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Crossing of the Pyrénées by bike: The Occidentale 7 days

From the Mediterranean to the Ocean

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795€/person

Presentation of your trip

Crossing the Pyrénées by bike: from the beach in Collioure to that of Saint Jean de Luz, you cross the entire French Pyrénées, from east to west, on your road bike. You will follow legendary Tour de France routes and pass over notable mountain passes (cols) to cross 5 Pyrénéen departments.
With each turn of the wheel, you get a little closer to the Atlantic, crossing an extraordinary variety of landscapes. Leave behind the beaches of the Mediterranean coast to cross the vast forests of Ariège. Next, you take on the peaks of the Hautes-Pyrénées to reach the lush, green slopes of the Basque Country. Finally, you arrive on the great beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. 

  • DestinationPyrénées
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip7 days and 6 nights
  • ActivitiesRoad bike
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details

Highlights

  • Fabled cols of the Tour de France
  • The most beautiful landscapes of the Pyrénées: cols, forests, gorges, plateaus
  • Created by a local agency who specialise in the Pyrénées and cycling
  • Accommodation on a half-board basis, 3 options to choose from

Complementary informations

  • 7 days, 6 nights
  • Options : In ‘gites’ or double bedrooms or high-end hotels

Program

  • Day 1

    From Collioure to Prades

    • Distance : 103 km
    • Elevation gain : 1800 m

    Level 2 : 91km – Positive Altitude Difference: 1230m :
    Col de Llauro (380m),
    Col de Fourtou (646m)

    Level 3A : 103 km – Positive Altitude Difference: 1800m : 
    Col de Llauro (380m), 
    Col de Fourtou (646m), 
    Col Xatard (752m), 
    Col de Palomère (1036m)

    Level 3B : 137 km – Positive Altitude Difference: 2565m : 
    Col de la Brousse (850m), 
    Col Xatard (752m), 
    Col de Palomère (1036m).
     

    Night in Prades.

  • Day 2

    From Prades to Ax les Thermes

    • Distance : 90 km
    • Elevation gain : 2900 m

    Col de Jau (1506m)
    Col de Garabeil (1262m)
    Col de Moulis (1099m)
    Col de Pailhères (2001m)


    OPTION : Col du Chioula (1431m), there and back : + 13km and 480m of positive altitude difference from the departure at Ascou


    Night in Ax les Thermes. (Possibility to visit the thermal spa if option selected).

  • Day 3

    From Ax-les-Thermes to Massat

    • Distance : 113 km
    • Elevation gain : 2500 m

    Level 2 : 74 km – Positive Altitude Difference: 1500m
    Route of the Corniches
    Col de Port (1250m)
    Col des Caugnous (947m)

    Level 3 : 113 km – Positive Altitude Difference: 2550m 
    Route of the Corniches
    Port de Lers (1517m)
    Col d’Agnes (1570m)
    Col de Cominac (930m) Les granges de Cominac.
    Col de Saraillé (942m)

    Night in Massat. 

  • Day 4

    From Massat to Luchon

    • Distance : 115 km
    • Elevation gain : 2690 m

    Day 4 : From Massat to Luchon 
    Level 2 : 105 km – Positive Altitude Difference: 1900m via St Girons
    Col de Portet d’Aspet (1069m)
    Col de Menté (1349m)

    Level 3A : 115 km- Positive Altitude Difference: 2690m 
    Col de la Core (1395m)
    Col de Portet d’Aspet (1069m)
    Col de Menté (1349m)

    Level 3B : 151 km – Positive Altitude Difference: 3700m
    Col de la Core (1395m)
    Col de Portet d’Aspet (1069m)
    Col de Menté (1349m)
    Port de Balès (1755m)

    Option to reduce Level 3B by avoiding the Col de la Core : 
    140 km – Positive Altitude Difference : 3115m

    Night in Luchon. (Possibility to visit the thermal spa if option selected).

  • Day 5

    From Luchon to Argelès-Gazost

    • Distance : 110 km
    • Elevation gain : 3200 m

    Day 5 : From Luchon to Argelès-Gazost 
    Level 3A : 110km- Positive Altitude Difference: 3200m 
    Col de Peyresourde (1569m)
    Col d’Aspin (1489m)
    Col du Tourmalet (2115m)

    Level 3B : 128 km – Positive Altitude Difference: 3760m
    Col de Peyresourde (1569m)
    Col d’Azet (1580m)
    Col d’Aspin (1489m)
    Col du Tourmalet (2115m)

    Night in Argelès-Gazost. (Possibility to visit the thermal spa if option selected)

  • Day 6

    From Argelès-Gazost to Larrau

    • Distance : 120 km
    • Elevation gain : 2400 m

    Level 2 : 115 km – Positive Altitude Difference: 1530m by small roads
    Lourdes
    Arudy
    Bager Woods

    Level 3A : 120 km – Positive Altitude Difference: 2400m
    Col du Soulor (1474m)
    Col d’Aubisque (1709m)

    Level 3B : 120 km- Positive Altitude Difference: 2820m 
    Col du Soulor (1474m)
    Col d’Aubisque (1709m)
    Col de Marie Blanque (1035m)

    Possibility to add the Col des Bordères (1156m) 
    Before Soulor : +8km and +330m of positive altitude difference.

