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Self-Guided Walking Holidays The Spanish Pyrenees

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 Spanish Pyrenees  8 Days / 7 Nights  Grade D: High Mountains
The Pyrenean mountain range is a walker's paradise. Reaching from the Atlantic coast in the Northe to the Mediterranean in the South, the Pyrenees are dotted with forts and castles - the legacy of the history of this much disputed region. From the glory and majesty of their high peaks to the forested slopes of many sheltered valleys, the Pyrenees really do have it all.

This walk is based in the Cerdanya region of the Oriental Pyrenees and starting from Andorra it follows parts of the GR11 to encompass everything from dramatic ridges to gentle slopes as it makes it way into Spain past the peak of Puigmal and the wonderful Vall de Nuria.

Being fortunate to have warm weather throughout the walking season, a holiday in this area is only enhanced by the wonderful regional gastronomy. You should walk the Pyrenees with care - after you have visited once you will be considering future trips to the region for many years to come!
La Preste with the snow-capped peak of Costabonne in the background , French Pyrenees.
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Looking back down from Vall de Nuria toward Queralbs Nov 2005

Day 1 (Arrival)
Arrive in Andorra at our base in the village of Arinsal, famous as a ski resort and a wonderful location to start our adventure in the Pyrenees.

Day 2 (20km Arinsal to Encamp)
Leaving Arinsal you ascend steeply through forest following the GR11 to cross the Col de les Cases and drop down to La Cortinada, before climbing more gently this time to continue on the GR11 as far as Encamp.

Day 3 (19km Escaldes to Grau Roig)
A short transfer in the morning drops you to the GR7 above Escaldes. A nice climb on forest paths brings you back to the GR11 and the GRP as you ascend to the Refugi de l'Illa. This is followed by a ridge walk along the Crestes de Gargantillar before the GRP/GR7 drops down past a number of lakes. You then turn off to follow easy paths down to the hotel at Grau Roig.

Day 4 (22km Puigcerda to Planoles)
Our transport this morning brings you back into Spain and beyond Puigcerda where the GR11 follows a meandering path up to the Coll Marcer. You then contour along below the peaks to climb up to the Coll de la Creu de Metans before starting a gradual descent through forest paths down to Dorria and your destination at Planoles.

The route of the GR11 at the Col de les Cases Nov 2005Day 5 (20km Planoles to Vall de Nuria)
Starting on the GR11 again today you start to climb immediately through forests up toward Puig d'Estremera before crossing at the col to walk through forests frequented by deer and chamois before dropping to the village of Queralbs. You then continue on the GR11 as it winds it way through the spectacular gorge on the way up to the Sanctuary in the remote Vall de Nuria. Descend by rack railway to your hotel.

Day 6 (19km Vall de Nuria to Setcases)
The rack railway brings you back up the Vall de Nuria. Leaving the valley you climb up to the ridgeline and international border with France at the Coll de Noucreus. You then have the option of following the GR11 or the wonderful ridge walk as far as Costabona before following a path down past the Collada de la Balmeta to the hamlet of Setcases.


Day 7 (21km Setcases to Mollo)
Initially today you start on the GR11 as you climb through forested slopes out of Setcases. After a while you strike off the GR11 and up the southern ridge of Costabona. GR11 waymarks at the Coll Marcer Nov 2005Meeting the eastern ridge a few hundred metres below the summit (a quick run up is possible for those so inclined), you turn toward the Col de Siern and follow a lovely ridge descent all the along the border as far as Col Pregon before descending to Mollo.

Day 8 (Departure)
The tour is completed following your breakfast in Mollo.

Included
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.

Airport transfers by coach to Andorra from Barcelona, Girona and Toulouse are included. Please contact us for separate pricing of transfers to/from other airports or locations.

For more information on Andorra visit the Andorra Tourism website at www.andorra.ad.
For more information on Catalunya visit the Catalunya Tourism website at www.gencat.net.
Flight schedules and information on Barcelona Airport.
Flight schedules and information on Girona Airport.
Flight schedules and information on Toulouse Airport.
For information on trains to the area, visit the Renfe / Ave Rail site.

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Prices and options
The price for the Spanish Pyrenees self-guided tour is £795 Sterling (approx $1,295 US Dollars or €895 Euro) per person sharing.

  • 7 nights accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in our approved partner hotels (normally with en-suite facilities).
  • Airport transfers by coach to Andorra from Barcelona, Girona and Toulouse are included. Please contact us for separate pricing of transfers to/from other airports or locations.
  • 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 along the route, detailed daily route notes, and map(s).

Single supplement - Single occupancy (if accompanying a party) at £80
Lone traveller supplement - Travelling alone (not with a party) at £150. Note that this is in place of the single supplement (not in addition to it).

9 Day option - Additional day in the Vall de Nuria as either a rest day or with ascent of Puigmal: £845 Sterling (approx $1,370 US Dollars or €1,050 Euro).
7 Day option - As per 9-day option but starting in Puigcerda (No Andorran section): £705 Sterling(approx $1,150 US Dollars or €795 Euro).*

You can start your self-guided tour on any day that you wish throughout the season (June through October). Although the route can be attempted in May there is the risk of snowfall hampering you from walking the higher sections. Please complete a booking form, or contact us to arrange.

* Note the 7 day option requires catching a local train for the 3 hour journey from Barcelona to Puigcerda. This costs in the region of 8 and is not bookable in advance.

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