Multi-Activity Holidays Pyrenees Action
Action Multi-activity holidays
A fun-filled trip with 2 full-days and 2 half-days of activities to keep you busy but allow time to relax and explore on your free days. Guided activities include caving, rock-climbing, rafting, downhill scooters and the brilliant Chlorofil tree-top park.
Who is this for?
Our “Action” multi activity holidays are aimed at active people looking to discover the Pyrenees mountains from every angle – on land and in the water, above and underground. We’ve selected a range of activities spread throughout the week to keep you busy, but with leave time off for your own exploring, sight-seeing or independent activities.
This trip is based from our catered chalet , “Les Cailloux” in the traditional French mountain village of Barèges, with a high standard of facilities and tasty meals included.
What will you do?
Please see the “itinerary” tab for details of a typical Action Pyrenees multi-activity week.
An important note about multi-activity holidays
This is an example itinerary for an “Action” multi-activity holiday in the Pyrenees. The programme is flexible if you are the first to book onto a trip. The price may vary if you select your own activities. Please consult our glossary of activities for more ideas. You must have your own insurance to cover these activities.
Please see our Summer Calendar for current prices and dates. The holiday price includes all activities with qualified guides, specialist equipment hire, local transport, food and accommodation at Chalet les Cailloux in Bareges. We offer a £40 per person discount for 3 or more sharing a family bedroom, and for groups of 8 or more.
Some activities are weather dependent and may be changed at short notice. We will always offer you an alternative activity, such as guided walking (e.g the beautiful Neouvielle lakes tour with an optional swim in a chilly mountain lake), horse riding, mountain biking and attractions such as the showcaves at Betharam, the Pic du Midi observatory, the Pic de Jer funicular and the town of Lourdes.
If you are interested in a particular activity that is not currently scheduled, please contact us, as we may be able to adapt the scheduled itinerary.
Saturday – arrival
Arrive late afternoon. We suggest a leisurely 45 minute stroll to the creperie at St Justin where you can enjoy a traditional French snack in the sunshine. The restaurant is on an isolated promontory looking out onto the lovely Bastan valley, the village of Barèges and the towering mountains on every side – it can only be accessed on foot and has wonderful views.
Sunday – morning caving, afternoon rafting
An adventurous day with activities in the morning and afternoon. We start the day with a journey underground exploring the cave systems close to Lourdes before donning wetsuits for some afternoon rafting on the Gave de Pau river.
A slippery-slidey morning of caving – climbing, wriggling and crawling through a series of underground passages and chambers – guaranteed to get you muddy.
After a picnic lunch beside the river, we take the classic way of descending a mountain river and jump into rafts. The Gave de Pau river runs fast in Spring and early Summer, dropping to a good fun grade 2 later in the season. A qualified instructor is on board with you to steer a safe course and ensure that everyone (like it or not!) has a chance for a quick dip to wash off that caving mud!
Monday – free Day
This is your free day to use as you please.
There are a range of options for your free day. You could visit Barèges’ thermal spa, the highest in France. Or perhaps take a trip to the Pic du Midi observatory.
It’s also possible to take the bus to Luz St-Sauveur or the pretty spa town of Argelès-Gazost where you can stock up on the delicious local sheep’ cheeses and ‘saucissons sec’ (knobbly French salamis).
The pilgrimage town of Lourdes is also accessible by public transport (about 1hr by bus).
For those who can’t sit still, there are plenty of trails to be explored on foot from Barèges, and we can arrange additional activities such as horse trekking, or even just more of your favourite activity so far. Our multi-activity glossary provides a list of what is available in the area.
Tuesday – Chlorofil tree-top park
Today’s adventure takes us to Chlorofil park where we make like apes high up in the tree tops.
The park has four levels of course; easy green routes, daring blues, tricky reds and mega-challenging blacks – not to mention the special purple routes, which all include huge long zip-lines to send you whizzing through the branches.
There are log-balances, scramble-nets, suspended tunnels, monkey bridges, tarzan swings, all at different levels so there is something to suit everyone.
Surprisingly challenging, Chlorofil really is a great day out for all ages – and the ice-creams aren’t bad either!
Wednesday – free day
A free day for you to either relax, explore the local area, do an additional activity or repeat a favourite one!
Thursday – downhill scooters
A half day’s downhill challenge on two wheels. We take a shuttle bus transfer up to one of the local ski resorts – either Luz-Ardiden or La Laquette, then make our way down to the valley base on a series of trails through mixed woodland and meadows, with great views across the surrounding mountains.
The course is not technical, so there is no need for previous experience of mountain biking or scooter riding.
Friday – rock climbing
We head to the beautiful Neouvielle Nature Reserve with a qualified mountain guide, to tackle the granite slabs and crags above the Glere lakes.
Here in what is known as the Pyrenean Lake District, you’ll learn the techniques of belaying, climbing and abseiling on bolted routes. You can then chill out with a refreshing dip in an icy lake…brrr!
Saturday – time to leave
After an action packed week, depart in the morning, ready to head home.
Multi-activity Dates & Prices
We’re running multi-activity trips throughout the high summer (July and August and other dates on request). If your dates or required level do not fit with the calendar please contact us to see what we can arrange.
Choose your multi-activity holiday dates, then contact us to book.