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The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona

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Overview

Discover three countries in just one day on a full-day tour to Baga, Ax-les-Thermes, and Andorra from Barcelona. Emerge early, and head to Baga, a beautiful village shrouded in medieval heritage, and then cross the border to Ax-les-Thermes, a charming spa town with loads of French character. Continue to Andorra via a high mountain pass, stopping for a break in a mountain valley before going on to the capital to indulge in some duty-free shopping.
  • Visit three countries in one day: Spain, France, and Andorra
  • Tour the medieval Spanish village of Baga
  • Wander the medieval streets of Ax-les-Thermes
  • Experience the healing waters from one of the many spas
  • Take in the magnificent views from a high mountain pass
  • Enjoy a short walk in a typical Andorran valley
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 20 people provides an intimate experience with your guide
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Local guide ( English Only)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Lunch

Departure Point

C/ Palau de la Música, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Explore Catalunya Office. We are located in a little alley between the Palau de la Música building and Via Laietana, opposite the Palau de la Música's cafeteria.

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Pl. de Catalunya, 21, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Depending on the size of your group, and the traffic conditions on the day of the tour, you will return either to the main office or to Place Catalunya, which is just an easy 3-5 minute walk away.

Depart from a central Barcelona, and relax during a scenic journey toward Baga in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. Marvel at the majestic perimeter of rocky peaks in the Cadi-Moixero National Park as you arrive in Baga. Tour the village and it's medieval church and square, before enjoying you some free time to explore alone.  

Traverse the French border on route to your next stop, the charming ancient spa town of Ax-Les-Thermes. After your guide recommends some of the best natural fountains to visit and soak your feet in, indulge in some free time to enjoy the healing waters and browse the local artisan shops.

Next, meet back at the bus to head toward Andorra. Travel through the beautiful Pyrenees Alps and cross the Pas de la Casa, a high-mountain pass with multiple photo opportunities.

Descend into Andorra, stopping at a typical mountain valley where you get a glimpse of stone huts dotting the mountainside, a Roman church, and embark on a short hike to experience the landscape.  

From here, continue on to Andorra de la Vella, Andorra's charming capital. Explore the city and indulge in some duty-free shopping before climbing aboard the minivan for the return trip to Barcelona.

Your tour concludes with drop-off back at the departure point.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Palace of Catalan Music
7.00am - Your day starts when you arrive in our office, which is right across from the famous Palau de la Musica. Your guide will there to greet you and tell you all about the day ahead.
Stop At:  
Baga
8.30am - Where else but in Europe can you visit three countries in one day? Three different countries, three distinctly different atmospheres, stunning drives, and breathtaking scenery. Depart from Barcelona at 7am, and relax during the scenic journey to Bagà. You will have the chance to marvel at the majestic rocky peaks in the Cadi-Moixeró National Park as we drive to Bagà. In Bagà, as this sleepy village comes to life, you can get a fresh pastry or sandwich in the local bakery, or a coffee in one of the many typical cafes, before rejoining your guide who will give you a short walking tour of the village before leaving you free time to explore alone. From Bagà, we will head deeper into the countryside as we drive towards the French border.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Thermes d'Ax
11.00am - Your next stop is the charming and beautiful ancient spa town of Ax-Les-Thermes. Your guide will recommend some of the best natural fountains to visit, and those best suitable for soaking your feet in. You will then have free time to enjoy the healing waters, browse the local artisan shops where you can buy local cheeses and cured meats, as well as looking out for a souvenir to remember your visit. After a while of wandering around this typical French village, its time to choose from one of the many local restaurant for a tradition French lunch. After a memorable French experience, you will meet back at the bus to head towards Andorra.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pas de la Casa
1.30pm - The route takes you through the beautiful Pyrenees Alps to Andorra. One the way we will cross the Pas de la Casa, an amazing high mountain pass with some stunning photo opportunities.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Valle de Incles
2.30pm - As we descend into Andorra, we will stop at a typical mountain valley where you will get a glimpse of how Andorra used to be. From here, we will head down the valleys into Andorra La Vella.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Andorra la Vella
3.30pm - Andorra la Vella is the capital of the small but stunning country of Andorra, located high in the east Pyrenees, between France and Spain. This will be our last stop of the day, but you will have enough time to do a little bit of duty free shopping, grab a quick bargain or walk around its old stone streets and houses. At about 3:45pm, we will return to the bus and head back to Barcelona via a different route. This drive takes you through dramatic gorges, past verdant farming land, and alongside lakes and rivers, before the landscape levels out and the lush tones of green of the fields and the shinning grey of the mountain rocks are replaced by the dusty orange and brown hues of this arid landscape. You will stop enroute for a chance to stretch your legs and quench your thirst, before arriving back in town at about 7:30pm
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Ponts
4.30-6.30pm - This drive takes you through dramatic gorges, past verdant farming land, and alongside lakes and rivers, before the landscape levels out and the lush tones of green of the fields and the shinning grey of the mountain rocks are replaced by the dusty orange and brown hues of this arid landscape. You will stop enroute for a chance to stretch your legs and quench your thirst, before arriving back in town at about 7:30pm
Pass By:  
Montserrat
6.45pm - The final leg of the journey takes you past the dramatic scenery of Montserrat. This iconic mountain stands out dramatically against the skyline as we begin out last part of the drive into Barcelona.
Pass By:  
Plaza de Cataluna
7.30 - 745pm - We end the day in Plaça Catalunya. From here, you can easily take the metro or a taxi back to your hotel. Otherwise, your guide will be more than happy to make some recommendations of where to have dinner.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler
  • Please bring a towel if you plan to use the spa water in Ax Les Thermes
  • This tour operates in English only
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Explore Catalunya

