French Way Ultreya
An exceptional journey through 1,000 years of History. Discover the best the French Way has to offer. Stay and eat at the most luxurious and delicious places and walk the most picturesque and poignant sections.
Camino Ultreya is a unique range of tours that offers the highest levels of comfort and services. You will stay in some of the best hotels of Northern of Spain, mostly Paradores, a chain of luxurious and highly historical hotels that belongs to the Spanish government, and eat at the most delicious gastronomic places.
Over 10 days, we will show you our personal highlights of the French Way including jewels of Gothic architectures, UNESCO World Heritage sites, a palace by Antoni Gaudí, Roman and Celtic sites, many medieval villages and historic monasteries as well as breathtaking views.
Only €2.150 per person sharing!
CAMINO FRENCH WAY ULTREYA INCLUDES
• En-suite accommodation in Paradores & 4 to 5* historical hotels
• Transfers in from Biarritz, Zaragoza or Bilbao airport and out from Santiago airport, other airports on request
• Party of less than 8 participants: Private Transport in taxi to and from each hotel + 1 extra transfert per day on request as walking support
• Party of more than 8 participants: Private Transport in luxury Mini-Van or bus and Support during the walking days
• Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel on walking days
• Emergency support from our local team
• All taxes and gratuities for the guides and hotels
• A detailed guidebook per room
• All breakfasts and three-courses dinners (wine or beer included on request)
• A Ultreya Pilgrim Kit per person
• A collection of photos of the group to share
• Walk between 5 km and 16 km per day
price & dates
Can be organized on request for any number of participants on the dates of your choice apart from the week of the San Fermin where a supplement of €500 per person will be applied (includes private balcony for the running of the bulls) - subject to availability and price fluctuations.
€2150 per person
• Single room supplement: + €900 per room
• No dinners discount: - €300 per person
• Extra night in the 5* Parador of Santiago: + €300 per room (dinner not included)
fact fileAccommodation 4 to 5* Paradores and Historic MonasteriesTotal Walking Distance 100 kmDuration 11 days / 10 nightsStarts PamplonaStops Logroño, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Navarette, Burgos, Carrion de los Condes, León, Astorga, Villafranca del Bierzo, O Cebreiro, Monforte de Lemos, O PedrouzoEnds Santiago de Compostela
highlightsEncounter Celtic and Roman sites, mountain villages, and the architecture of Antoni Gaudí.Visit the cathedrals of Burgos, León and Santiago and many other UNESCO World Heritage sites.Stay in Historical 4 to 5* Hotels and MonasteriesEat at the most delicious Gourmet restaurants
what to expect on this tour?
Expect to have a wonderful time and to experience the best the French Way have to offer! We designed this tour around personal experiences of the Camino Frances, client feedback and recommendations so your group can have the best experience possible along the Way. Enjoy the highest levels of comfort and experience North of Spain in a different Way.
Note: The stops, activities and distances detailed in the tour itinerary are subject to accommodation availability. Ask us for a final itinerary based on your dates and requirements! We will happily customize this itinerary by adapting the number of days and the distances to your specific interests and needs! Learn more about our Services here.
Walk & discover the best of the Camino
This tour includes 9 walking days where moderate levels of fitness are required. However, in case one of your group members does not feel like walking anymore, our support vehicle will be waiting every few kilometers with snacks, fruits and water as well as muscular pain creme and blister plasters. Small groups or individual departures will be given a telephone number for a local taxi to pick them up if they wish to get a lift.
We will guide you through our favorite stages of the French Way, the winelands of La Rioja, the gold fields of the Tierra de Campos, O Cebreiro, the day between Sarria and Portomarin, the last 10 km into Santiago and la Costa da Morte. Transfers between these stages and between your hotels will be done in a private taxi, a luxury minivan or in a bus depending on the size of your group.
Sleep in 4 to 5* Paradores and Historic Monasteries
We take particular pride of the quality of our accommodation. To ensure your group only stays in the best accommodation along the Way, we regularly visit and rate all our providers.
