ANOTHER WAY TO DISCOVER THE PYRENEES

  • Pyrenean village
    Pyrenean village
  • Portal of Oloron Cathedral
    Portal of Oloron Cathedral
  • Pyrenean farm
    Pyrenean farm
  • Lac de Gaube - (1725m / 5658ft)
    Lac de Gaube - (1725m / 5658ft)
  • Blue thistle
    Blue thistle
  • Notre Dame de Piétat Chapel (St Savin)
    Notre Dame de Piétat Chapel (St Savin)
  • Visit of St Exupère chapel (Arreau)
    Visit of St Exupère chapel (Arreau)
  • Marmot
    Marmot

About us


We are fully registered cultural and mountain guides, enthusiastic about our Pyrenean history and stunning landscape. We encourage you to explore with people who have pride and passion for this region.


Welcome to all on the Pyrenespirit website !

Cathy Boyrie Glas

After trekking in the Alps and Himalayas, I finally found my base camp in the Pyrenees, in the land of 2000 lakes and I continue to explore these wonderful mountains as a qualified guide. As I was very interested in the rich Pyrenean heritage, I opened the small doors of many churches, and was stunned when I found golden baroque altarpieces and many other fascinating artefacts. It was then that I decided to share my passion for the stories and the history of this land to you the visitor. After you have experienced the magnificent Pyrenees, you will understand why I never want to change my job!

Please come with me and discover!

"Jean, Gabrielle, Sylvie et tous les guides de Pyrenespirit se joignent à nous pour vous souhaiter un excellent séjour dans les Pyrénées".

We have been working for many years with all the local organisations connected with tourism in this region namely :


Lourdes Tourism Office,

Argelès-Gazost Tourism Office,

Country of Art and History in the Aure and Louron Valleys,

HPTE : Tourism in Hautes-Pyrenees,

also we work with many holiday resorts, camp sites and holiday letting agents.

Our guarantees


Quality :

Qualified guides receive their diplomas from the French Ministry of Culture. Because of their qualifications in history, art history, geography and so on, they are entitled to guide on historical sites and inside French Historic Monuments.

Great variety :

Some of us have more specific knowledge about mountains and have the IML qualification which is recognised throughout Europe. We can speak your language namely English, Spanish, Japanese and French. We are qualified to lead groups of children and adults with specific needs or requirements.

Security :

Mountain guides receive their diplomas from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and are qualified, under French law, to lead groups of tourists on mountain trails.


Whatever your itinerary, your budget or your time constraints, please do not hesitate to contact us about our not-to-be missed excursions, visits to places off the beaten track or our multitude of fantastic walks.


Our Suggestions

Not-to-be-missed excursions

Take some time to explore the most relevant sites of Central Pyrenees such as the World Heritage site of Gavarnie, Pont d'Espagne, Pic du Midi, Lourdes,and the lovely restaurants we enjoy here in South West France with its unique cuisine.

Not only will you discover these great sites, but we help you to imagine how they used to be viewed by earlier inhabitants with the folklore, the characters and the traditions. Even if you have already visited these places, are you sure that you have fully explored them? Saint Bertrand of Comminges, the abbey of Escaladieu, Saint Savin, Val d’Azun are all places steeped in history and legend!

Visits with specific themes

Are you history, art, botany or cultural heritage buffs? No problem, we will provide you with a tailor-made inter-active programme that suits your expectations and encourages you to get involved during our tour!

Nature walks with cultural aspect

Rather than a route march, we prefer to take our clients for a short pleasant hike or walk (half-day or full day) with a rest as and when you would like.

These walks allow you to explore places, off the beaten track, and with cultural implications, the great sites of Gavarnie, Pont d’Espagne and Lourdes. The local cultural heritage includes watermills, remote churches, chapels, preserving terrifically rich baroque style furniture and many other unexpected treasures..

With us, everything gets to be explored little by little, quietly ..


Fares* and conditions

Costs below shall apply to any tours mentioned on this site including tailor-made programmes.

3 hours110
half-day150
full-day210

Transfer assistance

Lourdes (station or airport) - hotel in Lourdes100
Pau (airport) - hotel in Lourdes110
Toulouse (airport) - hotel in Lourdes150

Special package

Transfer : Lourdes + guided tour 3h max200

* VAT not applicable, art. 293 B from French General Tax Code.


Liability :
We are unable to take responsibility for matters outside our control notably weather conditions or sites unexpectedly being closed which might require us to amend or cancel itineraries.

