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For your non-group,self-guided walking holiday in the French Pyrenees, we provide maps and our painstakingly researched route notes, and also arrange luggage transfers, so that you can walk from one carefully selected hotel to the next at entirely your own pace.
Walking holidays in the (French) Pyrenees are about getting away from it all, enjoying the satisfaction of reaching passes and peaks, and marvelling at the diverse wildlife. In keeping with our Slow holiday philosophy, our meticulously planned routes (described step by step) allow plenty of time to savour it all. And because there’s no group, no arrangements to make (we do all that), and no luggage, you can be spontaneous, stopping to cool your feet in a stream, or to visit a wayside chapel.
We’ve been offering walking holidays in the French Pyrenees since 1987 – our inaugural hiking route was in the eastern Cerdagne region. Nowadays we focus on the Basque Pyrenees at the opposite end of the chain, but the essence – demanding yet rewarding walking between unspoiled villages – remains the same. What makes these walking holidays in the Pyrenees special is that you experience Basque culture and cuisine, as well as a palpable sense of journey, as you descend towards the Atlantic.
Travelling from outside the UK?
To give you a good idea of how we can tailor our trips to your individual requirements, take a look at the section of the website specifically devoted to travellers from outside the UK.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer to get the low-down on Inntravel holidays from someone who has first-hand experience, you can email Phil Wise. Based in California, Phil has taken many trips with us over the years, and will be happy to give you general information about travelling to Europe and the overall Inntravel holiday experience from an American perspective.
Are our walking holidays in the French Pyrenees right for you?
For keen walkers, our hiking holidays in the Pyrenees promise some very fulfilling routes but, as you would expect of a walking holiday in the French Pyrenees, they require a certain level of fitness, so familiarise yourself with our grading system to be sure that they are right for you.
Generally easy walking with few ascents / descents, but perhaps the occasional long day.
Easy-to-moderate walking with some ascents / descents, and occasional longer days.
Moderate walking on varied terrain, with some long days and regular ascents / descents.
Moderate-to-challenging walking on more rugged terrain with significant ascents / descents on most days. Compass skills may be required (check the individual holiday).
Challenging hikes, featuring long days with significant ascent / descent on challenging terrain. Compass skills may be required.
Choice of easier or harder routes, so that you can tailor most days to your requirements.
Walking holidays in the French Pyrenees, Inntravel style
There are three key ingredients which are common to all Inntravel holidays, including our walking holidays in the French Pyrenees: timeless scenery; charming accommodation hand-picked for its warm welcome; and flavoursome regional cooking.
Extensive route information
On an Inntravel walking holiday you can depend on our detailed, comprehensive route notes. Distilled from many years’ experience, brimming with up-to-date local information, think of our route notes as your portable and reliable guide. No need to spend precious time planning routes – simply set off and enjoy the views!
The advantage of independence
With Inntravel, unlike travelling with a group, you can stay in charming small hotels and set your own timetable each day. You’re also free to choose a start date that suits you, to extend your holiday if you wish, and to decide how to travel and from where – we’re happy to handle plane, ferry or train bookings for you.
We’ve built up a wealth of experience since we started in 1984. Whether you’ve got a query or wish to book a holiday, you’ll deal with friendly experts who share a passion for travel and who have stayed in our featured hotels and walked our routes. They’ll be delighted to answer your questions and help you plan your perfect holiday.