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  • Pyrénées 
  • Spain 

Crossing the Spanish Pyrénées by bike

From the Mediterranean to the Ocean

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1070€/person

Presentation of your trip

Starting in Collioure, you will cross the Pyrénées to reach St Jean de Luz. However….pack your French-Spanish dictionaries as you will be cycling on the Spanish side of the mountains!
From the beaches of the ‘Grande Bleue’ to the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean, you will discover the Pyrénées from another perspective ! Passing over the most beautiful mountain passes (Cols), landscapes and Spanish roads. From the Sierra de Cadi to the Hecho Valley, uncover a different Pyrénéen landscape during the course of the this Spanish excursion.

9 unforgettable days of a legendary crossing by bike.
 

  • DestinationPyrénées, Spain
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip9 days and 8 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

  • The most beautiful routes and mountain passes of the Spanish Pyrénées
  • Arrival at the ocean in St Jean de Luz
  • Accommodation in a double bedroom on a half-board basis, including 5 nights in a three star hote

Complementary informations

  • 9 days 8 nights including 8 days by bike
  • In ** & *** hotels or hostels

Program

  • Day 1

    From Collioure to Ripoll

    • Distance : 115 km
    • Elevation gain : 1590 m
    • Type of accommodation : HotelHostal

    Meet in the beautiful Catalan village of Collioure.
    Leave the Mediterranean beach behind and set off to tackle the Pyrénées and the border.
    Passing over the Col (mountain pass) d’Ares via the Vallée de la Preste. Arrival in Spain. Night in Ripoll in *** hotel on a half-board basis (or in a hostel).

  • Day 2

    From Ripoll to Gosol

    • Distance : 60 km
    • Elevation gain : 1400 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Start with a gentle climb to the Coll de Merolla (1090m). Next, starting in the Berga Valley, you enter the legendary Serra de Cadi massif, via a beautiful route that leads you to the mountain village of Gosol. Night in Gosol in a ** hotel on a half-board basis. 
    For a little extra:  Option to do the Col de Pradell (66km and 2000m AD+).

  • Day 3

    From Gosol to Sort

    • Distance : 98 km
    • Elevation gain : 1900 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    The first section of this stage involves crossing a pine forest, so typical of the Mediterranean region, to reach the Coll del Canto. Then, from the Noguera Valley, a beautiful but steep climb up an isolated road, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, to arrive at the the Coll de Creu de Perves.
    Night in Sort in a ** or *** hotel on a half-board basis.
    To do a little extra: Option to climb back up through the Noguera Pallaresa Valley.

  • Day 4

    From Sort to Pont de Suert

    • Distance : 60 km
    • Elevation gain : 1300 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    To do a little extra: Option to climb back up the beautiful Vall de Boi Valley towards Les Encantats.

  • Day 5

    From Pont to Suert à Ainsa

    • Distance : 84 km
    • Elevation gain : 1770 m

    This mountain stage takes in the beautiful landscapes of the Massif de la Maladeta and the Pic d’Aneto , along with the Cols de Espinas and Col de Fadas. A second, faster part transports you through the impressive Gorges de Congosto de Ventamill, as well as the Coll de Foradada. 
    Then it is on into the Ordesa National Park where you arrive in the medieval city of Ainsa.

  • Day 6

    From Ainsa to the Monasterio de Viejo de San Juan de la Pena

    • Distance : 100 km
    • Elevation gain : 2050 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hostal

    A really beautiful stage that starts with a crossing of the Sierra de Guara. Then, following the course of the River Gallego, climb up onto the timeless, forest-covered plateau to arrive at the famous Monastère de San Juan de La Pena. 
    Transfer (1h) to Roncal and night in a hostel. 

  • Day 7

    From Roncal to Roncevaux

    • Distance : 72 km
    • Elevation gain : 1650 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    In the morning, a climb through the Sierra de San Miguel to the Collada de Arièros awaits you ! Then, continue up the Valle del Roncal to the Portillo de Lazar. The first hint of the Basque Country appears.  You arrive, at the end of the day, at Roncevaux, a famous stop on the route of the Saint Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage. Night in a *** hotel on a half-board basis.

