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Andorra Active Pyrenees

Minimum Age 10 years

This is an action-packed family holiday off the beaten track in the Pyrenees.  Squeezed between Spain and France, the mountainous principality of Andorra is a perfect place for a summer week of adreneline-fuelled activities. On this trip you’ll experience the best of the region. Get your  pulse racing walking and cycling and spend a wet and wild afternoon white water rafting. Take advantage of the location on the free day exploring nearby hamlets on horseback or go fishing in the local lakes.  While on this family holiday there’s also the chance to get off the beaten track. The mountain scenery is fantastic, the climate perfect and the experiences thrilling!

Trip Highlights:

  • Get active on this centre-based activity week with a great mix of activities.
  • Go cycling, walking and rafting in the Pyrenees
  • The Norguera River is one of the top five rivers for white-water rafting in Europe
  • Fabulous hosts make you feel at home and knowledgeable friendly guides help you get the most out of your adventure.
  • The accommodation is occupied only by our group, making it a wonderful atmosphere and a chance to chat with like-minded families
  • Spectacular mountain scenery

 

This trip is available for both one and two parent families and the trip is likely to have a mix of single parent families and two parent families.

 

We share this holiday with another company, which is not a dedicated single parent company and so the group is likely to consist of one and two parent families.

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
  • Incles Valley Walk

Andorra

Day 1 Soldeu – Welcome to Andorra! 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 1,996 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. Accommodation: Hotel Roc de Sant Miguel (1 night) Meals Included: Dinner

Note: There is a complimentary group transfer from Toulouse airport on arrival and departure – please enquire about the times of the transfers before booking your flights. A shuttle bus service also operates between Toulouse and the resort if your flights do not coincide with the complimentary transfer.

Day 2 Walking at Salamandres Lake – This morning you head off into the mountains on the first of many activities. It is just a short drive (10 minutes) to Entorn at the base of the stunning Ransol Valley Ridge. Starting at 2000 meters above sea level, climb 250 meters to Salamandres Lake. Choose to relax and paddle in the lake or challenge yourself to hike up to Ransol ridge at 2500 meters. From here there are spectacular views across the Andorran peaks. The rest of the day is a gradual descent back down, passing the Roca del Home Dret – the Rock of the Straight  Man. This is a great day 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 at the beautiful Incles Valley, where you cross the Incles river and take a gentle path back to the hotel. You’ll arrive back between 3 and 4 pm, giving you chance to relax in the sun, explore the village or visit a neighbouring hotel’s spa centre.

Accommodation: Hotel Roc de Sant Miguel (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Cortals Valley – 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. Accommodation: Hotel Roc de Sant Miguel (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Free day – 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. AccommodationHotel Roc de Sant Miguel (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 White-water rafting on Noguera River- Crossing the border into Spain, take the high mountain pass over the Port de Canto through 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 exhilarating 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. 

Note: 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 to 12 year olds will be able to raft grades I and II only.

Accommodation: Hotel Roc de Sant Miguel (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 Mountain Biking in the Ransol Valley – head out today on a mountain-biking adventure. You will be provided with a helmet and fitted to your bike before taking a short drive (10 minutes) to the starting point of the ride. Head along a gently undulating path (2.5 km) to the end of Ransol Valley, where there is a lovely picnic area with running spring water. Your guide will point out the important peaks of the area, such as the Pic de la Serrera, where they used to collect iron ore from. Afterwards, descend back through the valley, perhaps taking the chance to ride a more challenging off-road section. Finish the ride at the local Caves Manacor market, where you can purchase souvenirs or taste a variety of local produce, such as hams, cheeses and spirits. Head back to the hotel for a picnic lunch on the terrace.

After lunch, hop in the van and drive up to Grau Roig ski area, which is 2000m above sea level. Have a go at conquering the dirt mountain bike circuit before cruising back to the hotel. This ride will be on and off road and mostly downhill ( 6 km).

Accommodation: Hotel Roc de Sant Miguel (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Incles Valley – 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. From the lake, eager walkers can continue the hike up to the peak (2,600 m), which gives you a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous valley. Those staying at the lake can take a refreshing dip in the cold mountain water, 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 can either take transport back to the hotel or continue back on foot. Accommodation: Hotel Roc de Sant Miguel (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Departure day – Your trip ends after breakfast, with no further activities planned. Meals Included Breakfast

What’s included in this holiday:

Meals:
7 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport:
Private Bus
Accommodation:
Hotel (7 nights)

Activities

Day 2 Included Activities

  • Walk in the Pyrenees
  • Salamandres Lake Walk

Day 3 Included Activities

  • Bike ride
  • Cortals Valley

Day 4 Optional Activities

  • Tree tops and Zip wiring – EUR25
  • Family park Canillo – EUR30
  • Via Ferrata – Ordino – EUR35

Day 5 Included Activities

  • The Old Smugglers Route
  • White water rafting

Day 6 Included Activities

  • Introduction to Mountain Biking Day Trip
  • Bike ride

Day 7 Included Activities

  • Incles Valley Walk
  • Walk in the Pyrenees

Transfers

Arrival:
The transfer guide meets passengers at 17:00hrs at hall D international arrivals Toulouse. Normally the bus leaves at 5.30pm but the guide is there from 17:00 with the clipboard sign so be sure to look out for it.

