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Andorra Active Pyrenees

Minimum Age 6 years

This is an action-packed family holiday for single parents and their children.

Squeezed between Spain and France, the mountainous principality of Andorra is a perfect place for an action-packed summer activity week. On this trip you’ll experience the best of the region with walking to the beautiful Siscaro Lakes and in the stunning Incles Valley. There’s plenty of chance for mountain biking, including going through the Cortals Valley and downhill into Spain; white water rafting down world-class rivers near Sort. 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

Go cycling, walking and rafting in the Pyrenees

Spectacular mountain scenery

Lake Walking

Nestled in the heart of the Pyrenees, Andorra provides the perfect mountain base. The walking here is fantastic and you’ll get straight out there to explore the beautiful Cortals Valley, Siscarro Lakes and the Incles Valley.

White Water Rafting & Biking

Crossing into Spain, enjoy a fun afternoon white water rafting. The river is fast flowing and rough in parts – exciting! More cautious families can be taken on calmer sections of the river. Exploring the area on mountain bikes you’ll ride to Engolasters Lake before choosing a route suitable to your ability through the woods. A traditional barbecue and quick descent finish off the day with a thrill.


Day 1 Toulouse to Soldeu, Andorra

After your flight to Toulouse, you transfer to your accommodation (approximately 3-4 hours) journeying south by chartered bus to Soldeu in Andorra. Along the way you can marvel at the impressive mountain scenery that surrounds you as you you’re your way up and over the border into Andorra. Situated on the southern slopes of the Pyrenees, squeezed between France and Spain, the principality of Andorra measures a mere 25km by 30km, and has an average elevation of 1,996 metres. Andorra’s independence can be traced back to Charlemagne, who captured the region from the Muslims in 803AD. It was only in 1993 that Andorran people voted to establish the country as an independent and democratic state. Although small, Andorra is blessed with some of the finest scenery in the Pyrenees and is a great place for and active week in the mountains.

Settle into your accommodation, unpack your bags and explore this charming town.

Hotel Roc San Miguel or similar (AA) – 7 nights – Dinner included.

Day 2 Siscaro Reserve

This morning we will take our first excursion out into the impressive mountains of this tiny country. The drive to Grau Roig takes approximately 20 minutes and at 2000 metres you get stunning views of the glacier which formed the mountain and the valleys. To warm up the legs there is a short climb to the “Circe de Pessons” which is a circle of 7 lakes left by the glacier. From here it is mostly flat or downhill and a great introduction to the Pyrenees, and a chance to stretch the legs and acclimatise to the altitude. The scenery is stunning and the walk will give us a chance to see some of Andorra’s flora and fauna. It is always worth keeping an eye out for the griffon vultures, which are often seen circling high overhead. On the return to Soldeu we cross the ski runs of Grandvalira giving us an opportunity to see the steepness of the black run in the summer. From here the descent is more rapid and the path brings us out in the centre of Soldeu to enjoy a well-deserved ice cream. We will arrive back at the hotel between 3pm and 4pm giving us a chance to either relax in the sun, take the bikes out for a ride or visit one of the neighbouring hotels’ spa centres.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 3 Cortals Valley, cycling and walking

Today’s full day of activities takes place in the stunningly beautiful Cortals Valley, about a 30 minute drive away. Half way up the valley we jump on the bikes for a drive along a flat track to the Engolasters Lake, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the scenery. Around the lake there are plenty of fun tracks to be taken and you normally have the choice between an easy flat track and a more exciting path through the woods. For those slightly less energetic there is also a lakeside bar. Retracing your route you return to the vehicles. You have the option to ride the demanding 3km tarmac road ascent to the barbecue area – a climb that follows part of the Tour of Spain route. However, the vehicles are available for anyone who prefers to take an easier option. For lunch you will stop in a Pyrenean meadow and there is time to enjoy a picnic, which you have had time to buy before we set off.

