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Tour de France 2017 | Pyrenees

Ultimate Tour de France VIP Experience in the Pyrenees

You can’t get any closer to the action of the 2017 Tour de France in the Pyrenees than this. It's the ultimate Trek Travel adventure.

The Pyrenees are among the most distinctive climbs in the world, and at the Tour de France, they provide a battleground for a true test of competitive will. Whether it’s the mighty Col du Tourmalet or the classic Col de Peyresourde, here the yellow jersey has been snatched and lost and won again, year after year. As an Official Tour Operator for both the Tour de France and the Trek-Segafredo team, Trek Travel’s ultimate VIP trip offers unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to the heart of this year's exhilarating race. We’ll take you to the center of the action in the thrilling mountain stages in the Pyrenees. With first class, professional support, a wealth of local knowledge and the best bikes in the business, there’s no better way to celebrate the passion and drama of this epic event. The French call the Tour “Le Grand Boucle.” Join us for the Ultimate VIP Experience, and you’ll call it nothing less than amazing.

Race Access:

  • Get behind the scenes with the Trek-Segafredo team
  • Official VIP Race Access Passes to the finish of Stage 11 in Pau
  • Official VIP Race Access Passes to the Relais Etape Hospitality Zone of Stage 12

Featured Climbs:

  • Col du Peyresourde
  • Port de Balès
  • Col du Tourmalet
  • Hautacam
  • Col d'Azet
  • Col du Portillon
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Official Tour Operator of the Tour de France

Dates:


Day
1
Day
1

Today's Ride:

Lourdes to Astuges Loop
Approximately 23 miles with 1,700 ft of climbing

Today's Activity:

Welcome & Bike Fit

Description:

Your Trek Travel race adventure begins in the legendary scenery of the Pyrenees where the pros will battle each other on world famous climbs that have made and shattered champions. Meet your guides at the Pau TGV Train Station this morning and shuttle 60 minutes to the heart of the Pyrenees and the pilgrimage town of Lourdes. You are free to enjoy lunch at the hotel at your leisure while your guides ensure a perfect fit to your race-ready Trek Domane. This afternoon’s ride is a short loop through the foothills of the Pyrenees where narrow, forested roads lead from one mountain village to the next. With your Trek Travel guides supporting you throughout the ride, a quick refreshment, snack or van boost is just a hand signal away. It is the perfect way to shake out your travel legs, ensure your bike is the right fit and get primed for the week ahead. This evening, you’ll become better acquainted with your travel companions over cocktails and a traditional meal at one of our favorite local bistros.

Hotel:

Grand Hotel Moderne
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Today's Tour Stage:

Rest Day in Perigueux

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

Lourdes to Tourmalet return
Approximately 63 miles with 7,140 ft of climbing

Description:

You confront one of the Pyrenees’ legendary mountain passes today—the mighty Col du Tourmalet. Approaching 7,000 feet, this giant is the highest pass in the central Pyrenees. Since its debut in 1910, Tourmalet has been included in the Tour more often than any other climb. We'll first warm up with a 12.5-mile cruise along the valley floor following the river to Pierrefitte-Nestalas before beginning a gentle climb through the Gorges de Luz. With dramatic jagged cliffs above and a lively bubbling stream below, this section of the ride is incredibly picturesque. You will then begin your ascent of Tourmalet from the Barèges side— where Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador dramatically confronted each other and the fog in 2012's decisive mountaintop finish. Once you’ve reached the top, linger for a bit on this famed summit and pay homage to rider Octave Lapize, the first pro to summit this climb in the Tour de France over a century ago. After refueling at the cafe of your choice, you’ll descend back to our hotel. Tonight you’re free to explore Lourdes for dinner at one of its colorful bistros. Rest up for the exciting race day that awaits tomorrow, when you’ll get your first view of the Tour in all its glory!