    Level 3C : 144 km – Positive Altitude Difference : 3865m
    Col du Soulor (1474m)
    Col d’Aubisque (1709m)
    Col de Marie Blanque (1035m)
    Col de Labays (1351m)
    Col du Soudet (1540m)

    OPTION : Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin, there and back, starting from Col du Soudet : +9km and +255m of positive altitude difference.

    Night in Larrau.

  • Day 7

    From Larrau to Saint Jean de Luz

    • Distance : 109 km
    • Elevation gain : 1730 m

    Level 2 : 109 km - Positive Altitude Difference: 1730 m 
    Col d’Orgambidesca (1284m)
    Col Bagargiak (1327m)
    Col de Burdincurutchéta (1135m)
    Col de Pinodieta (176m)
    Col de Saint-Ignace (169m)

    Level 3 : 112,5 km – Positive Altitude Difference: 2030 m
    Col d’Orgambidesca (1284m)
    Col Bagargiak (1327m)
    Col de Burdincurutchéta (1135m)
    Col Gastigarlepoa (345m)
    Col de Pinodieta (176m)
    Col de Saint-Ignace (169m)


    Magical arrival in Saint Jean de Luz. 
    End of trip.

  • End of trip

Travel conditions

  • Food

    This is not the time to go on a diet! Instead, it is an opportunity to taste local cuisine and specialities. The quality of your food is paramount and we take great care to ensure a good dietary balance, sufficient calorie intake and that each meal includes local specialities.You will eat in the hotel.

    Picnics (for lunch) are not included.

  • Luggage

    For the formula with the assistance vehicle, you carry nothing except your groceries and water.  1 bag per person, maximum 15kg/bag.

  • Options

    • Physiotherapy: recovery session with a physiotherapist at the end of the stage,
    • Leader: a qualified instructor guides the group (+ sports advice),
    • Mechanic: a mechanic cycles is responsible for repairs during the circuit and maintenance of the bikes at the end of the stages.

     

  • Attendees

    The Crossing of the Pyrenees by Bike 7 days is accessible to groups of at least 6 people for the formula with luggage carrying and 8 people for the formula with assistance: the departure is free (consult us).

  • Accommodation

    3 formulas to choose from:

    Formula lodging stage: selected in particular for the quality of their reception, you find in the cottages a friendly atmosphere. Most often you share 4/6-seater dorms with other people.
    Sheets and towels to be provided in your luggage.

    Double room formula: you sleep in comfortable rooms for 2 people in hotels, guest rooms or cottages.  Bed linen and towels are provided.

    (Single room option - See rates)

    Upscale hotel formula: you sleep in comfortable rooms for 2 people in superior hotels (single room option – see rates): including 1 hotel**, 3 hotels*** and 2 hotels**** (Formula reserved only for groups and subject to availability):

    Day 1: Overnight in Larrau hotel*** at the foot of Pic D'Orhy where the view is beautiful. With its friendly welcome this house will transport you in the Basque tradition for an evening.

    Day 2: Night in Argelès-Gazost in hotel***. Characteristic establishment of the 30s built following a competition of architects. All rooms have mountain views.

    You can discover the Jardin des bains thermo-ludic d'Argeles-Gazost, and enjoy a relaxing moment for a pleasant recovery (optional).

    Day 3: Overnight in Saint-Lary-Soulan in a hotel***. Accommodation that cultivates the taste of modernity and the quality of a welcoming service. All rooms have a balcony overlooking the mountains. You can also enjoy the garden or the relaxation area (swimming pool, hammam, sauna and jacuzzi).
    You can also relax in 32° spring water in the thermo-play area, with direct access from the hotel (optional).

    Day 4: Overnight in Massat in hotel**. In order to keep the pace of roaming, we offer this friendly hotel** family. This friendly establishment, used to welcoming our cycling groups will welcome you with open arms.  

