Pyrenees Journey Bike Tour

Traverse France’s Untamed Frontier from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic

8 days / 7 nights Level: 4Price from: $4,395Collection: Challenge

Tour Highlights

  • Ride from the sunny shores of the Mediterranean to the lush hills of the Atlantic Ocean across the breadth of the untamed Pyrenees
  • Experience local culture and cuisine—refueling with plenty of beer—as you make your way through the wildly gorgeous Pyrenean Range
  • Cross the mighty summits of the Col du Tourmalet, Col du Peyresourde, Col d’Aubisque, and other climbs made famous by the TDF
  • Traverse dramatically distinct landscapes and diverse climatic conditions, from the French countryside to the hills bordering Basque country

Eat

Nourishing and satisfying Pyrenean fare to fuel our epic rides, including Roquefort and Rocamadour cheeses, rustic pain de campagne, Piment d’Espelette, and Spanish ham

Drink

Fine French wines from Bordeaux to Cahors, chestnut liqueur, and mountain varietals like Madiran, Irouléguy, and Jurançon

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  • Day 1

    Med to Mountains

    After an early pickup in Narbonne, take a short drive to the coast. We’ll fuel up and get fitted on our bikes before we start cycling across the Pyrenees. You’ll have a chance to dip your wheel in the Mediterranean, or sacrifice a white bull to the gods before we climb 991 meters above sea level to the Col d’Aussières. This ride puts us well into the mountains where plenty of higher passes await. Rest and refuel at our peaceful mountain hotel to prepare for another big day tomorrow.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Leucate, Sournia, Gincla
    Accomplished: 64 miles / 104 km, elevation gain: 2,311 meters
    Accommodations: Hostellerie du Grand Duc

  • Day 2

    Camurac and Luzenac

    Wake up and enjoy the tranquility of the French countryside. We still haven’t hit the big mountains just yet, and there probably aren’t a lot of 20-kilometer climbs like the one up to Col du Portet in your backyard. It’s only a 5% average grade, but no one will think you’re a hero for staying in your biggest chain ring, so save your legs. Enjoying the scenic castles, mountain villages, and 12,000-year-old cave paintings in Tarascon along the way is permitted. We are 100 kilometers closer to the Atlantic, but the High Pyrenees are looming.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Puilaurens, Axat, Tarascon-sur-Ariège
    Accomplished: 60 miles / 96 km, elevation gain: 1,777 meters
    Accommodations: Manoir Agnes

  • Day 3

    The Three Cols

    Add three major climbs to your col-lection. Today, the elevation profile says it all: three big climbs followed by a long descent to Saint Lary. First up is the Col de Port (16 kilometers at a respectable 5%), then Col du Saraillé (9 kilometers at 3.8%). It may not be one you’ll brag about at home, but we refuse to overlook the middle child. These roads are unreal, and you’ll have plenty of time to reflect on why you never want to go home on the epic descent to our bed and breakfast.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Blert, Castillon-en-Couserans
    Accomplished: 58 miles / 93 km, elevation gain: 2,372 meters
    Accommodations: L’Ancienne Bergerie

  • Day 4

    Port de Balès

    For the 2007 TDF, the tour organizers paved the last five kilometers of an old trail on the south side of Port de Balès to create this HC (beyond category) climb. Don’t let the easier grades at the beginning lull you into a false sense of security; this climb is 19 kilometers at an average grade of 6%, but the 12% ramps near the top are the real kicker. Be sure to refuel here because we still have the Col de Peyresourde to tackle. Tonight we’ll stay in Arreau, a quintessential French mountain town on the banks of the Louron.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Saint Larry, Arreau
    Accomplished: 64 miles / 104 km, elevation gain: 3,134 meters
    Accommodations: L’Hotel d’Angleterre

  • Day 5

    The King Stage—Tourmalet and Hautacam

    The Tourmalet needs no introduction. Both feared and loved by cyclists, it’s the most frequented climb in TDF history. First up is the Col d’Aspin before hitting the approaches to the Tourmalet. If this isn’t enough, from Argelès-Gazost, at the bottom of the descent, you can add on the Hautacam, another HC climb, considered by many to be the toughest in the Pyrenees. Or you can drink a beer in town and rest your legs. (We won’t tell anyone. What happens on a journey, stays on a journey.)

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Arreau, Argelès-Gazost
    Accomplished: 49 miles / 78 km, elevation gain: 2,915 meters
    Longer Option: 70 miles / 112 km, elevation gain: 4,085 meters (Hautacam)
    Accommodations: Hotel Miramont

  • Day 6

    Goodbye to All That

    Our last day cycling across the Pyrenees begins with the Col d’Aubisque. The Aubisque was part of the famous 1910 stage where Octav Lapize called the race organizers “assassins”. The Aubisque has been featured in the Tour de France 70 times since. It’s not exactly all downhill from here; the last two days of riding are tough (tougher than the first two). Rest up and enjoy some country hospitality on your free night in preparation for the final ride to the sea.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Laruns, Arudy, Montory
    Accomplished: 63 miles / 102 km, elevation gain: 2,861 meters
    Shorter Option: 60 miles / 97 km, elevation gain: 1,292 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Chilo

  • Day 7

    Ride to the Sea

    The nice thing about leaving the High Pyrenees is that there are no more famous climbs, so you may have a chance to rule the Strava segments here. Here we’ll ride on narrow farm tracks through the green hills of Basque country, reminiscent of the rolling hills of Ireland or France. We’ll make our re-acquaintance with sea level in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, a French fishing village on the Atlantic Coast. If you brought your own bike, you can throw it in the sea to celebrate. Congratulations, your cycling friends have all stopped following your updates. But beer tastes better than jealousy, so enjoy it. You’ve earned it.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Montory, Mauléon-Licharre, Saint-Jean-De-Luz
    Accomplished: 68 miles / 110 km, elevation gain: 1,800 meters
    Accommodations: Grand Hotel Loreamar

  • Day 8

    Farewell

    Sleep in and enjoy a decadent breakfast or enjoy an optional extra ride early this morning. You biked across the Pyrenees of France, why not keep on pedaling? Later in the day, catch a train on to your next destination.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Travelers Take Note

Our Journey tours are designed to reach small towns where hotel options are often limited and/or seasonal. Due to availability and routes, groups may sometimes be split between different properties, which are often of a bed-and-breakfast standard.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Barcelona, Spain or Paris, France
Pick-Up Location: 8:00am at the Clarion Suites Ile Du Gua in Narbonne

Depart

Airport City: Barcelona, Spain or Paris, France
Drop-Off Location: 10:00am at the St. Jean de Luz Train Station

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2018Single Supplement From: $650

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region in ideal riding locations
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, and 6 cyclist-friendly dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Nutritious energy snacks, hydration, and shakes to support endurance and recovery
  • Local wines and beer with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line Cannondale carbon fiber road bike
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS with pre-programmed route maps

Support

  • Expert bilingual guide with extensive cycling experience and local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Laundry service provided mid-week
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

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SuperSix EVO SRAM Red

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road