7 days
Duration
July
Dates
Spain
Location

Mythical Ports on a road bike tour invites you to experience the legendary cycling and at the same time discover the unknown French Pyrenees. Crossing the western part of the mountain range by pedaling through the mythical mountain passes of the Tour de France such as Peyresourde, Aspin, Tourmalet or Aubisque is a dream that every cyclist wishes to fulfill one day.

Mythical Ports of the French Pyrenees on a bike combines the grandeur of the most genuine cycling with the whole experience of the journey, which turns out to be a real challenge. However, the comfortable assistance and constant support of an experienced cyclist such as Sergi Fernández Tolosa will help the group to achieve its goal.

A TAILORED ROUTE

Since 1991, Sergi has done many bicycle trips through the Pyrenees, both on asphalt and on the mountain. In 2016, the Route des Cols showed him “the different Pyrenees”. He describes the route as:

Pedaling from sun to sun, if the sun shines. But pedaling. Uphill, always uphill. By sinuous little roads that twist between the jungles of ferns, beech and chestnut trees. Ascend strenuously to rocky heights, between carpets of snow and lichen. Reach the summit, look at the horizon and discover that there are always more mountains, higher and higher. This is the Pyrenean cycle tourism, a continuous up and down challenge. A roller coaster that empties and fills you, bends and rewards you, strengthens and excites you. An adventure in which nothing is predictable and anything can change in the course of an hour. A journey that demands traveling lightweight. Only then we will be able to decide absolutely everything. ”

A CLASSIC AMONG CLASSICS

Named as ‘Route des Cols‘ (Route of the Mountain Ports), this popular route of cycling plows through the French Pyrenees along more than 1.000 km in a trip. All in all, it makes you feel like a true pioneer of cycling.

In any of its multiple versions, the Trans-Pyrenean is the cycle tourism journey by antonomasia. On this occasion, the original plan contemplates spending 5 days pedaling along mountain roads in the south of France but always looking for the most solitary. Those with a curved layout and old patched asphalt. The names of the legendary ports of the Tour de France resound in the head: Peyresourde, Aspin, Tourmalet, Aubisque …

OUR PLAN

Each day we will complete a stage of between 40 and 55 miles, with one or more mountain passes. We will sleep in comfortable accommodations where we will recover our strength every night and will stock up in the morning. The assistance van will transport our luggage and prepare a light picnic at noon. The van will be also used, if necessary, to assist the participants.

PHYSICAL LEVEL

  • Do aerobic and anaerobic sport several times per week.
  • Can do one-day trips with various hours of continuous pedaling.
  • Be able to confront accumulated inclines of more than 5000 ft.
  • Be able to do various days of routes with these characteristics.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Barcelona (Spain)
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at Barcelona airport on July 13th.
RETURN TIME Return flights on April 21st from Barcelona airport.
WEAR Comfortable bike and athletic clothing, sports shoes (biking shoes), jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
transportation of participants, luggage and bikes
good and comfortable accommodation, double or twin room located in different villages along the route with breakfast included
snacks and food supplements including electrolytes during the tour
delicious dinners with regional products
basic health insurance (Consult for more insurance modalities.)
expert English speaking guides with extensive local knowledge, who go above and beyond to cater your every need
assistance and maintenance of bikes
NOT INCLUDED
airfare (we can help you purchase the best ticket possible)
personal safety and additional cycling equipment
bike
extra drinks
travel insurance or others
tips are optional and not included in the price
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Day 1 - Transfer to Viella

Transport of participants, luggage and bikes to Viella. Setting up bicycles. Brief explanatory meeting about the details of the week trip and next day’s route and after free time to stroll through the town.
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Day 2 - Viella - Arreau (47 miles)

The journey through the Mythical Ports of the Pyrenees begins with a spectacular day that is ideal to test the leg muscles and, of course, give pleasure to the eyes. From Vielha, we will cycle along the most bucolic and quiet roads of the Val d’Aran, to cross the border by the legendary Col du Portillon, the way to the thermal town of Bagneres de Luchon. The second challenge of the day is the famous Col du Peyresourde, through which we will reach the Haut Pyrénées region, where the authentic colossi of the Pyrenees await us.
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Day 3 –Arreau - Argelès Gazost (47 miles)

