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Visit the best wineries in the regions of Catalonia and taste the selected wines with gourmet meals. Enjoy the medieval villages, the wild Costa Brava and discover Dali and Gaudi at Figueras and Barcelona
Day 1 : : Barcelona—Penedés
Arrival at Barcelona airport, pick up your rental car and drive to the wine area of Penedés, 25 km from Barcelona. Visit of St Sadurni d’Anoia, the wine capital of Penedes (sparkling wine made under traditional methode Champenoise). Tasting in the most well known wineries of this area like Llopar, Gramona or Maria Casanova. You will discover the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, but also the Macabeu, Garnatxe, Xarel.lo and of course the Monastrell that brings the prestige to the Penedes wines. Overnight Wine hotel & Spa resort *****.
Day 2 :DO Penedes
Wine tasting and visit of the well known wine cellar Jean Leon. After this, dicover of the local grapes like white wines from Can Rafols del Caus cellar. A short drive to reach the coast and visit the charming and romantic village of Sitges. Overnight Wine hotel & Spa resort *****.
Day 3 : DO Priorato
After breakfast, short drive to reach the well known Priorat area , one of the most famous in Spain. A land that attracs the most well known wine makers like Eben Sadie, Alvaro Palacios, Daphne Glorian or even the french Bernard Magrez. A private visit is organized at the cellar Mas Doix, one of the 10 best cellars of Spain. Tasting at the cellar Clos de l’Obac and lunch at the well known restaurant Coster del Siurana, another gourmet reference in the Priorat. In the afternoon, you will explore the Scalladei hamlet with its ruined IIth century priory and cute small olive oil and wine shop. Overnight gastronomic hotel resort ****.
Day 4 : DO Montsant– Conca de Berbera– Coster del Segre
After an excellent breakfast, you visit the ancient cisterciens monastery of Poblet and its famous wines Pinot Noir. After this, visit the famous Milmanda castle, a vineyard of Bodegas Torres where they make the select Grans Muralles. Lunch in the cellar Rande Mas Deu, where you will taste an excellent rosé wine made with Sirah grapes. Short drive towards north to reach the area DO Costa del Segre where you will taste the wine Cervoles Estrats at the castel Castell del Remei. Overnight in the Parador castle of Cardona ****
Day 5 : DO Pla del Bagés—DO Emporda
This morning, visit of the medieval village of Cardona before driving to the wine cellar Masias d’Avinyo for a tasting. You will visit there the ancient underground cellar. Lunch in a Michelin restaurant, in a romantic place . Overnight near the Costa Brava, hotel golf wine Spa *****.
Day 6 : Figueras—DO Emporda
After breakfast, visit of Dali’s Museum in Figueras and tasting of one of the most famous wines of DO Emporda like Castell de Peralada or Mas Estela . Lunch on the sea shore in the romantic creek of Tamariu, a fish meal with delicious white wines. After lunch, depart towards Barcelona. Overnight in 4 or 5 stars hotel.
Day 7 : Complete buffet breakfast and departure to the airport. Return rental car Or optional days in Barcelona.
A gift box of three bottles will be included in this tour
Net cost from : ask for 2017 costs
What’s Included : 6 nights comfortable and carefully choosen 4, 5 stars hotels , double or single room occupancy with private facilities, 6 continental buffet breakfasts daily, 5 gourmet lunches, 6 dinners, 7 day car rental, car delivery at the airport, detailed route notes & maps, hotline 7/7 from 8:00 to 20:00, all tax and service charges.
What’s not included : Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks, items of personal nature
The following route will take you to the best sites Languedoc has to offer (Minerve, the Cathar fortresses of Peyrepetuse and Queribus, and Carcassonne) while doing quality miles on quiet roads often favored by Tour de France organizers.
Day 1 : Arrival in Sète Arrive in Sète at the time of your choice.