  • Day 8

    From Roncevaux to Saint-Jean-de-Luz

    • Distance : 108 km
    • Elevation gain : 1650 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Starting in the beautiful Basque countryside, you pass through either the Aldudes or Baztan Valley. Pass by the Puerto de Artesiaga or the Collado de Urkiaga and the Baztan Valley. Then on to the Puerto de Otxondo which leads you in turn to the Col de St-Ignace and France. Finally, you pass through the French Basque Country to arrive at the ocean. Night in St Jean de Luz, dinner and stay in *** hotel on a half-board basis, 300m from the beach.

  • Day 9

    Saint-Jean-de-Luz

      End of trip.

    • End of trip

    Travel conditions

    • Formalities

      • Passport or ID is compulsory
      • We recommend getting a European Health Insurance card (check with the NHS) 
      • Repatriation insurance is compulsory
    • 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.

       

    • Luggage

      You only carry the business of the day and the picnic. Luggage is carried by vehicle (or assistance vehicle). 1 piece/person and limited to 15kg/piece.

    • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

      Departure from Collioure

      How to get there:
      By car: To Perpignan by highway A9. Then take the direction of Collioure D914.
      By train: Perpignan or Collioure train’s stations.
      By plane: Perpignan airport and shuttle to the train station.
       

    • Plane

      - Either you buy your plane ticket yourself, only when we have confirmed in writing the departure of your trip.

      - Either we book your plane tickets for you.

    • 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

      8 nights half board, double room: 6 nights in hotel ** and ***. You sleep in comfortable rooms of 2 people in hotels. Bed linen and towels are provided. A bathroom is reserved for you. 2 nights in Hostal: equivalent to a hotel * or ** stars in France.

    • Difficulty level

      You have a good physical condition, practice at least once a week road cycling over long distances. Stages from 60 to 115km per day with positive gradients from 1300 to 1900m per day.

    • Options

      • 7 picnics (€120/ person for the stay),
      • Customized program from the steps you choose yourself from 8 people,
      • Additional accommodation before or after the stay,
      • Single room supplement,
      • High-end bike rental on measure,
      • Transport of bike cases and hard bottom panniers, only for the formula with assistance vehicle and within the limit of available places: +40 € / box
      • Accompanying program (not cycling),
      • Transfer back to the car,
      • Welcome and free parking in Foix, transfer to Collioures, and return to Foix at the end of the stay: + 45 € per trip and per person (formula with assistance subject to availability),
      • Airport reception and transfers (Toulouse, Bordeaux, Perpignan, Biarritz, Carcassonne, Barcelona, Pamplona), contact us.
    • Accompanying

      Two formulas to choose from:

      • Bike in freedom with carrying luggage (for groups made from 6 people).
        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 and driver (for groups of 8 or more people).
        The assistance vehicle + bike trailer or roof rack joins you at different times during the day stage, often at the top of the passes and transports your picnicwater, extra clothes and a complete tool box in case of mechanical problems. 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.
    • Food

      No question of dieting during your stay but it is rather an opportunity to taste the local cuisine. We attach great importance to the quality of food: dietary balance, energy intake and specialty of the country are the ingredients of each meal.
      Picnics are not included in the price. Every day, you have the opportunity to prepare your picnics. Either you (or the logistician) buy everything you need at each step, or you order your picnic the day before from the host (subject to availability).

    Dates and price

    Information

    For groups, we adapt the level, duration and program on request. Contact us!

    Possibility of quality road bike rental: see our dedicated page for more information.

    Free departure from

    Price TTC per person

    Freedom package with luggage transport by cab
    Registration at 6 people1070
    Formula with assistance vehicle and luggage carrying
    Registration at 8 people1260

    Options

    Single room supplement: +150€/pers

    The price includes

    • Accommodation,
    • Maps, topo-guide and GPS tracks,
    • Half board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 9,
    • The transport of 1 bag per person,
    • A technical t-shirt in the colors of the LaRébenne crossings offered,
    • For the formula with assistance vehicle: 1 vehicle 9 seats + driver + bike trailer during the entire stay.

    The price does not include

    • Accommodation the day before departure,
    • Drinks,
    • Personal expenses,
    • Picnics (€ 120/ person for the stay),
    • Personal bike equipment (helmets, gloves),
    • Bicycles,
    • Transport of bike cases and hard bottom panniers (only for the formula with
    • Assistance vehicle): +40€ / per 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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