Overview of Pyrenees Coast to Coast

Introduction.

This is a classic, challenging road cycling holiday over famous Tour de France cols in the Pyrenees. I participated on this trip with our partners KE Adventure and France Bike Trips and knew I had to do this again and so why not collaborate to offer this to my friends and clients at Cycle Gran Canaria, and so here we are!

This is THE coast-to-coast route, starting out from the pretty artist’s hang-out of Collioure on the Mediterranean and ending in St Jean de Luz on the Atlantic coast. Cycling amongst breathtaking scenery, we will tackle many of the most challenging Tour de France passes, including the highest of all, the legendary Col de Tourmalet (2115m).

Epic climbs and sweeping, hairpin descents are amongst the challenges we will face in crossing stunning cols such as the Aspin, Soulor, Aubisque and Marie Blanque. Mostly following quiet country roads, we will experience the great variety of Pyrenean landscape, from pretty farmland to soaring, rugged peaks.

Cycling east to west, from the Land of the Catalans to the Basque Country, we also experience a variety of different cultures, as well as superb local hospitality and regional food. This is our version of the ‘Pyrenees Raid’, this a fantastic road cycling journey and a ‘must do’ ride for all ‘sportive’ riders and cycling enthusiasts.

Is Pyreneed Coast to Coast  for you?

ROAD CYCLING.

This is a classic road cycling holiday and one of the most challenging we offer. However, comfortable hotels, good food and vehicle support make it accessible to regular weekend and sportive cyclists. We follow a mixture of main roads and back roads and prioritise the quieter options.

This is supported riding – at the start of the day, when the group sets off biking, your kit bag will be loaded into the support vehicle and transported to the next overnight halt. Apart from a fixed rendezvous for lunch, you are free to cycle at your own pace, with the support vehicle never far away.

You will carry just your normal day-ride gear. Over the course of 8 cycling days, this challenging route involves 700 kilometres of riding with almost 19,000 metres of ascent. We provide detailed ‘Road Books’ (and GPS tracks) and the support vehicle and cycling guide will accompany the group throughout.

This is a trip for keen road cyclists who enjoy the challenge of climbs and descents day after day. BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.

My Photo of  the Trip!

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About that Photo.

This is from the 2nd to last day of riding
We’d finally broken out of the Pyreenen foothills and could see the sea in the diatance. I found something very prehistoric about this view, totally timeless. It was such a big view, so much going on, yet it was all one, all part of itself. That road you see, just went one until it was out of sight, so off we trundled.

Overview of Pyrenees Coast to Coast

At a Glance

Max group size: 15 | 8 days biking | 700 kilometres (435 miles) +18000m of climbing | 100% road | 100% vehicle Supported | All meals included | Max  altitude 2115 metres | All Transfers | Personal Pick Up all Flights met | Join in Collioure

Accommodation & Meals

8 nights in guest houses and 2* to 3* hotels in double rooms (DR) with en-suite facilities
8 breakfasts
8 picnic lunches
8 dinners (3 to 4 course menu)

Map with Daily Data of Pyrenees Coast to Coast with Cycle Gran Canaria

Cycle Gran Canaria Tour of the Pyrenees

Overview of Pyrenees Coast to Coast

Quick Stats Stage by Stage. ( click for info)

Stage 1 description Passes of the day:

Col Xatard, 752 m
Col de Palomère, 1036 m

Highlights:

The charming fishing port of Collioure and its castle
The quiet winding roads of the Albères foothills
Warming up the legs on small passes, amongst the fragrant southern Mediterranean vegetation

Altitude gain: approx. 1700 m

Total distance: approx. 112 km

Description Stage 2 Passes of the day:

Col de Jau, 1506 m
Col de Garavel, 1256 m
Col de Moulis, 1099 m
Port de Pailhères, 2001 m

Highlights:

Visit of Mosset, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France
The forests of the Col de Jau
The climb to the Port de Pailhères, one of the best climbs of the week

Altitude gain: approx. 3000 m

Total distance: approx. 91 km

Description stage 3 Passes of the day:

Col de Jau, 1506 m
Col de Garavel, 1256 m
Col de Moulis, 1099 m
Port de Pailhères, 2001 m

Highlights:

Visit of Mosset, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France
The forests of the Col de Jau
The climb to the Port de Pailhères, one of the best climbs of the week

Altitude gain: approx. 3000 m

Total distance: approx. 91 km

Total distance: approx. 147 km

Description stage 4 Passes of the day:

Port de Lers, 1517 m
Col de l’Agnes, 1570 m

Highlights:

