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The Pyrenees to Paris

23rd to 30th July 2018

On this tour you will see all the Pyrenean mountain stages of the 2018 Tour de France including the deciding time trial in the Basque country before watching the finish in Paris. For those bringing bikes you will be able to ride famous Pyrenean climbs including the Col du Tourmalet. Like last year the 2018 Tour de France the Pyrenean stages will become the battleground for the final GC.

Join us in the Pyrenees in Bagneres de Bigorre or make use of our airport transfer from Toulouse. You will enjoy the stages in the Pyrenees including the final time trial in the Basque country before moving on to Paris to experience the final of the 2018 Tour de France on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

Our Tour to ride and watch the Pyrenean mountains stages is combined with the opportunity to enjoy stage hospitality on several stages.

Your tour vehicle will have a bike trailer especially designed to transport bikes fully assembled and there is also one of our customised minibuses on hand as a support vehicle for the various guided rides that we offer during the tour. Riders and spectators are welcome as we will offer a daily programme for both.

Bike rental:
Please note that we are unable to offer bike rental on this tour. We advise you to make contact with the bike shop next to the hotel Carre Py in Bagneres de Bigorre where we are staying and deal with them directly. Pyrenees Velo Evolution

Please contact us if you need help with this – contact us by email or call on +44(0)161 703 8161

Please note that we will be moving onto Biarritz on the morning of 27 July so you will only be able to rent the bike from 23 July (arrival day) until evening of 26 July so 3 full days.

The Pyrenees to Paris Tour Highlights:

  • 2018 Tour de France welcome pack with official Le Tour merchandise and the 2018 Tour de France Road Book
  • Stay in the heart of the action in Bagneres de Bigorre, Biarritz and Paris
  • Ride and watch the mountain stages in the French Pyrenees
  • VIP Access to the ‘Village Depart’ official Tour de France start village, ‘Relais Etape’ hospitality  and Finish hospitality experience for riders and spectators
  • Witness the final deciding time trial in the Basque country
  • Experience the final of the Tour on the Champs Elysees in Paris

The Pyrenean stages:

Tuesday 24th July, 2018 – Stage 16 – Carcassonne to Bagneres de Luchon:
The Tour will arrive in the old favourite in the Pyrenees, the village of Bagneres de Luchon. The stage will come to life in the final 70km. The first major hurdle is the Col de Portet d’Aspet with 5.8km at 6.8%. On the way down  the riders pass the monument in honour of Fabio Casartelli, who died in a crash on the descent of the Portet d’Aspet during the 1995 Tour de France. Next on the menu is  the Col de Menté with 7km at 7.8% and sections of up to 10%. After a technical descent and a quick sejourn into Spain the Col de Portillon comes at 10.5km from the finish. A fast descent decides the stage. Previous winners include Thomas Voeckler (2012), Michael Rogers (2014) and Chris Froome (2016).

Wednesday 25th July, 2018 – Bagneres de Luchon to St Lary Soulon:
Today’s stage is only 65km, however features three testing climbs, which includes a 16km summit finish. The first climb to the Montée de Peyragudes is 15km with the Peyresourde and the Peyragudes rolled into one. The Peyresourde is 14km long and last year Romain Bardet beat Mikel Landa and Chris Froome. After the Peyresourde, the riders tackle the Peyragudes and then they descend into Loudenvielle. The second climb is the Col de Val Louron-Azet (7km at 8.3%) and once in Saint-Lary-Soulan the riders face the tough Col de Portet with its 16km averaging 8.7%.

Thursday 26th July, 2018 – Pau to Trie sur Baise:
A day of respite for the riders and a final opportunity for the sprinters as the Tour leaves the Pyrenees for a flat stage.

Friday, 27th July, 2018 – Lourdes to Laruns:
A valley finish but still the hardest stage of the 2018 Tour de France as the riders face 200km and a whopping 4800m of climbing with the Col d’Aspin, Tourmalet and Aubisque.

Saturday, 28th July, 2018 – Espelette to St Pee sur Nivelle:
The countryside of the south-west, whether it’s in the Tarn or Aveyron region offers outstanding views. You will see the now customary aerial shots of the countless little valleys of the French countryside that are however tough on the legs of the riders.

Sunday 29th July, 2018 – Houilles to Paris Champs Elysees:
A sprinter’s dream is to make it through the whole of the Tour de France within the set time limits and then have enough left in the legs to win on the biggest stage of all; the Champs Elysees.

