Pyrenees Spain hiking tour

Hill town in the Spanish Pyrenees

Our hikes lead us to remote medieval villages high in the mountains of northern Spain.

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5295  
Length: 9 days
Arrive: Pamplona, Spain
Depart: Barcelona, Spain
Lodging: 8 nights small hotels
Meals: All meals included except 3 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 7 hiking days on moderate to strenuous trails, 3-7 hours a day, altitudes between 4,500-8,000 feet, van support (for luggage or tired feet)
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Highlights

  • Most comprehensive traverse—and the best uncrowded trails—of the Spanish Pyrenees
  • Delightful picnics and wonderful gastronomy, from jamon serrano to famed Basque cheeses
  • Breathtaking Ordesa National Park, Aiguestortes National Park
  • Medieval town of Ainsa, sunny Barcelona


We had a wonderful time. Excellent and interesting leaders, great hikes in beautiful locations, excellent food on and off the trail.Marshall F.—Fresno, CA

Choosing the Right Trip

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References

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Departure Notes

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The snow-dusted peaks of the Spanish Pyrenees soar above a bucolic realm of oak and fir forests, ancient stone bridges, and villages linked by age-old shepherds’ paths. Our exploration of this beckoning world brings you from Pamplona to Barcelona, and combines breathtaking day hikes with forays into the diversity of cultures that makes northern Spain so intriguing. Our hikes bring you to green valleys where the ancient Aragonese dialect is still spoken, up to craggy alpine heights where mountain goats scramble, and along the back lanes of stone-built Pyrenean towns. Along the way, you’ll meet the Basque and Catalan people, sample sheep cheeses and hearty wines, and enjoy charming lodgings.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Pamplona / Ordesa National Park

From Pamplona, head right into the Pyrenees for a hike offering views of snow-capped peaks. In Ordesa National Park, a glacier-carved valley flanked by 10,000-foot mountains, our hike brings you to a breathtaking waterfall below the face of Monte Perdido (11,000’).

Days 4-6
Ainsa / Aiguestortes

After exploring medieval Ainsa and Taull, with its Romanesque churches graced by exquisite frescoes, head to Aiguestortes National Park for hikes amid a glaciated landscape of jagged granite peaks, meandering streams, and crystal-clear lakes and tarns.

Days 7-9
Andorra / Barcelona

In tiny Andorra, nestled between France and Spain, our hike along a panoramic trail brings you to medieval Bescaran. After a hike in the rolling hills of Catalonia, head to vibrant Barcelona for an exploration of its lively old quarter and Gaudi’s fanciful architecture. Our festive farewell dinner includes Paella Parellada, a specialty of one of Barcelona’s oldest restaurants. Depart on Day 9.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 4, Moderate to Strenuous. It features very active hikes and accommodations in small hotels and inns. The hikes range from three to seven hours and take place on trails at altitudes of around 4,500 to 8,000 feet. You carry only a daypack on the hikes. However, there are steep ascents and descents and there are some sections that cross rough or rocky trails. For your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition for the trip. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises. You should wear sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail.

On our picnic lunches, we feature cheese, fresh vegetables, salamis, copa, ham, fresh fruit, Spanish chocolate, and the local breads. Our lunches and dinners in local taverns and restaurants give us the opportunity to sample the best local dishes and wines. Please note that in Spain, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 9:00 p.m.

When we transfer from our hotel to the trailhead and back without changing hotels, our average driving time is 15-20 minutes. When we transfer from one valley to another and/or from one hotel to the next, driving time is approximately two hours. The driving distances on these days are no longer than 50 miles, but the mountain roads are narrow and winding, so the driver proceeds slowly as a safety precaution.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2015
Jun 14-22, 2015  Joserra Combarro
Jul 12-20, 2015  Joserra Combarro
Aug 30-Sep 7, 2015  Joserra Combarro
Sep 13-21, 2015  Joserra Combarro

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$5295 (13-15 members)
$5595 (10-12 members)
$5895 (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $570
Forced single supplement: $370
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations
  • All meals included except 3 dinners
  • Land transportation, airport transfers for passengers on certain designated flights

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, internal flights, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, wine at dinner (except at welcome and farewell dinners), airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, and so on).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25.0% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Hotel Castillo d’Acher

Hotel Castillo d’Acher

Day 1 (1 night), Siresa, Spain

This small and simple stone-built hotel is right next to Siresa’s imposing 11th century San Pedro Monastery, a place of pilgrimage for ...
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Villa de Torla

Villa de Torla

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Torla, Spain

A historic stone building in the heart of a traditional village, the Villa de Torla is set on the main square of Torla. It offers cozy rooms with ...
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Hotel Manantial

Hotel Manantial

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Caldes de Boi, Spain

Part of the Caldes de Boí Health Spa Resort, which has attracted travelers since the late 18th century, the Hotel Manantial has comfortable ...
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Cal Teixido