Please note that Sète is located half-way between Toulouse and Marseille, two major international airports and is well serviced from both cities by train. After checking into your hotel, feel free to spend the rest of the day visiting this picturesque town also known as the “Venice of Languedoc.” Overnight Sète Hotel *** HB
Day 2 :Sète – Agde/Cap d’Agde (approx. 35 km/22 miles)
Your itinerary will take you on a beach road all the way to Cap d’Agde. Sitting on a geological fault, Agde has been built with black volcanic rock, making this town so singular and so different from its neighbouring towns. There, be sure not to miss the old quarter and its cathedral. A few pedal strokes further, and you’ll be in the village of Cap d’Agde where you’ll overnight. Hotel *** HB
Day 3 : Cap d’Agde – Béziers (approx. 30km/19 miles)
The canal will show you the way. With few lunch options along the way, you can opt to picnic along the canal watching the intricate choreography between the barge traffic and the canal’s lock system. We’ve kept today’s mileage low allowing you to arrive early in Béziers. With more than 6,500 years of history, Béziers is one of the oldest towns on the Mediterranean ring and offers many sites of interest including its 15th century Cathedral dedicated to Saint-Nazaire. Overnight Hotel ** HB
Day 4 : Béziers – Narbonne (approx. 50 km/31 miles)
Your ride will take you over the river Orb. Further on, the “oppidum of Enserune,” is a testimony to the importance of this region as a crossroad–as shown by the number of pre-roman artefacts from all corners of the Mediterranean ring that have been found there. Further on, Capestang and its imposing Gothic church is worth a stop. Don’t think you have to see it all. Because it’s your tour you’ll decide which suggested attractions to explore or pass. Cycling through vineyards, you will soon reach Narbonne, your final destination. Overnight Hotel *** HB
Day 5 : Narbonne – Homps (approx. 45 km/28 miles)
If you haven’t had a chance to visit Narbonne the day before, be sure to do so before hopping on your bike. This place of importance on the route to Spain since Roman times offers many sites of interest, including its medieval cathedral and Archbishop Palace (Palais des Archeveques). The first part of your trip will be done cycling along the Canal de la Robine, a canal that runs perpendicular to the Canal du Midi and links Narbonne to the Mediterranean Sea, then it’s on to the Canal du Midi following quiet roads all the way to the small village of Homps where you’ll overnight. Overnight Chambre d’hôtes HB
Day 6 : Homps – Carcassonne (approx. 50 km/31 miles)
Your destination is the medieval city of Carcassonne. This fascinating walled town with its 2 circular walls and huge medieval fortress–the largest in Europe–was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1997. Before getting there, you’ll ride along the canal through picturesque villages that offer many lunch options. You can Cycling along the Canal du Midi From Sete to Carcassonne
choose to spend a three-hour lunch at an outdoor café or rush to arrive early to Carcassonne. Overnight hotel *** B&B
Day 7 : Departure
After breakfast, leave this impossibly picturesque medieval city at the time of your choice. Please note that we can arrange additional nights if necessary.
Net cost from : from 687 euros/ person in double room
What’s Included : 6 nights comfortable and carefully chosen accommodations ( in 2- and 3-star
double or single room occupancy with private facilities, 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners, luggage transfers,
and/or marked maps, route notes, hotline 7/7 from 8:00 to 20:00, all tax and service charges
What’s not included : Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks, items of personal nature Bicycle rentals. Hybrids are available at the rate from 80 euros per bike (includes drop-off fee)
Via Tolosana, such as the enigmatic Picaud Aimery named author of the first pilgrim’s guide to the twelfth century, is now more commonly called ” La voie d’ Arles. ” The Arles route uses to pass over the land of language OC who belonged to the Counts of Toulouse, from where comes the name of Via Tolosana. This path was traversed in both directions: on one hand, Pilgrims from Southern Europe (Spain, portugal) used it to travel to Rome, on the other hand, the pilgrims from Italy, Provence and Germany use to follow it to go to Saint Jacques tomb. It crosses the Pyrenees at Col du Somport to join the Camino Frances to Punta La Reina. We propose you this stretch from Provence to Languedoc by bike in 5 stages.
Day 1 : Arrival in Avignon. Take your time to visit this town, a UNESCO World Heritage city. The capital of Christendom during the Middle Ages is the first highlight of this trip. Do not miss the Palais des Papes, the Cathedral, the Pont Saint Benezet . Overnight Hotel *** B&B.
Day 2 :Avignon – St Rémy de Provence – Arles ( 55 km, 22 miles)
This morning, you’ll meet our local representative who will deliver and adjust your rental bikes (if you choose not to bring your own bikes) to the hotel. From Avignon, the famous city of the popes, you pass through Provence to visit the village of St Remy de Provence, ancient city and major step in the life of Van Gogh. Then you will follow the Camargue direction to reach Arles, one of the major roads to Santiago, via Tolosana, also known as the road to Arles « La voie d’Arles ». In this ancient city of Arles, you will visit the « arenes », the Constantine baths and the Roman theater, dating from Roman times, but also the Espace Van Gogh. For those that love history, an extra day here will be necessary to visit the fabulous museum Arles Antique, Alyscamps, Crypto or the cloister St. Trophime. Overnight Arles en Provence . Hotel *** HB
