French Pyrenees

  • A great 7-day trip with 5 fantastic guided routes in the heart of the French Pyrenees.
  • Admire the beauty of the deep valleys and the impressive peaks of this amazing mountain range.
  • With the possibility of visiting other places of interest, such as the famous mountain passes of the Tour de France, the impressive cable car that reaches the summit of the Pic Midi de Bigorre (2,878 metres) or the sanctuary of the Lady of Lourdes.
  • Accompanied by a local guide who will help you discover the secrets of these places.
  • An all-inclusive trip so you only have to worry about enjoying yourself.
  • Stay in 2 different valleys to get a better knowledge of the most beautiful corners of this area of the Pyrenees.
  • Accommodation in 2 and 3 star hotels selected directly by our travel agency.
  • And the possibility to extend your stay in San Sebastián, the most beautiful city in Spain, and enjoy its world famous gastronomy and pintxos.

The French Pyrenees are really spectacular. In this central area of the mountain range we find high and beautiful peaks that, as they face north, keep their snow well into the summer. These impressive summits contrast with the deep, green valleys where the beautiful villages of this region are located. The numerous lakes, the small glaciers and the snowy slopes complete the landscape, forming a wonderful environment for hiking. In addition, this area offers countless different routes, from gentle walks through the valleys to ascents to the numerous peaks of more than 3,000 metres in the area, so it is possible to choose the routes according to the preferences of hikers.

For all these reasons, it is a very touristic area that offers many points of interest and complementary plans to be carried out and is also known for its proximity to the Lourdes Sanctuary and the famous stages of the Tour de France that run through its impressive mountain passes. You couldn’t ask for more from an area to fully enjoy a hiking holiday!

Our trip begins in San Sebastián. Once the whole group has gathered, we will drive to the beautiful Aure Valley which will be our first stop on this trip. We will stay in Saint Lary for four consecutive nights, taking three walks along the best routes in the surroundings and getting to know different areas of this beautiful area. In the middle of the week, we will take a day off to move to the neighbouring valley of Argelès - Gazost, where we will stay for the next three nights. During the trip, depending on the weather forecast, we will take the opportunity to visit some places of scenic, cultural or tourist interest.

In the second half of the week we will complete two more hiking routes, which, like the previous ones, will be chosen among the numerous options offered by this valley, depending on the weather forecast and the characteristics of the group. The last dinner at the hotel will put an end to this beautiful trip, returning to San Sebastián the next morning, after breakfast, for each member of the group to continue their journey, according to the plans they have.

  • Day 1: Arrival day and transfer to the Aure Valley in the French Pyrenees
    The person from our organization in charge of guiding this trip will meet you in San Sebastián. Once the whole group has gathered, transfer by road to the hotel in Saint Lary which will be our first accommodation on this trip. Information meeting to talk about the activity to be developed in the next few days, especially about the routes that will be carried out around this area, and answer any questions you may have. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
  • Days 2, 3 and 4: Three different hikes in the mountains around the Aure Valley
    Each day and after a good breakfast, we will leave the hotel for a hike across the mountains around this beautiful area. The route of each day will be chosen from the wide range of different possibilities you can find in this region, taking into account the preferences of customers in terms of distance and height gain, as well as the expected weather conditions. Lunch will consist of a picnic in the mountains. After each hike, we will return to the hotel for a short rest, before enjoying dinner and a lively conversation about the day’s events.
  • Day 5: Transfer and rest day with some cultural and tourist visits
    We will spend the day resting and moving to the neighbouring valley of Argelès - Gazost. During the journey we will take advantage of the opportunity to make some interesting visits, such as the famous mountain passes of the Tour de France, the impressive cable car that reaches the summit of the Pic Midi de Bigorre (2,878 metres) or the sanctuary of the Virgin of Lourdes. The visits will be selected according to the weather forecast and the preferences of the group. In the afternoon, we will arrive at our second hotel where, after checking in, we will meet to discuss the routes we are going to take in the coming days. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
  • Days 6 and 7: Two more mountain hikes in the Argeles - Gazost valley
    Weather permitting, one of these excursions will be to the impressive Gavarnie circus, a huge rock amphitheatre from which countless waterfalls fall, including the second highest in Europe (423 metres). The second excursion will be chosen among the beautiful and spectacular hiking routes that this area offers, depending on the weather forecast. After each walk, we will return to the hotel for a short rest before dinner.
  • Day 8: Departure day
    After breakfast, we will return by road to San Sebastián, from where each person will continue their journey, according to their plans (possibility of organizing additional nights of accommodation in this city or in Bilbao).

