Tour de France -

9 days, 8 nights

Visit :Carcassonne, Quillan, Saint-Girons, Bagneres-de-Luchon, Argeles-Gazost
For most road cyclists, participating in the Tour de France as a cyclist is a distant dream. While most of us will not get to be a part of the pro peloton, it still isn't reason enough to experience what Tour de France rides are all a ...
For most road cyclists, participating in the Tour de France as a cyclist is a distant dream. While most of us will not get to be a part of the pro peloton, it still isn't reason enough to experience what Tour de France rides are all about. This Tour De France tour is where you'll get to ride on several sections and through incredible passes through which the pro peloton has ridden over the years. On the Tour de France Cycling Trip, you'll realize what it takes to be a pro-cyclist and a QOM/KOM (Queen/King of the mountain) of this incredible route. Nevertheless the ride is spectacular, and the experience will last you for eternity. Did we mention it'll give you major bragging rights for life?

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • The Tour de France stages have serious climbing and equally serious downhills. While climbing you need to have extremely high endurance and on the downhill sections you must have absolute control of your bikes. Each day, there will be a lot of elevation gain and a number of steep gradients - both while climbing and while going downhill. Our support vehicle will have only 2 available seats which will be used in case of emergency only. You're expected to complete all rides, several of which are more than 100 km long and have extreme elevation gain, on your cycles. This trip is not for beginners or intermediate riders.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • Absolutely phenomenal climbs in the Pyrenees - covering several significant Tour de France
  • Insanely fast downhills - the perfect adrenaline rush
  • The most amazing views in the Pyrenees mountain range
  • Toulouse, Carcassonne, Quillan, Cathar Castles, Bagneres-de-Luchon
  • Hot water springs
  • Over 12,000 metres of elevation gain in 7 cycling days
  • Cycling Days
    • 07
  • Rest Days
    • 01
Start of Tour

Toulouse

Total Cycling Distance 626 KM.
End of Tour

Toulouse

  • Day 1Arrive Toulouse - Carcassonne
    • As you set foot outside the Toulouse airport, our trip leaders will meet you and drive you away to the medieval fortified town of Carcassonne. The distance of roughly 95 km will be covered in around an hour and twenty minutes.
      You'll have the rest of the day at leisure. Time permitting; you can head out for a walk along the Aude, Fresquel Rivers or the Canal Du Midi which flow through the town.

      Note:
      The 2018 Tour France Stage 16 will start from Carcassonne, and 23rd July 2018 will be a rest day for the pro riders in Carcassonne.

    • Meals - NA
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  • Day 2Carcassonne - Quillan
    • You'll start the day with a visit to the world heritage site - The Cite de Carcassonne which is a fortified medieval town. After the visit, prepare for your first ride of the tour. Today's ride will be a bike fit and testing ride. The ride will also set the stage for what's to come in the next few days.
      Quillan is located at foothills of the Pyrenees and the River Aude runs through the town. This region is considered one of the most beautiful in France as green fields meet the gorgeous snow capped peaks of the Pyrenees. All along the road you'll see swathes of sunflowers and grape plantations. Overall, the ride today will be dazzling.

    • 58 km
    • Meals - Breakfast and lunch.
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  • Day 3Quillan - Cathar Castles Route - Quillan
    • Your first of several centuries of the tour will happen today. You'll ride a circular route from Quillan alongside some of the most beautiful Cathar Castles like the Peyrepertuse and Queribus. You'll ride through spectacular scenery during the ride and see a number of gorges on the way. Expect a number of climbs and down hills today. There will be several sections with steep gradients, so be prepared.

    • 110 km
    • Meals - Breakfast and lunch.
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  • Day 4Quillan - Saint-Girons via Tarascon-sur-Ariege
    • Get ready for some real Tour de France riding. In several years, the Tour de France peloton has ridden into the Massif de L'Arize over the Col de Port and the Gorges de Ribaute. You'll cross these passes into St. Girons and you'll have to climb over steep gradients of the Pyrenees to get there. Be prepared for a ride in which you'll say "shut up legs" a lot of times. The passes themselves are spectacularly beautiful and you'll get amazing views while riding. Kudos to everyone who completes today's ride, it will be no small feat.

    • 123 km
    • Meals - Breakfast and lunch.
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  • Day 5Saint-Girons
    • If you're crazy, let's head out for a ride - Tour de France style. This is what a pro peloton does on break days. Alternately, take a break or a smaller ride around town. The crazies are welcome to join an 89 km ride with 1700 metres elevation gain and test their endurance. The ride will take you through the Garbet valley and the ski resort Guzet-Neige.
      Stage 8 of Tour de France 2009 finished at Saint-Girons and stage 9 of Tour de France 2013 started here.
      The climb to Guzet-Neige has been used as a stage finish, 3 times for the Tour de France.