Payment :
Payment is required on confirmation. We are pleased to accept a bank transfer or cheque.

Cancelation policy :
From 1 week to 4 days prior to service : 50%.
72 hours prior to service : 80%.
48 hours prior to service : 100%.

Cultural Heritage in the Pyrenees

What is not to be missed in our region ?

Lourdes as a religious town

Every year, more than 5 million pilgrims come to visit the sanctuaries, the Massabielle grotto, the fountains and the baths, where anyone can experience the healing waters.
Through the architecture of the basilicas, your guide will tell you about the religious history of this world-famous marian site. You will probably be amazed by the size of the underground basilica dedicated to Pope Pius X, where 25,000 people can attend a mass.
Guided tours of 3 hours / half day / full day.

Throughout the year

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Lourdes as a historic town

You can wander through the old streets of the upper town to learn about customs and the daily life of Lourdes inhabitants and then the 11th century castle converted into a museum dedicated to history and culture of the mountain people of the Pyrenees.
Guided tours of 3 hours / half day / full day.


Throughout the year

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Cauterets - Pont d'Espagne

Famous since the 16th century for its thermal baths, Cauterets has hosted many distinguished guests through the centuries, but its golden age goes back to the 19th century, when many travellers and mountaineers came to discover the Pyrenean mountain range. Similar to today, the visitors’ favourite spot was Pont d’Espagne, because of its spectacular waterfalls.
Guided tours of half day or full day.

From May to September

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Pic du Midi

Pyreneans are very proud of this majestic peak that rises to 9435ft (2877m). At the end of the 19th century, a weather observatory was built on the top. Today, it’s a key site in astronomy and geophysics.
Your guide will tell you the incredible adventure of the first local people and scientists who converted this wild and lonely site into a must visit destination !
A cable car takes you in 15 minutes to the top, where you will enjoy a breath taking vista of the Pyrenees.
On the way, we will stop at Col du Tourmalet, one of the most famous climbs of the Tour de France in the Pyrenean section of the race, where the statue of the ‘Giant’ commemorates the exploits of Octave Lapize, who was the first champion to reach the pass in 1910.
Guided tours of half day or full day.

From May to November

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Gavarnie

Listed as a natural and cultural World Heritage Site by UNESCO the cirque de Gavarnie was formed by glacial erosion. Depending on the season, you will marvel at the tender colours of green, yellow or bronzed tints, where the unspoiled natural environment bursts with a wide range of colours.
You will be able to visit the 12th century chapel in the village which was a stopover for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella. Finally, learn about the French romantic writers and the mountaineers of the 19th century who contributed to bringing the Pyrenees to popularity to people all over the world.
Guided tours of half day or full day.

From June to October

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Off the beaten track - Visits with specific themes

Authentic villages of the Pyrenees

Built in the foothill of the Pyrenees or hidden in the mountains, these typical villages have survived the French Revolution and preserved their religious and secular heritage. Together with your guide, you will see the authentic life of the inhabitants and learn about their customs and skills such as cheese making or woollen crafts.
Guided tours of 3 hours / half day / full day.

Throughout the year

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Spa towns

With the popularity of bathing, spa resorts at Cauterets, Argelès-Gazost and Bagnères de Bigorre were established and enjoyed a boom time throughout the 19th century. On this tour you will discover the beauty of the well preserved hotels, thermal baths and botanical gardens that were once the playground of aristocrats from all over the world.
Today our spa towns welcome the visitors who wish to enjoy hot springs. Come and experience the jaccuzzis, steam rooms, saunas and massages. Guided tours of 3 hours / half day / full day.

Throughout the year

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Religious heritage

Benedictine monks of the abbey of Saint Savin or Cistercian monks of the abbey of Escaladieu have left their mark on these respective sites. Come and visit Saint Bertrand de Comminges listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the World Heritage Sites of the Routes to Santiago de Compostela in France.
These religious monuments are often the venues of sacred music festivals, organ recitals, concerts or art exhibitions.
By enrolling in one of these excursions, you will learn about the life-style of the monks at that time through the extremely codified architecture of each of the places that we visit. You might be able to enjoy a cultural or musical event according to the season. Guided tours of 3 hours / half day / full day.

