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Pyrenees Mountains & Medieval Towns Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona

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Pyrenees Mountains & Medieval Towns Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona
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Revel in the incredible mountain scenery of the Pyrenees Spain on this hiking day trip from Barcelona, with an experienced guide. Travel through the charming villages of the Pyrenees’ foothills by minivan, and ride a rack railway to the gorgeous Nuria Valley, a vision of green pastures and peaks overlooking a jewel-like lake. Drink in the setting and crisp air, and enjoy time to follow the hiking trails, go horse riding or boating, or visit a traditional restaurant. Numbers are limited on this small-group tour for a more personalized experience.
  • Full-day small group tour by minivan to the Pyrenees
  • Visiting the historic town of Vic and its cathedral and market square
  • Personalized small group and commentary
  • Riding the rack railway from Queralbs to a stunning mountain valley
  • Hiking, horse riding, boating and other activities
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Transport by comfortable air-conditioned minivan
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Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Small group tour
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Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Carrer del Palau de la Música , C/ Palau de la Música, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

All of our tours meet at our office, which is directly across from the outside cafe area of the Palau de la Musica. We advise that you arrive 15 minutes before the tour starts.

8:30 AM
Plaça de Catalunya , Plaça de Catalunya, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Depending on the size of the group and the traffic restrictions on the day of the tour, your tour will finish back at the office, or in Placa Catalunya, which is an easy 3-5 minute walk from the office.

Put on warm clothes and sturdy walking shoes, and meet your guide and the rest of your small group in central Barcelona. Hop inside your air-conditioned minivan and journey into the countryside on route to the Pyrenees.

As you travel, hear tales of the region’s history from your guide and pass Montseny Natural Park, a protected region of mountains, forests and high moors.

After roughly an hour, make your first stop in the quaint market town of Vic. Enjoy free time for breakfast (own expense) or to explore the medieval center, with its picturesque market square, cathedral and Romanesque and neoclassical buildings.

Back aboard your minivan, continue to the stone-built mountain village of Queralbs; the last point on your route accessible by road. Leave the minivan, and accompanied by your guide, ride the rack railway up to the Nuria Valley. Home to a lake and bright green pastures ringed by high peaks, this picturebook valley is one of the most beautiful in the Pyrenees.

Admire the scenery from the train, and on arrival, enjoy several hours to explore as you wish. Perhaps follow your choice of the hiking trails suitable for different fitness levels, such as the paths up to the Valley Coma de Vaca. Although a good physical fitness is not a prerequisite of this tour, a reasonable level is required if you wish to take the Coma de Vaca trails.

Alternatively, take your pick from the local activities (own expense) such as horseriding or boating, or enjoy a meal (own expense) at one of the traditional Catalan restaurants. See the Itinerary for details of the activities available.

When the time comes, return to Barcelona where your trip ends at the start point. 