Departure:
The transfer leaves the hotel at 10:30am (which is early however allows for any queue build up at the Andorran border) The group then arrive at the airport at 13:30.
We recommend travellers don’t fly out before 4pm

Andorra

Travel Dates Nights Adult Child 6-17 Notes
Sun 24 May – Sun 31 May 2020 7 £725 £650 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 5 July – Sun 12 July 2020 7 £725 £650 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 12 July – Sun 19 July 2020 7 £725 £650 Land only. – Please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 19 July – Sun 26 July 2020 7 £725 £650 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 26 July – Sun 2 Aug 2020 7 £725 £650 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 2 Aug – Sun 9 Aug 2020 7 £725 £650 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 9 Aug – Sun 16 Aug 2020 7 £725 £650 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices

Land only

The prices shown above exclude flights. Since flight availability and airfares change constantly, these prices are subject to availability at the time of booking so please enquire for a full quotation including flight. You may choose to buy your own flight, in which case you may want to also check out the price of a private transfer to the start of the holiday and returning to the airport at the end of your stay or information regarding shuttle buses. In many cases there will be a complementary transfer, and we can confirm the time of these transfers, where applicable. We will always endeavour to find the best available flights at the time of booking and confirm your flight inclusive price at that time. We advise that you book early to secure the best prices.

Great fun

The trip was great fun. The activities were excellent and kept the kids entertained the whole day. The trekking was quite hard but everything enjoyed it and the mountain biking  was great fun. The hotel was basic but the food was delicious and the group got on particularly well. 

Helen, Dominic, Esme and Luke

August 2018 

Fantastic holiday for teens

I would give the trip 5 stars!

This is a fantastic holiday for teens and I would recommend it to any child age 13 upwards. My son was 16 and he embraced all the activities and enjoyed the challenges of each day’s activities. As his mum I too enjoyed the challenges, which did, at times, move me out of my comfort zone! However the group was well led and we had great encouragement and support from the guides. The equipment provided was of a high standard and the hotel staff very friendly. The week surpassed my expectations and I would highly recommend it. It was very good bonding time with my son and I think he ended up being rather proud of his mother! Andorra is a stunning country, which again surpassed my expectations; lovely people and exceptional scenery. Just beautiful. I would also thank Mango Holidays for their excellent guidance throughout the booking process. 

Amber and Callum

August 2018

All in all a fantastic time was had by all.

We’ve had a great holiday, the age of the children in our group was perfect for both Megan and Jack and I enjoyed the adult company too!
 
I would rate the trip as a 5/5.  The white water rafting would be my highlight, all the children in our boat grinned the entire time down we were in the raft.  Both Adele and Stuart were amazing, very friendly, great with the children, as a single parent, I appreciated their support.  Stuart in particular was great at giving me a break!
 
So all in all a fantastic time was had by all.
 
Thanks, Taposhi, Megan and Jack
 
July 2018

What a holiday!

I just wanted to email to say thank you very much for such an amazing holiday! Katie and i had a fantastic time in Andorra – the hotel, the food, the guides, the activities, the other families, the sun … you name it … was brilliant. Where can i review it?

Seriously – IT WAS BRILLIANT!!

Jo and Katie (11)

August 2017

Andorra was fabulous

Andorra was fabulous, if not challenging for both myself and Sophie. The group was great. It was also lovely to see where I had been skiing all those years ago and am likely to book the Xmas trip there at some stage. All the people who run the trip know my ski guide from years past very well – it’s a small world.

It was all superb, but I had not been on a bicycle since 1997 and proper cycling for over 20 years.

I thought I would let Sophie get on with it and sit it out – however I was persuaded otherwise. I was provided with a padded saddle!!

The walking was spectacular and the rafting great fun.

Elfy and Sophie (11)

August 2017

Such a fantastic time

My twins and I had such a fantastic time; everyone on the holiday was so friendly and fun, including the instructors for the various activities.  Nick and Nuri at the hotel were so warm & friendly and made us all feel so welcome from the minute we arrived!  Everything was so well organised, including the evening entertainment and the home cooked food was delicious!

As this was my first holiday like this, I was a little anxious before we left, but as soon as I met two other single mums with boys of a similar age at the airport, we instantly all just got along.  The other families on the holiday were all so friendly and there was always someone to chat to!

Janet, Thomas and Daniel (8)

August 2017

Fantastic time

We had a fantastic time and really enjoyed Andorra. The rafting in Spain was excellent and I feel I learnt how to ride a mountain bike properly. The scenery was so lovely up in the mountains.

It was really nice just having our group at the Hotel Roc, it felt like one big home! The children got on well together with the older ones involving the younger ones well, which meant that the adults could chat together.

One or two group members said it would have been useful to know to bring their walking boots along, so perhaps that could be added to the suggested packing list. I took mine and was very glad I did, as the terrain was quite tricky in places, especially coming down the mountains.

Our guides were absolutely fantastic and we couldn’t have wished for nicer and friendlier people. They really cared that we all got as much enjoyment out of the holiday as possible.

Hope this is helpful and I’m sure we’ll be considering another family adventure-type holiday in the future.

Thanks for all your input and especially for organising our flights, which worked really well and meant we could enjoy a hot, sunny day in Toulouse beforehand.

Very best wishes

Laura (2016)

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