Breathtaking landscape of the Col de l’Agnes and the Etang de Lers

Altitude gain: approx. 2200m

Description stage 5 Passes of the day:

Col de Portet d’Aspet, 1069 m
Col de Menté, 1369 m
Col de Peyresourde, 1569 m

Highlights:

Three legendary Tour de France cols!
The scenery of the Col de Menté
The pretty village of Saint Béat
The monument to Fabio Casartelli at the foot of the Col de Portet d’Aspet

Altitude gain: approx. 2650 m

Total distance: approx. 78 km

Description stage 6 Passes of the day:

Col d’Aspin, 1489 m
Col du Tourmalet, 2115 m
Port de Boucharo, 2270 m (optional)

Highlights:

The legendary Col du Tourmalet and the views of the surrounding peaks
The Cirque de Gavarnie (optional)
The high mountains of the Port de Boucharo (optional)

Altitude gain: approx. 2150 m (3700 m with option)

Total distance: approx. 76 km (138 km with option)

Description Stage 7

Passes of the day:

Col de Bouezou, 1009 m
Col de Labays, 1351 m
Col de Soudet, 1540 m
Col de Suscousse, 1216 m
Col d’Orgambidesca, 1284 m
Col de Bagargui, 1319 m

Highlights:

A succession of small cols through the beautiful Basque country
The Col de Bagargui, steepest climb of the week!
The picturesque lake and chalets of Iraty: ideal for a short break!
Breathtaking landscapes and views of the Atlantic before plunging to Esterencuby

Altitude gain: approx 3000 m

Total distance: approx 98 km
Total distance: approx. 117 km

Description Stage 8 Passes of the day:

Col d’Ispeguy, 672 m
Puerto de Otxondo, 570 m
Col de Saint Ignace, 169 m

Highlights:

The ramparts and citadel of Saint-Jean-Pied Port, the ancient capital of Basse-Navarre.
A hand-picked traverse of the Pays Basque, put together by a local (thanks Hervé for your recommendations!)
Of course, the arrival at the Atlantic Ocean!

Altitude gain: approx. 1400 m

Total distance: approx. 85 km

Itinerary end: The trip ends in Saint Jean de Luz at about 2 pm.  On request we can book the following night’s accommodation for you in Saint Jean de Luz, or organise transfers to airports or back to Collioure.

Distances and altitude gain are an indication only and may vary.

2017

DatesCodeAdult PriceStatus
Sun 24 Jun - Mon 02 JulPYMB/01/18€1955.002 more to guarentee
Sun 26 Aug - Mon 03 SepPYMB/02/18€1955.00Available

The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Collioure. Flights should be booked outbound to to Perpignan and inbound from Biarritz. Alternatively, you can book your flights into and out of Toulouse and book an additional transfer package from us. Please refer to Joining Arrangements and Transfers for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the departure is showing ‘Guaranteed to Run’ or ‘Limited’.

Ryanair offer flights from London, Stansted to Perpignan and back from Biarritz which work well with this itinerary. For the Toulouse Airport (with transfers) option, there are direct flights with easyJet and British Airways from the south of England and 1-stop flights from Manchester with Lufthansa and Air France.

Supplementary services:

  • Single-room (SR) supplement: 375€ per person (subject to availability)
  • Supplementary night in Collioure in 3* hotel: 65€ per person ( DR), 110€ per person (SR)
  • Supplementary night in Saint Jean de Luz in 3* hotel: 80€ per person ( DR), 100€ per person (SR)
  • Pyrenees Grande Traversee jersey: 45€
  • Transfer from Saint Jean de Luz to Collioure: 80€ per person,
  • Road bike rental: 180€ to 245€
  • Package is Subject to Availbility

Toulouse Airport Transfers – £200

If you choose this transfer package, you will be picked up from Toulouse Airport in the late afternoon of Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary and taken to the group hotel in Collioure. On the completion of the ride at midday on Day 9, you will be transferred back to Toulouse Airport in time for an early evening flight back to the UK.

If you would prefer to book a ‘flight inclusive package’ using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

Hotel Princes de Catalogne (Day 1)

Hotel Princes de Catalogne is located 100 meters from the harbor, the famous Boramar beach and the Royal Castle, in the heart of Collioure. The Hotel has 30 air-conditioned rooms and suites, combining comfort, design and technology. The Hotel was completely renovated in 2009 and offers a unique and specific style on each floor.