Please note: Annual track maintenance on the rack railway from Queralbs means that the line is closed between Mondays and Fridays from November 1 to November 30. On these days, the tour will run to an alternative itinerary that involves accessing the mountain valleys by road or hiking at a lower height. These changes will in no way take away from your Pyrenees experience.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Explore Catalunya
8.15am - You will start your day at our main office, which is right next to the famous Palau de la Musica. You will meet your guide, have time to use the restrooms, and perhaps even grab a quick coffee before the tour begin. Your guide will explain all about the day ahead and what to expect as you wait for you tour to leave.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Eixample
8.30am - You will leave Barcelona though the Example district of town. As you head out of the city, your guide will give you a brief history of Barcelona, before letting you sit back and relax on the 60 minute drive to Vic.
Pass By:  
Montseny
9.00am - From Barcelona you will head north, quickly leaving the hustle and bustle of a busy Mediterranean city behind. As we climb up the Pyrenees, you will 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 among others, living in beech, pine and oak forests.
Stop At:  
Vic
9.30am - Your first stop on this small group tour is the old market town of Vic. You will be guided through this old medieval town, visiting the cathedral - with its mix of styles ranging from Romanesque to neo-classical, the town's magnificent renaissance and baroque buildings, and the ancient Roman Temple, which lies hidden between the buildings of the old quarter. Afterwards, you will have plenty of free time to grab a coffee or some breakfast in the heart of the town by the beautiful arched square where the market and other major events are still held.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Queralbs
12.30pm - After Vic, your next stop is the stone-built mountain village of Queralbs; the last point on your route accessible by road. Leave the minivan, and accompanied by your guide, ride the rack railway up to the Nuria Valley. Home to a lake and bright green pastures ringed by high peaks, this picturebook valley is one of the most beautiful in the Pyrenees. Admire the scenery from the train, and on arrival, enjoy several hours to explore as you wish. Perhaps follow your choice of the hiking trails suitable for different fitness levels, such as the paths up to the Valley Coma de Vaca. Although a good physical fitness is not a prerequisite of this tour, a reasonable level is required if you wish to take the Coma de Vaca trails. Alternatively, take your pick from the local activities (own expense) such as horseriding or boating, or enjoy a meal (own expense) at one of the traditional Catalan restaurants. See the Itinerary for details of the activities available. When the time comes, return to Barcelona where your trip ends at the start point. Please note: Annual track maintenance on the rack railway from Queralbs means that the line is closed between Mondays and Fridays from November 1 to November 30. On these days, the tour will run to an alternative itinerary that involves accessing the mountain valleys by road or hiking at a lower height. These changes will in no way take away from your Pyrenees experience. Read more about Pyrenees Mountains & Medieval Towns Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona 2020 - https://www.viator.com/tours/Barcelona/Pyrenees-Mountains-Small-Group-Day-Trip-from-Barcelona/d562-3142PYREN?mcid=56757
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vall de Nuria
12.50pm - The Nuria Valley (Vale de Nuria) boasts a beautiful lake and bright green pastures ringed by high peaks. This picturebook valley is one of the most beautiful in the Pyrenees. Admire the scenery from the train, and on arrival, enjoy several hours to explore as you wish. Perhaps follow your choice of the hiking trails suitable for different fitness levels, such as the paths up to the Valley Coma de Vaca. Although a good physical fitness is not a prerequisite of this tour, a reasonable level is required if you wish to take the Coma de Vaca trails. Alternatively, take your pick from the local activities (own expense) such as horseriding or boating, or enjoy a meal (own expense) at one of the traditional Catalan restaurants.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Queralbs
4.00pm - This tiny mountain village has a population of only 200 permanent residents living in a rambling collection of traditionally built stone houses. Perched on the side of the mountain, this impossibly quaint, picture postcard beautiful hamlet is one of the most memorable parts of the day. Here, you will also be able to see the Church of Sant Sadurní de Fustanyá, built from stones so perfectly-hewn that legend says it was built by the fairies and witches said to inhabit the surrounding caves. After an hour or so, we will head back to the bus and begin our journey back to Barcelona.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Plaza de Catalunya
7.00pm - You will arrive back in Barcelona well time for dinner. Your guide will be happy to show you to the nearest metro or how to get a taxi. If you are staying in town, he will give you some restaurant recommendatioins.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for child aged 4 and under
  • There will be time off the bus at your leisure, so please bring suitable clothing, footwear, and sun protection. Remember that temperatures at high altitudes will be much lower than in the city, so although it may be warm in Barcelona, please remember that it will be much cooler in the mountains.
  • On rare occasions the railway track closes without notice due to routine maintenance. The tour will offer alternative options suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Alternatives will range from going by road up into the beautiful mountain valleys or low level mountain walks, and the views will be just as stunning!
  • This tour is in English only.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Explore Catalunya
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Pyrenees Mountains & Medieval Towns Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Pyrenees Mountains & Medieval Towns Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Pyrenees Mountains & Medieval Towns Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Pyrenees Mountains & Medieval Towns Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Pyrenees Mountains & Medieval Towns Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "First, this day trip is long, but sooo worth it!" See review

