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Jewels of the Pyrenees

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4 day driving circuit (1 night in Spain)

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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...

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From 399 € /person Based on 2 persons

  • 4 days/4 nights in mountain auberge and 3 and 4 star hotels, with breakfasts included
  • 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..

Contact Julie
to book this holiday package or receive informations

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

The strengths

  • A Franco - Spanish itinerary to follow independently
  • Nothing to book
  • A varied programme with moments of relaxation

Day 1:

Lourdes

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.

Day 2:

Gavarnie/Pic du Midi/Saint-Lary

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.

Lourdes > Gavarnie: 48.6km / 54 mins
Gavarnie > Tourmalet > Pic du Midi: 42km / 1 h
Pic du Midi > Saint-Lary: 51km / 1 h 07

Day 3:

Saint-Lary/Añisclo Canyon/Ainsa

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.

Saint-Lary > Escalona (Añisclo Canyon) : 56 km / 1 h 03
Circular route through the Añisclo Canyon : 34 km / 59 mins
Escalona > Ainsa : 11km / 12 mins

Day 4:

Ainsa/The Mountain Lakes Route/Loudenvielle-+Balnea

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.

Ainsa > Oredon lake car park : 67 km / 1 h 23
Oredon lake car park > Loudenvielle : 32.9 km / 1 h 07

in mountain auberge and 3 and 4 star hotels

LOURDES

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.

GAVARNIE

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.

PIC DU MIDI

The summit

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.

BALNÉA

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 399 € /person -
  • Based on 2 persons

The price includes

4 nights in mountain auberge and 3 and 4 star hotels, 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.

You need a hire car

For all our itinerant voyages and Road Trips we can organise car rental.

Upon arrival

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.