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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.