Vic and Pyrenees Trail - Small Group Tour

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Step foot in the spectacular Pyrenees mountains and take the mountain train up to nearly 2,000 metres. First port of call is the beautifully maintained mediaeval town famous of Vic. It's well know for it's bustling market, old quarter, and traditional way of life. Before lunch, we head up into the Pyrenees, first stopping at the stone-built village of Queralbs, from where we catch the rack railway high into the mountains to Nuria. Enjoy some free time before returning to Barcelona.

Highlights
  • Visit the historic town of Vic and its cathedral and market square
  • Ride the rack railway from Queralbs to a stunning mountain valley
  • Explore all that Nuria area has to offer
  • Small group tour of 20 people maximum only in English

OUR TOUR GUIDE (ADRIAN) DID AN EXCELLENT JOB. WE REALLY ENJOYED THE TRIP AND ESPECIALLY THE TOWN OF VIC.

LARRY

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Duration: 11 hour(s)
Available: Tue, Thu and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Transport in a small luxury mini-coach / Rack Railway Ticket / English-speaking guide
Vic and Pyrenees Trail - Small Group Tour
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Duration: 11 hour(s)
Available: Tue, Thu and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Transport in a small luxury mini-coach / Rack Railway Ticket / English-speaking guide

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Schedule

  • 08:15

    Check-in

  • 08:30

    Your Tour begins!

  • Medieval town of Vic

    Your first stop on the way to the Pyrenees will be the medieval town of Vic, know for it's bustling market, old quarter and traditional way of life. You will head first for the Market Square where your guide will give you an introduction to the town and then you can explore on your own.

  • Queralbs

    Before you board the train, you will briefly visit Queralbs, which at an altitude of 1,236 metres, is the last vehicle-accessible village on the way up to your mountain valley destination. This tiny mountain village has a population of only 200 permanent residents living in traditional stone houses.

  • Rack railway up to the Pyrenees

    From Queralbs, you will take the last 6km of the impressive rack railway up to an altitude of 1,964 metres and into the stunning mountain valley of Vall de Núria. Thanks to the mountain railway, you’ll be able to get high into the mountains with no effort at all.

  • Hiking in the Pyrenees

    If you love hiking, then ask the guide to show you some routes, there's something for everyone - from the hard and strenuous to light and easy. You'll have plenty of time to hike well away from the valley and truly experience the solitude of the mountains

  • 19:00

    Arrival back in Barcelona

  • (For Check-In) Explore Catalunya (C/ Palau de la Musica, 1 - 08003 - Barcelona) Time: 08:15:00

  • (For Check-Out) Explore Catalunya (C/ Palau de la Musica, 1 - 08003 - Barcelona) Time: 19:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Explore Catalunya (C/ Palau de la Musica, 1 - 08003 - Barcelona) Time: 08:15:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Explore Catalunya (C/ Palau de la Musica, 1 - 08003 - Barcelona) Time: 19:00:00

Description

Leaving Barcelona at 08:30, the tour heads north and quickly leaves behind the hustle and bustle of a busy Mediterranean city. We drive past Montseny, a 30,000-hectare natural park that was designated a world biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1978 and is still a haven for wild boars, badgers, hares, foxes, red squirrels, eagles, and red partridges living in beech, pine and oak forests.

Just an hour from Barcelona and half way to the Pyrenees, we stop for a short break in the ancient settlement of Vic. Here you will have a chance to stroll around the town center with its cathedrals (a mixture of styles ranging from Romanesque to neo-classical) and its magnificent renaissance and baroque buildings. You could also relax while having breakfast in the heart of the town, a beautiful arched square (one of the biggest in the country) where the market and other major events are held.

From Vic, we will continue up to the Pyrenees driving past the Montesquiu Castle surrounded by dense oak and red pine forests. Montesquiu Castle is a fortified building dating from the 10th century. Serving the military until 15th century, it later became a stately home.

The tour continues to Ripoll, the founding of which has strong links to the evocatively-named Gifre el Pilós (Wilfred the Hairy), the first Count of Barcelona, who began a dynasty in the late 870s that lasted into the 1400s. From Ripoll - gateway to the Vall de Ribes - the tour proceeds to Queralbs, which, at an altitude of 1,236m above sea level, is the last vehicle-accessible village on the way up to our mountain valley destination.

Queralbs has a population of only 200 permanent residents, but numbers rise in the summer when the age-old tradition of transhumance brings shepherds and their flocks up into the higher ground. This has been documented tradition since 1273, when the infant Jaume, son of Jaume 1 of Catalonia and Aragon bestowed the right to the grazing land on the people of the village. Here you will be able to see the Church of Sant Sadurní de Fustanyá, built from stones so perfectly hewn that legend has it that it was built by the fairies and witches said to inhabit the surrounding caves.

