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Pyrenees Coast to Coast - Cycling Tour

This cycling tour crosses the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, conquering over twenty-five of the most famous passes in the cycling world

  • Half board hotel
  • Pyrenees —Hondarribia > Argelers
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 20


Unlike the well known Raid Pyrenees route, the emphasis of this tour is not to get from one coast to the other as quickly as possible, but rather to take our time to fully appreciate the stunning scenery along the way.

This is a really beautiful tour which combines incredible scenery along the entire route, with climbing some of the great arenas of professional cycling.

The following is included in the tour:

  • Eight nights accommodation in double, twin or single room with en-suite.
  • Transfer to and from the arrival/departure point
  • Continental breakfast every day
  • Lunch and refreshments every day
  • Luggage transferred between hotels
  • Experienced guide cycling the route with the group (fluent English)
  • Support vehicle along the route
  • Cycle Fiesta water bottle
  • Detailed maps and route information for each day, with clearly marked points of interest.
  • Route extensions every day for those of you who wish to cycle

The following are optional extras available for an additional charge:

  • Hire of bicycles €100
  • Tour Extensions
  • Single Supplement €300

The following are not included in the tour

  • Any transfers not stated above
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entry to any attractions (e.g. museums, churches) except were explicitly stated
  • Flights


Day 1 - Hondarribia & Jaizkibel

We will transfer you from the arrival point to our first hotel, situated in the picturesque Basque town of Hondarribia.

Here we will fit you to the bikes, and give you chance to swim in the Cantabrian Sea, before we have our welcome dinner.

Depending on your arrival time, as a bonus, there is the opportunity to climb Jaizkibel, the decisive mountain in the San Sebastian Classic cycle race.

Day 2 - Basque Pyrenees

The first cycling day is quite long at 125km and we quickly leave behind the busier coastal roads, entering the western edge of the Pyrenees range.

The passes today are the Col d’Ibardin, Col d’Ispeguy and the Col Burdin Olatze - all fairly gentle climbs.

This area of the Pyrenees is not as popular with cyclists as the central part; however, the scenery is stunning, with very narrow roads, winding along the edge of the vibrant green hillside.

There is also the chance to climb Port Larrau and Col de Pierre St Martin - the climb on which Chris Froome secured victory in the 2015 Tour de France.

Day 3 - Marie-Blanque & Aubisque

The two marquee climbs on the 100km route today are the Col de Marie-Blanque and Col d’Aubisque - two of the most ridden passes in the history of the Tour de France.

The Marie Blanque is short but steep, while the Aubisque is a genuine Hors Categorie climb and also one of the most picturesque roads in France.

The route finishes in the town of Argeles Gazost. For cyclists with a lot of energy, there is the chance to extend the route to Hautacam before we go for dinner in an excellent local restaurant.

Day 4 - Tourmalet, Aspin & Peyresourde

The cycling tour continues heading east over another two of the most iconic climbs in cycling. First up is the Col de Tourmalet which, at 19km long and 7.4% average gradient, is probably the toughest climb in the Pyrenees.

Following Tourmalet comes the fairly gentle Col d’Aspin, before one final 10km climb over the Col de Peyresourde.

From the top of the Peyresourde it is a really enjoyable downhill all the way in to Luchon, where we stay for the evening.

Luchon is a lively town in the heart of the central Pyrenees, and is always an entertaining place to visit.

Distance: 109km (68 miles)

Day 5 - Port de Bales & Portet d’Aspet

There is no easing into the cycling today, as the tour continues by climbing the Hors Categorie Port de Bales. This is one of our favourite climbs for the scenery, great road surface and lack of traffic.

After a technical descent the route becomes easier, with the Col des Ares and Col de Portet d’Aspet among the highlights on the way to St Girons.

The scenery begins to change as we head further east, with the sharp peaks of the Central Pyrenees being replaced by more rounded hills.

Day 6 - Col d’Agnes & Plateau de Beille

The famous cols keep coming today as we head south-east towards Andorra, climbing over the Col d’Agnes and Port de Lers.

Near to the end of the route we tackle the climb to Plateau de Beille - a challenging 15.8km with an average gradient of nearly 8%.

The route finishes in the Spa town of Ax-Les-Thermes where we enjoy a well deserved dinner.

Day 7 - Port de Pailheres

At 90km long this is one of the shorter routes on the cycling tour; however, it begins by climbing to Port de Pailheres - one of the few passes in the Pyrenees with an altitude of more than 2,000m.

From here we continue over the picturesque Col de Jau before a long and welcome descent into the town of Prades.

In the evening we host our cheese and wine evening, sampling produce from the local region and from throughout France and Spain.

Day 8 The Mediterranean Coast

The final day of the cycling tour sees us reach the Mediterranean coast. At 100km and with no Hors Categorie climbs, this may even seem easy compared with some of the previous days!

As you get nearer to the coast, the landscape becomes more like the Atlantic coast, with rolling hills replacing the high mountains of the central area.

The cycling comes to an end in Argeles-sur-Mer, a pleasant town close to the Spanish border. Argeles-sur-Mer has the longest beach in the region, giving you plenty of space to enjoy a celebratory swim!

In the evening we will mark the achievement with our awards evening in a local restaurant.

Day 9 - Depart or Extensions

After breakfast we will transfer you to either Perpignan or Girona so that you can continue your journey home - hopefully tired but fulfilled.

If you would like to continue your holiday, we would be happy to arrange for you to spend time in a city or coastal town nearby. Popular options include Barcelona, Girona and the Costa Brava.


The accommodation on the route is in rural cottages and mountain chalets, that we believe really reflects the character of the region.

The rural cottages and chalets are all en-suite and have a level of comfort and facilites similar to a decent *** hotel.


In eight days you will cross the entire mountain range, including climbs such as Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aubisque and Port de Pailheres.