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Pyrenees Inn to Inn Walking Holiday

Reconnect with the great outdoors in the Pyrenees, where stunning landscapes, remote hamlets and cosy hotels make for a varied week of world-class walking.

All your questions answered

Helping you find the right holiday for you is important to us, so here's a few common questions about this trip to help. If there's anything you'd like to know that's not covered here, send us over a message or you can also give us a call on +44 1273 676 712 and we'd be only too pleased to help.

What flexibility will I get with any Covid-19 restrictions?

First thing to say is that throughout the pandemic we have frequently been praised by Which? as a tour operator to trust, so you're in good hands. Your safety is always our top priority and we want you to be able to fully look forward to and enjoy your holiday with peace of mind.

Even as restrictuons ease, our policy remains as it always has - we view quarantines as a travel restriction on a par with lockdown, in-country restrictions at your destination or FCDO advice against travel, and we will offer the same flexibility as in those situations; defer to new dates or a full refund at the point at which your trip is imminent. In these cases, we define imminent travel as a month prior to departure.

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What is the payment process and is my money completely safe?

We take a 15% deposit to secure your holiday, with the remainder due four weeks before your departure, rather than the usual eight weeks.

Your money is 100% protected through our ATOL licence if your trip includes a flight booked through us, or through our ABTOT bond if it does not. Either way, this protection provides a cast iron financial guarantee and helps you book with complete peace of mind. Because the contract between us exists here in the UK, you get this protection regardless of where you live

When is the best time to go?

This trip can start any day of the week, from May into July and also September through early November. There can still be snow on the high ground in May so we may have to adapt the walks. It is simply too hot to be enjoyable in August. The best months for this trip are therefore June and then mid-September to mid-October, when you have beautiful autumn colours, although more chances of rain.

What will the weather be like?

The climate in the Pyrenees is variable as is the case in any mountain area. The southern foothills around Ainsa are quite stable though, with generally very nice dry weather. As you walk in the higher valleys you have more chances of cloudy weather coming in from the north. In September late afternoon storms are common and can be strong, but you should watch them from the comfort of your inn with a beer or a glass of wine in your hand.

Temperatures will range between 5° on a cool day on the high walks to close to 30°c in the sunny valleys in June. Most of the time you would be walking in comfortable 15 to 20ºC.

When is peak season?

Peak season is from mid-July to the end of August which is the most popular time for Spanish tourists to visit the area. We do not generally offer this trip during that period as it is too hot for this trip to be enjoyable.

How much carbon is produced on this trip and how is it mitigated?

Total carbon generated on this trip: 437kg per person
Carbon mitigated by us:
699kg per person

As Yvon Chouinard, of Patagonia, Inc. rightly declared: “To do good, you actually have to do something.”

Therefore, for every kilometre travelled by road, air and sea on your Pura Aventura holiday, we carbon balance it by a mile - i.e. by 160% of your trip's carbon, from your front door and back again, irrespective of whether we book your international travel or not.

This is one of the travel industry's most ambitious and innovative schemes and has recently been praised by Wanderlust, Condé Nast Traveller and The Independent.

If you prefer to travel by ferry, see below for more details on how this can cut the footprint of this trip.

Can I do this trip without flying?

Yes, this is a great option for a No Fly Holiday, taking your car with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth or Plymouth.

This 'No Fly' option would cut the carbon footprint for this trip by around 50%.

Because you wouldn't be paying for flights, luggage or seat selection, and are taking your own car (and, therefore, do not need the hire car included in the price of this trip), the cost is comparable with flying. That includes your own sleeping cabin too.

There are regular sailings between Portsmouth and Santander/Bilbao, and between Plymouth and Santander, and we will happily advise on your options. Keep in mind that from the Pyrenees it's about a 4-5 hour drive to and from the ports, so we need to time it right to make sure you're not rushing. If you want to break this journey up, consider adding a couple of nights to enjoy the charms (and wines) of La Rioja post-walk.

