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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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4×4 from Tor to Andorra and La Seu D’Urgell – Tobacco Road Smugglers Route

We left the village of Llavorsi, popular for rafting and other river activities, and headed north east through Alins towards Tor.

The narrow, single track, winding tarmac road lined with occasional wooden barriers to protect us from the steep drops, took us past mountain beehives and followed the course of the stream.

An historic and popular route used to access Andorra, known as Tobacco Road or the Smuggler’s Route, so named for obvious reasons. The surface changed from tarmac to concrete and then to a dusty rocky track into the hamlet of Tor.

We arrived at Casa Sisqueta, a rustic farmhouse, where coffee and complimentary cake was served.

A Dutch couple arrived on a trike, ‘It’s not the best of tracks for a smooth ride!’…

…while a thirsty Spaniard on his trials bike drank a bottle of cerveza before riding off to his destination.

A wolf-like dog was vigilantly guarding from his wooden kennel behind the cafe, a cat was lapping up the crystal clear water from the stream and some chickens were making the most of their penthouse suite!

Back on to the trail, we meandered up the stony track which took us along the lush, green valley.

A small river to ford, before negotiating many hairpin bends on the track towards Andorra.

Fortunately, no other vehicles came to meet us, but a band of horses who knew the rules of the road kept to their right hand side!

We arrived at the border between Spain and Andorra where the road instantly changed to smooth, wide tarmac. The highest pass of the trip so far at around 2100 metres afforded spectacular views of the ski resorts and high mountain peaks of Andorra.

A long winding tarmac descent took us through Pal and La Massana before climbing the Col De Canillo for a small detour for lunch, passing tobacco crops on the way.

Port D’Envalira, at over 2400 metres, afforded fantastic views over the Grandvalira ski area, one of the largest in Europe.

The go-kart track and village of Pas de la Casa could be seen in the shadow of the mountains.

La Terrasse served a delicious paella for lunch, overlooked by ski slopes and cable cars.

Entertainment was provided by two locals wheeling a fridge down the steep slope!

We strolled around the busy resort and took advantage of the duty free goods on offer before resuming our journey.

How strange to see snow ploughs in the centre of roundabouts when temperatures are in the 80’s.

The journey took us through the upmarket resort of Soldeu El Tarter. All of this hustle and bustle is a far cry from the solitude of the mountains.

After passing the capital of Andorra La Vella, the route climbed to the Adventure Eco Park at Naturlandia which hosts a mixture of wildlife and the world’s longest alpine toboggan run at 5.3kms. If only we’d skipped the shopping and arrived before closing time for the last ride of the day!

Over the border with Catalunya along dusty, narrow tracks passing the sleepy villages of Bescaran and Estamariu. A sense of hiraeth for my fellow Welsh traveller was ignited by the sight of an Ifor Williams trailer!

By early evening, we arrived at the medieval town of La Seu D’Urgell, where an abundance of Tesla statues was exaggerated by the lack of the actual cars!

A spontaneous moment had led to a luxurious birthday treat at the majestic Parador Hotel!

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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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