Day 3 : Arles en Provence – Saintes Marie de la Mer (45 km, 18 miles)
By small country roads , you pass through the Camargue, the bulls and horses land. This is the first wetland in France, formed by the Rhone delta, it is protected by a natural park. The route passes to Saintes Marie de la Mer, an important place of pilgrimage, particularly with the communities Gypsies, Rom and Manush Gypsies that gather annually for the pilgrimage to the holy Virgin Sara. Visit the crypt of the Black Madonna Sara. Overnight Saintes Marie de la Mer . Hotel ** HB
Day 4 : Saintes Marie de la Mer – Clapiers (Montpellier) 65 km, 25 miles
En route to Aigues Mortes, magnificent medieval city. You will join one of the highlights of the history of France, especially since this city and its port were erected and fortified from 1244 by King St. Louis, for the purpose of the Crusades. Not less than 700 ships that depart from Aigues Mortes, with horses and knights, in the direction of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. This city Aigues Mortes received in 1908, the visit of Sr Thomas Lawrence, the famous Lawrence of Arabia. On the way you will pass by the wineyards Petit Chaumont, where you can taste the “vin des sables” (wine of the sands) Overnight Clapiers. Hotel *** B&B
Day 5 : Clapiers – Aniane (45 km, 18 miles)
Through the vineyards and olive groves you win little by little the foothills of the Massif Central and the Causses. The small villages along the route are typical of Languedoc architecture and reflect the good life in southern France. The road to St Jacques de Compostelle is well marked with shells and other distinctive signs. Your night will be in Aniane, a medieval city built around abbeys whose origins date from 782 and was founded by St. Benedict , great reformer of the Benedictine order. But this village owes its reputation to its wines under the appellation Coteaux du Languedoc, you will have the opportunity to taste …. Overnight Aniana. Charming chambre d’hôtes. HB
Day 6 : Aniane – Lodève (43 km, 17 miles)
You leave early, to enjoy St Guilhem le Desert, the last highlight of your trip and a major stop on the Via Tolosana. The village is part of the Great Sites of France and is also included in the list of the most beautiful villages in France. Its origins dates from the middle Ages with the construction of the Abbey Gellone. By the Devil’s Bridge, which spans the river Herault, you will continue your way by the Priory of Grandmont before you reach Lodève for the night , last stage on your way Santiago. Overnight Lodève ina charming hotel ** B&B
Day 7 : End of the trip after breakfast
Net Costs 2016 : from 825€ pp in double/twin room
What’s Included : 6 nights comfortable and carefully chosen accommodations , double or single room occupancy with private facilities, 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners, luggage transfers, detailed route notes, hotline 7/7 from 8:00 to 20:00, all tax and service charges.
What’s not included : Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks, items of personal nature. Bicycle rentals. Hybrids are available at the rate from 130 euros per bike (includes drop-off fee)
This is one of those rare bike tours that combines beaches with mountains, making it easy to understand why Lance Armstrong made this region his home base during his historic Tour de France run. Over the span of eight days you’ll skirt the clear, lapping waters of the Mediterranean Sea along Spain’s famed Costa Brava; you’ll pedal through the jagged reaches of the Pyrenees Mountains while crisscrossing the border between Spain and France and visiting tiny Medieval villages; you’ll sample wines from world-class vineyards; you’ll wheel through thick forests dotted with castles and even pass dormant volcanoes; and you’ll see firsthand the dramatic settings that inspired such artistic heavyweights as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. In between you’ll stay in hotels with three- and four-star ratings.
Day 1 : Arrive in Girona
Whether you’re traveling by plane or train or even car, Girona enjoys easy accessibility. Located in Spain’s northeast corner, Girona over the last decade has become a bicycling Mecca. Lance Armstrong thought so much of this city and its riding potential, he made it his training base during the height of his riding career. And the Garmin-Slipstream Pro Cycling Team calls it home. But before there was cycling, there was history and Girona has plenty of it. Narrow cobblestone streets wind past ancient buildings dating back to the 12th century. Your hotel is conveniently located downtown, near all major attractions including the Arab Baths, the Rambla de la Llibertat and the Cathedral. Overnight centric hotel *** B&B.
Day 2 : Girona – Tamariu (72 km or 45 miles; 1,125 m or 3,690 ft. of climbing)
Following breakfast, one of our representatives will give you an information kit and go over your itinerary in step-by-step detail. Your tour will begin with a popular climb that often plays part in the Vuelta (a three-week bike race that’s considered one of the three “Grand Tours” of Europe) and in the Tour of Catalonia. From atop you’ll pass the Sanctuary dels Angels, the church where Salvador Dali secretly married Gala in 1958. You’ll then descend into La Bisbal, before climbing the Coll de Calogne and reaching Catalonia’s coastal road along the famed Costa Brava. At night you’ll lodge in Tamariu, a small beach village tucked inside a secluded bay. Overnight in a family run hotel ***.
