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European Cycling Holidays in France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. The BEST value tours on the market! Personalised, affordable, fun, challenging and social. Provence, Alps, Tour de France, Italian Lakes, Dolomites, Giro Climbs. A magical mix of challenging but social cycling in some of the most spectacular regions of Europe.  See the Tour de France 2017! 

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Bordeaux Barcelona and Tour de France 2016

2016 Tour de France Cycling Holiday - Bordeaux to Barcelona via the Pyrenees and Tour de France! See the Tour de France! Ride the Pyrenees! Tourmalet, Peyresourde, Aspin, Hautacam, Aubisque. Climb the famous cols of the Tour de France. Cycle in southern France and Catalan Spain. Cycling Holiday of a lifetime!

friday 1 - saturday 16 july 2016

This ride is timed to perfection, allowing us to watch crucial mountain stages of the 2016 Tour de France as it passes through the Pyrenees!
 
 
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DATES
Friday 1 July to Saturday 16 July 2016

 
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NIGHTS
15 | 8 Hotels + 7 Camping

 
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RIDING DAYS
14 (2 loop rides/optional rest days)

 
 
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AVERAGE ALTITUDE
1500m per day
(Options for less/more climbing available)

 
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AVERAGE DISTANCE
80-100km per day

 
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START / FINISH
Bordeaux, France - Barcelona, Spain

 
 

TOUR DE FRANCE
We stay 3 nights in the heart of the Pyrenees enabling you to watch highlight mountain stages

 
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MEALS
15 Breakfasts + 10 Afternoon-Teas + 8 group Evening Meals

 
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DIFFICULTY
This ride is rolling & mountainous. Arrive with a good level of fitness with climbing/hill training.

 
 

FAMOUS CLIMBS
Col d'Aubisque, Col du Tourmalet, Col d'Aspin, Col du Peyresourde, Col du Portillon, Port de Bonaigua

 
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COST
$AUD4890 pp twin share

$AUD450 single supplement

 

 
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INCLUSIONS
Click here for full tour inclusions and costs.

 
 
 
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OUR RIDE BEGINS IN BORDEAUX, EASILY ACCESSIBLE WITH MAJOR AIR AND RAIL LINKS THROUGHOUT EUROPE AND THE WORLD.
OUR HOTEL IS LOCATED CLOSE TO THE MAIN RAILWAY STATION and airport bus terminal FOR EASY ACCESS WITH BIKE BAG/BOX.

From Australia to Bordeaux

Options include a direct flight to Paris (21 hours from east coast Australia) followed by TGV (fast speed rail) from Paris airport to Bordeaux centre in 4 hours! Contact us or our recommended travel agent for information or assistance.

 
 

*Please note that the route may change slightly pending accommodation bookings.

Day 1

We ride out of Bordeaux along the Garonne river to the walled town of Cadillac for a morning coffee stop.  We cycle through the rolling vineyards of the Sauternes wine region, known for its famously sweet wines.  Our overnight stop is in Bazas, where we enjoy a welcome group evening meal.

DISTANCE 78km
ALTITUDE GAIN 400m
OVERNIGHT STOP Camping  
MEALS Breakfast + Afternoon Tea
+ Dinner

Check out more photos in our Bordeaux to Barcelona ride Photo Gallery.

Sauternes vineyards, Bordeaux Barcelona Day 1

Sauternes vineyards, Bordeaux Barcelona Day 1

 

Day 2

Another relatively flat day on the bike to warm the legs up.  We cycle through rolling farmland and stop for lunch at La Bastide d'Armagnac, a beautifully preserved medieval bastide town.  We visit the Chappelle Notre Dame des Cyclists, honouring greats of the Tour de France.  The region is also famed for its gastronomy, with opportunities to taste local specialities of foie gras and armagnac brandy.

