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Escorted Tours/Pyrenees Itinerary

 Pyrenees  8 Days / 7 Nights  Grade C/D: High Mountains

The view over Amelie-les-Bains to Costabonne from the GR10.

Day 1 (Arrival)
Arrive at our base in the hamlet of La Preste (known as the end of the road), nestling under the shadows of the Pic de Costabonne. Explore the river valley or visit the local spa before joining your host for dinner.

Day 2 (14km La Preste to Mollo)
On our first day we enjoy a gradual climb up the forested slopes to the Col de Siern where we cross over to Spain before descending via Espinavell to our stay in the village of Mollo.

Day 3 (17km Mollo to Prats-de-Mollo)
Leaving Mollo we climb past Fabert to ascend to the Col des Basses-de-Fabert crossing back into France and the Tour du Mir. A steep descent through woodland brings us back down to the Tech valley at Prats.

Day 4 (10km Prats de Mollo to Arles-sur-Tech)
Our transport brings you this morning to a distant col beyond St Laurent-de-Cerdans where we have a beautiful walk along blossom-strewn ridges. Ascending to the Pilo de Belmaig we are rewarded with distant views of the Rousillon plain and the Mediterranean before descending via the GR10 to the historic town of Arles-sur-Tech.

Lunch stop at Pilo Belmaig on the GR10.Day 5 (9km Arles-sur-Tech to Amelie-les-Bains)
Starting on the GR10 again today we have an easier day's walking. Following forest trails we walk on local footpaths to ascend to the Batterie de Santa Engracia before commencing our descent along ridges down to Amelie.

Day 6 (13km Amelie-les-Bains to Ceret)
One again we are transferred to the start of today's walk by our local transport. Following parts of the GR10 we ascend to a high point at the Puig de Fontfreda before descending along switch-back paths through deciduous forests to come out on the gentle slopes above Ceret.

Day 7 (20km Ceret to Banyuls-sur-Mer)
Transferred again to the GR10 below Puig Neulos we have a long day's walking along the border ridge between France and Spain. Today is characterised by stunning views across the mountains and steep valleys of this region and the numerous forts and military installations that dot the high points of this coastal area. A steep descent takes us out of the mountains and down to the vineyards and cork oaks around the port of Banyuls and the end of our walking.

Day 8 (Departure)Looking down off the final ridges of the Pyrenees to the plain of Rousillon and Mediterranean sea.
The tour is completed following your breakfast in Banyuls - with the Mediterranean on your doorstep!

7 nights accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in our approved partner hotels (normally with en-suite facilities).

Meals consist of a full breakfast each day, packed lunch and a two/three course meal each evening. Drinks are not included.

Luggage transfer each day, route description and maps.

Transfers to/from Perpignan airport or station. Please contact us for separate pricing of transfers to/from Girona or Barcelona airport.

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