On this tour, you will sleep in charming luxurious manors near the Camino & six different Paradores. They all provide a welcoming, authentic and unique experience with all the comfort and service you would expect from a hotel of those standards.
Eat fresh, delicious & traditional meals
You have chosen a Gourmet tours, so, each night, we will bring you to the best restaurants near your hotel. Galicia is proud to have a few Michelin star restaurants and is known all over Spain for the quality of our products, our cooks' skills and our seafood including Barnacles and Scallops. La Rioja is known worldwide for their wines. Castilla-y-León is known for their suckling pig, lamb and mushrooms. So, expect mouth-watering dinners made out with fresh, local ingredients in each one of the regions you will visit. Local wine can be included at dinner on request.
Lunch is usually not included to allow your group to stop whenever they feel they need a break and enjoy quality time with the new friends they made along the Way.
We cater for vegetarians, vegans and any special dietary requirements or allergies. Just let us know beforehand so we can advise the chefs.
Add extra days or activities for an unforgettable adventure
Why not take advantage of the fact you are in the Iberian peninsula to do some tourism and visit Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona or any Spanish city on your bucket list? Your closest arrival airport is Biarritz and your departure airport is Santiago de Compostela but you might want to opt for other airports to visit another region or add nights somewhere on your stopover towards the Camino.
We can help you choose and book those extra nights before or after your tour and organize day tours around Galicia (Cies Islands, Oporto...) or around Pamplona (San Sebastian, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Biarritz). Check out our selection of Day Tours in Galicia and European Stop-Overs or let your imagination run wild and let us know let us know how you would like to make this tour unique.
CAMINO FRENCH WAY ULTREYA DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
This 10 nights route includes visits of the main attractions between Pamplona and Santiago de Compostela and 100 km walk along the Camino Frances - French Way.
day 1 - Making our Way to the Capital of Navarra, Pamplona
We will pick you up at your arrival airport and drive you to Pamplona, the town made famous by Ernest Hemingway and the San Fermin Festival.
You will have the afternoon free to visit the city of the running of the bulls and forget about today's transit at Hemingway's favorite 5* hotel in the center of Pamplona.
day 2 - 15 km - Navarra & La Rioja - night in La Guardia
After breakfast, we will drive you out of Pamplona to walk 2 km up to Alto del Perdon, one of the most recognizable monumental sculptures of the Camino de Santiago with stunning views of the regions of Navarra and la Rioja.
We will then head to Church of Saint Mary of Eunate, a 12th-century Romanesque church few kilometers from the medieval town of Puente de la Reina, where we we start walking along the Camino de Santiago. We will walk across beautiful vinyards and charming hamlets for about 4h until we reach Cirauqui.
You have the choice of sleeping in a 4* hotel in the heart of Logroño visiting one of the best wine-museums of the world for a guided-tour and some wine-tasting before having dinner in Laurel Street which is known Spain-wide for it’s tapas and atmosphere. Or going a bit further towards La Guardia, a famous winery town, sleeping in a beautiful mansion and going for a guided tour of a renown bodega.
day 3 - 15 km - Bodegas of La Rioja - night in the Parador of Santo Domingo de la Calzada
We continue our journey into Medieval La Rioja along the iconic red earth Trails. Our first stop is the Hospital de Peregrinos de San Juan de ArceNavarette, 1,5 km before Navarette, a town build in the 12th century by the “Knights of the Holy Sepulcher” with stunning panoramic views of the region. You will walk again about 4h through stunning countryside all the way to the royal city of Nájera, home to an outstanding Gothic cloister and a royal pantheon where a number of Navarrese kings and queens are buried.
Tonight, you will be sleeping and dinning at the Parador of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a magnificent 12th-century hospital near the Cathedral, one of the most emblematic villages on the route. According to legend, the resuscitation of a roasted cock and hen served as a harbinger of an even greater miracle: the resurrection of a pilgrim unjustly hanged for theft, through the intercession of the saint for whom the village is named. Visit the Cathedral where a live rooster and hen keep watch from their pen overlooking the main altar in commemoration of the miracle; later sample some of the region’s fine wine’s in one of the nearby bars along the town’s main street.
