A stress free family adventure holiday in the Pyrenees
A tailor made itinerary
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Welcome to our 5* rated (see reviews below), super flexible, stress free, tailor made family multi activity holiday, as featured in the Guardian!
It’s the perfect solution for busy, time-challenged families who want a mix of fun adventures and precious family bonding time on their annual summer holiday.
Read what goes on behind the scenes to make this your ‘best family holiday EVER’!
About the activities
The range of outdoor adventure activities available in the central Pyrenees is huge and there really is something for everybody.
The fun starts in April when the riversports season kicks off. Adrenaline junkies can challenge themselves rafting, canoeing, kayaking, riverboarding and canyoning in the snowmelt-swollen rivers that flow down from the high mountains.
Then there’s rock climbing, via ferrata, offroad scooter, caving and paragliding and all of the following fun-filled activities to enjoy from April many of them through to October.
|Night in a refuge|
High Ropes Adventures
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Choose a week long multi activity adventure holiday and we’ll include 9 activity points in the package price. You can exchange these for a whole range of exciting activities – See the tab above. You think you’ll need more points? No problem, you can purchase additional points if you wish.
Whether you’re a family looking for a fun-filled summer multi activity holiday with your adventurous children or a group of mates wanting an action-packed adventure short break together, we’d be delighted to create a fully flexible multi activity holiday that ticks all your boxes.
What’s more, you don’t even have to all do the same activities. That’s the beauty of our fully flexible activity points system. Pool the points and share them out amongst the family so everybody is happy.
Unlike many of our competitors, we won’t tie you into any particular accommodation. After all, everybody has different tastes and different budgets.
Whether you’d prefer to stay in a mobile home or chalet on a 4* campsite, a self-catering property in a mountainside hamlet, a cosy B&B or even a 3* hotel in town, our tailor made family adventure holiday is designed around you.
We’ll ask you to provide us with your preferences on the enquiry form (on the right hand side of this page on desktop, keep scrolling for the form on mobile) and we’ll get back to you with some accommodation options and prices for your holiday.
Summer Multi Activity Holiday Points
Choose a 7 night multi activity adventure holiday and we’ll include 9 activity points per person in your package. If you book a 2 week holiday we will include 14 points. If you’re looking for a short break or long weekend then we’ll include anything from 4 to 6 points per person.
You can exchange those points for a whole host of fun and action-packed activities which we will arrange into your own personal action-packed family adventure holiday!
You don’t need to choose your activities straight away. Take your time and let us know your choices 6 weeks before your holiday. You don’t even have to all choose the same activities. Pool your points and decide how you’d like to split them up between your family/group members. How’s that for flexibility!
A Night in a Refuge
Leave behind all thoughts of Facebook and enjoy a good hike up to a mountain refuge where you’ll be rewarded with a hot meal and a bed for the night.
You should be prepared for a hike of around 3h with 800m of ascent. Kids do need to be comfortable with hiking up hills but there is a lot to distract them from their efforts en route!
|Adult Half Board||2 Points||The half board option is for dinner, bed and breakfast. Dinner is prepared by the refuge ‘gardiens’ from local products and is a convivial affair taken with other hikers in the dining room.|
Facilities are naturally basic up in the mountains. You’ll sleep in dormitory style accommodation with other hikers and showers may or may not be available depending on the refuge.
|Child 8-18 Half Board||1.5 Points||Children benefit from a reduced half board rate.|
Your children must be comfortable with hiking up hills.
|Adult Full Board||2.5 Points||With the full board option you will get a picnic for the next day as well as dinner, bed and breakfast. This is the best option if you are planning to spend the day hiking in the mountains around the refuge|
|Child 8-18 Full Board||2 Points||Children benefit from a reduced full board rate when they stay in a catered mountain refuge.|
Around 50 brown bears are now living in the mountains of the central Pyrenees.
