Stones and History: In-depth Cultural

Stones and History: In-depth Cultural2024-04-11T09:20:07+00:00

A journey into to the past

Millennial culture revolves around a mountain lifestyle.

With a unique Romanesque heritage, legends that transcend the limits of imagination and traditions or examples of livestock transhumance, the culture of the Spanish Pyrenees holds true surprises for those who come to see it.

Pyrenees

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Cross the Pyrenees and discover some of the most spectacular locations in our Mountains and its National Parks with our experienced and friendly guides along to assist you at all times.


  • You will discover fascinating legends and traditions about the centuries-old towns nestled in the Pyrenees along with their people and culture.


  • Enjoy our “signature hotels” designed to create a haven of comfort from their exquisite aromas and original decoration to their delicious breakfasts

  • And of course, you will be satisfied with the rich and varied Spanish cuisine and wines that abound here.


Day 1. Pick-up in Barcelona and shuttle to Barosse hotel.

Pick-up at Barcelona airport or City centre. Shuttle to Barosse Hotel, our first select hotel in the mountains.
A Welcome Reception in the terrace of this charming hotel boutique and informative meeting about the programme. Check material.

  • Dinner: Barosse Hotel.

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Day 2. La Jacetania. Valles Occidentales Natural Park. Canfranc Train Station and The citatel of Jaca.

We start the week with a very special trip: we will take a high altitude walk through the high peaks of the Western Valleys Natural Park, where we will contemplate the magnificent aerial views of the Aragonese Pyrenees at more than 2000 meters high, where we will arrive with our vehicles
Visit Canfranc Train Station / Citadel of Jaca. In the afternoon, we will visit one of Spain’s best conserved fortresses: The Citadel of Jaca, catalogued as part of Spain historical heritage.
Return to hotel Casa Barosse at 18:00h approximately to recharge your batteries.

  • Breakfast: Barosse Hotel.
  • Lunch: Estación Restaurant.
  • Dinner: Barosse Hotel.

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Day 3. Mallos de Riglos Natural Monument. Loarre Castle and San Juan de la Peña Monastery.

After breakfast we will go to Los Mallos de Riglos, an unmatched place for its rock formations, high towers made from rocks, home to many raptors.
We will visit Loarre castle and the San Juan de la Peña Monastery, a true Romanesque jewels in the Pyrenees.

  • Breakfast: Barosse Hotel.
  • Lunch: Riglos Restaurant.
  • Dinner: Barosse Hotel.

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Day 4 . Ordesa National Park. Añisclo Canyon y Ordesa Viewpoints.

After breakfast and checking-out (we change hotel today) we head towards Mont Perdido and the Ordesa National Park. Majestic mountains, endless forests and beautiful valleys await us to make today a special day, one to remember! We enter along a Añisclo canyon in search of surprises, geology, fauna and flora alike.
In the afternoon we will visit Ordesa viewpoints, the best option for those who wish to visit the Ordesa valley from above. With the help of our comfortable 4 × 4 vehicles, we will approach the viewpoints of Ordesa. Where we will make an unforgettable excursion. After a brief approach from the vehicle on an easy path, we will access the Ordesa valley viewpoint system

  • Breakfast: Barosse Hotel.
  • Lunch: Picnic Lunch.
  • Dinner: La cadiera Jaca.

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Day 5 Alquezar. Sierra de Guara Natural Park.

After a delicious breakfast and checking-out (we change hotel today) we set off for Alquezar, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. In our activity today we will enter the gorge of the Vero Rio, famous for its footbrigdes and bridges. A spectacular landscape sculpted in the rock, colours explode around us as sunlight shines through. The route ends in the beautiful Colegiate Cathedral of Alquezar, a true treat to the eye.
From there, we will drive to Benasque Valley and our second accommodation for the trip, “Acebo de Casa Muria” a unique hotel for the taste of something different.

  • Breakfast: Barosse Hotel.
  • Lunch: Casa Pardina Alquezar.
  • Dinner: Casa Muria Hotel.

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Day 6. Valley of Benasque, Posets Maladeta Natural Park.

After a delicious breakfast in the Acebo de Casa Muria we will head for the Forau de Aigualluts, one of the most spectacular places in Spain. You will see the famous waterfall at Aigualluts and see Mount Aneto (at 3404 metres is the highest in the Pyrenees). A place to take that perfect photo! If we are lucky will see the laziest animal in the Pyrenees: marmots.
In the afternoon, we will visit the town of Benasque, also known as little Switzerland in the Pyrenees. A nice tourist town that has some of its own secrets. Return to hotel at 18:00h approximately to recharge your batteries

  • Breakfast: Casa Muria Hotel.
  • Lunch: El Fogaril Restaurant.
  • Dinner: Casa Muria Hotel.

