Bordering Spain and Andorra, Ariège on the route of the Pyrenees Pass Route is a destination of choice for your next journeys at the wheel of your beautiful old timers or on the handlebars of your two-wheelers. On the mountainside, follow the winding route of these high-altitude roads, like those popular with Tour de France cyclists, discover dizzying viewpoints when crossing passes and admire picturesque landscapes after each turn. For your accommodation, we have selected a hotel with closed private parking because your tranquility remains at the heart of our concerns.

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Ariège Pyrenees

South of Ariège, on the border with Andorra, are the Ariège Pyrenees. Between mountainous landscapes and activities, there are many [...]

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1 - Cave of Niaux

1 Day: Reception at the hotel Le Manoir d'Agnès in Tarascon-sur-Ariège.
The city of Tarascon-sur-Ariège is at the crossroads of the valleys, such a strategic point to allow you to cross the road of the passes. It is an essential step to immerse yourself in the prehistoric past of Ariège that we invite you to discover.
To start, visit the Grotte de Niaux, classified as a Great Occitan Site, with its real cave paintings dating back 14 years.

2 - Prehistory Park

Then you will be welcomed at the Prehistoric Park.

Installation in the rooms, dinner at the restaurant. Overnight.

3 - The cornice route

2 Day: After breakfast, take the pretty corniche road on the mountainside on the sunny side of the valley. This typical mountain route is dotted with small Romanesque chapels, such as that of Axiat or Unac that Mélanie your guide will show you around.

On your way, be sure to stop at Ax-les-Thermes, a charming spa town with the hottest waters in the Pyrenees (up to 77 ° C). Outdoor pools allow you to enjoy these waters with strong minerality, rich in sulfur and with well-recognized anti-inflammatory properties.

4 - Chioula Pass

For the lunch break, we have selected the panoramic restaurant at Col du Chioula (1 m) for you. A gourmet stopover at the top of the pass that links the upper Ariège valley to the Sault plateau!

5 - Climbing the Col de Pailhères

The ascent of the Col de Pailhères, one of the highest passes that the professionals of the Grande Boucle had to climb for the 100th of the Tour de France in 2013 from the village of Mijanés will lead you to the Port of Pailhères, (2 m ). Please note: access is closed in winter due to snow. Admirable point of view on the laces which characterize this road which winds up the side of the mountain to descend on the Donezan, known as the Ariege Quebec.

6 - Beille platter

The next stage takes you to the Plateau de Beille, the largest Nordic ski area in the Pyrenees, located at an altitude of 1 m. In summer, Jason Lacube, charismatic breeder from the valley, welcomes you for a walk to meet the herd on the pastures. He will tell you about his profession, all punctuated by anecdotes and Pyrenean songs. You surely know him, you saw him on TV on France 800 in the program Échappées Belles!

On the way back down, stop at the Breeder's Shop in the village of Les cabannes to discover all the flavors of local producers and artisans.

Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

7 - Getaway in the Ariège Pyrenees Natural Park.

3 Day: Breakfast and getaway in the Ariège Pyrenees Natural Park.
Your day begins in the valley of the Montcalm massif, the highest peak in Ariège (3 m). On the road leading to Vicdessos you will see Miglos Castle, an ancient medieval fortress. Direction the Port of Lers at 077 m on the road of the passes and passage to the Pond of Lers known to geologists around the world for the lherzolite, a rare magmatic rock, which gives the landscape a lunar aspect in full contrast with the vegetation .

8 - Col d'agnes

Continue along the cols route, passing the Col d'Agnes (1 m), well known thanks to the Tour de France.
The landscape is wonderful ! Do not miss the barns of Cominac, a small hamlet with houses with typical architecture with their bird's-eye roof.

Lunch at Le Carré de l'Ange restaurant in Saint-Lizier.

9 - Guided tour of the episcopal city of Saint-Lizier

listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stage on the way to Saint-Jacques de Compostelle, classified as a Grand Site Occitanie. The cathedral, its cloister, the treasure and the pharmacy of the XVIIIth century are of any beauty. Magnificent panorama of the Pyrenees and Mont Valier from the terraces of the Palais des Évêques.

10 - Cheese tasting

Visit and tasting of Pyrenean cheese at the Gourmand mill in Engomer.
Return to Tarascon via Massat and the Col de Port.

Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

DAY 4: Breakfast and end of services.

Prices / Validity

Price of stay / person: 520 €
Price Min. Max.
Stay rate / person - Road trip Min. 520€

The price includes

  • 3 nights in a *** hotel, double room basis, meals from lunch on the 1st day to breakfast on the last day, with wine and coffee, guided tours and tickets to the sites mentioned in the program, the road book, the stay.

The price does not include

  • Transportation, personal expenses, optional travel / cancellation insurance.

Payment method

  • Bank and postal checks
  • Holiday vouchers
  • cash
  • Eurocard - Mastercard
  • Visa
  • Transfer

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