Day 3 : Tamariu – Banyuls-sur-Mer (92 km or 57 miles; 985 m or 3,230 ft. of climbing)
If “sexy” could be used to describe a ride, this one is it. You’ll pedal north along Catalonia’s curvy coast, passing tiny coves bejeweled with immaculate white, comma-shaped beaches and glittering Mediterranean water, creating the visual sense of seeing Mother Nature in a corset. You’ll also wheel through Emporda’s wine region, consisting of 41 vineyards. Some estates, if you so desire, will be open for tasting. After crossing through the Alberes Mountains into France, you’ll have another wine tasting opportunity in Banyuls-sur-Mer, your home for the night. The vineyards here produce a sweet wine that is considered to be France’s most complex vins doux naturels. Overnight hotel *** HB
Day 4 : Banyuls-sur-Mer – Amélie-les-Bains (95 km or 59 mile ; 1,830 m or 6,000 ft of climbing)
Hugging the coast, you’ll pedal north into Collioure, a shockingly beautiful coastal village with an artistic past. It’s scenic awe has inspired such creative-giants as Matisse, Picasso, Derain, Dufy, Chagall and Marquet. From here, you’ll veer inland into the fortified village of Céret. Located at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains, its Museum of Modern Art attracts visitors from around the world for its vast Picasso collection, which includes his famous bull fighting series. You’ll spend the night in Amélie-les-Bains, a town noted for its numerous thermal spas. Overnight in a charming hotel ** HB
Day 5 : Amélie-les-Bains – Olot (85 km or 53 miles; 2190 m or 7185 ft. of climbing) Today you’ll wheel back into Spain, but not before pedaling through Prats-de-Mollo. This fortified village of only 1,100 residents, features a maze of narrow, cobbled streets that snake past rows of Medieval structures, making it feel like the calendar is locked in the year 1561. From here, you’ll climb Coll d’Ares. This mountain pass reaches 1,513 meters (4,963 feet) and serves as the border between France and Spain. Gravity will then speed you down into Camprodon and then into the Garrotxa Province. Eventually you’ll reach Olot, located in the heart of the Garrotxa Volcanic Natural Park. This off-the-beaten-path village, which the New York Times championed for its notable restaurants and surrounding “austere beauty,” blends old with new, highlighted by the Carmelite Cloisters, which date back to the Renaissance. Overnight in a family run hotel *** HB
Day 6 : Olot – Vic-Sau (short option: 66 km or 41 miles; 1,450 m or 4755 ft. of climbing)
Today you have two choices. You can pedal a short route that will take you up the Faou and then down into Vic-Sau along a scenic road. Or, if you’re feeling as ambitious as a can of Red Bull, you can follow a longer route that wheels along the railway-turned-into-bikeway known as “The Carrilet.” This will then wander into “La Selva,” a wonderfully lush area filled with fairy-tale landscapes of thick beech and cork forests and towering castles. And then from here, you’ll ride into Vic-Sau, a city with a rich and varied collection of ancient architecture that dates back to the Roman Empire. Overnight hotel **** HB.
Day 7 : Vic-Sau – Caldes-de-Montbui (125 km or 78 miles; 2,230 m or 7,315 ft.)
Today’s ride will present a culmination of everything you experienced the previous other days: extraordinary cycling, natural beauty, pretty Medieval villages, quiet roads. Your route will glide through the Parc Natural de Sant Llorenc del Munt i l’Obac, a stunning setting of thick oak forests, rocky bluffs and cliffs, and steep ridges and valleys. After passing through the tiny Medieval village of Mura, you’ll then ride into Caldes-de Montbui, a popular spa town that still features remnants of Roman bath houses. As an exclamation point to this extraordinary tour, you’ll receive a complimentary spa treatment. Overnight hotel *** HB.
Day 8 : Departure. After breakfast, depart at the time of your choice. If needed, we can arrange for you a transfer to Barcelona or Girona.
Net Costs 2016 : from 825 pp in double/twin room
What’s Included : 7 nights comfortable and carefully chosen accommodations, double or single room occupancy with private facilities, 7 breakfasts, , 6 diners, luggage transfers, detailed route notes & maps, , hotline 7/7 from 8:00 to 20:00, all tax and service charges.
What’s not included : Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks, items of personal nature, rental bikes
Full-carbon bikes are available at the rate of 190 euros per bike. This price includes the delivery and drop-off fees. Aluminum racing bikes are available at the rate of 140 euros. including drop-off and pick-up.
Costa Brava’s extraordinary rugged coastline has drawn many exceptional people throughout the ages. Notable relatively recent admirers are Salvador Dali – the famous surrealist painter whose house can be visited in Cadaques, and several outstanding pro-riders – who now use this area as their training playground. Once you see it for yourself, you’ll see why the area is so captivating. Even if you do decide to return home after our week-long trip, be assured you’ll want to take as much of it with you as possible!
Day 1 : Arrive in Gerona at the time of your choice. Trains run from Barcelona’s downtown train stations (Sants and França) on a regular basis. Alternatively, you may choose to take advantage of the low-cost airlines servicing Gerona Airport. From there, a short 25-minute bus ride takes you to the center of town where your hotel is located. Time permitting, take a walk around the old part of town along the Onyar River and discover some of its remarkable treasures, including its gothic cathedral. Overnight B&B – Hotel *** in center town
Day 2 :Gerona – San Feliu de Guixols along the famous Via Verde “El Carrilet” (39 km or 25 miles).
Departure from Girona for this first cycle day on the Costa Brava. You’ll follow the green cycle way “El Carrilet , an old railway converted into a cycle green way. A route that crosses the agricultural plain of Emporda before joining the picturesque village of St Feliu de Guixols and its wonderful beaches. Overnight hotel ***. HB.
Day 3 : San Feliu de Guixols – Tamariu (50km or 31 miles)
Following the Costa Brava coast, you’ll join the port of Palamos for a visit of the typical beach of Castell and the fishing village of Cala S’Alguer with its colorful houses. The bike tour continue through the green way towards Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell. After the panorama of Cape St Sebastia, you’ll ride down to the Cala Tamariu. Overnight in afamily run hotel *** HB.
