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Walking in the Pyrenees National Park

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.6 Read 7 reviews
  • Classic walking in the Pyrenees National Park
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Cirque du Gavarnie
  • Traditional and charming villages of the Pays Toys
  • The Pont d’Espagne, a famous mountain link between France and Spain
  • Unforgettable Pyrenees landscapes—mountain peaks, waterfalls and lakes
Follow trails through the heart of the Pyrenees National Park surrounded by classic mountain landscapes. Discover many natural highlights such as turquoise lakes, waterfalls, jagged peaks, flower-strewn meadows and dramatic cliffs. Walk to Cirque du Gavarnie, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and to the Pont d’Espagne, an ancient bridge high in the Pyrenees that used to be at the border of France and Spain. Stay in Cauterets and Luz Saint Sauveur, two small, lively mountain towns of character and explore traditional Villages of the Pays Toys.

What To Expect

This tour offers moderate walks over 8 days in the Pyrenees National Park, discovering classic mountain landscapes based in two different locations, Cauterets and Luz Saint Sauveur. Enjoy being completely surrounded by spectacular scenery, stay in comfortable 3* hotels and experience memorable, yet achievable walks, for those with good physical fitness.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • National Parks & Trails
  • Mountains

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

This tour has a moderate grading.  As you are walking in the high Pyrenees there will most definitely be some elevation gains and losses. On Day 3 there is a significant elevation loss as you take a cable car up to a peak and then walk down from there. However we do provide an alternate walk in the valley for this day if you do not want to take a walk with such a large elevation loss or if you are travelling  outside of the dates when the cable car runs (see availability).   These walks have been put together specifically so that most people in good physical shape can do them. So although you are in the mountains they are still only moderate. The terrain is a combination of dirt or rocky trails, country tracks and lanes or tarmac country lanes.

Navigation

Some of the walks will be way-marked with either a red and white GR sign, when on a GR Trail and some also signed with yellow signposts. Together with use of our Macs Adventure smartphone app and GPX tracks, you will have no problem finding your way.

Accommodation Information

On this tour you will stay in hand-picked and comfortable 3* hotels.You will be warmly welcomed by these family-owned accommodations.

Alternate Accommodation

We will always try and accommodate you at the accommodations listed. However, if those listed are unavailable, alternative accommodation of the same or better standard than those described will be provided.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. We welcome solo walkers on this trip with a supplement. Although you should of course take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo.

Included
  • 7 Nights accommodation in comfortable hand-picked 3* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Day 1 Transfer from Lourdes Train Station to Cauterets
  • Day 4 Transfer to Viscos
  • Day 8 Transfer from Luz St Sauveur to Lourdes Train Station
  • Detailed information pack, route notes, maps, GPX tracks and access to the Macs navigation app
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Lourdes
  • Travel from Lourdes
  • Lunches & Dinner
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Private transfers
  • Additional nights before, during and after the walk

When To Go

We would encourage you to travel anytime during the available dates which is mid-May until the end of September. In the spring there will be plenty of wildflowers, summer is warmer but should never be really hot, especially when you are in the mountains and September is a fantastic time to go when the trails are quieter. 

Please bear in mind that the Cirque du Lys Cable car only runs from approximately the second week in July until the first week of September. Therefore if you want to include the Cirque du Lys walk on Day 3 you will need to travel within these dates. For cable car and local bus timetables please see your information pack. You can start your tour on any day of the week during the season, subject to availability.

Getting to the Start

Included in the cost of this tour is a transfer on Day 1 from Lourdes Train Station to Cauterets and on Day 8 from Luz Saint Sauveur to Lourdes Train Station. The best airport to fly into is Toulouse. Make your way from the airport into central Toulouse by an airport shuttle bus or by train. You may then board a train from Toulouse to Lourdes. Direct trains are approximately every 2 H and the journey takes about 2.5 H. Please let us know what time you would like to be picked up both on Day 1 and Day 8 so we can time these transfers accordingly. Please check the SNCF website for train details.

Getting from the End

From Luz Saint Sauveur, an included transfer brings to the railway station in Lourdes. From where you can make your onward journey by train. Check SNCF for train details. 

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred with you on Day 4 from Cauterets to Viscos, where you will begin your walk. Your luggage will then be taken on to the hotel in Luz Saint Sauveur. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Cauterets and overnight Day 2 Walk to Pont d’Espagne. Belvedere Cable Car. Walk to Lac Gaube 8 miles / 13.5 km Day 3 Cable car to Cirque du Lys. Walk to Cauterets via Lac d’Iheou 7 miles / 12 km Day 4 Transfer to Viscos. Walk to Luz Saint Sauveur via Pont Napoleon 8 miles / 13 km Day 5 Free day in Luz San Sauveur Day 6 Cirque du Gavarnie 8 miles / 13 km Day 7 Villages du Pays Toys 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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