The Very Best of the Pyrenees
- Grand Sites
A Grand Tour of the Pyrenees. 7 days/7 nights (3 nights in Spain)
Crossing the border into Spain, on this itinerary you will discover the biggest and best scenery in the Pyrenees: the highest peak, spectacular canyons and grandiose cirques which are World Heritage sites, the miracle that is Lourdes, the highest Observatory in Europe in the clearest of skies...On the map
From 641 € /person Based on 2 persons
- 7 days/7 nights in 3 and 4 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, Cieléo, Les Bains du Rocher, with indoor baths, outdoor lagoon, sauna, hammam, jacuzzi....
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- A Franco - Spanish tour, with a very different ambience either side of the border
- Follow the itinerary at your own pace
- Everything organised for you
- A varied programme with moments of relaxation
For this first day you will leap straight into some dramatic scenery... on the border crossing, and the spectacular Soulor, Aubisque and the Pourtalet mountain pass, it is a great introduction to the Pyrenees. You will discover your first Pyrenean marvel, the Monastery of San Juan de la Peña.
Lourdes > Pourtalet mountain pass (Spain) : 88 km/1 h 57
Pourtalet mountain pass > Jaca : 54 km/58 mins
Jaca > Monasterio San Juan de la Peña (via Bernués) : 38 km/1 h
Jaca > Monasterio San Juan de la Peña (via Santa Cruz de la Serós) : 13 km/16 mins
After having admired it from afar, from the balcony of the Pyrenees, today you will enter into the very heart of the canyon, whose immense sheer walls remind one of the Grand Canyon in Colorado. Together with the Gavarnie-Monte Perdido range it is a World Heritage site, once you have feasted your eyes on its magnificent and colossal beauty one can see why. Gavarnie and Ordesa, on opposite sides of the same mountain are the two most spectacular sites of the whole range.
Jaca > Torla (Ordesa canyon) : 57 km/1 h 05
Torla > Ainsa : 44 km/54 mins
Ainsa/Benasque/Trou du Toro
Get going early as today you are going to meet the master of the Pyrenees, the Pic d’Aneto, at 3,404m it is the highest in the Pyrenees. It is a summit as legendary as Mont Blanc and equally is a mecca for mountaineers. Even though it is not a difficult ascent, we are not proposing that you climb it! But feast your eyes on this mystical mountain, the Trou de Toro literally swallows all the waters coming off its glacier.
Ainsa > Benasque : 61 km/1 h 17
This is the longest day of your road trip, but the itinerary takes you through magnificent scenery. There are 5 cols or mountain passes on the programme so many superb panoramas to enjoy. Half way along the route we suggest a stop at Bossòst, a pretty village much appreciated by the French from overthe border who enjoy shopping here. It could be the ideal lunch stop. And as you reach journey's end a reward awaits... a relaxing and soothing spa bath at the Balnéa spa, in the open air, surrounded by mountain peaks.
Benasque > Bossòst : 95 km/1 h 54
Bossòst > Loudenvielle (Balnéa) : 46 km/1 h
Loudenvielle > Saint-Lary : 21 km/33 mins
Saint-Lary/Pic du Midi/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 Aspin mountain pass. 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 Tourmalet mountain pass, 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.
Saint-Lary > Pic du Midi : 51 km/1 h 07
Pic du Midi > Gavarnie : 42 km/1 h
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 normity and great beauty. At the end of the day you will be in Cauterets ready for the best seats for the Garden of Eden of the Pyrenees : Cauterets Pont d'Espagne.
Gavarnie > Cauterets : 50 km/1 h 18
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 centre in Cauterets.
Cauterets > Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne : 7 km/17 mins
Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne > Lourdes : 38km / 58mins
in 3 and 4 star hotels
SAN JUAN DE LA PENA
On the Santiago de Compostella route
Almost hidden in the forest and perched on an enormous rocky outcrop, the Monastery of San Juan de la Pena is an important stop on the route to Santiago de Compostella.
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 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 TROU DE TORO
The Posets Maladeta natural park
The Trou de Toro (or the Forau de Aygualuts) is one of the most extraordinary sites in the Pyrenees. It is a deep chasm of 40 metres into which the melt waters from the Aneto glaciers tumble. Aneto is the highest mountain in the Pyrenees.
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 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
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.
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.
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 641 € /person -
- Based on 2 persons
The price includes
7 nights in 4 and 3 star hotels, en B&B - 1 entry (2h) to Balnéa spa centre - 1 ‘Grands Sites’ pass for the Pic du Midi and Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne - 1 entry (1h) to Cieléo spa centre - 1 entry (2h) to Les Bains du Rocher 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.
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!
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.