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TRANS PYRENEES 2018

Tour info Trans Pyrenees and Mont Ventoux
11 August - 25 August 2018

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Please note this private trip is only customized for groups from 6 persons and more. If you require another date for your group please contact us and we can help you with customizing the perfect cycling trip in the Pyrenees.

The Pyrenees mountain range on the border between France and Spain are well known among all cycling fanatics. It's a fantastic cycling trip from Biarritz (on the Atlantic coast) all the way up to the Mediterranean Sea. This challenging trip leads you over all the famous cols of the Tour de France. This Trans Pyrenees road bike trip includes many highlights including an extra transfer to Bedoin (Provence) to tackle your last epic climb to the Mont- Ventoux! The adventure starts in the quiet little sea village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz just South of Biarritz. Get some rest to get ready for a great, unforgettable ride across one of the most beautiful parts of France. From the foothills of the Pyrenees in Saint-Jean de Luz you start with a warm up before tackling some of the most (in) famous and legendary Pyrenees climbs. Just a pick of which mountain passes you will conquer! Col du Tourmalet, Col d'Aspin, Col de Peyresourde, Col d'Aubisque, Col du Marie Blanque, Col du Portret d’Aspet, Hautacam and last but not least Col du Mont-Ventoux. You will cycle over quite country side roads through typical French villages. The rides are spectacular with breath-taking passes and majestic mountain scenery. This tour has been specially designed with you, the passionate road cyclist. The Trans Pyrenees tour is open for cyclists with a high fitness level.

Jump on your bicycle and cycle all those famous Pyrenees cols of the Tour de France!

  • Breath taking scenery are home to the mountain ranges of the Pyrenees 
  • Legendary Pyrenees cols like Col du Tourmalet, Col d'Aspin, Col de Peyresourde, Col d'Aubisque, Col du Marie Blanque, Col du Portret d’Aspet or Hautacam 
  • The "Queen Stage on day 6. 
  • You will climb Col du Tourmalet, Col d' Aspin and Luz Ardiden ski station 
  • Cycling in France and Spain
  • The cosy sea village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz near Biarritz 
  • The climb to most famous mountain of the Tour de France: Col du Mont-Ventoux 
  • The Pyrenees is a real cycling paradise for every keen cyclist, you will experience one of the most challenging routes and mythical climbs


Country France Pyrenees
Trip Type Guided
Start Tour  Biarritz 11/08/2018
Finish Marseille 25/08/2018
Price €3500 per person
Days  15 Days/ 14 Nights
Minimum  6 persons
Bikerental €300
Deposit  €925
Extra Night On request

 

 

Fitness level 5 Required

Itinerary Trans Pyrenees 2018 

Day 1 August 11

Pick up at at Biarritz Airport and transfer to your hotel in the quiet little Basque village of Sare next to Saint-Jean-de-Luz just South of Biarritz. Get some rest to get ready for your great, unforgettable ride across one of the most beautiful parts of France “the mighty Pyrenees”. Welcome drinks at the main square Sare near Saint-Jean-de-Luz followed by dinner in an excellent local restaurant. Dinner is included. Total distance: 0km Hotel location: Saint-Jean-de-Luz, hotel Arraya Dinner included

Day 2 August 12 Saint-Jean-de-Luz to Saint-Jean-de-Port

After breakfast you start with your first cycling day! Tou leave the pleasant sea village of Sare behind us. Soon you will ride into Spanish territory (region of Navarra) over Col de St Ignace, a fairly easy climb just 3.5 km long. These climb is perfect as a warm-up ride. Our second climb to Spain's Puerto de Otxondo will be a bit tougher 602m and 9.5 long. After the Oxtondo we head back into France over the most beautiful climb called: Col d'Ispeguy (672 m). The views are incredible on the descent into St Etienne de Baigorry. Your final destination will be the ancient Pyrenean village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Total distance 52 km- climbing 1.150m. Climbs: Col de St Ignace, Puerto de Otxondo and Col d'Ispeguy. Hotel in St Jean -Pied -de Port Hotel Les Pyrenees 

Day 3 August 13 Saint-Jean-de-Port to Eaux-Bonnes

The first climbs to Col des Gamia and Col d'Osquich, will give you the taste of the real beauty of the Pyrenees. You will face Col du Marie Blanque. The ascent of the Marie Blanque isn’t an easy one, especially the last 4 kilometres will be hard. From here you continue to your hotel located on the way up to Col d'Obisque. Dinner included. Total distance 119 km – climbing 2.350 meters Climbs: Col de Marie Blanque, Col des Palombieres and Col d'Osquich. Hotel location: Eaux-Bonnes, hotel Richelieu  