This is the summary of the programme:
Day 1: Arrival to San Sebastián and transfer to the hotel in Saint Lary.
Days 2, 3 and 4: Three mountain hikes around this area.
Day 5: Rest and transfer day to the neighbouring valley of Argelès - Gazost, making sightseeing tours during the journey.
Days 6 and 7: Two more hiking days in this other area of the French Pyrenees.
Day 8: Departure day to San Sebastián.

The order of this programme could be changed for different reasons, such as the weather forecasts. Any change would be communicated to customers in advance.

As an important tourist area, these valleys have small family-run hotels where you can stay and enjoy the famous French cuisine. Depending on availability and travel dates, we will stay in the 2 and 3 star hotels we usually use for our trips, as they have been selected by us in person.

These hotels have comfortable rooms to ensure a good rest and their restaurants offer delicious dishes made with local products, so the stay is very pleasant. In addition, their central location makes it easy to walk around the centre of the villages in which they are located.

The dates for this trip are flexible and depend on two factors:

  1. The available dates of the client
  2. Whether the guide who organizes and leads the trip is also available on the same dates

The procedure to arrange the trip is as follows:

  1. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to Walking North Spain ( indicating the dates when you wish to come. Ideally, you should indicate as broad a date period as possible, that is to say, as long as possible:
    • If you can only set very specific dates, indicate exactly what they are but,
    • If you are flexible over a longer period of time (e. g. several weeks, several months or even any time of the year), please indicate this in your request.
  2. The objective is to be able to form a group from the people who are interested in making a particular trip. Therefore, the greater the flexibility in the dates you indicate, the easier it is to match up the dates available, both of the guide and of other clients.
  3. When Walking North Spain receives the first request for a trip; it will check the availability, both for the accommodation, and for a guide for those dates. One of the following two cases may occur:
    • There is no accommodation and/or guide available for those dates: in this case, Walking North Spain will inform the interested clients about this event and ask as to what other dates might be possible.
    • Both the accommodation and guide are available for those dates: in this case, in principle, the trip will be made on the requested dates by those clients who first sent their request to the agency but:
      • If the number of clients interested in this first request is 4 or more people, then those dates can be considered confirmed and the trip will be made on the requested dates.
      • If the number of clients interested in this first request is less than 4, the agency will try to organise the trip for those dates, but will not be able to confirm this until after some time has passed in which it will try to add other potential clients. Once a minimum group of 4 people has been reached, or if Walking North Spain has decided to make the trip, even if it is with fewer clients, the trip will be confirmed to the clients who have signed up for it.
  4. As can be seen, in principle, the minimum number of people is 4 but, even if your request is for fewer people, we recommend sending us your request as early as possible because, depending on the availability of the guide, it is possible that the trip can be made for a smaller group, even for just one couple. In addition, if you are the first to request the trip for specific dates, the agency will do everything possible to meet your request.
  5. For this reason, it is important that you send us your request as soon as you can, indicating the widest possible period of time in which you could make the trip.
  6. If a group of 4 or more people sign up at the same time, it would be possible to adapt the trip to their preferences, for example, regarding its duration or the number of days to stay in each place.
  7. Finally, it is quite possible that, if there are enough requests, this trip will be made several times in the same year, so there may be a better chance of finding dates to best match your schedule.


