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Northern Spain - Highlights of the Pyrenees - Walking Holiday

Region: Europe // Dates: 29 June - 11 July 2020 (12 nights)
Northern Spain - Highlights of the Pyrenees Walking Holiday

This thirteen day journey showcases the best of the Pyrenees as we enjoy half and full day walks to remote lakes, lookouts and hidden valleys in the pristine mountains. Join our locally based tour leader to wander through magnificent landscapes along the Spanish / French border, stay in historic hotels or family run inns and sample regional cuisine. We meet on the Bay of Biscay in the seaside town of San Sebastian, the jewel of Basque country. Travelling via the medieval San Juan de la Pena monastery, we base ourselves in the Tena Valley, gateway to the Aragon Pyrenees. There is the option to hike from Spain into France stopping at mountain huts and small lakes in the Midi D'Ossau area. From the mountain village of Torla, we explore the impressive World Heritage listed Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, an undisputed highlight of the Pyrenees range. After orientation walks in Torla, our 4WD bus elevates us to a spectacular lookout over Ordesa Canyon, known as the Yosemite of Europe. Walking in the main canyon, we admire unique geological formations, dramatic peaks, majestic waterfalls and emerald pools of the Arazas River. From our parador accommodation in the medieval town of Bielsa, we walk to the Romanesque Tella chapels and to mountain meadows in the Pineta valley. Based in the nearby Benasque valley, we hike around the foothills of Pico de Aneto, the highest peak of the entire Pyrenees range. In the Catalan Pyrenees, the Boi Valley includes hikes to deep glacial lakes, alpine meadows and forests of silver birch and aspen. This is part of Catalan's only national park, Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici. Our journey ends in the Catalonian capital of Barcelona, known for its art museums and wonderful architecture.

Overview

This thirteen day journey showcases the best of the Pyrenees as we enjoy half and full day walks to remote lakes, lookouts and hidden valleys in the pristine mountains. Join our locally based tour leader to wander through magnificent landscapes along the Spanish / French border, stay in historic hotels or family run inns and sample regional cuisine. We meet on the Bay of Biscay in the seaside town of San Sebastian, the jewel of Basque country. Travelling via the medieval San Juan de la Pena monastery, we base ourselves in the Tena Valley, gateway to the Aragon Pyrenees. There is the option to hike from Spain into France stopping at mountain huts and small lakes in the Midi D'Ossau area. From the mountain village of Torla, we explore the impressive World Heritage listed Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, an undisputed highlight of the Pyrenees range. After orientation walks in Torla, our 4WD bus elevates us to a spectacular lookout over Ordesa Canyon, known as the Yosemite of Europe. Walking in the main canyon, we admire unique geological formations, dramatic peaks, majestic waterfalls and emerald pools of the Arazas River. From our parador accommodation in the medieval town of Bielsa, we walk to the Romanesque Tella chapels and to mountain meadows in the Pineta valley. Based in the nearby Benasque valley, we hike around the foothills of Pico de Aneto, the highest peak of the entire Pyrenees range. In the Catalan Pyrenees, the Boi Valley includes hikes to deep glacial lakes, alpine meadows and forests of silver birch and aspen. This is part of Catalan's only national park, Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici. Our journey ends in the Catalonian capital of Barcelona, known for its art museums and wonderful architecture.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Soak up the seaside & culinary delights of Donostia-San Sebastian, on the Bay of Biscay
  • Enjoy extended time in the Aragon Pyrenees sprinkled with medieval villages, canyons & plateau walks
  • Walk across the border from Spain into France via several lakes in the Midi D'Ossau area
  • Enjoy valley, river canyon and lookout points in Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park
  • Stay in traditional mountain villages of Torla & Taull
  • Discover Romanesque chapels & pilgrim trails at Valle de Pineta
  • Explore the glacial lakes of Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park
  • Unwind in beautiful Barcelona staying in the Eixample district

Details

Details:

29 June – 11 July 2020 (12 nights)

Twin share/person (starts San Sebastian/ends Barcelona)
Advanced Early Bird: A$6,450 until 11/11/2019
Regular: A$6,950
Single Supplement: A$1,495 
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: 10 guests

Special Interest:
Botanical, History, Culture, Geology

Walk Rating:
Moderate: 7–16km per walking day with some shorter 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.

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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 interNATIONAL PARKtours 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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