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Picos de Europa National Park

Individual Trip plans: 7 days (6 nights): 760â‚Ź/person. Reference: 20119

Technical Specifications Reconnaissance trekking: These trips are specially conceived and designed with the aim of visiting and finding out the best each area has for you: landscape, flora, fauna and cultural aspects. You will be accommodated in hotels, guest houses, hostels or apartments according to the customer's preferences and subject to availability. There is only one accommodation during the whole stay. Every visit schedule starts from the chosen accommodation because it means more comfort for our customers. These hikes are not difficult either physically, nor technically; therefore they are within almost anyone's reach as long as they are minimally trained. Our trips ate scheduled on fixed dates and subject to the required minimum number of people

PLANNING TABLE Day

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Morning

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Pic-nic or in a restaurant (subject to Schedule) Pic-nic or in a restaurant (subject to Schedule) Pic-nic or in a restaurant (subject to Schedule) Pic-nic or in a restaurant (subject to Schedule) Pic-nic or in a restaurant (subject to Schedule) -

Dinner

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In the accommodation In the accommodation

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SCHEDULE 1st DAY TRANSFER FROM THE AIRPORT /ARRIVAL IN LIÉBANA (CANTABRIA) Transfer from Santander airport to the chosen accommodation. Presentation of the schedule. Meals included are lunch and dinner.

2nd DAY ROUTE FUENTE DÉ-ÁLIVA After the buffet-breakfast, we will start our way towards the Fuente Dé cable-car accompanied by a person belonging to our organization. Then we will start climbing up the 700 metre-high drop until we reach the hillsides of Picos de Europa. From this spot we will be able to see the highest tops of both mountainous chains; Cordillera Cantábrica and Macizo Central. Then we will go on walking towards one of the most beautiful places located in this area of the Picos de Europa; the prairies of Áliva where we will arrive after an easy 20-minute route. On the left-hand side we will see Peña Vieja and then Chalet Real built in times of king Alphonse XIII, who used to like hunting in the vicinity of this place. Later, we will get to the Hotel Refugio de Áliva and stop over for a picnic. Weather permitting, we will come up to the ancient mines of Picos de Europa. Immediately after we will start walking downhill to Iguedri where a radically different landscape will welcome us with a view of the Cordillera Cantábrica. Later on, we will keep going down through a hazel grove where there are also plenty of beech trees, and hollies until we reach the end of the route. In the accommodation we will enjoy an afternoon snack-break. Meals included: buffet-breakfast, picnic, afternoon snack, dinner and accommodation. 3rd DAY ROUTE HORCADOS-ROJOS Buffet-breakfast. This is one of the most accessible trips around Picos de Europa. Today we will take again the cablecar in Fuente-Dé. Our way will follow the basis of the huge walls which make up the buttreses of Peña Vieja; hence we will have to zigzag across quite often until we reach La Torre de Horcados Rojos. From there we will have the chance to observe both the impressive descent leading to Jou de los Boches and Picu Urriellu (Naranco de Bulnes) in the background. Both the popular shelter Cabaña Verónica and Pico de Santa Ana are located on the right. Then we will start our way back. A picnic meal. Descent by cable-car. Meals included: Buffet-breakfast and picnic. 4th DAY. ROUTE EL CARES Buffet-Breakfast. Today we will travel by 4x4 cars to the area of Caín where we will start the famous route of El Cares. This is, undoubtedly, the most popular excursion in the Cordillera and one of Spain's most highly travelled ones. Over 200,000 hikers per year have been counted up lately. Throughout the 9 km-long gorge linking Caín to Puente Poncebos, big canals break through in the high mountains and while they shape the gorge. The pathway is crossed by a number of tunnels. This place holds a strong attraction for any lover of nature from any corner of the world since it is perfect thanks to its spectacular beauty and the comfort of the trip. Meals included: buffet-breakfast, picnic, afternoon snack and dinner.

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5th DAY . Rest Day. Buffet-breakfast. This is a rest day. During this day we offer our clients the possibility to take tour to Santo Toribio Monastery where The Lignum Crucis, one of the remaining biggest pieces from the Christ Cross) is still worshipped; moreover we can visit the village of Potes. Meals included: Buffet-breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner.

