Trans-Pyrenees

2 weeks, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean

Trans-Pyrenees

2 weeks, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean ​

Trans-Pyrenees

From the Atlantic to the Mediterranean in two weeks—From the Basque country in the west all the way to Catalonia in the east. We cross the French/Spanish border eight times and get to know all sides of the Pyrenees.

The idea is simple:  If you are a connoisseurs of cycling on beautiful backroads and wish to go beyond just ticking off famous col names, this is the tour for you. Will you climb the Tourmalet and the Aubisque? Of course! And, even better, your experience of the Pyrenees will not  be limtied to just the famous places where everybody is cycling.  On this tour you cycle on the very best roads from the Atlantik to the Mediterranean. Have a look at the video at the top of this page to see what we are talking about.

The Aliveness Cycling Trans-Pyrenees tour is the continuation of the same tour that we offered for 15 years as Canigou Cycling. It is tried and tested—based on our passion for finding the very best roads for you to cycle on.

If you only have one week, we recommend our Central-Pyrenees Tour.

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The shortest route from coast to coast that also includes the classic cols such as Tourmalet and Aubisque is about 770km/480mi long. While for very strong cyclists this distance is manageable in one week, to accomplish this one must cycle seven days in a row along a predetermined route confined to the French side and frequented by many tourists. Any deviation – for a fantastic stretch of road or a better hotel – will make the route too long. In our opinion, this is not the way to experience the beauty of the Pyrenees. Therefore, if you have only one week, we recommend our spectacular Central-Pyrenees tour.

Trans-Pyrenees

Pyrenees / Spain & France

Tour Date
September 6-20, 2020
Duration
14 Nights / 15 Days
Rental Bike

Cervélo C3 Ultegra Di2

Price

Starting at €3695

Stages & Rest Day

10 & 3

Distance

990km/615mi,
20,000m climb/66,000ft climb​

Rental E-Bike

New: available for 2020

Special Offer

10% off till November 30, 2019
For the first five bookings.

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Tour Highlights

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(1) Stage 3: Col d'Aubisque (1709m/5607ft)

Pyrenees Cycling Vacation Tourmalet

(2) Stage 4: Col du Tourmalet (2115m/6939ft)

(3) Stage 4: Col d'Aspin (1489m/4885ft)

Trans-Pyrenees Col de Peyresourde

(4) Col de Peyresourde (1569m/5148ft)

On dream roads from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean

Tour Itinerary

The Pyrenees

The Pyrenees extend about 500km/310mi from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean (West to East). About 1/3 of the Pyrenees are in France and 2/3 in Spain. The northern part is generally steeper and this is where most of the famous Tour-de-France cols are located. On the southern Spanish side, the slopes are generally milder and there is even less traffic.

Trans-Pyrenees Itinerary

We offer two options for the arrival: Arrive at the Mediterranean (5 September) or arrive at the Atlantik (6 September).

Choose arrival Mediterranean if you prefer flying in and out via the same destination, either Barcelona (BCN) or Girona (GRO). An added bonus of this potion is that you will spend the first evening in the old town of Girona where so many pro cyclists live and train. The following day we will travel with several cars from Girona to Irun at the Atlantik. Driving time is about 7 hours.

We offer airport transfers for both options.

We offer two options for the arrival: Arrive at the Mediterranean (5 September) or arrive at the Atlantic (6 September).

Choose arrival Atlantic if you don’t mind flying into one airport, Biarritz (BIQ) or Bilbao (BIO),  and departing from another, Barcelona (BCN) or Girona (GRO).

We offer airport transfers for both options.

The opening get together will be 5 pm in the Hotel Alcazar in Irun. There will be time to set up the bikes. 

For the evening we have a very special program: We will go to the beautiful town Hondarribia, just 10 min drive awway. This medieval town is located on the Atlantik coast with beautiful views accross the bay into France. We are here to get a taste of the Atlantik: No better place than the restaurant La Hermandad de Pescadors, the Brotherhood of fishermen, wich has supported widows of fishermenfor over 80 years. 