Day 4 August 14 Eaux Bonnes to Argeles-Gazost

Col d'Aubisque is a legendary Tour peak added in 1910. The Tour de France hosted the Aubisque more than 60 times .The mountain summit has been conquered by great climbers. Col d’ Aubisque culminates at 1.709 meters (5.605 feet), progresses for 16.5 kilometres with an average grade of 7.1 per cent rising 1.190 meters. You will start the ride from our Hotel in Eaux-Bonnes, about 8 km from the ski resort of Gourette. Once reached the top, the 20 km descent towards the village Argeles-Gazost is incredibly beautiful, especially the first part to the Col du Soulor where the road runs along cliffs in the Cirque du Litor and there are two short, narrow tunnels. Dinner is included. Total distance 54 km – climbing 1.150m climbs: Col d'Aubisque and Col du Soulor. Hotel location: Argeles-Gazost  hotel miramont.com

Day 5 August 15 Argeles - Gazost

You will stay an extra night in the quiet Pyrenean village of Argeles-Gazost . That gives you the chance to get organized and have some extra time to wash your jerseys and bibs. Today you will climb to the top of the French ski station: Hautacam. You step on your bike In front of your hotel. You ride towards Argelès Gazost and here starts the real climb. The Hautacam ascent is 17 km long; over this distance, we will climb 1.170 meters and the top is at 1.520 meter. In the afternoon you will visit the pilgrim’s town of Lourdes. Total distance 77 km - climbing 1.520 meters Climb: Hautacam. Hotel location: Aregeles-Gazost  hotel miramont.com 

Day 6 August 16 Argeles/Gazost to Saint-Lary-Soulan

Today you will face our "Queen Stage". After 12 kilometres you’ll reach Luz-Saint-Sauveur. Left you climb the Tourmalet and the road to the right takes you to the ski station of Luz Ardiden. You turn left and up towards the legendary Col du Tourmalet: first included in the TDF in 1910 and was nicknamed "Circle of death”. This Pyrenees super climb is where the legendary rider Octave Lapize called race officials "assassins" as he negotiated the mountain in its Tour debut. At the peak of the Tourmalet, a monument honours race founder Henri Desgrange. You will then continue and climb to the Payolle plateau and finally the spectacular Hourquette d'Ancizan! This climb is truly beautiful even though not very well known. We will finally ride to our comfortable Hotel in Saint-Lary-Soulan through a very quiet country road. The gentle climb up the Col d'Aspin is 13km long (7km to reach the Payolle plateau). Total distance 88 km- climbing 2650m. Climbs: Col du Tourmalet, Hourquette d'Ancizan. Hotel location Saint-Lary-Soulan Hotel Mercuresensoria 

Day 7 August 17 Saint Lary-Soulan

Today is a rest day in Saint-Lary-Soulan. Enjoy the spa faciliteis of hotel Mercuresensoria

Day 8 August 18 Saint Lary-Soulan to Bagneres-de-Luchon

Today is an easy stage.  The ride just includes the Col de Peyresourde.  Bagneres-de-Luchon is a pretty good size village with many shops and you will have the chance to wash your cycling clothes with few Euros in one of the many "laveries automatique".  Distance of ride: 46 km and 950 meters of elevation gain 
Climbs: Col de Peyresourde  Hotel location: Bagneres-de-Luchon  Hotel Etigny.com 

Day 9 August 19 Bagneres-de-Luchon to Saint Girons

Today's ride will include two really beautiful but rather difficult climbs right in succession: the Col de Menté and the Col de Portet d'Aspet. Especially the second Col will engage you particularly with a couple of steep sections. Distance of ride: 81 km and 1.500 meters of elevation gain Climbs: Col de Menté and Col de Portet d'Aspet Hotel location: St-Girons Hotel Ariege.comhotel-eychenne

Day 10  August 20 Sant-Girons to Couiza

The climbs of today are less famous but still challenging starting with Col de la Crouzette up to Sommet de Portel, Col de Py and Col del Teil Overnight at a beautiful medieval castle turned into a Resort/Hotel. Dinner (in the castle) is included Total distance  142km – climbing 1850m Climbs: Col de la Crouzette, Sommet de Portel, Col de Py, Col del Teil and Col du Portel. Hotel location: Couiza, hotel Chateau de Ducs 