About the Hotels:

★★★ Carre Py’ Hotel Bagneres-de-Bigorre:
The 3-star Carré Py’ Hotel is ideally located in the Pyrenean resort of Bagneres-de-Bigorre, opposite the Pic du Midi mountain, in a large majestic park.

All rooms are equipped with flat screen TV and have free Wi-Fi. The bathrooms have showers and private toilets, hairdryers and welcome gifts. All rooms have spectacular views of either the mountain or the countryside.

In the morning, a continental buffet breakfast is served in a cosy dining room with its own fireplace. It is also possible to have breakfast in the garden with views of the Pic du Midi. Evening meals will be served in the hotel’s restaurant.

★★★ INTER-HOTEL Amarys Biarritz:
Located in the Heart of the Basque Country and on the outskirts of Biarritz the Hotel Amarys offers comfortable rooms with good transport links to the center of Biarritz.

All of the 75 rooms at the Amary have free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV with Canal+, quality bedding, a hair dryer in the bathroom and most rooms have a bath.

During your stay you can also make use of the in hotel bar and a restaurant which champions high quality, fresh local produce and freshly cooked traditional cuisine.


Monday 23rd July, 2018 – Arrival day:
As the riders of the 2018 Tour de France enjoy their rest day in Carcassonne, please arrange your own flight to Toulouse. There are numerous airlines that fly into Toulouse airport (book early to take advantage of cheap flights). We will meet you on arrival and take you to the 3 star Hotel Carre Py in Bagneres de Bigorre. You can use the time today to unpack your bike from its box as we are transporting your bike fully assembled. During this evening’s meal we will take the opportunity to go through the programme of the days to come. This is also a good opportunity to get to know your fellow group members.

Please note that we will run one airport transfer which will leave Toulouse at 15.00 so please ensure that you are there in time.

Tuesday 24th July: Carcassonne – Bagnères de Luchon:
Today’s stage:
The riders of the 2018 Tour de France enter the Pyrenees with a km stage from Carcassonne into Bagneres de Luchon.

Our itinerary...
We will make our way to the Izoard hospitality area in Bagneres de Luchon from Bagneres de Bigorre. It will take about 1 hour to get there and on arrival our official accreditation will mean that we can park near the hospitality area. For riders we will proposed a guided ride to Bagneres de Luchon.

For the cyclists...
We have a fantastic ride on the schedule today. The distance is 75km with about 1500 metres of climbing. From Bagneres de Bigorre we head over to Saine Marie de Campan and we will tackle the final section of the Pau to Bagneres de Luchon stage from the 2017 Tour de France. You will climb the Hourquette d’Ancizan, the Col de Val de Louron Azet and the Col de Peyresourde before arriving in Bagneres de Luchon. You will be supported by our minibus.
This is also tomorrow’s stage in reverse.

Izoard finishline hospitality:
The Tour de France sets up a limited number of areas located on course within the final portion of the stage. These have names like Izoard and Galibier. Access to these areas is usually reserved and by invitation only. You will see famous ex-cyclists, sponsors and team guests. Typically these areas are within 200 metres or so of the finish line. There is also a spectator friendly elevated viewing area. You will be served with drinks and snacks and there is a big screen to watch the LIVE action as it unfolds. After watching the finish, you will celebrate the victory with Champagne.

Wednesday 25th July, 2018 – Bagneres de Luchon – St Lary Soulan:
The stage:
The second Pyrenean mountain stage starts from Bagneres de Luchon and takes in the Col de Peyresourde, Col de Val Louron Azet and the Col de Portet. It is only 65km so very short but very intense.

Our location in Bagneres de Bigorre is excellent for accessing the stage as we are only 50km from Saint Lary.

Relais Etape Hospitality:
For both riders and spectators we offer the ‘Relais Etape’ experience. Enjoy a sit down lunch, a comfortable setting with a large screen to watch today’s deciding stage. The ‘Relais Etape’ is an area on the course of a Tour de france stage which takes the form of a small village in a prime position along the route, just a few kilometres from the finish line. We will accommodate a ride to this area for those who are cycling and spectators will be taken directly to the ‘Relais Etape’ to enjoy the day.