From Queralbs, you take the last 6km of the impressive rack railway* (construction of which began in 1931) up to an altitude of 1964m above sea level and into the stunning mountain valley. This mountain valley is the glacial action of the ice from all 7 surrounding peaks pushing downwards. In this valley, too, is a sanctuary that is originally built to house pilgrims and which takes its name from the Virgen de Nuria. The Virgen de Nuria's image, buried in the earth, was reputedly unearthed by a very persistent ox. In the valley, you can enjoy the unspoiled scenery, sharing it with unusual birds and animals ranging from Gryphon Vultures to chamois, and golden eagles to marmots. You could also take one of the many different walks (of varying levels of difficulty) or you can try horse riding, open air bowling, archery lessons, crazy golf, or boating on the lake. If these seem to take up more energy than you're willing to shed, another option is to enjoy some of the traditional Catalan dishes available in the valley's restaurants.

From Queralbs, the return to Barcelona begins, arriving there at 19:30.

Includes

  • Transport in a small luxury mini-coach

  • Rack Railway Ticket

  • English-speaking guide

Notes

Requirement(s) - Others
  • Please call the activity provider the day before to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.

Additional Note(s)
  • Lunch is not included in the price.

  • In November, the Rack Railway closes for maintenance from Monday to Friday. During this time, an alternative route into the Pyrenees will be offered.

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Reviews

OUR TOUR GUIDE (ADRIAN) DID AN EXCELLENT JOB. WE REALLY ENJOYED THE TRIP AND ESPECIALLY THE TOWN OF VIC.

LARRY

We did the Vic and Pyrenees Trail tour and we had the good fortune to have the same guide, Ana, that we had in an earlier tour (Ta...rragona and Sitges Trail). Again, Ana was a wonderful guide, very knowledgable, friendly and she went out of her way to make sure that everybody enjoyed the day. Our time in the Pyrenes was very special but our heart went to Queralbs, a magnificient village that we will never forget!
We recommend this tour to everybody!
Martine Rouleau
Québec, Canada
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Martine

This excursion exceeded our expectations. Our small group was expertly lead by Jordi who was as personable as he was knowledgable.... The Nuria Valley is beautiful - we picked up gourmet picnic lunches en route in Vic and enjoyed them before our hike. There are several trails from which to choose or one can relax in the ski lodge, visit the chapel or enjoy the scenery by the lake. more

Sandra

A great trip and a wonderful guide. Vic was a beautiful town with the most amazing market the day we were there. Then to travel ...to the Pyrenees and board the rack railway for a major highlight at the finish of the line. Just awesome. A must for anyone visiting the area. more

Russell

We covered a lot in the day. Spectacular views and our guide Jordi was easy-going and knowledgeable. We are definitely going bac...k there more

beverly

My husband & I loved this tour. It was beautiful. Our guide Laura was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable, friendly, and ...really seemed to care about us having a great tour. more

Caligrl63

Our guide Adrianne was excellent - knowledgable, friendly, great driver, multilingual and helpfull!

Steven

I recommend this day trip. It was nice getting out of Barcelona. The guide as pleasant and knowledgeable. The hiking was good at... Valle Nuria. I recommend skipping the stop at Quealbs (too small) and instead picking a different city. Easy to find tour in front of Hard Rock Cafe. more

Kimberly

The town of Vic was quite pretty. We had enough time to walk around the historic part and even sit down for a drink.

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/> Queralbs was very picturesque, if deserted. There was a very nice old man who unlocked the doors of the church and explained, in Spanish, a little bit about the history. Thankfully, someone in the group could translate for the rest of us. Do note that you will need to make a small donation for entry into the church.

The Vall de Nuria was beautiful! Sorry for spoilers, but the train sort of goes into a tunnel and when you emerge, you the lake is right at the level of the train... and then you see the whole valley and the surrounding mountains. I would have liked to film that. Anyway, you really have to make the most of your time there since it is very limited! We only had about TWO HOURS there. If you want nice views, you can walk or take the cable car up. The former is TIRING! You can make it up in about 25 minutes. It was a little cold when we went (end May) so dress for it. There was still a bit of snow and slush. If you choose to climb or do a trail, you might not have time for boating, so do PRIORITISE.

The cafe at the cable car stop serves sandwiches, but you will still need to wait a good ten to fifteen minutes for your food. To save time, you might want to pack your lunch from Vic and take a picnic. Alternatively, there is a cafe in the main building, but I'd rather have wasted time in Vic, than there.

Our guide was very knowledgable and provided interesting snippets of information - you really get an idea of the whole Catalan identity. He was quite friendly and helpful as well. But you really need to ask to find out about things.
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Hannah

We had the tour in july 2013. Enjoyed it
beautiful,serene country side, breathtaking view of valleys and mountains.really l...
iked it
also our guide Mr Fabian was exceptionally good.
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