Summer Pyrenees Family Holiday with teenagers

Summer Pyrenees Family Holiday with teenagers

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Summer Pyrenees Family Holiday with teenagers

8 Days Starting and ending in Soldeu

Visiting: Soldeu, Walking to Salamandres Lake, Cycling in Cortals Valley, White-water rafting on Noguera River, Mountain biking to Abelletes Lake , Walking in Incles Valley

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

AAFP

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 16

Physical rating:

Medium, Medium

Age range:

10-99 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
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$1230
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Tour Overview

Challenge the family to an unforgettable week of adrenaline-fuelled activities with this active Pyrenees trip. From Soldeu, head out around Andorra trying fun new experiences along the way. Get the pulse racing on hiking and cycling adventures, then spend a wet and wild afternoon whitewater rafting. Take advantage of the location and explore nearby hamlets on horseback or go fishing in the local lakes. This is sure to be an inspiring week, enjoying Andorra’s adventure playground as a family.

Highlights

  • From scenic valley hikes to mountain biking and zip-lining, there's a great mix of activities for all ages and the whole family will be entertained

  • The Noguera River is one of the top five rivers for white-water rafting in all of Europe, thanks to its many safe exit points and continuous stretches of steady foaming rapids

  • Fabulous hosts make you and your family feel at home, and knowledgeable and friendly guides help you and your family get the most out of your adventure in this beautiful part of the world

  • The hotel is occupied only by Intrepid travellers, making for a wonderful atmosphere and the chance to chat with like-minded families

  • Enjoy a flexible activity schedule. If you and your family want to relax a little more, there are many chances to opt out of the adventure and simply soak up the fresh air and perfect Pyrenean scenery

Itinerary

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Day 1: Soldeu

Location: Soldeu

Accommodation: Hotel Roc de Sant Miquel

Meals Included: dinner

Welcome to Andorra! Your adventure begins with a greeting from your leader upon arrival at the hotel. There are no activities planned for today.

Situated on the southern slopes of the Pyrenees, nestled between France and Spain, the principality of Andorra measures a mere 25 kilometres by 30 kilometres, with an average elevation of 1996 metres. Although small, Andorra is blessed with some of the finest scenery in the Pyrenees and is a great place for an active week in the mountains. Once you arrive at your base for the week, you will have time to explore or relax until the evening.

Optional Activities:
-Arrival group transfer – Toulouse Airport to Soldeu Hotel

Day 2: Walking To Salamandres Lake

Location: Walking to Salamandres Lake

Accommodation: Hotel Roc de Sant Miquel

Meals Included: breaksfast, dinner

This morning you will join your fellow travellers for welcome meeting before heading off on the first of many activities. Be sure to check with the hotel check-in staff to check the exact time of this meeting.

Venture out for your first excursion into Andorra's mountains today. It's a short (10 minute) drive to Entorn at the base of the stunning Ransol Valley Ridge. Starting at 2000 metres above sea level, climb 250 metres to Salamandres Lake. Here lives the small yellow dotted amphibian, the Salamander which gives the lake it’s name. For the more energetic you can challenge yourself to continue the hike up to the Ransol Ridge at 2,500m. At this height, spectacular views can be enjoyed across the Andorran peaks. The rest of the day is a gradual descent back down going past the Roca del Home Dret, the rock of the straight man. This is a great way to ease yourself into trekking and to acclimatise to the altitude. Keep your eyes open for native flora and fauna, such as the griffon vulture, which can often be seen soaring overhead. Arrive in the beautiful Incles Valley where you'll cross the Incles river and take a gentle path back to the hotel. You'll arrive back at the hotel between 3 and 4 pm, giving you a chance to relax in the sun, explore the village or visit a neighbouring hotel’s spa centre.

Included Activities:
-Walk in the Pyrenees
-Salamandres Lake Walk

Day 3: Cycling In Cortals Valley

Location: Cycling in Cortals Valley

Accommodation: Hotel Roc de Sant Miquel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Drive to the stunning Cortals Valley (approximately 30 minutes). Here you and the family will enjoy a full day of activities. Half-way up the valley you will jump on bikes for a ride along a flat track to Engolasters Lake, glimpsing some beautiful scenery along the way. There are plenty of fun tracks around the lake for all skill levels, and we visit a beautiful viewpoint with a birdseye view of Andorra la Vella, the Principality’s capital city (population 22,000).

