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The unmissable 3 Grand Sites

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This week is just for you and your other half, and what's on offer is simply superb. The breathtaking panorama from the Pic du Midi, the stupendous Cirque de Gavarnie (a World Heritage site), the fabulous unspoiled natural world of the National Park... some gentle walks, a siesta amidst magical mountain scenery, quality time together, it's just perfect. And to add that extra touch... soothing relaxation at the luxurious Luzea spa baths, you must be in heaven...

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From 492 € /person Based on 2 persons

  • 8 days/7 nights en gite for groups, half board
  • 1 day’s walks with a qualified guide
  • 1 ‘Grands Sites’ pass to Pic du Midi (access to summit by cable car) - Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne (parking, cable-car ride from Puntas and chairlift to Lac de Gaube)
  • 1 treatment (1h15) to the Luzea Spa and free access (2h) to the spa leisure area
  • Independent walks in Gavarnie: discovery walks from the Col des Tentes to the Port de Boucharou, trail to the Breche de Roland refuge, trail to the Cirque de Gavarnie and the Grande Cascade

Contact Julie
to book this holiday package or receive informations

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

The strengths

  • Discover the unmissable 3 Grand Sites
  • Enjoying the trails with a guide
  • A very original programme of treatments, relaxation guaranteed at the Luzea Spa
  • A superb base camp, perfectly located

Day 1

Arrival and installation in your gite at the end of the aftermoon. Dinner and night.

Day 2

After breakfast it is off to La Mongie over the legendary Col du Tourmalet. Once arrived in La Mongie climb aboard the cable-car for an exciting ride to the summit of the Pic du Midi. At the top you will discover a breathtaking panorama, visit the space museum to discover the fascinating history of this remarkable site. We recommend that you take the cable-car in the morning so you can enjoy lunch with a view at the excellent summit restaurant.
Return to your gite for dinner and night.

Day 3

Breakfast then Gavarnie.
The Cirque de Gavarnie, a World Heritage site is one of Europe's great natural spectacles. Wherever you walk the views are astounding, all on easy way-marked trails. You will also love the Cirque de Troumouse, the Cirque d'Estaube with its many marmots or the Saugue plateau for the magnificent view over Gavarnie, and the walk towards the Breche de Roland.
There is an easy path which takes you to the Spanish border, it starts at the Col des Tentes and leads you towards the Port de Boucharou. Over the kilometer and a half of its length the panoramas are just breathtaking over the 16 summits of more than 3000 m which encircle the Cique de Gavarnie.
Return to your gite for dinner and night.

Day 4

After an enjoyable breakfast meet up with your guide for a day's walking. Not only will he lead you along the best routes but will also explain the flora, the fauna, talk of life in the mountains.
Return to your gite for dinner and night.

Day 5

Breakfast, then a little adventure.. feel like playing Indiana Jones? Off to the Luz Gorges to try the new zip wires! Thrills guaranteed along the adventure trail - 16 zip wires from 40 metres to 250 metres in length with 4 Nepalese bridges to cross. You finally arrive at the famous Pont Napoleon (a famous bungee jumping spot), for a take-off 2 kms upstream. Then it is the ride of a lifetime, a zip wire that traverses the steep sided gorges at Sia, flying high above waterfalls with a brilliant view. Simply sensational!
Return to your gite for dinner and night.

Day 6

Breakfast then Cauterets- Pont d’Espagne to go to this Garden of Eden!
You take the Puntas cable car followed by the Gaube chair lift for direct access after an extra 15 minutes walk to Lac de Gaube, a beautiful turquoise lake beneath the mighty Vignemale, the highest mountain in the French Pyrenees, the setting of the lake is pure magic.
Return to your gite for dinner and night.

Day 7

Breakfast then some luxurious spa relaxation at the Luzea Spa where the '5 World Tribal Body Treatment' awaits. It is a sensory voyage that lasts for 1 hour 15 minutes, a world tour in 3 stages following tribal cosmetic traditions.
Africa - peeling with Baobab Oil, a precious ally for your skin, it is mixed with pure Arabica coffee grains for an exceptional exfoliation. It leaves a delicious scent on your skin and all dead skin will be removed.
American Indian legends - A body wrap in re-hydrating cactus wax, a regenerating experience for your skin, it brings out its shining natural teint.
Polynesian Ceremonies - A body sculpting massage using an envigorating baume of Monoi from Tahiti. Pure relaxation evoking the gentle Pacific waves.
Return to your gite for dinner and night.