Day 11 August 21 Couiza to Molitig de Bains

The top climbs of today: the Col du Portel, Col de Coudons, Col des Sept Freres, Col de Chioula, Port de Pailheres and over the Col de Jau to the thermal town of Molitg-les-Bains. Total distance 152km – climbing 3400m. Climbs: Port de Pailheres and Col de Jau Hotel location: Molitg-les-Bains, hotel Le Grand Hotel Molitig 

Day 12 August 22 Molitig-de-Bains to Collioure

Via the village of Vinca, over the Col Palomere and the Col Xatard finishing in Amelie-les-Bains. Van to Collioure Distance of ride: about 69 km and 1.100 meters of total climbing Climbs: Col Palomere and the Col Xatard Hotel location: Collioure fr.hotel-casa-pairal.com

Day 13  August 23 Transfer to Bedoin ( Mont-Ventoux)

Morning transfer to Bedoin which will take about 4hours. Afternoon free or optional light ride. Hotel La Garance

Day 14 August 24 Col du Mont Ventoux! 

Cycle the Mont-Ventoux and expect a hard day in the saddle; if you like climbing, this will be your day where you will face the huge beast "The Mont-Ventoux". Today’s ride starts again in Bédoin in front of your hotel. Here begins the challenge! The most famous ascent to the Mont-Ventoux. After breakfast we ‘ll climb this big challenger with its top at 1912 meters (6273 feet). You will follow the cycle path of all the greatest riders in the Tour de France.....come on you can do it! After the 22 kilometres climb you'll reach the summit of “Mont-Ventoux”. Relax on top and prepare yourself for a very spectacular descent to the villages of Malaucène. From here its only 12 kilometres back to Bédoin. Total distance 44km – climbing 1650m Climbs: Mont Ventoux Hotel location: Bedoin Hotel La Garance 

Day 15 August 25 

Departure day…..Time to say goodbye, a good flight back home or a pleasant stay in France. Transfers will be made by the tour guide to Marseille airport.

 

Arrival Day

Day 2 St Jean de Luz to Saint Jean Pied de Port


Day 3 Col de Marie Blanque Col des Palombieres and Col d Osquich


Day 4 climbs Col d Aubisque and Col du Soulo


Day 5 Hautacam. Hotel location PierrefitteNestalas


Day 6 Climbs Col du Tourmalet Hourquette d Ancizan and Col d Aspin


Saint Lary Soulan to Bagneres-de-Luchon

Day 8 Climbs Col de Mente and Col de Portet d Aspet


Day 9 Cycle the beautiful St Girons area


Day 10 Col de la Crouzette Sommet de Portel Col dePy Col del Teil and Col du Po


Day 11 Port de Pailheres and Col de Jau to Molitg les Bains


Day 12 Col Palomere and the Col Xatard to Collioure


Transfer to Bedoin homebase of ( Mont-Ventoux) in the Provence
Cycle up to Col du Mont-Ventoux

Airport

France’s main airports in Paris are Charles de Gaulle and Orly International Airport.There are many flights:for example to/from Madrid, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Berlin, Rome, London Heathrow, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Athens, Zurich and many more very important cities from all around the Globe.

Biarritz Airport in the southwest of France is called in full Biarritz "Anglet Bayonne "The airport is the gateway to the western Pyrenees and the Basque Countries in Spain. The airport is mainly serviced by budget companies, but Air France also carries out scheduled flights from Paris Orly, Charles de Gaulle and many other destinations in France like Marseille or Nice.

Marseille Airport has several flights with Air-France to/from Paris Orly and Charles de Gaulle Airport and flights leaving to/from London, Brussels,Frankfurt, Rome and several other destinations. Another very important airport is Lyon (Saint Exupéry)

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Trains

There are regular fares between Paris and Biarritz/Marseille Railway stations. The Airport train stations are located below Charles de Gaulle and Orly International Airport. Almost every hour trains leave to/from Biarritz/Marseille. Paris’s main Railway station is Gare du Nord. From here all trains connect you to almost every destination in France. From Lyon’s main Railway station it’s only a one and a half hour ride to Marseille. Trains also depart from main Railway station Lyon Part Dieu and from airport train station Saint Exupéry to Marseille 

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