Hotel Prades (Day 2)

Hotel facing south with panoramic view over the moutains, Mont Canigou and countryside, rooms overlooking  the gardens and the swimming pool. Breakfast room with terrace, salon with flat sreen, library, board games, free internet accees available :

Restaurant-Brasserie-Bar-Terrace, private parking for cars and bus, enclosed space for bicycles, playground, swimming pool with massage jets.

Hotel Le Grillon (Day 3)

In the heart of the alpine valley of Ax-les-Thermes, Robert and Sylviane welcome you in the cozy atmosphere of their charming hotel. Close to nature but with all the amenities: each room is provided with a bathroom with shower and WC or bath and WC, as well as telephone and television, and gorgeous views of the mountains. The kitchen remains authentic with specialty dishes of the Pyrenean region.

Col du Portet d’Aspet (Day 4)

In Saint-Lary, at an altitude of 700m, at the foot of the “Col du Portet d’Aspet”, the Auberge de l’Isard welcomes guests to a pleasant, restful, friendly setting. Our recently-renovated inn invites you to take a break from the noise and pollution of modern life. Our cosy, comfortable rooms, all equipped with bathroom and TV, allow you to really get away from it all. Our chef concocts a range of delightful regional dishes which provide the perfect end to a day spent discovering the surrounding area.

Auberge de Germ (Day 5)

We present the Auberge de Germ, hotel, seminar accommodation near the Louron Valley.

The hostel welcomes you at the foot of the GR10 and its many trails. 15 minutes from the resort of Peyragudes and 10 minutes from Loudenvielle , the hotel is a veritable balcony overlooking the valley.

The Auberge de Germ has 11 rooms for a total accommodation of 37 people (double, triple, quadruple and quintuple rooms). You will find the calm in a harmonious frame .

All our rooms are equipped with a TV and a bathroom with shower .

Choose the view on the small stream, the view over the Louron valley , they are comfortable and adapted, both for couples in search of tranquility and for families.

Hotel Ardiden (Day 6)

Perched on the mountain side in the spa district of the town of Luz saint Sauveur, the hotel Ardiden welcomes guests to rooms equipped with bath or shower, private toilet and television. Our restaurant serves a range of local specialities. Hotel Ardiden is a perfect “base camp” for discovering the surrounding nature, being within easy reach of all of the major sites, and close to a number of sports activities (rafting, hiking..). Warm family welcome.

Castle of Arance (Day 7)

Located in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques in the heart of the valley of Aspe, this small hotel / restaurant of charm of the XIII th century invites you to relaxation and change of scenery. Hikers, families, groups, seminars, weddings, dare to push the doors of the Castle of Arance. At an altitude of 700 meters, Château d’Arance is in the heart of the village of Cette-Eygun.From April to November, for a night or a long stay, we welcome you to this magical place.Friendly atmosphere and warm warranty!

Le Sources de la nive (Day 8)

Esterencuby is a small village nestled in a beautiful valley, 13 kilometers south of Saint Jean Pied de Port. It is a high place of excursions with passage of the GR10, the HRP (Hiking of the Pyrenees) and many marked out circuits. The practice of fishing is a very popular activity from March to September, and it is in Esterencuby that the Nive takes its source.

At the bottom of this enchanting valley, the Tihista family has warmly welcomed you since the 5th generation to its hotel-restaurant located at the foot of the mountains and on the banks of the river.

Holiday Information & FAQs


English and French tour guide.
Vehicle support with trip leader
Baggage transfer between overnight stops
Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
All meals



Travel insurance
Visas (if required)
Airport transfers unless purchased separately
Miscellaneous personal expenses – tips drinks and souvenirs etc
Bike Carriage on the flights – please contact your carrier for charges


Breakfasts are usually continental style. Lunches will be fresh and tasty picnics provided by our vehicle support crew. Dinner will be taken at our accommodation. The hotels we use are used to feeding hungry cyclists and generally provide a three-course evening meal, with tasty and large portions of quality local cuisine.


All meals are included in the trip price from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 9.

You can book this holiday without airport transfers and make your own way to the start and finish of the cycling. Alternatively, you can choose to book a transfer with KE from and back to Toulouse Airport at additional cost.

We will arrange a single timed transfer to meet the Ryanair flight from Stanstead to Perpignan which arrives at 1455. Clients making their own arrangements should join this trip at the group hotel in Collioure on the evening of Day 1 on the Land Only itinerary. The cost of the 30 minute taxi ride from Perpignan to Collioure is approximately €70.