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star-4
Really good
Rebecca_S
, Jul 2022
The tour was really good. My only comment is that if you’re doing this tour for the mountains, we only got about 1.5 hours of free time in the mountains which wasn’t long enough to complete any of the hikes which was a shame. But otherwise it was really good
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello, I am sorry that you wanted to stay longer in the mountains. I will look and see how we can spend a bit more time there. Thank you, Robert
star-5
Worth the visit
Santiago_D
, May 2022
A wonderful experience, its like slowly traveling to the past, visiting older and older towns. Although it's not just quaint towns, there are also beautiful landscapes, mesmerising views that make it worth it and entice you to get back. Additionally, Arnaud was a very nice guide, very knowledgeable about the places, the history and is always interested in you enjoying the tour. Definitely recommended!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, I just read your review and wanted to say thank you. You describe this tour perfectly. Thanks, Robert
star-5
The Valle of Nuria was...
Virginia_R
, May 2022
The Valle of Nuria was absolutely stunning! It was a chilly 37 degrees Farenheit with snow flurries however, the views were exhilerating. Rod was a great tour guide!
star-5
Great out of town day trip
Tina_T
, May 2022
Terrific day trip out of Barcelona. Got lucky with market day (Saturday) in Vic then onto Nuria and a smaller little down near it. Our guide Stephen was friendly and knowledgeable, offering great stories along the way and answering our questions. The valley of Nuria is beautiful, as is the train ride up. Bring layers, it's a bit cooler than back in town. Well worth the trip though! (Pro-tip our guide gave us, get food in Vic to take up. The onsite food in the valley itself is meh.)
star-5
Would recommend
Sooraj_M
, May 2022
Very nice trip with a very good guide Rod. Was easily the best apart of the Barcelona travel plan. Really recommend if you are looking to go outside the city to explore
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Sooraj, Thank you very much for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed the tour. Kind regards, Patricia
star-5
Beautiful sites and a wonderful tour guide
Cliff_T
, Apr 2022
We booked this trip based on the online reviews. While we spent most of our week in Spain handling our own travel arrangements, we are so glad we booked a tour for our Pyrenees experience because we had a wonderful guide. Arnau took our family of four and one other couple out on the excursion, and he was warm and welcoming, offering us lots of information on the drive out of Barcelona. During our first stop in Vic and our third stop in the Nuria Valley, Arnau provided the perfect balance of providing friendly and knowledgable information about the locations while also offering us free time to explore on our own. In the second stop of Queralbs, he took us inside the beautiful, old church and walked us through the old, cobbled streets. The sites we saw were beautiful (we especially enjoyed taking the cable car in the Nuria Valley for stunning mountain views), and Arnau was a wonderful guide from start to finish. He even gave us a superb dinner recommendation as we were heading back into Barcelona that led us to our best meal of the entire week. Thank you, Arnau, for a special day!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing Experience!
Chidrup_M
, Apr 2022
Gloria was a fantastic guide. She was knowledgeable in regards to the History of Catalunya. Totally recommended trip !!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Beautiful Pyrenees Mountains
Mia_R
, Mar 2022
For this tour we decided on the small group, because we thought it would be nice to meet other families. We got to the mutual pick up and we were met with Geordi our tour guide and a family of 3 just like us. We all got into a roomy van and headed towards a small town, on the way to the Pyrenees mountains. Geordi walked us around the small town, telling us the history and then gave both families time to explore. We were given a time to meet. There were several meat shops with an assortment of meats and several pastry shops. Unfortunately it was cold and raining so it was hard to enjoy. We all ended up in a small cafe getting hot coffee. Our next stop was a train to take us up the Pyrenees mountains to one of the many ski resorts in the pyrenees mountains. We drove past beautiful scenery before getting to the train.. It was a bit cloudy, but still magnificent. The train ride was quick and before we knew it, we were at the ski resort. We were given time to explore and grab lunch. The snow capped mountains were spectacular. There was a tram that went up the mountain, but we chose not to take it. Geordi was super nice and a great tour guide!!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hello, Thank you for a long and wonderful review really detailing your day. Thank you so much, Robert
star-5
Amazing experience ! One day well spent
RuchiBhatia
, Feb 2022
Loved it . Our tour guide Rod is an amazing storyteller . He shared history , culture of Spain. 11 th century church , walk in the old town , train ride , mountains, snow, walk in the wealthiest ghostown ... Drive upto mountains .. loved every bit of it. Thank you to Christina ( Manager ) and Rod for great experience !
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hello, A quick note to say thank you for sending us your review. Best regards, Robert
star-5
Wonderful trip to the Pyrenees
Satheesh_N
, Feb 2022
