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GUIDED VISITS

GUIDED VISITS AND STAYS IN THE PYRENEES

The activities included in this brochure offer visitors a chance to discover the landscape and its heritage in the company of a team of experienced professional environmental and cultural guides.

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GUIDES Verd Volcanic was created in 2003 as an association of a number of small enterprises in the Garrotxa working in the field of environmental education. Its main aim was to improve the quality of the services its members offer in the fields of environmental and cultural education, territorial assessment and formation via a conscious effort to stabilize its workforces and to provide in-service training to its employees and members. Verd Volcanic also aims to work sustainably towards the conservation of the local environment and territory and promote the preservation of local natural and culture values.

ACCOMMODATION The Ruta del Ferro Youth Hostel in Sant Joan de les Abadesses lies in the foothills of the Pyrenees and offers visits modern facilities and a world of opportunities for enjoying a comfortable and relaxing stay. Characteristics of the Youth Hostel: - Tourist information in reception - W-Fi in common areas - Central heating throughout - TV & DVD

Characteristics of 4-bed rooms: - 2 single beds and foldaway bunks - En-suite bathroom - Heating - Sheets and blankets - 4 large cupboards


WILDLIFE • The objective is to see all types of wildlife by spending relaxing time in the field. No lists, no ‘must-sees’, just a detailed look at the flora and fauna that we come across on our travels.

Day Activity

Sunday Arrival

Monday Walking the Roman Road Description Depending on the Walk from Sant Pau flight time, there de Segúries along will be time to visit Roman Road. cities of Barcelona 5-6 hr; 100 m climb, or Girona 250 descent.

Tuesday Sant Antoni

Costs

Transfer from airport

Local bus to Sant Pau and coach pickup in afternoon

Other activities

Afternoon visit to Sant Joan

Meals

Picnic; dinner in Hostel

Wednesday Walking the frontier Walk along the border from Coll d’Ares to Espinavell

Thursday Núria

Local bus to and from Camprodon

Transfer to Coll d’Ares and pick-up at Espinavell

Transfer to and from Ribes; rackand-pinion railway

Transfer to Sant Martí de Surroca

Picnic; dinner in Hostel

Picnic; dinner in Hostel

Picnic; dinner in Hostel

Picnic. Dinner in La Teuleria

Walk up to Sant Antoni and back to Camprodon

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Train to sanctuary.

Friday Serra Cavallera Walk along southern face of Serra Cavallera

Saturday Departure Depending on the flight time, there will be time to visit cities of Barcelona or Girona Transfer to airport


WALKING I (difficulty: medium) • For the main part walks follow the Itinerànnia network of marked paths and/or locally marked paths • Walking is the main activity, but the guides’ role is to interpret the landscape and provide added ‘value’ to the experience

Day Activity

Sunday Arrival

Description

Costs

Other activities Meals

Transfer from airport

Monday Walking from Sant Joan Circuit: Hostel Sant Joan de les Abadesses – Ogassa – Sant Joan. 5-6 hr; 300 m climb. No transport needed

Tuesday Walking the Roman Road Walk from Sant Pau de Segúries along Roman Road. 5-6 hr; 100 m climb, 250 m descent. Local bus to Sant Pau in morning and coach pick-up in afternoon Afternoon/evening visit to town of Sant Joan Picnic and Picnic and dinner dinner in Hostel in Hostel

Wednesday Camprodon

Thursday Núria

Friday Serra Cavallera

Saturday Departure

Walk from Hostel to Camprodon. 5-6 hr; 500 m climb.

Walk from Queralbs up to Núria. 5-6 hr; 750 m climb.

Walk from Sant Martí d’Ogassa along ridge of Serra Cavallera. 5-6 hr; 600 m climb.