Day 4 :Tamariu – Peratallada (30km or 19 miles) By bike, you’ll arrive to the small port of Llafranc, then by the inlands, you’ll arrive to the village of Begur. Visit of the old village then ride down throught the forest area of Begur and arrival at the beach of Sa Riera. Then following small roads inlands, we will cross the medieval village of Pals then arrival at Peratallada. Overnight B&B in a charming Hotel *** .
Day 5 : Peratallada – Rosas (42km or 26 miles)
After a leisurely breakfast in Peratallada, you’ll be ready for another day of riding through more beautiful places, such as Torroella-de-Montgri or, further on, Bellcaire d’Emporda, a tiny village steeped in medieval history. After that comes the small fishing port of l’Escala, known for its anchovies. Remember to pay a quick visit to the exceptional site of Empuries, with its Greek and Roman ruins dating back to 500 BC, where a humbling stroll through this outdoor museum is a must, before cycling on to Sant Pere Pescador. Following our detailed directions, you’ll then ride through the Natural Park of Aiguamolls in the Gulf of Roses, a paradise for bird watchers. Arrival at the mediaval village of Castellon d’empuries, take your time for a visit before cycling towards Empuria Brava by the green cycle, before reaching Rosas, your stopping point for dinner and overnight Hotel ****.
Day 6 : Rosas – Figueras (45km or 28 miles)
On your last cycling day, you’ll rally Figueres following an itinerary through vineyards and olive fields. Riding through the D.O. Emporda wine area, we recommend stopping at the Estate Terra Remota for a very interesting visit and wine tasting. As an exclamation point to this extraordinary tour, the Museum Dali right in the center of Figueres should not be missed. Overnight hotel *** HB
Day 7 : End of the trip after breakfast. From Figueras, train station to reach Girona or Barcelona.
Option extra night Rosas (50km or 31 miles)
During bike tour in Catalonia, you can schedule an extra day in Rosas and cycle through the villages of Cadaques and Port Lligat, two lovely places closely connected with the famous Salvador Dali’s life. By a small road, you’ll reach Cap de Creus , a magical place where the Pyrenees meet up with the Mediterranean. For the return you can choose to cycle to Rosas by the coastal roads or use the regular bus that connects Rosas and Cadaques and take the time to enjoy a few tapas in Cadaques bars.
Net Costs 2016 : from 779€ pp in double/twin room
What’s Included : 6 nights comfortable and carefully chosen accommodations, double or single room occupancy with private facilities, 6 breakfasts, , 4 diners, luggage transfers, detailed route notes & maps, , hotline 7/7 from 8:00 to 20:00, all tax and service charges.
What’s not included : Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks, items of personal nature, rental bikes (hybrids are available including drop-off and pick-up – ask for information)
This is a walking and cultural trip through the wilderness of beautiful landscapes and immense forest in the heart of the Carpathian moutain ranges. As well as the tranquil natural surroundings, you will have chance to see some of Slovakia’s interesting historical and cultural sites with visits to Kosice, Levoca and the UNESCO classified Spissky Hrad. This pilgrim way to Compostela in Slovakia (Jakubska Cesta) is one of the lesser known pilgrim routes, but has well way-marked trails, signed with the familiar red shell seen along the other pilgrim routes. Without the busy trails and away from the throngs of other pilgrims encountered on the more well-trodden of the Camino routes , this walk has the feel and atmosphere of a true pilgrimage.
Day 1 :The East of Slovakia.
Arrival in Kosice. Visit the second town of Slovakia with its beautiful gothic cathedral, the most Eastern in Europe. See the traditional town Centre and colourful market.
Day 2 : 5h/5h30 walk – Level : +460 / -360
Through the Carpates forests.
From the very beginning of the walk the atmosphere is noticeably tranquil. The Compostela path takes you along well defined trails through beautiful forest abundant with wildlife.
Day 3 : 5h30 walk- Level : +600 / – 745
To Kojsovska summits
Today, the path combines forests and summits and offers magnificent panoramas to the walker. Small wood oratories reminds us that we are on the Jakubska Cesta.
Day 4 : 8h00 walk -Level : +1100 / -1100
The Hunger Valley
We are in thevery heart of traditional Slovakia now. The itinerary take us from villages to valleys, where we discover the daily life of the inhabitants in Biela Skala and Dubrava.
Day 5 : W4h30/5h walk-Level : +660 / -500
Medieval fortifications and churches, Unesco heritage
Today you experience some of Slovakias cultural offerings; from the frescoes of the church Saint Esprit to the Spissky hrad fortifications, the walk reveals to us the history of Grande Moravie and the Tatars invasions. Overnight in the fortified city of Spisska kapitula.
Day 6 : 5h/5h30 walk-Level : + 370 / -390
The Levoca church of Santiago
A beautiful walk on the highlands today with scenic views over the High Tatras. We cross Jerusalmen de Spiss before reaching the Marianska Hora sanctuary and walking on to discover Levoca and its treasures.