Our guide Rodriguez was amazing. Had a wonderful time visiting the old Roman town of Vic. But the visit to Nuria high up in the Pyrenees was special. Spectacular views.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Hello, You came at the most perfect time of the year to see the mountains. They are covered in snow right now and they look just stunning. I'm really pleased you got to see them, and thank you for talking the time to send us a review. I know very well, how easy it is to forget to send a review, so I want you and everybody else who sends us these wonderful comments to know how much we appreciate it. Thanks, Robert
star-5
Amazing!
Alexandre_C
, Dec 2021
The trip is awesome and our guide Sergio was very good. Unfortunately we couldn't go up to Valle de Nuria due to bad weather conditions, but we did a hike on the foothills instead and it was amazing anyway!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hello Alexandre, Thank you very much for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the alternative route :) Sergi is very good, we will pass your comment onto him. Kind regards, Patricia
star-3
Don't go to the 3 countries in a day
Niem_D
, Oct 2021
I was switched over to the 3 countries in a day. The driver was great but the tour was not great. We went to medieval town called Bega and it was not interesting at all, then went to the spa town of Ax Les Thermes and that was the highlight. Cool town nice walks... Andorra is a compete waste of time. Not enough time and all it was a strip mall at the end of a bunch of ski resorts. You one and half hour and that was barely to have lunch and walk 3-4 blocks.. But we did waste 30 minutes at a place to get a drink in a town that was on our way back. It is it worth the 12 hours. To spend 3 1/2 to run and gun...
star-5
I enjoyed it!
Ana_C
, Jul 2021
Nice trip, not too far, wonderful views, our guide (Jordi) gave us good information, great tips and was very kind.
star-5
Magical Mountain Escape
Clayton_F
, Mar 2020
During this trip I kept commenting on how much it completely exceeded my expectations! The old towns, the train ride, the beautiful mountains. Wonderful. Gloria, our guide made this such a fun and informative experience! When my son accidentally left a bag behind at a stop she was able to contact someone and got the bag back for us. She was a total pro! Our driver, Pedro was great as well.
star-5
Amazing Experience
Dyan_L
, Feb 2020
Anna was an amazing guide. This was a great day - the towns we visited were charming and the Pyrenees are absolutely gorgeous. Anna gave us tons of insight and was very knowledgeable. We felt we had enough time to truly enjoy each stop and learned a lot about the history of the towns. By far one of the highlights of our trip. Thank you Anna for an amazing experience!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello, Thank you for the review. The Pyrenees are amazing this time of year. I'll pass this on to Anna. Thanks, Robert
star-3
Great trip
Manashi_D
, Nov 2019
The guide could be better thats why I did not give five stars. My rating is for the venue and sightseeing. Pablo was our guide and he thought he was being funny but he was not, it was getting annoying by the end of the day.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hello, Thank you for sending us this. Sometimes Pablo tries to hard. I will talk to him about it. Thanks, Robert
star-5
Spectactular Scenery/ Pyrenees Day Trip from Barcelona
VERONICA_H
, Oct 2019
It was a beautiful trip from start to finish, hot, sunny day. The tour guide Sergio was very informative and interactive with the group, very attentive to our needs. Such beautiful scenery and really enjoyed the medieval towns we stopped in, entered a church that was from the 10th/12th century, it was amazing.
star-5
Great trip, our guide Sergio was amazing
Dustin K
, Oct 2019
First, this day trip is long, but sooo worth it! So if you're on the fence, just do it. You won't regret it, especially if the majority of your time is in Barcelona as this is a nice contrast to the crazy city. You go through older and much more quaint/small towns and you get a couple hours to hike the beautiful Pyrenees mountains after a short train ride up to them. It's awesome. But more so than that, our tour guide Sergio was seriously next level! You can tell this is someone who thoroughly enjoys their job and meeting new people. He made certain every single aspect of our trip was enjoyed. My wife gets a little motion sickness and he constantly was checking in with her to make sure she was ok. An old lady on our tour lost her phone, he called it, found it, then sprinted back to the bar where she left while our bus driver did a quick loop of the town, then he hopped back on. During our train ride, he was running up and down the train to tell everyone when we were about to come to good views and on what side of the train, so we could have our cameras ready. Nothing about our tour felt like a script he was trying to get through. He seriously took this trip from an 8.0 to a 10.0 for everyone in our group.
star-5
Beautiful views
Jennifer_M
, Sep 2019
We got a great view of the mountains on this tour. Our tour guide, Ana, was very knowledgeable. The hike we took in the Vall de Nuria was amazing.
star-3
Mmmm
Madison_M
, Aug 2019
So the actual place we went to was AMAZING!!!!!! all three are absolutely stunning and I was in awe of how beautiful the scenery was. Our tour guide Matthias however was not good. At all. He had no history information and the only thing he really pointed out was where the plastic water bottles were made and where the train stations are. No one cares. If you do this trip id recommend going with another tour group! It's so stunning you can't miss out. I'd recommend WE tour group. Thanks for the trip but I wouldn't go with the group I did again.

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