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Guided Tour de France Pyrenees Week, Galan

Watch 3 tour stages, with 5 days riding and 6 nights half-board accommodation, 5th July to 11th July.

On this trip you will be fully immersed into the world of the Tour de France. Riding the same roads as the pro’s then watching the action unfold right in front of you. This trip includes:

  • Six nights accommodation.
  • Three days guided riding and tour watching.
  • Two full days of guided riding with vehicle support.
  • Breakfast and Dinner each day.
  • Picnic lunches for watching the Tour.
  • On the road guiding by a qualified British Cycling Coach

Book your slot now - spaces filling fast. Alternative dates and private trips available.

  • Bed and breakfast
  • Pyrenees —
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Watch event + ride
    • Fixed base
  • Groups up to 15 in 4 bedrooms
  • Features
    • BBQ facilities
    • Cooking facilities
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Family rooms
    • Garden
    • Music system
    • Outdoor pool
    • Pool table
    • Terrace
    • TV/DVD


The Plan

Get yourself down to France’s wilder mountain range, the Pyrenees, and enjoy an awe-inspiring week in the saddle watching the very best of the Tour de France’s action.

Try stage 8 for yourself and take in four epic Pyrenean climbs and over 200km of cycling, under the expertise of your local British Cycling qualified guide.

Tuesday 5 July: Arrive

A guided local ride to stretch your legs after your journey, a home-cooked meal and a good chance to meet your fellow cyclists

Wednesday 6 July: Ride the Col du Tourmalet

  • After breakfast you’ll jump on a transfer to Bagneres de Bigorre for a 100km van-supported loop, taking in the mighty Tourmalet, riding the same direction as the pro’s on Saturday.
  • They’ll be a great atmosphere as you put in your best effort to the summit!
  • Return to the house for some well-earned relaxation followed by dinner.

Thursday 7 July: Ride the pro roads

  • After breakfast you’ll start today’s guided and supported ride from the pretty village of Arreau.
  • Another massive 110km day on the bike, taking in the Hourquette d’Ancizan, Col d’Azet and Col de Peyresourde.
  • You can pedal back to the house or jump in the car for a lift back ready for dinner.

Friday 8 July: Stage 7 - L’Isle Jourdain to Lac de Payolle

  • Watch the tour on the final climb of the day!
  • After a leisurely breakfast, you will be taken to watch the riders on the final climb on the run in to Payolle.
  • You’ll have a packed lunch to take with you today, plus an evening meal on your return to the house.

Saturday 9 July: Stage 8 - Pau to Bagneres de Luchon

  • Watch the tour on the final climb of the day - the col du Peyresourde.
  • This is the stage that you will have experienced yourself in two parts.
  • After breakfast, you will be taken to Arreau to ride up the Peyresourde to get a good vantage point.
  • You’ll have a picnic lunch to take with you and this evening you’ll be booked into a local restaurant for your evening meal.

Sunday 10 July: Vielha Val d’Aran to Andorre Arcalis

  • Watch the start at Vielha in Spain!
  • This will be an earlier breakfast to drive to the starting village of Vielha in Spain to watch the riders signing on and getting ready to depart.
  • You will have a picnic lunch to take with you again today and there will be plenty of options for this final afternoon - a ride in Spain, a bit of sight-seeing on the journey back or a relaxing afternoon in the house, all before your last evening meal in the house.

Monday 11 July: Depart

  • Say goodbye to the tour and leave the house after a good breakfast.


The house has five en-suite bedrooms, which can sleep one, two, three or four people with double or single beds as required. As a “chambres d’hotes”, the house can sleep a maximum of 15 people. Each room is equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities, pool towels, hair-dryer and toiletries. Our Pla d’Adet bedroom has balconies running around two sides, a view of the swimming pool and terrace, a dressing-room and spa bath. Luz Ardiden also has a balcony with table and chairs and a view of the pool and terrace area. The Tourmalet bedroom has a kitchenette and views across the beautiful foothills. Together with the Col d’Aspin bedroom, these two rooms can be used as a family suite as they are back to back in the very oldest part of the house. Lastly is our Hautcam bedroom on the ground floor, which again has views across the foothills and a kitchenette. All the rooms can have a cot or extra bed added at no additional cost.

As a converted farmhouse, there is plenty of communal space inside as well as out. There is a large living room with fireplace, piano, sofas and chairs, a television with free-sat channels, DVD player, I-pod dock/CD player and views across the garden and terraced area. The dining room is where you will have breakfast, and dinners if you so chose, and also has a stock of chocolate bars, soft-drinks, beers, wine, energy products and bike spares for you to buy. There is a high-chair for babies and toddlers. There is a small gym with all the usual machines - an exercise bike, running machine, weights bench, punch bag, rowing machine, steppers etc. In the winter, or in bad weather, it is also used as a base for turbo-training or roller sessions. Upstairs there is a games room with a pool table, darts, table football, various board games and books for you to borrow. Also at your disposal, but in the private area of the house, is a drying room where any wet gear can be hung to dry out. We also provide a laundry service.

