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Hiking Tour Pyrenees

Day 8 : Pont d’Espagne, Lac de Gaube & Chemin de Cascades

 

An impressive drive through deep, narrow gorges will take you to the neighbouring valley of Cauterets, from where you will drive up to the cross-country ski station of the Pont d’Espagne (1496m). For an easy start to the day, take a chairlift up around 250m to the Lac de Gaube (1725m). This is one of the most famous sights of the Pyrenees – an enormous blue glacial lake fed by melting water from the glacier on the North Face of the Vignemale (the highest mountain in the French Pyrenees). After a relaxing stroll beside the lake, return to the Pont d’Espagne via a zig-zag path through pretty woodland. Then make your way back towards the town of Cauterets, along the Chemin de Cascades. This 4kms path follows the rushing Gave de Marcadau as it plummets over at least five waterfalls. The landscape is one of rounded granite boulders, clear waters and sandy beaches beneath gnarled pine trees. Meet your coach at La Raillère and drive into the lively spa town of Cauterets, where you will explore the town.

 

Overnight at your hotel.

 

Day 9 : Toulouse 

 

Today leave the Pyrenees and return to Toulouse. Spend the afternoon enjoying this delightful town. Toulouse is known as the 'Pink City'.

The Capitole: the actual City Hall and National Theatre of Toulouse are housed in this magnificent building on the square of the same name: the façade with its 8 columns of pink marble, the 'Salle des Illustres' inspired by the Galerie Farnese in Rome and the Henri IV courtyard must be seen.

The Saint-Sernin Basilica, largest romanesque church in Europe and compulsory halt on the pilgrims' way to Santiago de Compostella.

The Jacobins, founded in the XIIIth and XIVth centuries this beautiful monastery made entirely of brick is an excellent example of Languedocian Gothic.

Overnight at your hotel.

 

Day 10 : Departure

 

Morning transfer to Toulouse Airport.

 

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