Pyrenees: The Beating Heart of Catalonia

Stretching from Spain to Andorra, the Pyrenean mountain regions are some of the wildest and least exploited in Europe. An area so rich with unspoilt natural beauty and heavily steeped in ancient history, it’s a fascinating place to explore. From remote glacial lakes and canyons, medieval monasteries, romantic romanesque castles and breathtaking mountain vistas, this 4×4 expedition will take you on a journey to discover one of the most magical and unique parts of Europe.

Tour Details

We have found accommodation that we believe is the most comfortable and authentic in each of our destinations. Depending on seasons and group sizes, we can’t always guarantee our exact hotel. However we’ll show you two of our favourites to give you an idea of where you’ll be staying:

Gramuntill

Hotel Castellarnau

Hotel calandreu

All meals will be included in your trip and will vary depending on the section of the journey.  You have the flexibility of being alone but our groups tend to eat together to enable you to enjoy each others company and to try a larger variety of food.

Breakfast at the hotels are often buffet service. At lunch-time we will prepare a picnic or we will eat authentic home-cooked food with our hosts.  Evening meals will be at the hotel or a restaurant recommended by the locals.

Our teams are led by expert guides, all fluent in English with an in-depth knowledge of the country you are visiting.  We have worked successfully in partnership with our guides for over 15 years. Depending on the group size, you will also have an English guide to accompany you.

Tour Itinerary

Travelling by jeep from Barcelona we head towards the mountains, stopping along the way for a day trek at the Mont-rebei Canyon. At almost 500m, this spectacular trail has been carved into the rock of the Montsec mountains by the Noguera Ribagorçana River, making this a wonderful mix of risk and adventure.  In the evening we will continue to the low Pyrenees where we will spend our first night

The day will begin with a visit to one of the romantic castle ruins, nestled in the Pyrenees. Later we will visit the beautiful Ordesa National Park for a day trek. Ordesa is the oldest nature reserve in Spain and presents magnificent glacial valleys, river gorges and impressive waterfalls. Accommodation in the town of Escalona.

On this day our journey passes by Plan and then over the mountain range to Aneto. The route weaves through beautiful alpine forests before reaching the highest point in the Pyrenees. We will stop at the Aneto viewpoint for a picnic which, at over 2000m, will give you the most breathtaking view of the mountains. From here we descend to the Val d’Aran for our evening meal and accommodation.

This day will be spent exploring the Val d’Aran. Val d’Aran is famous for it’s ski but during warmer months it boasts some of the most beautiful treks in the area. It’s cloud scraping mountains,  cascading valleys and charming villages makes it a really unique place to experience.

We head into the heart of Catalonia, following the old smugglers road “Camino da Liberated”.  This path was historically used as an escape route for the Catalans during the Franco era but is now lined with beautiful forest and wild horses and carries you to the hidden village of Montgarri. Our journey will reveal some of the most enchanting of the Pyrenean valleys along the way.

In the morning you will have the opportunity for rafting on the Noguera Pallaresa river, rated as one of the best rafting experiences in Europe due to its incredible alpine views.  The afternoon will be spent in the Aigüestortes National Park. The route around Aigüestortes’ mountain lakes takes you through hidden forests and engaging meadows, all set in with a background drop of the snow-capped Pyrenees. The evening accommodation will be spent in this beautiful valley.

On our final day we leave the mountains and return to Barcelona. The day can spent visiting this wonderful city’s most iconic sites.  Barcelona’s architecture spans from its ancient city walls to Gaudi’s impressive Sagrada Família church. You can tour the medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter, bask in the sun on one of the beaches and enjoy the abundance of wine and incredible tapas in one of the many first-rate restaurants before your flight home.

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Guided adventure

Included
  • 6 night accommodation in hidden-away villages
  • expert guides with an in-depth knowledge
  • Half board dinner and breakfast
  • entry to sites and attractions
  • 4x4 Toyota landcruiser for 7 days and fuel
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Independent adventure

Included
  • 6 night accommodation in hidden-away villages
  • Virtual guides with 24/7 local assistant
  • Half board dinner and breakfast
  • entry to sites and attractions
  • 4x4 Toyota landcruiser for 7 days

All of these tours will be led our friendly, experienced guides. You will drive your own jeep through your chosen destination, allowing you to experience all of your adventure without getting lost.

Pyrenees: May 2019

May 5, 2019 – May 12, 2019 – May 19, 2019 – May 26, 2019 Spain 7 Day 6 Night Self drive 4×4
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Pyrenees: June 2019

June 2, 2019 – June 9, 2019 – June 16, 2019 – June 23, 2019 – June 30, 2019 Spain 7 Day 6 Night Self drive 4×4
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Pyrenees: July 2019

July 7, 2019 – July 14, 2019 – July 21, 2019 – July 28, 2019 Spain 7 Day 6 Night Self drive 4×4
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Pyrenees: August 2019

November 11, 2018 – November 18, 2018 – November 25, 2018 – August 4, 2019 Spain 7 Day 6 Night Self drive 4×4
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Pyrenees: September 2019

September 1, 2019 – September 8, 2019 – September 22, 2019 Spain 7 Day 6 Night Self drive 4×4
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This is for people that prefer to travel alone without a guide or a group. You will be given your own jeep with GPS and local maps and information. This gives you the freedom to travel at your own speed so that you can make your own adventure. Our team is available 24 hours a day to help if you need it.

Pyrenees: independent 2019

Spain 7 Day 6 Night Self drive 4×4
From £720 View Details

Guided adventure

All of these tours will be led our friendly, experienced guides. You will drive your own jeep through your chosen destination, allowing you to experience all of your adventure without getting lost.

Independent adventure

This is for people that prefer to travel alone without a guide or a group. You will be given your own jeep with GPS and local maps and information. This gives you the freedom to travel at your own speed so that you can make your own adventure. Our team is available 24 hours a day to help if you need it.

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