TDF Pyrenees to Paris Bike Tour

Epic Cols in the Pyrenees and Chasing the Yellow Jersey from Bordeaux to the Champs-Élysées

7 days / 6 nights Level: 4Price From: $6,595Collection: Challenge

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle two HC climbs in the Pyrenees, including the Col du Tourmalet and Col de Portet—both featured in this year’s TDF route
  • Follow the peloton to Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux’s beloved wine region (and the setting for Stage 20’s Time Trials)
  • Enjoy VIP access or an exciting roadside perspective at four live stage viewings, including the extra-festive Stage 17 mountaintop finish on the Col de Portet which falls on Bastille Day
  • Take a front row seat to the TDF’s grand finale with VIP passes in Paris
  • Benefit from a guaranteed small group size of 10 guests maximum, led by guides who know pro cycling, history, and French culture like the backs of their hands

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 (plus a sweet treat in Saint-Émilion: macarons)

Drink

Well-rounded and fruity Merlot blends in Pomerol and Saint-Émilion

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Fireworks over the Eiffel Tower on July 14, 2011
Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Bienvenue!

    Welcome to France! Your guides will meet you at your hotel or the airport in Tolouse for a short transfer to Saint-Lary-Soulan, our home for the next two nights. Settle in at Hotel Mir before a bike fitting and safety review. For our first ride of the week, we head into the Pyrenees and climb the Col Hourquette d’Ancizan, a hidden gem of pavement that ascends into a mountain meadow. Loop back via the western front of the Col d’Aspin and through the mountain town of Arreau. During this evening’s chalet dinner, raise glass to the TDF and the epic cols just waiting to be conquered. Tomorrow, the TDF arrives at our doorstep!

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Col Hourquette d’Ancizan, Col d’Aspin, Arreau
    Accomplished: 38 miles / 61 km, elevation gain: 5,485 feet / 1,672 meters
    Accommodation: Hotel Mir

  • Day 2

    Bastille Day: Stage 17

    There’s a festive feeling in the air between Bastille Day and the much-anticipated arrival of the TDF in the Pyrenees. Today we’ll ride the last 23 miles of Stage 17 ahead of the peloton, previewing the race’s first major mountain stage. Tackle the Col de Lançon first, then rise high above the valley as we climb the Col d’Azet. We’ll finish on the Col de Portet, the highest pass in the French Pyrenees: a solid 17 kilometers of climbing at an average grade of 8.3%. This is where the Tour’s GC contenders will battle to gain seconds. It’s a crucial moment of the 2021 TDF, and we’ll be watching it all with VIP access. The pros may be duking it out, but we’ll be toasting with cold beers, catching replays on the big screen, and cheering as the day’s victors emerges. The VIP village is a mere 10 kilometers from our hotel, so breeze back down the mountain on our bikes before reliving the day’s excitement over dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Col de Lançon, Col d’Azet, Col de Portet
    Accomplished: 39 miles / 62 km, elevation gain: 8,884 feet / 2,708 meters
    Accommodation: Hotel Mir

  • Day 3

    Battle on the Col du Tourmalet

    Fuel up at breakfast, because today we conquer a truly iconic climb. Cycle to the base of the Col d’Aspin and begin our ascent even higher into the Pyrenees until we reach the Col du Tourmalet. At 2,150 meters, the Tourmalet needs no introduction: both feared and loved by cyclists, it’s the most frequented climb in TDF history. We’ll head up the west side, where nearly 19 kilometers average a 7.4% grade. There’s no shame in taking a breather at the top, since the team captains are on our heels as they prepare for another epic battle to conquer the mountain on this very same climb. Tourmalet is teeming with TDF ambiance: fans in funny costumes, shirtless spectators, and messages scrawled on the pavement. After all, it’s not just a celebration of the TDF, but of cycling itself! When the race passes, we’ll ride down the west side of the col and catch a bike path that follows the Ousse river right to our hotel in Lourdes. Treat yourself to a well-earned massage, a power nap, or a stroll around town. Tonight, you’re free to find a restaurant in Lourdes that appeals to you (or our guides are glad to make a recommendation).

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Le Sarrat de Bon, Col du Tourmalet, Lourdes
    Accomplished: 62 miles / 101 km, elevation gain: 7,224 feet / 2,209 meters
    Accommodation: Grand Hôtel Gallia Chapelle & Spa

  • Day 4

    Aubisque and Reward

    For our last day in the Pyrenees, we’ll begin with a little amuse-bouche, so to speak. The Col du Soulor is a great way to work up our appetites for today’s main course—the Col d’Aubisque. The Aubisque is well known in TDF lore: in 1910, its inclusion in the race prompted French pro Octav Lapize to label the race organizers as “assassins.” Aubisque, the killer, has been featured in the Tour de France some 70 times since. We’ll wrap up our ride in the the town of Laruns and have lunch in the main square. Reanimate your legs with a hot shower, then freshen up before our transfer to Saint-Émilion. This Bordeaux town is of course famous for its wine, but we’ll watch as history is made here during the last Individual Time Trial before Paris. Tonight, we’re treated to a fine dinner and a taste of the region’s coveted wine. Rest up for a big day tomorrow, when we cross paths with the TDF one final time for the Tour’s last dramatic stage!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Argelès-Gazost, Col d’Aubisque, Laruns
    Accomplished: 37 miles / 60 km, elevation gain: 5,311 feet / 1,619 meters
    Accommodation: Château du Palanquey or Château Franc Mayne

  • Day 5

    Saint-Émilion Time Trial: Stage 20

    Saint-Émilion, c’est magnifique! There will be time this morning to stretch your legs with a stroll around the château grounds, but the highlight of the day is the Stage 20 TT. We’ll cover some of the course as we ride through the region’s rolling vineyards, and we’ll also cycle past some of the most important estates on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. After a relaxing vineyard lunch, head back to the hotel and watch with bated breath who will cross the finish line first in Paris tomorrow. This evening, we have much to celebrate at an exclusive wine-paired dinner in Saint-Émilion. Bon Appétit!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes
    Accomplished: 32 miles / 52 km, elevation gain: 1,292 feet / 394 meters
    Accommodation: Château du Palanquey or Château Franc Mayne

  • Day 6

    VIP Finish in Paris

    If you’re up for it, take one last early morning ride through Saint-Émilion before we board a high-speed train to Paris and settle into our grandstand seats. The City of Light is the center of the cycling world as the TDF crosses the ultimate finish line on the Champs-Élysées. We’ll be front and center with VIP passes to witness the world’s greatest sprinters duke it out for one last shot at glory and watch the maillot jaune-wearer sip a glass of champagne as he spins to victory. Tonight, we celebrate our own victories in the Pyrenees with a memorable only-in-Paris dining experience.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Paris
    AccommodationHôtel Bel Ami

  • Day 7

    Au Revoir Paris

    Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and reflect on all the spectacular moments from the past week of the TDF. Our guides will make sure your transportation is arranged to head off to your next destination from the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast

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



Arrival Details

Airport City: Toulouse, France Pick-Up Location: Pre-night hotel in Toulouse or Toulouse airport Pick-Up Time: 8:30 or 9:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Paris, France Drop-Off Location: Hôtel Bel Ami, Paris Drop-Off Time: 10:00 am
Travelers Take Note

In order to follow the race stages, this itinerary includes a three- to four-hour van transfer on Day 4, and a three-hour transfer by train on Day 6. Due to the unpredictability of road closures surrounding the TDF, day-of logistical changes may be required.

Please note that electric assist is not available on this tour.

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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 5 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

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

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
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Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra Di2

Manufacturer: Cannondale

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