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Walking the Picos de Europa - Exodus Travels
Walking the Picos de Europa - Exodus Travels
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Bilbao
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Northern Spain
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Start and end in Bilbao! With the hiking & trekking tour Walking the Picos de Europa, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Bilbao, Spain and 5 other destinations in Spain. Walking the Picos de Europa includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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16 to 80 year olds
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  • Walking the Picos de Europa reviewer 1
    Written on November 7, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    The perfect mix of good walking companions, an excellent leader, fantastic scenery and a friendly hotel with excellent food. The walks were varied in length and pace and were well designed to take in the variety of scenery from deep gorges, spectacular mountain views, wildlife as well as a few village bars!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Every day had at least one WOW moment. The (slightly scarey) view looking deep down into the Carres Gorge. Sharing the exhileration of climbing a 2000m summit with the rest of the group. Falling asleep in a sunny meadow after lunch. A cup of coffee bought from a mountain refuge on a chilly morning.  What did you think of your group leader?Alvaro was fantastic. He made us all feel welcome right from meeting us at the airport with a big smile. He was excellent at preparing us for each walk - what to expect in terms of difficulty and what weather to expect. He was  very good at judging the pace of the group, supporting members when needed to acheive that final scramble to the summit. He was very knowledgeable about his country's history, heritage and wildlife and was also interested in finding out about each person in the group. He had a good sense of humour and a charmingly creative use of English. Now, if he was only to get a decent hair cut.....  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you like walking in mountains but without the extremes of too much scrambling or difficult descents then this is the perfect trip. We were lucky with the weather in early October but be prepared for wet or cold weather particularly up high.Is there anything else you would like to add?I'd love to go back to this region to do some more walking. It would be great if Exodus offered more than one programme of walks at this grade.

  • Walking the Picos de Europa reviewer 2
    Written on November 7, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic week filled with great walking, beautiful views, great food and excellent company.  The walking was strenuous enough to almost work off the wonderful food without being too full on.  October seemed to be the perfect time of year for warm and sunny weather in this beautiful area of 'green Spain'What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?It's always pot luck as to who your fellow group members are, but it is always fantastic when you get on with everyone despite the mix of personalities and backgrounds.  Great moments included the wonderful views as our daily climbs got a little higher, the siesta in the field on the way down from one walk wtih the cow bells tinkling in the background, the magnificence of the Carres Gorge, the cameraderie and chat over the post walk/pre dinner beer and the sampling of the local delicacy of percebes at the well recommended fish restaurant in Llanes.What did you think of your group leader?Alvarro was the perfect guide, his local knowledge of flora and fauna was excellent. He was enhtusiastic and keen and more than willing to answer the many questions our group had for him on the local area and the history of his country.  His knowledge and insight into the history of his country would put most of us to shame.  His English was excellent and he was extremely patient with those of the group who found one particular part of one walk a little tricky - he even picked one of the ladies up and carried her down - to the accompaniment of some rather loud screams.  When Alvarro said 'you will love it' we invariably did!!!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you think you want to lose a couple of pounds on a walking holiday don't pick this one!! The food was excellent, from the breakfast through to the packed lunch and the wonderful evening meals. The countryside was beautiful and in early October we hardly met another soul (apart from Carres Gorge).   Is there anything else you would like to add?The hotel for this holiday was great - although the rooms were a little basic, the bathroom/shower facilities were great and as I have said earlier the food was to die for.  Nothing was too much trouble for the hosts Jim & Pilar who were also great company.  Great views from the hotel itself .  The itinerary was tweaked perfectly to account for the weather - all the warm sunshine when we were walking and the rain only arrived on our 'day off' when we all opted to do the coastal walk to Llanes and try the local seafood.A great trip which is highly recommended 

  • Walking the Picos de Europa reviewer 3
    Written on October 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a great holiday, made special by the great group leader and a lovely group of people.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Creeping up on the Gryphon vultures perched on top of a hill.What did you think of your group leader?The group leader is one of the best I have ever had. Very enthusiastic and knowledgable about all the flora and fauna, geography and geology of the Picos.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Yes, book this trip.

  • Walking the Picos de Europa reviewer 4
    Written on October 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a great holiday, made special by the great group leader and a lovely group of people.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Creeping up on the Gryphon vultures perched on top of a hill.What did you think of your group leader?The group leader is one of the best I have ever had. Very enthusiastic and knowledgable about all the flora and fauna, geography and geology of the Picos.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Yes, book this trip.

  • Walking the Picos de Europa reviewer 5
    Written on September 23, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a brilliant trip, with amazing surroundings, a great group and an excellent leader. The inclusion of "options" worked well (i.e. additional peaks within a walk, which you could either climb or alternatively relax in the sunshine at a refuge or coll while others climbed them!) N.B. I did grade C.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Visiting the refuge with the "postcard" views, a family with 3 young children running it, and donkeys, a cat etc.What did you think of your group leader?Alvaro was very considerate, sweet and keen. There is nothing negative to say.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take a very sturdy/strong pair of walking boots with you as the paths are very rocky in Picos.Is there anything else you would like to add?If you love walking, mountains and peace in a beautiful and unspoilt area then go for it!