Day 7 : End of the trip this morning following breakfast. If you would like to extend your stay we can take you to the High Tatras National Park , the Slovensky raj- Slovakia Paradise.
Please ask for details and costs.
The last section of the French Way, the famous Camino Francés, is the most popular Camino walking tour and perfect for those looking to capture the essence of the Camino de Santiago. Meet fellow pilgrims, discover local traditions and enjoy the unique atmosphere of it all, rewarding yourself with good food after a day walking in Galicia’s green countryside. The Camino will take you across woodlands, farmland and rustic hamlets, following tracks and paths lined by granite stone walls.
Starting in Sarria, the most popular Camino starting point, this section covers the last 100km of the Camino Francés, which means you can receive for your pilgrim certificate when you arrive in Santiago. The green rolling landscape of Galicia is part of each day’s walk, until you approach your final destination: the magnificent city of Santiago de Compostela. Get the ‘Compostela’ certificate and explore the magic of Santiago’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 2 : Walking time 6h, 14.5 miles/23.2kms
Walk Sarria – Portomarin. Today, expect a calm walk through pretty villages and peaceful hamlets under the shade of oak trees and along quiet country roads. Along the way, you will spot many Galician traditional ‘hórreos’ (granaries). Visit the beautiful Romanesque church in the village of Barbadelo. Overnight in Portomarin hotel ** HB
– Easy Walking Option: You can choose to split this walking day in two and stay in the hamlet of Morgade.
Day 3 : Walking time: 6h15, 15.5 miles/24.8kms
Walk Portomarin – Palas de Rei. Today the Camino will cross the river Miño (Galicia’s longest river) and rise uphill steadily towards the Serra de Ligonde. You will pass nice hamlets such as Gonzar and Ventas de Narón. Stop to visit the Romanesque Church of Santa María in Castromaior and the Romanesque church in Eirexe, with its portal featuring a sculpture of Daniel with animals, as well as Pilgrim Santiago. Overnight in Palas de Rei *** HB – Easy Walking Option: You can choose to split this walking day in two and stay in the hamlet of Ventas de Narón..
Day 4 : Walking time 6h30, 18 miles/28.8kms
Walk Palas de Rei – Arzua. Today, the Camino trail continues downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the delightful village of Leboreiro. You should take a break in the lively market town of Melide (454m), where you should try octopus, Galicia’s most classic dish, in one of the many ‘pulperías’. The Camino crosses several streams and follows a forest track bringing you to the village of Boente and the church of Santiago. Next is the pretty medieval hamlet of Ribadiso and finally the town of Arzúa (389m), famous for its local cheese. Overnight in a family run hotel ** HB.
– Easy Walking Option : this section can be split into two stages of 15km and 13km. You would stay overnight in a charming 2* hotel in the town of Melide.
Day 5 : Walking time : 7h, 17.5 miles/28kms.
Walk Arzua – Lavacolla. Today’s Camino will take you through pretty woods, sleepy villages and across streams for most of the day. The chapel of Santa Irene, with its unique statue of Santiago, is worth a visit. The route continues to the small village of Lavacolla where pilgrims used to wash themselves in the river in preparation for their arrival in Santiago de Compostela. Overnight Lavacolla in a traditional family run hotel ** HB
– Easy walking option: This walk can be shortened by spending the night in Arca do Pino making the walk 20 kilometres to Arca instead of Lavacolla and the last day’s walk into Santiago is then 20 kilometres.
Day 6 : Walking time : 4h, 7.5 miles/12kms.
Walk Lavacolla – Santiago. Rows of tall eucalyptus trees line your journey to Monte do Gozo (‘Mount of Joy’ 368m) and it is from here that will catch your first glimpse of the spires of the cathedral in Santiago. When you arrive in the city, explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s architecture and delight in the wonderful atmosphere of this spiritual and cultural city. With only 12km to walk today, you should be in Santiago in time for the pilgrim mass (12pm). Overnight Santiago. B&B
Day 7 : End of the tour after breakfast Before you head back home, take time to explore the beautiful old town in Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO heritage site since 1985 and home to one of the oldest universities in Spain. Please ask us for additional nights, day tours of the historic centre or day trips to Finisterre.
What’s Included : 6 nights comfortable and carefully chosen accommodations, double or single room occupancy with private facilities, 6 breakfasts, , 5 diners, luggage transfers, detailed route notes & maps, pilgrim passport and Camino shell, hotline 7/7 from 8:00 to 20:00, all tax and service charges.
What’s not included : Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks, items of personal nature
In La Gomera, one of the smallest of the Canary Islands, marvellous walking and hiking is possible by following old donkey paths or steep hill routes, narrow tracks or pleasant forest paths – all part of the old ‘royal road’ (‘caminos reales’) system that covers what is now the Garajonay National Park. All sorts of trails take you past impressive rock formations, spectacular ravines and wildly romantic forest.
Day 1 : Arrival at Tenerife and ferry to La Gomera (included). Transfer to San Sebastián hotel for overnight B&B. Free time in this charming little capital.
Day 2 : Walking time 4 h, +150 m, -600 m.
