Canyons, Table Mountains & Volcanoes

Rutas de los Bandoleros

Canyons, Table Mountains & Volcanoes

1.490 € p.p
+ servicios adicionales

Resumen

Descripción resumida

Pyrenees riding tour: canyons, table mountains and volcanoes

The horse riding adventure "Trail of Bandits" is based on the biography of the famous "bandolero" Joan Sala Serrallonga, the Catalonian Robin Hood. In north-east Spain, the bandit Serrallonga wandered around the mountains of Guilleries and Garrotxa during the 17th century. The vast pathless area of woodland offered good hiding places to outlaws. Canyons, table mountains and volcanoes rise up in this wild landscape. Rivers, lakes and waterfalls provide pleasant refreshment. In the picturesque villages, there are still stories told about the gangs of thieves and the Catalan rebels. Today we find an incredible riding paradise where outlaws once hid. The trail of bandits is an extremely diversified horse riding trek through massive canyons, table mountains and volcanoes.

Duración

  • 8 días / 7 noches / 6 días de equitación

Personas

  • 4 - 12 Personas

Paisaje

  • Pirineos

Puntos destacados y hechos

  • Trail of the four seasons:
    • Spring: the soft green of the deciduous forests
    • Summer: comfortable climate on the high plateau
    • Autumn: colouring of the leaves - "Indian Summer"
    • Winter: snow rides
  • Accommodation at Jordis cozy horse farm
  • Picnic at the foot of the table mountain
  • Sunrise at the monastery "El Far", at the highest point of the Table Mountain

Nivel de equitación

  • 3 herraduras o más (Intermedio)

Recommendation

The fresh tender green of the deciduous trees in May and the autumnal colouring of the “Indian summer” in October and November make this extraordinary riding tour magical!

Itinerario

Day 1: Pyrenees riding tour

The transfer brings us into the mountains. Deep in the Spanish Pyrenees, at the foot of the mountain range of Cavallera, there is the small mountain village of St. Joan de Abadeses. This is the starting point of our trail of bandits. During our first meal together, we get to know our guide and chat about the upcoming horse riding trek.

Day 2: High mountains of the Pyrenees

The horses are saddled and we mount our steeds. The trail weaves through a marvellous mountain landscape which appears rugged or soft depending on the season.

The air is pleasantly aromatic and there is peacefulness with only the sounds of nature. High above on a mountain range a small roman church enjoys an incomparably beautiful position and invites us for a picnic. In a little mountain village we stay overnight in a cosy guesthouse, where Joan serves us the 'best' Paella.

Day 3: High plateau

We are riding to the high plateau of Collsacabra, where the merging of the north and south, Mediterranean Sea and high mountains is a very special sight.

Lush meadows and dense beech forests cover the land. Ferns spread over, the jungle sprawls and seems to be impermeable. The temperatures are pleasantly cool, with springs and calm brooks refreshing us on the way.

In the heart of the high plateau there is the remote but very cosy riding farm of Jordi. Here we can only hear the wind in the trees, the singing of the cicadas and the splashing of the brook. In the evening we enjoy a bandit's menu and a glass of wine at an old wooden table, while Joan tells Catalonian stories of desperados.

Day 4: Canyons and table mountains

Brilliantly our agile "Andalusians" climb over an overwhelming landscape. In spring and summer the deep green beech forests blink through grey rock mountains, and on the 'Indian Summer' days of autumn the forests shimmer like gold - the ambience reminds us of Canada.

Vast cattle meadows give us amazing views over valleys and mountains and we stop for a picnic in the 'open air restaurant Panorama-Trails'.

Speedily in trot and canter we approach the abundant table mountains. Here we see canyons and waterfalls and hear the calling of birds of prey that soar above.

Like an eagle's nest the small village of Tavertet is located majestically on the edge of a table mountain, where we have a beautiful view looking down at a canyon lake that shines in a deep green below us.

Day 5: Home of Serrallonga

High on top of the edge of the table mountains we ride to the mountains of Guilleries, home of the bandit Serrallonga, the Catalonian Robin Hood.

The view from the 'roof top of Catalonia' over the green mountains is unique.

The evergreen and moist landscape is in contrast to the red, brown and silver-grey rocks of the table mountains.

In the middle of this fascinating mountain landscape we discover lonely chapels and twisty natural stone villages dating back to Serrallongas’ times.

At a clearing, we rest and feel like 'Outlaws' from long ago, then we continue our trek through a mystical jungle like area with ferns that cover the path.

At the highest point of the table mountain the monastery 'El Far' rises up majestically. It is one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Catalonia. We stay here overnight and wake the next morning to the sun rising up over the sea.

Day 6: Garrotxa, land of the volcanoes

We leave the Guilleries and emerge into the land of volcanoes.

The landscape is well cultivated but also has a wildness about it. The extinct volcanoes lie there resting until the end of time.

