Pyrenees Sea to Sea

Tackle famous passes in the French Pyrenees

On this bicycle tour, you’ll ride through the Pyrenees, crossing from Atlantic to the Mediterranean, summiting many of these famous cols and relaxing in the soothing thermal waters of Ax-les-Thermes. You’ll never forget your visit to the prehistoric cave in Niaux, known for its wall drawings, the pilgrimage site of Lourdes, or your hike through the glacial region of the Cirque de Gavarnie. This cycling adventure introduces you to the world of the French Pyrenees with a brief visit across the border into Spain. Get ready to test those legs and enjoy an exciting ride with Massimo as your guide!

Highlights

  • Stay in authentic and unique hotels and inns
  • Spectacular guided cycling tour of the most famous cols in the Pyrenees
  • A visit the cave of Niaux famous for the prehistoric wall drawings
  • Hike the famous Cirque de Gavarnie
  • Enjoy the famous thermal waters of the spa town of Ax-les-Thermes
  • Climb the famous Tour de France giant, the Tourmalet

Trip Details:

Biking Epic

Price: $5,495

Single Supplement: $900

Length: 10 days / 9 nights

Level: Advanced

Total Mileage: 471 miles

Daily Average: 59 miles

Terrain: Challenging climbs and exhilirating descents

Start/End Locations: St. Jean de Luz/Collioure

Trip Dates:

  • 07/12/18 - 07/21/18
  • 08/02/18 - 08/11/18
  • 08/30/18 - 09/08/18

Make this tour Private or for more information, call:

800.866.7314

Day by Day

St. Jean de Luz to St. Jean-Pied-de-Port

We meet at Hotel la Reserve in St. Jean de Luz at 9 am. After introductions and bike fitting we will venture out on our first ride of the day, crossing the border into Spain and riding through the Pays Basque to Saint Jean-Pied-de-Port.

St. Jean-Pied-de-Port to Oloron Sainte Marie

Our ride takes us along the border of the Pays Basque as we officially enter the amazing landscape of the National Park of Pyrenees. Then it’s time to test your legs on our first hors category climb up the col de Soudet, an ascent that will surely make you feel like a pro, tackling one of the longest climbs in this area.

Orolon Sainte Marie to Argeles-Gazost

begin the day with a challenging ascent to the top of Col de Marie-Blanque. Then, prepare to launch your attack on the Col d’Aubisque, one of the most famous climbs in the Pyrenees. End the day with an exhilarating descent towards Argeles-Gazost.

Argeles-Gazost to Bagneres de Luchon

Another epic day of riding continues on one of the oldest climbs ever featured in the Tour de France, the Tourmalet. Two more long passes on your way to Bagneres de Luchon.

Bagneres de Luchon or Rest Day

Relax at the hotel or visit the town of Bagneres. You also have the option to join us for a quick loop that features the Col de Portillon and a brief visit to Spain where you can practice your Spanish for about 10 miles before we cross the border and loop back into France.

Bagneres de Luchon to Tarascon Sur Ariege

We conclude our visit to the regional park of the Pyrenees Ariegeoises with another glorious day riding the challenging passes near the border with Spain

Tarascon Sur Ariege to Ax les Thermes

In addition to another great day of riding near Tarascon-sur-Ariege, you have the opportunity to visit the cave of Niaux. you can challenge yourself with the extra loop to the famous Plateau de Beille. Our final destination is Ax-les-Thermes, a spa town situated in the region of Midi-Pyrenees.

Ax les Thermes to Moltig les Bains

As we set out from Ax les Thermes, we will encounter two exciting climbs en route to Molitg les Bains. First, we’ll ride 11 miles up the Port de Pahileres, passing through Sainte Colombe sur Guette on our way to the Col de Jau. Our day ends in Molitg les Bain.

Moltig les Bains to Collioure

Our last ride takes us toward the sea. In the morning, we gain some elevation on a few short climbs and then slowly descend toward the ocean with a final 25 mile flat section with some gentle rolling hills as we approach our final destination - Collieure on the Mediterranean.

Departure

After breakfast, around 9am, we will hop in the shuttle for the 1 hour transfer to Perpignan airport to catch your next connection. The small airport of Perpignan is connected to Paris Orly with Air France and also London-Stansted with Ryanair.

What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Carbon bike equipped with Garmin Edge Touring GPS
  • Informative tour leaders throughout the program
  • Ciclismo jersey and water bottle

On The Tour

  • Van support
  • Celebratory drinks

Accommodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 8 dinners
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.

For a full listing, request a detailed itinerary!

Hotel les Pyrenees

The 4-star Hotel Les Pyrenees offers spacious rooms, all individually designed with contemporary decor. The large pool and garden of the hotel are surrounded by greenery.
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Chateau de Riell

The 4-star Chateau de Riell has a garden, restaurant, spa and bar. The chateau overlooks mount Canigou and free wifi is available.
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Les Relais des Trois Mas

The 4-star Les Relais des Trois Mas offers comfortable accommodations. The rooms offer a superb view of the Bay of Collioure and the church Notre Dame des Anges.
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Meet the Guides