Services end on arrival at St Jean de Luz at lunchtime on Day 9. The nearest airport to St Jean de Luz is Biarritz which is also served by Ryanair with a convenient late afternoon flight back to Stansted. Clients will need to make their own arrangements to get to the airport. The cost of the 10 minute taxi ride is approximately €20-30.

If you choose to travel through Toulouse Airport, we can offer a single timed pick up at 1930 hrs on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary and taken to the group hotel in Collioure (2 and a half hours transfer). At the end of the cycling (Day 9) you will be transferred back to Toulouse Airport (3 hours transfer) in time for an early evening flight back to the UK.

Details of the first night’s hotel and an emergency contact number will be provided.



Whilst on the tour, accommodation is on a twin-share basis in comfortable, family run 2 and 3-star hotels. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up another single traveller of the same sex.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used


A professional English speaking KE biking leader will accompany the group together with a support vehicle and driver.

We recommend that £150 (or the equivalent in US dollars or euros) will be sufficient for your miscellaneous expenditure and should also cover your bar bills – beer, wine and soft drinks are available every night. By far the easiest way to obtain your travel cash is from ATM’s using a credit card or a debit card – there are ATM facilities at Toulouse and Perpignan airports and in Colioure at the start of the ride, as well as in the majority of the larger towns on our route.


Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline’s website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary – if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

A road bike or standard touring bike is recommended for this trip. It should be fitted with a compact or triple chainset and a 10 or 11-speed cassette. Please call if you are unsure about the suitability of your bike. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending on your bike to transport you throughout your trip, across demanding terrain. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bike mechanic to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:

a) Check rims and if they are worn, cracked or dented replace with a new rim or wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that the rims on rim-braked bikes are not worn concave by the brake blocks -replace them if they are.

b) Check wheels are true and spoke tension is tight.

c) Check ALL bearings and quick release skewers and, if required, adjust, grease or replace.

d) Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.

e) Check brake pads, mounts and cables / hydraulic lines and replace if necessary.

f) Check and lube, threadlock and tighten all bolts (esp. suspension pivots, bottom brackets, disc rotor bolts and brake calliper mounting bolts).

g) Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear and replace as necessary.

h) Make sure you have the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES for your bike.

Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally our bike guide will be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and the inconvenience of waiting for assistance.


Travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage, providing you have packed it adequately. We have many years experience of travelling with our bikes, and nowadays we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made soft bike bag. Although more expensive than a cardboard bike box, they are smaller in size to transport and are considerably easier to handle. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape -ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harm’s way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don’t forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don’t forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home. PLEASE DO NOT USE a purpose-made rigid bike box -these are heavy (which can put you over your baggage allowance) and are also too bulky to be easily stored or transported on the group’s support vehicle.

Throughout the entirety of the trip we have the back up of our support vehicle. Each morning our main baggage will be loaded onto the support vehicle and transported to our next night’s accommodation. During our morning’s ride and on the big climbs the support vehicle will sweep through the group and provide extra water and assistance as required. The vehicle will then stop at a designated rendezvous for the picnic lunch. After lunch the support vehicle will drive onto our next accommodation. We want everyone to enjoy their cycling experience on this trip and we recognise the importance for group members to ride at their own pace. On our road biking trips it is usual for there to be some distance between the front and rear cyclists in the group and there may be times when other group members, vehicle support and the KE biking leader are out of sight. You will be provided with detailed ‘road books’ and GPS stats to assist with route finding and the cycling leader will keep a watch at strategic locations. The cycling leader and support vehicle driver will be contactable at all times by mobile phone. Should a breakdown or an emergency arise during your cycling day they will respond as soon as is possible. Whilst our support vehicle cannot transport the whole group, baggage and bikes, it is also there to assist the occasional tired cyclist. So if you want to opt out of a morning, afternoon or even a full day of cycling, it may be possible to travel in the vehicle.

One option is that you take your own bike on this holiday. It is the bike you know best and will provide you with the best riding experience. However, bike hire can be arranged through our local agent. Your choice of bike will be made available to you at the 9am rendezvous on Day 1 of the holiday. The options are (1) aluminium framed Kona Zing (or equivalent) fitted with Shimano and Tektro components, a compact 50/34 chainset and 10-speed 12/28 cassette. The cost of this bike is 180 euros for the period of the trip. (2) carbon framed Kona Zing Supreme (or equivalent) fitted with Shimano 105 components, a compact 50/34 chainset and a 10-speed 12/28 cassette. The cost of this bike is 245 euros for the period of the trip. You will pay the hire charges directly to the local guide in cash when you pick up the bike. We must stress that your hire contract will be with the local hire company and that KE cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from bike hire. If you do hire a bike, we recommend that you take your own shoes, pedals and possibly even your saddle, which will go a long way towards making it feel like your own bike. You must also take your helmet, which will be worn at all times when on the bike.

