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Walking in the Val d'Aran Escorted Tour

7 nights starting from
£1395

       

Tour Highlights:

  • A stunning region that, even in August, is serene and temperate

  • Peace and solitude – on many of the walks you might not see a soul except the occasional golden eagle or roe deer!

  • Being based mostly at high altitude makes August the perfect month climatically for walking in this region

  • Lovely hotels and wonderful vistas

This twin centre tour combines a stay in the lush southern region of the Haute Garonne in France, characterised by pretty villages, rich forests and lush agricultural land, that contrasts perfectly with the more rugged Spanish side of the border - into Catalonia – which offers verdant valleys, higher mountains, a more arid landscape and bountiful wildlife.

Level of walking
This is a tour that visits two sides of the central Pyrenees in a week. We begin in France in the Luchonais and finish in Spain in the region of Sobira Pallars, so there is a great cultural richness in the tour itself including change of language, customs, and landscapes. In both areas we walk for an average of 5 hours per day covering a minimum of 8kms on any one day and a maximum of 16kms. The terrain varies dramatically and changes everyday. We walk through forest and over mountain plains on dirt roads, ancient footpaths, wide goat paths and 'off-the-beaten-track' tracks. Some days there are ascents and descents of up to 500 meters. For most of the week our paths are located at high altitude, between 900 and 2000 meters, which means the climate is usually very pleasant for walking at this time of year.

The Guide
The guide is Jonathan Peat. Jonathan has been guiding walks in SW France, his adopted home for more than 20 years, and also Greece. His tours in Greece have proved enormously popular and our expanded range of tours in France and Greece have been tried and tested by him for many years – his philosophy remains the same wherever he guides: to introduce the visitor to the unspoilt, beautiful nature of a region, and its authentic culture.

Available Departures

From

14 - August - 2019 £ 1395.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

London Gatwick

Departing: 14th August 2019 at 14:00

Returning: 21st August 2019 at 17:15

ITINERARY

Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Toulouse. On arrival transfer to Bagnères de Luchon (approx. two hours) for check in to your hotel. This evening we will have a welcome dinner and drinks at a nearby restaurant.

Day 2: Superbagnères to Bagnère de Luchon. From Bagnère de Luchon we take the cable car up to Superbagnères, which offers stunning views. From here we walk back down to Luchon along grassy ridges and through lush forests, via the village of Trébons-de-Luchon and Cazaril Laspenes. We will stop to picnic in a suitably beautiful spot.

Day 3: Hospice de France circular walk. In the morning we transfer to the Hospice de France, from where we begin our walk up to a view point where we can see into the Val d’Aran and out towards the Aiguestortes National park. This is a beautiful circular walk with excellent views, good flowers, and varied terrain. Picnic lunch en route.

Day 4: Circular walk around Bausen. This morning we check-out of the hotel and transfer to Bausen for a circular walk, offering lovely vistas at every turn. After a picnic lunch it will be possible to visit the thermal baths before driving over the Col de Bonaigue at 2000m - offering spectacular views - to La Guingetta d’Aneu for check-in for four-night stay at the Els Encantats Hotel. Picnic lunch en route. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant 

Day 5: Aiguestortes National Park. We start today's walk from the village of Espot for a circular walk around the famous Lake of Saint Maurici, as well as a climb up in to the Encantats mountains, with a picnic lunch and a well-earned drink at the end of the day before transferring back to the hotel. 

Day 6: A circular walk around Son. A short transfer takes us to the village of Son, from here we walk up to the view point Col de la Fonte, which has impressive views into the Aiguestortes National park, with picnic lunch en route. 

Day 7: The plateau of Beret. Transfer to the Plateau of Beret for a circular walk with lunch taken at a refuge in Montgarri. This is a gentle but breathtaking walk across a rolling high plateau. 

