The "Tour de Soule"

Description

The Tour of Soule - XIB THE TOUR OF SOULE
Technical data
- non guided hike
- no particular technical difficulties. It is however recommended to be in good physical shape to cope with the sustained effort.
- average walk time per day : 5 hrs 00 to 5 hrs 30
- average positive change in altitude : 560 metres
- piedmont and mountain area.
- marking : partial (map and topo-guide supplied)
- level 2 : average
Day 1 : Mauléon
Capital of the Soule province. Borough of 4,000 inhabitants dominated by its feudal castle from the 12th century, Mauléon is also a working-class city where the handcrafted manufacture of the espadrille perdures.
Dinner and night at the Bidegain hotel**, former postal building.
Day 2 : Mauléon - Barcus (5 hrs 30 walk)
From the drawbridge of the fortified castle, you will head into the hilly and woodsy countryside towards Barcus. Along the way, your eyes will successively be set on the barriers of the horizon : the protohistorical site of «Gaztelaya», the mountaintops of Chéraute and Barcus and the cambillou d’Esquiule.
Dinner and night at the Chilo hotel *** (Relais du Silence, swimming pool).
Day 3 : Barcus - Tardets (5 hrs 00 walk)
You will walk along the cross-paths, at the heart of the rural landscape, you will go past farms, barns, prairies, fern meadows... to reach the top of la Madeleine. Stop for a moment.... you will see the mythical Pic du Midi d’Ossau emerging from the hundreds of Pyrenean peaks.
Dinner and night at the Piellenia hotel**, Logis de France 2 chimneys.
Day 4 : Tour of the gorges of Olhadubi (5 hrs 00 walk)
Taxi transfer to the place named Logibar (8 Km) and hike at the heart of the gorges with their luxuriant vegetation via the impressive Holzarte footbridge.
Dinner and night at the Piellenia hotel**
Day 5 : Tardets - Tardets (3 hrs 30 walk)
From Tardets, fortified town from the 13th century, you will follow a loop via the mountain tops of Erretzu, Bégousse... then walk back down peacefully toward the valley of the Saison and get back to Tardets.
Day 6 : Tardets - Aussurucq (5 hrs 00 walk)
You will follow a underbrush path above the Zunzurekoxiloa ravine to reach the mythological world of the Arbailles. To your right, the Peak of the Vultures dominates a vale scattered with caves and pits, precious to spelunkers...
Dinner and night at the Eppherre hotel**, pleasant traditional residence.
Day 7 : Aussurucq - Mauléon (5 hrs 30 walk)
Return to the valley of the Saison via the glades and woods of hazelnut trees. A magnificent view opens up before you : the peak of Belchou to the West, the peak of Anie to the South-East and Mauléon to the North-West. An exceptional panorama...

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Price includes

This price includes: - Booking of your stopovers in 1/2 board (dinner + night + breakfast) from the dinner of Day 1 to the breakfast of Day 7 included. - Transfer of your luggage at each stage. - The Tardets-Logibar transfer . - a detailled road book and

Price does not include

This price does not include : - Optional insurances proposed at the time of booking - Picnic lunch meals (Possible to order on location, approx € 8).
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