El Parque Nacional de Garajonay. Transfer to the Alto de Contadero. Climb to the highest point of the island “El Alto de Garajonay”, from where, on a clear day, you can see the other Canary islands. After the climb, walk down through the forest, El Cedro, to the hamlet of the same name. From there a taxi will pick you up and transfer you to the next accommodation where you spend the next two days, an apartment *** in the village of Hermigua B&B.
Day 3 : Walking time 5,5 h, +700 m, -700 m.
Hermigua & El Cedro waterfall. A varied circular walk will take you along a high path by the El Cedro waterfall , 140 metres high. Walk down to the valley of Hermigua via Los Aceviños and the old path of San Juan. B&B.
Day 4 : Walking time 5 h, +600 m, -600 m.
The north of the island. Short transfer to the village of Agulo from where you climb on a spectacular path up to the National Park Visitors Centre “Centro de Visitantes del Parque Nacional”. From here, beautiful paths lead down to Vallehermoso via the majestic volcanic outcrop “Roque Cano”. Overnight in a charming rural hotel in the village with a “pantagruelian” breakfast for the next 2 nights. B&B.
Day 5 : Walking time 6 h, +720 m, -720 m.
Around Vallehermoso. Walk from the village to the high parts of the valley to discover the views over the Cumbre de Chijere (688m), with panoramic views over the “Organos” (basaltic rocks).
Arrival at La Hermita Nuestra Senora de Coromoto and walk down to the beautiful beach of Vallehermoso. Walk back to the accommodation thought the banana plantations.
Day 6 : Walking time 4,5 h, +100 m, -1000 m.
Valley Gran Rey. Transfer to the high parts of the island for a walk down to the ocean, first through the forest, then across open country from where you have spectacular views of the Valle de Gran Rey and the ocean. Walk down to the valley from where you have time to visit the beach before a transfer back to the mountains, to the hamlet of Las Hayas, for overnight in a quiet apartment with garden. Overnight with dinner included (traditional vegetarian dinner with ‘gofio’, local soup, vegetables, Almogrote cheese, Mojo and local desert). HB
Day 7 : Walking time 4 h, -1200 m.
Along the “Barrancos del Sur”. From las Hayas, a transfer takes you to the village of Imada. For this last journey you walk down through the beautiful canyon “Barranco de Guarimiar”, to arrive at the village of Playa de Santiago. Overnight in a comfortable apartment in front of the beach (breakfast not included)
Day 8 : Island farewell- Transfer to San Sebastián by taxi. Fast ferry to Tenerife (included).
La Palma is known as ‘La Isla Bonita’ for good reason; this beautiful isle is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, filled with deep gorges, laurel forests, dramatic cliffs and coastline. It is one of the most beautiful islands of the Canaries.
There is an undeniable thrill to exploring beautiful La Palma, land of dramatic volcanoes, tropical forests and beaches of fine black sand. The differences between the lush, tree-clad north and the starker, volcanic south of the island are striking, and the barrancos (ravines) which have been carved into the landscape make for such dramatic scenery that you never know what to expect as you round the next bend.
Day 1 : Arrival in La Palma. Transfer from La Palma airport to the green north of the island. Your accommodation for the first two nights is in Barlovento, a charming hotel *** B&B.
Day 2 : Walking time 4h50, +500 m, -500 m
The “camino real” of the North. Starting directly from the hotel reach the huge “dragon trees” of La Tosca and from its panoramic view you can enjoy the marvellous coastline of the island. Six canyons lead between La Tosca and Franceses (450m). Overnight in Barlovento hotel *** B&B.
Day 3 : Walking time 5 h, +250 m, -900 m.
The Biosphere Reserve of Los Tiles. Transfer to ‘Casa del Monte’ (1100m). This amazing route crosses several water tunnels (bring a torch) to the springs of ‘Marcos’ and ‘Corderos’, which provide large parts of La Palma with fresh water. From there descend through pine and laurel forest to the biosphere reservation visitor centre (400m). Transfer to centric located hotel *** in Santa Cruz.
Day 4 : Walking time :4 h, +500 m, -200 m.
Crossing the peaks of the Caldera. Transfer to the beginning of the route. Walk along the highest mountains of La Palma from “Pico de la Nieve” (2235m) to “Roque de los Muchachos” (2426m). Fine views into the basin of La Caldera and to the neighbouring islands of Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro throughout the walk. Transfer back to Santa Cruz, hotel *** B&B.
Day 5 : Walking time : 4,5 h, +600 m, -750 m.
Crossing from East to West. Transfer to the “Mirador de la cumbre”(900m), where we start walking along the historical path which connected the most important harbours of the island, Santa Cruz and Tazacorte. From “Reventon” pass (1450 m) we enjoy the changeable landscapes from the humid east to the dry west. Transfer to Los Llanos, and your accommodation hotel *** B&B for the last three days.
Day 6 : Walking time : 4h50, 4,5 h, -900 m.
