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.
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.
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.
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 picnic lunches
8 dinners (3 to 4 course menu)
|Sun 24 Jun - Mon 02 Jul||PYMB/01/18||€1955.00||2 more to guarentee|
|Sun 26 Aug - Mon 03 Sep||PYMB/02/18||€1955.00||Available|
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.
- 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.