Merry Christmas from Off Road Adventure Travel.
Just a quick update about our last Wild Wales 4×4 Explorer tour of 2018.
We only have two spaces available on Saturday 29th December and one space on Sunday 29th.
If you’d like to order a gift certificate in time for Christmas then head over to our website to catch the last posting dates!
Gift certificates can be redeemed on any of our UK or overseas 4×4 tag along tours.
Our New Year’s Eve 4×4 tour is proving very popular on the website.
We only run small groups max 4 client vehicles). Space is limited and we can only guarantee accommodation/dinner for bookings made before 31/10/2018.
4×4 Wild Wales Explorer tour on 31/12/18 and a half day tour on 1/1/19. *
Accommodation and dinner package for two in Rhayader on New Year’s Eve.
*We also have availability for additional days on 29/12 and 30/12 (further costs apply).
If you don’t own a 4×4 or you have friends who would like to join you, we now have a Toyota Hilux Available to hire for our 4×4 tours.
We will be attending the Adventure Overland late summer show on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2018 at Stafford upon Avon Racecourse.
We will be on stand A4 outside the racecourse pavilion with our friends from All Terrain Services. Look for the white Toyota Hilux.
Come along and have a chat about our 4×4 tag along tours in Wales, The Pyrenees, Galicia, Morocco and Albania.
We can also offer 4×4 Adventure Campers rental options for our tours or independent travel. Email or ask us for more details at the show:
Our friends from All Terrain Services will be with us to discuss your training needs. Expedition training, winch courses and bush mechanic workshops.
We look forward to seeing you.
Our explorer tours in the UK commence on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September.
As a thank you to our loyal website followers, we’re offering a 10% discount on all one or two day 4×4 UK Explorer Tours during 2018.
Use code EXPLOREWALES10 at the checkout on our website.
Only valid for use on our 4×4 UK Tours. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.
Heading back into the Val D’Aran tomorrow with clients on a High Peaks 4×4 Explorer tour.
A taste of what’s to come!
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!
Nos da 🏴
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.
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.
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.
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