Alps & Pyrenees Trip

Alps & Pyrenees

Global Trekker Adventure - 9th - 12th

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

28 Days

$5,995

  • July 2nd - July 29th
  • Barcelona, Spain / Paris, France

Day 1-4

Fly into Barcelona and explore Spain’s most cosmopolitan city. Discover great works by the famous architect, Gaudi, and taste authentic Spanish foods at the Boqueria.

Day 5-7

After a short transfer to Palamos, we will reach Costa Brava on the Mediterranean Sea. We’ll spend the next few days here sea kayaking along the spectacular cliffs of the Spanish coastline! These couple of days are a great way to relax, as well as time to continue to get to know each other. Next, our adventure into the great Pyrenees begins!

Day 8-15

While on our backpacking expedition through the Pyrenees, we’ll be averaging approximately seven to ten miles a day as we travel through the Estant de Sant Maurici and Aiguestories National Park. Primarily, our destined trail will consist of the famous “Carros de Foc” or “Chariots of Fire” hiking circuit! While on the trail we’ll be trekking over high-mountain passes and around soaring spires. Our route is certainly considered to be lightly traveled countryside, really providing us with the time and lack of distraction to truly take in this amazing landscape and culture. We’ll even have opportunities to brush up on our Spanish and experience the life of a shepherd, certainly different from the life all of us have become so accustomed to in the U.S. At night we will be staying in traditional mountain huts, famous across the backpacking routes of Europe. These huts will provide us with a home cooked meal, a comfortable bed to sleep in, and fascinating conversation with travelers from around the globe!

Day 16

Following our trek through the Pyrenees, we will spend a day white water rafting the Noguera Pallaresa River. Rated as one of the best rafting rivers in Europe, we will paddle through class II and III rapids, making this day one to remember.

Day 17-18

Following our time in the Pyrenees and on the river, we will take a train to Chamonix, France where we will take a day to relax, do laundry, shop, and explore before we begin the Tour du Mont Blanc.

Day 19-24

The Tour du Mont Blanc is considered one of the finest walking circuits anywhere in the world. For the next six days, our group will trek this classic Alps route starting in France, and ending in Italy. For those of you that have taken French or Italian, in school, you’re sure to get the opportunity to polish your linguistic skills this summer! Our route is ideal in length. Moderate days early in the trip will eventually give way to more challenging days as the group becomes stronger. Departing on our first day from Chamonix, we’ll make our 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 snowcapped cols will surround us on a daily basis. Our accommodations each evening along the trail will be a mixture of high alpine huts and small village hostels. Our comfortable dormitory style sleeping rooms and filling dinners will be the perfect way to end a great day of hiking. Throughout our eight days of hiking, group members will take turns as the “WA leader of the day”. It’ll be the perfect opportunity to learn and practice route planning, map, and compass use, and other essential backcountry techniques.

Day 25-28

We will head to Paris for 3 days of cultural exploration. Our quaint hotel, located a block from the Seine River, will serve as our base while we explore the city of lights. We’ll visit many historic sites, including the River Seine, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. Our European experience will conclude with a final farewell banquet. The following morning we say farewell to our new best friends as we head back to the United States!

Day 1-4

Fly into Barcelona and explore Spain’s most cosmopolitan city. Discover great works by the famous architect, Gaudi, and taste authentic Spanish foods at the Boqueria.

Day 5-7

After a short transfer to Palamos, we will reach Costa Brava on the Mediterranean Sea. We’ll spend the next few days here sea kayaking along the spectacular cliffs of the Spanish coastline! These couple of days are a great way to relax, as well as time to continue to get to know each other. Next, our adventure into the great Pyrenees begins!

Day 8-15

While on our backpacking expedition through the Pyrenees, we’ll be averaging approximately seven to ten miles a day as we travel through the Estant de Sant Maurici and Aiguestories National Park. Primarily, our destined trail will consist of the famous “Carros de Foc” or “Chariots of Fire” hiking circuit! While on the trail we’ll be trekking over high-mountain passes and around soaring spires. Our route is certainly considered to be lightly traveled countryside, really providing us with the time and lack of distraction to truly take in this amazing landscape and culture. We’ll even have opportunities to brush up on our Spanish and experience the life of a shepherd, certainly different from the life all of us have become so accustomed to in the U.S. At night we will be staying in traditional mountain huts, famous across the backpacking routes of Europe. These huts will provide us with a home cooked meal, a comfortable bed to sleep in, and fascinating conversation with travelers from around the globe!

Day 16

Following our trek through the Pyrenees, we will spend a day white water rafting the Noguera Pallaresa River. Rated as one of the best rafting rivers in Europe, we will paddle through class II and III rapids, making this day one to remember.

Day 17-18

Following our time in the Pyrenees and on the river, we will take a train to Chamonix, France where we will take a day to relax, do laundry, shop, and explore before we begin the Tour du Mont Blanc.

Day 19-24

The Tour du Mont Blanc is considered one of the finest walking circuits anywhere in the world. For the next six days, our group will trek this classic Alps route starting in France, and ending in Italy. For those of you that have taken French or Italian, in school, you’re sure to get the opportunity to polish your linguistic skills this summer! Our route is ideal in length. Moderate days early in the trip will eventually give way to more challenging days as the group becomes stronger. Departing on our first day from Chamonix, we’ll make our 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 snowcapped cols will surround us on a daily basis. Our accommodations each evening along the trail will be a mixture of high alpine huts and small village hostels. Our comfortable dormitory style sleeping rooms and filling dinners will be the perfect way to end a great day of hiking. Throughout our eight days of hiking, group members will take turns as the “WA leader of the day”. It’ll be the perfect opportunity to learn and practice route planning, map, and compass use, and other essential backcountry techniques.

Day 25-28

We will head to Paris for 3 days of cultural exploration. Our quaint hotel, located a block from the Seine River, will serve as our base while we explore the city of lights. We’ll visit many historic sites, including the River Seine, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. Our European experience will conclude with a final farewell banquet. The following morning we say farewell to our new best friends as we head back to the United States!