Local bus back from Camprodon

Transfer to and from Ribes; rack-and-pinion railway Afternoon visit to town of Ripoll Lunch and dinner in Hostel

Transfer to St Martí d’Ogassa and pick-up in Ogassa

Depending on the flight time, there will be time to visit cities of Barcelona or Girona Transfer to airport

Afternoon visit to Camprodon Lunch in rural restaurant and dinner in Hostel

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Picnic. Dinner in La Teularia


WALKING II (for families) • For the main part walks follow the Itinerànnia network of marked paths and/or locally marked paths • Walking is the main activity, but the guides’ role is to interpret the landscape and provide added ‘value’ to the experience

Day Activity

Sunday Arrival

Description Depending on the flight time, there will be time to visit cities of Barcelona or Girona

Costs

Other activities Meals

Transfer from airport

Monday Walking the Roman Road Walk from Sant Pau de Segúries along Roman Road. 5-6 hr; 100 m climb, 250 m descent.

Tuesday Visiting the volcanoes Walk around the volcanoes in La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. 4-5 h; 200 m climb.

Transfer to and from Vall de Bianya; tourist ‘train’ from la Vall de Bianya. Afternoon visit to Sant Joan Picnic; dinner in Hostel

Transfer to and from Olot.

Lunch in local restaurant; dinner in Hostel

Wednesday Via Verde cycle path Morning: cycle from Hostel to Ogassa; afternoon cycle from Hostel to Ripoll and back. Total: 24 km, 300 m climb. No transport needed.

Thursday Núria

Friday Serra Cavallera

Saturday Departure

Walk from Queralbs up to Núria. 5-6 hr; 750 m climb.

Walk from Sant Camprodon to Sant Antoni. 3-4 hr; 350 m climb.

Depending on the flight time, there will be time to visit cities of Barcelona or Girona

Transfer to and from Ribes; rack-and-pinion railway

Local bus to Camprodon; pick-up by coach.

Transfer to airport

Afternoon visit to Ripoll Picnic; dinner in Picnic; dinner Hostel in Hostel

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Afternoon visit to Sant Joan Picnic. Dinner in La Teularia


CULTURE • Visiting and interpreting sites is the main activity, but walking to interpret the landscape and to reach more isolated sites provides added ‘value’.

Day Activity

Monday Sant Joan and Camprodon Romanesque Description Depending on the Walk around flight time, there Sant Joan in will be time to visit morning, cities of Barcelona followed by or Girona afternoon visit to Camprodon

Tuesday Visiting the volcanoes

Wednesday Walk to Ripoll

Thursday Comte Arnau

Friday Medieval La Garrotxa

Saturday Departure

Walk around the volcanoes in La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. 4-5 h; 200 m climb.

Walk along peaceful cycle lane to Ripoll

Walk and visit to sites of legends of Comte Arnau; Montgrony monastery

Depending on the flight time, there will be time to visit cities of Barcelona or Girona

Costs

Transfer from airport

All services with local buses

Transfer to and from Olot.

All services with local buses

Transfer to and from Gombreny

Visit to Besalú and medieval bridge of Pont de Llierca. Walk to Oix and visit to monastery of Sant Joan les Fonts Coach all day

Other activities

Arrival

Guided visits to towns

Visit to Olot

Lunch in Sant Joan; dinner in Hostel

Lunch in local restaurant; dinner in Hostel

Afternoon visit to Ripoll and monastery Lunch in local restaurant; dinner in Hostel

Meals

Sunday Arrival

Transfer to airport Departure

Picnic; dinner in Hostel

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Picnic. Dinner in La Teuleria


PRICES*

Wildlife …………………………………………………………………….. Walking I ………………………………………………………………... Walking II ………………………………………………………………. Culture ……………………………………………………………………

465.00€ 461.50€ 476.60€ 477.00€

Prices include: Full-board in youth hostel Picnic lunches Final night gastonome’s evening meal Local English-speaking guide for all visits and routes Transport to and from start of excursions Transfer to airport Insurance * These prices are per person for groups of 12 to 20 people in double room

For more information and reservations: Mike Lockwood T. (+00 34) 661 956 939

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