After lunch we get back on the bikes for the last part of the day’s cycling as you head for the top of the valley. From here we cross a rope-suspended bridge and take an off-road decent followed by an on-road exhilarating switch-back descent to Encamp – a total descent of 800m. For anyone not wishing to cycle the routes they can be done on foot and there is the possibility of taking the longest gondola (ski lift) ride in Europe. At the end of the day we return by vehicle to Soldeu.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 4 Soldeu – 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 visit the thermal springs of La Caldea. Take to the trees for tree-top zip-wiring or go canyoning. If you have a head for heights you can try climbing along the Via Ferrata. There are plenty of opportunities for walking and cycling or you could relax in the sun or go duty-free shopping.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 5 Soldeu – Rafting

Crossing the border into Spain, you take a high mountain pass over the Port de Canto through very Mediterranean style scenery but still at 1000 metres high. There is chance to stop at the Port de Canto lookout point to take in the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees. Then on down to the village of Sort, Catalan for “luck”, where at the rafting centre you are kitted out with wetsuits, helmets, life jackets and a paddle. From the top of the Noguera River, you have 14km of exhilarating white water rafting (minimum 8 years to participate and 8-12 year olds will only be able to raft on Grades I and II). Noguera River is renowned as one of the top rafting rivers in Europe. It has good stretches of continuous but not too tough white water and a high level of safety with many “get out” points.

After a fun ride over a weir and through the Olympic kayaking course, you arrive back at the rafting centre, where there are changing rooms and showers. The Centre has a beautiful garden with a swimming pool where there is chance to play some more in the water or just relax in the sun with a refreshment from the bar, before setting off back to Soldeu.

There is a support vehicle which follows the rafting. So for those who don’t want to or are too young to raft, you can follow along in the vehicle or relax and unwind at the Rafting Centre.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 6 Cycling – the Iron Route

Setting off in the vehicles and with the bikes, you head off to the Ordino Valley, one of the most picturesque in Andorra. Starting at the top end of the valley at 2000m you get fitted with a bike and helmet and then follow with a guide the old Iron route of Andorra. Iron was Andorra’s first industry, which brought the first real settlements to the area. Easy going off-road tracks take you along the valley past the old iron mines, mills and forges, finishing in the village of Ordino.

The tracks are mostly wide 4×4 dirt surfaces, no cars take these routes and though the ground might be a bit rough in places, no technical mountain-biking skills are needed, just a good knowledge of normal bike-riding. After a rest and refreshment in the village, you are back in the vehicles and up to the Col de Beixalls at 18oom where you are back on the bikes for a thrilling 8km off-road descent into Encamp. Throughout the day there will be full vehicle support so that if people prefer not to bike it is possible to walk and/or ride in the 4×4. From Encamp it is just a short 15 min drive back to the hotel arriving between 5pm and 6pm.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 7 Incles Valley

A short drive takes you to what is arguably one of the prettiest valleys in Andorra, Incles is the perfect spot for a walk through meadows of wildflowers and to view some local animals. The first part of the walk is along a single track through the woods, where there are many examples of pine forest plants, lots of beautiful flowers, rhododendrons in June, wild fruit in midsummer and wild mushrooms in September. Arriving on a plateau just above the tree line at 2000m, the gradient lessens as you reach the striking Querol and Salamander lakes.

It is common to see groups of thick-set mountain horses grazing on these high slopes. The horses are allowed to roam free and normally have large bells strapped around their necks to allow the owners to find them. Contouring along the valley you come to the Cabana Sorda Lake, sitting below the impressive semi-circular amphitheatre of rock – an ideal spot for lunch. From the lake, eager walkers can continue to hike up to the peak at around 2600m, giving you an amazing bird’s eye view of the valley. Those who prefer can take a refreshing dip in the waterfall or watch the fishermen – there are plenty of mountain trout. We then descend off the grassy slopes through thick woodland to the vehicle from where you can walk or take the vehicle back to Soldeu for a final group dinner.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 8 Soldeu- Trip ends, fly home

On the final day of the tour, rest and relax, take in a final walk or do some last minute souvenir shopping before being transferred to Toulouse.

Breakfast included.

Your price includes:

7 nights accommodation- Hotel (7nts)

Meals:7 breakfasts and 7 dinners

Transport:Minibus, mountain bike, raft, on foot

On some weeks we introduce a second departure, which is based in a similar hotel.

This holiday is very popular and group sizes on this trip are usually around 20. Some dates sell out early.

Travel Dates Nights Adult Child 6-17 Notes
Sun 27 May to Sun 03 June 2018 7 £710 £639 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 22 July to Sun 29 July 2018 7 £710 £639 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 29 July to Sun 05 Aug 2018 7 £710 £639 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 05 Aug to Sun 12 Aug 2018 7 £710 £639 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 12 Aug to Sun 19 Aug 2018 7 £710 £639 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 19 Aug to Sun 26 Aug 2018 7 £710 £639 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 26 Aug to Sun 02 Sept 2018 7 £710 £639 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.

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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