The High Pyrenees

8 Days from £749 | September

Mountain air, fertile valleys, spectacular peaks, and great hospitality! The Pyrenees are a walkers’ paradise. After two nights on the coast in Catalonia, you travel to the small principality of Andorra and the village of Soldeu, perched at over 1600 metres amid wonderful mountain scenery and with great walking right on the doorstep. We have two included guided walks from Soldeu, and will also take you across the border into France for a walk near Ax-les-Thermes in the scenic Ariege region. After four nights in Soldeu, you travel a different road back to sparkling, cosmopolitan Barcelona for the last night of your holiday.

The High Pyrenees

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 91%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 2 nights hb on Catalan coast, 4 hb in Andorra, one bb in Barcelona
  • Visit to Montserrat
  • Three guided walks in the Pyrenees

DAY ONE: Flight to Barcelona or Reus. Transfer to your coastal hotel, just under an hour away, for two nights half board accommodation.

DAY TWO: Free day in resort.

DAY THREE: Today you travel into the mountains towards Andorra, stopping en route at Montserrat with its spectacular rock formations, and monastery, founded in the 10th century. From there you travel through the Catalan countryside via the little towns of Calaf and Ponts, into the High Pyrenees and your hotel in the mountain village of Soldeu, where you have four nights half board accommodation. The journey time is approx four hours excluding stops.

Soldeu is a scenic mountain village, with a few shops, bars and restaurants. There is a cable car, which normally operates from July to September, and serves Europe’s highest golf course (9 holes, 2250 metres up, cable car access only). Guest tickets and club hire are available to visiting club members from elsewhere.

DAYS FOUR TO SIX: In Soldeu, Andorra, from where you have three walks, two in Andorra and one in France.

Walk 1: Grau Roig and the Pessons Lakes. There are 22 lakes all in all, surrounded by wonderful mountain scenery. You will see the first seven as you climb 400m in 2½ hours. The path is stony; the last part of the return walk is by the same route so if anyone wishes to do a shorter walk they can retrace their steps and wait for the rest of the group on the terrace of the bar/restaurant by the first lake.

Walk 2: The Ariege Pyrenees. For your second walk you travel over the Pass of Envalira and down the wooded Ariege Valley to Ax-les-Thermes in France. The route is circular, starting and finishing in front of the Casino. You climb 300m up the side of the valley, and pass close to the villages of Ascou (site of the oldest settlement in the valley), Sorgeat, and Ignaux (3 hours walking approx.). After the walk you will have free time in this pretty spa town, which has a thermal free-access bath by the hospital in the Town Square – a wonderful place to revive your feet after the walk!

Walk 3: The Incles Valley. From the hotel, you follow a pleasant path as you climb through the woods towards Siscaro Lake: there are fine views across the valley as you go. After a rest there, you continue up towards the Pas de la Vaca and return to your hotel. This walk is rather more challenging than the other walks in this brochure, reaching 2400m, with a possible climb of 700m. Your guides will be happy to advise you if you prefer to do something else today – perhaps the gentler, well-signposted ‘Cockerel Trail’ towards Canillo village and the lovely modernist Meritxell Church. They also reserve the right to change the return route of the walk, returning via the bottom of the Incles Valley instead of over the Pass.

DAY SEVEN: After breakfast you leave Andorra and head via the Cadi Range and the Llobregat Valley towards Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona for one night’s bed and breakfast accommodation. You have a short orientation tour, and free time for lunch and sightseeing.

DAY EIGHT: Free time until your departure transfer to the airport for your flight home.

If you have friends who are not walkers interested in this itinerary, we also offer it with a touring programme.

