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On the route of the four wonders of the Pyrenees

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4 day driving circuit

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After a delicious relaxing dip in largest spa baths in the Pyrenees, set off to discover these four world famous'Grand Sites', just follow the classic 'Grand Cols' route.

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From 410 € /person Based on 2 persons

  • 4 days/4 nights in 4 and 3 star hotels, with breakfasts included
  • 1 ‘Grands Sites’ pass to Pic du Midi (access to summit by cable car) + Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne (parking, gondola ride from Puntas and chairlift from Lac de Gaube)
  • 1 entry (2h) to 3 spa centres of the Hautes-Pyrenees: Balnéa, Luzéa, Les Bains du Rocher with indoor baths, outdoor lagoon, sauna, hammam, jacuzzi...

Contact Julie
to book this holiday package or receive informations

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

The strengths

  • An itinerary designed for easy independent driving
  • Everything pre-booked
  • Less than one hour's driving per day (except day 2)
  • A varied programme with moments of relaxation

Day 1:

Balnea/Col de Val Louron Azet/Saint-Lary

After passing through Luchon, you will arrive over the Col de Peyresourde mountain pass. Take the time to stop at the top to admire the view. Once going back down through the Louron valley, head towards the Génos-Loudenvielle lake. The Pyrénées here welcome you with a bath in the naturally warm and comforting spa waters, it is in the open air with a view towards a magnificent range of mountains. After this relaxing pause it is back on the road for one last mountain pass, the Col de Val Louron-Azet, which will take you into the valley of Saint Lary, a famous Pyrenean valley, for your luxurious overnight stop.

Night in Saint-Lary

Day 2:

Col d'Aspin/Pic du Midi/Col du Tourmalet/Gavarnie

Our adventure continues and today holds many surprises. From Saint Lary follow the RD929 towards Arreau to reach the Pic du Midi by crossing the Col d'Aspin. After a thrilling cable-car ride you enjoy the greatest panorama in the Pyrenees from the top at nearly 3000 metres. You then cross the famous Coldu Tourmalet, scene of so many dramas of the Tour de France before spending the night in the sensational setting of Gavarnie. But do not be impatient, you will have plenty of time tomorrow to discover this World Heritage site. Wellbeing pause in the Luzéa baths.

Night in Gavarnie
Saint-Lary > Gavarnie: 2h07 / 93 km

Day 3:

Cirques de Gavarnie - Troumouse - Estaubé/Cauterets

Today is the day for the big show! With a ticket to meet a world famous celebrity - the Cirque de Gavarnie. It will be a day full of emotion. The cirque is one of the great natural wonders, its immensity is staggering, everybody can only stare in admiration and feel humbled by its enormity and great beauty. At the end of the day you will be in Cauterets ready for the best seats for tomorrow's show in the Garden of Eden of the Pyrenees- Pont d'Espagne.

Night in Cauterets
Gavarnie > Cauterets: 1h18 / 50 km

Day 4:

Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne/Lourdes

Today will be gentle, peaceful and revitalising. After an exploration of the Garden of Eden of the Pyrenees that is Pont d'Espagne we head for Lourdes for an unusual experience. And if you can get up early you can start the day with a relaxing session in the soothing waters of the Bains de Rocher spa baths in Cauterets.

Night in Lourdes
Cauterets > Lourdes: 1h15 /45 km

in 4 and 3 star hotels

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.

THE 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.

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.

CAUTERETS PONT D'ESPAGNE

Walking through paradise

Situated in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park, the Cauterets Pont d'Espagne area is a veritable Garden of Eden with fantastic walks for all levels. A cable-car takes you up to the sublime Lac de Gaube with its deep blue waters.

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.

  • From 410 € /person -
  • Based on 2 persons

The price includes

4 nights in 4 and 3 star hotels, B&B - 1 entry (2 hrs) to Balnéa Spa - 1 ‘Grands Sites’ pass to Pic du Midi + Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne - 1 entry (2 hrs) to Luzéa Spa - 1 entry (2 hrs) to Les Bains du Rocher Spa - 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.

From fine dining establishments to those offering typical local cuisine...

We have selected some very good restaurants for your lunches and dinners. Something for every taste.

Before leaving...

Make the most of your stay in Lourdes by taking the century old Pic du Jer funicular railway, visit the ancient castle with its superb view over the town, or even a swim at Lac de Lourdes!

The Pic du Jer Finicular Railway:

The Pic du Jer towers over Lourdes, it is recognisable by its enormous cross which is illuminated an night. A century old funicular railway takes youp to the summit at 1000m of altitude in just a few minutes, a voyage full of history. Once at the top an easy trail takes you to a look-out point from where there is a 360 degree panorama, over Lourdes, Tarbes, Pau the Argeles-Gazost valley and the Pyrenean peaks.

The Lourdes castle and its Pyrenean museum:

The castle is perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the town, it is a classified historical monument. Within its wall is a museum of the Pyrenees. So do hestitae to making an assault on this impressive fortress, climb the 104 steps which lead to the top of the dungeon tower, at the top the view is superb. You can also discover the famous legend of Charlemagne who is celebrated on the crest of Lourdes.

On the beach in Lourdes:

Over at the lake the town of Lourdes becomes a seaside resort. A floating basin offers a lovely spot for swimming, watched over by lifeguards. There are many activities on offer - pedalos, stand-up paddle, kayaks, 3 graded mountain bike trails, an 18 hole golf course, fishing, or simply a lovely stroll around the lake. There is an easy waymarked trail of 6k. It is a great place for taking lunch, there is a cafe / restaurant on the water's edge.