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The smaller villages sometimes do not have open stores in the off-season so take along snacks and water." See review
  • "It's a long day on this trip, but worth it." See review
  • "It was a full day so be prepared to arise early in the am." See review

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star-5
3 Countries
John_E
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide Rod was amazing. He gave the best tour we've been on. His knowledge of the history of each place was very informative and interesting. He made sure we all were comfortable at all times. We saw a lot of really interesting landscapes and buildings. This is a tour I would take again.
star-5
Once in a lifetime experience.
Eddie
, Sep 2021
Our guide was very knowledgeable and funny. It's a wonderful experience. And the ride was very comfortable. It's a once in a lifetime experience. And it was very intimate. And I appreciate the guide helping me to get home after I twisted my ankle.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello Edward, Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you had a nice day. We hope your ankle is fully recovered! Kind regards, Patricia
star-5
What a beautiful day
Karla_H
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide Rod was fantastic. He was so full of knowledge and history and this made the trip so memorable. The time in the van and visiting the sites was a perfect balance. What an amazing day.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello Karla, Thanks for your review. Kind regards, Patricia
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Must do trip
Davion_C
, Sep 2021
Great trip. Our guide was knowledgeable and showed us the hidden gem of Baga. Highly recommend. Great hidden sights.
star-5
A great way to visit all Andorra and France
Luke_H
, Sep 2021
I had a blast. This is the perfect tour if you want a quick jaunt into France and Andorra from Barcelona. Our guide, Rodrigo, was FANTASTIC. If I could hire him for a whole week to go around Barcelona I would in a heartbeat. This tour was totally worth it!
star-5
Picturesque and great scenery
Alice_r
, Aug 2021
Driving thru the Pyranees and small quaint villages in France and Andorra. Stopping in some medeviel towns and seeing some ancient architecture left in these villages
star-4
Worth it
John_L
, Aug 2021
Enjoyed the hot springs in France, but most of the restaurants weren’t open yet when we arrived. Andorra was cool. And the guide was happy, attentive and informative.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
If you want an easy way to see Andorra, this is worth the long day
Ted4
, Aug 2021
I booked this tour because I didn't know how else to see the tiny country of Andorra, as it's a bit out of the way. It seems a bit silly to go to all this trouble just to check that blank, so they throw in a couple other stops as a bonus here. Baga is lovely, and a pleasant surprise, a place I'd certainly explore a bit more. Ax-les-Thermes is also pleasant to explore, and just French enough to remind you that you've managed to spend a bit of time in France. Andorra is downright beautiful, with breathtaking scenery that reminds you how the challenging, mountainous geography played such a large role in keeping the country independent through all these centuries. Of course, the populace seems intent on turning it into a shopping mall with skiing. The capital city is largely a big mall, and none of the folks on our tour were super intent on shopping, so our guide wisely determined this early on and instead spent a greater amount of time highlighting the scenery. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, as well as flexible in how we spent our time. I have only positive feedback on him. So to sum up, I think Andorra is worth checking out for the day, at least is was for me, and this turned out to be a pretty good way to do it. I recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing tour and awesome guide!
Geraldine
, Aug 2021
I loved the tour it was amazing. Roderigo our tour guide was great we discussed everything from history, geography, to political differences between certain regions in Spain. The tour was super comfortable and we covered a lot of the terrain. I enjoyed the small towns in both France and Spain with the warm baths to the ski area of Andorra. I would highly recommend this tour and Roderigo. The customer service and conversation was excellent!! Thank you so much!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Expert guide, beautiful scenery
Sylvia
, Aug 2021
First of all, our guide Arnau was amazing-his knowledge of Catalan and European history was extensive and detailed, he was very personable, courteous and adaptable. Tourism businesses in the area are just beginning to open up, so some restaurants and stores are not back to fully operating. That meant we had a group of 6, vs a group of up to 20 during full capacity, so a very personalized experience. It also meant that some of the restaurants and services were on limited hours. Arnau was able to find solutions (when a regular spot had closed earlier than usual, for example). The views in the Pyrenees were beautiful. Baga in Spain and Ax-les-Thermes in France were lovely medieval towns. We would have preferred more time (30 minutes more) for lunch and in the market at Ax-les-Thermes (we were there on a Thursday which was market day) and less time in Andorra les Valles. (30 minutes less) Andorra les Valles is really for mall/duty free shopping. Our entire group had nice comraderie and conversation, and Arnau encouraged that.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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