Enjoy Andorra’s Pyrenean playground on an exciting family holiday

Wrap up warm and spend an action-packed week in Andorra’s stunning mountain wilderness. Inspire children to try new ways of crossing the glittering snowscape, such as dogsledding and snowshoeing. Enjoy a series of fun yet challenging family activities, like working together to build your very own igloo! With plenty of time set aside to relax or explore, families will discover that there’s a lot more to winter holidays than skiing on this exciting European break.

Soldeu, Andorra
Soldeu, Andorra
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 5
Group size
Min 2 Max 16
Carbon offset
138kg pp per trip


  • Explore the snowy peaks of the Pyrenees by snowshoe, sledge and ski – the beautiful scenery and fresh mountain air will make you feel really alive!
  • Discover the attractive village vibe of Soldeu, and stay in accommodation with fabulous hosts whose Andorran hospitality will make you feel right at home
  • After active days, spend relaxing evening sharing stories and making new friends, cementing wonderful memories for years to come
  • Surrounded by snow in the perfect winter playground, discover the joys of learning how to build an igloo or using doggy power to sled across the valleys – there are so many fun activities suitable for all the family, and for families of all ages


Welcome to Andorra! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm today. Sitting high on the south side of the Pyrenees, squashed in between France and Spain, the Principality of Andorra measures a mere 25 kilometres by 30 kilometres (that’s half the size of New York City!). The country’s independence can be traced right back to Emperor Charlemagne, who captured the region from the Muslims in 803 AD and gave it to the people. Although it gained independence from France and Spain in 1278, it was only in 1993 that the Andorran people voted to establish the country as a parliamentary democracy. Interestingly, the country had two princes as its joint heads of state – one being the President of France, the other being the Bishop of Urgell, although all parliamentary power lies with the Prime minister. The national language is Catalan, but French and Spanish – and increasingly, English – are widely spoken. This unique little country, full of different cultures, is also blessed with some glorious scenery in the Pyrenees and is a great place for an active week in the mountains. Your base for the week is the small town of Soldeu (1,800m), which sits right in the centre of this tiny, land-locked principality.
Today you'll head for the scenic Incles Valley – two minutes from the hotel – where your leader will give you a quick lesson on how to strap on some snowshoes, so you can experience this wintery wonderland in a whole new light. You’ll have time to get used to this new way of walking and discover it really isn’t difficult at all. Although it might feel a little ungainly at first, you’ll soon find that you can climb even a fairly steep slope with ease. With snowshoes, you can go almost anywhere, which means you can get to places that skiers cannot. Set off along a trail through the forest, crossing freshly fallen snow, and marvel at the peace and beauty of the snowy landscape. The group’s ability will dictate how far you go, and you can take provisions for a unique picnic in the forest. Later in the afternoon, give your legs a rest and hop on a sled for an exhilarating ride through this stunning wilderness.
The forest of La Rabassa near the Spanish border is a wonderful winter playground. It offers a chance to see a different area of Andorra, and is ideal for exploring and absorbing the stunning snow-clad landscape on cross-country skis. Longer, thinner and lighter than downhill skis, cross-country skis are designed more for practicality than speed. Only the toe of your boot is attached to a cross-country ski (unlike a downhill ski where the whole boot is rigidly attached), which makes for a very different style of skiing. Having the ability to flex the heel allows you to climb as well as descend, which means you can cross a greater variety of terrain. The pace is relaxed, and you’ll start on an easy circuit to get used to this new mode of transport. When you're feeling more confident you can get the blood pumping and discover why this sport is both an efficient way to travel and a great full-body workout.