For lunch you’ll stop for your picnic in an alpine woodland (you'll have time to buy this picnic before setting off today), before trying some newly learnt mountain bike skills in the ‘skill-park’. You’ll then cycle back around the far side of Engolasters Lake to the scenic lakeside bar, before returning to the vehicles along the flat track. Here there is the option to ride an exhilarating on-road switch-back descent to Encamp (a total descent of 600 m). Today's routes can be walked if you'd rather not cycle, and there may be an optional gondola ride – this is the largest ski lift in Europe.


Return to Soldeu in the vehicle at the end of the day.

Included Activities:
-Bike ride
-Cortals Valley

Day 4: Free Day

Location: Free day

Accommodation: Hotel Roc de Sant Miquel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Today has been left free for you to choose from the many activities that are on offer in Andorra. You may decide to go horse riding, or perhaps visit the thermal baths of La Caldea. The more adventurous members of your family might like to take to the trees for some zip-lining adventures through the tree-tops. Canyoning is also a great option. If you have a head for heights and a good level of fitness, you can try your hand at via ferrata climbing. This is a style of climbing that uses handy equipment such as rungs and a steel cable to traverse tricky and rugged terrain. Further cycling – perhaps mountain biking – is a solid option also. Otherwise, simply relax and enjoy the sunshine, or do a spot of duty-free shopping.

Optional Activities:
-Tree tops and Zip wiring
-Family park Canillo
-Via Ferrata - Ordino

Day 5: White-Water Rafting On Noguera River

Location: White-water rafting on Noguera River

Accommodation: Hotel Roc de Sant Miquel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Crossing the border into Spain, take the high mountain pass over the Port de Canto through very some Mediterranean scenery, still at 1,000 metres high. You can stop at the Port de Canto lookout point to take in the lovely foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees. Continue down to the village of Sort (Catalan for 'luck') where at the rafting centre you and the family will be kitted out with wetsuits, helmets, life jackets and a paddle. From the top of the Noguera River, enjoy 14 kilometres of exhilirating white water rafting. Noguera River is renowned as one of the top five rivers for rafting in Europe, thanks to nice stretches of continuous but not too rough water, and many exit points. After a fun ride over a weir and through the Olympic kayaking course, arrive back at the rafting centre to take a shower. The centre has a beautiful garden with a swimming pool and a bar, so you can spend some time here before heading back to Soldeu.

Notes: There is a support vehicle that follows the rafting. Those who don't want to, or are too young to raft, can follow along in the vehicle or relax and unwind at the centre. Children must be at least 8 years old to participate, and 8–12 year-olds will be able to raft grades I & II only.

Included Activities:
-White water rafting

Day 6: Mountain Biking To Abelletes Lake

Location: Mountain biking to Abelletes Lake

Accommodation: Hotel Roc de Sant Miquel

Meals Included: breaksfast, dinner

Head out today on a mountain biking adventure the whole family will enjoy. You will be provided with a helmet and fitted to your bike before taking a short drive (20 minutes) to Port d’Envalira at 2408m the highest road pass in the Pyrenees, a climb that has featured several times in the Tour de France.
A road descent then an off road track to the Abelletes lake which is the official border between Andorra and France, a chance to have a foot in both countries. A quick transfer back to 2400m then descending to Grau Roig valley to enjoy your pack lunch surrounded by mountains, pine trees and source of the Valira river. After lunch it is off road all the way back to Soldeu following the Valira river on 4x4 tracks.
You finish up the ride below Soldeu at the local Caves Manacor market, where you can purchase souvenirs or taste a variety of local products such as hams, cheeses and spirits. Then a quick transfer back to the hotel.

Included Activities:
-Introduction to Mountain Biking Day Trip
-Bike ride

Day 7: Walking In Incles Valley

Location: Walking in Incles Valley

Accommodation: Hotel Roc de Sant Miquel

Meals Included: breaksfast, dinner

Walk from the hotel to the nearby Incles Valley for today's walk. Set off along forested mountain slopes and along a single track through the woods where there are beautiful flowers, rhododendrons (in June), wild fruit (midsummer) and wild mushrooms (in September). The gently climbing path zig-zags up to the stunning Cabana Sorda Lake, which sits below an impressive semi-circular amphitheatre of rock – an ideal stop for lunch.
If the weather allows, you can take a refreshing dip in the cold mountain water. At the beginning of the Summer it is likely there will be snow around the lake, and later in the Summer it is possible to walk around the lake or perhaps watch the fishermen catching mountain trout. After lunch, descend through beautiful meadows and woodland to the valley floor, where you head back to the hotel.

