PYRENEES 4X4 ADVENTURE TOURS
Pyrenees 4X4 Adventure Holiday Tour
9-18 June 2022 & 18-27 August 2022
Spain's equivalent to the Alps, and no less majestic, definitely a little wilder and perhaps a bit more rustic in general. The Pyrenees provide adrenaline rushes galore, its plethora of exciting off-road tracks encompassing imposing mountain peaks to some fast flowing rivers, through terrain offering regular opportunities for wild camping. Traversing the length of this spectacular range from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, you will experience the real beauty of unspoiled nature, exploring the most un-touristy, remote and rugged wilderness areas of Catalonia in the east, and the Basque Country in the west. As with the Alps trip, this fantastic adventure is particularly well suited to families with kids, not least because we take lots of leisure time out of the vehicles, immersing ourselves in the most stunning natural environments. The campsites en route are some of the nicest to be found anywhere, and one is virtually guaranteed a swimming pool at the end of the day. Fully catered as always, also including outdoor adventure activities (canyoning, tree canopy courses and zip-lines).
Dates align with Brittany Ferries Portsmouth-Bilbao sailings, which are 12 hours faster and much cheaper than Portsmouth-Santander.
Start - We meet at a campsite near Banyuls, France in the late afternoon preceding Day 1, to enjoy a welcoming BBQ, followed by the tour briefing and essential testing and calibration of the CB radios.
Finish - At a campsite near Hondarribia, Spain on the morning following Day 10, after a farewell breakfast we go our separate ways.
Included - full catering 3 meals per day for the duration of the tour, outdoor adventure activities as detailed in the itinerary, all campsite fees from start to finish, only excluding the campsite preceding Day 1.
Prices - are per person based on two adults @ £1,195 p.p., additional adults @ £595, single supplement @ £365, first child @ £475, second child @ £245, third child @ £125.
Highlights - Outstanding off-road driving, through the spectacular Parc Natural Alt Pirineu, the famous Val d’Aran and the breathtaking Valles de Camprodon and Ribes. Frequent walks to and picnic lunches at some pristine mountain river and lake settings, affording opportunities to swim. Two very special nights of camping out in carefully selected, beautiful Pyrenean wilderness locations. Tracking the old smugglers trails out of Andorra, exploring the majestic Cerdanya Reserve and the Ordesa National Park. An exhilarating morning featuring a tree canopy traverse course and a 430m zip-line ride. Some of the best off-road driving to be found anywhere in Europe, through diverse and exciting terrain offering unbeatable views, notably as we meander along course of the Neguera Pallaresa river. A second morning of adventure activity, in the form of river canyoning in the stunning Vall de Chastau. Last and not least, the uplifting experience of exploring one of the most beautiful natural environments anywhere in Europe for 100% pure adventure! All of which make for the perfect family holiday adventure!
Previous participants' reviews of this tour
"We can’t recommend Barrie highly enough - we had an excellent trip though the Pyrenees. Barrie is an excellent chef and great company too. Everyone really enjoyed the adventure activities - especially the kids." Rachael Comber
"Myself, my wife and my dog joined Barrie on his Pyrenees tour in 2016. As our first long distance trip with the truck, and our first experience of a guided tour, Barrie did a great job, looking after the group, keeping us all fed and watered and adapting as necessary for the varying requirements of the group. The group bonded really well, and there was definitely a good group feeling, despite the different backgrounds and objectives of the participants, and the CB banter served only to enhance the experience. We will definitely consider another tour with Barrie in the future, a few more modifications and Morocco beckons." Graham Rance
"This was our second trip with Barrie and once again we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, Barrie even booked the weather. Great company, great routes and great food. Some of the views through the Pyrenees were stunning, especially the route through the valley of the Rio Bellos. We saw Catalonia at its best, the trees were just beginning to turn and the grape pickers and mushroom pickers were out in force. If only we knew more about fungi it would have been mushroom omelettes for breakfast." Fred & Hazel Carruthers
"Many thanks for a great Pyrenees 4X4 adventure. We enjoyed travelling from the Med to the Bay of Biscay, along tracks through the countryside and national parks. The views were spectacular, and some of the tracks challenging. It was good to meet people going about their daily lives; bringing in the grape harvest by hand from steeply sloping individual plots, to see families gathering huge baskets full of wild mushrooms in the forest, watching the magnificent Percherons being moved to new grazing, cattle being checked on the very steep mountainside and, most spectacular of all, the hundreds and hundreds of sheep being driven down from the high pastures. The company of fellow travellers was great, the camping fun, the bars in tiny villages and campsites welcoming (who were even playing Martin’s music!) Needless to say, at the end of a hard day’s driving, to have such wonderful food prepared for us was a real bonus. The BBQ's were outstanding! This is our second trip with you and we are looking forward to the next one." Mike & Kate Harley
"Thanks for a brilliant time! It was one of those holidays that just can't be summed up easily, as we can't do it justice. Our first trip, fantastic time, will definitely be doing another. Thanks again Barrie, it was great meeting you and the group, for an awesome trip." Steve Groves
“Another great trip, stunningly beautiful Pyrenees mountain tracks and magnificent views. Great campsites and great company, thanks again.” Bob Churcher
"Thank you for the wonderful Pyrenees trip and organisation, and please thank all the other friends for their wonderful warmth and friendship during these days. Thank you for the fine moments, 24 hours a day, we spend together. Smiling faces and the perfect spirit we could share, so nice. Barrie, thanks for everything and bring them safe on the arrival." Fred van Eesbeke
"A great Pyrenees trip, much improved by the mixed weather giving us all different challenges, both off road and at night. Great food, and a fantastic group of people allowing us to make new friends. Will be back with you again Barrie in 2015 for a different adventure."
