Spain & France Hiking to Panoramic Views on 3 National Parks
A luxurious grand tour in the Pyrenees
journey thema: National Parks, Tour de France, France & Spain & Andorra,
local scenery: Observatory, World Natural Heritage, Europe's largest waterfall, plateau, lake, valley, mountain range, mountain pass, mountain village, beautiful village, full starry sky, wildlife, alpine plants
Dates: June 1 to October Up to 4 days
◎Pick du Midi Observatory
Closed from May 1st to June 1st
◎ Lake Gove Ropeway & Lift Operating from June 1st to September 20th
(when coming from September 20th to October 4th) Will be hiking for 4 hours on foot to Lake Gove)
Price per person : 1,450 €
Charter : 3,625 € (1-4 people) 5,075 € (5-7 people)
French driver will guide you in English
*Customers' meals, lodging and entrance fees are not included.
See the painting and graving from 14,000 years ago at the Cave of Niort at the foot of the Pyrenees . (Reservation required)
Lascaux is famous in France and Altamira in Spain, but many caves are scattered in the Pyrenees Mountains in southwestern France to northern Spain.
This Nior Cave is one of the few to see a real cave painting and classified as a major one.
The number of visitors in the cave is limited to 6 times a day, and 20 people at a time.
I keep the mural state in a strict time to stay, always keeping it at 12 degrees.
It is forbidden to touch the surrounding walls and take pictures.
At the entrance of the Pyrenees, at the Beille Plateau with an altitude of 1,800 to 2,000 meters, you can hike for about 2 hours with few ups and downs.
It is not so famous in Japan, but as a scenic mountain that can be visited by families, it is crowded with hiking guests in the summer and skiers in the winter.
It is said that the Tour de France, which is a cycling competition, passes every year and wins or loses on this plateau.
Croos the borderline, stay in Ordino, the cultural center of the soo small Andorra mountains country.
After leaving Toulouse, you can also take a walk through the small villages of the Alain Valley and explore Lake Colomers in Aygues Tortes National Park the only one in Catalunia.
The river Garonna (647 km in length) flowing from Toulouse to Bordeaux in southwestern France originates from the Alain valley.
You will stay in a small village called Salardu.
Hike to the glacier lake in Aigues-Tortes National Park .
From Estot Village, follow the mountain road in 4WD to Lake Latera at an altitude of 2,150m.
The mysterious glacier lake that appears between the snowy mountains is a breathtaking beauty.
While walking around the observatory and the lake, it is a 2.5-km, 2-hour hike to Lake Maurici at an altitude of 1930 m.
Along the way, you can see waterfalls made by snowmelt, flowers of alpine plants, and so on. Visit a beautiful village on the highlands of Tall, in the Boy Valley.
It is a characteristic village in the Catalan region of San Clement Church with its beautiful medieval Romanesque towers. You will stay in a beautiful stone village called Ainsa located at the confluence of two rivers.
The lovely Plaza Mayor in the heart of the village has a small church of Santa Maria with cafes and restaurants.
Ordesa National Park trekking.
It is a round trip to the horse tail Waterfall in the depths of the valley, about 17 km, 7 hours in total to go & get back from including break lunch.
The green valley surrounded by mountains at an altitude of 3,000m often has a gentle upslope, but a steep upslope continues at a waterfall on the way.
When you climb a steep uphill slope, you can see the view at once and see Mount Perdido at an altitude of 3,356 m.
The Ordesa National Park was first registered as a World Heritage Site in 1918, and due to nature conservation, much nature remains.
In the early morning, you can see wild animals such as the antelope drinking water, the guinea pig sunbathing on the stone, and the eagle aiming for small animals.
◎ Intermediate hiking / Walking distance 17 km / Walking time 7 hours / Altitude difference 500 m
As a base of Ordesa National Park hiking, will stay in Torla village. The place overlooks the valley in the middle of the peacefull national park.
Drive to Lake Fabrege, 1250m above the Spanish borderline.
Take a gondola to an altitude of 2000m and take the Pyrenees mountain Petit Tran Artouste.
Enjoy a dynamic train journey that you can't imagine from the appearance of a lovely trolley train.
A one-way trip will take you about an hour on a rocky cliff.
After arriving at the end point, climb up the mountain for about 15 minutes (please come in trekking shoes because of steep hills and feet), and head to the Artouste Lake Dam with beautiful blue water .
The return route will follow the same route. From the train window, you can enjoy magnificent views, alpine plants, and a flock of grazing sheep.
*The opening in 2020 is from May 21st
We will pass through the famous Tour de France difficulty, Obisque Pass, and Soulor Pass to Cauteret.
Take the ropeway and lift to the gorgeous Lake Gaube.
You may be able to see wild guinea pigs early in the morning as there is a lot of nature around here.
Folding mountains, transparent lakes, and alpine plants blooming remind us of a scenic paradise in the sky.
Soak up your tired feet from the hike on a cold glacier lake and refresh yourself.
On the way back, you will get off a lift halfway, but you can slowly go down while sightseeing the Spanish bridge and waterfalls without using a gondola
. You will stay at Cauteret, a small village at an altitude of 1000 m.
On the way, we will have a photo break at the small Saint-Savin village built around the Romanesque church.
Glaciers shave mountains and hike the 1700m-high, 5km-wide giant curl, Gavarnie Valley, created by the erosion.
If the weather is nice, you can buy food and have a picnic.
Take in the views of the tallest waterfall in Europe, and take a stroll along the riverside promenade, where there is not much difference in elevation, and walk through the curls that extend far beyond. (If you wish, the driver will accompany you.) On the huge semi-circular rock surface, the waterfall with the largest drop of 413m in Europe flows down.
The best season is from June to July, when the greenery is beautiful and the plateau flowers bloom all over.
After a hike in the Gavarnie Valley, have lunch in the village of Gavarnie.
If the weather is nice, you can buy food and have a picnic. The Tourmalet pass, a famous detour in the Tour de France in the Pyrenees National Park is waiting for us.
It is very popular as a cycling course, and is crowded with many cyclists on holidays. It's a sight to see a mountain descending at a speed that is unlikely to be a bicycle.
It is a course that can only be reached by a private car that dynamically drives the steep mountains.
With the scenery of the magnificent Pyrenees in the background, we will stop taking photos at the passes spot, such as people bicycling over it, leisurely grazing cows, etc.
Take a ropeway up to 2,877m to the Pic du Midi Observatory and you will be able to see the magnificent view of the French and Spanish Pyrenees.
In addition to the view from the observatory, which was previously only accessible to astronomers, specialists give lectures on astronomical observation, and you can sometimes observe the sun flare using a telescope.
*Closed from May 1st to May 31st.
Arrival to Toulouse.
9:30-11:30 Niaux Cave
12: 15-15 :30 Beille Plateau
17:30 Andorra Principality Ordino (Hotel)
8:00 Ordino from Andorra
10:15-14:30 Espot Maurici Lake & Latera Lake
16: 30-17:15 Taull Village
19:15 Arrival to Ainsa Village (Hotel)
09:00 Ainsa Village
16:30 Arrival to Torla (hotel)
08:00 Departing Torla
09:30-13:30 Petit Train Artouste
15:30-17:30 Gaube Lake
17:45 Arrival to Kotre (hotel)
08:30 Departure from Cauteret
09:45 to 13:30 Gavarnie Valley
14:45 to 16:45 Pic du Midi Observatory
19:00 Arrival to Toulouse (hotel)