The Best of the Spanish Pyrenees: Fly Fishing & Cultural Tour

Join Orvis for a week of gourmet food and wine, culture and fly fishing in Spain.

The Best of the Spanish Pyrenees: Fly Fishing & Cultural Tour

Details

Orvis Special Event

Dates: June 5-12, 2020 (SOLD OUT)
Length: 7 nights, 6 days
Price: SOLD OUT - please contact Orvis Adventures for other dates.

The mountains, rivers and valleys of the Spanish Pyrenees hold a unique opportunity for passionate fly anglers or anglers who want to enjoy a memorable trip with their non-angling travel companions. The combination of unspoiled wilderness interrupted only by quiet country roads and Romanesque hamlets will transport you back in time. Pristine, remote trout streams, expert fly-fishing guides, mouthwatering traditional cuisine, superb Spanish wines, and old-world hospitality are just some of the highlights of this unique adventure. Whether you choose to fly fish in some of the wildest landscapes in Europe or explore Romanesque villages, ancient monasteries and hidden mountain valleys, this picturesque region of Spain will enchant you with its medieval architecture, scenic walled towns and genuinely welcoming people.

Trip Highlights

  • Fly fish and explore in one of the wildest landscapes in Western Europe for wild trout.
  • Discover medieval castles and quaint villages from the 15th century.
  • Dine on traditional spanish cuisine and mouth-watering tapas in secluded restaurants.
  • Enjoy superb wines from some of the region's best wineries.
  • Limited to a small group of only 8 anglers and non-anglers.

Itinerary

Following is the itinerary for our Orvis-hosted Spanish Pyrenees trip on June 5-12, 2020. If these dates don't work for you or you'd prefer to travel on your own, please give us a call at 800-547-4322. Our team of travel experts will be happy to help you customize a trip to Spain on the dates of your choice.

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Day 1: Depart Barcelona To Santa Cilia Fishing Lodge

You'll meet your Orvis host and fellow travel companions in Barcelona for a transfer by car or train to Santa Cilia (transfer not included). Santa Cilia is located in the middle of the western Pyrenees which is considered the most unspoiled region in Western Europe.

Note: For guests flying through Madrid, you can take a high speed train to Zaragoza where you will meet up with the rest of the group.

Day 2: Valles Occidentales Park

After breakfast in the lodge's cozy dining room, we will head into the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains in northern Spain. Valles Occidentales Park is an impressive area surrounded by charming villages and hidden valleys. In the company of our local, expert guide, we'll spend the morning exploring the history of the Aragonese Kingdom. After lunch, we'll pay a visit to the San Juan de la Peña Monastery, a jewel of the medieval era and one of the oldest and most important monasteries in Spain.

Anglers will have an opportunity to pursue the elusive and selective native Mediterranean zebra brown trout. Expect a lot of action using primarily dry flies and some droppers.

Day 3: High Mountain And Crystalline Waters

Make sure you bring your camera to capture the breathtaking views as we journey by 4x4 vehicles up into the mountains to visit the small Romanesque villages. After working up an appetite, we'll stop for a traditional paella lunch prepared as a special treat by our chef. We'll return to the lodge with time to relax and enjoy a massage before dinner in the 15th-century dining room.

The Pyrenees are home to spectacular, high mountain lakes called "ibones". Anglers will fish in crystal-clear waters for brown trout surrounded by mountains over 9000 feet high. Brown trout are the most common type of trout in the rivers and lakes in the Pyrenees.

Day 4: Aragon Valley And Jaca

The Aragon River is located just in front of our lodge. Anglers will explore the Aragon valley where cold, high-mountain streams provide the perfect habitat for brook trout. The lower stretches are ideal for technical dry-fly fishing and targeting the trophy-size trout known to inhabit the pristine river.

Non-anglers will set out for the picturesque town of Jaca, located only 10 minutes from the lodge. Before a lunch of wine and tapas, we'll visit the impressive cathedral and the Diocesan Museum, a treasure in the heart of the mountains. In the evening, relax and enjoy a glass of local wine or a premium gin and tonic, and the world-famous delicacy jamon iberico (ham made from pampered pigs that eat only sweet acorns), served by our waiter.

Day 5: Ordesa National Park & Aren Lodge

After breakfast, we'll travel east to Ordesa National Park, the first protected areas in Spain and is recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The incredible mountain scenery and dramatic canyons make it one of the highlights of any visit to the Pyrenees. Anglers will have a special opportunity to fish for brown trout in a pristine spring creek and the main river within the national park while the non-anglers enjoy an easy hike in one of the most stunning landscapes in Spain. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time on a walk through the walled, medieval town of Ainsa, dating back to the 11th century. Surrounded by mountains, Ainsa is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain.

