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5 star review from Off Road Adventure Travel clients

This feedback has just been received from clients who joined the Galicia 4×4 Explorer tour in September 2018.

They are so pleased with the “5 star service” they have booked onto the next Pyrenees 4×4 Explorer tour in June 2019.

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August Explorer tour also available.

GALICIA 2018

In response to those interested in Spanish trips here’s an account of a great trip we made to Galicia with #offroadadventuretravel in September last year

We only had a week so kicked off with overnight ferry from Portsmouth and landing in Santander the following evening stayed locally At Santillana de la Mer. Day 1 was a long drive initially south then west to get us over to the general area we wished to explore but largely we found ourselves following the Camino de Compostela- a long distance pilgrims path culminating initially at the impressive Santiago de Compostela and then for the hardy the headland at Finnistere – all worthy of a few hours exploration.

Plenty of tracks in the hills and round the coast offered a huge variety of terrain and vistas, and with the luxury of having them pretty much to ourselves. With time of the essence we opted for hotels to save time on camping/cooking/packing which was a genius of an idea. Hotels were generally very good and the local food was outstanding and incredibly reasonably priced . Reckon our most expensive meal was £30 a head for 3 courses including wine!

Unfortunately the 110 let us down at quite possibly the furthest point from the Uk but here is where you really appreciate the benefit of a guided trip. Adam @ offroadadventuretravel really stepped up to the plate here. He knew exactly how to deal with the situation and the likely sequence of events that would ensue so his decision to get us to civilisation to wait for the AA was inspired- because at least we had access to food, toilets and WiFi! Despite the loss of the vehicle we were able to transfer our gear to his car and continue our trip. Although a few hours of off-roading were lost he took it all in his stride and was quick to quell any embarrassment we felt about the vehicle letting us down. The vehicle was returned 48 hours later with Adam dropping us at the garage and then he stayed with us as we embarked on the 350 mile return trip to the ferry with a clock very much ticking. Although the repair failed half way – even at 2am in the morning Adams professionalism shone through, staying with us till the AA recovery reappeared, hotel accommodation had been sorted and ferry travel rearranged. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable week despite vehicle challenges because of a 5 star service. We will definitely be returning to Galicia and we will definitely be customers of #offroadadventuretravel again – having just secured our place for the Pyrenees this June!

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Early Bird Price – Pyrenees 4×4 Explorer Tour – 4th August to 15th August 2019 – Including Ferry and camping.

EARLY BIRD PRICES ARE ONLY VALID UNTIL 31/1/2019.

We will start the journey from our meeting point in the UK and head to Plymouth International Port for our sailing to Santander at 16:15hrs.

Our routes wil take us from the Atlantic Ocean into the heart of the Pyrenees.

4x4 Pyrenees tours

Day 1 Sunday 4/8 – 16:15hrs Depart Brittany Ferries Plymouth with inside 2 berth cabin. Upgrades available subject to availability with Brittany Ferries.
Day 2 Monday 5/8 – 12:15hrs (midday) Arrive Santander. Disembark Ferry. Drive to St Jean Pied De Port, France (Approx 4.5 hour drive on the scenic route).
Day 3 Tuesday 6/8 – St Jean Pied de Port to Ochagavia.
Day 4 Wednesday 7/8 – Ochagavia to Loarre.
Day 5 Thursday 8/8 – Rest Day
Day 6 Friday 9/8 – Loarre to Ainsa
Day 7 Saturday 10/8 – Ainsa to Bonansa
Day 8 Sunday 11/8 – Bonansa to La Puebla de Roda
Day 9 Monday 12/8 – La Puebla de Roda to Loarre
Day 10 Tuesday 13/8 – Loarre rest day
Day 11 Wednesday 14/8 – Return to Santander via Bardenas Reales (desert) for sailing to Plymouth @ 21:15hrs with inside 2 berth cabin.
Day 12 Thursday 15/8 – Arrive Plymouth
Please note that this is only a sample and may be subject to slight changes.
The cost for this 4×4 tour based on a vehicle (up to 6m length and 2.6m height), return Brittany Ferries Crossing, camping, guide and support is £2795* (*£2995 after 31/1/2019).
Additional options;
Additional passengers £395 per person. Contact us if travelling with children as this may be reduced.
Club Cabin upgrade outside cabin with TV – from £70 return *subject to availability.
Campsite electricity hook up – £4 per day
Camping Bungalows (on selected campsites) – from £45 per night.
Additional tent £10 per night.
Early Bird Prices are based on receipt of deposit prior to 31/1/2019. After this date, prices will increase to £2995.
Deposit payment required to confirm booking will be 20% of the total (£559 before 31/1/2019 or £599 after this date – Balance payable by 31/5/2019).
Email or call Adam to make deposit payment by card or as any questions.
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Crossing the Val D’Aran, Spain by 4×4

Today’s journey left the beautiful town of Luchon in France and went through the Val D’Aran to Llavorsi, Catalunya, Spain.

A picture is worth a thousand words…

The open gravel track at the ski resort of Baqueira Beret narrowed through pine forests.

After a day of breathtaking scenery and a siesta by the babbling River Noguera Pallaresa, we bimbled down the valley and set up camp for the night at Camping Riberies, Llavorsi.

Perfecto!

This is an ideal location for those with an adventurous spirit who want to explore the additional activities in the area e.g. white water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, horse riding and hiking trails.

For your information, our next 4×4 tour in this region starts on Saturday 4th August 2018.

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Back to France for a taste of Le Tour de France

After a few days on the trails it was time to keep the tyres on the tarmac!

What a stunning journey from Ainsa to Bagneres de Luchon via the Bielsa- Aragnouet tunnel which is over 3kms long.

A 10 degree drop in temperature and driving through the clouds made a noticeable difference from the dry conditions of previous days.

The climb to the Col de Peyresourde had many cyclists following in the steps of the Tour de France which had passed through only a few days earlier.

Good luck to Geraint Thomas!

A relaxing drive down the mountain to Bagneres de Louchon through the hairpin bends made me glad I wasn’t cycling in the opposite direction!

Such exertion required some afternoon relaxation with a local tipple.

À votre santé

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The Pyrenees 4×4 Adventure tour begins

36 hours at sea on Brittany Ferries Cap Finistere with fellow adventurers on the way to Bilbao.

Enjoyed a gourmet meal while being entertained by dolphins leaping alongside our ship.

An early arrival in Bilbao and being one of the first off the ferry meant a quick departure from this industrial port town. Within an hour we turn off the Autovia and head east into the foothills of the Pyrenees.

The winding roads and crystal clear rivers guided us on our adventure through the breathtaking mountains which were shrouded in low cloud. As the roads narrowed, the village of Erratzu displayed the stunning alpine style scenery and traditional Basque homes.

The hairpin bends climbed to the Col d’Ispeguy at 672 metres and the border between Spain and France. What an ideal vista to admire over a spot of lunch! Can you spot our sticker?

The long steep descent took us into the beautiful village of St Étienne-de-Baïgorry.

…and on to our first campsite in St Jean Pied de Port. Camping municipal Plaza Berri perfectly located within a 5 minute walk of this medieval town and citadel in the middle of the Basque Country.

St Jean Pied de Port is a popular resting place for pilgrims from the north following the Camino de Santiago de Compostella.

A walk around the walled town with its cobbled streets and a climb to the citadel viewing points revealed a wonderful panoramic view of the valley and surrounding mountains.

Plenty of places to stop off for delicious crepes and strong local cider!

Bonne santé