  • Walking the Picos de Europa reviewer 6
    Written on September 23, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a brilliant trip, with amazing surroundings, a great group and an excellent leader. The inclusion of "options" worked well (i.e. additional peaks within a walk, which you could either climb or alternatively relax in the sunshine at a refuge or coll while others climbed them!) N.B. I did grade C.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Visiting the refuge with the "postcard" views, a family with 3 young children running it, and donkeys, a cat etc.What did you think of your group leader?Alvaro was very considerate, sweet and keen. There is nothing negative to say.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take a very sturdy/strong pair of walking boots with you as the paths are very rocky in Picos.Is there anything else you would like to add?If you love walking, mountains and peace in a beautiful and unspoilt area then go for it!

  • Walking the Picos de Europa reviewer 7
    Written on September 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    One of the best holidays I have ever been on....go do it now! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I went on the Challenging itinerary and the views from the summits we reached were incredible. The walking was varied and well suited to everybody in the group and I loved every minute of it!What did you think of your group leader?Alvaro was one of the very best guides I have been on a trip with. Highly competent, great with people and always ready with a joke or two. Fantastic organiser and a top man.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Do the challenging itinerary.....you won't regret it!Is there anything else you would like to add?Would definetely consider doing this again, the hotel we used was great and cooked the yumiest food!

  • Walking the Picos de Europa reviewer 8
    Written on September 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    One of the best holidays I have ever been on....go do it now! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I went on the Challenging itinerary and the views from the summits we reached were incredible. The walking was varied and well suited to everybody in the group and I loved every minute of it!What did you think of your group leader?Alvaro was one of the very best guides I have been on a trip with. Highly competent, great with people and always ready with a joke or two. Fantastic organiser and a top man.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Do the challenging itinerary.....you won't regret it!Is there anything else you would like to add?Would definetely consider doing this again, the hotel we used was great and cooked the yumiest food!

  • Walking the Picos de Europa reviewer 9
    Written on September 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    My holiday in de Picos de Europe has been the best I've had in the last ten years! Everything was perfect!Work has been miles away, thoughts were vanished. It is also always a pleasure to be among englisch.Go to the Picos! It's lovely. Greetings, Monica Wesseling, Holland What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There is not one special. Every moment was fineWhat did you think of your group leader?Perfect!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go!

  • Walking the Picos de Europa reviewer 10
    Written on September 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    My holiday in de Picos de Europe has been the best I've had in the last ten years! Everything was perfect!Work has been miles away, thoughts were vanished. It is also always a pleasure to be among englisch.Go to the Picos! It's lovely. Greetings, Monica Wesseling, Holland What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There is not one special. Every moment was fineWhat did you think of your group leader?Perfect!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go!

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  1. Day 1: Start Arenas de Cabrales.
  2. Day 2: Visit the Arenas de Cabrales valley; pastures of Vanu and spectacular views- Moderate departure (level 3)
  3. Day 3: Ascent to Pandescura peak with superb views of the Western Massif- Moderate departure (level 3)
  4. Day 4: Classic Cares Gorge walk, one of the most popular walks in Spain- Moderate departure (level 3)
  5. Day 5: Free day. Optional activities include caving, canoeing, canyoning or a trip to the coast- Moderate (level 3) & Challenging (level 5) departures
  6. Day 6: Summit of Peña Main, one of the classic viewpoints of the Picos; continue on to Pandebano Col- Moderate departure (level 3)
  7. Day 7: Walk up to the twin summits of Mancondiu offering fantastic views of the Central and Eastern Massifs- Moderate departure (level 3)
  8. Day 8: End Arenas de Cabrales.

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    • April 1, 2017

      As a solo traveller, is it compulsory to take a single room?

      The single supplement is completely optional. You are not required to pay a single supplement to join the tour. The tour price advertised is based on a twin share basis, if you are a single traveller you will be roomed with a passenger of the same gender. The single supplement optional cost is if you would like your own room on the tour.

    • July 18, 2016

      Is all of the accommodation and meals included in the cost?

      7 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 6 dinners All accommodation (see below) All transport and listed activities, Tour leader throughout are included in the cost.

    • June 1, 2016

      What are the inclusions of this tour?

      This tour includes:

      7 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 6 dinners, all accommodation, all transport and listed activities, plus a tour leader throughout.

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 370 km.
    • Bilbao (Spain)
    • 153 km
    • Arenas de Cabrales (Spain)
    • 7 km
    • Caraves (Spain)
    • 14 km
    • Canales (Spain)
    • 11 km
    • Cain (Spain)
    • 12 km
    • Arenas de Cabrales (Spain)
    • 14 km
    • Parque Nacional Picos de Europa (Spain)
    • 158 km
    • Bilbao (Spain)

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