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Andorra Active Pyrenees

Minimum Age 10 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.

 

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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
  • Pessons Lakes 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

Day 2 Pessons Lake Walk – This morning you will join your fellow travellers for welcome meeting before heading off on the first of many activities. Be sure to check with the hotel check-in staff to check the exact time of this meeting. Make your first excursion into the glorious mountains of this tiny country. Drive to Port Envalira (approximately 30 minutes). At 2,408 metres, this is the highest road pass in Europe, connecting El Pas de la Casa to the rest of Andorra. Starting at 2,500 metres, you will have a short 100-metre climb to the summit of Pic Maia. At this height there are spectacular views across the mountains. The rest of your day will be spent completing a ridge walk. It’s mostly flat or downhill, so it’s a good chance to acclimatise. Keep an eye out for the griffon vultures which are often seen circling high overhead. On the way you will pass the Siscaro Lakes which, on hotter days, are nice for a swim. From here the descent is more rapid and the path brings you out right opposite the hotel. Arriving at 3 or 4 pm, you can relax in the sun, go cycling or perhaps make use of a neighbouring hotel’s spa. 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 – Crossing the border into Spain, take the high mountain pass over the Port de Canto through very 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 exhilirating 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. Accommodation: Hotel Roc de Sant Miguel (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 The Iron route – Venture into the Ordino Valley in the vehicles with the bikes. This is one of the most picturesque parts of Andorra. Starting at the top end of the valley (2,000 m), you will get fitted with a bike and helmet and then follow with a guide the old iron route of Andorra. Easy-going off-road tracks take you along the valley, past the old iron mines, mills, and forges, finishing in the village of Ordino. You will follow rough tracks, mostly wide dirt roads where only 4X4s can go. But you won’t need advanced mountain biking skills, as the tracks aren’t too technical. After a rest and a drink in the village, jump aboard the vehicle again and head up to Col de Ordino (1,980 m) where we stop to admire the stunning views at Roc del Quer’s platform ‘skywalk’. Afterwards there’s the option to cycle a thrilling 7-kilometre on-road descent into Casillo. Throughout the day there will be full vehicle support, so if you’d rather not cycle you can ride in the 4X4 or walk. From Casillo it’s a 10-minute drive back to the hotel, and you should arrive between 5 and 6 pm. 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
  • Pessons Lakes 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

Andorra

Travel Dates Nights Adult Child 6-17 Notes
Sun 27 May to Sun 03 June 2018 7 £685 £595 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 22 July to Sun 29 July 2018 7 £685 £595 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 29 July to Sun 05 Aug 2018 7 £685 £595 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices

3 single parent families booked; Children aged 8-15 booked

Sun 05 Aug to Sun 12 Aug 2018 7 £685 £595 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 12 Aug to Sun 19 Aug 2018 7 £685 £595 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 19 Aug to Sun 26 Aug 2018 7 £685 £595 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 26 Aug to Sun 02 Sept 2018 7 £685 £595 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 26 May – Sun 2 June 2019 7 £685 £595 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 14 July – Sun 21 July 2019 7 £685 £595 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 21 July – Sun 28 July 2019 7 £685 £595 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 28 July – Sun 4 Aug 2019 7 £685 £595 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 4 Aug – Sun 11 Aug 2019 7 £685 £595 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 11 Aug – Sun 18 Aug 2019 7 £685 £595 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 18 Aug – Sun 25 Aug 2019 7 £685 £595 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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