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Revel in the incredible mountain scenery of the Pyrenees Spain on this hiking day trip from Barcelona, with an experienced guide. Travel through the charming villages of the Pyrenees’ foothills by minivan, and ride a rack railway to the gorgeous Nuria Valley, a vision of green pastures and peaks overlooking a jewel-like lake. Drink in the setting and crisp air, and enjoy time to follow the hiking trails, go horse riding or boating, or visit a traditional restaurant. Numbers are limited on this small-group tour for a more personalized experience.


  • Full-day small group tour by minivan to the Pyrenees
  • Visiting the historic town of Vic and its cathedral and market square
  • Personalized small group and commentary
  • Riding the rack railway from Queralbs to a stunning mountain valley
  • Hiking, horse riding, boating and other activities
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Transport by comfortable air-conditioned minivan

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What You Can Expect

Pyrenees Mountains Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona

The Pyrenees Trail, Spain

Put on warm clothes and sturdy walking shoes, and meet your guide and the rest of your small group in central Barcelona. Hop inside your air-conditioned minivan and journey into the countryside on route to the Pyrenees.

As you travel, hear tales of the region’s history from your guide and pass Montseny Natural Park, a protected region of mountains, forests and high moors.

After roughly an hour, make your first stop in the quaint market town of Vic. Enjoy free time for breakfast (own expense) or to explore the medieval center, with its picturesque market square, cathedral and Romanesque and neoclassical buildings.

Back aboard your minivan, continue to the stone-built mountain village of Queralbs; the last point on your route accessible by road. 
Leave the minivan, and accompanied by your guide, ride the rack railway up to the Nuria Valley. Home to a lake and bright green pastures ringed by high peaks, this picturebook valley is one of the most beautiful in the Pyrenees.

Admire the scenery from the train, and on arrival, enjoy several hours to explore as you wish. Perhaps follow your choice of the hiking trails suitable for different fitness levels, such as the paths up to the Valley Coma de Vaca. Although a good physical fitness is not a prerequisite of this tour, a reasonable level is required if you wish to take the Coma de Vaca trails.

Alternatively, take your pick from the local activities (own expense) such as horseriding or boating, or enjoy a meal (own expense) at one of the traditional Catalan restaurants. See the Itinerary for details of the activities available.

When the time comes, return to Barcelona where your trip ends at the start point. 

Please note: Annual track maintenance on the rack railway from Queralbs means that the line is closed between Mondays and Fridays from November 1 to November 30. On these days, the tour will run to an alternative itinerary that involves accessing the mountain valleys by road or hiking at a lower height. These changes will in no way take away from your Pyrenees experience.

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Customer Reviews

Kathryn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was very well done. Julia, our guide was very passionate about Spain and in particular the Pyrenees and was extremely informative. As a consequence the tour was very relaxed and the mixed group were very interactive. This made the trip more enjoyable


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour and very well guided

Marina G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour, amazing views, highly recommend.

Deanna G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a wonderful time on the Pyrenees Mountains tour. Julia was a great tour guide! She was so friendly and sweet. She gave us a ton of information on Spain, Barcelona, Catalunya as well as the Pyrenees Mountains and nearby towns. She also recommended books and the best places to get great Tapas! We thoroughly enjoyed everything about our day!

Marion K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful trip! Our guide, Louda, was excellent - very friendly and informative. She was able to give comprehensive answers to all our questions. The town of Queralbs was an amazing step back in time. Nutria was delightful with many options to spend our time. Very peaceful place.

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a wonderful time with an absolutely charming and informative tour guide that we all loved. The only complaint was that there really was not enough time to climb and explore the mountains once we arrived. Could have easily used another hour.

Tiffany H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a great trip to the Pyrenees and would highly recommend this activity to anyone considering it. Every part of this trip was wonderful - from the market in Vic to exploring the streets of Queralbs before heading to the Nuria Valley. We appreciated having time to venture out individually, and our guide was informed and went above and beyond to ensure the whole group had a great time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This is an excellent all day tour. In Vic, you go to the market where there is everything from fresh truffles to snails, clothes and wonderful fruits. You can buy your picnic for the Pyrenees. The Pyrenees is a great place to hike, hang out. Then you return and stop in a very old town.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Perfectly paced day with appropriate stops and knowledgeable guide.

Aviva R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Really enjoyed this trip. Our guide, Isi, was a true mountain man and because our group was relatively small, he was able to lead us on a hike up the mountain. It was both fun and beautiful. There are a few additional stops to this tour, including in a town called Vic, as well as a tiny mountain village just outside the Pyrenees where every single moment is quite literally a photo op old, old buildings, in a still-lived-in city pretty cool.

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