the spot of the scallop shell in the plaza. Each evening we got our maps and rest stops and lunch spot for the day, and were guided with enough space to feel that we were on our own to explore and walk at our own pace. Raul and Jaume explained the history and were in constant contact with each person in the group and made sure we had everything we needed; especially food and drink stops. The picnics they prepared were so delicious and fresh, and when the weather didn't allow for it, we dined in family inns that had fresh and delicious food. They let me borrow a set of walking sticks; which I bonded with and made it possible for me to really enjoy the hikes, and they checked in all the way through to see how I was feeling. Alex joined our group for the last 4 days and he was so generous and had such pride in our tour and wanted each one of us to have a once in a lifetime experience. When we arrived at each inn, Alex, Raul and Jaume were greeted like long-lost family, getting hugs and the best treatment possible for our stay. They anticipated every need we may have for food, water, rest stops and pacing ourselves along the trail. It was great to learn the local history in each town and village, as you could walk past them and have no idea what you were seeing. Each country inn we stayed in was filled with jaw dropping charm, comfort, modern accommodations and fresh/local food and wine that was lovingly served by the family. We learned about all the local culture of Galicia, and got to experience the beautiful land with people farming with basic tools and seeing animals of all types: goats, sheep, chickens, cows/bulls, storks, and birds singing all day. The group was so supportive, funny and diverse and we truly helped each other meet our daily goals for our hikes. If you are thinking of walking the Camino; I strongly encourage you to go the Fresco Tour way!

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Steve L
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Alex C, Owner at Fresco Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2017

Hola Steve,

It was a pleasure meeting you and for me to have been able to join the fun for a few days. You are absolutely right - Raul and Jaume are great guides and wonderful hosts!
They are able to anticipate needs and be supportive while respecting your space and time on the trail. They are also pretty darn good at making a gourmet picnic!!! Keep walking and please keep us posted on your future travels to Spain! Thank you again!

Saludos from Spain,

Alex

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Reviewed May 7, 2017 via mobile

Walked the French Way from Sarria in 4 days. Tailored itinerary to suit our needs. Excellent service and thoughtful planning throughout . Good choice of hotels and supporting documentation was relevant and interesting. Elba, the tour organiser and main point of contact deserves a special mention and praise for bringing this dream to life through personality , empathy and efficiency. Well done Fresco Tours ; highly recommended.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Alex C, Owner at Fresco Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2017

Dear Manuel,

Sorry for the delay in responding, I was on the road and just finished with a group in Santiago. I missed meeting you and Paul by only a few days!

Glad to hear all went well on your self-guided journey. Elba really does go the extra mile (or KM!) for her pilgrims and I am fortunate to have her as part of the team. I also met up with Alberto and he sends his regards as well! Thanks for the note - if we may be of any assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Saludos,

Alex

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Reviewed April 8, 2017

Having looked at a number of tour companies online before deciding on Fresco Tours, I was incredibly glad that I chose them for our trip. The personal care, the hotels/pensions, the organising and pre trip contact were all fabulous. One of our group had a medical problem at the beginning of the trip - our guide Alissa offered to come back and take her to the doctor. There was not a problem too small to be bothered with...we had the self organised tour with luggage following us on... 14 people wandering through Galicia with no idea where they were but who knew where they wanted to get to - every one of the group have congratulated me on choosing Fresco Tours....every one of the group would use them again for another Camino. It was wonderful, and organised and felt safe knowing that someone was always available to offer assistance. We met other Fresco groups along the way and we all said how wonderful they were, Cannot recommend them enough. Alissa our guide for the first day, Elba who we corresponded with, the other Fresco guides who we met along the way and who were always happy to help with any needs..... thank you all.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Angela G
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Alex C, Owner at Fresco Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2017

Hola Angela,

Thank you for your kind words! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the Camino and had such a positive experience with Fresco Tours. Alissa and Elba are true stars and they really do take care of our clients as if they were family! It is a blessing to have them in Galicia to be able to lend a hand in emergencies. I hope Jenni is feeling better and back on her feet - we look forward to seeing her and the rest of the gang on the trail in the future!

It was a pleasure organizing this Camino for you - if I may be of any assistance in future, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Saludos from Spain,

Alex

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