Included Activities:
-Incles Valley Walk
-Walk in the Pyrenees

Day 8: Departure Day

Location: Departure Day

Meals Included: breaksfast

Your trip ends after breakfast, with no further activities planned. See the Essential Trip Information for checkout times and luggage storage options. Those who have booked an airport transfer will be taken to the airport in time for the group flight.

Optional Activities:
-Departure group transfer – Soldeu Hotel to Toulouse Airport

What's Included

  • Walk in the Pyrenees

  • Bike ride

  • Salamandres Lake Walk

  • Introduction to Mountain Biking Day Trip

  • The Old Smugglers Route

  • Cortals Valley

  • White water rafting

  • Incles Valley Walk

  • Meals

    7 breakfasts, 6 dinners

  • Accommodation

    Hotel (7 nights)

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

Transport

  • On this trip we are travelling in our own private minibus, as this allows us to reach some more off the beaten track destinations and give us flexibility which would not be possible by public transport. Please note that traveling is not particularly long, but you will experience some rough stretches on gravelly and windy roads. On some days we depart early in the morning to ensure we optimise our time for included activities.

Accommodation

  • The Hotel Roc de St Miquel is a small and friendly, family run chalet hotel. The Roc has a total of 12 rooms with a range of singles, doubles, twins and family rooms. It offers clean and comfortable rooms that all have en-suite facilities, fresh linen, a daily maid service, telephone, television and tea & coffee making facilities. The restaurant caters all diets with a wide range of tasty menus. Breakfast is a buffet continental style with some hot options also available. The bar lounge is the perfect place to relax after an active outdoor day.

Included Activities

  • Walk in the Pyrenees
  • Salamandres Lake Walk
  • Bike ride
  • Cortals Valley
  • The Old Smugglers Route
  • White water rafting
  • Introduction to Mountain Biking Day Trip
  • Bike ride
  • Incles Valley Walk
  • Walk in the Pyrenees

Important Information

  • 1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
  • 2. A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children under 17 years and under at the time of travel.
  • 3 .Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
  • Minimum age for children on this trip is 10 years old
  • 4 . DAY 1: A group arrival transfer from Toulouse airport is available on this trip for all flights landing before 11:30am and will depart the airport around 12.30pm. The cost for the arrival transfer is EUR 10 per peson and needs to be requested and paid to Intrepid, or your booking agent, at time of booking.
  • DAY 8: A group departure transfer is also available to book to the Toulouse Airport. The transfer arrives at the airport around 9am. The cost of the departure transfer is EUR 10 per person and needs to be requested and paid to Intrepid, or your booking agent, at time of booking.
  • NOTE: Both transfers must be booked in advance! Please provide your flight details to Intrepid or your travel agent at the time of booking so they can be added to your booking. If you simply turn up at the airport for the transfer without notifying Intrepid, we cannot guarantee that space will be available. In such case, you may need to take an taxi at your own expense, a 3 hour drive from Toulouse. If you are not taking the group transfers, please advise us of your planned arrival time so that your host knows when to expect you.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Is this trip right for you

    This itinerary includes activities such as walking, cycling and white water rafting. We recommend a good state of health and fitness so you and your family can fully enjoy it, however there are plenty of opportunities to take a break along the way.

    There are two beautiful walking days. The walks usually start at 10 am and finish at around 4 pm, and range from 10 to 14 kilometres in length. However, you're not walking the whole time, and the pace is quite easy.

    Like many beautiful mountain destinations, Andorra is a little tricky to get to – the transfer from Toulouse airport can take up to three hours.

    While the accommodation is not grand, it's a friendly, family-run chalet-hotel with a reputation for fantastic hospitality. The food is hearty and delicious, and packed lunches can be made by the lovely hotel staff.

    The group may be split into two or three smaller groups, based on fitness levels and ability. This way you and your family get the most fun out of the activities.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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