CAMINO FRANCÉS - ULTREIA

 

   days: 15

   nights: 14

   walking distance: 246 kilometers (153 miles)

   value: 3.750 € per person in double occupancy rooms      

    single supplement: 550 €

DESCRIPTION

We begin the French Way in St. Jean Pied de Port. Our walk allows us to sail through the history of Spain and early Europeans over paths specially selected to experience the real essence of the most mythical of the Saint James Paths. The ancient and inescapably beauty of the Camino is apparent in the outstanding architecture of the impressive Cathedrals, in the exquisite cuisine and elegant wines and in the charm of small secular settlements, where the spirit of the Camino has lived for a thousand years and remains in the magnificent essence of its people.

A unforgettable soul experience!



INCLUDED
•24 hours per day English-speaking guide assistance
•14 nights in hand-picked accommodations
•14 dinners and all breakfasts
•4 Guided Visits: Pamplona, Burgos, León and Santiago de Compostela
Support vehicle provided during the entire tour
•Ground transportation
Luggage Transfer between accommodations during the walking tour
•Mobile phones with Spanish line
Pilgrims Kit
Botafumeiro Ceremony
Photos of the entire Tour
Celebration Dinner
 







 

ITINERARY

The Camino Francés is walked during a 15 day period and includes one rest day in León to take in the treasures of the city.  We have divided the journey into days of similar length, and deliberately try to leave the last day a bit shorter than the others so that we arrive in Santiago de Compostela with enough time and energy to get to the pilgrims office and stroll around town before checking into the hotel.
Below is the city to city itinerary, but please note that specific hotels vary between dates and are therefore not published here.  They are provided at the time of booking, along with a more detailed schedule that you can share with your friends and families.

 

DAY 1 Madrid - Zaragoza – Roncesvalles
We begin our day in Madrid, meeting in the lobby of our hotel at 8:30 am, ready to hop up into our private van towards the magnificent Roncesvalles. After a pleasant lunch in Zaragoza, we’ll depart to Roncesvalles to attend to a unique multi-language Pilgrimage Blessing in the spectacular 13th Century French Gothic Royal Collegiate Church of St. Mary

Accommodations in Roncesvalles
 
DAY 2 Roncesvalles – Aurizberri  6.5 kms or 4.7 mi
Our experience tells us that to start well, we must begin slowly and gradually. So, after getting the emblematic stamp of Saint Jean Pied de Port, we’ll start walking from Roncesvalles and through ancient trees and the purest streams in a natural paradise: the Selva de Irati... After a pleasant lunch, we will depart to our guided tour of the renowned city of Pamplona, rich in history and monuments and the haunt of Ernest Hemmingway.

Accommodations in Pamplona
 
DAY 3 - Cizur Menor - Puente la Reina - 19 kms or 11.14 mi
One of the most beautiful stages of the Camino is ahead of us. Surrounded by grain fields and poplar groves we’ll reach the Alto do Perdão, (High of Forgivness), where the Way of the Stars and the Way of the Wind meet... We’ll be awarded with one of the most overwhelming views of the French Camino, before heading on to Puente la Reina, a beautiful medieval village loaded with symbolism of the Camino.

Accommodations in Logroño
 

DAY 4 Najera - Santo Domingo de la Calzada - 21.90 kms or 13.1 mi
Today will be a day sprinkled with magnificent stories and ancient legends.  Color marks our footprints: the red clay of our path, the green of the vineyards, and the endless gold of wheat, barley, rye and sunflower fields. We will have before us an excellent day for photographs. Our goal, the legendary village of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, with a 13th century Gothic Cathedral, honors Domingo, a protective saint of the Camino.

Accommodations in Santo Domingo de la Calzada
 
DAY 5 Castrojeriz - Fromista - 25.38 kms or 13.13 mi
Our day offers breathtaking and unforgettable scenery... Castrojeriz is a village very much alive with Camino spirit, and it’s through it magnificent streets that we’ll start our day, rising to the Alto de Mostelares to another amazing view of the Meseta. You will feel as if you were standing inside an old master’s painting. In Fromista, the “goodness of the palentine romanic churches” stands out...

Accommodations in León 
 
DAY 6 Puente de Órbigo - Astorga - 16.4 km or 10.33 mi 
Puente de Órbigo is a gorgeous 14th-century Gothic bridge, known as El Passo Honroso (The Honorable Pass). In 1434, a noble Leonese knight, Don Suero de Quiñones, to regain his honor, defended the bridge against knights from all over Europe in a jousting tournament, allowing only documented Pilgrims to pass. Astorga, home of the unique Gaudi’s Episcopal Palace and a great 18th-century Gothic cathedral was called Asturica Augusta by the Romans, it’s a confluence of trade routes, such as the Via de la Plata. It’s known for the chocolate, too...

Accommodations in Astorga 
 
DAY 7 Rabanal del Camino – Iron Cross – El Acebo -  16.85 km or 10.80 mi
From Rabanal del Camino, we will continue our march to the humble Iron Cross, the highest point on the French Way. Pilgrims have left a stone at the foot of the cross since the 12th century along with their prayers, petitions, and wishes. Your stone may join those that have accumulated from all the pilgrims who have come before you. Our day won’t end before passing in the refuge of Thomas, the last Templar on the Camino…

Accommodations in O Cebreiro
 
DAY 8  O’Cebreiro - Triacastela - 21.69 km or 13.84 mi
We start our morning from this mythical and peculiar Galician village, O Cebreiro, famous for the Eucharistic miracle, which can be viewed at the Church of St. Mary.  This place, filled with peculiar round thatched houses called ”pallozas”, was the land of Elias Valiña, the “inventor” of the yellow arrows. This Galician territory is mentioned in the 12th century Calixtino Code, as a "fertile land with rivers, meadows, extraordinary orchards, good fruit and clear founts, but of few cities, villages and working fields."

