Andorra, Spain and The Pyrenees
Monday 20th - Tuesday 28th May 2019
9 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £24.50pp
Single supplement: £165
The principality of Andorra is found in the heart of the Pyrenees bordering both France and Spain. It has a stunning landscape, many historic towns and villages, and one of Europe’s oldest parliaments.
The prices shown apply to inside cabins with an upper and lower berth (bunk beds) on board the overnight ferry from Spain to the UK with Brittany Ferries.
Inside cabins with 2 lower berths are available at a supplement of £24.50pp and outside cabins with 2 lower berths are available at a supplement of £39.00pp.
Your Holiday Hotel
The 4-star Sport Hotel in Soldeu is built in a traditional rustic style. It is centrally situated in the village, about 1,850 metres above sea level among attractive scenery in the heart of Andorra. There are 165 bedrooms, all with private facilities, safe, hairdryer and television. All 6 floors are served by a lift. The public areas include a restaurant and bar in traditional style. A few minutes’ walk away is the luxurious spa at the Sport Hotel Hermitage which you may use for a modest additional charge.
(DAY 1) Monday 20th May
Taxi pick-up to the coach and drive to Folkestone whilst enjoying a complimentary tea/coffee. Eurotunnel to France then south on the motorway past Le Mans to Tours on the River Loire. Our hotel here is the Kyriad, with dinner and breakfast included.
(DAY 2) Tuesday 21st May
We are soon on the road again, travelling through France and passing Toulouse before arriving in the foothills of the Pyrenees. We cross into Andorra for a 5-night stay. A welcome drink awaits our arrival at the Sport Hotel in Soldeu.
(DAY 3) Wednesday 22nd May
After two full days on the coach a chance to enjoy a day at leisure, relax at the Hotel, visit the spa and explore the village.
(DAY 4) Thursday 23rd May
Today we will be joined by a local guide for an excursion through the mountainous countryside around Soldeu. In the afternoon our Guide will take us to visit the capital, Andorra la Vella. You may like to do some shopping, as the town is a duty-free hub. It is also the highest altitude capital in Europe. The Old Quarter is particularly attractive and has monuments full of history and brimming with charm.
(DAY 5) Friday 24th May
A full day on the coach, crossing into Spain to visit Ribes de Freser. Here we take the rack railway high into the mountains through the wonderful Vall de Nuria. The railway covers a distance of 12.5 km and climbs over 1,000 metres. There will be time for refreshments before the return journey.
(DAY 6) Saturday 25th May
We drive across Andorra and cross the border to the Spanish town of La Seu d’Urgell in the Catalan Pyrenees. There will be time to explore and visit the traditional Farmers’ Market where local handicrafts are on offer. La Seu has an attractive medieval centre full of arcaded stone streets, watched over by a beautiful Romanesque Cathedral.
(DAY 7) Sunday 26th May
Leaving Andorra we re-enter France and head west to the city of Lourdes where we will have our lunch stop. This small market town has a fortified chateau at its centre, and is one of the world’s most important sites of pilgrimage and religious tourism. Lourdes has the second highest number of visitors in France, after Paris. Later we will pass through some of Spain’s Basque region to our overnight hotel, the Gran Hotel Durango, about 30 minutes from Bilbao.
(DAY 8) Monday 27th May
After a leisurely breakfast we will drive to Bilbao and stop by the Guggenheim Museum, unfortunately closed on Mondays. The famous architectural landmark is a great example of ground-breaking 20th century architecture. We will follow a coastal route to Santander, arriving for a mid-afternoon sailing of the Pont-Aven. This is Brittany Ferries’ flagship, and you will spend tonight in a comfortable cabin with private facilities (the holiday price includes an inside cabin on board with an upper and lower berth - bunk bed. See supplements for inside cabins with 2 lower berth beds and for outside cabins with 2 lower berth). Meals on board the ship are not included.
(DAY 9) Tuesday 28th May
Arrival mid-afternoon in Portsmouth and make the short drive home to meet the waiting taxis.