Way back in 1984, I was inspired by my love of walking in the Pyrenees to start a company sharing my knowledge and enjoyment with others.
I named the company after the warm breeze that blows up from the south – from the Sahara in fact – that gives us such a unique climate making the Pyrenees both warm and green.
And now we help over 13,000 people every year to enjoy walking and cycling holidays in the Pyrenees, and in other equally beautiful and unspoilt parts of the world.
While I am French and a Pyrenean through and through, I have always had, as you say, a soft spot for Britain, and worked there while learning English.
So I am delighted that we are now launching a proper English language holiday programme with itineraries, accommodation, transfers and packages designed exclusively for the worldwide English speaking market.
One of the major differences is this: many English speakers may visit the Pyrenees only once, so we have packed as many highlights into each itinerary as we can. You visit iconic places every day, and stay in truly authentic hotels enjoying some of the best cuisine in France.
So if you ask who we are, we are Pyreneans – and you can be sure we will do everything in our powers to give you the best possible experience of our homeland.
As people say these days, ENJOY !
Founder, La Balaguere & Purely Pyrenees
We’re sure you will have questions about the holidays that interest you, so we do encourage you to email or phone us. Our team are mainly first language English speakers, live in the Pyrenees, love walking and/or cycling, and are ready to answer any questions - big or small.
By email : firstname.lastname@example.org.
We aim to answer all enquiry emails within 12 working hours – and usually within 3 or 4 hours.
By phone : 00 33 5 62 97 72 01
Opening Hours (French/European Time)
Monday to Friday 09.00 to 19.00
Saturday 10.00 to 12.00, and 14.00 to 17.30.
UK time is one hour behind, New York time is 6 hours behind, and Delhi is 6.5 hours ahead. Leave a message outside those hours, and we will email or phone you back.
By post : Purely Pyrenees, 48 Route d'Azun, 65400 Arrens-Marsous, France
We can only accept booking online, so please complete and submit the Booking Form with the required deposit paid by debit or credit card.
The deposit and the balance are payable only in Euros. The amount in £ is indicative of the Euros price, but exchange rates do change slightly all the time. Your debit/credit card company might charge you extra for payments in foreign currencies.
There are no charges for last minute bookings, but if you book within 30 days of departure you will need to pay in full at the time of booking, so we recommend you call us to make sure transfers, hotels etc are actually available before you book and pay.
We will send you an automatic acknowledgement, and then will review your booking to make sure it will work for you as you want it to. We will contact you if needs be.
The balance of payment will be due one month before departure, and can be paid by card or bank transfer.
In accordance with the rules of our profession, La Balaguere is insured for Professional Liability (ALLIANZ No. 53.231.046). However, each participant must have an individual civil responsibility insurance as well as an individual multi risk insurance in order to protect themselves in case of incidents or accidents that may occur before or during the walking or the trip. Please note that payment with a credit card generally covers assistance, provided you have used your card to pay for the trip. Downloadable documents : Open Odyssee or Comprehensive Insurance.
Upon receipt of your booking form we will make all the necessary reservations, and confirm the booking details to you as soon as possible - usually 1 to 5 days after receipt of your booking form.
Payment By Bank Transfer :
Account : Purely Pyrenees:
Bank : Banque Populaire Occitane
Address : Avenue du Mal Foch 65400 Argelès Gazost
IBAN : FR 76 1780 7000 2705 1211 5985 129
BIC or SWIFT : CCBPFRPPTLS (Purely Pyrenees)
A file containing all the information about your holiday, your itinerary, information sheets, the relevant route guide, luggage tags etc will be sent as soon as you have paid the balance.
A few days after your trip you'll receive by email a link to our holiday questionnaire. This questionnaire is very important to us because it lets us know how satisfied you were with your holiday, what are our areas for improvement, and any suggestions you may have for new itineraries.
However, in case of complaint please contact our Quality Department as soon as possible (email@example.com, or La Balaguere Quality Service, 48 Route d'Azun, 65400 Arrens-Marsous, France).
In the event of no satisfactory response within 10 days, you can contact the French Tourism and Travel Mediator, whose contact information, and details of the referral procedure, are available at www.mtv.travel.
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