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Spanish Pyrenees Activity Week
FH-EXD-118982
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£1,099
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At a glance
Enjoy a family adventure in the mountainous Spanish Pyrenees
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
Vielha
End Destination
Vielha
What's included
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 4 picnic lunches
  • All listed transport and activities
  • Tour leader throughout

All breakfasts and 5 packed lunches included. Please inform us on booking of any dietary requirements. There are local shops where you can by snacks though if your children have any particular favourites you may wish to bring these with you. Picnic lunches will consist of sandwiches, fruit and a snack. There is a supermarket in Vielha for any extra suppies, drinks etc you may wish to purchase locally.

Itinerary
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Day 1
Fly to Toulouse; transfer to Vielha.
We begin with a transfer to Vielha. Along the way, we get our first views of the impressive mountain scenery as we wind our way up over the border into Spain. We will enter Spain by the pass created by the Garona River as it runs out of Catalonia and into France. The journey to Vielha should take around 2hrs 30 mins. Vielha itself has a wonderful location nestled amongst the soaring peaks of the Pyrenees. The town can trace its origins all the way back to the Romans, when it was one of the last rebel strongholds to hold out. Today it is a bustling town with a good mix of cafes and restaurants, and retains a strong Catalan identity in its culture and cuisine.
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Day 2
Daywalk in the Aigues Tortes National Park enjoying the magnificent lakes and forests.
We will take our first walk into this impressive National Park. The drive to Pontet de Rius at 1650m, the end of the track and the starting point of our hike, takes approximately 35 minutes. We start walking up to the Rius Ravine, where we join the GR 11, the famous trail that crosses the Pyrenees from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. We walk 4.7km to our goal - the Rius lake (Estanh de Rius) at 2325m. The lake is famous for its colour, a green/blue mix, the cause of which is still unknown. This is a fabulous spot for a swim to relax and admire the stunning peaks that surround the lake: Besiberri Nord, Tuc de Sarrahèra, Tuc der Estanh Redon, Tuc de Conangllos, Tuc des Estanhets, all of them above 2,500m. We have lunch at Estanh Tòrt de Rius. On the way back, we can follow the GR 11 to the Restanca Lake. From there, we descend to Pontet de Rius, crossing magnificent silver fir, oak, beech and dwarf mountain pine woods. We will arrive back at the hotel between 15:00 and 17:00, giving you the chance to either visit one of the neighbouring hotel’s spa centres, experience a wine and cheese tasting or visit some Romanesque jewels of the valley.
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Day 3
Cycle the beautiful trails by the Garona River through mountain villages and deep woods.
Today we cross Val d’Aran from the most eastern point (Beret) to the most western (Pontaut). This trail is named Cami Reiau (the King’s trail), is 45km long and is particularly suited to biking. The trail stays close to the Garona River, crosses beech woods and passes natural springs where we can stop to refill our water bottles. It also passes by pretty small villages, and we will enjoy our packed lunch in one of these. At the end of the day we return by vehicle to Vielha.
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Day 4
Free day in Vielha; optional activities available include horseriding, rafting or visiting the thermal baths.
Today has been left free to choose from the many activities on offer in Val d’Aran. You may decide to go horse riding, go rafting or visit the thermal baths of Tredos. Or you could simply choose to relax in the swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna at the hotel or in a café in town. For a cultural experience, you might try a visit to one of the many chapels and churches, built largely during the 12th and 13th centuries.
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Day 5
Morning canyoning in the Bausen ravine; afternoon 4WD excursion up to the Varrados Pass at 2,050m and the Salt del Pish waterfall.
During the morning, we descend the Bausen Ravine, an exhilarating and continuous flow of water that descends from the Sèrra de Vacanera (on the French border) to the Garona River. All safety equipment is included, such as ropes, belayers, harness and helmet, as well as wetsuit. The descent of the Bausen ravine takes us around 1 hour and 30 minutes and is classed as easy. Afterwards, we will have lunch and come back to the hotel. In the afternoon, 4WD vehicles will pick us up at the hotel and take us on an adventure along some of the most isolated mountains of the Val d’Aran. The tour starts at Baguergue, at 1,420m and follows the Unhòla Valley up to the Varradòs Pass, at 2,050m. From here we enjoy superb views of the Tuc de Maubèrme Peak. Continuing on we reach Salt del Pish, a beautiful waterfall not to be missed. We then drive through the heavily wooded Varradòs Valley and eventually arrive at Pont d’Arròs where the track finishes. From there, by road, we will return to Vielha.
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Day 6
Transfer up to the French border and mountain bike back down exhilarating wide dirt tracks, including lunch at a traditional mountain hut.
This valley runs from west to east and has three villages that are worth a visit: Sant Joan de Toran, Porcingles (with a population of 3!) and Bordius. These are charming and typical villages near the French border. The last two have ony a handful of houses and are close to being abandoned. We head off to the highest point of an exhilarating track, at 1,400m. There we pick up our bike and helmet and follow the route. It is 27km long and descends most of the time but not steeply, crossing impressive wet woods with beeches and silver firs, as well as several ravines. The tracks are wide 4x4 dirt surfaces. No cars use these routes, and though terrain may be rough in places no technical skills are needed. We will have a packed lunch in the Honeria mountain hut area and then continue towards Canejan or Les depending on weather conditions and time. It is then just a short 20 minute drive back to the hote, arriving between 4pm and 6pm.
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Day 7
Drive and 4WD transfer up to start our walk in the stunning Circ de Colomers glacial basin, surrounded by soaring peaks over 3000m.
We have left for the last day ‘the jewel in the crown’ of the Aigüestortes National Park. Circ de Colomers is a huge glacial basin surrounded by peaks of up to 3,000m and covered by 48 lakes. A short drive takes us to Salardu, then by 4WD to Banhs de Tredòs and finally to the initial point of our walk, at 1,976m, just below the Estanh Major de Colomers lake. First, climb to this beautiful lake at 2,130m, where the Colomers mountain hut was built several years ago. The track crosses magnificent woods of dwarf mountain pines, maples, beeches and silver firs. From the mountain hut there are three different circular tours: the shortest one is 3.8km with 5 lakes and the longest one is 7.9km with a staggering 18 lakes. Depending on weather conditions and how we are feeling, the guide will decide which one to walk.
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Day 8
Transfer to Toulouse; fly to London.
The tour ends at Toulouse Airport for those not on the group flights.
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