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An itinerant tour of the best restaurants and the Grand Sites

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In the Hautes Pyrenees the pleasures have no limits, we do not just want to offer a treat the eyes! We also look after your taste buds and your evenings. Of course you will be thrilled by the fabulous panoramas, the beautiful unspoiled nature. You will also be seduced by the inspiration of our best chefs, who prepare delicacies using the best local ingredients - lamb, Tarbes haricot beans, Porc Noir and many other delicious dishes. This road trip is treat for the eyes and the taste buds!

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From 505 € /person Based on two sharing

  • 5 days/4 nights in 3 star and Mercury 4 star hotels, B & B
  • 4 meals to discover the best tables of the Hautes Pyrenees
  • Cable-car to the Pic du Midi with lunch at the summit
  • Access to the parking at Pont d'Espagne in the Pyrenees National Park with cable-car and chairlift to Lac de Gaube

Contact Nathalie
to book this holiday package or receive informations

By mail By phone 33 (0)5 62 56 70 00

The strengths

  • Great addresses for gourmets
  • Grand Sites for nature lovers
  • Charming hotels in lovely settings
  • A sublime holiday of fine dining, luxury and discovery

Day 1

Arrival at the end of the afternoon and installation in your boutique hotel in the centre of Tarbes. Dinner in one of the best local restaurants.

Day 2

Head off to the Aure valley, at the gates to the Neouvielle Nature Reserve and close to the frontier with Spain. Installation at the end of the afternoon in the 4 stars Hotel Mercure in Saint Lary. You will dine in the restaurant where each day the chef prepares each day's menu using the best daily produce from the market, a superb selection of starters and main courses, and home made-desserts.

Day 3

Direction the Grand Tourmalet. In La Mongie climb aboard the cable-car for a visit of the Pic du Midi. The scenery is spectacular as is the lunch awaiting in the highest restaurant in the Pyrenees. Then once back down to earth it is over the Col du Tourmalet, the world famous Tour de France mountain pass. You will arrive at the end of the afternoon in Cauterets, dinner in your charming and very British style hotel.

Day 4

You will discover the magical site of Cauterets Pont d'Espagne and take the cable-car and chairlift to glorious setting of Lac de Gaube. Lunch is taken next to the spectacular Lutour waterfall. Arrival later in the afternoon at Saint Savin in the Argeles-Gazost valley for a gastronomic dinner in a highly reputed 3 star 'Chateau and Hotel Collection' hotel, the chef is a 'Maitre Cuisinier de France'.

Day 5

End of your holiday

3 star and Mercury 4 star hotels

Designer hotel in the very centre of Tarbes

Your 4 star hotel in the very centre of Tarbes is just so design, it is a playful blend of raw materials- glass, steel, aluminium… The crystal like façade changes colour constantly, the bathrooms are delicately placed bubbles, an opaque veil assures intimacy…
Everything is done for the wellbeing and comfort of the guest.
The lounge bar offers a piano bar feel in an ambience of glass, stone and light. The armchairs and open fire offer that cosy touch. Tapas, patisseries and cocktails can be savoured to a background of jazz and classical music.
Your hotel has 85 bedrooms (including 6 junior suites and 4 rooms adapted for full disabled access), lounge with a panoramic view (first level), a banqueting hall which can take 150 persons, meeting rooms, bar with open fire.
Your double room: King size bed - Bathroom

4 star hotel in Saint-Lary

At the very heart of the Pyrenees this hotel has an exceptional setting, green and calm. It is located close to the Saint Lary ski area and just 50 metres from the cable-cars. It has been able to conserve its Pyrenean roots and its mountain soul, a sense of cultivated charm is evident. The hotel has 65 bedrooms offering a high standard of comfort, including 5 family rooms. The hotel staff are at your service to offer a stay of the very highest quality. The bedrooms are both classical and contemporary, a subtle use of fabrics, warm colours, the duvets and pillows offer an absolute comfort. Each room has a clear view either over the mountains or the garden. The bar and the La Mangeoire restaurant are located around a lounge with a mountain chalet ambience. The restaurant offers a refined menu with a large range of local and international dishes, based on seasonal produce. The "Le Cintra" bar is at the very heart of the hotel and is everyone's favoured meeting place.. And for that perfect relaxation the hotel is directly connected to the Sensoria by NUxe Spa centre. You can enjoy a range of spa treatments, facials and body treatments, Nuxe massages and many other beauty treatments, all in a soothing and comfortable setting at the very heart of the Pyrenees.
Your hotel has 65 bedrooms (including 5 for families and 3 for persons with reduced mobility), a restaurant, bar with open fire, 4 meeting rooms, a terrace. Free access to the hotel's relaxation area with sauna, jacuzzi, and hamman.

