French Pyrenees

The yellow jersey of the Tour de France has often been decided during the climbs of the Pyrenees mountain passes. This mountain chain, a natural border between France and Spain, is a beautiful scenic area with a variety of harsh contrast landscapes. It is a fantastic ski destination in winter and spa/resort destination at all seasons. The mountains are much lower than the Alpes, but just as steep if not steeper at times! You travel from Argelès Gazost at the foot of Col d'Aubisque, Hautacam and Toumalet to Foix via Saint Girons and Luchon.

Price from : 1590 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Pyrenees
Duration : 7 Days / 6 Nights
Level : Pro
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :   Arrive in Argelès Gazost

You will have a phone orientation with our office. We will cover the cycling and route book materials, and help you get started right. Free time is yours to visit this charming spa & resort town. Stay in a beautiful hotel in Argelès Gazost.

Day 2 :   L'Aubisque & Hautacam

Distance 1 : 63 Miles - 102 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 3356 Meters 

L'Aubisque & Hautacam, from the hotel you don't have far to go before you start up these two famous routes of the Tour. The Aubisque and Soulor average over 7% with a good part over 8%. Returning back you have the option to go on to ride Hautacam. A 13km climb of about 8% brings you up to 1520m (4560 feet), a popular ski resort. Stay in the same hotel in Argelès Gazost.

Day 3 :   Col du Tourmalet

Distance 1 : 62 Miles - 100 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 2355 Meters 

The Col du Tourmalet via Bagneres de Bigorre and up past St Marie de Campan and La Mongie. With a long descent arrive at Luz St Sauveur and return to the hotel in Argeles for a very long day of cycling.

Day 4 :   Tourmalet, Aspin & Peyresourdre

Distance 1 : 69 Miles - 111 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 3491 Meters 

Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourdre at about 110km and 3300 meters elevation gain, this is a hard day over some classic climbs of the Tour de France. Finish in the charming town of Bagneres de Luchon. The long ascent of the Tourmalet is 18km at 8%! Stay in a beautiful hotel in Bagnères de Luchon.

Day 5 :   Cols Mente & Portet d'Aspet

Option 1 : 48 Miles - 78 Km  Option 2 : 70 Miles - 113 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 1541 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 2741 Meters 

2 ride options today - longer or shorter. Both options include the Cols Mente and Portet d'Aspet. The hardest points on the climbs go over 12%. Finish in St Girons. Stay in a beautiful hotel in Saint Girons. Breakfast.

Day 6 :   Col de Port & Col des Caougnous

Option 1 : 47 Miles - 75 Km  Option 2 : 72 Miles - 116 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 1701 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 2821 Meters 

A long and challenging day over some big climbs! Again over 2400 meters in climbing including the Col de Port and Col des Caougnous. A long and short ride option exist again to reach Foix. Once in Foix, you are back to a larger town with more sites and services. Stay in a hotel in Foix.

Day 7 :   Departure Day

Departure after breakfast – on your own; taxi to the Foix train station for connections in Toulouse. Additional days are possible and additional ride days can be arranged.

Average / Day :
Distance : 99.29 Km / 61.57 Miles - Elevation gain : 2572.29 Meters

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Day : 1, 2, 3

Argeles-Gazost, city of Pyrenees National Park, is the ideal starting point to discover most important attractions (Gavarnie, Cauterets, mystic mountain pass roads, Pyrenees Animal Park, Eagles' Dungeon...). It offer easy access to winter sports at main resorts like Cauterets, Luz-Ardiden, Barèges-la Mongie, and resorts for families such as Hautacam or to Nordic ski resort Val d'Azun or to feel peace before praying in Lourdes. Our chef, Pierre PUCHEU invites you to share his passion for Pyrenees in his restaurant Le Casaou. Using fresh market produce, he offers a delightful, gourmet, and amazing experience with moderate price.


Day : 4

The hotel is located in the heart of the famous spa-resort Bageres de Luchon, opposite the chusrc and within easy walking distance from the Allees d Etigny, the "champs Elysees" of Luchon


Day : 5

Hotel: Whether single, double or family suite, all our rooms are different. Decorated with antique furniture with the patina of history, they recall the ambience of family homes of yesteryear. Bathroom, television and free WiFi in all rooms. Animals welcome. Restaurant : Refinement, simplicity and taste meet in the chef's creations, whether for the fixed-price menus or "à la carte". Other than the fish which doesn't come from our Ariège mountains, our kitchen staff works with only the best fresh, local products. And wine lovers will be delighted with Michel Bordeau's fine cellar.


Day : 6

The Lons family have been running this Logis de France with loving care for over half a century. A former coaching inn, nestled in the heart of the Cité Comtale, it is only a five minutes walk from the Castle of Foix, the historic fortress reminiscent of the influence of such noble men as the Earl of Foix, Raymond Roger, Gaston Phoebus, or Henri de Navarre. A toll-free WiFi connection is available. At the back, the river Ariege gently flows into the Toulouse plains, overlooked by the Pech, where the Cathar path arrives. In the front, the Place Dutilh, formerly the Market square, unspoiled, with its old fountain and sixteenth and seventeenth century houses. Every morning, from 7 to 10 a.m., a buffet breakfast is waiting for you on the restaurant veranda. At the Reception desk, Sandrine or Jean-Baptiste will welcome you and answer all your enquiries, requests for touristic informations, bookings, taxi or hiring transport

Bikes available for your tour

Accessories


Hybrid & Electric Assisted Bike rental : Your bike comes with 2 bags (1 rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.
  • Rear pannier containing : Helmet / Lock / Pump / 2 Spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
Road bike :
  • Saddle bag containing : Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit / 2 Spare tubes / 1 Hand pump + Rear pannier
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
  • 2 souvenir water bottles

Roadbooks


Our road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions step by step (Cue-sheet). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.

GPS


GPS are included on all tours Since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
Rates vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.
Contact our sales team for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Included

  • 6 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 2 dinners included
  • Orientation by phone
  • Road bike rental included
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.

Price from & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Standard 1590 € 160 € 2260 €

This tour is available at any day from the 1st of May to the end of October.

*Please contact us for triple room rates

Options per person :
Road Bike Rental
    Standard Included
    Performance 170 €
    Premium 140 €


From Paris, take a train from the Montparnasse train station or CDG train station to Lourdes train station (8h). Or, take a direct flight from Paris Orly to Lourdes (1h20min). Once in Lourdes, take a taxi to your hotel in Argeles Gazost. Or, take a direct flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to Toulouse Blagnac airport (1h10min). Once in Toulouse, take connection train for Lourdes and then taxi to Argeles sur Gazost.