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Day 7. Isabena Valley. Romanesque Art in its purest form.

Cultural day out to discovery millenary monuments.After breakfast we set course for the Valley of Isabena. Two authentic jewels await us here. The Roda de Isabena Cathedral and Obarra Monestery. Guided tours are available.In the afternoon, we will visit some charming chapels in Tahull, a UNESCO world heritage site. Romanesque art in its purest form.

  • Breakfast: Casa Muria Hotel.
  • Lunch: Ca La Pepa.
  • Dinner: Diamo Restaurant.

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Day 8 Return shuttle to Barcelona

Breakfast and pick-up.
Return shuttle to Barcelona. 13:30h is the approximate time of arrival.
First stop in Barcelona centre (Diagonal).
Second stop at Barcelona airport.

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PRICES AND DATES

If you are travelling alone or with your partner and do not mind taking a trip in a small group of 6/7 people, we still have some dates available in spring and autumn for which we can guarantee you a trip. Please see below. On the other hand, if you prefer a private experience for yourself or with your partner, family or friends, take a look at our  Tailormade Experiences.

Stones and History

2,772001 PAX
  • Discover the Pyrenees in 8 days
General Conditions

PROGRAMME DATES :

  • From May 15 to May 22, 2024.


  • From October 23 to October 30, 2024.


Included in the Price:
  • Local guides with expert leadership will accompany you for the entirety of your journey;

  • Accommodation will be in the “El Acebo de Casa Muria” and “Hotel Barosse” hotels, as noted in the itinerary;

  • Meals will be in restaurants, in hotels, or in picnic form, as noted in the itinerary;

  • Shuttle transfers from the Barcelona airport and city centre on Days 1-8, as noted in the itinerary;

  • Sight-seeing and adventure activities, as noted in the itinerary;

  • Ground transfers during the programme;

  • Mandatory accident and rescue insurance policy to cover it during the activities.

  • Admission costs to monuments, castles and churches during the trip, as noted in the itinerary.

Not Included in the Price:
  • Local and international flights;

  • Extra airport shuttles (differing from those on Days 1-8);

  • Airport taxes (varies depending on location);

  • Excess baggage charges;

  • Cost of medical vaccinations;

  • Optional tipping to local staff, or our leaders or guides;

  • Personal items (tips, laundry, etc.);

  • All drinks are not included.

  • Trip cancellation insurance. We recommend that you protect your trip with a cancellation insurance.

PAYMENT PLAN:

A deposit to 500€  is required to secure your reservation.

The balance is due 60 days prior to departure.

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS:

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to travel are free of charge.
25% fee for cancellations between 30 and 15 days in advance.
50% fee for cancellations made less than 15 days in advance.

This fee remains in an escrow account and is available to you for a new travel booking up to twelve months after the cancelled booking. If this period has elapsed without a booking being made, the customer is NOT entitled to a refund.

We recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance to protect your trip.

El Acebo de Casa Muria

Welcome to our house set in the Aragonese Pyrenees! This charming rural house is set in a place of true peace and tranquillity. You will fall in love with its magical landscape as you enjoy its quiet and relaxing atmosphere.

El Acebo de Muria (which literally translates to “a quiet man’s property”) is a beautiful 18th century house situated in the picturesque village of Renanué at an altitude of 1,230 metres. From here, there are magnificent views of the entire Benasque Valley.

Barosse Hotel

“Beauty, Exclusivity, and Comfort for Unique, Special Guests”

Just a stone’s throw away from Jaca is a different hotel concept in the Aragonese Pyrenees. It is a space designed for adult patrons and delicate, small details emerge in corners of marked personality.

This programme includes the following meals during the week:

MEALS
  • A filling breakfast is served in each hotel every morning and consists of a variety of options including Iberian ham, dry meats,
    homemade sausages and cheeses, various homemade breads, toasts,
    and pastries with butters and jams, fresh seasonal fruits and juices, and farm-fresh eggs.
  • We will enjoy to lunch: Casa Pardina, Riglos restaurant, El fogaril, Riglos Restaurant amd Ca la Pepa Restaurant. Packed picnic lunches are prepared by the hotels.
  • Dinners will be served in your hotels, except for a couple of days we will enjoy La Cadiera Jaca and Diamo Restaurant.

DRINKS are not included.

The Leaders

With over 20 years experience, we are all experts in mountaineering, canyoning and climbing, in coordinating and arranging activities to meet the needs of diverse groups in the natural environment. Our passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors and fun in what we do is infectious. We speak several languages are well experienced in organising groups for foreign groups. Our local knowledge of the culture, traditions and people of the valleys all add to make your experience unforgettable.

