The GR10 Pyrenees walking holiday in France

“High altitude passes, cols and ascents await on the GR10, which is the reason this 10 day small group hiking holiday is best-suited to those that are prepared for daily distances of 14kms. ”

Highlights

Gavarnie horseshoe | Espuguette hut | Hourquette d’Alans | Pragneres village | Bareges | Néouvielle National Nature Reserve | Col du Portet | Lake Oule | free day in Saint Lary | Col d’Azet | Aube Valley | Esquierry pass | Lake Oo | Coume de Bourg pass | Superbagneres | Bagneres de Luchon |

Description of The GR10 Pyrenees walking holiday in France

This ten day walking holiday tackles part of the classic GR10 trail along the French/Spanish Pyrenees to feature some of Europe’s finest landscapes alongside numerous opportunities to discover the traditional rural lifestyles en-route from Gavarnie to Bagneres de Luchon.

Once you do a little bit of research and learn that GR or Grande Randonnee actually translates as ‘big walk’ in French you’ll begin to get the picture and as this small group walking holiday features average daily distances of 14kms you’ll be sure to embrace the essence of one of Europe’s classic trails.

A mixture of Mediterranean mountain views and Pyrenean cultural heritage allows this trip to unfold as naturally as the blue sky views with each night taken in different accommodation allowing hikers to experience the very best of the region over the course of 10 days on the GR10.

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20 Jun 2019
£ 1499
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29 Aug 2019
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12 Sep 2019
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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: The GR10 Pyrenees walking holiday in France

Accommodation and Meals:
Throughout the week we use a combination of mountain huts and hotels, each offering something unique, whether it is their charming location, freshly baked bread or the local beer on tap. The accommodation is also locally staffed, providing valuable employment in the tourism industry on which the region depends. Fresh produce (such as cheese and meat) is sourced locally as much as possible. Picnic lunches (cold meats, cheese, bread etc.) are sourced at locally supplied stores and evening meals are either taken at our accommodation or local, family-run restaurants.

Activity:
Walking trips in general have a minimal impact on the environment as we use our own power to get around. Even our optional activities are environmentally friendly- clients can hire bikes locally and water sports such canyoning and white water rafting are also possible.Clients are briefed on managing food waste and other litter, which should be disposed of appropriately in respect of local recycling policies. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people and visit local cafes and restaurants in order to create a postive cultural exchange. The trip take part in remote areas of the Pyrenees where local communities benefit from this tourism.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with walking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Water can be provided for clients on all walking trips and water receptacles are recycled or reused where applicable. As tap water in the region is drinkable, clients will be encouraged to use tap water and to reuse plastic bottles, rather than buying bottled water.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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