6th DAY. Mogrovejo Buffet-Breakfast. This day we will start our daily route walking up through a wood until we reach the hillside of Picos. Immediately after we will start going down towards the village of Mogrovejo. On the left we will see the Macizo Oriental of Picos de Europa as well as some of their most outstanding peaks; Samelar, Pico Cortés, Lechugales and San Carlos. On the right we will enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Cordillera together with the woods and some of the most important hamlets and villages located in the area:Potes,. Cosgaya... Shortly after we will have a break for picnic. Later on, we will take a tour to the Museo de la Escuela (School Museum) where we will learn how the locals used to live in the past. Then we will return to Espinama. Meals included: BuffetBreakfast, picnic, afternoon snack and FAREWELL DINNER. 7th DAY End of the trip Buffet-breakfast. Transfer to Santander airport. End of the scheduled program. The program includes: • • • • •

Transfer from Santander airport to Liébana (on the way out and back the last day) Transportation to the place where the activities and routes start 6 buffet-breakfasts: 5 picnics including the following ( a sandwich, chocolate bar, a fruit, water or a soft drink); 5 afternoon snacks ( coffee, tea with biscuits or cake); 6 dinners *Accommodation Health and Accident Insurance according with the cover extract set forth at the end of the current program.

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The trip does not include: • • • • •

Fuente-Dé cable-car tickets: Two-way ticket fare: 12 € for Adults, children (aged 6 to 12) 5 €. one-way ticket fare is: 7€ for Adults, 3 € for children aged 6 to 12. A person belonging to our organization to accompany the clients during the hiking activities: 125€/day. Excursions or optional activities. Every service which is not listed in the program. Extra expenses incurred in the accommodation e.g. drinks, phone calls, mini-bar, laundry service, etc...

Possible dates for the scheduled trips: (All over the year) Group with a minimum number of : 2 Allocation in the chosen accommodation: In hotel or guest house (the price listed in for a double room) Price per person: The prices listed below are merely illustrative. The final amount to be paid will always depend on the date chosen by the client to start the trip and is also subject to availability in the accommodation chosen.

CATEGORY OF ACCOMMODATION Hotel La Casona de Cosgaya (3***) Hostal Remoña Hostería Peña Sagra -­‐ -­‐

Estimated Cost 995€ 770€ 760€

For children under 12: please ask. For individual reservations (1 person): please ask.

Who can make this type of trip? The answer is quite simple because these programs are open to everybody. The routes are considered as EASY; consequently our trips are unlimited. In fact, it is normal to meet any kind of person on these routes. Nevertheless we must insist that the travellers themselves must assume the decision to carry out the activities planned in the program moreover this awareness will exempt us from any unexpected event; however we think that the most important thing is the cheerfulness, the happiness and the spirit to enjoy a place that is unique in the world. When do our trips take place? Our trips can be made at any moment during the year, but we have to take into account that during the winter it usually snows in Picos de Europa; consequently the traveller will have to accept any change which may affect either the routes or the activities involved in the latter. The organizer reserves the right to either alter or cancel all or some of the activities in the event of bad weather conditions or of any other justifiable reasons in order to preserve the security of every member participating in the activities. How to get ? Santander is the capital of the region of Cantabria and also represents the best communication hub to get to Picos de Europa National Park where our activities take place The Santander airport is currently operated by the following airlines: Ryanair, Iberia and Air Nostrum with flights to the following destinations: Madrid- Barcelona- Alicante- Valencia- Seville- Las Palmas- Tenerife- Lanzarote- LondonDublin- Frankfort- Rome- Pisa- Bergamo- Brussels.

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Brittany-F, from Plymouth. By railway, Santander is presently linked to the rest of Spain. If you travel to Santander by plane, note that the airport has a regular bus service which links the airport to the bus station. There you can take a bus to Potes twice a day and also to the other counties where most of our accommodations are located. It's good to know that the bus timetable and the time frequency schedule are limited; furthermore subject to variations depending on both the seasons and the weekdays; therefore we suggest that you send us an email requesting information for a day in particular. Note that you can also rent at car without driver both at the airport and at the train station. If you arrive in Bilbao, it is good to know that there is a regular bus service to Santander in the town centre. There is also a train departing from Bilbao, but this option is a lot less practical because it is slower and less frequent. Either of those transport means departing from Bilbao will arrive in Santander train or bus stations. The cost of a transfer by car from Bilbao (with a driver) is 100€ / a trip (4 people maximum) In case of groups over 6 people, please ask Also... Request a quotation either for individual reservations or for private groups Bilingual guides (Spanish-English). To join us it is necessary: • • • • •

A photocopy of your ID cardo or Passport, in case you are not spanish. A deposit of 20% upon confirmation of your reservation. The remaining amount must be settled 30 days before arrival, but this clause may vary according to the season in which the activity is intended to be carried out. The contract duly signed will be issued along with the confirmation. All the data shown in this program are subject to the General Terms and Conditions set forth by our company and present on our website.