       

    • 89 km
    • Meals - Breakfast and lunch.
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  • Day 6Saint-Girons - Bagneres-de-Luchon
    • With today's relatively shorter ride, you'll get higher into the Pyrenees to the 2000 years old town of Bagneres-de-Luchon or simply Luchon. The town is known for its hot water springs - 48 of them which are rich in sodium sulphate and whose temperature range from 17 degrees C to 65 degrees C.
      Possibly because of the town's proximity to Col de Peyresourde, Port de Bales, Col de Mente, Col du Portillon and the Col de Portet-d'Aspet the town of Bagneres-de-Luchon has been a permanent stage of the Tour de France since its inception in 1910. You're going to be in a town which is possibly one of the most historic in terms of cycling.

       

    • 78 km
    • Meals - Breakfast and lunch.
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  • Day 7Bagneres-de-Luchon - Argeles-Gazost
    • If you haven't had enough, here is one of the most awesome Tour de France rides. 3 passes in a day with an overall elevating gain of 2800 metres. The saving grace is the nice long downhill after the third pass. But then, to get there, you have to cross 3 passes and earn the downhill.
      You'll cross the Col de Peyresourde average gradient of 6.1% and max of 9.8% which has been on the tour over 50 times), Col d'Aspin (average 5% gradient with maximum being 8%, 71 times in the Tour de France) and Col du Tourmalet (average of 7.4% and maximum of 12%) - you're really in for a party today and you really will feel your legs during the ride today.

    • 110 km
    • Meals - Breakfast and lunch
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  • Day 8Argeles-Gazost - Col d'Aubisque - Argeles-Gazost
    • If you still haven't had enough, there is one more short ride today during which you'll climb up to the Col du Soulor and Col d'Aubisque. Or if you've had enough, rest in the gorgeous environs of the Pyrenees and take it easy.

    • 58 km
    • Meals - Breakfast and lunch.
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  • Day 9Depart Argeles-Gazost - Toulouse
    • Departure after breakfast by bus to airport in Toulouse (190 km, 2 hours).

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    • Meals - Breakfast.
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Inclusions

  • 08 nights accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
  • Meals as specified in the Itinerary.
  • Support vehicle as per group size.
  • Services of expert guide and mechanic for cycle repair.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Entrance fee as mentioned in the itinerary.

Exclusions

  • Cost of your round trip airfare.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Visas charges.
  • Any transport to / from Toulouse. Your tour price starts ex Toulouse.
  • Optional activities.
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Evacuation charges, damage of any nature.
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Cycle hire.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.

Price - Valid till 31 Mar 2020

Hub Single Accommodation Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Toulouse 1,90,000* 1,65,000*
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Dates

Wish to go on this adventure? Just give us a shout and we’ll make it happen for you! Your dates, your budget!

Accommodation

No Accommodation Available

Things to Carry

  • Good walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (highest possible)
  • Headgear for sunny days
  • Cotton clothing for summer days, light woolen clothes for evenings. Heavy woolens for winter
  • Shorts for hiking and walking around town are fine. Out of respect, please don't wear shorts in public buildings or monasteries. Have a pair of long pants or longer skirt for these locations
  • Cycling shorts - adequate number for the tour
  • Cycling jerseys/ t-shirts - adequate number for the tour
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sipper/ water bottle
  • Knee pads and elbow pads
  • Buff/ balaclava

Travel Tips

  • Type of Food

    Standard meal will be provided.

  • Clothes to Carry

    • Good walking shoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen (highest possible)
    • Headgear for sunny days
    • Cotton clothing for summer days, light woolen clothes for evenings. Heavy woolens for winter
    • Shorts for hiking and walking around town are fine. Out of respect, please don't wear shorts in public buildings or monasteries. Have a pair of long pants or longer skirt for these locations

  • Equipment Checklist

    • Cycling shorts - adequate number for the tour
    • Cycling jerseys/ t-shirts - adequate number for the tour
    • Socks
    • Shoes
    • Helmet
    • Cycling gloves
    • Sipper/ water bottle
    • Knee pads and elbow pads
    • Buff/ balaclava

  • Books to Read

    1. Castle in the Pyrenees by Jostein Gaarder is an epic novel about ideas, exploring the place of human consciousness in the universe while two lovers who were in their twenties meet again thirty years later in the same hotel they took refuge in their last weekend together.
    2. The First Tour de France: Sixty Cyclists and Nineteen Days of Daring on the Road to Paris by Peter Cossins is about the inception of the very first Tour de France - full of adventure, accidents and audacious attempts at cheating - all the while being one of the most memorable events of all time for Tour fans.

  • Approximate Group Size

    Minimum 08 guests.

  • Money to carry

    Minimum EUR 700.

  • Tipping

    All tipping is optional and by no means mandatory, however if you feel that your staff and drivers have performed at a good or excellent level, it is a great way to let them know you appreciate their efforts.