Number Days: 7
Number Nights: 7 (see note below)
Start Location: Girona
Finish Location: San Sebastian
Total Distance: 594 kilometers ( 370 miles)
Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 7 packed lunches, 4 evening meals upon arrival in hotel each day (the other nights there are restaurants in the locality and you are left to explore the surroundings
Type of bicycle: This tour is only suitable for racing bikes
Please note that accommodation upon arrival in San Sebastian is not included. If you want to stay in San Sebastian and would like us to arrange accommodation please let us know.
Our guided trans-Pyrenees bike tour has been amended especially for 2018, and now passes over some of the most iconic climbs in the French Pyrenees just a week before Le Tour arrives, as well as our trusted route in Spain. It starts in Catalonian Girona and finishes in the beautiful Basque San Sebastian looking out over the Bay of Biscay. In between iconic climbs such as the Josa, Aspin, Tourmalet and the Aubisque are all obstacles to pass along the way, as well as the chance to discover the beautiful and historic villages set in the valleys between the peaks.
The trip passes through four Spanish autonomous communities as well as the French Haute-Pyrénées. The Spanish communities of the Basque Country and Catalonia, where we finish and start respectively, are the most independent-minded of all the regions in the peninsula, and a significant proportion of the population of each is minded to make a clean break completely. In between in Aragon and Navarre the tourism is slightly lower key in the picturesque medieval villages, creating an authentic feel. The French Haute-Pyrenees contains some of the most famous cycling cols, and the atmosphere will be building for the arrival of Le Tour.
The seven-day route on the trans-Pyrenees bike tour is classified as hard and there is almost constant climbing and descending as it crosses in and out of the Pyrenees and pre-Pyrenean range. Participants should be physically prepared to repeatedly cycle towards and over 100 kilometers a day with daily cumuluative altitude gain between 1,500 and 3,100 meters, while there are a couple of shorter days to rest weary limbs. Accommodation is in a mix of 3/4 star hotels and snug rural inns with a local charm. Throughout the trip a guide and support vehicle are on hand for this select tour to provide a level of flexibility, comfort and personal attention.
Day 1 – Transport to our start point of Banyoles, from where a moderate opening stage takes us through wooded, rolling terrain to the town of Ripoll. Accommodation is in a 3 star hotel on the edges of the town.
Distance: 65 km ( 40 miles)
Elevation gain: 1,500 meters (5,000 feet)
Day 2 – Today is the entrance to the high Pyrenees, and one of the hardest days of the tour. Following a moderate 40 km stretch the route snakes into the heart of the mountains on quiet roads, rising up to over 1500 meters twice with beautiful views of the surrounding area. Finally we descend to the charming mountain town of La Seu D’Urgell, gateway to Andorra, and our accomodation in one Spain’s beautiful Parador hotels.
Distance: 115 km ( 71 miles)
Elevation gain: 2,200 meters (7,200 feet)
Day 3 – Following the exertions of the day before just a single mountain today, but reaching one of the highest points of the week at over 1,700 meters. The the long descent brings us to the picturesque resort of Sort, from where we transfer over the border to Bagneres de Luchon where you can enjoy the natural springs for the afternoon.
Distance: 51 km ( 32 miles)
Elevation gain: 1,200 meters (4,000 feet)
Day 4 – The Queens Stage. The distance is not excessive, but the climbing will be as we tackle three of the toughest climbs in the Pyrenees one after the other. The Peyresourde is just the warm up act before the Aspin leads on to the legendary Tourmalet, before a long descent to our accomodation on the outskirts of the charming Luz-Saint Saveur.
Distance: 95 km ( 59 miles)
Elevation gain: 3,100 meters (10,100 feet)
Day 5 – A shorter day after the exertions of the day before, but a tough one nonetheless as one of the locality’s hardest and prettiest climbs is on the agenda: the Aubisque. Following the descent we transfer by vehicle back to Spain and the medieval city of Jaca, where we stay in a charming townhouse run by local family.
Distance: 66 km ( 41 miles)
Elevation gain: 1,700 meters (7,900 feet)
Day 6 – Leaving Jaca the route follows quiet mountain roads over a succession of lower, but challenging climbs. After the long previous days this is a shorter ride into the Basque part of the region of Navarre. The change in character is evident in the wonderfully picturesque stone mountain village of Isaba where we spend the night in a snug hostal.
Distance: 85 km ( 51 miles)
Elevation gain: 1,700 meters (7,900 feet)
Day 7 – The final day is a long and green one, heading towards the lush mountain slopes of the Basque Country. After a succession of taxing rises we finally crest a final mountain pass, and descend down through picturesque farmlands to the village of Ziga, and the end of the ride. Bikes are packed and we transport you to the beautiful coastal haven of San Sebastian. The city is famous as a genteel holiday resort, and for its pintxos, the Basque version of tapas. We leave you at the most convenient point for you to continue your onward journey, or at your accommodation if you have decided to treat yourself to a beach break to rest weary legs.
Distance: 117 km ( 60 miles)
Elevation gain: 2,400 meters (5,600 feet)
This bicycle tour is scheduled for the following dates.
Please find underneath the currently scheduled accompanied tours of this route. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to book a place on one of these tours.
|Start Date||End Date|
|Fri 13 Jul 2018||Fri 20 Jul 2018|
Price per person for 7 days cycling, 7 nights accommodation (based on shared twin room):
- 7 nights in shared accommodation (twin / double)
- Breakfast and packed lunch (7 days)
- Evening meal (each evening in hotel except in larger locations – 5 nights our of 7 days total)
- Support vehicle with guide (additional guide on bicycle for groups of 6 or more)
- Bike box transfer from start to end location
- Information on route and locality
- Cultural activities along the way
Single supplement € 225
Bicycle hire – racing bikes are available should you prefer not to bring your own. Please contact us to discuss options and pricing.