You also have the option to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries in the afternoon. The monastic community founded by St Millán in the mid-6th century, a beautiful, peace retreat, is considered to be the birthplace of the modern written and spoken Spanish language.
day 4 - 8 km - entering the Meseta - night in Burgos
Today, we will let you leave with the other pilgrims directly from the doorstep of your hotel. We will walk for about 2h through crop fields, oak woods and vineyards into the region of Castilla-y-León, the medieval kingdom that led the re-conquest of the Iberian Peninsula from the Moors, gave birth to modern Spain and gave the world Castilian Spanish.
We will then drive you to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Burgos, home to one of the most magnificent Gothic Cathedrals and the final resting place of the Spanish national hero El Cid. Spend the evening discovering this beautiful city, enjoying its world famous tapas including Morcilla (black pudding) & cordero lechal asado (succulent roast lamb) and relaxing in your 4* hotel next to the Cathedral.
day 5 - 16 km - the gold fields of the Tierra de Campos - night in Carrion de los Condes
Today, we will be getting deeper into the Meseta, which is a vast plateau in the heart of peninsular Spain with elevations around 700m, very flat. It is said the Camino Frances has three stages: Physical, Mental/Emotional & Spiritual. The Physical part happens in the first week of walking as your body gets accustomed to the effort.
By the time pilgrims arrive in the Meseta their legs and back are strong enough to not feel the stain of the day’s walk. But until then the landscape was varied, beautiful and helpful. There was shade, regular towns, water fountains. Once you get into the Meseta it is just flatness, little shade and long distances. This is when pilgrims need to work on their Mental. The Meseta is a time for introspection and a time to strengthen your will.
We want you to experience all these stages on the Camino Ultreya. So, today, you will walk 10 km (or less on request) through the endless green and gold fields of the Tierra de Campos from Puente Fitero to Boadilla del Camino plus 6 km charming kilometers along a refreshing canal into Fromista. We will then transfer you to Carrión de los Condes, where we will spend the night in a historic monastery.
day 6 - 8 km - the land of the Reconquista - night in the Parador of León
We continue our journey through the Meseta of Castilla-y-León. In the morning, we will have a short 2h walk in the Tierra de Campos before a short stop in the medieval city of Sahagún, the town once known as a center of the arts and letters, the “Spanish Cluny”. We then head west via the village of Bercianos del Camino and plan to arrive in León for lunchtime. After check-in and a siesta, we will spend the afternoon discovering the city’s historic sites, including its remarkable cathedral, filled with more than 100 stained glass windows.
You are staying in the Hostal de San Marcos which is one of the most extraordinary historic hotels on the Old Continent and you will recognize it from the movie “The Way” where Martin Sheen splurges for one night. Plan some time to discover its different rooms and enjoy a gourmet dinner.
day 7 - 5 km - Roman towns, Templar and Gaudi - night in the Parador of Villafranca do Bierzo
We have another busy day awaiting us today, so we will wake up early to drive to Astorga, a fascinating town with a Gothic Cathedral and a palace designed by Antoni Gaudí, mostly known for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
After a Guided Tour, we will attempt to cross one of the highest mountain peaks of the French Way and arrive at the Cruz de Hierro, the Iron Cross. Here, it is common for pilgrims to leave a souvenir of their passage, a rock, piece of paper or even shoes. So, don’t forget to bring along a symbolic token. By lunch-time, we will arrive in Ponferrada, a beautiful Medieval town.
We will have a few hours to visit one of the last remaining Templar Castle and the old town before heading to Villafranca do Bierzo where we will stay in the town’s Parador.
day 8 - 10 km - Visits, miracles & breathtaking views night in the Parador of Santo Estevo
You are in for a treat today, so wake up early. After breakfast at the Parador, we will drive you up the mountain to the border of Castilla-y-León and you will walk the last 5 km through beautiful mountain paths into the region of Galicia and into the timeless Celtic village of O Cebreiro. With stunning panoramic views of the valleys below from 1300 meters up, the ancient pallozas (circular pre-Roman stone dwellings built by the Celts of the region) and the rebuilt Romanesque church of St. Mary’s, site of a 14th century Eucharistic miracle, few places along the Camino are as enchanting as O Cebreiro!
