Spain
  • 7 days/ 6 nights
  • Next Departure: Apr 28, 2019
  • From $3,598 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Explore Spain on this Multi-sport European Vacation!

Catalonia is one of Spain’s most varied regions, where you can explore countless charming Romanesque churches, medieval hamlets and villages, and marvel at great Gothic cathedrals. A stream of museums can fill you in on the rich history and artistic legacy. Three of the 20th century’s most important artists – Picasso, Miró and Dalí – began their careers here. And who can ignore the architectural fantasies of Gaudí? Catalonian food is among Spain’s best, from the hearty meat and game dishes of the Pyrenees to the mouthwatering seafood delights on the Costa Brava, the range of delicacies is surprising.

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  • Europe Vacations
  • Adult only
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Paddling/Rafting
  • Snorkeling/Swimming
  • Gourmet Dining
  • Cultural/History

Activity Level: Moderately Easy (2)

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 Anglas, 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'Emporda
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Had another great trip. We thought the routes were some of the best we've done.

Marsha B Vancouver, BC

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Jay W New York, NY

Itinerary
& Map
Day 1: Olot
Bike Tours in Spain
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Hotel Riu Olot
We meet in the morning in Barcelona and are transferred to Pantà de Sau for some kayaking above a forgotten village. Established in 1962, the water from the Sau reservoir covered the abandoned village of San Roman de Sau. We'll kayak above the ruins afterwards heading on a breathtaking hike with views across the wide gorge and the Pantà de Sau dam. For lunch we land in the pretty village of Tavertet, set amid rugged mountains. This afternoon, we explore the town of Rupit, with narrow streets and tucked-away squares, offering some splendid views of the Pyrenees. Tonight in Olot we'll have our first of many fanatic meals on this journey.

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. Cava and ‘coca de llardons’ (a Catalan cake) are served during the flight, followed by a lunch of some of the best 'chorizo' you've ever tasted. After the balloon ride, we'll take 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 tapas meal with local delicacies that only this region of Spain could produce. This evening decide to take a stroll through the historic old city.

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 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. After checking out the lake and the market, we'll head back to Girona to explore more of the enchanting city. Or you may opt to visit Figueres, the birthplace of Dali and where art lovers will revel in the extraordinary surrealist museum Teatre-Museu Dalí. An evening on your own will give you the opportunity to relax at your hotel after your exciting day, or go out exploring the unforgettable Girona once more.
Day 5: La Bisbald'Emporda 
Tours to Spain
Meals Included:  B, D
Today’s memorable ride will take you through the picturesque villages, such as Madremanya, La Pera, Monells and Cruïlles which seem to be perfectly preserved through the ages. At Púbol, visit the mansion Salvador Dalí which was decorated himself in his signature dramatic style for his wife Gala. In La Bisbal, explore its narrow streets and alleyways while checking out the villages famed ceramics. Retire to the grounds of our castle where we will enjoy a tour before an unforgettable meal.

About Hotel Castell d'Emporda 

This medieval castle with modern additions is surrounded by a park. The Castell d'Emporda  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
Transfer to Platja des Castells on the stunning Costa Brava for an unforgettable sea kayaking adventure. Explore sea caves by kayak in stunning coves before a Paella lunch by the sea. Those who prefer to stay ashore can follow a pleasant bike loop from the hotel to the medieval villages of Peratallada, Pals, and Ullastret. Kayakers can also opt for a bike ride back to the castle to 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
Overnight: No overnight
At the time of your preference, your guide will transfer you to the Barcelona train station or airport for your departure home. Or, if you decide to stay in Barcelona we'll take you to your hotel in this gem of Catalonia. ** 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
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  • 7 days/ 6 nights
  • Next Departure: Apr 28, 2019
  • From $3,598 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Apr 28, 2019 - May 4, 2019
  • May 19, 2019 - May 25, 2019
  • Jun 16, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019
  • Sep 8, 2019 - Sep 14, 2019
  • Sep 29, 2019 - Oct 5, 2019

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Additional Trip Information

Arrival & Departures

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 Day 2: Hot-air ballooning (optional), hiking Day 3: Bicycle mileage options: 18 / 25 / 34 Day 4: Walking, Segway, rowing, swimming Day 5: Bicycle mileage options: 25 / 32 / 40 Day 6: Boating, snorkeling, bicycle mileage options: 14 / 20 Discovery: Living among volcanoes is part of everyday life for the locals in Olot, the city being located in the Natural Park of the Volcanic Area of La Garrotxa. There are four volcanoes within the town limits. Kiss the ‘Cul de la Lleona’ to guarantee your return to Girona. Explore the parade of ceramics stores lining the main road in La Bisbal. Nearby Ullastret is one of the best preserved Iberian settlements, where remains of the walls, gates, silos, and other elements, most dating to the 3rd century BC have been excavated. Try a Copa de Cava, Catalonia’s bubbly beverage. Austin Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to fit you to your bikes, explain the details of each ride and answer any questions. Each day your guides will help you choose the distance and route that is right for you.

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.
Pre-departure Information After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
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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
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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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