Hotel:

Grand Hotel Moderne
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 10: Périgueux to Bergerac

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride:

Lourdes to Hautacam return
Approximately 39 miles with 4,500 ft of climbing

Today's Race Access:

Official VIP Race Access Passes
Open-top bus at race finish of Stage 11 in Pau

Today's Team Access:

Behind the Scenes with Trek-Segafredo
Team cocktail hour and bus tour

Description:

Today is your VIP day at Le Tour! Rise early this morning to climb up Hautacam, the ascent that even Alberto Contador says is "particularly hard." Afterward, we'll freshen up back at the hotel before we shuttle in to Pau for a VIP afternoon at the finish of Stage 11. There, we'll watch the arrival of the racers from a unique vantage point aboard an official VIP luxury open-top bus near the finish line. This exclusive viewing location is head-and-shoulders above the crowd and fully equipped with an open bar and plasma screen TVs so you don’t miss any of the action! This evening, we'll get an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes during a special private event with Trek-Segafredo. You'll mingle with team representatives during our cocktail hour Q&A session, take a tour of the team bus, and meet the team mechanics to talk specs, techs and get up close to the ultimate Trek bikes. Take it all in and prepare for more live race action tomorrow.

Hotel:

Grand Hotel Moderne
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 11: Eymet to Pau

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges to Port de Bales to Bagneres du luchon
Approximately 31 miles with 4,100 feet of climbing

Today's Race Access:

Official VIP Race Access Passes
Exclusive “Relais Etape” hospitality zone in the final kilometers of Stage 12

Description:

It's another VIP Tour day today, starting with a private shuttle to Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges where your bikes will be prepped and waiting. You'll ride the race route for the ascent of Port de Balès, the penultimate climb in today's stage. As the story goes, the organizers of the Tour de France were looking for new routes in the Pyrenees, so in 2006 they paved the last 5km of an old trail on the south side of Port de Balès to link to a small forestry road on the north side creating a huge “through” climb. It starts gently but then ramps up for the final 10km with numerous sections over 10%. Our destination for the afternoon is the exclusive Relais Etape hospitality zone in the final kilometers of Stage 12. Complete with live broadcast of the race on large-screen TVs, a sumptuous lunch and an open bar, it's the perfect place to watch the action in style. You'll bear witness to live race action on the course as the pros battle toward the finish line in Peyragudes. After the dust has settled, descend down to our hotel in the spa town of Bagnères-de-Luchon where you are free to relax and explore on your own for dinner this evening.

Hotel:

Alti luchon
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 12: Pau to Peyragudes

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

Bagneres du Luchon to Col de Peyresourde to Lac du Genos Loop
Approximately 30 miles with 5,600 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Bagneres du Luchon to Col de Peyresourde return
Approximately 17 miles with 3,150 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Bagneres du Luchon to Col de Peyresourde to Saint Lary Soulan Loop
Approximately 53 miles with 10,300 feet of climbing

Description:

Tackle more legendary ascents today including Col de Peyresourde and Col d'Azet. First we'll summit the Peyresourde, following the route of the pros yesterday albeit without all the stress of competition. With the spotlight of the race gone, this is your chance to immerse yourself in the tranquil peace and splendor of the Pyrenees in all their glory and to focus on setting your own pace to conquer its epic climbs. You’ll climb from Bagnères-de-Luchon up to the Peyresourde. First featured in 1910, the Col de Peyresourde is a deceptively tough ascent. The tarmac climbs up immediately out of Luchon with grades that reach 10%. At the top, we'll descend down to the beautiful Lac du Genos for a well-earned lakeside lunch before ascending back over the Peyresourde one more time to the hotel. If you have more in your legs, enjoy an optional ride over the Col d'Azet to the small mountain town of Saint-Lary-Soulan before you return the way you came. Tonight we’ll gather for dinner at the hotel with newfound friends and raise a toast to the Pyrenees, their epic ascents and the riders who conquer them!

Hotel:

Alti luchon
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 13: St Girons to Foix

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Ride:

Bagneres du Luchon to Col du Portillon return
Approximately 13 miles with 100 feet of climbing

Description:

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the hotel or take the chance to ride one more Pyrenean col. It’s a quick but beautiful 6.5-mile ascent to the Col du Portillon which sits on the border and connects France with the Spanish town of Vielha. You'll say goodbye to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Alti Hotel, then board a private shuttle back to Pau TGV train station.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 14: Blagnac to Rodez


Day
1-6
Day
1-6

Pro Rider Access:

Official Tour Operator of the Tour de France

Race Experience:

Experience the race as a VIP

Equipment & Guides:

Ride the best bikes with first-class support

Our Race Difference:

RACE SUPPORT & EXPERTISE:

Each of our race trips has a minimum of two First Class Guides. If a group size gets above 20 persons, you will have additional guides to ensure that you always enjoy superior customer service. You never ride alone. We support you both on and off the bike. We always have one guide in our support vehicle and the other cycling alongside you. Our race trip guides have the experience and mechanical skills necessary to keep you riding comfortably at your best in all conditions. They bring years of experience managing the trip logistics of pro race itineraries and stage viewings. They’ll fill up your water bottles, change your tire, shuttle you over the hill, provide you with local insight and make sure everyone is on the right track. Off the bike, your guides are at your service to help you with anything you need—massage appointments, wine suggestions, or finding that special local treat you’re craving.