Day 8: Day free until transfer back to Toulouse airport for the return flight to London Gatwick.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 15 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Toulouse
  • Three nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the three-star Hotel Panoramic, Bagnères du Luchon, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Four nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the three-star Els Encantats hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Two dinners at local restaurants
  • Six lunches
  • Transfers and full touring itinerary as detailed
  • Walking guide throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement 
  • Holiday insurance
  • Regional flight supplement
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

Hotel Panoramic, Bagnères de Luchon

Simple, traditional three-star hotel in the centre of the little spa town of Bagnères de Luchon, that offers lovely views of the surrounding cols, regular fixtures on the Tour de France. The hotel has a bar. Rooms all have an en-suite bathroom with bath/shower, TV, safe, Wi-Fi, some with balcony or terrace.

Hotel Panoramic Website

Els Encantats Hotel, Espot
Offering views of the surrounding hills and Gran Encantat mountain, this casual hotel in a stone building is 4 km from both Espot Esquí ski resort and the entrance to the National Park of Aigüestortes. The unassuming, individually decorated rooms feature free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and minifridges; some have mountain views, private balconies and/or wood-paneled ceilings.

Els Encantas Hotel Website

OUR VIEW OF THE HOTELS
Comfortable and friendly hotels in wonderful locations to explore this relatively unknown but spectacular region.

We love to receive feedback from our customers. Their views help us to keep improving the ours we offer. If you have been on this tour and would like to submit a review, please log in to our client area here and fill in the short form.

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The areas visited were beautiful and the walks great. Both hotels were comfortable and the staff were friendly and efficient. There was one evening meal in France, at a restaurant. It was good, with plenty of choice. The evening meals at the Spanish hotel were fantastic as were the home-made picnic lunches in France. The leader, Jonathan, was terrific - a mine of information and a wise source of encouragement. His assistant, Philip, was also very helpful and the other guests were great company. Overall, a superb holiday, only spoiled by a very delayed flight home. This was not Travel Editions' fault, of course, and they are looking into getting compensation for us from the airline - a nice touch!

Review by Carberry who travelled 17-August-2018


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Excellent tour manager - Jonathan Peak - provided a wonderful experience that went way beyond our expectations. Everything that he arranged, sometimes at a few minutes notice, was done with tact, respect and consideration of all participants.

Review by Stebbing who travelled 17-August-2018


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Breathtaking scenery; super challenging walks; excellent administration by Jonathan; hotels and meals good especially the mid walk picnics - the best I've ever had on a walking holiday. The only downside was the 6 hour flight delay by easyJet on the return from Toulouse resulting in my missing my onward flight home from Gatwick and the resulting hassle

Review by Wragg who travelled 17-August-2018


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Jonathan and Philip were masterly in the choice of walks and accommodation and in their organisation/logistics - and they were excellent personable hosts. This was one of the best walking holidays ever. We had a brilliant time and can only say that it should have run for 10 days as the travelling takes a whole day both out and back. EasyJet let us down badly - late going out and 6 hours late getting us home. Jenny and Marius

Review by Bryant who travelled 17-August-2018


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Another excellent walking holiday with Jonathan. Great group leading and thoughts for the day.

Review by Brown who travelled 19-August-2017


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It was a brilliant holiday, very well organised by Jonathan. The walks were varied, which made each day different. Hotel accommodation and food were excellent.

Review by Ms Eleanor Gawne who travelled 21-August-2016


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A fantastic leader showing us beautiful scenery under cloudless skies with delicious picnics and evening meals and excellent company resulted in a most enjoyable holiday.

Review by Mrs M Wellfair who travelled 21-August-2016


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We very much enjoyed the holiday. Both hotels very good, especially Poldo. It's the second time we've been with Jonathan, and he was just as superb this time as last. Sensitive, thoughtful, inspiring, easy to get on with, one runs out of superlatives. We'll certainly go with him again if we stay fit. Thanks!

Review by Mr Michael Bateson who travelled 21-August-2016


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This was so much more than a walking holiday. With Jonathan Peat as an excellent guide and tour manager the walks were tailored to the abilities of the group; his in-depth knowledge of the area, its fauna and flora, its history and cultural traditions enriched each walk. The hotels chosen were clean, comfortable and friendly, the former providing an excellent breakfast, the latter excellent cuisine for the evening meals.

Review by Mr Thomas Roper who travelled 21-August-2016


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Jonathan is the best tour leader!

Review by Mr William Shaw who travelled 21-August-2016


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