- Fly from London to Toulouse and drive to the High Pyrenees, where we stay at a good hotel in scenic Luz St. Sauveur.
- Accommodation: Luz St. Sauveur, 7-nights on full board basis.
- Our outings each day will depend upon the weather, places to be visited will be chosen from: The Cirque de Gavarnie, Col du Tourmalet, Cirque de Troumouse, Vallee d’Ossoue.
- We often have superb weather in this part of the Pyrenees but mountains can make their own weather. At times we may find we have mist in the valleys and, as we drive to somewhere like the Cirque de Troumouse or the Col du Tourmalet, we may end up above the clouds in glorious sunshine – offering a strong prospect of some stunning landscape photography.
- Additionally, we concentrate on photographing lovely mountain flowers or fabulous Alpine meadows set amongst mountains or valleys. The wide range of flora and attendant butterflies and fritillaries, combined with the beautiful scenery, gives plenty of opportunites to capture truly fabulous images.
- After breakfast we make a leisurely return to Toulouse for the flight back to London. We allow time for further photography in the foothills, where the range of flowers and insects is substantially different to what we have encountered in the high mountains and cirques.
All prices are per person and include:
- Services of the naturalist leader
- All meals
- Guided activities
We spend seven nights at a good hotel in Luz St. Sauveur (French Tourist Board 3-star and Logis de France 3-cheminées award). All rooms are en suite.
All main meals are included – breakfasts and dinners will be taken in the hotel, lunches will usually be taken as picnics in the field.
Our specific photographers’ tour will bring us a variety of floral subjects, including endemics such as Pyrenean saxifrage and Spanish iris.
- Broad-leaved marsh orchids
- Trumpet gentians
- Yellow monkshood
Our tour takes us to some of the most stunning ‘cirques’ in the French Pyrenees, where insects may include many different blue and fritillary butterflies.
- Scarce swallowtail
- Common swallowtail
On this tour we will find ourselves driving through the high mountains, with dramatic cirques and cliffs, and then out into more open valley landscapes.
Predominately sort strolls along good tracks. During the tour we will take one full-day walk up to the Cirque de Gavarnie, a round trip of approximately seven kilometres; mostly easy walking with a few uphill stretches, one of which is a little more strenuous, which we take gently.
Stout walking shoes or lightweight boots with good, corrugated soles are advised
On this tour flowers, insects and the stunning landscape all provide exciting subjects for our cameras. There is also the opportunity of spotting a raptor soaring overhead, or a group of alpine marmots.
The weather is typically warm and sunny in late June with temperatures in the range of 12°– 26° Celsius. As with any upland area, there is a possibility of periods of rain or showers, low cloud or poor visibility.
Our highest point is at Col du Tourmalet, at an altitude of 2,115 metres. However, we travel to this point in the minibus, stopping to photograph flowers and landscape on the way.
Price includes return scheduled flights London -Toulouse – London.
Ground transportation is by minibus, with driver.