Throughout the year

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Towards the Atlantic coast and into Spain

The City of Pau, its castle and its gastronomy

Located at only 45 km from Lourdes, the city of Pau is famous for being the birthplace of King Henri IV. Funny anecdotes will help you to understand the king's personality.
This excursion will also give you an introduction to the typical cuisine of the Bearn region. The ‘Poule au Pot’ is always associated in French culture with Henri IV.
For some wine tasting, we take you to the famous wine area of Jurançon, where you will be able to try the highly praised white and dessert wines.
Guided tours of a full day

Throughout the year

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Basque Country

What about escaping to the Basque Country for a day-trip and getting to know Biarritz, which was once a fishing village but developed into a major resort for the aristocrats of the 19th century thanks largely due to Napoleon III's wife, Empress Eugénie. Then, we will discover the charming sea-side town of Saint Jean de Luz, where Louis XIV married Marie-Thérèse, the Infanta of Spain in 1660.
Guided tours of a full day

Throughout the year

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Spain (Aragon Province)

Why not escape from Lourdes to Spain on a day-trip ? In one day, you can visit the medieval village of Ainsa, scene of the battle between Moors and Christians in the 8th century, and the marian sanctuary of Torreciudad.
Guided tours of a full day

Throughout the year

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Nature walks with cultural aspect

Gavarnie

We will start our walk from the village of Gavarnie and ascend through a balcon trail that will give us the opportunity to overlook the beautiful cirque, a Unesco World heritage site. On the way, we will have many opportunities to observe the great variety of flowers that grow in Gavarnie throughout the seasons.
Then we will descend by way of a forest trail to arrive at a small church recently listed as a Unesco World heritage site. On the way back to your hotel, we will stop by the Napoleon Bridge and visit the little town of Luz-Saint Sauveur and its fortified church.
Guided tours of a full day - Elevation gain: 400 meters
Time: 3h30

From June to October

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Pont d'Espagne - Lac de Gaube

A favourite spot among socialites of the 19th century, Pont d'Espagne is well known for its outstanding waterfalls and the climbers wishing to reach the peak of Vignemale(3298m /10820ft), the highest peak on the French side of the Pyrenees.
Our tour will start at Pont d'Espagne, from where we will take a chairlift and walk towards Lac de Gaube (1720m / 5659ft) to enjoy a picnic there. We will then return to Pont d'Espagne descending on foot while observing the flora and fauna of the area.
The tour will end with the sightseeing of the spa town of Cauterets, also known as the ‘Paris of the Pyrenees’ during the 19th century. We will see a demonstration of specialists making “Berlingots”, the local sweet and learn about the role it had after bathing. Guided tours of a full day - Elevation gain: 250 meters
Time: 1h30

From May to September

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Lourdes - Le Béout

This pleasant walk allows us to overlook the city of Lourdes and its surrounding. At the beginning of the 20th century, tourists used to ascend the Beout peak (1350m / 4429ft) by cable car to enjoy the panoramic view. Now we can only access it on foot
The high point of this site goes back to the 6th century, when the local economy was based on the making of sarcophagi, the remains of which can be seen during our walk
Guided tours of a half day - Elevation gain: 380 meters
Time: 3h00

Throughout the year.
Can be combined with a visit of Lourdes

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The postmen's route

Our walk will follow the lower part of what was the postmen’s route, at a time when villages could only be accessed on foot.
It is an easy walk on the hillside that will allow us to talk about the life of mountain people and the pastoral economy, while enjoying a magnificent panorama towards the Barèges valley and its peaks.
Half way, we will visit the village of Barèges,the highest spa town of France, the reputation of which goes back to the 17th century.
After enjoying a picnic, we will end our walk by stopping at the Saint Justin hermitage and talk about the unique and interesting local architecture. Our tour will end with a visit to a traditional woollen mill which explains the process of production from the raw wool to the finished product.
Guided tours of a full day - Elevation gain: 700 meters
Time: 2h30

From June to October

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Castet Lou bou Valley

Despite its closeness to Lourdes, Castet Lou Bou valley is not well-known by the public; an easy walk through it will give you the opportunity to discover the authenticity of its cultural heritage, farms, mills, washhouses, and even a UNESCO listed church furnished with a remarkable altarpiece gilded with gold leaf
Guided tours of a half day - Elevation gain: 300 meters
Time: 2h00

Throughout the year.
Can be combined with a visit of Lourdes

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The walk of the painted churches

This loop tour offers a magnificent panoramic view towards Louron valley and the Pyrenean peaks. On the way, we will visit 2 churches listed as 'historical monument' thanks to their wall-painting dating back to the 12th century. Your guide will explain to you why such master-pieces can be found in remote mountain churches of the Pyrenees
Guided tours of a full day - Elevation gain: 400 meters
Time: 3h00

From June to October

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