DISTANCE 110km
ALTITUDE GAIN 600m
OVERNIGHT STOP Campground
in Aire sur l'Ardour
MEALS Breakfast + Afternoon Tea

Rolling along, Day 1 Bordeaux to Barcelona

Rolling along, Day 1 Bordeaux to Barcelona

 

Day 3

Today we ride in to the foothills of the Pyrenees.  We cycle through small rural villages and tackle our first short climbs of the trip to get our first views of the Pyrenees mountain range. Our overnight stop is in the pretty mountain village of Laruns, where we enjoy a group meal of traditional mountain cuisine and local wines. 

DISTANCE 105km
ALTITUDE GAIN 1500m
OVERNIGHT STOP TBC in Laruns
MEALS Breakfast + Afternoon Tea
+ Dinner

 

Day 4

Today we climb the famous Tour de France climb, the Col d'Aubisque (1709m).  It's a 17km climb from Laruns and the scenery  is spectacular!  We descend via the Col de Soulor.  Mountain goats amongst us also have options to climb the Hautacam and/or Luz Ardiden today.  We stay in the buzzing mountain town of Luz St Sauveur.

DISTANCE 66km
ALTITUDE GAIN 1700m
OVERNIGHT STOP Hotel, Luz St Sauveur
MEALS Breakfast
+ Afternoon Tea + Dinner

 
Climbing the spectacular Col d'Aubisque on Day 4

Climbing the spectacular Col d'Aubisque on Day 4

 

Day 5

Today we ride undoubtedly one of the most famous cycling climbs in the world - the Col du Tourmalet.  This hors categorie climb is 19km long with an average gradient of 7.4%.   It's an epic climb, steeped in history of the Tour de France.  After a sweeping descent through ski-villages we ride the Col d'Aspin to our overnight stop in St Lary Soulan.

DISTANCE 76km
ALTITUDE GAIN 2300m
OVERNIGHT STOP Camp
MEALS Breakfast + Afternoon Tea

 

Day 6

Today the spectacular mountain scenery continues - we are on quiet roads to beautiful lesser known Pyreneean climb of the Col du Val Louron Azet, which features in Stage 8 of the 2016 Tour de France.  We then tackle the famous Col de Peyresourde (1569m) with it's awesome hair-pinning descent to Bagneres du Luchon. "Luchon" is a cosmopolitan spa-town, celebrated for its thermal springs and with all the amenities one would expect in a resort town.  It is our base for the next 3 nights and we enjoy a hotel in the centre of town.

DISTANCE 50km
ALTITUDE GAIN 1400m
OVERNIGHT STOP 3 nights hotel in Luchon
MEALS Breakfast + Afternoon Tea

 
 

Day 7 + 8:  WATCH THE TOUR DE FRANCE

We have three nights and two full days in Bagneres du Luchon to watch the Tour de France as it passes through the Pyrenees.  Luchon is a cyclists paradise, surrounded by spectacular mountains and located at the foot of many famous Pyrenean climbs.  The town will be buzzing with atmosphere as it hosts a Tour de France Stage Finish during our stay.   On Friday 8 July, we will watch Tour de France Stage 7, to the Lac du Payolle as the race enters the Pyrenees and the climbers will begin to attack.  Stage 8 on Saturday 9 July is a great classic of the Pyrenees, 183 gruelling kilometres from Pau to Luchon, taking in the Col du Tourmalet, Hourquette d'Anzican, Col de Val-Louron-Azet and Peyresourde.  We will be up close to the action, cheering the riders on for this darling stage of the Pyrenees.  During our stay, there will also be opportunities for 'extra' climbs (Superbagneres ski station and the Port de Bales are just outside of Luchon) and also time to relax and soak up the atmosphere of the Tour.

 
 
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Day 9

We depart Luchon climbing the wooded Col de Portillon, crossing the border in to Spain!  Hola!  In Vielha we get to watch a Tour de France Stage 9 Start!  You can get up close and personal with the riders, amongst the team buses and cars.  We are in the Val d'Aran (Aran Valley), and have a final short climb to our overnight stop in Arties, a pleasant hillside village surrounded by 2000m high mountains.  We camp by the river and eat at a fantastic tapas bar. 