Timed right, in 2021 you will spend one night aboard the ferry in each direction. As of 2022, outbound sailings from Portsmouth will take around 30 hours and require two nights on board. The pay off for this is that the new ferries will cut carbon emissions by a further 25% compared to the current boats. The return journeys are usually then just one night. There are no planned changes for the Plymouth route, so it's one night both ways. You will usually have breakfasts and dinners included.

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How far ahead should I book?

We do guarantee only one departure a day, so if you have a limited travel window and specific dates we suggest you book around nine months ahead. If you are flexible with dates, then three - four months ahead should be fine.

Is this trip suitable for solo travellers?

In common with all of our Inn to Inn walking holidays, most of the costs of the tour are fixed so going solo will usually mean you pay nearly the same for one person as you would for two.

This walk involves some high mountain paths and remote terrain so it is not the best trip for a solo traveller unless you are a very keen walker and used to be in the mountains on your own. If you are, we will take the best care of you and the experience can be memorable.

How long will I be walking each day?

For most of the walking days you can expect to be walking around five - six hours at a comfortable pace, with plenty of time for a picnic and to enjoy the landscapes.

The walks are reasonably strenuous with three days of walking between 12-20km and three other days which are more flexible where you have a choice of walks or you can opt out and have rest days.

The full descriptions are in the main itinerary.

Are there any steep ascents or descents?

Altitude gains and losses are fairly substantial with height gains of 700m on two of the days, 500m on others. In addition there are some fairly steep ascents and descents, and on day four you have a significant descent of 1,200m, which can be tough on the knees.

How do I navigate?

We provide detailed OS maps, walking notes and a smart phone GPS enabled navigation device - your route is pre-loaded.

Most of our guests like to navigate using maps and written notes but appreciate having the reassurance of the GPS just to check if they feel unsure at any point.

What if I get lost?

With all of the navigational tools at your disposal, and the friendly locals, you are unlikely to get lost but if you do get into any difficulties, simply call the local support number - we are always on hand 24/7.

What happens to my bags?

Your main luggage is transferred ahead for you each day you move on. This is the case with all our Inn to Inn trips. You just carry a day pack with what you need for the day. The hotels are very familiar with this system.

Can I opt out of any walks if I feel tired?

Yes, it's always possible to skip a walk on any given day if you are tired, the weather is being unkind or you want to give your knees a rest. You can hop in with the luggage transfer and travel to your next hotel by vehicle. It's best to let us know the night before if you can so we can let everyone know.

You can of course use the circular routes as rest days and opt out of the walk that day and explore the local area instead. Your guide will be able to talk you through the different options during the briefing. You also have your own rental car which allows greater flexibility.

How comfortable will I be?

You can expect to very comfortable in small, friendly inns. Most of them are in tiny villages and have different characters and styles, so star ratings are not overly helpful.

Your hotel in Ainsa is a charming boutique hotel located in the heart of the old village. The next two hotels are simpler, with one night in a cosy guesthouse that feels like a homestay followed by a comfortable mountain hotel.

You then move on to a delightfully converted old farmhouse with great service and food. End your trip in a lovely family-run hotel in San Juan de Plan, surrounded by the mountains.

Will I meet the locals?

Yes! One advantage of the slow pace of an Inn to Inn walk and staying in different villages is that it allows you to enjoy not only nature but the rich rural culture of the area. Having a meet and greet with our local guide on your first day will introduce you to the locals.

Can I make changes to this trip?

This holiday can be tailored to suit you in certain ways though as an Inn to Inn walk, we can't easily deviate from the route on the first three days without compromising the trip.

Extending the trip is perfectly possible, either to explore the valleys east and west of Ordesa, travel along the Pyrenees to Barcelona or Bilbao or combine it with the other Inn to Inn holidays in Catalonia, Basque Rioja or along the Camino de Santiago. The fast train from Zaragoza even makes it very easy to connect with our walks through the the villages of Andalucia.

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