Pyrenees Explorer

Walking holiday with both guided and self-guided options in France

From €625.- / 8 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Walker on a trail in the Pyrenees, among wild flowers, low clours underneath Hikers on a high rock in the Pyrenees, reaching for the sun Tourist sitting on a rock looking at the mountains infront
Our Guided Walking Holidays are a unique way to explore the Mountain Wilderness of the Midi-Pyrenees.

Whether it’s watching the native wildlife, learning about the indigenous flora and cultures or just hiking in the wilderness your guide is more than happy to lead the way and reveal all the wonders.

Accommodation in the Pyrenees

All of our Walking Holidays are based here at Villa Gracieuse and you will stay in one of our luxurious en-suite bedrooms and start each morning with a hearty breakfast.

Bedrooom in the Free Range Chalet
The establishment of the Free Range Chalet
Bathroom of the Free Range Chalet

As you depart each morning we make sure you take a picnic lunch to keep you fuelled. Once back at the house you’ll have time to explore Luchon, or relax in our Garden with an aperitif before a sumptuous 3 course, home cooked evening meal.

View from the villa towards beautiful montain village in the Pyrenees
Deliciously looking dessert

Walking in the Pyrenees

The French Pyrenees are in the South of France and as such the days can be warm and sunny, add in mountain passes of around 2500m and it becomes apparent that you’ll need a reasonable level of fitness and a little experience of full day walks. 

Walkers having a break
Stunning mountain peaks behind a man posing for a photo

We offer walks for varying abilities with the lower levels taking in more of the culture, local villages and open plains of the region. Our higher level walks take in the high mountain passes and we always keep an eye out for the rare and shy creatures living in these mountains.

You’ll meet our Guide at the Welcome Briefing on the first night and he’ll present the itinerary for the week – a mixture of circular and point to point walks. Our minibus is there to provide access to start and finish locations if required.

Pyrenees Explorer walking holiday itinerary

Overview to a valley with low clouds
Wild deer staying on some rocks

Example itinerary is based on our intermediate level walking holidays. Please note that we also offer Holidays at easier or more difficult levels.

Day 1 – Arrival Day. You will be welcomed with a briefing with your guide, drinks and nibbles.

Day 2 – Half Day walk to the summit of Cap de la Pique. An uphill walk in the forest which leads to the vast panorama of the Pique Valley and the High mountains surrounding Bagneres de Luchon.

Day 3 – Day walk to the Pic du Lion via the Port de Bales. An easy ridge walk between the valleys of Oueil and Louron with a great panoramic view.

Day 4 – Day walk to the Glacial Cirque de la Glere and the Malapate ravine where we sample the high mountain atmosphere.

Day 5 – Day walk to the Sauneres Cabin via the village of Artigue which gives great views back over the Luchon Valley towards Aneto, the highest peak of the Pyrenees at 3404m.

Day 6 – Day Walk to the lake and cabin at Roumingau, crossing the Spanish border on an old smugglers trail.

Day 7 – Day walk to the summit of Pouy Louby via the Port de Bales; an easy ridge walk between the Oeuil and Louron Valleys with great panoramic views.

Day 8 – Departure day

Dates and Availability

Overview of a little town in a valley in the Pyrenees
People snowshoeing on a trail in a forest

Guided walking holiday – 8 days/7 nights – €625.- per person, half board with picnic lunch included on walking days

Self-guided walking holiday – 8 days/7 nights – from €365.- per person

For 2018 we are offering our Guided Walking Packages throughout July and August, but we are happy to arrange both Guided and Self-Guided Walking Holidays from June through to November. Guided Walking Packages are €625.- per week, and Self-Guided Holidays start from just €365.-

Please note that Bed & Breakfast or self-catering options are also available.

Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information.

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Holiday Type:

Guided / Self-Guided
Walking Holiday


Board Basis:

Half-Board, includes a picnic lunch on guided walking days. B&B and Self-Catering options are also available

Price:

From €625.- / 8 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing

Features:

  • Winter walking holiday
  • 1 One accommodation

What's included:

  • 7 Nights accommodation
  • 7 Breakfast
  • 5 Picnic Lunch
  • 6 Afternoon Tea
  • 6 Evening Meal
  • Welcome briefing with guide, drinks and nibbles
  • 5 Guided Walks with transport to and from the start or finish as necessary
  • Airport transfers

NOT included:

All other costs, including personal costs.

Walking Grade:

low and high mountains
  • Low to high mountains
  • Moderate walking
high mountains
  • High mountains
  • Moderate to challenging

Remarks:

Tailor-made walking possible

Best time to go:

Late May – October

Contact Details:

Pyrenees Explorer, a Mixed walking holiday in France by The Free Range Chalet

Contact: Geoff Kidd & Victoria Landon
Telephone: +33 (0)5 61 79 36 94 (landline)
+33 (0)6 84 40 39 41 (Geoff Mobile)
+33 (0)7 89 98 29 83 (Victoria Mobile)

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Languages spoken:

English, French, little Spanish and German

Getting there:

  • Toulouse Airport (150 km)
  • Tarbes - Lourdes Pyrenees Airport (110 km)
  • Montrejeau Train Station (40 km)
  • St Gaudens Train Station (50 km)

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