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Winter Nordic multi-activity holiday based in Nistos

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Nistos is beautifully located in a vast snowy landscape, yet it is a very gentle setting, this a great week for all the family to enjoy. There are many activities to try : snowshoe walks, toboggan runs, cross-country skiing through epic scenery, open-air ice rink, and a surprising voyage back in time at Nestplori@, the innovative digital pre-history museum... so much to see and enjoy!

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From 807 € /family Based on 2 adults + 2 children

  • 1 week in a 3 star gite
  • 1 family Nordic ski pass (cross-country runs, way-marked snowshoe circuits, toboggan run, ice rink) for 4 days
  • 1 family pass for the Gargas caves and for Nestplori@, the digital pre-history museum
  • Half-day snowshoe outing with a guide, following animal tracks and learning a few secrets of the hunters

Contact Monique
to book this holiday package or receive informations

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

The strengths

  • Varied activities, exciting and fun
  • A week at your own rhythm
  • A comfortable and pleasing holiday home with courtyard and enclosed garden

A family holiday week in Nistos with many Nordic activities on offer. On the programme is: snowshoe outings, cross-country skiing, ice skating, toboggan... but also a voyage back in time to solve the mystery of the missing fingers, and you can make your own prints. Not to forget a guided snowshoe walk looking for animal tracks, learn a few secrets of the hunters.

Traditional house in a small village

The gite is situated in an adorable small village, not far from the banks of the Neste river. Your host, Heidi, welcomes you to her completely renovated family home, furnished and decorated with great taste, it is the perfect spot for a great holiday.

Your accommodation :

A comfortable lounge with TV, DVD, library. A large and well equipped kitchen (3 hobs, oven, coffee maker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher). On the first floor is a bedroom with a 140 cms double bed and a 90 cms single bed. A second bedroom with a 140 cms double bed and a 90 cms single bed and a baby bed. Two bathrooms with showers including one on the ground floor. Courtyard and garden are enclosed, garden furniture, BBQ, outdoor games. Private parking, hire of bedlinen, towels possible. Re-chargeable wi-fi. Animals are accepted under certain conditions.

Nistos, your cross-country ski area

Welcome to the Nistos! Unspoiled beauty and nature for all. Nistos has a dominant position with a large variety of pistes - along the ridges, on the plateaux or in the forests. The cross country area offers a unique panorama over the principal Pyrenean summits of Aneto, the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, the Arbizon and Maladetta.

8 cross-country ski itineraries (55 km) Green:1 , Blue: 2, Red: 4 and Black: 1, (classical or skating cross-country skiing)
1 beginners area
3 itineraries for snowshoe walking
2 toboggan runs
1 circuit for laser biathlon

The Gargas Cave Network

27 thousand years ago stone age hunters lived around the Gargas caves where they left many reminders of their presence. During the visit you can admire the secret art of the hunters with numerous engravings and paintings of animals. You will also discover the enigmatic collection of 200 paintings of hands, all with missing fingers! They remain a mystery to this day to historians... Gargas is a fragile and ancient site so to ensure a proper conservation of the paintings the number of visitors is limited. It is essential to book your visit by phone. Since 2003 the site has undergone a transformation to offer both an enjoyable visit whilst conserving the precious art. An exceptional lighting system using fibre optic and new commentaries allow the visitor to discover the caves in the best possible way.

Nestplori@, the digital pre-history museum

Gargas is an innovative museum which uses state of the art digital technology to help the visitor discover the pre-history and the science of this exceptional site (the scientific committee has Jean Cloottes as president, he is a world specialist in decorated cave networks). By following a fascinating interactive trail at the Gargas centre, and with a little digital help, will can immerse yourself in pre-history, discover the sanctuary of the hands (not open to the public), you can retrace the designs on the walls and by using the interactive displays, and one can study the painted hands and learn how one conserves such precious artefacts, as you leave you can make a print of your own hand. Thanks to the digital technology you can begin to understand the secrets of the gargas hands. The visit is both real and virtual, an adventurt in time for both young and old.

  • From 807 € /family -
  • Based on 2 adults + 2 children

The price includes

1 week in a 3 star gite (capacity 6 persons), all charges included - Wi-fi access - Bed linen and towels included - 1 family Nordic ski pass (cross-country runs, way-marked snowshoe circuits, toboggan run, ice rink) - 1 family pass for the Gargas caves and for Nestplori@, the digital pre-history museum - Half-day snowshoe outing with a guide, following animal tracks and learning a few secrets of the hunters - Local taxes - Booking fee.

The price does not include

Drinks and meals - Cancellation insurance.

Validity

Winter 2017/2018

Yet more fun :

Unlimited access to the ice skating rink, laughs and tumbles guranteed!

Not to be missed:

A dog sled ride... a super occasion to learn how to handle the dogs, then off you go across the snow!