Spain France Pyrenees

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Spain France Pyrenees

Destination

Spain
France

Current Grades

9th-11th

length

16 Days

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Airports

Arrive: Barcelona, Spain (BCN)
Depart: Barcelona, Spain (BCN)

Spend 16 days exploring the mountains and culture of northern Spain and southern France! We’ll kick off our adventure in Barcelona, right on the Mediterranean Sea, and delve into the culture of this region known for Antoni Gaudí’s works of art. A four-day trek will lead you through the Pyrenees Mountains, an impressive range even older than the Alps. We’ll ride bouncy rapids on whitewater rafts on the Garonne River before transitioning to the gentler swells of Zumaia, Spain, where we’ll learn to surf. A via ferrata in France and canyoneering adventure in Spain will get you up close and personal to the beautiful Pyrenees canyons. To top it all off, we’ll immerse ourselves in the Spanish language by taking classes with instructors and staying with friendly host families on the Mediterranean!

*Dates and rates for 2020 will be finalized in October 2019.

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Itinerary

Experience Barcelona culture and beaches

First, a walking tour will acquaint us with Barcelona’s world-renowned Gaudí architecture, vibrant culture, and bustling markets. Barcelona is also home to the Museu Picasso, Museu d’Historia de Catalunya, and Parc Guell, another Gaudí work. We’ll head to the world-famous Camp Nou stadium (home to FC Barcelona) and the incredible Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família—or Sagrada Família for short. One of the most prominent and remarkable Gaudí works in history, this basilica has remained under construction since 1882, as Gaudí unfortunately passed away before it could be finished. To cool off on the warm Spanish days, we’ll take a dip into the turquoise waters of the Balearic Sea!

Hike through the Pyrenees Mountains

Next, we head north to the Pyrenees Mountains, which form a natural border between Spain and France. (A portion of the well-known Camino de Santiago runs through this range!) Our four-day trek will take us up over rolling hills past waterfalls and fields of vibrant wildflowers, chateaux and shepherds’ huts. We won’t be sleeping on the ground at night; instead, we’ll stay in different mountain huts along the way, nestled between the soaring granite peaks. The Pyrenees are famous for their three enormous glacial cirques, one of which is up to 3,000 feet deep and nicknamed Spain’s “Grand Canyon!”

Whitewater raft and via ferrata

After our trek, we’ll celebrate our hard work with a day of exploring Pyrenees canyons by way of via ferrata, a common way of traversing mountains in Europe. With a history dating back to Alpine regions in the 19th century, scaling rock walls while attached to cables and walking on rope bridges is a fun and safe way to admire the views below! Then comes a day of pure fun in whitewater rafts on the Garonne River, or Río Garona, which flows northeast from Spain into France. We’ll carom down class III and IV rapids, with calmer sections inviting splash wars in between.

Learn to surf in Zumaia

Next up is two days of professional surf instruction in Zumaia, Spain—a spot otherwise known as Westeros in Games of Thrones! Beautiful geological formations serve as the backdrop for this beach known for its consistent, beginner-friendly breaks. In the afternoons, we’ll stroll through Basque neighborhoods, enjoying freshly made tapas and other local delights!

Canyoneer in Sierra de Guara National Park

On the way back into Spain, we’ll spend a day canyoneering in the Sierra de Guara National Park, located in the province of Huesca. This massif is peppered with countless canyons, giving us many opportunities to rappel down to secluded swimming holes with inviting, emerald-green water.

Stay with host families in Sitges

We’ll wrap up our Pyrenees adventure with several days of Spanish language immersion in Sitges, known as the “Jewel on the Mediterranean.” Each morning, campers will participate in Spanish classes with peers of similar ability. Afternoons are filled with relaxing on world-class beaches, stand-up paddleboarding, touring the city on a bicycle, and sea kayaking. In the evenings, campers will stay with host families (two campers per family), and our final night will be celebrated with a paella feast!

Dates and Prices

Departure 1
  • Departure Day
    07/01/20
  • Return Day
    07/16/20
  • Grade
    9–11
  • Price
    $5,288
  • Availability
    Open
Departure 2
  • Departure Day
    07/19/20
  • Return Day
    08/03/20
  • Grade
    9–11
  • Price
    $5,288
  • Availability
    Open
Departure Day Return Day Grade Price Availability
07/01/20
07/16/20
9–11
$5,288
open
07/19/20
08/03/20
9–11
$5,288
open
Included in Tuition:
  • All meals
  • All lodging, group gear, and technical gear
  • All guided activities
Not Included in Tuition:
  • Airfare
  • Personal gear and clothing
  • Optional trip protection

Canyoneering

Hiking

Sea kayaking

Sightseeing

Spanish language immersion

Surfing

Whitewater rafting

Via ferrata

Reviews

Payton, student from Sherborn, MA
2018

My favorite part about this trip was getting to be with the people and other kids on the trip. I grew to have amazing connections with both the trip leaders and the other kids. I also really enjoyed the host families and Spanish school because I feel that I improved my Spanish skills. It opened a totally new window for me to travel to new countries and doing non-touristy things.

Lauren Fine, parent from West Hartford, CT
2018

We were incredibly impressed with everything. Loved the blog and photos. So great that you take the phones away and the kids are unplugged. The trip leaders were amazing. I have been spreading the word already about Bold Earth!

Melissa Lyons, parent from Nashville, TN
2018

Molly had an another amazing summer trip with Bold Earth. She made lifelong friends and gained even more confidence for doing new things.

Josh, student from Montreal, Canada
2018

I loved making friends with both the other students and the trip leaders. Second to that was the country of Spain itself. I made the most meaningful memories with the 11 other people, more than I could have imagined.

Kaitlin, student from Yardley, PA


Before coming on the Spain trip, my Spanish speaking skills needed a lot of work. I knew it all on paper, but that wasn’t an effective way of communicating in a different language. Through the many different experiences and things I encountered while on my trip, I have improved in my vocabulary in general, but mostly in my speech. Learning to speak was my original goal and reason for signing up for the Bold Earth trip, and it was successful.