We work with the local bear experts to offer you the opportunity to learn all about these fascinating animals, including an option to safely go deep into bear territory to find their tracks and collect data for scientific analysis!
|Bear Tracking Experience||3.5 Points||A full day from 07h30-17h00 in the company of a local qualified and English-speaking bear expert, when you’ll head deep into bear territory to look for their tracks and signs of their presence.|
The hiking is rough and includes 700m of climbing so good fitness is required on what will be a demanding but rewarding outing.
This is a unique hands on experience on which you’ll learn about the bears direct from the local experts.
For ages 12+. Points are based on min 3 people.
|1/2 Day Learn About the Bears||1.5 Points||An afternoon in the company of a local bear expert on gentler terrain that the bears have been known to frequent.|
You’ll learn about the reintroduction of the bears to the Pyrenees, about their habitat, their eating habits, reproduction, hibernation and the efforts being made to ensure man and bear can live in harmony.
The walking will include no more than 400m of ascent on terrain that has no technical difficulty.
This experience is suitable for children of min 10 years.
Canyoning options range from short river gorges to introduce you to the sport (ideal for children and those new to this activity) right up to day long technical canyoning descents for adults only.
You’ll obviously need to know how to swim and, for the bigger canyons, previous experience of rope work such as abseiling is an advantage.
|Introduction to Canyoning||1.5 Points||The introductory canyoning descents take no longer than 1h30 and include natural slides, short abseils as well as jumps into rock pools up to 2m deep.|
There are always options for those who are not quite so brave, but I think you will surprise yourself!
This activity is suitable for children aged 7+ who are able to swim.
|1/2 Day Guided Canyoning||2 Points||A descent of a river gorge up the Oô valley near Luchon includes a good stiff 20 minute walk up to to the jump in point.|
The river gorge has numerous abseils, a Tyrolean traverse, slides and jumps into pools from heights of between 4 and 9 metres. All this will take you between 2h and 2h30.
This canyoning experience is suitable for children aged 12+.
|1 Day Canyoning Experience||3 Points||Enjoy a full day out and drive over the border into Spain to discover the fabulous Miraval limestone river gorge. The beautiful drive there will take around 1h45 from Luchon but it’s all part of the adventure!|
The canyoning descent is open to all abilities as none of the numerous jumps (some from a height of 10m!) and slides are obligatory.
There’s no abseiling or rope work so younger children will enjoy the experience provided they are good swimmers. There is however plenty to challenge older children as they make their way down river!
This canyoning experience is open to children of 10+.
Explore the fantastic underground world of the limestone cave systems in the foothills of the Pyrenees.
Marvel at stalactites and stalagmites and a whole range of limestone features as well as surprising animal and plant life in the caves.
|1/2 Day Guided Intro to Caving||2 Points||Discover fantastical limestone formations, underground streams and rivers and otherworldly creatures, sure to capture the imagination of adults and children alike.|
This introduction to caving is open to everybody, has no technical difficulties and is of course practicable in all weathers!
The only proviso is that larger people may struggle with some of the narrow passages.
This activity is suitable for children as young as 5 yrs.
High Ropes Adventures
From a whole day at the extensive local adventure park with its huge variety of ground and aerial based activities to a session in a river gorge on a guided, graded circuit of crossings, via ferrata and tyroleans, we have some great options in the area for families with kids from as young as 3!
|1 Day Pass – Pyr Hô Adventure Park||1 Point||With over 220 aerial and 20 ground based activities the adventure park is a great day out for all.|
Tyrolean traverses, cargo nets, pedal cart and biking circuits, giant slides, cable bridges, climbing… whichever course you do, the activities get progressively more difficult in order to continually challenge you.
For a small extra charge, the bravest may choose to the free jump onto the massive inflatable mattress or fling yourself down the giant Tyrolean!
|2.5h Guided Session at Moudang||1.5 Points||If you’re staying in the Louron Valley it’s a 30 min drive to this adventure course at Aragnouet where there are 3 guided departures a day in peak season.|
The three circuits are graded Blue, Red and Black with the easiest being suitable for children 5+ and the hardest being a challenging circuit which includes a big Tarzan rope swing, 800m of tyrolean up to 40m above the gorge and gorge crossings up to 40m long. Strength and courage required!