After lunch in O Cebreiro, we will drive to the Ribeira Sacra, one the most spectacular gorge scenery in Europe. Here, you will sleep in the Parador of Santo Estevo, an impressive 6th century restaurated Monastery in the canyons. In the afternoon, we will plan a wine-tasting catamaran cruise in the Sil canyon and a 1h30 stunning walk with views onto the vine terraces in a renown family-run bodega's vinyards.
day 9 - 10 km - Walk from Lavacolla to Santiago! - night in the 5* Parador of Santiago
This is it! Only ten kilometers separates you from your goal. Leave early to reach Santiago before twelve, if you wish to see the pilgrim mass then (also at 7:30 pm). Half-way, you will pass Monte do Gozo (Mount of joy) which was transformed into an area for pilgrims for the Jacobean Holy Year of 1993 and offers stunning views on the City of Santiago de Compostela. Enter the Medieval Town through the Porta do Camino, pass the iconic Plaza de Cervantes and a few meters further you will find the Azabachería Door, the official entrance to the Cathedral on non-Holy years (in 2021 you will be able to enter through the Holy Door on the Quintana Square).
Enter the Cathedral now, if you wish, we recommend continuing to the Plaza del Obradoiro, the main Square of the Cathedral, where you will find the Portico de la Gloria and the most impressive view of the Cathedral. Simply stop here. Breath in and truly live this moment, do whatever feels right. Your hotel, the Parador de los Reyes Catolicos, is on your right when looking at the Cathedral.
You still have a few things to do today - attend pilgrim mass, marvel at the architecture of our beloved City and visit your hotel, the 5* Parador of Santiago de Compostela on the Plaza del Obradoiro which is no less than a jewel.
DAY 10 - 13 km - Journey the End of the world - night in the 5* Parador of Santiago
Congratulations, you have made it to Santiago de Compostela. However, there is a tradition to go 88 km further towards Finisterre, also known as the land at the end of the World. So, today, we will make our Way to the Atlantic Coast stopping in some traditional villages. The Tradition says pilgrims should burn an item of clothing and find a Scallop Shell on the beach as a proof their completed your pilgrimage.
You have the choice here for a traditional day tour visiting the main attractions towards Finisterre including the Virxe da Barca sanctuary in Muxia, the fishing village of Muros, the Ézaro waterfalls... or walk 13 km along the new lighthouse to lighthouse Camino towards Finisterre along the stunning Coast of Death (Costa da Morte). We will spend the night again in the 5* Parador of Santiago and you'll have more time to visit the old town. Dinner can be planned in the Parador or in a Michelin Star restaurant across the street.
day 11 - Start of your next adventure
A wise pilgrim once told us “the real Camino starts where the Camino de Santiago finishes but I will not be afraid because the Camino will always be there for me.”
Today, as we bring you to your departure airport, we will share our impressions and thoughts about the journey you just undertook. We hope the Camino has brought you whatever you were looking for and wish to see you again soon in Galicia!
"I discovered Ultreya Tours on the internet and contacted this agent with a request to organize a camino trek for 15 members of a society with some specific requirements. In October I led the group with the program designed and organized by Nellie Meunier. The trip went extremely well. We were most satisfied with what had been arranged for us. This year, once again, I will lead another group of 16 persons. Nellie has been most efficient in designing new programs with different itineraries and with meticulous attention to details.
We were indeed impressed with her and her team. The hotels she has selected exceeded our expectation. The program each day was well organized and we ended the trip with much satisfaction. It was a memorable trip for everyone.
We appreciate her valuable insights and experiences. These are important factors for us in deciding and choosing an agency. We found her team to be highly reliable. I will not hesitate to recommend her agency to anyone." Jumbhot C. from Bangkok, Thailand - October 2016
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