Alps & Pyrenees

Alps & Pyrenees

Global Trekker Adventure - Grades 9-12

Trek through spectacular glaciers and the high peaks of Europe’s most famous mountain ranges. Discover the lush canyons and waterfalls of the Spanish Pyrenees. Explore the cultures and flavors of both Barcelona and Paris. Sea kayak the emerald waters of the southern Spanish coast.

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28 Days

$6,195

  • June 29th - July 26th
  • Barcelona, Spain / Paris, France

Day 1-4

You will fly into Barcelona and take the next few days to explore Spain’s most cosmopolitan city as you get to know your group. Together, you will explore the art, architecture, and culture of the city. You’ll discover the great works by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi, whose modernist landmarks dot the cityscape. You’ll visit the esteemed Sagrada Familia church, soak up the sun at La Barceloneta city-side beach, and you’ll taste authentic Spanish food at the Boqueria Market.

Day 5-7

After a short transfer to Palamos of Catalonia, you will reach Costa Brava on the Mediterranean Sea. The wild and rugged Costa Brava is absolutely stunning with views of this Spanish coastline’s spectacular cliffs. Over two full days, you and your group will explore the sea bays, inlets, and rocky crags by sea kayak with professional local guides. Next, your adventure will take you into the great Pyrenees.

Day 8-15

While on your backpacking expedition through the Pyrenees, you’ll  average seven to ten miles per day as you travel on foot through the Estant de Sant Maurici and Aiguestories National Park. Primarily, your route will follow the famous “Carros de Foc” or “Chariots of Fire” hiking circuit, which will take you over high mountain passes and around soaring spires. The route meanders through sparsely-traveled countryside where the absence of distractions will allow you to take in this amazing landscape and the authentic European culture of these rural areas. You’ll even have opportunities to brush up on your Spanish and experience the life of a shepherd. At night you will stay in traditional mountain huts, famous across the backpacking routes of Europe. These huts provide a home-cooked meal, a comfortable bed to sleep in, and fascinating conversations with travelers from around the globe!

Day 16

Following your trek through the Pyrenees, you will spend a day whitewater rafting the Noguera Pallaresa River of Spain. Rated as one of the best rafting rivers in Europe, you will paddle as a team through class II and III rapids, surely making your final day in Spain one to remember.

Day 17-18

Next, you’ll leave the gorgeous Spanish countryside behind and head into France by train. Your group will take a train to Chamonix, France. Chamonix  is just to the north of Mont Blanc and is one of the oldest ski resorts in France. You will spend a day relaxing, doing laundry, shopping, and exploring the town before beginning your next adventure – the Tour du Mont Blanc.

Day 19-24

The Tour du Mont Blanc is considered one of the finest walking circuits in the world. For the next six days, your group will trek this classic Alps routeModerate days early in the trip will eventually give way to more challenging days as the group becomes stronger. Departing on your first day from Chamonix, you’ll make your way through various mountain villages such as Courmayeur, Italy. The scenery of the Mont Blanc massif and its corridor is unmatched anywhere in Europe. Dramatic valleys, hanging glaciers, blooming wildflowers, and snow-capped cols will surround you every day. The accommodations each evening along the trail will be a mixture of high alpine huts and small village hostels. Comfortable dormitory style sleeping rooms and filling dinners will be the perfect way to end a great day of hiking. Throughout the six days of hiking, group members will take turns as the “ leader of the day.” Leading the group is  the perfect opportunity to learn and practice route planning, map and compass use, and other essential backcountry techniques. And those of you who have taken French or Italian in school are sure to get the opportunity to polish your linguistic skills as well.

Day 25-28

After the Tour du Mont Blanc, your group will head to Paris for 3 days of cultural exploration. You will stay at a quaint Parisian hotel located in the shadow of Monte Martre, which will serve as home base while you explore the city of lights. You’ll visit many historic sites including the River Seine, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. Your European experience will conclude with the WA traditional end-of-summer banquet. The following morning, you will say farewell to your new friends as you fly from Charles de Gaulle airport back home.

Day 1-4

You will fly into Barcelona and take the next few days to explore Spain’s most cosmopolitan city as you get to know your group. Together, you will explore the art, architecture, and culture of the city. You’ll discover the great works by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi, whose modernist landmarks dot the cityscape. You’ll visit the esteemed Sagrada Familia church, soak up the sun at La Barceloneta city-side beach, and you’ll taste authentic Spanish food at the Boqueria Market.

Day 5-7

After a short transfer to Palamos of Catalonia, you will reach Costa Brava on the Mediterranean Sea. The wild and rugged Costa Brava is absolutely stunning with views of this Spanish coastline’s spectacular cliffs. Over two full days, you and your group will explore the sea bays, inlets, and rocky crags by sea kayak with professional local guides. Next, your adventure will take you into the great Pyrenees.

Day 8-15

While on your backpacking expedition through the Pyrenees, you’ll  average seven to ten miles per day as you travel on foot through the Estant de Sant Maurici and Aiguestories National Park. Primarily, your route will follow the famous “Carros de Foc” or “Chariots of Fire” hiking circuit, which will take you over high mountain passes and around soaring spires. The route meanders through sparsely-traveled countryside where the absence of distractions will allow you to take in this amazing landscape and the authentic European culture of these rural areas. You’ll even have opportunities to brush up on your Spanish and experience the life of a shepherd. At night you will stay in traditional mountain huts, famous across the backpacking routes of Europe. These huts provide a home-cooked meal, a comfortable bed to sleep in, and fascinating conversations with travelers from around the globe!

Day 16

Following your trek through the Pyrenees, you will spend a day whitewater rafting the Noguera Pallaresa River of Spain. Rated as one of the best rafting rivers in Europe, you will paddle as a team through class II and III rapids, surely making your final day in Spain one to remember.

Day 17-18

Next, you’ll leave the gorgeous Spanish countryside behind and head into France by train. Your group will take a train to Chamonix, France. Chamonix  is just to the north of Mont Blanc and is one of the oldest ski resorts in France. You will spend a day relaxing, doing laundry, shopping, and exploring the town before beginning your next adventure – the Tour du Mont Blanc.

Day 19-24

The Tour du Mont Blanc is considered one of the finest walking circuits in the world. For the next six days, your group will trek this classic Alps routeModerate days early in the trip will eventually give way to more challenging days as the group becomes stronger. Departing on your first day from Chamonix, you’ll make your way through various mountain villages such as Courmayeur, Italy. The scenery of the Mont Blanc massif and its corridor is unmatched anywhere in Europe. Dramatic valleys, hanging glaciers, blooming wildflowers, and snow-capped cols will surround you every day. The accommodations each evening along the trail will be a mixture of high alpine huts and small village hostels. Comfortable dormitory style sleeping rooms and filling dinners will be the perfect way to end a great day of hiking. Throughout the six days of hiking, group members will take turns as the “ leader of the day.” Leading the group is  the perfect opportunity to learn and practice route planning, map and compass use, and other essential backcountry techniques. And those of you who have taken French or Italian in school are sure to get the opportunity to polish your linguistic skills as well.

Day 25-28

After the Tour du Mont Blanc, your group will head to Paris for 3 days of cultural exploration. You will stay at a quaint Parisian hotel located in the shadow of Monte Martre, which will serve as home base while you explore the city of lights. You’ll visit many historic sites including the River Seine, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. Your European experience will conclude with the WA traditional end-of-summer banquet. The following morning, you will say farewell to your new friends as you fly from Charles de Gaulle airport back home.