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Guided Walks and Spa relaxation, Gavarnie and the Neouvielle

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Guided walking from Gavarnie to the Néouvielle Nature Reserve, spa relaxation.

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The Pyrenees will let you discover their secret... fabulous panoramic footpaths and soothing warm spa waters. Walking from the World Heritage site of Gavarnie to the Neouvielle Nature Reserve one enters paradise! Soothing spa waters and massages at the end of the day at the Cieleo Spa and maybe one has...

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From 993 € /person Based on 2 persons

  • 7 days/6 nights in 3 star Logis hotel, full board
  • 6 day’s walks with a mountain guide
  • 8 treatments and 5 entries (2 hours) to the Cieléo Spa with lagoon, jacuzzi...
    No carrying, easy level of walks

Contact Nathalie
to book this holiday package or receive informations

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

The strengths

  • Sites not to be missed
  • Each day a different route through some of the best scenry of the range
  • The walks are progressively graded by your enthusiastic guide
  • End of the day spa treatments

Day 1

Transfer to Bareges (30 mins). Walk to Lac d'Oncet beneath the Pic du Midi. The astronomical observatory sits perched on its rocky pyramid above, at lower altitudes it is a scene of grassy mountain pastures around the lake.
3 hours walking, 600 m uphill, 600 m downhill.

Day 2

40 minute transfer, then a walk into the Cirque de Troumouse in the National Park, marmots definitely, Isards maybe, will be seen. Our route starts from the village of Heas towards the foot of the La Munia peak which is at 3000 m, passing the Aires lake to complete the circuit back to the starting point. The heart of Troumouse is rolling grasslands, the ridge of the Cirque forms a gigantic circular crest.
5 hours walking, 600 m uphill / downhill.
At the end of the afternoon a presentation of the spa programme and your first dip into the waters.

Day 3

Walk in the Neouvielle massif, a circular route passing Lac Dets Coubous towards Lac Nere, a magical area of century old pines, jagged peaks and rushing streams.
5 - 6 hours walking, 800 m uphill, 800 m downhill.
Spa session upon return.

Day 4

35 minute transfer and walk into the famous Cirque de Gavarnie, some of the most spectacular scenery in France. The gigantic walls of the cirque have permanent snows at altitude, these create dozens of waterfalls which fall to the ground far below. Our route offers magnificent panoramas of this spectacle throughout the day.
4 hours walking, 500 m uphill, 500 m downhill.
Spa baths upon return.

Day 5

Gentle walk from Bareges village towards the Plateau du Lumiere, initially through the beech woods to reach Lumieres and the Bolou valley, mountain pastures dotted with barns. There is a wonderful view over the Ardiden massif and the pretty stone villages clinging to the sides of the valley.
4 hours walking, 400 m uphill, 400 m downhill.
Spa baths upon return.

Day 6

Walking from lake to lake in the La Glere valley, beneath the Turon and Neouvielle peaks. These dramatic summits are both over 3000 meters and dominate a high mountain scene with dozens of mountain tarns.
5 hours walking, 800 m uphill, 800 m downhill.
Spa baths upon return then a lovely convivial evening at Chez Louisette, set amidst the beech woods at the Lienz plateau.

Day 7

Transfer to Lourdes (30 mins) after breakfast and end of the week.

Spa programme

  • Your spa sessions The splendid Cieleo Spa centre has a pool beneath a glass domed ceiling, jet baths behind enormous glass windows offering a superb view over the valley, steam baths.

    You will have access for 5 days to the following 8 treatments
    - 2 massage baths,
    - 2 mud applications,
    - 1 underwater massage,
    - 1 high pressure shower,
    - 2 hydro-tonic pools.

Complementary information

Level : 4 - 6 hours walking each day with height gains varying from 400 to 800 meters.
A good physical condition is required to be able to walk in the mountains.
We suggest that if in double you should consult your doctor to see if a training programme is necessary or whether the climatic conditions might adversely affect you.


Meeting point : First day at 11 am in front of Lourdes train station.

Dispersal : The last day at 10 am in front of Lourdes train station.

Hotel close to the Tourmalet

Located at the very centre of the village of Bareges this excellent hotel has lots of character. Close to the Pic du Midi, actually on the Col du Tourmalet, a short distance from both Gavarnie and Lourdes, and on the fringe of the National Park and the Neouvielle nature reserve, the hotel offers the ideal base camp for exploring the area. The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable with a modern décor with mosaics, natural woods and warm colours. The rooms either have views over the mountains or the village square. In the excellent restaurant the chef proposes dishes inspired by local produce. Whether indoors or outdoors the setting is magnificent and peaceful. A really special place for a really special break.

Your hotel:

Has 13 rooms, restaurant with open fire, bar, 2 lounges (1 with open fire), panoramic terrace, garden with solarium, spa area with sauna

The Cirque de Gavarnie, a World Heritage site

The most famous and the most spectacular natural cirque...
50 million years ago in the Pyrenees water and glacial erosion created a number of natural ‘cirques’ with a remarkable perfection. Gavarnie is the most famous and the most spectacular. With 16 summits of over 3000 metres and the highest waterfall in Europe it possesses a magnificent beauty.
The natural spectacle it offers is remarkable. This once hidden area «resembles nothing that is found anywhere else» wrote Victor Hugo. Adjoining the great canyons of Aragon in Spain it is part of the «Gavarnie - Mont Perdu» World Heritage site.

Cieléo, your spa centre

Specially conceived for relaxation the CIELéO spa offers an infinite range of pleasurable experiences. Between enjoyment, contemplation and body treatments, a visit is a wonderful mixture of blues from the sky and blues from the waters, to illuminate that feeling of wellbeing. The journey takes the visitor over three levels of pleasure and relaxation. Massages with the Baragine, anti-stress treatments with chocolate, mud applications, beauty treatments, organic facials... Let your self be carried away by the wonderful range of treatments on offer... The relaxation area beneath the magnificent glass dome has power jets, thermal water pools, geysers, jet showers, steam baths and more. You will feel close to the sky with a view over the whole valley, particularly sublime from the jacuzzi.

Néouvielle Nature Reserve

The Néouvielle Nature Reserve is unique, its completely unspoiled natural environment offers visitors a superb spectacle
The richness of the flora and fauna, together with the many lakes and sublime scenery, have made the Néouvielle a subject for detailed study and attention. Created in 1936, the Néouvielle Nature Reserve is one of the earliest established in France. The area covers 2300 hectares and counts more than 70 lakes (Aubert, Aumar, Orédon, Cap de Long, Laquettes…) and pools in which more than 570 species of algae have been identified.
The area is covered with Pins à Crochets (a dwarf mountain pine), the tree growing at the highest altitudes in Europe, this famous range is bordered by the massive limestone walls of Barroude and the Pic Néouvielle at more than 3000m of altitude.
This is a paradise for walkers, there are many possible circuits and the grand tour of the Néouvielle can be done staying in the 5 guarded refuges. In order to preserve and protect the beauty of the site but also to help you explore, many facilities have been created (welcome centre, parking, waymarked trails, toilets…).

  • From 993 € /person -
  • Based on 2 persons

The price includes

6 nights in 3 star Logis hotel, half board - 6 picnic baskets - 6 day’s walks with a mountain guide - 8 treatments and 5 two hour entries to the relaxation area at the Cieléo Spa - Booking fee.

The price does not include

Drinks - Insurance.

Validity

Spring Summer Autumn 2017
From 28/05 to 14/10

Walking light!

For that extra bit of comfort you only have to carry the items you need during the day, no heavy packs to carry so you are walking lightweight!