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Pyrenees Altitude

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Our Pyrenees Altitude adventure gives a real bird's eye view of this breathtaking landscape as we drive along ski runs and even beyond the top of the highest stairlifts! We take ‘The Smugglers Route’ into Andorra, travelling through abandoned villages as we climb into the clouds. Why not combine Altitude with our Foothills trip to enjoy our two-week Pyrenees Ultimate adventure!

High mountain tracks look down on resorts and towns, forests, snow-capped peaks and incredible views. Our Pyrenees Altitude 4×4 hotel-based adventure takes us from Les to Andorra through the high passes – the Col de Meners, Pic d’Orrie, Col de l’Exoil and the Col de Varrados. We will enjoy a huge variety of landscapes, from picturesque meadows to forests and majestic peaks – there is a chance that snow may block our way, however there are always alternative routes which just adds to the adventure!



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STANDARD PRICE£ 2,695 per vehicle
ACCOMMODATIONHotel
START DATE + NO. NTS13 Jun 20 - 8 Nights
GROUP SIZEMaximum 5 vehicles
VEHICLE TYPEAll 4x4s with a low-range gearbox & good tyres
SUITABILITYAdults & children 16+
TERRAINMountains, forests, snowy peaks, incredible views
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YOUR ADVENTURE
AT A GLANCE



  • Drive up mountains that would take a full day to climb and look down into the valley below as you have a picnic lunch
  • Travel up the pistes of ski resorts, beyond the top ski lifts!
  • Experience high mountain passes both on tarmac and tracks
  • Follow tracks carved out of the mountain side with rising rock on one side and a big drop on the other!
  • Forest tracks take you from the valley floor to emerge above the tree line with vast open vistas below
  • Experience 'Smuggler's Route' - the ancient trail from Spain into Andorra
  • A mix of fantastic restaurants and cafes for lunch as well as lakeside and mountain top picnics en route
  • We're with you all the way from Portsmouth until your return to the UK
  • We organise everything for you so you don't have to
  • Lead by professional 4x4 instructors with expert knowledge of routes
  • Fully equipped lead vehicles to ensure you and your vehicle stay safe


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DAY 1 - FERRY PORTSMOUTH TO SANTANDER

We meet at Portsmouth for the 8:15am ferry to Santander which is a great chance to spend the day relaxing and getting to know each other and also avoids the long drive down through France. The ferry and cabins are included in the price; if you would like to upgrade to luxury suites, please contact us after booking.

DAY 2 - ARRIVAL IN SPAIN & DRIVE TO LES

At around 2pm our driving starts along the coast until we get to the French border where we head up into the foothills of the Pyrenees. Our destination is Les, which is a 300 mile, 5 hour drive from Santander. Your guide for the week will meet you in Les with a restaurant table booked for your evening meal.

DAY 3 - EXPLORING THE COUNTRYSIDE AROUND LES

We drive up the densely wooded mountainside, a backdrop to the town of Les, until we arrive at a viewing area offering spectacular views. Lunch is at a tapas bar in a pretty town called Bosost, before continuing through the forest and above the treeline to 2,300 meters with breathtaking views of the Pyrenees. The day ends descending into Les and an evening meal at the local with an opportunity for some duty-free shopping.

DAY 4 - LES TO RIALP

We leave Les, but not before stocking up for a mountain picnic! At 2,000 metres, the Col de Varrados may still be snowy in May, which can block the trails. After passing through Bagerque ski resort, we visit the famous church at Montgarri, a refuge to many escaping from France during WWII. A beautiful valley full of cattle and wild horses leads to the d’Aran valley and Rialp, our base for three nights.

DAY 5 - ASCENTS AND DESCENTS!

We head up 30 hairpins towards Cap de Port for a superb view down into the next valley. After a quick stop, we descend and then climb towards Espot for picnic provisions. We ascend through the ski resort of Super Espot and up to the Col de L’Exoil for a panoramic lunch - we're even higher than the lifts! The return drive offers spectacular views before descending through Sport towards Rialp.

DAY 6 - LA SEU D'URGELL

This is the longest trail of the week but well worth it, passing through and above ski resorts before crossing into the next valley. The route takes us close to Andorra, skirting La Seu d’Urgell, with fabulous track views and regular photo opportunities. We have lunch at a forest refuge before continuing through high passes and forest, heading to the pretty village of Burg where we descend into Tirva and to Rialp

DAY 7 - THE SMUGGLER'S ROUTE

The Smuggler’s Route is one of the most famous trails in Europe, going from Spain into Andorra through ever narrowing valleys before reaching the village of Tor where we stop for refreshments. We drive through picturesque valleys, climbing to the mountainside, culminating in a panoramic vista over Andorra. Our adventure ends at the central Hotel Pyrenees with time to explore Andorra and do some duty free shopping!

DAY 8 - HEADING HOME

An early start for those heading home with us via the ferry from Santander as we have over 400 miles to cover before the sailing at 8.30pm. We’ll stop for breaks and lunch as time allows. The ferry arrives in Portsmouth at 7.45pm the following day.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS THINK


WILLIAM SAID:

“My wife and I loved this trip. The
tracks through the mountains
were breathtaking and we
encountered snow as we climber
higher and higher. The group soon
became a team and we enjoyed
the evening banter in nice
restaurants.”

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WEATHER

 

It can be hot in the valleys and a good few degrees cooler at altitude, but this time of year the weather is generally good.

 

TERRAIN AND DRIVER ABILITY

 

Unsurfaced tracks through lowland and forest, and rocky or chip surfaces in the higher ground.  Tracks are well maintained, although washouts and changes after bad weather are possible.  Suitable for all driving abilities under our expert guidance.

 

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS

 

Low-box, underbody protection and recovery points along with all terrain tyres.

 

YOUR SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY

 

We carry medical kits, our guides are all first-aid trained and we have emergency beacons to hasten location and evacuation in emergency situations. Lead vehicles have full recovery equipment which is tested before departure and we also carry a range of tools and spares.

 

FULL EQUIPMENT AND REQUIREMENTS CHECKLIST

 

A detailed requirements check-list will be sent to you six weeks before your departure date.

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BOOKING AND PRICES


STANDARD PRICE £2,695 per vehicle DEPOSIT £588 per vehicle


PRICE INCLUDES:

 

  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Driver and one passenger
  • Ferry Portsmouth to Santander
  • Professional instructors in fully equipped lead vehicles
  • All paperwork, including border control documents
  • Expert route knowledge

 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

 

  • Lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks
  • Fuel
  • Motorway tolls
  • Vehicle insurance and recovery

 

BOOKING OPTIONS

 

You can pay a deposit or the full amount securely online via PayPal
with a debit/credit card (no account necessary), via your PayPal
account or if you prefer you can contact us to pay via BACS.



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