This inspiring package mirrors the excitement of the race and includes:

  • A clubhouse to accommodate all guests
  • Welcome aperitif and unlimited buffet
  • Entertainment and live coverage of the race on a giant screen
  • Champagne celebration of the day’s action
  • Tour de France gift

You can also watch the video so you know what to expect. We will again come back quite late so the evening meal is available at the hotel.

Thursday 26th July, 2018 – Trie sur Baise to Pau:
The stage:
Today gives the riders a bit of respite as we head out of the Pyrenees for a flat stage with finish in Pau. This will no doubt end up in a bunch sprint.

Our itinerary...
We will ride the Tourmalet today from Sainte Marie de Campan. This is a 100km ride with a finish in Pau in time to watch the finish today. Everyone can take the tour bus back to bagneres de Bigorre after the stage finish. The spectators can come and join us on the tour bus to Pau.

Friday 27th July, 2018 – Lourdes to Laruns:
The Stage:
The start of today’s stage is from Lourdes which is on our way to Biarritz. We will watch the start at the ‘Village Depart’ and afterwards continue to Biarritz.

Our itinerary...
We are moving to Biarritz today so you need to be in reception with your bags and bikes after breakfast so we can load the coach and bike trailer. Your bike will not need to be packed away as it will be transported fully assembled.

Village Depart in Lourdes:
The 2018 Tour de France entourage and organisation travel around with the riders. The team buses park within an enclosed and restricted area. An expo type village is created at the start of each one of the stages. It is usually here that everyone who is linked in any way to the Tour de France like TV, sponsors and celebrities from the cycling world will show themselves. Also local companies will be keen to show off their wares. Your VIP passes will give you access to the village and the rider’s paddock. If you into collecting autographs, this is the best place for it.

Saturday 28th July, 2018 – Saint Pee Sur Nivelle to Espelette:
A decisive time trial in the basque country.

Izoard finishline hospitality:
The Tour de France sets up a limited number of areas located on course within the final portion of the stage. These have names like Izoard and Galibier. Access to these areas is usually reserved and by invitation only. You will see famous ex-cyclists, sponsors and team guests. Typically these areas are within 200 metres or so of the finish line. There is also a spectator friendly elevated viewing area. You will be served with drinks and snacks and there is a big screen to watch the LIVE action as it unfolds. After watching the finish, you will celebrate the victory with Champagne.

Sunday 29th July, 2018 – Paris Champs Elysees:
Today’s itinerary...
After an early breakfast we will leave the hotel for the train station in Biarritz. You will take the train up to Paris. The first train is at 7h49 from Biarritz, arrives at Montparnasse at 12h08. So just on time for Champs-Elysées. If you have booked Berkeley hospitality which starts at 13h00 you will have to go directly when you arrive in Paris. Our tour vehicle will be in situ to meet you on arrival and take you to the Champs Elysees. You will see the final stage, which will be a late afternoon/ evening stage. During this stage it is possible to take advantage of the 2018 Tour de France official hospitality packages. if you book one of these then the ticket will be given to you during the tour. Paris Grandstand and VIP hospitality programmes.
We will leave you free to make your own arrangements for meals and transport back to the hotel this evening. Our guides will give you exact details on what public transport to take. It’s very straight forward.

Monday July 30th – Departure day:
After breakfast we will leave Paris. We offer transfers from the hotel to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at the following times: 07.30 and 14.00.

 

£1499 per person, based on two people sharing a room
£489 supplement for the single occupancy of a room

What’s included:

  • Arrival airport transfer from Toulouse and departure airport transfer from Paris Charles de Gaulle
  • TGV from Biarritz to Paris
  • 4 nights at Carre Py Hotel in Bagneres de Bigorre
  • 2 nights at Hotel Amarys in Biarritz
  • 1 night at the hotel Mercure Porte de Versailles in Paris
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 4 evening meals
  • 2018 Tour de France Road Book and merchandise pack
  • Exclusive Tour de France VIP access; Village Depart, Izoard finish-line and the ‘Relais Etape’ experience – Have a look at our videos to see what VIP access is all about
  • Minibus support vehicle
  • Tour vehicle with customised bike trailer
  • The services of our team of bike hosts
  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information
  • A safe pair of hands – More information
  • Bike storage at the hotels
  • All hotel taxes

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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.

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Important Information:

Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another traveller (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.

General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page: https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports. General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Click here for the latest travel advice for France, and click here for useful ‘know before you go’ information also from the FCO. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.

Travel Insurance:
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in cycling events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.

 

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