Cal Teixido

Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Estamariu, Spain

A charming 14-room inn well off the beaten path, the Cal Teixido is tucked into the mountainscapes around Aiguestortes National Park. The rooms are ...
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Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864

Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864

Day 8 (1 night), Barcelona, Spain

Housed in a renovated historic building, the Catalonia Eixample 1864 has all the comforts of a modern hotel and a superb location in the stylish ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Joserra Combarro

Joserra Combarro, a native of Bilbao, Spain, received a degree in law school but has never practiced as a lawyer, working instead for Bilbao's city council until he decided to become a mountain guide. "I love being a Trip Leader in the land I was so lucky to be born in. Basque country has everything—mountain trails, woodlands, beaches, wine country, tiny, unknown villages, and our own Basque language, culture, and sports—what more could you ask for? I especially love the sea, so a hike along the beach and a swim afterwards is one of my favorite things to do." Joserra is an energetic traveling companion and a wonderful guide to the hiking trails and hidden corners of northern Spain. Besides hiking and swimming, his passions include running, food and wine, music, and reading. His worldwide travels have taken him to such distant spots as Vietnam, Brazil, and Equatorial Guinea.

Upcoming Trips:

Across the Pyrenees, June 14-22, 2015
Across the Pyrenees, July 12-20, 2015
Across the Pyrenees, August 30-September 7, 2015
Across the Pyrenees, September 13-21, 2015

Client Testimonials:


Joserra’s concern for the clients was fabulous, and his knowledge (geography, culture, history) was thorough. It was a pleasure to hike and travel with him. Rachel S., Somerset NJ
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Jossera was an excellent leader and very knowledgeable about local history. Roger M., Princeton, NJ
Bilbao to Barcelona
Jossera was a good story teller, great sense of humor, knowledgeable and informative about culture and geography. He was an excellent hike leader. Stan and Maxine R., West Newton, MA
Bilbao to Barcelona
Joserra made this, my 4th WT trip, a superb experience. He is an extremely conscientious trip leader as well as being a warm and humorous human being. Mary Jean K., Loudonville NY
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Joserra is a first-class leader! Richard P., Hoboken NJ
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Joserra took great care to make sure we all had a great time. Michelle J., Irvine CA
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Joserra is very knowledgeable about Spain, its culture, history, and mountains, and with a great sense of humor, he was lots of fun. Cynthia L., Lincoln, MA
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Joserra is a terrific person and a very knowledgeable and skilled leader. He has a great sense of humor and he’s a great hiker. Diane P., Hoboken NJ
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Joserra is a wonderful, intellegent, caring individual. He was constantly making sure everyone was comfortable. and the trip was outstanding in every way. Kay I., Honolulu, HI
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Joserra's knowledge of Spanish and European history is very impressive; his energy level and good humor never flagged; and his leadership skills were superb. It was a genuine pleasure being with him. Tom F., San Jose, CA
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Joserra is a gem! We have loved most of WT's leaders, but he truly is special. His patience and enthusiasm were admirable, and he was fun, knowledgable, and organized. We were thoroughly pleased with him, and I hope to hike with him again. Richard P., Washington, DC
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A true gentleman and a scholar, whose historical breadth of knowledge was astounding. He genuinely cared about the well-being of everyone on the trip and is a wonderful person. Susan R., Arroyo Seco, NM
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country

Client Comments

We had a wonderful time. Excellent and interesting leaders, great hikes in beautiful locations, excellent food on and off the trail. Marshall F., Fresno, CA The Pyrenees are imposing, beautiful, inspiring, and a total wonder. I loved the hikes and deeply appreciated the talents of the Trip Leaders. Mary Jean K., Loudonville, NY This trip ranks up there with my other top WT trips. John L., Highland Park, IL This was a fine trip. Excellent, varied, challenging hiking. And our fellow travelers were splendid companions. Alice L., Hillsborough, NC Spectacular scenery, storybook villages, Trip Leaders who made it fun, good food and wine—what more could you want? Dennis M., Evergreen, CO The hiking and scenery were magnificent, the towns were precious, the group bonded in an amazing way (I am not surprised, as we all love to hike and travel), the leadership was the best, and the pacing was perfect.  Thank you for a wonderful experience. Linda L., Berkeley, CA
This was an excellent trip in a very beautiful area of Europe—and with excellent trip leaders. We really enjoyed the hikes. Richard P., Washington, DC The scenery just got better with each day. Shirley G., Ashland, OR The pace of the itinerary was excellent and each day's walk offered something different. Cornelia F., Brooktondale, NY An extremly well orchestrated trip, with well staged and varied segments that met or exceeded my expectations! One of my best guided trips ever bar none. Robert C., Corrales, NM Our leaders, Joserra and Itzira, were extraordinary, and their intelligence and expertise of the region enriched the trip experience! Jane C., Canterbury, NH