After breakfast, transfer to El Tarter ski station (1,700m), a ten-minute drive away, to learn an interesting new skill – how to build an igloo! All that’s needed is a good supply of firm snow, a spade, and a team of willing volunteers. Igloo building is great fun and kids will be thrilled to see how simple it is to make an icy shelter. Not only is it a great time, but knowing how to create your own shelter is also a vital component of mountain survival. In the afternoon, there’s free time to choose your own winter activity (all at an additional charge). Maybe undergo a dramatic change of pace and get to grips with snowmobiling. Driver and a pillion passenger sit on a motorbike-style seat but, for safety, smaller children may be towed behind on a sled. (Only those aged 17+ can drive a snowmobile). Alternatively, you could choose to perfect your snowshoeing skills, head back to the slopes to go skiing or snowboarding, go ice-skating. There’s also the chance to learn some other mountain skills with a lesson on the technique used to locate and rescue avalanche victims (ARVA). Using a receiver, locate the signal from a transponder that anyone venturing into avalanche territory would normally wear. Once you’ve found the signal, search the snow using poles to locate the victim. It’s a bit like a sophisticated game of hide-and-seek, but it’s a fun way of learning a skill that could one day be a life-saver!
Today is a free day for you and the family to choose your own adventure from the many activities on offer in Andorra. You may wish to get back on the slopes for more downhill skiing (in which case you’ll need to purchase a lift pass) – head up the cable car and take advantage of the fabulous range of quiet slopes to have a lesson and master the technique. Alternatively, for a more easygoing pace, maybe simply relax and explore Soldeu village, or soothe tired limbs in the thermal baths. You could also take a bus into the capital, Andorra La Vella for some retails therapy. Andorra has no taxes and so is the ultimate place to go tax-free shopping. Most towns have a variety of shops, but Andorra La Vella has by far the best selection. You might also use this as an opportunity to taste some more of the local food, which is like a hearty version of Catalan cuisine.
Today you’ll memorably learn how to harness the power of a pack of dogs, heading to a kennel to discover how a dog sled is handled. The dogs always get really excited as soon as they see the sleds coming out, and it’s often a struggle to hold them back, so the sleds have a snow anchor just for that purpose. Each sled can carry two people plus a driver (or musher), pulled by a team of 4-6 huskies or 8 Alaskans. It takes a while to get everything ready but eventually you’ll set off on a forest trail. Feel the dogs tugging hard at their harnesses before they break into a smooth rhythm. All you can hear are the runners of the sled fizzing over the frozen snow and the odd bark or yelp from the dogs. Just hold on tight and enjoy the passing scenery for around an hour! It is normally possible for children from about 8 years old to drive their own sled. To minimise the amount of time waiting around, the group will normally be divided for this activity and while not sledding you can hit the slopes for some more skiing (additional charge). If you are an experienced skier, you can ski on the intermediate slopes but will have to pay a supplement locally.
After the excitement of the last few days, today is free for families to be as active or relaxed as they choose. In Escaldes-Engordagny you can visit the impressive facilities of the Caldea thermal baths. On three levels under a huge glass dome, there are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, saunas, hot-tubs, jacuzzi, Turkish baths and even a grapefruit bath! A soak in the warm, mineral-laden thermal baths will help to ease away any aches and pains. Although not cheap, a general entry ticket allows you to pamper ourselves for up to three hours. You can also opt for one of the many additional treatments that include various styles of massage and hydrotherapy (at extra cost). The complex also has shops, restaurants, and a children’s centre. In Encamp you can visit the National Automobile Museum, which houses an impressive collection of cars and bicycles – one of the largest in Europe. Maybe ride on the state-of-the-art Funicamp gondola, which runs from Encamp up to the station at Collada d’Enradort (2,506m) from where (experienced skiers only) can ski down to Grau Roig. If you’re keen to try out a more active pursuit, you could go ice-skating in the Palau de Gel (ice stadium) in Canillo, or relax and watch some curling or ice-hockey. Whatever you choose, make the most of the beautiful surroundings of the Pyrenees Mountains that have been the picturesque backdrop to this dazzling family holiday.
There are no activities planned for today and your Winter Pyrenees Family Holiday trip finishes after a final breakfast.
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7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Chalet (7 nights)


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Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 6.

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