2018 Orvis-Endorsed International Destination of the Year in the Pyrenees, Spain
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- 2018 Orvis International Destination of the Year
- Spain’s pioneer fly fishing and guiding company
- Bespoke small-group departures by Ivan Tarin
- Fully customized and diverse itineraries
- Enjoy real life in the Pyrenees from tiny mountain villages
- Dine in a 300-year-old traditional family restaurant
- Limited to 6 anglers plus travel companions per tour
A little-known fly-fishing playground with 1500+ miles of trout waters along 14 main valleys, 60 tributaries, 2500+ alpine lakes, 3 National Parks, and over 20 Nature Reserves. The Pyrenees rise from 600 to 7500 feet above sea level, creating unlimited scenarios that make quality fly fishing possible most of the year for a variety of species. Pyrenean rivers are 12 mi. to 125 mi. long, with each section being entirely different. This vast spectrum of waters in this incredible territory include: small mountain streams, spring creeks, and pristine lakes in the High Pyrenees; and freestone wider rivers, reservoirs, and tailwater fisheries in the Lowlands. The gin clear waters here are great for wading upstream, looking for trout with dries and droppers, as well as nymphs and streamers. Every pool and every current have their own personalities. Every feeding location and every lie are distinctive. Salvelinus knows them all.
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 National Parks. 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.
- Cultural and Historical Tours: UNESCO sites, ancient villages & monasteries
- Food & Wine Tours: private visits and tasting sessions in secluded wineries and restaurants
- Nature walks, easy going hikes, and boat tours into Nature Parks
- Wellness therapies, massages and Spa at the lodges
- Vegan Cooking classes & traditional meals
- Hiking in National Parks, & kayaking in remote waters
- Photo Tours: Wildlife, Nature and Culture. Birdwatching into a hide network
Both lodges have stunning mountain village location and both are rich in medieval history. Their only unique rule is: “make yourself at home." Good food and wine are clearly a passion here: the meals are typical of Northern Spain origin and they are accompanied by an impressive selection of wines from the Spain's best wineries.
Santa Cilia Lodge & Meals
The base for SALVELINUS – West is a cozy fly-fishing lodge that offers access to many freestone rivers with native Mediterranean brown trout, national parks, and ancient villages. The lodge has 4 country-style rooms, each with views of the Aragón River in front. There is a dining room converted from an old stable, a terrace by the river, a wader room, a fly shop, as well as a massage room. The old winepress building, once used by the monks of the Monastery of San Juan de la Peña 500 years ago, is now a bar-lounge where Salvelinus guests swap stories at the end of each day over a glass of wine, anticipating for the day ahead.
You will 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. Appetizers, wine, cava, and cocktails are served at the terrace of the lodge right before dinner.
Arén Lodge & Meals
The base for SALVELINUS – East is surrounded by the wilderness, presents a glorious setting for a fly-fishing expedition as it allows access to a variety of water formations, national parks, cultural landmarks, and mountain villages. This is no traditional fishing lodge, but an intimate, accommodation nested in the 10th-century medieval village of Arén. The venue has 6 restored double-bed bedrooms plus 2 comfortable suites on the first and second floors. On the ground floor, there is a spa and wellness center (massage room, sauna, jacuzzi, gym), a heated wader room, and an in-house fly shop.
Meals are served at the nearby hotel restaurant, which is recognized as one of the most authentic hotspots in the region. The menu features local, organic ingredients that is anything but ordinary. The owner, Juan Antonio, and his family have been running the restaurant since 1715, and their attention to culinary detail is deliciously evident.
Signature Hotels & Meals
Salvelinus has done its research beyond the Pyrenees in order to include a selection of top-quality accommodations spanning across Northern Spain. These hotels not only allow quick access to the premium fisheries nearby, but also to some of the best wine regions in Spain.
The signature hotels Salvelinus works with are well renowned for their culinary tradition and quality. The Ultimate Pyrenees departures include gastronomic experiences and private wine tours for 2 or more days per itinerary if desired. If not, these days can be replaced with guided fly fishing.
