Spain
  • 7 days/ 6 nights
  • Next Departure: Sep 11, 2016
  • From $3,998 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Explore Spain on this Multi-sport European Vacation!

Discover the varied artistic delights of Catalonia on this action-packed, small group adventure through Spain’s exciting Northeastern pocket of culture, stunning scenery and delicious fare. Our expert guides welcome you to explore the mountains and waters of this classic region via foot, bike, kayak and even balloon on an exclusive journey that takes you from the Pyrenees to Costa Brava and the Mediterranean Sea. By day, ramble through endless Romanesque churches, medieval hamlets and villages and great Gothic cathedrals, while evenings offer the perfect climate for relaxing over gourmet cuisine and a bottle of wine before settling into your distinctive lodgings. All the while, Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to unwind and get swept away by the intoxicating atmosphere of this Spanish-fantasy adventure. It’s no wonder that Picasso, Miró, Dalí and Gaudi were able to create such masterpieces in this wild, enchanting European haven of creative inspiration!

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Snorkeling / Swimming
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

About
This Tour

Experience one of Europe's most welcoming places on this seven-day, all-inclusive Spain vacation package that takes you from the craggy peaks of the Pyrenees to the scintillating coastline of the Mediterranean. Hike, bike, kayak and snorkel your way through this week-long adventure in northeast Spain, a region renowned for its remarkable history, spectacular scenery and artistic legacy. Fresh-off-the-boat seafood and fruity sangria's serve as the cherry-on-top of this best-in-class experience of Northeastern Spain.

  • Kayak a reservoir in the Ter River basin, where the village of San Roman de Sau once stood
  • Walk the foothills of Rupit for jaw-dropping panoramas of the Pyrenees Mountains
  • Sip cava and take in a splendid bird's eye view on an optional hot air balloon ride over Olot
  • Paddle in the wake of 1992 Olympian rowers on Lake Banyoles
  • Hike between lava cones and lush vegetation in a natural volcanic park
  • Bike the secluded Via Verde to Anglès, the ‘city of a thousand sieges’
  • Snorkel a marine life-rich archipelago on the Costa Brava
  • Relax on a castle terrace before enjoying a traditional Catalan feast at the Hotel Castell d’Empordà
Biking tour in Spain
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Had another great trip. We thought the routes were some of the best we've done.

Marsha B Vancouver, BC

Ron makes all the difference- he's the best!

Jay W New York, NY

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

7 days/ 6 nights

Barcelona, Spain (BCE)

Day 1: Olot
Bike Tours in Spain
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Hotel Riu Olot

To kick things off, we meet in the morning in Barcelona and are transferred to Pantà de Sau.

The Sau Reservoir, belonging to the Ter River basin, is a perfect place to kayak. When the lake was established in 1962, the water covered the village of San Roman de Sau, while the bell tower continues to be exposed.

After kayaking, we proceed on a hike during which the views across the wide gorge and the Pantà de Sau dam are breathtaking.

For lunch we proceed to the pretty village of Tavertet, set amidst rugged grazing mountains. This afternoon, we continue on segways to the town of Rupit, with narrow streets and tucked-away squares, affording some splendid views of the Pyrenees.

Once in Olot, relax at our hotel before you feed your appetite with a delicious meal at the restaurant we handpicked for you.

About Hotel Riu Olot
This modern hotel is within walking distance of the historic town center, with nice views of the surrounding mountains and volcanic hills.

Day 2: Olot
Kayaking in Spain
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Hotel Riu Olot

Get up early if you wish to go on an optional hot-air balloon flight (not included in the trip price).

Cava and ‘coca de llardons’ (a Catalan cake) are served during the flight, followed by a lunch consisting of roasted & cured sausage and beans.

Those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground can join us on a walk through the protected volcanic natural park between Olot and the village of Santa Pau. With its 30-some volcanic cones, this is a landscape of unusual beauty and lush vegetation.

When back in Olot, choose to visit the botanical gardens and its interesting Volcano Museum.

Day 3: Girona
Bike Tours in Spain
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Today, bike along a traffic-free ‘Via Verde’ for the entirety of the route to Girona.

Enjoy a picnic lunch near the former train station of Amer and continue via Anglès (by bike or van) to the ‘city of a thousand sieges’ Girona, whose ramparts still mark the old city limits.

Tonight the group will gather together for a fine meal with traditional specialties before relaxing in our rooms for the rest of the night.

About Hotel Ciutat de Girona
Centrally located in the commercial part of town, Hotel Ciutat de Girona is perfect for exploring the medieval town center across the river.

You’ll feel right at home in the modern, comfortable rooms. The restaurant features interesting fusion cuisine.

Day 4: Girona
Hotel on our vacation to Spain
Meals Included:  B, L

Transfer to nearby Banyoles, widely known for its figure-of-eight lake fed by underground streams, which was the venue for the rowing events during the 1992 Olympics.