Day 8

Breakfast and departure.

Gite for groups in the valley of Luz

Anne and Christophe welcome you all the year round to their charming gite, the ancient building has been renovated to offer very comfortable accommodation. The gite is situated on the road to Luz Ardiden in a picturesque mountain village of just 100 habitants. Its location is perfect for enjoying the local activities - skiing at Luz Ardiden, walking, rafting, canyoning, via ferrata. You will enjoy the home cooked food with many local dishes - garbure, civer de mouton AOC, myrtille tart, home made jams... Their motto is : a good meal, a good bed and good company. There is children's playground close by.

Your accommodation:

For 40 persons (10 bedrooms for 2, 4 or 6 persons) with private bathrooms with showers, washbasin and WC. Store for skis, boots, bikes etc. Restaurant with bar and open fire, local tourist and mountain information, courtyard with garden furniture and loungers. Animals are not accepted.

Luz-Saint-Sauveur, Pays Toy

The Pyrenees National Park, the Cirque de Gavarnie, the Pic du Midi, the Col du Tourmalet... the lovely mountain village of Luz Saint Sauveur is perfectly placed to explore these jewels of the Pyrenees. Enjoy the ambience of the village and set off to discover these magical places... the Grand Sites!

You will adore

- Bungee jumping from the 90 meter high Pont Napoléon
- The chocolate massage in Luzea, the spa centre
- The comfort of this village, the perfect base camp to discover the most famous sites of the Pyrenees
- The ambiance of the festival Jazz à Luz, which takes place in July each year
- Join the celebrations for the famous Fetes des Cotelettes in September

Luzea, your spa centre

With its neo-classical architecture and a contemporary range of treatments, Luzea mixes marbles, glass with mosaics incrusted with precious stones. You are invited to follow in the steps of the Empress Eugenie, to enjoy a majestic relaxing break, calming and refreshing.

The Spa area

Gentle soothing treatments in a splendid setting. Relaxation pool with underwater massage jets, neck massage jets, swimming against the current, suspended jacuzzi, a salon with heated benches, roman baths with back massage, sauna, oriental hamman, all perched high above the Mensonger gorge.

Personalised treatment area

Pamper yourself with water massage baths, a toning water course, a wide range of face and beauty treatments (CelluM6® Intégral S, anti-age treatment GALVANIC SPA II by Nuskin…), massages with chocolate, hot stones, Chinese inspired with Chi Yang and Ba Guan

The Pic du Midi cable-car, easy access to the highest summits!

Take the Pic du Midi cable car for a spectacular voyage to the summit at 2877 metres, where 750 m2 of viewing terraces await, marvel at the 360 degree panorama over the whole of the Pyrenees, the plains of the south west and even the Massif Central. The Pic du Midi also houses a famous astronomical observatory, a star museum (the highest museum in Europe) which explains the history of this exceptional site and the exploration of the universe.
Access to the summit is by cable car. From La Mongie the ascension takes 15 minutes. During the ascent the countryside will reveal its secrets little by little. At the summit the magnificent viewing terraces offer an exceptional panorama.

The Cirque de Gavarnie, a World Heritage site

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.

Cauterets and Pont d'Espagne : at the heart of the Pyrenees National Park

From the village of Cauterets a number of very pleasant footpaths offer the visitor the possibility of escaping into the middle of a remarkable natural world - dense forests, waterfalls, rushing streams, mountain lakes, flower filled meadows. There is much flora and fauna to be observed, look out for the Isard, which is heavily protected here. Despite its distance from the Spanish border Pont d’Espagne owes its name to the fact that it is on an ancient mule route across the border. It is a remarkable site of a great natural beauty and is one of the most visited in the Pyrenees.

  • From 492 € /person -
  • Based on 2 persons

The price includes

7 nights en gite for groups, half board - 1 day’s walks with a qualified guide - 1 ‘Grands Sites’ pass to Pic du Midi (access to summit by cable car) - Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne (parking, cable-car ride from Puntas and chairlift to Lac de Gaube) - 1 treatment (1h15) to the Luzea Spa and free access (2h) to the spa leisure area - Booking fee.