The garden has a swimming pool and play equipment for young children. There is a large lawn for ball games, plenty of trees to climb or hide behind and you may just see one of our cats, Ruby or Tawny, patrolling their territory. In his part of the garden is our three-legged Pointer, Milka, and we have a separate area for our cockerels & chickens, that we keep for eggs, and our Shetland pony called Spirit. There are many fruit trees in the grounds too - depending on the time of year, you will see pears, cherries, plums, walnuts, figs and peaches. The donkey in the field opposite the house is called Hamish. The sun terrace, accessible from the spiral staircase, is brilliant for sun-worshippers as you can catch the rays all day long. A covered terrace has tables and chairs for eating outside and if you want to cater for yourselves our two barbecues are a big favourite.


Many of the rides suggested below are possible setting off from the house and then cycling back again. Another option is to use our DROP-OFF service, where you and your bikes will be transported to the foot of the climb and you are then free to cycle one or two climbs before rolling back down the valley to the house. The same is possible in reverse, with you cycling down the valley to the col/s in question and then requesting PICK UP at the bottom later in the day.

The cols Galan is a pretty village of 800 inhabitants, 11km north of the market town of Lannemezan and easily accessible by car from the A64 motorway, which runs across the south of France.

We’re based at the top of the four key valley roads giving you access to a massive choice of Pyrenean climbs, and being surrounded by rolling countryside for warm-up rides, we’re in the perfect location for easier days and for family cycling, as well as the Pyrenee’s most famous climbs: Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourde, Ausbisque, Hautacam.

Don’t stay on, or at the foot of, one particular climb; forever having to ride up or down that one mountain to get anywhere else!!

Local cols all within reach from our house using our easy drop-off transfer service if you want a full day on the bike

  • Tourmalet (eastern climb) & Col d’Aspin (west ascent)
  • Col d’Aspin (east approach) & Peyresourde (west side)
  • Aubisque & Hautacam
  • Luz Ardiden & Tourmalet (western approach)
  • Pla d’Adet & Col d’Azet
  • Col de Mente & Portet d’Aspet
  • Superbagneres & Col du Portillon
  • Hourquette d’Ancizan & Col d’Aspin (western side)
  • Port de Bales & Peyresourde (eastern climb)


Why book with Much Better Adventures?

Forget complex planning, we’ve taken care of all the details to maximise your time away - you just need to turn up and be epic. Expect:

  • A unique, handcrafted mini adventure
  • Expert local guides and hosts
  • A hassle-free, all-inclusive package
  • Best price guaranteed
  • Bragging rights in the office on Monday
  • A charity donation made by us via our Foundation.

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?

This trip is aimed at lovers of the Tour de France. It includes two big days in the saddle (100km+) and therefore a good level of cycling fitness is required. However they’ll be a support van with you the whole time, so if you’re not quite up to it, don’t worry you’ll get back to the house okay! And if you’re all about watching the tour but not necessarily riding, no worries! You’re more than welcome to join as a spectator.

What’s the weather like?

The weather in the Pyrenees is notoriously difficult to predict, but in the height of summer it really is beautiful. Expect blue skies and sunshine, but be prepared for showers nonetheless, with temperatures ranging from 25-30C, maybe a little less at the top of the cols.

What's included in the price?

  • Six nights accommodation.
  • Three days riding and tour watching.
  • Two full days of riding.
  • Breakfast and Dinner each day.
  • Picnic lunches for watching the Tour.
  • On the road guiding by a qualified British Cycling Coach.

What's not included in the price?

  • Flights.
  • Transfers.
  • Bike hire (Available for €20 per day)

What is the bike hire like?

  • Our road bikes are all aluminium-framed with Shimano parts and either compact or triple chain-sets (perfect for all those small inclines in the vicinity).
  • When hiring, there’s no need to bring your own pedals as we have a full range, depending on your shoes, and all bikes can be hired with helmets and a tool kit too.
  • If you have your own bike, there’s a large, secure storage room and plenty of space for bike boxes.
  • As a former bike mechanic, your host and guide has an extensive workshop for any repairs you may need and we stock a small selection of tubes and cables.

What's the food like?

Your meals will be prepared by your host who will join you out on the road. Expect hearty, home-made meals - exactly what you need after a great day in the saddle.

Can I book on my own?

Prices for this trip are based on two people sharing a room. Get in touch with us to find out more about single bookings.

How should I get there?

There are numerous options for getting to Pyrenees, from flying, getting the train to embracing a long drive.

For flights, these are the closest airports to consider:

  • Lourdes (40 minute drive)
  • Pau (1 hour drive)
  • Toulouse (1 hour 30 minute drive)
  • Biarritz (2 hour drive)
  • Carcassonne (2 hour 15 minute drive)

And to the best of our knowledge these are the current UK airline options:

  • Ryanair from London Stansted to Lourdes.
  • Pyrenees Direct from Manchester to Lourdes.
  • Ryanair from Stansted, Manchester and Dublin, to Biarritz.
  • City Jet from London City to Pau.
  • Easyjet from Gatwick to Toulouse.
  • Easyjet from Bristol to Toulouse or Biarritz.
  • British Airways from London Heathrow to Toulouse.
  • Jet2 from Manchester to Toulouse.

Once you have arrived, you can take advantage of our transfer service, to collect and return you to the airport of your choice.

  • Pau: €185 per car.
  • Toulouse: €250 per car.

The airport has a good range of car hire outlets, giving you the chance to really explore this beautiful region.

Or finally if you want to travel by train, the TGV comes in to Toulouse or Tarbes stations with the local train bringing you to Lannemezan where we can pick you up (just 15 minutes away).