It is now 12 months since we walked the Camino from León to Santiago de Compostela with Fresco... read more
It is now 12 months since we walked the Camino from León to Santiago de Compostela with Fresco... read more
We had a wonderful self-guided tour with Fresco Tours from Ponferrada, Spain to Santiago de... read more
Completed a 10 day trip with Fresco Tours and can't say enough about them. Impeccable travel logistics (before and during the trip), friendly, knowledgable, mature tour guides, fabulous food, lovely accommodations and all reasonably priced. Can't wait to do another trip with them.
Dear Terri S,
Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your Kinder Camino Portugues with Fresco Tours, and even more wonderful to hear your satisfaction with the service received pre-tour as well as while on tour with our fabulous guides. We try our best to accommodate your needs and assist with your travel planning so that you can just focus on walkind and enjoying the magic of the Camino.
Plus, we are blessed to have a great team of guides who love to share their knowledge of the Camino and the culture and history of Spain.
I am very happy to hear that you are thinking of returning and we hope to see you on the trail again soon. Until then, keep on walking!
Fresco did a great job. All of the people we dealt with were helpful and knowledgeable. The guides were the greatest - friendly, helpful and always there to help out. The tour included everything -- no extra costs for meals, drinks etc. Accommodations were good and the food was great. Overall the tour exceeded my expectations.
I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your Camino adventure with Fresco Tours! We are very fortunate to have a wonderful group of guides who are knowledgeable and always willing to go the extra mile to accommodate any needs when possible.
Besides, it's nice to find them waiting for you with a smile at the picnic lunches, with a nice cold beer calling your name! :)
It's been great working with you and we hope to have you join us again in the future!
A number of years ago my wife and I watched the movie, "The Way" and put this on our bucket list to do in the future. Well that day finally arrived when my wife purchased me two tickets anywhere in the world Westjet flew. While looking up where I wanted to go, I noted that Westjet was offering a service to Barcelona, Spain (beginning in May, 2019). Immediately I recalled the movie and thought the time was right to walk and experience the Camino. I googled the Camino and the first site to pop up was Fresco Tours. I checked the tours available and discovered that one of the tours, the Kinder Camino, was taking place in the time frame we wanted to book our vacation.
Without hesitation I booked the tour and right from the start we were provided details on what to expect and asked if we needed to book accommodation prior to the tour starting and afterwards. Everytime I sent an email asking questions they were answered forthwith without hesitation and suggestions to make our experience more enjoyable. As this was our first trip outside of North America the first class service was greatly appreciated and all required booking were made so we knew exactly where we were going and staying.
On August 26, 2019 we were introduced to our fellow pilgrims and guides and immediately whatever concerns we had were put to rest and all were ensured that this would be once in a life time experience. On August 27 our journey began and 11 strangers, two guides and a bus driver become one. All with the goal of completing our own Camino. As a photographer I was usually at the rear of the pack but never felt pressured to increase my speed to keep up. Every mile walked was viewed through both my lenses (eye and camera) and senses as I had the opportunity to speak with many individuals from around the world who were walking the Camino for a variety of reasons.
Everyday began with a group breakfast composed of the foods native to the area we were staying in. Each picnic lunch feature local wines, cheeses and treats. The most favorite of our group, especially mine was the dark chocolate. Dinners were out of this world and the bond our group made became stronger each day. One of the individuals in our group was a vegan and after a few meals the rest of us began to sample the special meals she was provided. Our guides Jeffery and David went above and beyond to ensure our experience was top notched. Their local knowledge added to the experience and after a few days our brains were overloaded with knowledge. As well a third guide, Silvia, joined us for a couple of days. Her bubbly personality and always smiling face made the walk seem like nothing more than a stroll around the lake.
On Saturday August, 31, 2019 my wife and I celebrated our 34 wedding anniversary. We were the second couple of our group celebrating a wedding anniversary. All the staff went out of their way to ensure it was a day to remember with Champagne and a gift of two pilgrim dolls.
What else can I say but Fresco Tours went above and beyond to ensure our trip was one to remember. To my fellow pilgrims whom I shared meals and stories with, and the occasional sticky yellow drink, be safe until we once again cross paths. To those I have yet to meet and want to experience the Camino without the hassle of struggling to book accommodation, side trips, etc., I would highly recommend Fresco Tours for a once in a lifetime experience..
I am so happy to hear that you were able to check this adventure off your bucket list, and more so, that you were able to fulfill your Camino dream with Fresco!
I understand that while you were receiving treats, such as dark chocolate, the guides and bus driver were also met with a surprise gift from you, as well as your knowledge of Canadian Native American traditions & culture. They appreciated you sharing this with them!