per person
Low May and November 1,375 € 210 €
Mid April, June, September and October 1,450 € 235 €
High July, August and December to March (**) 1,575 € 295 €

(*) Prices are per person and based on two people sharing a twin or double room

(**) Easter and other special days are also considered high season


This is an ALL INCLUDED trip:

  • Pick up in San Sebastián and transfer by road to the first hotel in Saint Lary.
  • Information meeting to explain the programme of the trip, show the routes to be followed and answer any queries.
  • 4 night accommodation in a room with en-suite bathroom in the first hotel.
  • 3 guided hiking routes in the mountains around the Aure valley.
  • 1 guided rest day with some cultural and tourist visits. Transfer to the Argelès – Gazost valley.
  • 3 night accommodation in a room with en-suite bathroom in the second hotel.
  • 2 guided hiking routes in this area.
  • Breakfast each morning.
  • Picnic lunches on walking days and transfer day.
  • 7 dinners in the restaurants of the hotels.
  • Transfer back to San Sebastián.

Not included:

  • Flights or any other means of transport to/from San Sebastián, starting and ending point of the trip (*). For more information, see the "How to get here" section of the "Information" tab.
  • Insurance.
  • Tickets to visit places of tourist interest, if any of these additional visits are made.
  • Drinks with evening meal. These additional drinks should be paid for directly at the restaurant.
  • Any extra night in San Sebastián or Bilbao, at the beginning or end of the trip. (**)

(*) Possibility to order private transfers from/to Biarritz or Bilbao, at an additional charge

(**) Possibility to organize additional nights of accommodation. Please contact us if you are interested.

Do I have to make any reservation or do anything myself?
The only thing you have to look after is your round trip to and from San Sebastian (remember that we can advise and help you with the arrangements). Everything else is organised so you don't have to worry about anything, we look after everything. You just have to worry about coming here and enjoying your trip to the full.

How can I get to the area?
First, you have to arrive to the city of San Sebastian, in the north of Spain. Nowadays this is very easy because this area has very good communications by land, sea and air. There are several options to fly to our different airports and our cities are connected by modern motorways. You also have the option of coming by bus, train and even by boat if you come from Great Britain. For more information, see the "How to get here" section of the "Information" tab. Once in San Sebastian, we pick you up and take you to the valleys of the French Pyrenees where this trip takes place. At the end of the trip, we bring you back to San Sebastian so that you can return home or continue on your trip from here.

What currency and language is used in the area?
As in the other countries of the European Union, the currency used is the euro. With regard to languages, French is spoken in this area. English is frequently used in these areas although, sometimes, the level may be basic. In any case, a bilingual guide will be with you at all times, so you won't have any problems in understanding the locals.

Is it a safe area?
Yes, fortunately this area is very safe and visitors do not usually have any problems on their trip. However, we recommend taking the usual common sense precautions against theft.

Can I book a single person trip?
Yes, as long as there are other people on that same trip. Walking North Spain cannot offer guided trips for a single person. There will be an individual supplement for single person reservations.

What is the best time of year to make this trip?
This trip can be made at any time of the year although the best dates are probably from May to October

What are the routes like? Are they very long or difficult?
This area offers many different routes of different lengths and levels of effort. In general, the selected routes for this trip are between 9,5 and 15 kilometres, with a height gain of between 600 and 950 metres, so that everybody accustomed to hill-walking and is reasonably fit can hike our routes without difficulty. Walking North Spain is also able to choose those routes that best suit the preferences and characteristics of the group.

Will it be possible to shorten some routes?
The group will be led by a single guide if there are 8 or fewer clients. With just one guide the group cannot be divided and everyone will have to follow the same itinerary. There will be 2 guides leading if there are 9 or more clients in the group making it possible to shorten the routes for part of the group.

I have some dietary restrictions, is it possible to take this into account?
Of course, although one of the main attractions of this area is its gastronomy, every year we welcome people who have dietary restrictions. In these cases, we inform all the accommodations and restaurants we visit so that this is taken into account.

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