The altitudes attained on this holiday are not extreme and the maximum altitude attained is no more than the equivalent of a pressurised cabin on an international flight. You may ‘feel’ the altitude the first time you cycle above 2000 metres but all that is required is a slower pace to compensate. You should pay particular attention to your hydration levels whilst cycling above 2000 metres.

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for varying climatic conditions. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.

Your Bike MUST be a road bike or standard cycle-touring bike fitted with a compact or triple chainset and a nine or ten speed cassette. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.
PERSONAL CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
Feet

Road or touring cycling shoes

Waterproof cycling overshoes

Torso

Base-layer – short sleeve cycling top (x 2)

Long sleeved cycling top (x 1)

Lightweight waterproof jacket

Lightweight Fleece top or jumper

Lightweight windproof gillet

Hands

Regular biking gloves

Long fingered gloves

Legs

Padded cycling shorts (x 2)

Cycling tights or tracksters

Head

Eyewear – Biking glasses

Cycling helmet – mandatory

KE Trek Bag Contents

Travel and apres biking clothes

Training/Leisure shoes for apres biking

Wash bag and toiletries

Swimwear

Chamois Cream (e.g. Assos or Ozone)

Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

To be carried on the bike in your jersey pockets or in a small saddle bag.

Mobile phone (optional)

Mini-pump

Multi-tool

Puncture repair kit & tyre levers

Inner tube

Small camera

Sun cream

Other items affixed to your bike

1 or 2 waterbottles
GPS (Optional)

To be carried in the support vehicle in your day-pack for easy access

Lightweight waterproof top

Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters, insect repellent (75-100% DEET) and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

PERSONAL TOOLS AND SPARES

Please note: If you are hiring a bike you do not need to bring spares – just a pump, repair kit and a couple of inner tubes.

If you are taking your own bike, you should bring the following with you. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally our bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconenience waiting for assistance.

Pump

Plastic tyre levers

1 rear brake cable

1 rear gear cable

Spare set of brake blocks (front and rear)

2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels

Spoke key

4 x inner tubes

Spare chain links

Liquid chain lube

Multi-tool with Allen keys

Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)

2x puncture repair kits

A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.

Any spares specific to your bike

KE tools and spares

On all of our trips we carry a track pump, toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. If any other spare parts are needed our support vehicle will make a detour to the nearest bike shop, which can be found in some of the larger towns en route.
Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

Our back up vehicle will carry ample supplies of water, snacks and lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.

Please do not hesitate to call us for further advice about what to bring or any other aspect of this trip. We are more than happy to offer you the benefit of our experience. Further helpful information can also be found in the Your Bike, Baggage Allowances, Climate and Travelling with Your Bike sections of the detailed trip notes.


For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from ‘Available’ to ‘Guaranteed to run’. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/


The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip – this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, however, running, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe. Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation. We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground. If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.


The temperatures that we can expect to encounter during the day will be reasonably warm, ranging from 18 to 28 degrees Centigrade. It can be cool in the evenings at our highest overnight stopping places and chilly at the highest passes on the route. The weather is usually stable during the early summer and autumn months in the Pyrenees, but mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems and occasional rain and even stormy weather cannot be ruled out.


Rough Guide to the Pyrenees

Rough Guide to France

Lonely Planet – France


Michelin 1:150,000 series

342 Haute Pyrenees 343 Ariege – Haute Garonne 344 Aude, Pyrenees-Orientale



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Although I am a seasoned cyclist, all my serious riding has only been on Gran Canaria, so going on the Pyreneen advanture was a major step outside my comfort zone. When you’re conditioned to doing 500plus kms and 11k of climbing per week, to almost double that made me nervous to say the least!
However worry not as they say, once you got rolling it was great, the Guide kept a good pace and each day was a basketful of new sights to see. Lunch at the appropriate time by the road side kept us fully energized every day. You never really felt the distances go by.
One thing that was great was that the cycling specific info, distance grade etc that were signed on all climbs, made sure that you were fully informed and could match it up in your head to other climbs in other places, so that you could crack on with confidence.
The hotels too were unique and never did we go hungry, although the intake of French wine went up during the week!! Last day, we smelt the brine before we seen the sea,and although we were elated that we had done it, it was a sombre moment as we accepted that it was also over.
Would I do it again, absolutely!

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