List of the suggested personal kit: Regardless of the season, we suggest that you should be appropriately prepared for weather conditions because we will hike across areas that are located in in middle and high-mountain terrains • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

A 30-litre capacity backpack Synthetic underwear A long-sleeved shirt A cotton shirt Trekking trousers Fleece jacket A hooded or similar thick jacket A pair of leggings A pair of gloves Thick socks made of fleece fibre or wool (2 pairs) Thin synthetic socks (2 pairs) Trekking shoes or boots A scarf for your neck Wool or fleece balaclava Wool or fleece cap Cap for the sun sunglasses with UV filter for high solar radiation (1 pair) Sun cream protector The kit of toiletries must be reduced to the minimum necessary Torch with batteries

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Trekking sticks Own necessary medicines.

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The prices listed for the accommodations suggested here are for a trip during the low season; hence these off-peak prices are subject to variations. Upon confirmation the client shall confirm the amount to be paid since it may the different than the ones shown in the current brochure. Then the client is free to accept or turn down our proposal and will not have to pay for anything as a result of his/her decision. The client waives any claim or complaint against the company. The accommodations offered will be listed on the Internet so the client will be able to check the latter. Any change, alteration of the foreign currency, number of travellers or provider fees that might occur before the departure day might vary the budget previously estimated. Moreover the accommodation is subject to availability. Any increase in the services rendered by the Organization once the trip has started, shall be approved by our Organization and paid in full by the client before any of the activities involved are carried out. This quotation, its carrying out or cancellation are submitted to the law in force the text of which is available in our offices at the disposal of the client. In some accommodations the client might be asked to leave either at credit card or an amount of money, as a deposit, as a precaution against extra expenses the client may incur and also in case of damage to the hotel. If no damage or extra expense is incurred the client will be fully refunded at the moment of the departure. In case our company should have to leave a special deposit in order to ensure the reservation of a service, the client will be then requested to settle the amount aforementioned as soon as our company is asked to do so by the provider. In this event, the amount to be deposited is other than the one already left. If you consider you have health problems, please inform us if necessary. In case of travelling with children, it is obligatory to communicate both their names and age. If any change or the eventual cancellation of the scheduled plan should happen, we will immediately contact you by using the information provided at moment of making the reservation with us (by phone, email or fax). It's the responsibility of the client to warn us about any changes of you contact data, including your email address. Likewise it is the responsibility of the holder of the reservation to warn the other individuals registered on his/her behalf about the changes or cancellation which may occur. As an intermediary company between the travellers and the persons or companies requested to render a service whatsoever, we accept no responsibility for any deficiency, damage, delays or any irregularity that may happen during the process. The company reserves the right to either alter, cancel or bring forward the date of the return trip in case of unforeseeable circumstances resulting from such force majeure event. Once the client has signed the travel contract with us, he or she will assume to be aware of the risks attached to this type of trip which may involve both physical and circumstantial difficulties such as weather conditions, political trouble, etc; Thus we will be exempted from any liabilities for any claim, complaint or lawsuit as a result of the circumstances or services that are not comprised in the program hereby.

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REGULATIONS ON THE BEHAVIOUR DURING THE TREKKINGS AND ADVENTURE TRIPS • • • •

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All the travellers shall commit to both respecting and complying with the established terms and conditions: schedule timetable, rutómtros, order of the members of the group, schedule, stops, etc.. During the stages, all of the members belonging to the group shall respect the pre-established order without dissociating from the group except when the staff responsible for the trip allow any alteration. Any person who intends to momentarily leave the group is constrained to communicate it to the staff in charge of the group who will determine the most suitable procedure. The organizers may decide whether a member has to leave the group for various reasons such as: neglecting the regulations on the behaviour, putting oneself or any other member at risk, endangering the achievement of the scheduled program, behaving in an openly unsympathetic to the group or to any member in particular. Any expense caused by the expulsion of a member duly determined either by the Organization or by any of the members of the staff responsible for the group will be entirely to the account of the member expelled from the group. Games of chance involving money gambling as well as alcohol consumption which is not controlled by the Organization or the consumption of any other substance that may cause damage to the health of any of the members are strictly forbidden. The Organization is represented by the person responsible for the scheduled program: alterations of the route plan, unexpected changes. The Organization shall not be held responsible for any effect derived from the irresponsible activities carried out by any of the participating members. The travellers assume and accept the content held within the GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS stipulated by the Organizer which are delivered to the customer at time of making the reservation. All the data and information contained in the SPECIFICATIONS OF THE TRIP is furthermore subject to the General Terms And Conditions undertaken by our company and published on our website. The details of the route as well as the information held in these specifications are drawn up a long time beforehand on the basis of budgets and information in particular the aim of which is to inform the client about the main details of the trip they wish; therefore these specifications should be taken into account only as a rough guide to the basis of the scheduled program, but they may always be subject to alterations. At time of contracting the trip, the client must enquire about the reservations and specific prices. In addition, the client is requested to compulsorily check the definitive route and will have to sign the corresponding combined travel contract issued by the agency

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