The last eruption was some thousand years ago and only the black lava and some craters remind us of the explosions. In the mediaeval village Santa Pau we find cosy accommodation.

Day 7: Besalú

We trot and canter along the brook "Ser" and leave the area of Garrotxa. The brook leads into the River Fluvià which points us towards the Costa Brava.

Stone oaks and pines are the dominant trees here and under their pleasant shade we enjoy our bandit's picnic.

After a siesta, we ride at good speed towards the medieval town Besalú. Our accommodation for the last night is a hotel right next to the beautiful romantic bridge with a view over the River Fluvià and the town. Before having dinner in the enchanting garden of the restaurant, we have the possibility to stroll through the alleys of Besalú. During our farewell dinner, we discuss the adventures of our horse riding trek.

Day 8: Adiós y hasta la vista!

After breakfast we say goodbye. Transfer to Girona or Barcelona, or continue to a coast trail.

> Important notice to all customers!

Información & Servicios

Character

The Trail of Bandits takes you into a fabulous "robber landscape" and will reward you on the "Table Mountains" with overwhelming panoramic views. Due to the balanced riding days and the cosy accommodation, we are pleased to be able to recommend this trail ride to slightly more experienced riders. A few short descents have to be done in walk so you need suitable footwear. Every day you spend 4-6 hours in the saddle. Steep passages can be avoided for any riders with vertigo. On the Trail of Bandits you will encounter both Mediterranean and Atlantic climates so appropriate sun protection and waterproof clothing are therefore needed.

Included services

  • Riding program as described
  • 8 days with 7 nights in a double room with shower and toilet, of which 1-2 nights' accommodation may be with a shared shower and toilet, 6 riding days
  • Arrival day dinner included/departure day breakfast included
  • 6 Riding days half board including wine
  • Tax on stays in tourist establishments
  • Transportation of luggage
  • Local transfers during the trail

Not included services

  • Flight or public transport (on arrival and on departure), taxi
  • Collective airport transfer from/to Girona 60,- Euro/one way; from/to Barcelona 60,- Euro/one way. Arrival with own car 60,- Euro (due to the distance of starting and ending point of the trail)
  • Restaurant & Catering services during the ride: 80,- Euro (payable locally at the first dinner)
  • Entrance fees to Museums and Monuments
  • Drinks/food in bars
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Coffee at dinner
  • Tips for the team and other services
Traslados y catering

Notice

  • First day: on arrival dinner is at approx. 9 p.m.
  • Last day: before departure breakfast is at approx. 9 a.m.
  • Due to local conditions, a route change or amendment may be necessary.
  • The Bandit Trail can be ridden in both directions.
  • The tour operator reserves the right to substitute the described accommodations by equivalent if necessary.

Accommodation

Single Room / Double Room / "Half Double Room"

Single rooms cannot always be guaranteed though booked. If a previously confirmed single room is not available, the guest is entitled to a refund of the price paid for those nights surcharge.

Single travellers have the option to book a "Half Double Room".

Half double rooms for bookings 60 days prior to departure can only be booked, if at that time a same-gender customer is also waiting for a roommate. If this is not the case, we will book a single room with the regular, advertised surcharge.

  • Single room supplement + 30,- Euro/night

Transfer

Airport Barcelona
  • Collective group transfer at 5:30 p.m., meeting point at the airport is in Terminal T1 in front of the Café TRAMOYA at the Group Meeting Point North located opposite from the "Oficina de Turisme" (after customs on the right).
  • Please Note! If you arrive at Terminal T2 all five minutes a free shuttle bus brings you to Terminal T1!
  • Please book your flight on the day of departure from 2:30 p.m. onwards!


Airport Girona
  • Collective group transfer at 6:30 p.m. The meeting point at the airport is in front of Café CAFFRICCIO in the arrivals hall.
  • Please book your flight on the day of departure from 1:00 p.m. onwards!

If the arranged transfer times do not fit with your arrival and departure times, we would be happy to organize a taxi for you (about €80-€120 from Girona, €240-€280 from Barcelona, depending on the trail start/end points). Other arrival and departure destinations provided on request.

Please Note: The transfer times can vary depending on flight arrival times/delays from other guests/traffic etc. Please be patient in these cases!

Traslados y catering

Guaranteed departure

With a small group surcharge in case the minimum number of participants is not reached. (only on demand)

Important notice

Important notice to all customers!

All trail itineraries are general guidelines and in order to offer our customers the best riding holiday experience we make occasional changes.

Depending on the number of concurrent trails, the season, the weather and national holidays, we may make alterations to itineraries at short-notice, which could affect the number of riding hours per day, the route we take to any given destination or the use of alternative accommodation. Trails can also be ridden in both directions. All changes are at our discretion but when changes are made, we endeavour to ensure that our high standards of quality are maintained and reflected in the alternatives we choose.

Presentation, organization, photos and information by Rudi Stolz

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