PRO LEVEL EQUIPMENT:

When it comes to bikes, we set the standard. Included in the price of your trip is the choice to ride one of our unprecedented premium quality Trek bicycles. We have one of the largest selections of bike styles, frame sizes and equipment to ensure that your bike is perfectly fitted to you.

  • The use of the brand new Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike
  • Available Trek Emonda SLR bike upgrade and Aeolus carbon wheel upgrade
  • The use of a Garmin Touring Plus while on your trip
  • Complimentary Trek Travel merchandise, Trek-Segafredo team kit, and customized Road ID (included on race access trips)
  • Bike computer, a map case, and stocked seat pack for use during your trip
  • Two Trek Travel water bottles for you to keep
  • Choice of multiple stem lengths, seat posts, saddles, and helmets for a custom fit

UNRIVALED PRO RIDER ACCESS:

Guests will enjoy at least one pro rider access opportunity per race access trip, including but not limited to the following types of events: exclusive rider Q&A sessions, team bus tours, guided visits with team mechanics, social hours with riders and staff.

SIGNATURE RACE VIEWINGS & ACCESS:

We don’t want you to miss anything. After all, it’s all a part of being exposed to the races and the regions. All of the VIP race access, citizens’ ride entry fees (as applicable), and cultural events that are mentioned in your itinerary are covered in the cost of your trip. Race trip itineraries include at least two live race viewings, sometimes including race-organized VIP stage start or finish access. Guests enjoy prime stage viewing locations complete with front row seating, catered lunches, live TV broadcasts, and pro rider appearances (whenever possible).

SIGNATURE ACCOMMODATIONS & MEALS:

Our race trip designer selects hotels with the best locations to get you up close access to the race routes for riding and viewing the stages. Typically, race trip itineraries will feature a mix of 3- and 4-star hotels. On our race trips, the cuisine is fresh and local. Our dinners will range from casual tapas to multi-course dinners. Breakfast is served each morning at the hotel. Lunches will offer a bounty of local specialties, from fabulous picnics to local fare at quaint bistros.



Dates & Pricing

THE EARLIER YOU BOOK, THE GREATER THE REWARDS

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book, your price is guaranteed.

2017


Jul
10th - 15th / 6 days / 5 nights
$6799 / Person, $1000 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *

What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Stay at Grand Hotel Moderne on our Tour de France bike tour in the Pyrenees

Grand Hotel Moderne

Lourdes, France

This stately and elegant hotel offers privileged access to the Sanctuaries. Rich in history, it was completely restored in 2008, and recently renovated. The owners have taken great care to preserve the precious heritage and soul of this Baroque masterpiece.
Stay at the Alti Hotel on our Tour de France bike tour in the Pyrenees

Alti Hotel

Bagnere du Luchon, France

Treat yourself to the only four-star hotel in town for two nights. Smart and stylish, this newly renovated hotel is in the heart of Bagneres du Luchon, with all the amenities you desire.

What's Included

We Include More

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories.

  • Exclusive Pro Team Access—get behind the scenes with the Trek-Segafredo team
  • Official VIP Race Access Passes to the finish line VIP bus of Stage 11 in Pau
  • Official VIP Race Access Passes to the exclusive “Relais Etape” hospitality zone of Stage 12
  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Tour de France trip, you'll enjoy excellent accommodations in the center of the action. These hotels book quickly, but our relationship with the Tour means we have a special place for you and your companions. They're the perfect haven after a day of caravaning the world's biggest race.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 social hours, 3 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Tour de France Pyrenees Ultimate trip, you’ll be experiencing a variety of regional cuisine. Taste a range of seasonal delights from the Pyrenees. Hearty meals abound full of the warmth and character that matches the hospitality of the people of this wonderful area. “Paysan” meals feature pork and lamb, as well as accompanied by aligot (mashed potatoes with garlic). French meals are cooked with a great pride and attention to both presentation and quality. While we always try to provide an authentic taste of the local region, we have also made some adjustments to this traditional fare to ensure meals are appropriate for our riders. Breakfast is always served at the hotel, buffet-style.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Bontrager merchandise
  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • The use of GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks
  • Trek-Segafredo team kit and customized Road ID

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 7.5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 4
  • Average Daily Mileage | 41
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 5,400 ft.