Richard & Trish Williams
"Our first overland trip, and it certainly won't be our last with Barrie. Challenging routes that we would never have found by ourselves, breath-taking views, and excellent catering." Andrew Brierley
"Just finished the Pyrenees. Once again it was a brilliant trip, (my third) – all new tracks and some fantastic views. Cooked breakfasts, good campsites and lovely evening meals around the barbeque. Thanks again and I am now booked for Morocco next month." Bob Churcher
"A truly excellent journey, escaping into the wilds of the Pyrenees. I would recommend this trip to both the novice off-roader and to the more experienced driver, as there is something for everyone. All day, every day, we were travelling off-road routes that the normal tourist would not know even existed; traversing mountain tracks through stunning scenery that puts to shame anything the UK has to offer. This, coupled with not having to worry about shopping for food, cooking etc, made the whole expedition a memorable experience. Would I travel with Barrie again? I have already booked my next trip." Melvyn Langford
"We really enjoyed our second trip to the Pyrenees with Barrie. The scenery was brilliant and the tracks chosen were varied, with some more challenging sections. Barrie's mastery of the barbeque made for excellent evening meals, very relaxing after a day's drive. It was a pleasure to be in your company once more Barrie and we will certainly travel with you again in the future. We would definitely recommend a holiday with Barrie." John & Claire Wardle
"Just returned from Pyrenees trip, what an excellent holiday. We read about the scenery prior to departure, but when you see the views for real from the many beautiful passes, it is stunning, definitely very much a trip to remember. Along different tracks every day, some not used by anyone for ages, the offroading is varied and suitable for all levels of experience; and when it does get tricky, Barrie will be there to help everyone through. We had a couple of places with deeply washed out track where you needed a spotter, but Barrie got us all through with no drama or damage. Standard 4X4's can manage this trip really well so long as the guidance about preparation is followed. You cannot comment on one of Barrie's tours without mentioning the catering. There is no middle ground here, the food is always excellent, really tasty and ready for you when you are ready in the evening, which is such a positive part of the experience. With the rest of the group around the braai in the evening, slurping some locally purchased vino, which although cheap, is also very good quality, this part of the day is also something to remember! After some consideration, we decided the Barnsley chops only marginally beat the Spaghetti Bolognaise, but the other dishes, such as the Salmon, were also number one contenders. We took along our German Shepherd, Ziva, who also enjoyed the trip! One feature of this holiday is that most of the camping is in full camp sites, to be compliant with the rules about camping in the national parks. We saw that Barrie is extremely careful to follow the local laws, not stepping or driving anywhere not permitted. On the plus side, this means full facilities each evening, so for anyone concerned about comfort, this trip scores top in that department as well. Would we go again? We are working out dates, so yes, definitely. Would we do this with other tour companies? Almost certainly not, why have to make all that other preparation like fridges, food, and so on – Barrie takes care of all that, leaving you just to enjoy yourself! Be seeing you on a future trip!"
Mike & Maureen Arthur
"The food was great and plentiful, the people terrific and the views were stunning! Not to have to worry about food purchase and preparation was a lovely change, and Barrie proved to be a very good chef on a couple of gas rings!" Garry Poole
"What an amazing tour, as my first overland trip I was a little nervous, but I needn't have worried. Barrie made everything so stress-free and effortless, and he makes the best paella ever! Fantastic driving, and exploring the Pyrenees mountain scenery was just incredible. All in all it was a brilliant trip, and the only way to really travel." Tammy Elkins
"The trip was a great success from my point of view, it is a holiday that will stick with me for a long time. It is the first time I have done something like this and I loved every minute. It is all about the people, and that definitely made the trip. My Dad and I are incredibly grateful to Barrie for setting up this trip, he lead it well and the meals were well prepared. I do hope to be on one of these trips again." Sean Brierley
"I really enjoyed our trip across the Pyrenees, you made us feel very welcome. It was amazing to see the beautiful scenery, and the wildlife. My favourite was the vultures. Every meal we had was very nice, and filling. The people on this trip were all very welcoming. The overall feel of the trip was brilliant, I would definitely go on another one." Jordan Lockett
"Thank you for being so helpful and flexible, it really was a very good trip, with excellent catering and hospitality. The food, company and views were all amazing! It was a real pleasure to spend time with you and we look forward to doing it again." Iain & Mickie Prophet
"Having been involved with 4 wheel drives both social, pleasure and competition for over 20 years I can honestly say that the week spent with Barrie on his Pyrenees tour was a totally great experience. From the mountain tracks and scenery to the superb food expertly prepared, I could not have wished for better. A great tour, with fantastic food all presented by one of the nicest guys I have had the pleasure of meeting." Max Knights