The National Park of Taburiente. A 4×4 taxi will take you to the starting point within the National Park (1200m). Through pine trees the footpath leads to the most beautiful region of La Palma: a deep basin surrounded by the Caldera peaks, springs, waterfalls, rocks and very singular vegetation. Descend through the canyon of “Angustias” and transfer to Los Llanos; hotel *** B&B.
Day 7 : Walking time 5h5 / 5,5 h, +500 m, -1200 m
The volcanic tour. Transfer to Refugio El Pilar (1450m). Walk along the volcanic area of Cumbre Vieja, where there were a number of eruptions last century, to the village of Fuencaliente (750m), famous for its wine. Transfer to Los Llanos, hotel *** B&B.
Day 8 : Transfer to La Palma airport.
The Island of Minorca (or Menorca), declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, remains largely untouched as it is controlled by the small local population who want to preserve the islands natural beauty.
The Camí de Cavalls is an ancient path that surrounds Minorca and follows its coastline, connecting ancient watchtowers and lighthouses and taking you to isolated coves and through untouched gullies.
This is the best way to experience the heritage of the island and discover the most diverse ecosystem in the Mediterranean..
Day 1 : Arrival Mao. You are booked in a charming hotel situated near the historic center of Maó, offering magnificent views of the city’s natural port. Overnighthotel *** B&B
Day 2 : Walking time 6h30/ 23km
Transfer to Es Grau and walk to Arenal del Castell
Leaving the beach at Es Grau behind, you enter the Albufera wetlands with its high level of biodiversity. The Morella lagoon is the largest, and is home to many tamarinds. Continuing along the coast, the path leads to Cap Favàrtix you pass through typical Minorcan agricultural surroundings. Overnight in a charming hotel *** in Arenal d’en Castell B&B.
Day 3 : Walking time 3h/11km
Walk Arenal del Castell – Fornells
Today is an easy-going section of the Camí de Cavalls. Starting at the beach in Arenal d’en Castell, it follows the coast until Son Saura beach. Here there is a dune system and a marsh with vegetation in very good condition. The woods at s’Albufera des Comte are also of interest because of the great variety of plants. The Paleo-Christian basilica at Cap des Port de Fornells is also worth a visit.
The Torre de Fornells (lookout tower) is visible on the western bank of the port’s mouth. Built in the early 19th century during the British domination, its aim was to prevent enemy or pirate vessels invading the island via the port. Overnight in this idyllic fishermen’s village of Fornells, hotel ** B&B .
Day 4 : Walking time 6h /23.
Walk Fornells – Cala Els Alocs . This route runs along one of the best preserved sections of the island’s coast. The entire area has been declared a SCI (Site of Community Importance) by the EC, as well as being awarded an SPA (Special Protection Area) distinction for birds. This section is of great geological value, as there are many different natural environments where biodiversity is concentrated.You follow through one of the most abrupt parts of the north coast, characterised by sloped terrain covering a long stretch of untouched coast. These steep slopes give rise to unique natural landscapes, such as those found at Cala Pregonda, where the yellow tinge of volcanic rocks attract At the end of the walk, transfert to Ferreries for overnight hotel *** B&B.
Day 5 : Walking time 5h/ 18km
Transfert to Els Alocs and walk to Cala Morell. The route crosses scenes that are typical of Minorca’s north coast, with views of crystal clear waters providing a sharp contrast with the terracotta red of the rocks and the yellow sands.Following the coastline, the path leads to Cala Morell. There is an an important necropolis dating back to the Talayotic age on the impressive cliff face, formed by caves dug into the rock.At the end of the walk transfer to Ciutadella for overnight Hotel *** B&B, hotel
Day 6 : Walking time 5h30 /19km
Short transfer to Cala Morell and walk to Ciutadella. Gentle slopes characterise the land, apart from at Cala Morell where the deep gorge marks a strong contrast against the smooth terrain.Punta Nati has a historical lighthouse that was built during last century in order to reduce the vast number of shipwrecks caused when strong storms affected this part of the coast. Following the coastline, you reach Ciutadella’s port and its historic centre. Overnight hotel *** B&B.
Day 7 : Walking time 4h / 16km
Transfert to Son Xoriguer and walk to Cala Galdana
Leaving Son Xoriguer, the landscape changes to reveal extensive rocks broken up by small coves; some of these beaches have rich dune foliage and provide a shelter for the many water birds.At Cala en Turqueta, oak woods come into view and will accompany the path along the south coast. The route alternates between dry areas and shaded and humid patches hidden within the gorges where vegetation is well protected from the wind. Overnight Cala Galdana Hotel *** B&B.
Day 8 : Walking time 6h30 / 25km
Walk Cala Galdana to Cala En Porter
This route crosses several of the island’s most important gorges. These geological formations, a typical feature of Minorca, reward those taking this path with some impressive views and landscapes.This section is ideal for admiring the beauty of Minorca’s south coast and the scenery varies considerably, showing the biodiversity in these ecosystems .Overnight Cala en Porter Hotel ** B&B.
Day 9 : End of the trip after breakfast – Possible transfer to Mao airport or extra nights