 

The High Pyrenees

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 91%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

NUBAHOTEL ****, Coma-Ruga (two nights)
The hotel stands close to the broad sandy beach. This unspoilt resort is quiet out of season, rather busier at weekends from June to September when there is an entertainment programme in the hotel, with music on Saturday evenings. A reasonable selection of shops, bars and restaurants is about 10 minutes walk (700m) away, and the railway station with half-hourly departures to Barcelona is about 15 minutes walk. There is also a local bus service to the nearby county town of El Vendrell, birthplace of Pablo Casals: his villa, now an interesting museum, is within walking distance of the hotel. The hotel has a spa centre (a reasonable extra charge applies), restaurant, bar, lounge, and outdoor pool. Rooms, which all have balcony, also have 2 queen size beds, bathroom with hairdryer, phone, air-conditioning/heating, satellite LCD tv, and safety deposit box (charge applies). Free wifi in public areas. (www.nubahotelcomarruga.com)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 82%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
SPORT HOTEL ****, Soldeu (four nights)
Four nights are spent in the Sport Hotel in the village of Soldeu, Andorra. Rooms have bath/shower, wc, hairdryer, satellite tv, and phone. There is a comfortable bar, lounge with free wifi, and restaurant serving excellent food, as well as an outdoor pool (weather dependent). Soldeu village has a few shops and bars and a bus service to town. The Sport and Sport Village Hotels are on opposite sides of the road, with a tunnel link between them. The hotels have separate reception and bars but on some dates only one restaurant may be open.  [click on Sport Hotel not Sport Village] (www.sporthotels.ad)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 91%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
HOTEL PERE IV ****, Barcelona (last night)
The hotel is situated in the Poble Nou district, midway between the lively Olympic port area and the Sagrada Familia. It is a 25 minute walk to the old quarter or 3 stops on the Metro. The hotel has a spa area, lounge bar and restaurant - other bars and restaurants are close by. Bedrooms have bath/ shower and wc, tv with satellite channels, free wifi, and safety deposit box. (www.salleshotels.com)  
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 86%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Walking - The High Pyrenees
Supplements per person:
Single room £140
Holiday Code: 7WPY

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Prices shown are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms, and are subject to availability. Please refer to ‘Accommodation’ for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 23/08/2017 at 9:47:07

Once again we have the pleasure and privilege of writing to say THANK YOU for our recent holiday… Walking in the High Pyrenees. The core programme of walks was excellent. Our guide in Andorra was well experienced in dealing with walkers of varying fitness and ability. The walk starting and returning to the French Pyrenean town of Ax-les-Thermes was a pleasant ramble well guided by Sandrine. Our Soldeu hotel was most comfortable with superb views of the surrounding mountains. Our guide Pau was patient, good humoured and particularly knowledgeable about Catalan history and our coach driver Jose Luis is a driver par excellence! his negotiation of the narrow twisting roads up to and the down from Monserrat was faultless: we knew we were in safe hands every time we boarded that coach. Overall another great holiday provided by Preferred Travel Services. Thank you.

Mr M & Ms F, Glasgow

Andorra surpassed all expectations. Hotel friendly, Tour Guide excellent and so was our driver. It is always enjoyable on your holidays to meet with interesting people from all over the UK.

Mr & Mrs G, Exeter

All walks were good.

Mrs M, Tyne & Wear

Really enjoyed walks. Guide excellent.

Ms W, Avon

We have marked against our expectations with "5" exceeding expectation, so we were very happy with our holiday. It may be a hard act to follow. We would be prepared to go back to Soldeu but not if the walks are all the same. We enjoyed the variety of experience provided within the time ie it was a good mix of walking in wonderful scenery and culture without being over organised, time available to "do our own thing".

Mrs W, Aberdeenshire

Nuba Hotel Coma Ruga - a good choice. Might have been a bit warmer on the first night otherwise great. Friendly smiling and helpful staff. Overall a good hotel in a very good location for accessing the beach walks and rail station (free wine with meal was much appreciated.) Sports Hotel: very comfortable hotel and very well appointed. A good range of food and very well presented.

Mrs P, Aberdeenshire

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