The price does not include

Transports - Local taxex - Cancellation insurance.

Validity

Spring Summer Autumn 2017
From June to September

Lunch on the summit:

With a magnificent view over the Pyrenees, the Pic du Midi restaurant will delight you with its food. Original dishes using local products are served at nearly 3000 metres of altitude.

Closer to the stars under the cupola!

At the centre of a cupola, which opens and closes, is a telescope which projects its image onto large screens so everyone can observe the sky under live conditions. Enjoy the experience of a real astronomer as you study the constellations, you will really feel your place in the universe. Both during the day and at night one can see the mountains and the craters on the moon. You could never imagine there are quite so many stars!

The highest Panetarium in Europe:

At the centre of the Baillaud cupola there is a hemispheric screen which covers the totality of the dome. It is an immersive cinematographic experience, the film shown retraces the history of the Pic du Midi since its creation. Then fasten your seat belts for a voyage through the Solar system, through the galaxies and stars!

The Gavarnie cirque:

Gavarnie is a glacier cirque of rare perfection and impressive beauty. 5.5 km wide with vertical walls 1,500 m high and hundreds of waterfalls, it is unique in the world. Leaning against the Spanish Haut-Aragon grand canyons, together they form the “Gavarnie Mont-Perdu” site, a sacred mountain on Unesco’s World Heritage Site list. Wherever you walk the views are astounding, all on easy way-marked trails. Three options for discovering this exceptional place - on foot, on horseback or with a donkey.

The Troumouse cirque:

The road leads directly to the Troumouse cirque, extraordinary, the Goliath of cirques, even vaster than Gavarnie. Raymond de Carbonnières, the illustrious, 18th century explorer estimated that it could hold 10 million men! Another curiosty: the plain which stretches from it is strangely flat. A prairie marmot paradise!

The Estaube cirque:

Descend Troumouse, take the road to Gloriettes lake. After a short hour’s walk, the Estaube cirque - a land of stone and lichen - another planet, almost lunar.

The discovery pathway between the Tentes and Boucharo passes:

An easy walk on an almost flat panoromic path. The view over the 3,000 peaks which surround the Gavarnie cirque is staggering. The 1km discovery path has signs which explain the site’s amazing geology, history and legends.

The Breche de Roland:

A 2 hour walk with sturdy shoes from the Boucharo pass and you arrive at the Breche de Roland refuge (refuge des Sarradets). It takes another hour to reach the Breche but the view from the refuge is spectacular.

Notre Dame des Neiges:

A short, barely 20min walk to reach Notre Dame des Neiges where there is a beautiful view over the village of Gavarnie and its cirque as well as the Vignemale massif and the famous Ossou glacier, the most important in the Pyrenees.

The Lutour and Cerisey waterfalls:

Head towards Pont d'Espagne, there are a succession of thundering waterfalls along the roadside, the journey itself is a real show. Firstly stop at La Raillère where the Lutour waterfall is signposted, cross the footbridge and there it is in the forest. Then continue to Pont d'Espagne, the Cerisey falls can be seen from the road, if you approach you will most certainly be drenched in spray.

Cauterets - Pont d'Espagne, the Garden of Eden of the Pyrenees:

As you reach the Puntas parking area you have already crossed into the National Park and the site of Cauterets / Pont d'Espagne, one of the most visited sites in the Pyrenees National Park. It is a fabulous area, full of life, which water crashing from all directions. The Marcadau valley offers easy walks in a sublime setting of mountain pines, flowery meadows with towering rocky peaks all around. One can take the chairlift to Lac de Gaube, a beautiful turuoise lake beneath the mighty Vignemale, the highest mountain in the French Pyrenees, the setting of the lake is pure magic.

The Cafe at Lac de Gaube:

A legendary spot in the Pyrenees. From the terrace you can admire the magnificent lake and the mighty Vignemale, enjoy the local trout and many other local delicacies.

In the steps of the Empress:

This walk from the centre of Luz to the spa baths follows in the steps of the Imperial couple, an easy walk full of history with artistic interpretations along the route (photos, collages...).

A delightful stroll:

Follow the waymarked path to the Sainte Marie castle, one of the most important historical monuments of the Pays Toy, its airy position dominates the valley.