David Ruiz de Gopegui

Born in Zaragoza in 1984, the mountains beckoned David from afar and he could not resist their call. He is a qualified teacher specialising in environmental studies, a leisure time instructor, and also a trained mountain guide instructor (UIMLA International). He combines his love of photography with his work in the open air doing mountain related activities.

David is deeply passionate about the Pyrenees where he has worked for the last 14 years coordinating environmental and sporting activities. Since 2013 , he has led various international expeditions to such places as the Himalayas in Nepal, to the Alps in France and Italy, and he is seeking to embark on a new adventure in the future to Patagonia.

  

Alberto Andrés Andrés

Alberto is a mountain and canyon guide who has been living in the Pyrenees for 20 years. He has more than 15 years of experience as a guide and is in charge of the management and development of trips and activities.

His love for the mountains is intoxicating and he is a great traveller. He has crossed many of the world’s mountain ranges in search of new challenges, all the while exploring even more mountains and their surrounding wilderness and culture.

PACKING LIST:

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  • Sunscreen SPF 30 or higher and lipbalm with sunscreen.

  • Aspirin, Ibuprofen or Tylenol for muscle pain or headaches.

  • Spare contact lenses or glasses.

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NOTES ABOUT CLOTHES -RELAX & DISCONNECTED

Take comfortable clothes for hiking.  Shorts maybe fine for most days but it is recommendable to take light-weight trousers aswell for cooler weather and to protection against tall grass. The best way to be comfortable is to wear various layers.  It’s a good idea to bring a change of clothes for the evening, casual is best though, nothing fancy like coats or ties.
The activities are planned during the best period of weather conditions, however being a mountainous climate it can variable and it is best to be prepared for a variety of weather conditions.
Be prepared.

This list of clothes is just a guide.

  • Good quality rain gear, for example Gore-Tex raincoat/wind stopper with hood.

  • Thick woollen jacket or woollen jumper or light Goose down Jacket or fleece and waterproof or similar.

  • Long sleeve top.  Quick drying fabrics like nylon are recommendable.

  • Long-sleeve and short-sleeve tops.

  • Hiking trousers.  Lightweight cotton or synthetic hiking trousers are the most practical choice. Jeans are not recommended because they are too hot in the sun and take a long time to dry if they get wet.

  • Hiking shorts. Made from quick drying material are recommended.

  • A cap/hat with a wide brim preferably waterproof to protect against the sun and rain.

  • Medium weight hiking boots with Vibram rubber outer sole with good ankle support.

  • Casual shoes for sightseeing.

  • Good walking socks. Some people like thick Thorlo socks with padded toes/ heels, or use an outer sock and synthetic inner sock.

  • Light woollen gloves and hat for cool weather.

  • Synthetic long underwear.

  • Underwear / nightwear. Synthetics fabrics dry faster.

  • Smart casual clothes to eat out in the restaurants.

 

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  • Airplane ticket (or electronic ticket)

  • Passport

  • Other photographic ID, for example driving license

  • Cash

  • Soft material suitcase with a small lock (must be unlocked for air transport)

  • Small rucksack big enough for a jacket or material for rain gear, bottle of water, camara and others items you may wish to take on the hikes

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  • 1-2 bottles of reusable water- 1 l. capacity.

  • Good quality sun glasses

  • Folding sticks or trekking poles

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  • Tension convertor and plug adaptor to use appliances in hotels

  • Camara, extra batteries.

  • Bandanas (many uses)

  • Light binoculars

  • Reading/Writing material

  • Travel clock

  • Small umbrella

  • Soap to hand wash clothes.
    Laundry service available in the hotels.
Maps Pyrenees

DETAILS:

  • Duration: 8 days


  • Arrive : Barcelona Airport (El Prat), Centre of Barcelona Av. Diagonal


  • Departure: Barcelona Airport (El Prat), Centre of Barcelona Av. Diagonal


  • Accommodation: 7 nights hotel


  • Meals: All meals included: Spanish gastronomy.


  • Activity: Walks, cultural and gastronomic visits included.


  • Trip Level:

    6 days of gentle walks in the mountains. This program is for people who truly want relax in the mountains. Perfect for all levels of physical abilities, the programme is tailormade to fit you. Our expert guides with accompany you on a sensory journey full of gentle walks, with many stops to give you time to enjoy and learn about the natural environment. A delight for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers. Including cultural visits to villages, castles, chapels, museums, vineyards and excellent restaurants to make a unique and relaxing experience


Detailed information about this experience can be found in the following dossier in PDF format. Download here.

Remember if you have any queries or questions please contact us by email or call us:

Phone:
+34 974 55 38 72
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