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. The Tour de France is best suited for our Type 4 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 3 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. The terrain is challenging, with stunning views and quiet roads. We will ride an average of 2-3 major climbs per day. You will be invigorated by the fresh mountain air and will take in wonderful vistas and the landmarks that dot the routes of France’s most famous race. See day by day itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Exclusive Pro Team Access—get behind the scenes with the Trek-Segafredo team
  • Official VIP Race Access Passes to the Finish line VIP bus of Stage 11 in Pau
  • Official VIP Race Access Passes to the exclusive “Relais Etape” hospitality zone of Stage 12
  • Visit pilgrimage town of Lourdes
  • Visit spa town of Bagneres du Luchon
  • Hike in the Pryenees

The summer months in the Pyrenees are typically warm with daily temperatures ranging from the mid 60's to low 80's, and evenings dropping to the mid 50's to mid 60's. When traveling in the mountains it is best to be prepared for variable conditions as weather can change very quickly. We recommend always traveling with rain gear as well as breathable layers to provide warmth when the temperature drops.

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

We want you to be prepared and as comfortable as possible throughout each day of your vacation. See our Packing List for more details on what to pack for your trip.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Want to learn more about our race trip difference? Check out our Race FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that pertain to

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into PAU.

You can take a bus or taxi from the airport to our meeting location at the Pau TGV station.

Pau Train Station | Pau, France

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Pau Train Station (Avenue Jean Biray, 64000 Pau, France) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. A 1-hour shuttle through the bustling city of Pau will bring you to our hotel in Lourdes. Please have your first day’s riding gear handy and separate from your other luggage to facilitate the bike fitting and ride.

If you will be late for the pick-up or will miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Grand Hotel de Moderne (+33 (0)5 62 94 12 32), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Alti Hotel | Bagnere du Luchon, France

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Alti Hotel. You’ll then travel by shuttle to Pau Train Station, arriving at around 1:00 PM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate any possible traffic delays.

Before & After: Pau, France

Pau, the capital of the Pyrénées-Atlantique, is situated near the border of Spain, between Toulouse and the Côte Basque. It offers spellbinding views of both rolling hills and snow capped mountains. Don’t miss the Pau Castle, the birth place of King Henry IV, and the fortress of the Viscounts of Bearn, a royal residence during the renaissance. Parts of the castle look quite austere, but the main entrance is lovely. You’ll find exceptional museums, including the Bernadotte Museum and the Musée des Beaux-Art, which house works by Rubens and Dégas among many others. Pau-Pyrénées also has the best shops in the Bearn region. From antiques dealers to souvenirs and from bars to restaurants to haute-couture, this region offers it all. Plus, enticing markets with lively, colorful and varied selections that are sure to please the senses. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel:

Villa Navarre

This 5* hotel is a 19th-century villas et on lush grounds just outside the centre of Pau. It features traditional but modern rooms and an upscale restaurant with mountain views and a terrace.

59 Avenue Trespoey | +33 5 59 14 65 65 | http://www.villanavarre.fr | ~$300

Parc Beaumont

This sleek modern hotel is architecturally interesting and offers expanses of glass for inviting natural light. You’ll enjoy the warm and inviting relaxation area, as much as the comfortably appointed rooms with gleaming hardwoods.

1, Avenue Edouard VII | +33 (0)5 59 11 84 00 | www.Hotel-Parc-Beaumont.com | ~$280

Hôtel le Gramont

This charming hotel is located just steps away from the castle in Pau and boasts original facades from the early 20th century. Elegant common areas and old English decor lend an air of quiet reserve.

3 Place Gramont | +33 (0)5 59 27 84 04 | www.HotelGramont.com | ~$180


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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