Horse riding is a lovely way to see something of the Pyrenees foothills and mountains. Choose from introductory 2 hour rides alongside rivers and through valley meadows or maybe a longer ride to explore the higher mountains and cols. You’ll learn about the local breeds of horse and the basics of looking after them too
|2h Horse Ride for Novices||2 Points||This 3h horse experience is the perfect introduction to horse riding.|
Your instructor will introduce you to the basic skills of horse riding such as preparing your horse for the ride and putting on the harness and saddle.
After a 2h ride you’ll take off the tack and give your horse a brush before releasing them back to the field.
This activity is open to children over 7 years.
|1/2 Day Horse Ride||3 Points||If you have previous horse riding experience, this 1/2 day ride is the perfect opportunity to explore some of the quiet paths and tracks of the Pyrenees mountains and foothills.|
|Full Day Horse Riding Experience||4 Points||Experienced horse riders who are already used to long hours in the saddle will love these day treks which provide a great opportunity to discover the full beauty of the Pyrenees foothills and mountains.|
With 6+ hours in the saddle, this is a grand day out. You’ll be accompanied by an experienced local guide and will head off the beaten track along little explored paths, up cooling rivers and onto mountain ridges. It’s a wonderful horse riding experience.
Note that min numbers may be required for these points to apply.
Huskie Dog Experiences
Who says huskies are just for the winter!
These dogs are full of energy and need outings year round in order to maintain their health and fitness
You can be a part of this by going on a small group hike in the mountains with the dogs (cani rando), riding in an adapted sledge on wheels (cani kart) or even an offroad scooter outing with the dogs (cani trott)!
|1/2 Day Hike With Huskies||1.5 Points||On this guided walk in the mountain environment around the Col de Peyragudes, you’ll learn all about the huskie breed, their pack behaviour and also the different breeds of huskies.|
The dog’s elastic lead will be attached to a belt that you’ll wear around your waist and you’ll walk hands free.
You’re sure to appreciate the dog’s efforts as you’re aided up the inclines!
Open to all ages who enjoy walking.
|30 Minute Cani-Kart||1.5 Points||This experience starts with an introduction to the pack of huskies and explanation about their life and habits which you’re sure to find fascinating.|
10-12 dogs will then be attached to an adapted wheeled cart in which you’ll sit as the musher drives the dogs on a 30 minute excursion on the mountain tracks up at 1450m altitude.
Points are based on min 4 people (2 adults and 2 children under 12 years). For 3 people, 2 points will apply.
|1.5 Hour Offroad Scooter with Huskies||3.5 Points||A unique experience for the thrill seekers amongst you!|
With four huskies putting in the effort you won’t have to do any work on your offroad scooter as you explore the tracks and trails around the col de Peyragudes in the company of your expert instructor.
Hire a 1 to 3 person kayak and spend a couple of hours on the stunning Lac de Génos in the Louron Valley surrounded by breathtaking views of the high mountains.
The boats are unsinkable and easy to manoeuvre, so take your time and paddle as far as you wish!
|2h Single Person Canoe Kayak Outing||1 Point||Rather not share your craft with another member of the family? Then choose the individual kayak and paddle at your own pace.|
Suitable for children over 10 years
|2h Two or Three Person Kayak Outing||1.5 Points Total||Hire a 2 or 3 person canoe and share the paddling.|
Suitable for children as young as 5 years.
Note points are for the craft and not per person.
What family doesn’t enjoy mucking about on a lake in a pedalo! There is space for up to four people in these fun craft.
