Starting from Biarritz on the Atlantic coast, and finishing seven days later in Perpignan on the Mediterranean coast, you will climb, among many others, the cols of the Tourmalet, Aubisque and Peyresourde. A total of 16 climbs, and 705 km of excitement and emotion await you on this Pyrenean cycling holiday.
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 west to east, from the Basque Country to the Land of the Catalans, 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.
Your days of cycling adventure in the Pyrenees will be followed by comfortable nights in bicycle-friendly, three and four-star hotels while dining on fresh, regional products prepared in traditional French restaurants known for the quality of their food and service.
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.
What is included?
-8 days/7 nights accommodation in quality 3 or 4 star hotels.
-Full-board (7 breakfasts, “en route” lunches and dinners) in quality restaurants
-Professional guides that know the routes (ratio of 1 guide for 4 guests)
-Transportation of your personal belongings throughout the eight days
-Snacks and drinks during your cycling holiday
-A Bike Basque gift bag with jersey, bottles, road-book etc.
-16 climbs in the Pyrenees
-12,000m of climbing
-692 km of cycling
Click on the Interactive Google Map link of the complete route.
|13th – 20th June 2020||CGCBB01||€1800.00||Available|
|19th – 26th July 2020||CGCBB03||€1800.00||Available|
|2nd – 9th August 2020||CGCBB04||€1800.00||Available|
|7th – 14th Septembre 2020||CGCBB05||€1800.00||Available|
|Single Supp all Dates||€300.00||Available|
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Biarritz. Flights should be booked outbound to Biarritz and inbound from Perpignan. 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: 300€ 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 Availability
Toulouse Airport Transfers – €150 per person (based on a minimum of 4 taking this service).
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.
Our hotel designed in a Neo-Basque style promises a calm and inviting place to stay.You will simply love all the charm of a hotel combining the traditional and the modern in the ultra comfortable surroundings that meet Best Western’s international standards. Bright and spacious, the hotel’s 49 rooms are split between the two face-to-face buildings and offer a natural and contemporary look and feel.
The Basque Country of Martine & Pierre Chilo
For three generations the Chilo family has been welcoming you to their large Soulet house with blue shutters. Behind this large, somewhat austere façade hides a warm house, with its comfortable bedrooms, living rooms with fireplaces, a beautiful garden with its swimming pool, a pretty terrace with a view of Ahargo.
CHEZ PIERRE D’AGOS HOTEL & RESTAURANTYour holiday at the gateway to the Pibeste Nature Reserve in the heart of the Argelès Valley begins with Chez Pierre d’Agos Hotel** and Restaurant in the little Pyrenean village of Agos-Vidalos.Built originally as a wayfarers’ inn in 1965, today it is a recently refurbished 68-bedroom hotel in a gorgeous setting with the Pyrenees as its backdrop.
The Aubiban family welcomes you in Arreau, in this former coaching inn from the 18th century.
The hotel has crossed the time to offer you today all the charm of an authentic home of character with family spirit and to assure you a stay any comfort combining modernity and mountain spirit.
In the middle of the Pyrenean Mountains, in the heart of the Natural Park, one minute away from downtown Saint-Girons, the Hotel & Restaurant Eychenne welcomes you with lots of smile in a cosy atmosphere.
Le Chalet, Gourmet restaurant and hotel ** is situated front of the park of the Teich, towers above the river Oriège in Ax Les Thermes .
Le Chalet, will know receive you for your wellness or sport stay in summer like in winter.
Under the sun of the Mediterranean, close to the beaches of Canet en Roussillon, near the exceptional architectural heritage of Perpignan’s city center, the Villa Duflot offers a unique holiday resort. At the heart of a wooded park where century-old olive trees, cypresses, eucalyptus and oleanders compete, nestle a 4-star hotel, a gastronomic restaurant, a spa, 5 seminar rooms, a coworking space and many spaces dedicated to your relaxation.