Jewels of the Pyrenees
- 'Grand Sites' of the Pyrenees
4 day driving circuit (1 night in Spain)
Four exciting days travelling across the French and Spanish Pyrenees. Marvel at the expansive landscapes. Discover wild, tucked-away places. Be moved by sacred spaces. Pamper yourself in the thermal spas. And give your taste buds a treat...On the map
From 386 € /person Based on 2 persons
- 4 days/4 nights in 3 & 4* hotels and chambres d'hotes, with breakfasts included in Lourdes, Saint-Lary, Ainsa and Loudenvielle
- 1 pass for the Pic du Midi cable car
- 1 entry (2 hours) for Balnéa spa centre with outdoor pools, leisure pools, hammam, jacuzzi, pool with underwater music, whirlpool baths, bubble benches, etc..
- 4 days car hire
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- A Franco - Spanish itinerary to follow independently
- Nothing to book
- A varied programme with moments of relaxation
- Preferential rates for the car hire
Departure point: Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport. Lourdes (torchlight procession) - Night in Lourdes - 18 mn / 15 km
Why not follow millions of visitors from all over the world and explore Lourdes? There is no need to be a practising catholic, or even a Christian - people come to see the Grotto, to touch the rocks, gather water from the springs, light a candle, and walk carrying a flaming torch. These rituals are as much pagan, superstitious or magic as they are religious. A unique personal experience that touches everyone.
Cirque de Gavarnie > Col du Tourmalet > Pic du Midi > Col d’Aspin - Night in Saint-Lary - 3h / 142 km
The journey continues and the most beautiful views in the Pyrenees are in store for today. Whether you are standing in front of the spectacular Gavarnie Cirque, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, crossing the passes of the Col d’Aspin or the Col du Tourmalet, or on board the cable car or at the top of the Pic du Midi, we guarantee views that will take your breath away.
Spain: Añisclo Canyon > Ainsa - Night in Ainsa - 2h17 / 102 km
Today you are heading for Aragon on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees. Explore ‘Los Rios’, the stone villages and the gleaming Spanish sun. Go through the Aragnouet-Bielsa tunnel and the wild and magical Canyon d’Añisclo is all yours. You can swim in the turquoise waters of the natural pools formed by the river before returning to the village of Ainsa, capital of Sobrarbe, with its fortified square.
France: The Mountain Lakes Route > The Neouvielle National Nature Reserve > Col de Val Louron-Azet > Balnéa (spa centre) - Night in Loudenvielle - 2h42 / 121 km
After your little Aragonese adventure, leavie the Spanish Pyrenees, which are devoid of Pyrenean mountain streams, to encounter one of the most beautiful lakeside views in the mountains. Take the Mountain Lakes Route to reach the Neouvielle National Nature Reserve. The day's journey ends at Balnéa by the Lac de Génos-Loudenvielle, where you can bathe outdoors in naturally warm and soothing spring water, your eyes fixed on the peaks of the Pyrenees that reach an altitude of more than 3,000m.
Hotels 4*, 3* and guest house
Day 1: a superb guest house in Lourdes
Constructed towards the end of the 19th century this villa is in the centre of Lourdes with a magnificent setting, and a clear view over the sanctuaries and the castle, and with the Pyrenees as a back-drop. It is close to all the shops and cafes, you can reach the town quickly on foot. The guest house is particularly comfortable with home cinema TV, DVD, video games, a library and a piano. Your guest house: 4 spacious bedrooms overlooking the town of Lourdes with a view over the sanctuaries and the castle.
The Aspin bedroom (16m2): On the first floor of the villa (no lift). This spacious room (16m2) has a south-facing balcony with a view over the sanctuaries and the Pyrenees. It has a 180 cms double bed. The bathroom has an Italian style shower and a bath, the stained glass window comes from an ancient chapel. Air conditioning, wi-fi, hair-dryer, separate toilet, tea and coffee making facilities.