Take it in turns to pedal and see how long it takes you to reach the end of the beautiful Lac de Génos at Loudenvielle!
|2h Pedalo Hire||1 Point||Enjoy some family time pedalling the pedalo on the beautiful lake at Loudenvielle.|
** The points are per pedalo and not per person.**
Children from 5 years of age can enjoy this activity. Life jackets are provided and are obligatory for children under 8 years.
Riverboarding is known as ‘hydrospeed’ in France and is a fun riversport for the confident swimmer.
It is practised on most of the rivers that flow down from the high mountains of the Pyrenees and can be a challenging and adrenalin-fuelled activity, especially in the spring time when the rivers are super-charged with snow melt.
|Intro to Riverboarding||2 Points||The introduction to riverboarding session is great fun for confident swimmers. The descent lasts for approx 1h30 and may include some small weirs and mini rapids that form where the river narrows.|
This activity is suitable for children over 13.
|1/2 day Riverboarding Descent – Bossost in Spain||3 Points||For maximum adrenalin, your descent of the river Garonne from Bossost in Spain will be timed to coincide with the release of water from the hydroelectric reservoirs up river. Hold onto your riverboard and go with the flow!|
This descent is for strong, confident swimmers over the age of 15 who ideally have previous riverboarding experience and are capable of withstanding a fairly sustained effort for the duration of the descent.
Spectacular views are guaranteed on the tandem paragliding experiences in the French Pyrenees! Flights are obviously very much subject to the weather conditions on the day.
Fancy a permanent record of your paragliding outing? Ask us to reserve the GoPro for you and you can take the memory card home after your flight!
|Tandem Paragliding||4 Points||We have a couple of take off sites for the paragliding experience. One is the Superbagneres ski station above Luchon and the other from the Col d’Azet above the stunning Louron valley.|
Both options will give you some of the most dramatic and spectacular views of the high mountains. You’ll have around 20 minutes in the air.
The tandem paragliding experience is open to children as young as 5 years.
|Learn to Paraglide Experience||5 Points||A 30-40 minute flight learning basic paragliding skills|
Kayaking on the picturesque Garonne river is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours.
Choose a 1 or 2 person canoe kayak and then after a briefing from your instructor you’ll set off down the river. Stop off en route for a picnic!
|1.5h River Kayaking||1.5 Points||On this self-guided river kayaking experience you’ll paddle on the Garonne river from the foothills village of Valcabrère through to Montrejeau.|
Individual kayaks and two person canoes are available. You are free to stop off en route down the river for a picnic lunch before arriving at the end point from where the minibus will pick you up and return you to base.
The river kayaking experience is available to children aged over 10 yrs.
River rafting is fantastic fun for families and also groups of mates, especially in the springtime when the snowmelt swells the rivers.
In the peak summer months water releases from hydroelectric facilities make for action-packed descents on certain sections of river!
|1/2 day Rafting or Inflatable Canoe||2 Points||The wide la Garona river which flows down from the Aran Valley in Spain is great fun in the Spring.|
Summer descents are timed to coincide with releases from up-river hydroelectric facilities which make for an interesting outing.
The upper section has grade 4 rapids and is suitable for ages 12+
A gentler descent of the Neste river and the Garonne river on the French side of the Pyrenees is a great summer option for families with young children aged 5+.
River walking is a great way to cool off in the heat of the summer months.
Your guide will choose the river according to conditions on the day.
This activity is only available in July and August.
|1/2 Day River Walking Experience||1 Point||Your local guide will select the best river course for your outing taking into account water levels and the group composition. You can expect to be river walking for around 2.5 hours.|
The points indicated apply for 4 or more people. For smaller groups, the activity will be 1.5 points.
This activity is suitable for children aged 7+ who can swim. Young children will be provided with a wetsuit to wear and neoprene socks are also provided to protect your feet in your trainers.
Rock climbing is a fantastic challenge for adults and children alike.
