In 2019 we are running this trip for small groups on a private or custom basis only, on the dates of your choosing between early June and mid-October.
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A Guided Trip – 9 Days & 8 Nights
This carefully crafted 9-day hiking tour explores the best of both sides of the border along the mighty Pyrenees—the huge natural barrier that divides the Spain & the Iberian Peninsula from France & the rest of Europe. We’ll be visiting iconic Pyrenean spots and hiking classic trails in Spain and France.
We begin in the ancient kingdom of Aragón, in the Central Massif, home to greatest concentration of 3000m+ peaks in the entire range and work our way westward to end at the Atlantic Ocean, where the Pyrenees finally drop down to the rugged coast on the Bay of Biscay in the Basque country. We’ll marvel at truly spectacular topography including Spain’s most impressive canyon, and Europe’s highest limestone mountain, before crossing over to France for a couple of days to visit spectacular topography of cirques, waterfalls and an extinct volcano. All of our hikes take place in national parks and other protected areas in both Spain and France and much of it within a unique UNESCO World Heritage site & Biosphere Reserve that spans the border.
9 Days, 8 Nights
Zaragoza. Many daily connections by high-speed train from Madrid and Barcelona).
Hondarribia. 30 min from Biarritz (France) with international airport. 1 hr drive from Bilbao (Spain) with international airport.
Moderate – mostly gently rolling terrain / occasional steep ascents. Surfaces range from hard-packed earthen paths and dirt or farm or forestry tracks to ancient paved trails and rocky mountain paths – very occasional short sections on quiet surfaced back roads.
6 – 17 km / 4 – 10.5 miles. Most days are about 4 to 6 hours of walking, elevation gains ranging from 400 to 1000 m.
In larger towns we use quality 3* or 4* hotels in restored historic buildings in great locations in the old cities. For the rest of the trip where we stay in rural areas, we use 2* to 3* or equivalent small family-run hotels and rural inns in stylishly restored historic buildings, all rooms with en-suite facilities and modern fittings. All properties are personally chosen for their comfort, character, location and overall quality.
Mid-May to end October.
4 – 12
8 nights accommodation
8 breakfasts, 7 picnic or tapas lunches, 4 dinners with local wine and bottled water. 3 nights to explore on your own.
Full-time support vehicle
Train station/airport pickup in Zaragoza on Day 1
Experienced bilingual trip leader
Local mountain and/or nature guides as required on certain days by itinerary.
Extra nights in standard hotels at start and/or end of tour are also available. Please consult us for prices and availability.
If you aren’t in a hurry and want to see more of the area or another part of Spain, consider hiring a car and driving from Santiago along the coast to France, across the country to Madrid or Barcelona, Andalusia, etc. We can help you to plan your itinerary. Ask us!
Hikes in the most spectacular regions of Spain’s and France’s Pyrenean territories: Spain’s Posets-Maladeta Natural Park and Ordesa & Monte Perdido National Park; France’s Pyrenèes National Park.
Glorious views, exuberant flora and abundant fauna: the Pyrenees offer some of the world’s finest locations for alpine flowers, including the famed Eidelweiss. Marmots and chamoix observe us from rocky perches and birds of prey soar overhead, including the Lammergeier – one of the world’s rarest birds of prey.
Picturesque villages: our overnight bases range from a medieval stone village deep in the mountains with ancient churches, cobbled streets and traditional architecture to a quaint Basque seaside fishing village.
History, culture and art: throughout the trip you’ll be immersed in an environment that reminds you of this region’s fascinating past.
Excellent gastronomy: a diverse variety of cuisine combining fresh products from the mountains and valleys and sea (never far away), washed down with the excellent local wines.