Also, how wonderful that you were able to celebrate your wedding anniversary in such a special setting and that you were able to share it with your group, who eventually became like a family. :)
On behalf of Fresco, I hope that our paths can cross again in the future and I hope you'll keep walking (and taking photos to capture the moments)!
Carol and Hector provided a wonderful tour on the Camino Norte. We had eight family members in our group with a wide range of ages and hiking experience. There was a great availability of options daily for a hike that was more challenging than the French Way. The Basque food was delicious and the fellowship with our group of 16 plus guides will be treasured.
It was great to have dinner with you, your family and the rest of the peregrinos the other night in the Basque Country! The impromptu concert afterwards was an added treat.
After having met you and your sons on our Camino de Santiago tour a couple of years ago, it was like another family reunion. I've always felt that the Camino is a wonderful journey to share with loved ones - everyone has their own space, but are doing the same thing. Along the trail, you can walk alone or together, cover all the KMs or use the Check Points, in silence or chatting with each other. In the evening, we all get together to enjoy and reminisce the day's walk over a good meal with hearty laughs! Absolutely perfecto!
Thank you again for entrusting your family's reunion in our hands - we look forward to the next event!
Abrazos y besos,
I'm just back from the 11-day Kinder Camino tour starting from Leon/Sarria. And since it's probably boring to hear more about what knowledgeable and warm guides David and Jeffery are, what a fantastic company Alex runs, how flawless the logistics were, how peaceful and serene the countryside was, I thought I'd write about what it was like as a vegan on the trip since I haven't yet seen a post about that.
Breakfast was absolutely necessary to fuel up. A cafe solo to start. Granola and cereals, lots of fresh and dried fruit and nuts. Biscuits. Some manor homes had soy or almond milk and soy yogurt, peanut butter. Pan con tomate. One place even offered vegan cold cuts!
Picnic lunches provided lots of choices. Jeffery or David would make a special portion for me, leaving out the cheese in the pesto pasta or the salad. Lentil and bean salads. Fruit skewers. Dark chocolate with nuts. Lettuce wedges with roasted peppers. White asparagus. Crusty freshly baked bread. Honeydew and crenshaw melon sweeter than you've ever had. Dark chocolate with nuts. Wine, beer, Kas sodas.
For dinner, whether we were in the manor home or a restaurant, there was always a choice for me. Vegetarian paella. Bountiful plates of grilled vegetables. Roasted padron peppers. Vegetable primavera. Stuffed mushroooms. Eggplant "burger." Falafel patties. Risotto and vegetables. Ratatouille. Zucchini soup. Hummus. The potatoes in Galicia, whether boiled, roasted, or fried have so much more flavor than ours in the US! A coffee grappa or a herb one to top off the meal. Many times, my fellow pilgrims would eye my food even as they feasted on tender lamb, hake, pulpo or empanadas.
If you're a ovo-vegetarian, you could add the marvelous tortilla (potato & egg sometimes onion omelette), the Santiago cake (almond), pasteis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts), and a variety of pastries, cakes, and macaroons. And a lacto vegetarian could enjoy the omnipresent flan, cheesecake, and local cheeses from Arzua (the Galician cheese capital).
Suffice it to say, that though I was walking 3-4 times more than I do in New York, I came back from Spain with an extra 2 pounds. Buen provecho!
Thank you for your 5 star review from a different angle! You are right, Galician potatoes do taste different.
The Camino is a wonderful way to experience the Spanish culture and what better way than through food. With a large array of local ingredients there is always something for all tastes and diets, including vegan options.
In addition to being Camino experts, our guides, Jeff and David are also great cooks using fresh and local ingredients to create our unique gourmet picnics. I am glad you noticed how attentive and accommodating they are. They play a big part in making your Camino memorable.
I hope you can join us in a future tour so we can share more of the Spanish cuisine with you!
Our group did part of the French Way through Fresco Tours. We were five Canadian friends and were joined by two more people. With a group of seven pilgrims and two guides we started our trek. It was the most fabulous experience. From the beautiful Manor’s we stayed in to the food and especially the great picnics. There wasn’t anything Fresco or our guides didn’t think of. There amazing ways of making sure we were comfortable became known in our group as “The Magic of the Camino”. Thank you Fresco Tours and our two incredible guides for helping make this a trip of a life time.
Wonderful to hear that you and your group were able to experience "the magic of the Camino"! Not only is it, as you say, in our guides, who always try their best to accommodate any needs, share their knowledge and love of the Camino, make the behind-the-scenes operations be as seamless as possible, but it's also the magic found in the accommodations and meals, and most importantly, in the journey itself.
It also seems that you were inspired on the Camino to sing and play the guitar, from what I hear? Your group can start up a band, The Camino Wonders! ;)
On behalf of all of us at Fresco Tours, it's been a pleasure to work with all of you and I hope that our paths can cross again in the future. Unitl then, take care and keep on walking!