Baron d’Arros Chronicles the Religious Wars of Orthez

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  • 5pm
    Behind "La tour Moncade"
    43°29'29.6"N 0°46'11.1"WStart Time: 17:00Available: 25 seats

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1.5 hours to 1.75 hours
Wheelchair Access: yes on request
In french
Min age: 6 years and more
Maximum Number of Participants: 25
Visit Details


  • Explore the town of Orthez during an immersive Renaissance-themed guided tour.
  • Travel back in time into the dark period of the Wars of Religion in the Kingdom of France and Béarn in the 1560s.
  • Discover the lesser-known figure of Baron d’Arros and his long service to the Crown of Navarre.
  • Be guided by a passionate tour guide who embodies the character of the Baron in historical outfit for an engaging visit.


Follow Baron d’Arros, appointed as a lieutenant-general by Jeanne d’Albret, through his extensive life experiences, having known five regents of the Kingdom of Navarre and eight regents of the Kingdom of France. Explore topics such as the rise of Protestantism, Italian campaigns, the Renaissance in Europe, and the evolution of warfare while learning about the customs of life in Béarn and the daily challenges of civil wars. Due to his position, Baron d’Arros will also share numerous anecdotes about the regents of this dark and lesser-known period.

Get to know your character:

Baron Bernard d’Arros is the eldest son of Jean d’Arros, the seventh barony of the Viscounty of Béarn. He was born towards the end of the 16th century. After participating in the Italian Wars from 1528 to 1544, he became a counselor to King Henri II of Navarre.

In 1568, he was appointed "Chief Conductor and Captain General of the Armies" by Jeanne d’Albret.

He organized resistance against Baron Terride, sent by King Charles IX of France, by barricading himself in the town of Navarrenx and sustaining a two-and-a-half-month siege during the summer of 1569. He continued to govern Béarn to restore order until the return of Queen Jeanne III d’Albret and her children from La Rochelle in 1571.

Confirmed in his position in 1572 by Prince Henri de Bourbon upon his departure for the Kingdom of France, he refused to execute the ordinances of King Henri de Navarre, who sought to reinstate Catholicism in Béarn, after the Saint Bartholomew's Day massacre.

At his request, he was relieved of his duties in 1575 after many years of service.

Starting Point:

La Tour Moncade, Orthez

Points of Interest:

The tour will take you through various locations in Orthez, including Bourg Moncade with its 13th-century tower, Bourg Neuf with its ramparts and the tower of the oxen, Place de Poustelle, Faubourg Saint Pierre with its church, Hôtel de la Lune, and the disappeared clock tower, Bourg Vieux with Maison Jeanne d’Albret, Maison Batcave, remnants of the Jacobins' Convent, Rue des Aiguilletiers, Le Moutet, Pont-Vieux, and concluding in Faubourg Saint Loup, starting from Rue du Pont.


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Additional Information:

  • Storytelling stroll through the streets of Orthez.This is an interactive storytelling tour, allowing for spontaneous interactions based on discoveries and the group's interests.
  • Minimum of 6 adults required.Tours are confirmed once a minimum of 6 participants is reached. If the minimum is not met, the tour will be rescheduled to a date of your choice or refunded if the traveler cannot reschedule.
  • Cancellation Policy:Cancellation free of charge up to 48 hours before the tour time.
    Entre 48h et 24h avant la visite : 50% de pénalités
    Less than 24 hours before the tour: no refund.

Individual Rates

15 €
Reduced: Students (card)
10 €
Youth (13 to 17 years)
7 €
Children (6 to 12 years old)
5 €
Children (under 6 years)

Private Tour

  • Date and time of your choice
  • Language available: French
  • Price: €160/group up to 10 people. Quote available for groups >10.

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Family Traveller

Baron d’Arros passionnant
Belle découverte de l’histoire locale. Belle mise en situation avec un guide costumé et à fond dans son rôle. Il a su capter l’attention de jeunes et d’ados. Prestation vivement recommandée

20 February 2024

Emeline R

Family Traveller

Très bon moment
Supère visite ! Nous avons passé un très moment, le guide est très investi, passionné, il a su nous transporté dans cet univers d époque avec un jeu de rôle très bien mené.
Je recommande cette visite en famille, couple ou entre amis

September 28, 2023

Odile L

Family Traveller

Une visite d’Orthez passionnante menée par un personnage passionné. Très riche en infos sur l’époque, tant au niveau local que national; très bonne liaison entre les deux. Très agréable rencontre pour les enfants comme pour les adultes malgré une météo très chaude… Bravo Grégory, vous savez souffrir pour rendre les choses belles!

August 22, 2023

Ana F

Family Traveller

Une belle expérience familiale, plongée historique auprès du Baron D’Arros, anecdotes, immersion totale, guide habité (Merci à Gregory) extrêmement documenté. Intéressant, ludique et apprécié par petits et grands. A faire absolument.

August 15, 2023

Ségolène B

Family Traveller

Visite passionnante, pour les petits et les grands !
Le baron nous fait voyager dans le temps pour nous permettre de découvrir cette ville médiévale.
Guide passionné et passionnant, mine d’informations que ce soit sur les faits marquants, ou des détails et anecdotes, ce qui nous permet presque d’entendre les bruits des charrettes et sentir les odeurs des « humes ».
Adultes, je me suis laissée porter, mais mes deux ados n’ont rien loupé non plus des 2h de visite !
Merci !!

July 21, 2023