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A Day in the Pyrenees - Small Group Tour from Barcelona

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Highlights

  • A range of activities will be available in the Pyrenees so you can design a day which suits you
  • This is a small group tour which makes for an intimate yet social tour
  • Tour is led by an English speaking guide
  • Round trip transportation in an air-conditioned minivan
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Overview

This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the spectacular Pyrenees Mountains on a tailor-made day excursion from Barcelona. En route pass Vic, a beautifully maintained historical town, before heading on to the stunning stone-built village of Queralbs. A rack railway leads high into the stunning Pyrenees Mountains.

Explore this sanctuary of natural beauty and mountain grandeur. The tour offers an opportunity to enjoy a wide range of activities, from horse riding and walking, to archery and boating, or simply enjoying quiet walks along the nature trails. This tour is an unforgettable Pyrenean experience.

Itinerary

The tour starts from the local activity operator office located directly opposite the ticket office/outdoor cafe of the PALAU DE LA MUSICA, off Via Laietana at 0830h (8:30am). Please make your own arrangements to reach this place. You will be taken in an air-conditioned luxury minicoach, accompanied by a professional English-speaking guide, for a full day sightseeing tour of the Pyrenees Mountains.

The tour heads north quickly, leaving the hustle and bustle of a busy Mediterranean city behind, driving past Montseny. The Montseny is a 30,000 hectare natural park that was designated a world biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1978 and is still a haven for wild boars, badgers, hares, foxes, red squirrels, eagles, and red partridges among others, living in beech, pine and oak forests.

Just an hour from Barcelona, and half way to the Pyrenees, you will stop for a short break in the ancient settlement of Vic. Here you will have a chance to stroll around the town centre with its Cathedral (a mixture of styles ranging from Romanesque to neo-classical), and its magnificent renaissance and baroque buildings; or to relax while having breakfast in the heart of the town: a beautiful arched square (one of the biggest of the country) where the market and other major events are held.

From Vic, you will continue up to the Pyrenees driving past the Montesquiu Castle, surrounded by dense oak and red pine forests. Montesquiu Castle is a fortified building dating from the 10th century. Originally serving the military until 15th century, it later became a stately home.

The tour continues on from Vic to Ripoll, the founding of which has strong links to the evocatively-named Gifré el Pilós (Wilfred the Hairy), the first Count of Barcelona, who began a dynasty in the late 870s that would last into the 1400s.

From Ripoll, gateway to the Vall de Ribes, the tour proceeds to Queralbs, which, at an altitude of 1,236m above sea level, is the last vehicle-accessible village on the way up to your mountain valley destination.

Here you will be able to see the Church of Sant Sadurní de Fustanyá, built from stones so perfectly-hewn that legend has it that it was built by the fairies and witches said to inhabit the surrounding caves.

From Queralbs, you take the last six kilometers of the impressive rack railway, construction of which began in 1931, up to an altitude of 1964m above sea level, into the stunning mountain valley, formed by the glacial action of the ice from all 7 surrounding peaks pushing downwards. In the valley is a sanctuary, originally built to house pilgrims to the valley, which takes its name from the Virgen de Nuria.

In the valley, you can enjoy the unspoiled scenery, sharing it with unusual birds and animals ranging from Gryphon vultures to chamois, and golden eagles to marmots, and take one of the many different walks, of varying levels of difficulty, or you can try horse riding, open air bowling, archery lessons, crazy golf, or boating on the lake. If that seems too energetic, another option is to enjoy some of the traditional Catalan dishes available in the valley's restaurants.

From Queralbs, the return to Barcelona begins, arriving there at 1930h (7:30pm).

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Reviews

We took the trip to the Pyrenees Mountains while in Barcelona just recently. Highly recommend doing it! Its like nothing you will ever see. The tour place was easy enough to... Miss Emily M Dewhurst

Brilliant day out. Perhaps less time spent in Vic would have been better. Good value for money.... Mr M J Brookes

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

Duration

11 hours

Start time

Start time: 0830h (8:30am)
Duration: 11 hours

Meeting point

Tour depart from the local activity operator office located directly opposite the ticket office/outdoor cafe of the PALAU DE LA MUSICA, off Via Laietana.
Please be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before departure time.

Ending point

Tour returns to your original point of departure

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Inclusions

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned luxury minicoach
  • Professional guided tour in English
  • Rack railway ride from Queralbs to Vall de Nuria and return

Exclusions

  • Lunch and refreshments.
  • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Optional activities in the Pyrenees

Do/Dont's

You will also get time off the bus to get out and about. So, please bring suitable clothing, footwear, and sun protection. Remember that temperatures at high altitudes will be much lower than in the city, so although it may be warm in Barcelona, please remember that it can be much cooler in the Pyrenees. Please carry warm clothes.

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.

Lunches are not included. However, the tour stops in places where there is a range of lunch options to suit all budgets, and there are picnic options available.

This tour does not require any special physical condition, but a reasonable level of fitness is needed if you wish to walk in the Vall de la Coma de la Vaca. It's up to you how far and how high you want to go!

The market does not take place on Thursday. However, this gives you the chance to see the largest market square in Catalunya in all it’s glory, and the chance to spend a little more time exploring the medieval streets of Vic.

In November, the Rack Railway closes for maintenance. During this time, we will offer an alternative route into the Pyrenees.

Please be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before departure time.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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  • "One of the Best Tours" We took the trip to the Pyrenees Mountains while in Barcelona just recently. Highly recommend doing it! Its like nothing you will ever see. The tour place was easy enough to...
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