Day 2: a 4 star hotel in Saint-Lary
Situated at the heart of the Pyrenees National Park this hotel has an exceptional location, a green and peaceful setting. At just 50 metres from the cable-cars for the Saint Lary ski resort, the hotel has kept its Pyrenean roots and its mountain soul, it offers an ambience of charm and authenticity. The staff are always on hand to offer a high quality of service. The hotel has 65 very comfortable rooms including 5 family rooms, their decoration is both classical and contemporary with fine materials and warm colours. Each room has a clear view over the surrounding mountains or the spa gardens. The bar and the La Mangeoire restaurant are situated around the lounge with its mountain chalet look. The restaurant offers a refined cuisine with a large choice of regional and international dishes based on local seasonal produce. The 'La Cintra' bar is at the heart of the hotel and is a popular meeting place. The hotel is joined directly to the Sensoria by Nuxe spa baths, you can enjoy warm baths, body and facial treatments, Nuxe massages and many other beauty treatments. A lovely moment of relaxation for both body and mind in a warm cosy setting, and at the very heart of the Pyrenees.
Your hotel has 65 bedrooms (including 3 for persons with reduced mobility), a restaurant, bar with open fire, 4 meeting rooms, a terrace.
Day 3: a 3 star hotel in Ainsa
Located close to Ainsa, the capital of Sobrarbe and a mediaeval Aragon village, this modern hotel with its own spa is a real jewel. Situated close to the French border it is the ideal place from which to explore the Anisclo canyon, the Pineta valley at the foot of Monte Perdido, Ainsa itself and the Ordesa canyon. Behind the hotel in its garden is a swimming pool and paddling pool. As a backdrop the Pena Montenesa, the symbol of the region stands proudly, the sunset from the hotel is remarkable. The rooms have lovely views and are comfortable and cosy.
The hotel is quiet, the brand new spa is th perfect place to relax. There are superb duplex family rooms and games for the children in the garden. Sporting facilties include tennis courts, a running track, and football and basketball pitches. children have table tennis and an outdoor pool with paddling pool. the spa has swan-neck massage jets, sensory trails, massages and a terace with sun loungers.
Day 4: charming mountain auberge in Germ
Located close to the Peyragudes ski resort and the GR10 in the Louron valley, this charming auberge offers the warm welcome one only finds in the south west. The view from the balcony is splendid, the shimmering lake, the tiny mountain villages and their houses with slate roofs, the snow capped peaks all around. The setting is peaceful, the rooms simple yet cosy, each with a view over the mountains or the stream. In summer after a day in the mountains everybody gathers on the terrace for a drink. In winter after a day on the ski slopes at Val Louron or Peyragudes the log fire is very welcoming, and Christophe will tell a few tales of the valley. He will also delight you with his cuisine, he is passionate about his cooking and you can enjoy his Garbure, tartiflette, raclette not to mention his grilled prawns, veal 'Oxoa' and his famous home made Gateau Basque. Even the he most demanding of gourmets will be satisfied.
Your auberge has 11 bedrooms and can take 33 persons, a restaurant with terrace, lounge with log fire.
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.
THE 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 ANISCLO CANYON
The wild side of Spain
Wilder than the Ordesa canyon, the Anisclo offers a magnificent adventure into a gigantic natural fault with a superb view over Mont Perdu. Do take a dip in the sublime natural pools of the rios.
THE NEOUVIELLE NATURE RESERVE
The lakes route
The scenery is exceptional. A magnificent contrast of sharp granite summits which tower over a landscape of gentle green lawns, the area is home to the extraordinary mountain pine and has over 70 lakes, of all shades from tourquoise to the deepest of blue.
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.
- From 386 € /person -
- Based on 2 persons
The price includes
4 days car hire iincluded (contractual guarantee in case of damage or theft, insurance for driver and passebgers, 24h/24h and 7d/7d medical assistance, civil responsibility cover) - 4 nights in 3 & 4* hotels and chambres d'hotes, en B&B - 1 pass for the Pic du Midi cable car - 1 entry (2 hours) for Balnéa spa centre - Booking fee.
The price does not include
Cancellation insurance - Lunches - Local taxes.
If your departure point or your plane’s arrival time do not allow you to complete the whole of this itinerary on day 1, we can offer a hotel around Lourdes or Gavarnie (we will adapt according to your timings).
Good places for lunch and dinner:
From gastronomic restaurants to typical local cuisine, there is something for every taste. With a fine blend of the flavours of the south and many mountain specialities the Hautes Pyrenees offers a varied range of restaurants. Full of flavour and colour - confit de canard, foie gras, garbure... ask the chef , he will certainly have his own local speciality for you to try.