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Northern Spain - Highlights of the Pyrenees - Walking Holiday

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Region: Europe // Dates: 22 June–06 July 2018 (14 nights)
Northern Spain - Highlights of the Pyrenees Walking Holiday

This 15 day journey showcases the best of north-east Spain as we discover hidden valleys, stay in Romanesque villages flanked by mist-covered mountains, taste regional specialties and enjoy half and full day walks in the pristine Pyrenees. After meeting in the Catalonian capital of Barcelona, we travel to the Boi Valley. This is our base for hiking amid the glacial lakes, alpine meadows, silver birch and aspen of Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici, Catalonia’s only national park. Our journey in the Aragon Pyrenees includes a week in the vibrant Huesca province, following cobbled stoned streets to the pilgrim and national park trails. In the Benasque Valley, we hike around the foothills of Pico de Aneto, the highest peak of the entire Pyrenees range. From the medieval town of Bielsa, we walk to the Tella chapel and Pineta valley. From the mountain village of Torla, we explore the impressive World Heritage listed Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park. We spend a whole day admiring the cliffs, waterfalls and emerald pools of Arazas Canyon, known as the Yosemite of Europe. To the west in the Navarre province, we step back in time staying in the remote village of Isaba. One of seven main villages in the Roncal Valley, this region is famous for traditional agriculture, stone and wood architecture along the Esca River and some lesser known walks in the Pyrenees. On the Bay of Biscay, the jewel of the northern Spain, San Sebastian provides a sea change and perfect end to the journey with a chance to soak up Basque culture, food and history.

Overview

This 15 day journey showcases the best of north-east Spain as we discover hidden valleys, stay in Romanesque villages flanked by mist-covered mountains, taste regional specialties and enjoy half and full day walks in the pristine Pyrenees. After meeting in the Catalonian capital of Barcelona, we travel to the Boi Valley. This is our base for hiking amid the glacial lakes, alpine meadows, silver birch and aspen of Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici, Catalonia’s only national park. Our journey in the Aragon Pyrenees includes a week in the vibrant Huesca province, following cobbled stoned streets to the pilgrim and national park trails. In the Benasque Valley, we hike around the foothills of Pico de Aneto, the highest peak of the entire Pyrenees range. From the medieval town of Bielsa, we walk to the Tella chapel and Pineta valley. From the mountain village of Torla, we explore the impressive World Heritage listed Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park. We spend a whole day admiring the cliffs, waterfalls and emerald pools of Arazas Canyon, known as the Yosemite of Europe. To the west in the Navarre province, we step back in time staying in the remote village of Isaba. One of seven main villages in the Roncal Valley, this region is famous for traditional agriculture, stone and wood architecture along the Esca River and some lesser known walks in the Pyrenees. On the Bay of Biscay, the jewel of the northern Spain, San Sebastian provides a sea change and perfect end to the journey with a chance to soak up Basque culture, food and history.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Meet in the Catalonian region with time in beautiful Barcelona & the Boi Valley
  • Explore glacial lakes of Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park
  • Spend a week in the Aragon Pyrenees with medieval villages, canyons & plateau walks in the parks of Posets-Maladeta & Ordesa y Monte Perdido
  • Discover Romanesque chapels & pilgrim trails at Valle de Pineta
  • Stay in the traditional village of Isaba Navarre in the Roncal Valley
  • Soak up San Sebastian, the seaside jewel of Spain’s Basque country
  • Stay in historic hotels, lodges & family-run inns featuring regional cuisine

Details

Details:

22 June–06 July 2018 (14 nights)

Twin share/person (ex Barcelona, ends San Sebastian)
Advanced Early Bird: A$6,450 until 24/11/2017
Early Bird: A$6,650 until 22/02/2018
Regular: A$6,950
Single Supplement: A$1,050
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 8 guests

Special Interest:
Local Cuisine, Botanical, History, Culture, Geology

Walk Rating:
Moderate: 7–15km per walking day with some longer options (agility required for ascent/descent steps). Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

Tour Itinerary

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  • Leo San Sebastian

    Leo San Sebastian grew up in Spain’s Basque Country and has been a professional tour leader for over three decades, leading walking holidays throughout Spain, Morocco, the French Swiss & Italian Alps, South America and Asia. Over the past 13 years he has created and led IPT’s Spain and Morocco programs. Leo’s knowledge, care and concern for travellers and passion to showcase local areas will ensure a wonderful journey.

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