The expected date arrives with the Pyrenees greats. We will depart early to overcome the Aspin and reach the goal of the day, the legendary Col du Tourmalet, a pilgrimage point for cyclists from all over the planet. The stage concludes with a long, well deserved and exciting descent.
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Day 4 – Argelès Gazost - Oloron (55 miles)

The culmination of the passage through the central Pyrenees in one of the most beautiful stages of the whole crossing. Ascension of Col du Soulor and Col d’Aubisque, enjoying the impressive stretch that connects them, and completes an epic journey with Col de Marie Blanque.
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Day 5 – Oloron - St Jean Pied de Port (43 miles)

Shortest step on the undulating terrain of rounded mountains. The ports are lower, however, they still hold a beautiful surprise, which is a port with great character: the Ahusquy. A tour to enjoy cycling on roads between leafy forests and picturesque villages.
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Day 6 – St Jean Pied de Port - St Jean de Luz (43 miles)

The last step, with two smaller ports through the bucolic landscape of infinite greens of French Basque Country. Award stage beginning in the strategic citadel of St Jean Pied de Port and ending at the beaches of San Jean de Luz. We will complete the crossing with a symbolic ceremony of the union between the two seas. Afterward, celebration dinner and presentation of finishers’ diplomas.
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Day 7 – Return ride

We will transport all the participants back to Barcelona for their return. The transport of bikes is included.
We are passionate adventure travelers ourselves. We have spent our lives in search for the ultimate outdoor experiences. You will gain skills in outdoor activities and meet like-minded individuals to share wonderful adventures. Passion and full dedication to details for each itinerary as well as an excellent relationship with our suppliers in Slovenia have built up the Bikehiketours brand.
Your adventure guides are local and experienced professionals who have a real passion for outdoor activities and for the culture and landscape.
Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip. We choose our guides for their expertise in outdoor activities. They are experts in their fields.
We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible and not get lost in the crowd. There will generally be between seven and 14 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our tours is four.
Our tour caters for a wide age range, typically between 30 and 60 years old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! 
Tours are designed at your own pace and you will enjoy no matter what your age.

Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s activities and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.
We recommend following a general training in the weeks leading up to your trip.
Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your bike adventure. 

As fellow sports enthusiasts, we understand the comfort you may find in riding with your own gear. Due to things can get a bit challenging when it comes to traveling please consult our booking manager prior to departure.

Q. Will I have to carry my own luggage?
You will never have to worry about your bags on tour. You only need to carry a daypack with you whilst riding. We have a support vehicle and driver who will transfer your luggage to your next accommodation each day, and have it ready and waiting for your arrival.
On your holiday you will be staying in a range of comfortable, welcoming local accommodations, including traditional guest houses, small hotels, and a boutique hotel. For details please consult with your booking manager.
Traveling light is the key. Although the daytime and nighttime temperatures can vary in the mountains, so you must make sure that you have plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot. 
You should also bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, padded undershorts, waterproof jacket, flip-flops, specific shoes for cycling.
Where the meals are included in Bikehiketours itineraries they are in a group setting. 
Your Bikehiketours guide will also be with you during these scheduled meals. 
During the meals that are not included in the itinerary, you are free to choose where you would like to dine. Your guide will advise you the best places to dine for these meals. You can choose to join with others and decide to dine together somewhere or, if you desire some independent time, you are also always welcome to do your own thing.
Medical insurance is mandatory on all of our holidays. We also recommend trip cancellation insurance. Contact your booking manager and we will help you choose the right plan for your holiday.
Many of our travelers join as singles. We charge single supplement fee to solo travelers for single room use. But don’t worry, we can pair you with another traveler of the same gender if you like.


A single supplement is an additional charge for a private room for guests traveling alone.
The cost of our holidays does not include international airfare. However, we are happy to assist you in booking flights to join with each tour. The prices vary depending on the season and the point of departure.
We can arrange early arrivals and extended visits. We will be happy to provide suggestions and ideas.
The more in advance you book, the greater availability of dates you’ll find.

Attention to the smallest details, expertise, and great local guides are the key to a successful adventure.