LOURDES SIMPLY MAGICAL
The jewels of the Pyrenees
A short break to experience the 4 jewels of the Pyrenees: Lourdes, Gavarnie, Pic du Midi and Tourmalet.On the map
From 219 € /person Based on two sharing
- 2 days/2 nights in hotel on a B&B basis
- Grands Sites: Lourdes and Gavarnie
- 1 cable car ride to Pic du Midi with lunch at the top
- 1 meal at a restaurant awarded 2 chef’s hats by Gault & Millau
Day 0 : Arrival / Day 1: Pic du Midi, Col du Tourmalet, Gavarnie / Day 2: Lourdes
Arrival in Lourdes & 11pm Mass at the Grotto
Few religious sites open at night. In Lourdes, the Sanctuary is open 7d/7 from 5.30am to midnight 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.
Pic du Midi & Col du Tourmalet & Cirque de Gavarnie & Gourmet meal.
The perfect day for photos of the best views in the Pyrenees be it at Pic du Midi, Col du Tourmalet or the colossal Cirque de Gavarnie. We recommend arriving at Pic du Midi in the morning to have lunch there then going to Gavarnie with a stop on the way at Col du Tourmalet. 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 viewson the terrace in the shade of the lime trees.
Lourdes Sanctuary & departure.
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 underground 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.
International mass is held every Wednesday and Sunday during pilgrimage season (April-October).
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.
THE 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.
- From 219 € /person - 3 star hotel
- From 309 € /person - 4 star hotel
- From 384 € /person - 5 star hotel
- Based on two sharing
The price includes
2 nights on a B&B basis - 1 cable car ride to Pic du Midi with lunch at the top - 1 meal at a restaurant awarded 2 chef’s hats by Gault & Millau - Booking fee.
The price does not include
Meals (excluding meal on day 1) - Cancellation insurance - Holiday tax.
Half-board and full-board quotes on request. Contact: "La Boutique des Pyrénées" (+335 62 56 70 00 - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stay an extra night to take part in the torchlight procession. Contact: "La Boutique des Pyrénées" (+335 62 56 70 00 - email@example.com)