All Inclusive Rates. Prices per person, double occupancy, shared guide. Children under 18, 50% off.
Risk Free Reservation Guarantee: No penalty for pandemic-related cancellations
Additional options and combinations are available by request. More information and packages at: www.salvelinus.com
Week-long programs from March 1st to November 30th
|6 Nights||5 fishing days||6600 EURO / Angler|
|6 Nights||5 days of guided activities||5850 EURO / Travel Companion|
From May to October. Round trip from 1500 EURO
|Pyrenees Trout Tour
8 to 14-day itineraries limited to small group departures
|11 Nights||10 fishing days||13200 EURO / Angler|
|11 Nights||11 days of guided activities||11500 EURO / Travel Companion|
|2022 & 2023 Pyrenees Trout Tour Departures by Iván Tarín:|
|March 21-29||April 17-28|
|June 18-29||June 19-30|
|September 19-30||September 18-29|
|November 10-18||November 9-17|
March 1 - November 30
SPRING March - April - May | Avg. Temperature: 45 – 74 F
Optimal water levels, great weather conditions and hatches at different elevations
SUMMER: June - July - August | 60 – 90 F (Low country), 42 – 82 F (High country)
Prime conditions for dry fly fishing in the mountain freestones and alpine lakes
FALL: September – October - November | Avg. Temperature: 43 – 80 F
A great time to fly fish with comfortable weather until late November
Among the green valleys on the Southern face of the Pyrenees in Northern Spain, verdant forests of pine and oak grow on the shores of sparkling rivers and alpine lakes. Salvelinus showcases a side of Spain that eludes most, capturing the imagination and the hearts of all who journey here. A place of storybook villages and vibrant landscapes with a rich cultural and nature heritage.
Brown Trout – The predominant and native species in the area
Rainbow Trout –Trophy specimens inhabit some of the rivers
Iberian Barbel – Great fighters also known as the golden bones
Brook Trout – Inhabit some remote creeks and lakes
What to Bring?
Salvelinus provides ALL waders, boots, premium rods & reels, and all necessary flies, and terminal tackle.
- A 4-weight and a 6-weight rod
- Boots with studded rubber soles
- Multi-layered and multi-seasonal clothing
- Light and heavy socks plus polar pants for wading
- Polarized sunglasses, sunscreen and buff
- A full list will be provided at time of reservation
What is Included?
- Full board accommodation in Salvelinus lodges or hotels according to itinerary
- All meals and beverages: buffet breakfast; lunch by the river or at the lodge, appetizer and dinner; tasting menus; tapas. Spanish wines, coffee, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Internet access, daily housekeeping, and midweek laundry services
- All ground transfers in itinerary, included from/to Barcelona Airport to/from lodge
Angling packages include:
- Guided fly fishing. Two anglers per English speaking Salvelinus guide
- All gear: waders, boots, rods, reels, flies & accessories, if necessary
- Fishing regional licenses and personal daily permits for club waters
- On the water instruction and casting clinics, available upon request
Multi Activity packages include:
Fully customized guided tours with pro experts and guides:
- Cultural visits to historical sites
- UNESCO heritage and National Parks
- Private food and wine tours
- Easy walks, hiking and kayaking
- Wellness therapies and Spa
- Photo tours and birdwatching
- Vegan Cooking classes
- Flight tickets, travel insurance and gratuities
What is Provided:
This operation is an ideal destination for those new to trout fishing looking for a week of detailed, on-water instruction with one of the Salvelinus instructors who have been running schools for many years. Fly casting lessons in English are also available and can be included, if desired. More information about fly fishing schools and personal clinics at: www.salvelinus.com
What is the wading like?
The variety of scenarios provides different wading options from semi-flat riverbeds that allow easy wading to slippery freestones that are fully manageable with studded boots. Technical wading is not required.
How to arrive?
The lodges are located about three hours driving from Barcelona International Airport. All Salvelinus programs include ground transfers from/to Barcelona to/from lodge.
Reservations, Deposits & Payments
The deposit is 50% 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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