Multi-Activity Holidays Pyrenees Adventure
Adventure Multi-activity holidays
An exciting week with 4 full-days and 1 half-day of activities. This is an action-packed holiday designed to keep you moving. Activities include canyoning, adventure caving, downhill scooter biking, rafting, hiking and tree-top adventure park.
Who is this for?
Our “Adventure” multi activity holidays are aimed at lovers of the outdoors, who are just not happy sitting still. This way you can discover the Pyrenees mountains from every angle – on land and in the water, above and underground. We’ve selected a range of activities to keep you on your toes all week but with time to relax and catch your breath before you head out again for another adventure.
This week you’ll have accommodation in the traditional French mountain village of Barèges at our 3-star catered chalet.
What will you do?
Please click the “Itinerary” tab to see a typical itinerary for an Adventure Pyrenees multi-activity week.
An important note about multi-activity holidays
This is an example itinerary for an “Adventure” 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 more 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 canyoning, afternoon downhill scooters
One of our favourite activities, canyoning is an all-round adventure involving jumping, sliding, swimming and sliding your way along waterfalls, tunnels and pools in a racing mountain stream.
With a qualified local guide, you’ll be in safe hands as we negotiate a maze of boulders, slides and jumps into crystal clear pools. The trip culminates with a toboggan down an awesome natural water chute carved out of the rock.
After lunch we set out for a downhill challenge on two wheels. A shuttle bus transfer takes us up to one of the local ski resorts – either Luz-Ardiden or La Laquette, then we make our bumpy, trundling 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, but it’s a lot of fun!
Monday – free day
A free day to use as you please. Relax at 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 via ferrata, paragliding, 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 – guided day hike
You’ll be spoiled for choice with such a variety of spectacular walking in this area. We suggest a local classic – the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Cirque de Gavarnie.
Taking advantage of our local knowledge, we leave the main path behind to skirt high above the cirque on the “balcony” path – an airy trail with phenomenal views into the valley below.
The more adventurous amongst you have the chance to scramble up to the foot of the “grande cascade” – the highest free hanging waterfall in Europe, with a 400m drop down into the cirque. Then we head down through tranquil Alpine meadows, making sure we have time for dipping our feet in a cool mountain stream for a perfect end to the day.
Wednesday – free day
Another free day to relax and explore in your own time. Wednesday is our evening off at the chalet too, so you have the opportunity to eat out at one of the excellent local restaurants and sample the regional specialities.
Thursday – adventure caving
Today’s caving is anything but a tourist trip.
We start the day with an awe-inspiring 20m abseil into an echoing cavern. Looking up to the overhanging trees, the surface seems such a long way away!
We make our way down three more exciting abseils into the lower sections of the cave, where over 100m underground you’ll enjoy your most bizarre picnic ever. Then discover a 3-dimensional assault course of slithering, clambering, wriggling, sliding and climbing all the way back to the open air.
Friday – morning rafting, afternoon Chlorofil treetop park
An action-packed day with a morning rafting on the rushing Gave de Pau river. Then, after a picnic lunch beside the river, we make like apes at Chlorofil.
Rafting is the classic way to descend a mountain river and is great fun for groups. The Gave de Pau river runs very fast in spring and early summer, dropping to a good fun grade 2-3 later in the season.
Your instructor comes along for the ride, pointing out the best route and making sure everyone gets a good dunking – hang on tight or you’ll soon be overboard!
In the afternoon we move into the treetop realm. With monkey bridges, log-balances, tarzan swings, cargo-nets and huge long zip-lines, Chlorofil really is a challenging aerial adventure.
Saturday – time to leave
After an action packed week, we leave for the airport 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.