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The scenic marvels of the Pyrenees

  • 'Grand Sites' of the Pyrenees
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Fabulous walks to discover the 'Grand Sites' of the Pyrenees

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Discover the jewels of the Pyrenees! Explore these unique ' Grand Sites' : the Cirque de Gavarnie, a monumental natural arena and a World Heritage site, the Neouvielle Nature Reserve with its hundred lakes, Cauterets and Pont d'Espagne, waterfalls and greenery in the heart of the National Park, the legendary Col du Tourmalet, the immense panorama from the Pic du Midi at 2877 m of altitude. So many treasures to enjoy, an unforgettable holiday experience.

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From 480 € /person Based on 2 persons

  • 6 days/5 nights in 3 star hotel on half board basis
  • 3 day’s guided walking at the Grand Sites (Cirque de Troumouse; Neouvielle Nature Reserve; National Park; Cauterets-Pont d'Espagne)
  • 1 access to the Pic du Midi by cable car
    Bags carried - Level easy

Contact Julie
to book this holiday package or receive informations

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

The strengths

  • The discovery of these majestic sites
  • Guided walks, no carrying
  • The Pic du Midi by cable-car

Day 1

Settle into your hotel. Dinner and night.

Day 2

Guided walks in the Cirque de Troumouse.
Dinner and night in your hotel.

Day 3

Guided walks in the Néouvielle Nature Reserve.
Dinner and night in your hotel.

Day 4

Guided walks in Cauterets – Pont d’Espagne.
Dinner and night in your hotel.

Day 5

Access to the Pic du Midi by cable car.
Dinner and night in your hotel.

Day 6

Departure.

Elegant Belle Epoque style hotel in Luz Saint Sauveur

Located in the centre of the traditional village of Luz Saint Sauveur, on the way to the Grand Sites of the Cirque de Gavarnie and the Col du Tourmalet, this attractive 19th century hotel invites you to travel back to another era of elegance and style. Its sunny terrace overlooks the Gave river and offers over a superb view over the slate roofs of the village to the Bareges valley with the Pic du Midi on the horizon. The restaurant has large bay windows from where one can equally admire the surrounding mountains. Pigeon lofts, carved balustrades, the ambience and decor of the restaurant... everything is Belle Epoque. The restaurant serves traditional fare - garbure, confit de canard, grilled local lamb. A delight to come back to after a day's skiing or from exploring the mountains in summer.

Your hotel :

Has 28 rooms, either doubles, twins or family rooms, many have balconies. There is a shaded garden, a lounge, garage for cycles and motorbikes, a terrace, free wi-fi, lift, private parking. Animals are admitted.

Your double room:

Spacious and recently renovated with taste and modernity, it offers every comfort. The adjoining bathroom with its elegant washbasin with fountain taps, and the paved shower offer a real touch of design.
It has a 160 cms bed, bathroom with hairdryer, toilets. Flat screen TV.

The Cirque de Gavarnie, a World Heritage site

The most famous and the most spectacular natural cirque...
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.

Access to the Cirque de Gavarnie.
Classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site Gavarnie is the most famous natural arena in the world. From Gavarnie village the view to the Cirque is breathtaking. An easy footpath which can be followed on foot or horseback leads to the Hotellerie at the Cirque, at the foot of the walls which reach over 3000m and close to the Grande Cascade, the waterfall has a drop of 432 metres

Access to the Cirque de Troumouse.
Gavarnie’s neighbour, adjoining Mont Perdu, Troumouse is equally a UNESCO World Heritage site. Having a diameter of 6 km Troumouse is the largest. The statue of the virgin which dominates the Cirque offers an easy walk and gives a fine perspective over the Cirque.

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.

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.

The Neouvielle Nature Reserve

The Néouvielle Nature Reserve is unique with a remarkable biodiversity, its completely unspoiled natural environment offers visitors a superb spectacle.
The richness of the flora and fauna, together with the many lakes and sublime scenery, have made the Néouvielle a subject for detailed study and attention. Created in 1936, the Néouvielle Nature Reserve is one of the earliest established in France. Here the natural world is very special - the mountain pines (Pins à Crochets) beat all records for longevity, the native toads can hibernate for over 10 years, the elusive Desman exists only in the Pyrenees and the Cantabrian mountains, and can only survive in the purest of waters, here in the lakes and mountain streams. There are more than 570 types of algae and more than 70 lakes in the 2300 hectares - Aubert, Aumar, Orédon, or Cap de Long, being the largest ones. The many beautiful lakes give the Neouvielle its particular identity. This is a paradise for walkers, there are many possible circuits and the grand tour of the Néouvielle can be done staying in the 5 guarded refuges. In order to preserve and protect the beauty of the site but also to help you explore, many facilities have been created (a visitor centre, parking, way-marked trails, toilets…). Meeting points and themed walks are offered by the National Park wardens in summer.

  • From 480 € /person -
  • Based on 2 persons

The price includes

5 nights in 3 star hotel on a half board basis - 3 day’s guided walking in Grands Sites - 1 access to the Pic du Midi by cable car - Booking fee.

The price does not include

Local taxes - Picnics - Cancellation insurance.

Validity

Spring Summer Autumn 2017
From June to September

Luz Saint Sauveur is a great village for your base camp

Beautifully situated and surrounded by the Grand Sites of the Hautes Pyrenees!