Day 6: Eastern Pyrenees & Aren Lodge

After breakfast, we'll travel east to the small village of Arén, a town of less than 400 inhabitants ocated on the border of Aragon and Catalonia. After lunch we will head to the local fishing spots in the Pyrenees.

The Gorge of the Bella Durmiente (Sleeping Beauty) is an impressive site formed by the Noguera Ribagorzana river. An easy-going hike leads us to stunning views of the 3,000-foot limestone cliffs and blue-green river below.

The anglers will fish a gin-clear tailwater where it is very easy to wade and home to a healthy population of trout due to the stable water levels, insect great life and consistent waters temperature. We'll sight fish for big rainbows and browns using small may fly imitations, dry flies and nymphs.

Day 7: Aigües Tortes National Park

On our last full day in the Pyrenees, we'll head to Aigües Tortes National Park, which is known for its natural beauty and UNESCO protected area of Romanesque churches. We have a special treat planned for lunch featuring organic beef raised locally in the valley.

The anglers will travel to the best-conserved Mediterranean river in Catalonia. The Pyrenees Mountains have a second range in this area where you'll find beautiful freestone rivers with moderate currents holding healthy browns and some strong rainbows. With over ten years of experience exploring the area, our team of expert guides will take you to the best pools, runs and flats in search of the biggest trout to help you maximize your chances for success.

Day 8: Return To Barcelona

After breakfast, we can arrange an optional car or train transfer back to Barcelona for flights home.

PLEASE NOTE: The nature of adventure travel requires flexibility, so there may be changes to the itinerary to offer you the most diverse, interesting and authentic experience possible. Occasionally, we may adjust the route or schedule based on fishing conditions and to respond to unforeseen events or special opportunities that were not formerly available to us. Rest assured we will do everything in our control to make your adventure extraordinary.

Activites

Fly Fishing In Spain

Verdant green valleys, high altitude wildflower meadows and the majestic Pyrenees mountains provide a spectacular backdrop to great trout fishing in Northern Spain. Ivan Tarin and his team of guides at Salvelinus are very well recognized for their hard work and knowledge. With over 200 miles of mountain terrain, you'll have opportunities to catch native Mediterranean zebra trout, barbel fish, brown, rainbow, and brook trout in streams and lakes that can only be accessed with special permission - including several protected natural areas that are recognized as UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. The wide varieties of water see little pressure and are home to trout that do not see a lot of flies. For the purist, the dry-fly fishing is exceptional!

Non-Angling Activities

The Spanish Pyrenees are home to some of the most beautiful villages and breathtaking countryside we've ever seen. In the company of local, expert guides, you'll discover Romanesque villages and an ancient stone monastery dating back to the Middle Ages. Take time to absorb the incredible scenery and learn about the history of the region on easy-going hikes in an impressive gorge and Ordesa National Park, the first protected area in Spain and a must-see for any trip to the Pyrenees. No visit to the Pyrenees would be complete without visiting a vineyard; we'll take you to one of the region's finest organic wineries to sample the local wines followed by a barbeque lunch.

Lodging

La Jacetania

A 15th-century villa ideally located on the banks of the Aragon River in the quaint village of Santa Cilia. Five well-appointed country-style bedrooms offer the perfect respite at the end of a long day of fishing or exploring. Each bedroom has been updated while maintaining its rustic personality and charm. The lodge also has a wader room, a drying room, and a modest, but well-equipped fly shop.

Swap stories at the end of each day over a glass of regional wine on the terrace or in the old winepress building used by the monks of San Juan de la Peña Monastery 500 years ago.

La Ribagorza

This is not a traditional fishing lodge, but a wonderful, intimate hotel nestled in the village of Aren. Each of the 15 air-conditioned, double rooms have en-suite bathrooms, cable TV, and balconies. There is a lounge on the ground floor, a limited spa facility, and a room for drying your waders.

Meals

We’ve arranged a variety of unique culinary experiences that will delight wine and food enthusiasts. The meals are typical of Northern Spain and are accompanied by an impressive selection of wines from the region’s best wineries. Wine lovers will have the option of sampling special reserve wines from our host’s private cellar.

In Santa Cilia, you’ll dine on mouth-watering Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine in the recently-restored 15th century dining room. Using fresh, local produce, the menu at the lodge is second-to-none.

