HOLIDAYS ARE SACRED!
A week of reconnecting
A week of beauty, wonder, reconnecting with yourself and nature, mountain lakes, rolling valleys, seaside vineyards and me-time on an original and memorable break in Lourdes.
Good times guaranteed!
From 380 € /person Based on two sharing
- 8 days/7 nights in a 3 star hotel on a B&B basis
- Grands Sites: Lourdes, Gavarnie and Biarritz
- 1 Grands Sites pass (Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne and Pic du Midi)
- 1 entry (2 hrs) to Balnéa thermal baths
- 1 meal at a restaurant awarded 2 chef’s hats by Gault & Millau
- 1 wine tour and tasting
Arrival in Lourdes & 11pm Mass at the Grotto.
Few religious sites open at night. In Lourdes, the Sanctuary is open 24/7 and mass is held every night at 11pm at the Grotto. It’s the perfect time to experience Lourdes as it radiates magic at nightfall.
Lourdes Sanctuary & Torchlight procession.
Visitors are free to roam the Sanctuary site at their leisure; there is no schedule or time limit. We suggest visiting the basilicas then exploring the arcades to drink from the fountains, see the Grotto, touch the rock and light a candle. You can also come in the morning for the international mass* at 9.30am in the underground Basilica. Lourdes is famous for its international mass attended by thousands and, in certain periods, tens of thousands. Song, music, symbols, images, banners and applause burst forth in Lourdes’ 6 statuary languages (French, Italian, spanish, English, German, Dutch). A one-of-a-kind experience. Don’t miss the torchlight procession at 9pm. It’s the highlight of the day in Lourdes.
*International mass is held every Wednesday and Sunday during pilgrimage season (April-October).
Pic du Midi & Col du Tourmalet & Cirque de Gavarnie.
The perfect day for photos of the best views in the Pyrenees be it at Pic du Midi, Col du Tourmalet or the colossal Cirque de Gavarnie. We recommend arriving at Pic du Midi in the morning to have lunch there then going to Gavarnie with a stop on the way at Col du Tourmalet.
Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne & Piétat Chapel & Gourmet meal.
Deep in the Pyrenees National Park, the Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne site is a real Garden of Eden and sight for sore eyes. Countless facilities and footpaths enable visitors to go on easy strolls around the site. On the way back to Lourdes, take a break in a charming village on a headland for a gourmet meal in a local institution. Work up your appetite with a magical few minutes walking from Place de Saint-Savin to Notre-Dame-de-Piétat Chapel on a headland overlooking the valley. Drink in the views on the terrace in the shade of the lime trees.
The lake road & Balnéa.
The highest lake road in the Pyrenees is just miles from Lourdes and leads to the lakes of Cap-de-Long (altitude of 2161m), Orédon (1849m), Aumar (2198m) and Aubert (2150m). The winding road is a feast for the eyes in itself. The end point: Néouvielle National Nature Reserve. Its 70 lakes burst with green and turquoise and make it look like an archipelago in the heart of the Pyrenees. The lakeside Orédon shelter is a great place for lunch in the sunshine. We recommend ending the trip on a watery note in the outdoor lagoons at the Balnéa spa with your eyes on the peaks and your lungs full of fresh air.
Lourdes’ locals love to come here on Sundays: Biarritz. A generous 10.30am departure for lunch on the sea. Weather permitting, we recommend a swim. A walk to the Rocher de la Vierge splashed by the waves is a must-do.
This trip takes visitors to a secret vineyard in the Pyrenean foothills. Director Alain Brumont produces wine that makes the international top 20 at Château Montus. A footpath runs between the hills, vineyards and villages with stops for tastings.
A friendly welcoming hotel in the centre of Lourdes (3*)
Situated near to the entrance to the Lourdes Sanctuaries, the hotel offers a warm convivial welcome. It is ideally located for a stay to visit Lourdes and the Pyrenees.
At your disposition during your stay : a lounge area with bar, comfortable bedrooms, free wi-fi access throughout the hotel. The personal are there to look after your every need, offering a personalised quality welcome. With the possibility of bedroom only or room with breakfast you are free to enjoy the many local restaurants and brasseries and eat at whatever time you choose.
The torchlight procession
Each evening thousands of pilgrims and visitors gather to walk in procession from the Grotte des Apparitions to the Rosaire esplanade, all are bearing torches and all are singing. It is a moving sight, joyous and magical.
A World Heritage site
Five and a half kilometres in diameter, walls 1500 m high, dozens of waterfalls, impressive statistics for this wonder of nature. A natural colossus that must be seen, it adjoins the Spanish canyons.
CAUTERETS PONT D'ESPAGNE
Walking through paradise
Situated in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park, the Cauterets Pont d'Espagne area is a veritable Garden of Eden with fantastic walks for all levels. A cable-car takes you up to the sublime Lac de Gaube with its deep blue waters.
PIC DU MIDI
Climb over a thousand metres in just 15 minutes, the cable-car takes the strain. Once at the top the panoramic terraces over the best view in France, a fabulous 360 degree panorama covering over 300 kms. One can also spend the night or an evening at the top.
The largest spa centre in the French Pyrenees
Set on the edge of the Loudenvielle lake, in one of the most beautiful valleys of the Hautes Pyrenees, Balnea proposes spa experiences from all over the world in its healing warm waters.
A confidential vineyard area shared between the Hautes Pyrenees, the Gers, and the Bearn - the Madiran. Historically the wines have an image of strength and character, but they can also attain the highest summits of finesse and elegance with the profound intensity of the Tannat grape.
- From 380 € /person - 3 star hotel
- From 751 € /person - 4 star hotel
- Based on two sharing
The price includes
7 nights on a B&B basis - 1 Grands Sites pass (Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne and Pic du Midi) – 1 entry (2 hrs) to Balnéa thermal baths - 1 meal at a restaurant awarded 2 chef’s hats by Gault & Millau - 1 wine tour and tasting - Booking fee.
The price does not include
Meals (excluding meal on day 3) - Holiday tax.
Half-board and full-board quotes on request. Contact: "La Boutique des Hautes-Pyrénées" (+335 62 56 70 00 - firstname.lastname@example.org)