Attached to a rope you’ll learn to solve the puzzle of working your way up a rock face using hand and foot placements before being lowered off from the top.
|1/2 Day Guided Rock Climbing||2 Points||On the 1/2 day activity you’ll learn all about the equipment needed to climb up a rock face and how to tie the specific knots that will attach the rope to your harness.|
You’ll learn how to belay for each other and then enjoy the challenge of making your way up the rock using natural hand and foot holds.
You’ll get a huge sense of achievement when you reach the top and will soon forget all about how high up you are.
The points indicated apply for 4 or more people. For smaller groups, the activity will be 2.5 points per person.
Rock climbing is suitable for children aged 6+.
Go tree climbing on your multi activity adventure holiday and rediscover the little monkey in you. Great fun for all the family.
This activity is only available in July and August.
|1/2 Day Guided Tree Climbing||1 Point||On this group activity you’ll learn basic rock climbing techniques and apply them as you climb up into the trees. You’ll be securely attached to a rope at all times.|
Play on the Tyrolean traverse, challenge your balance on the slackline in the tree canopy, let yourself go on the rope swing. Kids young and old will love tree climbing!
The tree climbing experience is suitable for children aged 6+
The offroad scooter is a great fun guided activity. It’s a cross between a scooter and a mountain bike and may be equipped with suspension for a smoother ride.
You’ll explore the paths and tracks that descend from up near the Peyragudes ski stations and enjoy a fun morning or afternoon with all the family.
|2h Offroad Scooter||1.5 Points||From your meeting point in the valley floor you’ll be transported up to the starting point for your offroad scooter descent. You’ll be thoroughly briefed on how to handle the scooter but don’t worry, it isn’t difficult, although it will feel strange at first!|
You’ll then ride back down to the valley floor on forest paths and tracks, stopping to take in the views as you go.
Helmets will be provided by your guide.
The offroad scooter experience is suitable for children of 11+.
The all-terrain Segway is a one-person self-stabilized electric scooter with two parallel wheels which works via a system of very sophisticated gyroscopes and sensors to give you perfect balance when stopped or while moving.
It’s really easy to learn as it reacts instantly to any inclination of the body. Lean forward to go forward and lean back to slow down and to steer you just turn the frame.
The offroad Segways have chunky tyres which give you great offroad grip. You can even go uphill with no effort at all! You need to weigh a minimum of 45kgs to safely use the Segway so this activity is not open to younger children.
|3h Offroad Segway||3.5 Points||This half day outing is a great way to explore some of the higher paths, tracks and trails in the area with barely any effort.|
You’ll meet your instructor at the meeting point and be given a briefing on how to use the Segway.
Then it’s off you go to discover the beautiful mountain environment around Luchon.
Helmets are provided.
The offroad Segway activity is open to children 12+ who weigh over 45kgs.
|1h30 Offroad Segway||2 points||This shorter introduction to the offroad Segway will take you onto the tracks and trails above a little mountainside village from where the most spectacular views of the high mountains surrounding Luchon open up before you.|
Stand Up Paddleboarding
SUP is an increasingly popular activity and when it’s done somewhere as jaw-droppingly beautiful as the 3.5km long lake in the Louron Valley it’s easy to understand why.
A couple of hours spent paddling on the lake on a beautiful summer’s day is good for body and soul, no doubt about it!
|2h Stand Up Paddleboard||1 Point||You can paddleboard standing up, on your knees or even sitting down with your legs in the water if you wish. There are no rules.|
The boards provided are very stable and suitable for novices.
Life jackets are provided.
The SUP is available to children aged 12+.
Via ferrata means iron path in Italian. It is a mountain climbing route which consists of anchors such as steel cables and rungs, steps and wooden walkways. Wearing a rock climbing harness, you affix yourself to the guide cable and make your way up and along the rock face.
Via ferrata is a great adventure for those with a head for heights. It’s a real challenge suitable for children of 12+. The incredible views and sense of achievement you will get on completing the route makes the effort worthwhile.
|Via Ferrata Cierp Gaud||1 Point||The via ferrata course at Cierp Gaud can be done self-guided provided there at least 2 of you and will take around 2h to complete.|
It’s a real challenge and a great choice for anybody wanting to have an adventure in a beautiful setting with great views. You will need a head for heights for this course!