In Aren, meals are served at the nearby hotel restaurant, which is recognized as one of the most authentic hot spots in the region. The menu features local, organic ingredients and is anything but ordinary. The owner, Juan Antonio, and his family have owned the restaurant since 1715, and their attention to culinary detail is deliciously evident.

Pricing and Dates

2020 Orvis-Hosted Trip Dates:

June 5-12, 2020 (SOLD OUT)

Trip Length: 7 nights, 6 days of guided fishing and cultural activities
Price: SOLD OUT - please contact Orvis Adventures for other dates.

Please contact Orvis Adventures for single occupancy

Reserve Your Space Now!

Call Orvis Adventures at (800) 547-4322 and place your 25% deposit by credit card. Final payment will be due 90 days prior to departure.

What’s Included:

  • 7 nights’ accommodations
  • All meals
  • Beverages, including beer and wine
  • Complimentary use of all amenities
  • Guided fishing (2 anglers per guide)
  • Guided hiking and cultural activities for non-anglers as described in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation at lodges
  • Local sales and hotel taxes

What’s Not Included:

  • International flights to Barcelona
  • Guide and staff tips (approximately $75 per person per day)
  • Optional transfer by car or train to/from Barcelona or Madrid

Terms & Conditions

 

Orvis Travel Terms and Conditions

Reservations, Deposits & Payments

The deposit is 25% of the trip price unless stated differently in the itinerary. Deposits may be made by check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days before departure, except where specified differently on individual itineraries. The balance will be charged automatically to the credit card used for the deposit, unless otherwise specified. Any changes made to the method of payment after the final balance has been collected are subject to processing fees.

A reservation form and release are required prior to departure.

All prices must be paid in U.S. dollars. Deposits are not transferable from one trip to another.

Prices quoted are based on foreign exchange values and tariffs currently in effect and prices are subject to change. Orvis Adventures reserves the right to adjust prices accordingly until the time of departure.

Planning information

When your reservation is confirmed, you will receive planning information to guide you through trip preparations. Details about arrival and departure, clothing and equipment, trip cancellation insurance, pre- and post- trip extensions, visas and documents and activities are included in the planning information.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips, the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:

Days Prior to Trip Fee
+ 90 days $300 per person
89 days or less 100% of cost

For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.

We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

No refunds will be made for unused portions of a trip, including late arrival or early departure. Guide fees and hotel costs are not refundable if unused as outlined in the itinerary. Orvis reserves the right to modify an itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control. In the unlikely event that Orvis must cancel a tour, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes a full settlement.

Orvis is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation of any canceled trip, including airline tickets and visas fees.

Cancellation Insurance

Your planning information includes information for travel insurance covering cancel for any reason, cancellation for medical reasons, trip delay, medical expenses, lost baggage and medical evacuation. We urge you to obtain this coverage.

Share policies

Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.

Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.

Passports and documents

International trips require a passport. Check your passport early and make sure it has six months validity at the time of travel. A visa is needed in some countries and we will send you complete details and instructions.

Arrival and Departure

Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.

Equipment & clothing

You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.

Airline reservations

The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.

Limitation of liability

This section defines Orvis Travel’s responsibility with regard to all travel arrangements made by Orvis Travel, including individual travel and pre- and post- trip extensions. Please read it carefully.

Upon sending your deposit to Orvis Travel, you acknowledge that you have read and understand all the terms and conditions outlined here, and agree to be bound by them.

All trips that involve outdoor sporting activities such as shooting or fishing, or travel through remote places by vehicle, boat, small plane or on foot, put you at risk for accidents and serious injuries in the normal course of the activity. That is the nature of travel to such destinations and you acknowledge that you accept these hazards as a condition of participation.

Orvis Travel, its Owners, Employees, Associates and Agents give notice that they act only as the agent for the owners, contractors and suppliers providing means of transportation and/or other services and assume no responsibility howsoever caused for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly from: acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays, expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no control. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of the passengers.

Baggage and personal effects, including items purchased, guns, fishing equipment or sporting goods are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times and no employee/agent of Orvis Travel, its subsidiaries, affiliated or associated companies is authorized to accept these for storage, safekeeping, or transportation.

Reviews

Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Jeremy Kehrein
Salvelinus Lodges
Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm (ET)

Orvis Special Event:

The Best of the Spanish Pyrenees:
Fly Fishing & Cultural Tour
Dates: June 5-12, 2020
Length: 7 nights, 6 days
Price: SOLD OUT - please contact Orvis Adventures for other dates.


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