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Join us on a photographic tour in the French Pyrenees, with expert Mike Read, and discover the region's wonderrful range of wildlife, flowers and stunning scenery.

The central French Pyrenees are home to a wonderful range of wildlife ranging from eagles and vultures right through to many endemic flowers such as Pyrenean saxifrage and Spanish iris. On this, a specific photographers’ tour to the region, flowers, insects and the magnificent scenery will be the subjects for our cameras.  However, large raptors occasionally pass low overhead and we occasionally drive close to Alpine marmots so having a longer lens handy may prove useful.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Fly to Toulouse and transfer to the Pyrenees

    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

  2. Days 2-7 : High Pyrenees

    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.

  3. Day 8: Return to Toulouse and fly back to the UK

    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.

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 8 days from £2,095 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 8 days from £1,745 pp
  • Single supplement: From £210
  • Group size: 7
  • Departures:
  • Included in the price/package:
    • 7 nights hotel accommodation
    • All meals
    • Transfers
    • Guided activities
    • Services of the leader(s)
  • Activities available:
    • Birdwatching
    • Nature drive
    • Photography
    • Walking

Expert leader

Mike Read

Photo of Mike Read

Mike is a man of many talents: an experienced tour leader, an author and, as he is probably best known, a superb wildlife photographer.

He has a number of books to his name including ‘The Barn Owl’, ‘Red Kite Country’ and ‘The New Forest National Park’. Mike’s friendly and easy-going style of leadership and his abilities as an all round naturalist add immensely to the tours he leads in Europe and elsewhere.