  • But first we’ll visit the bustling Wednesday market in the Plaça Major which has been taking place since the thirteenth century!
  • At the lake, options include walking, swimming, rowing, boat ride
  • There is so much to see and to do in Girona, you will want part of the afternoon off
  • You may opt to proceed to Figueres to visit the extraordinary Teatre-Museu Dalí in the town of his birth, and spend ample time in this gigantic surrealist object

An evening on your own will give you the opportunity to relax at your hotel after your exciting day, or go out exploring Girona some more.

Day 5: La Bisbald’Empordà
Tours to Spain
Meals Included:  B, D

On Day 5, a brief 15-minute transfer will get us out of town safely.

  • Today’s ride will take you through Catalonia’s most authentic and best preserved villages, such as Madremanya, La Pera, Monells and Cruïlles
  • At Púbol, visit the mansion Salvador Dalí bought for his wife Gala, who lived here without him until her death in 1982, and was decorated by the artist himself in his inimitable style
  • In La Bisbal, explore its many ceramic stores and the ceramics museum

Retire to the grounds of our castle, where we will enjoy a tour by the owner before being seated for our tapas-style meal.

About Hotel Castell d’Empordà
This medieval castle with modern additions is surrounded by a park. The Castell d’Empordà is now a luxurious four-star hotel fully satisfying all the requirements of the 21st century.

The Castell features comfortable, tastefully decorated rooms, and amenities include a gourmet restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and terraces.

Day 6: La Bisbald’Empordà
Biking in Spain
Meals Included:  B, D

On day 6, transfer to L’Estartit on the Costa Brava to embark to Les Illes Medes archipelago, an off-shore marine wildlife reserve with a great variety of flora and fauna.

You’ll have ample opportunity to snorkel in the rich waters surrounding the islets. Those who prefer to stay ashore can follow a pleasant bike loop from the hotel to the medieval villages of Peratallada, Pals and Ullastret.

Once back at our castle, relax at the pool or on the terrace before retiring to our gourmet farewell feast at the hotel.

Day 7: Barcelona
Spain Bike Tours
Meals Included:  B

At the time of your preference, your guide will transfer you to the Barcelona train station or airport for your departure home.

Or, be transferred to your hotel in Barcelona if you decide to add another night in this great city.

We hope you'll join us again soon!

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, trail, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 7 days/ 6 nights
  • Next Departure: Sep 11, 2016
  • From $3,998 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Sep 11, 2016
  • Oct 2, 2016
  • Apr 23, 2017
  • May 14, 2017
  • Jun 4, 2017
  • Sep 10, 2017
  • Oct 1, 2017

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Prior to the trip, arrive at your own convenience in Barcelona.
  • On Day 1, we will meet you in the lobby of Hotel Jazz in Barcelona at 8:30 a.m.
  • After a transfer to Pantà de Sau, the fun begins with a kayak trip on the lake.
  • After breakfast on Day 7, we take you to the airport, train station, or the hotel of your choice in Barcelona (two hour transfer).
Activities
  • Day 1: Kayaking, hiking, Segway
  • Day 2: Hot-air ballooning (optional), hiking
  • Day 3: Bicycle mileage options: 18 / 25 / 34
  • Day 4: Walking, rowing, swimming
  • Day 5: Bicycle mileage options: 25 / 32 / 40
  • Day 6: Boating, snorkeling, bicycle mileage options: 14 / 20
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, dinners as indicated by itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Meals as not indicated by detailed daily itinerary.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Outstanding guides and equipment. Well-planned route and excellent accommodations.

John S, Providence, RI

Well organized, highly informative, extraordinary sights and visits and Ron is wonderful!

Lowell J, Pine Plains, NY

Always a great trip with Ron. Perfect host- anticipates ever need and desire!

Sandy D, New York, NY

First time, good experience

Joyce H, New York, NY
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The history: The Iberians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, Celts, Basques and the Moors have all made their mark on what is now Spain. Come discover the many contributions of these cultures!
  • 2. The explorers: The first European men to see California, Antarctica, the Pacific Ocean and to circumnavigate the globe were all Spaniards. But did you know? Christopher Columbus was not only not the first European to land on the Americas (Leif Ericson), he also wasn’t a Spaniard (Italian, though commissioned by the Queen of Spain)!
  • 3. Botany galore: Spain boasts one of the most diverse plant populations in Europe. During the last ice age, most of Europe was covered in glaciers but Spain was far enough south to avoid the ice so many plant species that were wiped out elsewhere, survived.
  • 4. The arts: From Dali to Gaudi, enjoy discovering the many surrealistic, imaginative styles of art that this Mediterranean climate has encouraged over the centuries.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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