DISTANCE 45km
ALTITUDE GAIN 1200m
OVERNIGHT STOP Camp
MEALS Breakfast + Afternoon Tea

 
 

Day 10

Today we follow the route of the previous day's Tour de France.  We climb along the Aran valley, where stunning hairpin bends take us to the mighty Port de la Bonaigua (2072m).  It's a sweeping 30km descent beside the river Noguera Pallaresa, meandering through rocky gorges to Sort.  

DISTANCE 70km
ALTITUDE GAIN 1000m
OVERNIGHT STOP Camp
MEALS Breakfast + Afternoon Tea

our route closely follows stages 8 and 9 of the 2016 tour de france, taking us over 7 climbs of the tour route: tourmalet, aspin, hourquette-anzican, louron-azet, peyresourde, bonaigua & canto. this is pyreneean riding at its finest!  

 

Day 11

We depart Sort and climb the Col d'El Canto, also known as the Port de Canto.  A picturesque climb, it starts with a twisting ascent, with gradients of 6 to 7% before levelling off and offering stunning views of the Sierra del Cadi mountain range.  The descent to La Seu d'Urgell is fast and spectacular.  La Seu d'Urgell is famed for its fine cathedral and markets.  There are some fantastic restaurants and tapas bars or there's an optional additional afternoon ride in to Andorra.

DISTANCE 55km
ALTITUDE GAIN 1200m  
OVERNIGHT STOP Hotel
MEALS Breakfast + Afternoon Tea
+ Dinner

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Day 12 

Today we are on quiet mountain roads through the Sierra de Cadi mountain range.  The countryside has a remote and isolated feel, nothing but ourselves, the roads and the mountains.  We pass over the Col de Port and descend to the medieval town of Solsona, with a maze-like old town and gothic cathedral.  Today's ride has options for more/less climbing and we finish the day with a special group meal sampling Spanish wines. 

DISTANCE 100km
ALTITUDE GAIN Optional 1000-2000m  
OVERNIGHT STOP Camp
MEALS Breakfast + Afternoon Tea
+ Dinner

 

Day 13

We are riding through quiet rolling countryside, passing through small villages as we approach the spectacular rock formations of the Montserrat massif.  The highlight of the day is the mythic climb to the Montserrat monastery, with breathtaking views across Catalonia and to the coast.  We stay overnight in one of the Monastery buildings and enjoy a group meal together in the evening.

DISTANCE 90km
ALTITUDE GAIN 1200m  
OVERNIGHT STOP Hotel
MEALS Breakfast + Afternoon Tea
+ Dinner

 
 
 

day 14

Our final day of an epic ride from the vineyards of Bordeaux across the Pyrenees to arrive at Barcelona!  We roll through forested hills to arrive at Tibidabo lookout, high above Barcelona with birds-eye views of the city skyline, punctuated by Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and the Mediterranean! We descend to arrive in the heart of one of the world's most exciting cities.  It's a spectacular city to finish our journey and we celebrate with a group meal.  Our hotel is located in the centre of town, close to the famous Ramblas, Barri Gotic (Gothic quarter), Gaudi's famous creations, the Picasso museum and a short walk from Barceloneta and the beach.

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On Saturday 16 of July, you need to organise your own onward travel arrangements from Barcelona.   Barcelona has an international airport with flights to European destinations and the rest of the world including direct flights to Australia. There is a major railway station with fast-speed rail connections throughout Europe.  If you wish to stay in Barcelona for a few extra days, we can organise extra hotel nights for you.

Or why not join us for our Milan to Venice ride for an epic month long cycle holiday!? Read about how to join these holidays together here.

 
 
 
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TOUR COST IS AUD $4890 per person, twin share.
single supplement AUD $450.  

To secure your place in the ride we require;
EITHER a DEPOsit by BOOKING ONLINE or by CONTACTING WOR to arrange an EFT. 

 
 

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