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 lead you to verdant 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 that seem lost in time. Along the way, you’ll meet the Basque and Catalan people, sample sheep cheeses and hearty wines, and enjoy charming lodgings.
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.
— Mary Beth W., Fayetteville, NY
Pamplona / Ordesa National Park
From Pamplona, head into the Pyrenees for a hike to Siresa, a mountain village of cobbled streets and splendid old stone houses. In Ordesa National Park, a spectacular glacier-carved valley flanked by 10,000-foot mountains, our hikes bring you right below Mt. Bisaurin and to the Cola de Caballo (“Horse’s Tail”), a breathtaking waterfall below the face of Monte Perdido.
Aiguestortes / Andorra / Barcelona
In unforgettable Aiguestortes National Park, set out on hikes amid a glaciated landscape of jagged granite peaks, meandering streams, and crystal-clear lakes and tarns, including stunning Sant Maurici, where craggy peaks are mirrored in its glassy blue-green waters. In tiny Andorra, nestled in the mountains between France and Spain, our hike along a panoramic trail leads to medieval Bescaran, with its magnificent Romanesque bell tower. 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. Depart on Day 9.