Spanish Pyrenees activity holiday

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26 May 2018
£ 1369
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21 Jul 2018
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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Spanish Pyrenees activity holiday

Accommodation and Meals:
The whole trip is based at Hotel Aran La Abuela which is a family-run hotel with friendly, local staff and a great atmosphere. It is located in the village of Viehla, a little-known bustling town that retains a strong Catalan culture. The hotel is a valuable provider of employment and income for locals in the area. The hotel is well known for its local cuisine and meals may include regional traditional ingredients such as fresh vegetables, legumes, pasta, pork sausages, lamb, chicken, fish, and game. Another favourite ingredient in the Catalan cuisine is the wide range of mushrooms that grow in the area. Where meals are not taken at the hotel, the guide encourages the group to eat in authentic, locally run restaurants to help boost the local economy and try some regional specialties.

Activity:
The trip is based in a beautiful, little-known area of the Catalan Pyrenees with charming villages, pristine nature and a strong Catalan culture. We visit the Aigüestortes National Park, a spectacularly wild and untouched region of the Pyrenees, and is said to have some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in all of Europe.Our aim is to enjoy this fantastic region whilst working hard at leaving no more than footsteps behind. Each of our activities on this trip has a low impact on the environment- canyoning, walking, cycling and sightseeing do not depend on engines or fuel to get you around and so we have a smaller carbon footprint. We also rent equipment locally from small businesses in order to carry these activities out, which has a positive effect on the local economy.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with family trips especially lots of activities involved and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should use the fresh water springs where possible to re-fill a singular container. Springs are clean and are a wonderful resource for reducing plastic waste, or guests can simply re-fill at the hotels where they stay.

Community:
This trip is designed to allow a high degree of economic benefit to the local communities; we buy local produce where possible, eat local food and use local services, thus ensuring that as much money as possible is put back into the local economy. We will have lunch in the historic village of Les at a family-run restaurant specialising in Pyrenean cuisine and on the free day, clients are encouraged to visit and support other charming villages in the area such as Arties to experience other rural village life and visit their restaurants, churches and sites of interest.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.




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