Summer Resort News

24th July 2017

NEW Pyrenees Road Trips – Drive, Mountains and Spas: Five New Itineraries for 2017

New from the Hautes-Pyrenees, France in association with Huesca*, Spain, is a series of 3, 4 or 7 day Road Trip itineraries taking in some of the most iconic landmarks in the Pyrenees as well as routes linking the French and Spanish borders.

With these itineraries taking you from France into Spain and back, the Road Trip Pyrenees hopes to evoke the spirit of adventure that other famous routes such as the Route 66, the Silk route, the trans-Amazonian highway have created. The Road Trip offers a super highway to exceptional places of magnificent spectacular scenery, for unique experiences and long lasting memories.

Combining some of the key sites of the Pyrenees including: Lourdes, Cirque de Gavarnie, Pic du Midi, Parc National des Pyrénées, Parc National de Ordesa and Monte Perdido, Le Grand Canyon d’Ordesa, Cañon de Añisclo, The Trou du Toro/Forau de Aigualllets and The Aneto – the itineraries covering over 25% of the Pyrenees massif.

Isabelle Pelieu, Director of HPTE* comments, “Our region is made for ‘Road Trips’! We have launched these five new itineraries three of which include routes crossing the border between France and Spain. We are excited to be working with our partner region Huesca and hope this new ’road trip concept’ will be a popular choice for tourists to the region. They are available to anyone for nine out of twelve months of the year.”

French Pyrenees Road Trips

A new ‘road book’ detailing all the itineraries is also available in print and provided for each road trip booking. The road book details, besides route information, ideas for walks, great restaurants, activities, sites to visit, not-to-be-missed panoramas and suggestions for exploring off the beaten track.

For more information on itineraries and booking visit www.pyrenees-trip.uk

*The Pyrenees-Trip Project combines the Tourist Development Agency of Hautes-Pyrénées (HPTE) and TUHUESCA, its Spanish counterpart acting on the Region of Huesca.


Introducing Bike Weekender – The Short Break Road Cycling Holiday Specialist

The specialist short break operator Bike Weekender (www.bikeweekender.com 0845 557 5983) are building on a successful 2017 Summer and looking forward to Summer 2018, with a full programme of road cycling weekends in an expanded choice of locations across France.

Between May and October guests can choose to ride the classic Tour de France cols or a wide choice of superb road cycling routes in the French Alps, Provence, Mont Ventoux and the Cote d’Azur.

With a full summer programme of Thursday to Monday 4-day weekends, these holidays are available to book for individuals, couples, groups etc. Small groups of just 6 people can take advantage of a fully customised solution with longer tours also available.

Cyclists in the French Alps on a Bike Weekender short break cycling holiday
Cyclist in the French Alps on a Bike Weekender short break cycling holiday

Bike Weekender’s home are the Aravis Mountains – set back in the hills behind Lake Annecy – around the traditional mountain resorts of La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand. Their own chalet-hotel base is just an hour away from Geneva and provides a perfect home-from-home for cyclists, with so many great routes available from the door. It sits at the foot of both the Col des Aravis and Col de la Colombiere – both regular Tour de France climbs.

Bike Weekender’s philosophy is one of convenience and service, allowing maximum time on the bike with minimum hassle. To this end all Bike Weekender’s packages include:

  • Airport transfers
  • Bike-friendly half-board hotel accommodation
  • Full vehicle support from experienced team for all ‘Classic’ breaks
  • Route selection advice, GPS and route cards for all ‘Lite’ breaks
  • Quality Scott CR1 bike hire available

“It’s great to be able to mix our experience of offering convenient ski short breaks with Ski Weekender and our love of cycling with Bike Weekender. This area has so much to offer road cyclists of all ability levels, and in 4 days we can fit in a lot of riding with a variety of rides and climbs each day. Our weekends are perfect for weekend riders looking to come and try the Alpine climbs for the first time, or perhaps tick off iconic climbs such as Mont Ventoux or Alpe d’Huez” says Paul Turnbull, Managing Director.

Prices start from £395pp for the ‘Lite’ weekends and £545pp for the fully-supported ‘Classic’ weekends.
For full details of the range of trips offered for 2017 and 2018 please visit:-

www.bikeweekender.com or call on 0845 557 5983 or email info@bikeweekender.com


Elevation Alps launch luxury cycling holidays in the French mountain resort of Morzine

Elevation Alps, the luxury apartment specialists in Morzine, has teamed up with cycling holiday company, Buzz Performance to create the ultimate guided Alpine cycling program.

The new partnership focuses on high-end self-catered apartments and chalets in Morzine, combined with the experience and regional knowledge of the Buzz Performance team. The area is famous for its cycling routes that include the 2016 penultimate route of the Tour de France which finished in the ski resort of Morzine – as famous now for its summer activities as it is for winter holidays.

Full holiday packages are available to book directly through Elevation Alps that include the guided cycling on offer with Buzz Performance.

Kathryn Leake, General Manager of Elevation Alps, comments: “We are delighted to create this new partnership and as you would expect from Elevation, we have handpicked the best and most highly qualified local guides and enabled our guests to create completely bespoke packages. Morzine is an amazing place to ride with breath taking scenery and world renowned routes. The mountain passes or ‘cols’ included in the Tour de France are on your doorstep, as are many less well known spectacular climbs”.

Example package
€525 euros per person including 7 nights self-catered accommodation in Chalet des Nants 2 (based on 4 adults), 5 half day guided cycle rides, welcome pack, tourist tax, end of stay clean.

Elevation Alps guests can also add on daily guiding from €35 per person alongside their accommodation booking.

Bookings:
elevationalps.com, +33 (0) 625 59 13 27, info@elevationalps.com

Elevation Alps cycling holidays, Morzine, French Alps

NEW this summer in LES GETS

THE “WIBIT PARK: A NEW CONCEPT IN INFLATABLE WATER FUN, exciting water play “modules”, including slides, a water trampoline… a new fun filled family play innovation!

LES GETS “VINTAGE GOLF CUP”: on 13th August, a unique event inviting golfers and non-golfers to take a step back in time. An introduction for beginners and a scramble competition for experienced golfers are the main competition events. Perfect for anyone who wants to revisit the elegant, glamourous attire of bygone days. Retro dress required!

PERE DELAVAY’S BOTANICAL GARDEN: An interesting and educational sensory journey, a perfect family outing to learn about new plants…

FARM VISIT WITH A MEAL: Guests and hosts share tales of life and work in the mountains whilst savouring soft handmade cheese and delicious charcuterie from Caroline and Noel’s Hérens cattle.

A MOUNTAIN BIKE CHRONO PARK, to measure your time over a downhill mountain bike course and to compare it with those of a World Champion!

GET FIT SOLO OR WITH A PRO… Chose how you want to get fit and achieve your goals…

HISTORIC WOODEN MERRY-GO-ROUND RESTORATION PROJECT: For those interested in traditional heritage; learn about Mechanical Music through the ages at the Mechanical Music Museum with its impressive collection, including the last operational traditional merry-go-round, now requiring restoration. Fund raising has enabled the restoration of this 145 year-old monument…