    Day 5: Overnight in Ax-les-Thermes in hotel*** on the banks of the Oriège. This establishment with its gourmet restaurant will welcome you and awaken your taste buds. Come and enjoy the warm, natural and relaxing thermal water that flows between 33 and 38° in the Couloubret baths (optional).

    Day 6: Night in Prades in hotel****. Charming accommodation with flower garden, swimming pool and nice view of the Canigou massif. You will enjoy a pleasant time in spacious and comfortable rooms.
     

  • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

    Meeting the first day in Collioure. Free meeting for groups.

    For arrivals by train or plane: appointment directly at Collioure or Perpignan airport.

    How to get there:

    By car: A9 then D914.

    By train: Collioure.

    By plane: Perpignan airport.

  • Accompanying

    Free bike with luggage carrying (for groups of 6 people or more):

    Equipped with the guidance material we give you: maps with highlighted route, GPS tracks and detailed topo-guide, you go alone to discover circuits designed by our team. The topo and the GPS fixed on the handlebars, you let yourself be guided by the indications prepared with care, for a maximum precision.

    Free bike with assistance vehicle (for groups of 8 or more):

    The assistance vehicle + bike trailer joins you at different times during the day stage, often at the top of the passes and transports your picnic, water, extra clothes and a complete toolbox in case of mechanical problem. You enjoy your day with a light bag or no bag. The driver of the vehicle also gives you advice for each step, helps you manage your effort, and can most of the time answer your questions about the region visited.
     

     

  • Options

    - 7 picnics (+€84/ person for the stay)

    - Tailor-made programme from the stages you choose yourself from 8 people,

    - Additional accommodation before or after the stay,

    - Single room supplement,

    - Customized high-end bike rental,

    - Transport of bike cases and hard bottom panniers, only for the formula with assistance vehicle with driver and within the limit of available places: +40 € / box

    - Accompanying programme (not cycling),

    - Transfer back to the car,

    - Free reception and parking in Foix, transfer to Collioure, and return to Foix at the end of the stay: 45 € per trip (90 € round trip) and per person (formula with driver subject to availability),

    - Airport reception and transfers (Toulouse, Bordeaux, Perpignan, Biarritz, Carcassonne, Barcelona), contact us.

    - High-end accommodation.

Dates and price

Information

Privatization of the stay:

For constituted groups, we adapt the level, duration, price and program on demand.

Contact us!

Free departure from

Price TTC per person

Freedom package with luggage carried by cabs - stopover gîte
Registration at 6 people795
Formula with assistance vehicle
Registration at 8 people930

Options

Accommodation option in double room during the whole stay (you share the room with another participant: +190€/pers

If you want to be alone in your room: + 140€/pers (to be added to the double room option)

Premium accommodation option (only for groups): +190/pers (to be added to the double room option)

If you want to be alone in your room upscale accommodation: +300/pers (to be added to the option upscale double room)

Package accommodation and navigation: we organize accommodation, meals, guidebooks, maps and GPS tracks and you make your own assistance and luggage transport, consult us.

- 6 picnics (+€105/ person for the stay)

- Tailor-made programme from the stages you choose yourself from 8 people,

- Additional accommodation before or after the stay,

- Single room supplement,

- Customized high-end bike rental,

- Transport of bike cases and hard bottom panniers, only for the formula with assistance vehicle with driver and within the limit of available places: +40 € / box

- Accompanying programme (not cycling),

- Transfer back to the car,

- Free reception and parking in Foix, transfer to Collioure, and return to Foix at the end of the stay: 45 € per trip (90 € round trip) and per person (formula with driver subject to availability),

- Airport reception and transfers (Toulouse, Bordeaux, Perpignan, Biarritz, Carcassonne, Barcelona), contact us.

- High-end accommodation.

The price includes

  • Accommodation
  • Half board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 7
  • The GPS tracks,
  • The digital topoguide,
  • The transport of 1 luggage per person of maximum 15kg,
  • For the formula with assistance vehicle: 1 vehicle LaRébenne + driver during the entire stay.
     

The price does not include

  • Accommodation the day before departure and at the end of the stay,
  • Drinks,
  • Personal expenses,
  • Picnics 
  • Personal bike equipment (helmets, gloves),
  • Bicycles,
  • The transport of bike boxes and hard bottom panniers (option only for the formula with assistance vehicle: +40 € / box),
  • Transportation to the meeting point,
  • The transfer back,
  • Insurance.

The destination

  • Pyrénées

    The Pyrenees! To summarize their beauty and diversity in a few lines would be vain ... From the green mountains of the Basque Country, to the wild lands of Ariège to the Catalan mountains with the scent of the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees are an invitation to travel.

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