Accommodations in Sarria
 
DAY 9 Sarria - Portomarin- 22.75 kms or 14.23 mi
Sarria is a small urban center on the Camino Frances and is the starting place of the largest number of pilgrims beginning their Camino. The Convent of the Magdalena is the door into enchanting forests of chestnut and oaks, areas of cultivation and prairies where we will see sheep and cows grazing peacefully. We cross a multitude of villages, proud of their churches, cruceros and hórreos and the mythical 100 km stone marker.

Accommodations in Portomarin
 
DAY 10 Portomarin - Airexe - 17.6 km or 10.16 mi
Fortunately, a grove of oak and chestnut trees, eucalyptus, and golden grain fields urge us up the hill of San Roque. Magnificent Hórreos and precious Cruceros, enormous Centuries-old oaks, ruins of a pre-Roman ancient fortress, the Castro, unique Churches and the magnificent 12th century post-romanesque Monastery will mark our day. Legends of noble Knights of the Order of Santiago burried here, will be shared...

Accommodations in Palas de Rei

DAY 11 Airexe - Melide -22.6 km or 14.75 mi
Today’s path takes us near of Pico Sacro, where legends states it is populated by dragons, fighting bulls, and converted Queens. Our path continues across the ancient granite bridge of Pontecampaña and to Casanova amidst a fabulous and mystical forest. Walking over Roman road and the elegant Medieval Bridge of Disicabo, we’ll reach Melide, famous for its juicy octopus. All the richer, when accompanied by a Galician Albariño wine!

Accommodations in Palas de Rei 
 
DAY 12 Melide - Calle - 24.2 km or 15.65 mi
From Melide, we’ll cross small and quiet villages where haystacks, bread ovens, medieval bucolic bridges, huts, and carts pulled by oxen, transport us to the ancestral Galician rural landscape. Next, we enjoy a relaxing ride on dirt roads, through groves and forests where scents and sounds of nature prevail and colorful flowers and songbirds reign.

Accommodations in Calzada
 
DAY 13 Calle - Lavacolla - 21.26 km or 13.37 mi
We start the day on a cobbled road that leads us to a beautiful oak forest and into Boavista. We pass through Salceda, Xen, Ras, and Santa Irene, with its 18th century Chapel and legendary healing waters. Before arriving at Rúa, we will pass the largest eucalyptus on the Camino, flooding us with its freshness before arriving in Lavacolla, the ceremonial site of ancient rituals for pilgrims.

Accommodations in Calzada 
 
DAY 14 Lavacolla - Santiago de Compostela - 10 km or 6.3 mi
Today is bittersweet as it is our last day on the Camino. We walk a short way to the legendary Mount of Joy and the interesting Chapel of São Marcos. And, embraced by magical sounds of bagpipes we’ll arrive into the Obradoiro Square, opposite the impressive Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, where we’ll attend to the Pilgrim’s Mass and to the extremely touching Botafumeiro ceremony. After a deserved rest we’ll be meeting again to have a personalized guided visit and our Celebration dinner!!

Accommodations in Santiago de Compostela
 
DAY 15 FINISTERRE and MUXIA
We’ll meet again in the morning to head to Muxia and Finisterre, to have a personalized guided visit to this 2 mythical places. After a wonderful lunch we’ll return to Santiago to enjoy a free afternoon. After a Camino, leaving Santiago feels like the beginning of a new journey, so, allow us to Thank You for your trust and, please know how sincerely we hope we may one day meet again!

Ultreia!



Ultreia y Suseia Tours has selected a combination of country manors houses, boutique-hotels, and ancient monasteries. We personally selected inns that provide a high quality of service, personalized attention, exquisite meals, comfortable rooms and a very special location. All rooms have their own private bathrooms and wi-fi connection. Pilgrims are always honored guests.

You are on vacation and set your own daily walking pace. You can choose a contemplative walk alone, a conversational walk with other pilgrims, or you are always welcome to hitch a ride with our support van driver if you prefer a break from walking. It is a time to relax and allow yourself to find your personal path and pace. We strongly suggest that our Pilgrims stop to smell the roses, have a drink in a café with a new friend and enjoy the real Camino de Santiago spirit. We’ll always be there for you. Come join us!

In Spain, the food and the wine hold a sacred place in each day. We are very fond of fresh local ingredients, local recipes and glorious wines. We’ve chosen the best locations to savor the distinct flavors of Spain while enjoying unique atmospheres and environments. Our checkpoints along the Camino provide healthy snacks, fruit, water and cold drinks. We love to surprise our pilgrims along the way. Lunches are on your own to give you the freedom of choice and allow for a leisurely daily schedule.
All breakfast and 13 dinners are included. We let you loose in the celebrated cities of Pamplona, Logroño, Burgos and León to explore the diverse culinary delights these cities are famous for. Our guides can expertly advise you on some of the most popular, hidden, and delicious hotspots in each city.