A hotel full of charm

A 3 star Logis hotel, classed ‘hotel of charm and character’, and located in the centre of Cauterets, a small Pyrenean holiday resort. With all the air of ‘English ladies’ the two sisters Bernadette and Rose Marie, natives of Cauterets, have created in this grand house a hotel in their own image. Lace work, embroidery, fine pastel bed covers, and antiques bring lots of character. The rooms are veritable love nests where each detail counts - sachets of lavender on the wardrobes impregnate the air with romanticism. Not to mention the charming patio and the flower filled balconies.
Our range of Hotels of Charm and Character are hotels on a human scale in protected natural settings. You are welcomed as a friend, the décor is carefully designed, the materials used are traditional, the furnishings refined, the colours are meticulously chosen to create a harmony which reflects a particular valley or region.
Your hotel has 12 bedrooms, 6 suites, a restaurant, small bar and salon, a terrace, garden and conservatory.
Your room ‘standard’: Double 160 cms bed - Bathroom - Toilet - Television - Telephone

3 star ‘Chateaux and Hotels Collection’ hotel

In the shade of the abbey, the patron welcomes you with warmth and generosity. As a chef he is a real alchemist, inspired by the wonderful local produce he re-invents ancient local recipes and brings them into the 21st century, dishes such as the Touradisse, the Sarrous, and the Truse… You will realise that one comes here for the pleasures of the restaurant as much as the comfort of the bedrooms.
Your hotel has 10 bedrooms, a terrace with a magnificent view over the valley, an air-conditioned south-facing meeting room which opens onto the terrace (perfect for study workshops, meetings, business lunches, residential seminars…), lounge with open fire, an attractive restaurant.
Your ‘Montagnarde’ bedroom: Double 140cms bed - Bathroom with shower - Toilets - Television

Tarbes and its surroundings

The living is easy, with an astonishing view over the Pyrenees, welcome to Tarbes, capital of the Bigorre. Take a stroll to the Haras National, living testimony of the history of the town and the horse. Meander around the delightful Massey gardens, its 14 hectares of park land are the favourite meeting sport for the locals, there are live shows throughout the summer months.

The Aure valley

The Aure valley is one of the great Pyrenean valleys and is the gateway to the Neouvielle Nature Reserve with its remarkable protected landscapes. It is also close to Spanish Aragon and its famous canyons. Saint Lary is a lively attractive village.

Cauterets and Pont d'Espagne

Cauterets has much to offer. It is a historic holiday and spa resort, nowadays modern, a superb blend of mountains and wellbeing, surrounded by remarkable scenery. In Cauterets nature is very accessible and very beautiful, the Pyrenees National Park lies on the village boundary.

Argelès-Gazost, Hautacam, Val d'Azun

With its gentle mountain setting Argeles offers an ideal place to stay, being perfectly positioned for an exploration of all the charms of the Pyrenees and particularly the Grand Sites. The nearby Azun valley is a haven of pastoralism and beautifully preserved.

  • From 505 € /person -
  • Based on two sharing

The price includes

4 nights in either 3 or 4 star hotels, B & B - 4 meals to discover the best restaurants of the Hautes Pyrenees - Pic du Midi cable-car with lunch at the summit - Access to Cauterets Pont d'Espagne ( parking, cable-car, chairlift to Lac de Gaube) - Booking fee.

The price does not include

Cancellation insurance - Local transports.

Validity

All year
From June onwards

The Massey Gardens

A green oasis in the centre of Tarbes, the Massey gardens were constructed between 1829 and 1852. Today they are classed as 'remarkable gardens', they are home to many rare and varied botanical species. Amongst the flowers beds is a cloister and an orangerie, peacocks, ducks and squirrels roam freely.

From Saint Lary

Some marvellous scenery to be discovered : the 70 lakes of the Neouvielle Nature Reserve, pass through the Bielsa tunnel to explore Aragon, with its beautifully restored villages and its fantastic canyons. The scenery along the drive itself is magnificent.

The Col d'Aspin

Upon leaving Saint Lary take the road towards the Col d'Aspin, regularly used by the Tour de France. From the top there is a superb view over the Pic du Midi.

The waterfalls footpath from La Raillere to Pont d'Espagne

A lovely path offering the best views over a number of huge waterfalls, falls which made Cauterets famous. As you follow the path you will pass by a number of falls, some gentle whilst others are thunderous, crashing marvels. From this path you can approach them closely.

A short stroll at Saint Savin

The village is positioned on a balcony overlooking the valley. From your hotel take the short way-marked walk to the Notre Dame de Pietat chapel from where the panorama is splendid.