An instructor will provide you with the necessary safety equipment and brief you on the techniques required to complete the via ferrata circuit. Then it’s over to you!
Via ferrata is suitable for children aged 12+.
|Guided Via Ferrata||3 Points||You will need a certain level of fitness and definitely a head for heights for this guided via ferrata across the border in the Aran valley in Spain, 45 mins from Luchon.|
It involves a good walk in and may take up to 3h to complete. The course has two sections and there is a get out after the first one for those who don’t want to push themselves further.
Minimum numbers may be required for the points indicated to apply.
This via ferrata is suitable for children aged 14+.
Explore the beauty and grandeur of the Pyrenees mountains on a self-guided or guided walk, discovering the rich mountain heritage, culture, flora and fauna of the mountain environment.
There is walking for all abilities and the mountain views will take your breath away.
|1 Day Guided Mountain Walking||3 Points||A full day of mountain hiking, adapted to your level, in the company of an expert local guide is the best way to explore off the beaten path and to discover the remarkable flora and fauna of the central French Pyrenees.|
Discover the environment of the brown bear in the Pyrenees, see chamois and red deer and maybe even catch a glimpse of the Lammergeier or the Egyptian vulture in the skies above you.
A minimum of 3 people are required for the points indicated to apply.
Experience mountain biking in the Pyrenees on way-marked tracks, trails, dedicated cycle valley-floor cycle ways or on gnarly single track with views to die for.
Hire a mountain bike and find your own way around or, better still, use a local guide to show you the very best mountain biking in the area.
|1/2 Day Hardtail MTB Hire||1 point||Hire a hardtail XC mountain bike for half a day and explore the way-marked and graded tracks and trails of the Luchon area or beautiful Louron valley.|
There are trails in the Louron valley suitable for children as young as 6 years.
|1 Day Hardtail MTB Hire||2 Points||Same as above but a full day’s hire.|
|1 Day Full Suspension MTB Hire||3 Points||The full suspension mountain bikes are a whole different experience if you are keen to explore the more technical singletrack of the area. Only advised for experienced mountain bikers.|
|2h Easy Guided MTB||2 Points||For ages 7+, your guide will take you on some easy paths, tracks and trails.|
|3h Enduro Descent||2.5 Points||For ages 14+, an ascent on the ski lifts to the Peyragudes ski station for around 1400m of guided descent (intermediate level) back down to the valley floor. Great fun for those who already practice mountain biking!|
|1/2 Day Enduro||3 Points||For ages 14+, a minibus uplift to a suitable drop off point followed by an exciting guided descent on some of the area’s best singletrack, paths and tracks.|
|3h E-MTB||3 Points||For ages 12+, the e-MTB option is for those who maybe don’t have the fitness or desire to pedal! This 3h guided outing will allow you to discover stunning mountain scenery and charming mountain villages.|
|1 Day Adult Hybrid Bike Hire||1.5 Points||Hire a hybrid bike and follow the marked cycle route all the way down the valley, stopping for a picnic by the river along the way.|
If you don’t fancy the ride back, a transfer can be arranged for a small extra fee.
|1 Day Child Hybrid Bike Hire||1 Point||You can hire a children’s bike with 20″ or 24″ wheels too.|
In the company of an expert local guide, you will enjoy an easy family friendly walk to a beautiful spot from which you’ll observe some of the area’s rich bird and wildlife.
Look to the skies and you’ll see Griffon vultures, kites and maybe even eagles. On the ground, marmots, deer and chamois. You’ll learn to identify their tracks and even their poo which is sure to delight the children!
|Wildlife Walk||1 point||A morning in the company of an expert local guide which will include a short walk, observations of the local wildlife and looking for footprints and animal droppings from which you’ll learn how to identify the animal.|
Suitable for age 7+