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Pyrenees Cycling Holiday

3 nights from £295.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Follow in the footsteps of your heroes with some of the most iconic cycling in Europe
  • Tackle cols made famous by Le Tour de France including Tourmalet, the Aubisque, the Soulor and many more
  • Pristine landscapes and idyllic valley rides
  • Relax in traditional French towns and explore the areas rich culture between rides
Pyrenees Cycling Holiday
3 nights from £295.00
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WE LOVEFollowing in the Cycle Tracks of Legends
The Pyrenees is one of the most famous cycling destinations in the world. Experience climbs made famous by Le Tour, ride the roads that have been battlegrounds for the yellow jersey and immerse yourself in French cycling culture.
WE LOVEThe Views
Whether you're climbing mountains or riding through valleys, there are stunning views everywhere you look in the Pyrenees. Lac d'Estaing is a beautiful place to ride to whilst the views from the mountain peaks are unsurprisingly awe-inspiring.

What's Included

Our suggested Pyrenees Cycling Holiday

Day 1Arrival in Argelès-Gazost

Fly into Lourdes, Tarbes or Toulouse and you will be picked up and transferred to Argelès-Gazost. Situated in the heart of the Valley of the Great Sites, this is the perfect base for a cycling holiday with access to all the major climbs including the Tourmalet, Hautacam, Aubisque, Soulor and d’Aspin.

Collect your bicycle today, take in the surroundings and relax in your hotel before the riding begins tomorrow. If you have time when you arrive, head out on the bike and get a taste for the Pyrenees.

Day 2Lac d'Estaing

Today will be the perfect introductory day to cycling in the Pyrenees. Following a delicious breakfast at your hotel, jump on the bike and head south towards Estaing. The ride will follow a gradual, but not very steep, incline as you ride up to the famous Lac d’Estaing. Take a minute to stop by the lake, a popular tourist spot, before continuing your ride.

Depending on how far you’re looking to cycle, you may choose to descend back into Argeles Gazost. Alternatively, for those seeking a bit of a challenge, we recommend detouring towards the commune of Aucun where an incredible climb awaits. Climb to the Col de Couraduque (1367m) and enjoy the expansive views through the valley. From here you’ll descend back into Argeles Gazost following a perfect introductory day of cycling in the Pyrenees.

Total distance50kmTotal climb1357m
Day 3Soulor & Col d'Aubisque

The Pyrenees boasts a selection of famous climbs, many of which have featured on the Tour de France. One of our favourites begins with a gradual ascent to Souler. This scenic 16km ride from Argeles Gazost is a great warm up before you continue on to the famous Col d’Aubisque. Featured heavily on the Tour de France, this is one of the most notable climbs in France and you will understand why today.

Take in the breathtaking views as you descend before a thrilling descent back into Argeles-Gazost.

The beauty of this area is you don’t have to spend everyday climbing. If you’d prefer an easier ride today, you could ride through the valley following the old railway line, now a cycle path, to Lourdes for a religious pilgrimage. All of our holidays are fully flexible and a selection of GPX routes are provided for each destination allowing you to choose where you ride each day.

Total distance70kmTotal climb1400m
Day 4Col du Tourmalet / Departure or extend your trip

Rise early and enjoy another great breakfast at the hotel in preparation for what will be one of the most memorable days on the bike you’ll ever have.

Ridden more than any other pass in the Tour de France (87 at the last count), Col du Tourmalet is as iconic a climb as you will find. Connecting the Bagneres de Bigoree valley to the ‘Pays Toy’ the Tourmalet pass offers stunning scenery and an unforgettable day in the saddle. Whether it’s the knowledge that so many cycling legends have ridden here before you or simply acknowledging the sheer magnificence of the mountain, there is something about riding the Tourmalet that lasts with you forever.

Our favourite way to ride the Tourmalet involves climbing the Col d’Aspin prior to ascending the 2115m mountain. This route follows the first 144km of Stage 19 of the 2018 Tour de France, allowing you to really feel like a pro.

If this is your last day, a transfer will be arranged to take you back to the airport from your hotel this evening. We do, however, recommend staying longer as there is so much more to explore in the Pyrenees including incredible rides to the Hautacam and Luz Ardiden.

Total distance160kmTotal climb1360m

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What to ExpectFrom famous climbs to magnificent views

Famous cols, idyllic valley rides as well and beautiful scenery everywhere you turn, the Pyrenees offers the perfect playground for a cycling holiday. After a long day in the saddle relax in beautiful 19th century thermal baths in the heart of Argeles-Gazost or head to Lourdes, known worldwide for the Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, or the Domain, a major Catholic pilgrimage site.

4day holiday
Or tailor your trip
17.2km long at 7.4% average
Col du Tourmalet (From St Marie de Campan)
16.6km long at 7.2% average
Col du Aubisque (From Laruns)
17.3km long at 6.8% average
Hautacam (From Argelès Gazost)
19.5km long at 5.2% average
Col du Soulor (From Argelès Gazost)
Map of the best climbs in the Pyrenees

How's the Weather? in Pyrenees

The SpringMarch to May
The cycling season begins as early as March and April which offers cool Spring riding. The weather gets progressively warmer into May and June.
The SummerJune to August
The Pyrenees is hot in the summer and can be quite humid. It's best to cycle in the mornings before the midday sunshine.
The AutumnSeptember to November
Autumn is a great time to cycle in The Pyrenees. The summer heat has passed and the weather becomes cooler, especially towards the north. September is the best month to travel whilst mid to late October can become quite wet.
The WinterDecember to February
The winter tends to be wet and temperatures can become quite cold, especially in the heart of winter.

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