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A Grand Tour of the Pyrenees - 7 days/7 nights (1 night in Spain)

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Here is an itinerary which, from east to west, follows the highest roads in the range - taking in the classic Tour de France 'cols', with a crossing into Spain through the very heart of these mountains.

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From 592 € /person Based on 2 persons

  • 7 days/7 nights in mountain auberge and 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, cable-car ride from Puntas and chairlift to 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 Sabine
to book this holiday package or receive informations

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

The strengths

  • A detailed itinerary to follow independently
  • All reserved in advance
  • A Franco - Spanish itinerary, a very different ambience either side of the border
  • A varied programme with moments of relaxation

Day 1:

Loudenvielle/Balnea

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 Pyrenees 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 barrier of mountain tops, some more than 3000 metres high.

Day 2:

Loudenvielle/Ainsa

Before you reach the valley bottom you will see the morning sun shining on the higher peaks. It is time to get going! From Génos, follow the hairpin bends to the Col de Val Louron-Azet. It might be difficult to keep the your eyes on the road with this magnificent view of all the mountain peaks along the border with Spain. Our objective: get to the other side side of the mountains, into Spanish Aragon.

Loudenvielle > Escalona (the Añisclo canyon): 76 km/1 h 31
Añisclo canyon loop: 34 km/59 mins
Escalona > Ainsa: 10 km/9 mins

Day 3:

Ainsa/The mountain lakes route/Saint-Lary

After your short escapade in Aragon, we invite you to leave the Spanish Pyrenees, which are deprived of the ever present rushing waters of the French side. You will now enter one of the most beautiful areas of the French Pyrenees: the Neouvielle National Nature Reserve and National Park, with its 70 lakes. Before crossing the border, the Pineta
valley is worth a detour. The day's itinerary ends at Saint-Lary, whose architecture is very reminiscent of the villages in Aragon.

Ainsa > Orédon lake parking : 67 km/1 h 23
Orédon lake parking > Saint-Lary : 19 km/32 mins

Day 4:

Saint-Lary/Pic du Midi/Luz-Saint-Sauveur

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
3,000 metres. You then cross the famous Col du Tourmalet, scene of so many dramas of the Tour de France before spending the night in Luz- Saint-Sauveur, a town favoured by the Empress Eugénie.

The Luzéa spa centre in Luz-Saint-Sauveur, another location immersed in the memories of Eugénie.

Saint-Lary > Pic du Midi : 51 km/1 h 07
Pic du Midi > Luz-Saint-Sauveur : 23 km/30 mins

Day 5:

Luz-Saint-Sauveur/Gavarnie

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.

Luz-Saint-Sauveur > Gavarnie : 19 km/30 mins
Gavarnie > Cirque de Troumouse : 19 km/29 mins

Day 6:

Gavarnie/Cauterets-Pont d'Espagne

Probably still dizzy from yesterday's grandiose spectacle? Well , it is already time to leave, towards even more new encounters but this time
gentler and harmonious. We are heading to Cauterets and Pont d'Espagne, the Garden of Eden of the Pyrénées!

Relaxation at the Bains de Rocher spa centre. Before starting your day or at the end of it treat yourself to some soothing relaxation .ina lovely refined setting

Gavarnie > Cauterets : 50 km/1 h 18

Day 7:

Cauterets/Saint-Savin/Lourdes

To conclude our voyage, we invite you to take part today in an exclusive and personnal experience. Head to Lourdes and its magical torchlight procession. But for the moment this is for later in the day this. Firstly, we are going to make a gastronomic stop with the Saint-Martin family in Saint-Savin. We also recommend a visit to the Parc Animalier Des Pyrénées, the local wildlife zoo on the outskirts of Argelès-Gazost.

Cauterets > Saint-Savin : 14 km/23 mins
Saint-Savin > Lourdes : 16 km/20 mins

Departure:

Lourdes

Before you leave the Pyrenees we suggest you rest a while in Lourdes to see its astonishing funicular railway, the castle and its lovely lake.

in mountain auberge and 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 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 ORDESA CANYON

A World Heritage site

The Ordesa is often called the Grand Canyon of the Pyrenees, it is immense. Just across the border is the Cirque de Gavarnie, together the two sides of the mountain form the Gavarnie - Mont Perdu World Heritage site.

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.

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 592 € /person -
  • Based on 2 persons

The price includes

7 nights in mountain auberge and 4 and 3 star hotels, en B&B - 1 entry (2h) to Balnéa spa - 1 ‘Grands Sites’ pass for the Pic du Midi and Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne - 1 entry (2h) to Luzéa spa - 1 entry (2h) 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.

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.