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TDF Pyrenees to Paris Bike Tour

Chasing the Yellow Jersey: Iconic Climbs to Paris

7 days / 6 nights Level: 4Price from: $5,995Collection: Challenge

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle some of the most famous cols in the Pyrenees, including the Tourmalet, Aubisque and Hautacam
  • Stay right where stage 17 finishes on the Col de Portet—the first hilltop finish in the Pyrenees
  • Attend two mountain stage viewings: one with VIP access at the Col de Portet, and a second on the Col d’Aubisque
  • Take a front row seat to the TDF’s grand finale with VIP passes in Paris
  • Benefit from access to riders through VIP passes or DuVine’s insider connections

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

    Bienvenue!

    Your guides will meet you mid-morning in Tarbes for a short transfer. After a light lunch, bike fitting, safety talk, and route review, it’s time to saddle up our bikes and start pedaling. Today’s agenda; two (yes, two) cols to get us into mountain goat mode. First we tackle the Lac de Cap-de-Long: the views are spectacular as we pedal past two dams—and don’t even get us started on the switchbacks! Our second col of the day is the Col de Portet, the hilltop finish of stage 17. We’ll follow it all the way up to our hotel, then regroup for dinner in town. At our favorite local restaurant, we’ll raise a glass to the TDF and the epic cols waiting to be conquered!

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Saint-Lary-Soulan
    Accomplished: 37 miles / 59 km, elevation gain: 1,878 meters
    Shorter Option: 28 miles / 46 km, elevation gain: 1,220 meters
    Accommodation: Hôtel le Christiania

  • Day 2

    TDF on Our Doorstep: Stage 17

    The TDF has arrived right at the doorstep of our hotel, with campers lining the road and fans flying their flags high. Enjoy an early morning spin up and down the mountain as thousands of fans find the best viewing spots along the route. Our hotel is at the mid-way point, and our passes put us right in the VIP area with big screens and the riders coming to a finish right beneath our noses. The stage is one of the shortest in TDF history at a mere 65 kilometers, but it’s a grueling and punchy one designed to shake up the classification. The finish is on Col de Portet with 17 kilometers at an average gradient of 8%. Tonight we return to the hotel’s restaurant to wind down on all the action over dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Saint-Lary-Soulan
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 41 km, elevation gain: 1,272 meters
    AccommodationHôtel le Christiania

  • Day 3

    Col d’Aspin and Tourmalet

    The Tourmalet needs no introduction, but since the TDF will be passing tomorrow, today’s climb feels a little more momentous—almost as if the fans who’ve started to camp out are there to cheer us on. Both feared and loved by cyclists, the Tourmalet is the most common climb in TDF history. We warm up on the Col d’Aspin before hitting the approaches to the Tourmalet. Break for lunch on top of the Tourmalet, where even the restaurant is in the TDF spirit, its walls enshrined with legendary jerseys. Descend all the way down to Lourdes, where we spend our evening about town and joining together for a well-earned meal.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Arreau, Lourdes
    Accomplished: 67 miles / 108 km, elevation gain: 2,139 meters
    Accommodation: Hôtel le Christiania

  • Day 4

    TDF on the Aubisque: Stage 19

    Today, you’ll see why the Col d’Aubisque is one of our favorites in the Pyrenees—especially since it’s where we’ll witness one of the Tour’s most grueling stages. This is the final mountain of the race, with two HC (beyond category) climbs included in the four cols. It’s a major day where one mishap could end years of hard work and training, and we’ll have a front row seat when the pros are made or broken. After the peloton passes, we ride on their heels back to our hotel in Lourdes. Tonight, compare notes over dinner at a favorite restaurant of your guides.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Argelès-Gazost
    Accomplished: 44 miles / 71 km, elevation gain: 1,604 meters
    Accommodation: Grand Hôtel Gallia & Londres

  • Day 5

    Col de Spandelles and Hautacam

    Rise and shine! It’s our last day in the mountains, and we’re setting out on an undulating one-lane road that carves through the mountainous countryside with almost no traffic. Pedal up the Col de Spandelles and take in the incredible views on all sides before arriving in Argelès-Gazost. If you haven’t reached your goal for the day, collect a few more kilometers by adding on the Hautacam. This HC climb is considered by many to be the toughest in the Pyrenees. If you prefer to take it easy, pedal to Lourdes and drink a beer in town. Tonight is yours to discover Lourdes, and your guides are happy to recommend a restaurant for dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Argelès-Gazost, Lourdes
    Accomplished: 47 miles / 75 km, elevation gain: 1,216 meters
    Longer Option: 66 miles / 106 km, elevation gain: 2,229 meters
    AccommodationGrand Hôtel Gallia & Londres

  • Day 6

    VIP Tickets in Paris: Stage 21

    This morning we take a high-speed train to Paris and settle in to our Grand Stand seats. The City of Light is the center of the cycling world as the TDF crosses the ultimate finish line at 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 over the Alps at a renowned fine dining destination in Paris.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations
    : Paris
    Accommodation: Hôtel 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, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Paris, France
Pick-Up Location: 9:00am at your hotel in Tarbes

Depart

Airport City: Paris, France
Drop-Off Location: 11:00am at the Hotel Bel Ami, Paris

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2018Single Supplement: $850

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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

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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