Pyrenean Group Holidays
Self-guided centre based week
Pyrenean Group Holidays are based in the French département of the Hautes Pyrénées an area where the high mountains of the Pyrénées meet the foothills. Consequently there is a delightful mix of walking to be done. Between the valley and the high peaks there are forests of beech and silver fir, enchanting side valleys, crystal clear lakes and streams, secluded villages and plenty of accessible mountain tops with breathtaking views. A complex network of footpaths, ancient mule tracks and more recent forest tracks provide easy access to this magnificent area.
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Our base in at the village of Argelès-Gazost which is nestled in the foothills of the Pyrénées a few kilometres south of Lourdes. The pretty spa town has plenty of shops, cafés & bars as well as elegant public gardens and several easy local walks. Their website can be viewed at www.argeles-gazost.com.
There is a good mix of walking to be done in the area from valley strolls to high mountain adventures. Because of the proximity of the major sites of Lourdes, Gavarnie and Pont d’Espagne it is busier here than around Asté. However, Lourdes does make for an interesting day off and a visit to Gavarnie unforgettable.
The hotel Soleil Levant is a family run 2 star hotel with 35 rooms in the pretty town of Argelès-Gazost. The hotel’s website is www.hotel-soleil-levant-argeles.com/enter.php. We have been working together since 2008 as we extend our range of holidays. There is a small bar and a lounge with a pleasant garden area in front of the hotel and a small Jacuzzi round the back. All bedrooms have a WC and a shower or bath. It is only a few minutes walk into the town centre.
Using the same hotel walking as for the single centre guided holiday we also offer for small groups a week of self-guided walking. This allows you to explore the area at your own speed armed with good local information and a local contact. You will be able to use local public transport to explore beyond Argelès-Gazost with buses running all year round to Lourdes, Luz Saint Sauveur and Cauterets and from the beginning of June to the end of September to Gavarnie. In July and August there is also public transport up to the Pont d’Espagne via Cauterets. For self-guided holidays we supply the following:
· 7 nights half board accommodation at Le Soleil Levant
· Local town map with bus stops highlighted
· Bus timetables
· Detailed route notes for several local walks
· Detailed route notes for several other walks including a half day circuit on the outskirts of Lourdes, linear walks up the main “Gave de Pau” valley and circular walks at Gavarnie.
· Quality 25000 scale IGN maps which have dozens of other walking routes shown
· 24 hour local contact in case of problems
You will have to pay for the buses most of which are operated by the local regional council and cost 2€ per person per trip. Other buses that are operated for the railway company SNCF are more expensive but still reasonably priced.
Cirque de Gavarnie Above the Bastan valley
As well as being the ideal base for a walking holiday the town of Argelès-Gazost is a charming spa town with plenty of shops, cafés & bars. There is also a public recreational & leisure spa opened in 2011, a public swimming pool and the possibility of hiring bicycles to explore the cycleway which follows the route of a disused railway line between Lourdes and Pierrefitte-Nestalas.
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