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Pyrenees Foothills

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A chance to explore the beauty of the Low Pyrenees, where the trails meander from the desert of the Badenas region up to the spectacular rock formations of the Sierra de Loarre, whilst we stay in beautiful hotels in fabulous locations. This trip can be combined with Pyrenees Altitude, which together form our two-week Pyrenees Ultimate adventure!

This is an adventure of contrasts and variety - from rolling, verdant hills and tracks through dense forest to arid desert plains, soaring peaks smoothed by centuries of wind and incredible gorges. Starting in the forested area near St Jean Pied de Port, the route takes us through the desert before continuing through a landscape littered with ancient castles, tracks and bridges over precipitous gorges to our final destination, Ainsa. If variety of terrain and scenery is what you are after, then this is the adventure you've been waiting for!



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STANDARD PRICE£ 2,695 per vehicle
ACCOMMODATIONHotel
START DATE + NO. NTS13 Jun 20 - 8 Nights
GROUP SIZEMaximum five vehicles
VEHICLE TYPEAll 4x4s with a low-range gearbox & good tyres
SUITABILITYAdults & children 16+
TERRAINHills, desert, peaks, gorges
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  • Experience varied landscapes, from rolling hills, white desert sands and sandstone peaks sculpted by the wind to vast gorges and the rocky foothills of the rising High Pyrenees
  • Unique hotel locations with breathtaking views
  • See Roman aqueducts, medieval castles and drive over old bridges spanning vertiginous drops
  • Visit abandoned villages where time has stood still
  • A mix of fantastic restaurants and cafes for lunch as well as lakeside and mountain top picnics en route
  • We're with you all the way from Portsmouth until our return to the UK
  • We organise everything for you so you don't have to
  • Lead by professional 4x4 instructors with expert knowledge of routes
  • Fully equipped lead vehicles to ensure you and your vehicle stay safe


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DAY 1 - FERRY PORTSMOUTH TO SANTANDER

We meet at Portsmouth for the 8.15am ferry to Santander which is a great chance to spend the day relaxing and getting to know each other and also avoids the long drive down through France. The ferry and cabins are included in the price; if you would like to upgrade to luxury suites, please contact us after booking.

DAY 2 - ARRIVAL IN SPAIN & DRIVE TO ST JEAN PIED DE PORT

At around 2pm our driving starts along the coast until we get to the French border where we head up into the foothills of the Pyrenees to St Jean Pied de Port, a medieval town at the beginning of the Santiago de Compostela pilgrim trail. This is where we meet those who have not chosen to travel with us from Portsmouth. You’ll have time to enjoy the town and sample the local cuisine.

DAY 3 - FOREST AND DESERT

We start on forest tracks that turn to hills, providing spectacular views as we drive to the Bardenas Reales, a semi-desert which has to be seen to be believed! The region is full of surprising shapes, canyons, plateaus and isolated hills. A hairpin drive leads to the hotel at the top of a hill where you will enjoy breathtaking panoramic desert views and spectacular sunsets.

DAY 4 - DESERT EXPLORATION

We travel along the edge of the Bardenas, giving us a chance to stock up on food, snacks and fuel before we head into the wilds! We’ll stop at the visitors centre and then head into the desert before travelling past Roman viaducts and a more verdant landscape to Castle Loarre (where we spend two nights), which sits on a mountain guarding the Pyrenees from invaders, surrounded by the Riglos crags and Santo Domingo hills.

DAY 5 & 6 - THE SIERRAS DE GUARA

For the next two days we venture from Loarre to the Sierra de Guara, a total contrast to the more barren Bardenas region. Water, with river crossings and ancient bridges, trees and rising hills - you’ll see the landscape slowly change and spectacular rock formations rise above us. We will visit a famous example of this at the hermitage de Marcuello, which has incredible views of the Mallos de Riglos.

DAY 7 - TO THE ANCIENT TOWN OF AINSA

We leave Loara and travel on tracks and trails through the rising mountains towards the medieval town of Ainsa with eagles and other birds of prey circling the steep walls of the canyon. We also visit the cave-drawings at Abrigos del Tozal de Mallata. Ainsa sits on a hillside overlooking the river and valley; the old quarter is worth exploring and there are excellent restaurants for your evening meal.

DAY 8 - HEADING HOME

Those who have booked our ultimate two week trip will stay with us, however those who are travelling home will begin their journey via Bilbao to take the cruise-ship crossing from Santander to Portsmouth, arriving in the UK the following afternoon.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS THINK


KAREN SAID:

“Had a really great week with Ardent Off Road in the Pyrenees at the end of October. We enjoyed many different landscapes and wonderful views - it was a thoroughly enjoyable week. We are looking forward to joining Ardent Off Road next year for a Moroccan Adventure!”

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WEATHER

 

Conditions are temperate at lower levels although it can get hot in the desert and as we approach the Central Pyrenees. Do pack warmer clothes for the evenings and be prepared for unexpected showers.

 

TERRAIN AND DRIVER ABILITY

 

Ranging from forest and lowland tracks through dust and desert to rocky terrain, this is good driving on a variety of surfaces. Suitable for all driving abilities under our expert guidance.

 

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS

 

Low-box, underbody protection and recovery points along with all terrain tyres.

 

YOUR SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY

 

We carry medical kits, our guides are all first-aid trained and we have emergency beacons to hasten location and evacuation in emergency situations. Lead vehicles have full recovery equipment which is tested before departure and we also carry a range of tools and spares.
 

FULL EQUIPMENT AND REQUIREMENTS CHECKLIST

 

A detailed requirements check-list will be sent to you six weeks before your departure date.

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STANDARD PRICE £2,695 per vehicle DEPOSIT £674 per vehicle


PRICE INCLUDES:

 

  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Driver and one passenger
  • Ferry Portsmouth to Santander
  • Professional instructors in fully equipped lead vehicles
  • All paperwork, including border control documents
  • Expert route knowledge
     

PRICE EXCLUDES:
 

  • Lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks
  • Fuel
  • Motorway tolls
  • Vehicle insurance and recovery

 

BOOKING OPTIONS

 

You can pay a deposit or the full amount securely online via PayPal with a debit/credit card (no account necessary), via your PayPal account or if you prefer you can contact us to pay via BACS.



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