Lourdes Pyrénées Trip
A week exploring the Pyrenees in all its glory!
Plus an adventure to the Spanish side. Wonder, rejuvenation and relaxation are on this trip’s agenda.
From 348 € /person Based on two sharing
- 8 days/7 nights in 3 star hotel on a B&B basis (5 nights in Lourdes
and 2 nights in St Lary)
- Grands Sites: Lourdes, Gavarnie and Spanish Aragon
- 1 Grands Sites pass (Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne & Pic du Midi)
- 1 entry (2 hours) for Balnéa thermal baths
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 nderground 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).
Cirque de Gavarnie and Troumouse.
Seeing these spectacular natural cirques listed as World Heritage sites is deeply moving. Nature’s own masterpieces look like pure invention. Experiencing this great beauty fills visitors with a sense of fulfilment.
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 mountain pass road (Tourmalet, Aspin) & Pic du Midi & Night
The tour takes to the famous Pyrenees mountain pass road up to Tourmalet and Aspin. A stop on the way takes you to the summit of the Pic du Midi for incredible views. The day ends in Saint-Lary,
a new base camp for two nights in a vast Pyrenean valley withaccess to Spain via the Aragnouet-Bielsa tunnel.
Spanish Aragon & Night in Saint-Lary.
Today is about going behind the scenes and seeing the other side of the mountain:Spain’s Aragon region.
A 3km tunnel through the mountain’s bowels takes you to Spain. A stunning itinerary snakes through the unspoiled Anisclo canyon, a World Heritage site. It forms attractive natural pools of turquoise water where you can swim before returning to Saint-Lary.
Louron Valley’s Roman chapels & Balnéa & Night in Lourdes.
The low-key Louron Valley next to Saint-Lary has an unusual number of Roman chapels. These precious gems with stunning frescoes were built to thank God for the successful leather and wool trade between this French valley and its Spanish neighbour after the New World was discovered. The chapels were spared by the wars and are now listed landmarks. This is also where you’ll find the biggest thermal baths in the French Pyrenees. A bit of metime is a must before returning to Lourdes.
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.
An elegant refined hotel in Saint Lary (3*)
The hotel is situated on the banks of the Neste river and just 5 minutes on foot from the centre of Saint Lary and the cable-cars for the ski resort. It is a haven of elegance. For walking, skiing, spa baths, watching the Tour de France on the Col d'Aspin... there are a thousand things to do including an escapade across the border in Spain which is very close. The building is of wood and slate, preference given to the natural and local materials. In the bedrooms large red cushions rest on immaculate white duvets, it is refined and distinguished. Your view is constantly drawn to the view outside through the large windows. In summer the wooden terrace with its sun loungers around the pool is a very tempting spot to relax. At the end of the day it will be difficult to resist a snack whilst comfortably installed in your club armchair. The lounge is warm and welcoming in the image of the young and dynamic team who are looking after you. They will explain all the best places to visit locall
Has double rooms, triple rooms and family suites, a lounge with bar and TV, a parking, a swimming pool in summer with a terrace, a closed garage for cycles, w
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.
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.
- From 348 € /person - 3 star hotel
- From 704 € /person - 4 star hotel
- Based on two sharing
The price includes
7 nights on a B&B basis (5 nights in Lourdes and 2 nights in St Lary) - 1 Grands Sites pass (Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne & Pic du Midi) - 1 entry (2 hours) for Balnéa thermal baths - Booking fee.
The price does not include
Meals - Holiday tax.
Half-board and full-board quotes on request. Contact: "La Boutique des Hautes-Pyrénées" (+335 62 56 70 00 - email@example.com)