Destination: Irun, Gipuzkoa Province, Spain

Stages 1 and 2 take us through the Basque country. The first stage is relatively easy going and begins with a spectacular road along the Atlantic coast. We stay overnight in France close to Saint-Jean-Pied-De-Port, one of the main starting points of the Camino de Santiago. Stage two is the shortest, yet arguably toughest stage of the tour. Of 30km of climbing on todays stage, half have an average gradient between 8% and 11%. There are short bursts of up to 17%. A beautiful 20km decent into Spain leads us to Isaba, a typical basque village for our well deserved first rest day. We will be staying in the typical basque hotel Lola, which is famous in the valley for this is where the locals come to enjoy a good dinner.

Destinations:

Day 1/Stage 1: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, France

Day 2/Stage 2& Day 3/Rest Day 1: Isaba, Navarre Province, Spain

Stages 3 and 4 bring us back into France and across the most famous climbs of the Pyrenees, the Col d’Aubisque and the Col du Tourmalet. Average gradients stay around 8% and peak shortly at 10% at the top of the Tourmalet. We will spend the second rest day in Arreau where we will be staying at the Hotel Angleterre.

Destinations:

Day 4/Stage 3: Argelès-Gazost, Hautes-Pyrénées department, France

Day5/Stage 4 & Day6/Rest Day 2: Arreau, Hautes-Pyrénées department, France

After our second rest day we cycle back into Spain and along some of the most beautiful roads we know. Have a look at the video at the top of this page to see just how beautiful these roads are. On stage 5 average gradients stay under 8% except for 3km with 9%. On stages 6 and 7 average gradients always remain well under 7%. We stay in the medieval town of Solosona for our third rest day. Our hotel, La Freixera, is one of our favorites in the Pyrenees. Solsona was an important and rich commercial center and acted as a agteway for many products from the Pyrenees to Barcelona with it’s textile production and harbour.  Here you sometimes get the feeling that  you can already sense the Mediterranean influence. However, we have three more stages to go and head back north and back into France.

Destinations:

Day 7/Stage 5: Vielha, Catalonia Community, Spain

Day 8/Stage 6: Cellers, Lleida Province, Spain

Day 9/Stage 7 & Rest Day 3:  Solsona, Lleida Province, Spain

Stage 8 takes us to Castellar de n’Hug in Spain and on stage 9 we return into France close to the Canigou mountain. We stay in Céret, a picturesque French town known for it’s excellent Art museum where you can see paintings by Picasso, Chagall and Matisse. For the last stage of the Trans-Pyrenees, we cycle along the most eastern stretches of the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean. After what you will have already accomplished by now, cycling these final three stages will be a breeze. A dinner at the harbour of Port de la Selva concludes the tour.

Destinations:

Day 10 / Stage 8: Castellar de n’Hug, Barcelona Province, Spain

Day 11/Stage 9: Céret, Pyrénées-Orientales department, France

Day 12/Stage 10: Port de la Selva, Girona Province, Spain

On Sunday September 20, 2020 we will bring you to Barcelona or Girona airport. For those of you who come by car, we offer a transfer back to Girona where you can park your car for the duration of the tour.

Information in the itinerary is subject to change. Depending on conditions the exact route and length of stages and transfers may need to change.

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Price and Payment

Trans-Pyrenees 2020​

September 6 – 20

€ 3695 (Base Price)

Special offer till November 30, 2019
Limited to the first 5 bookings

10% Off

Single room supplement: € 595 (8 rooms maximum)
Maximum participants: 12

Early booking discount applies only to base price, not to any supplement.
Prices in USD: The tour price is payable in Euro. Here are approximations as reference only: €3695 is about USD4045.  €595 is about USD655.

Single room supplement: €595

Rental Bike: Cervélo C3 Climb: €428

Rental E-Bike: €678

Mediterranean arrival package, arrival September 5, 2020

Accommodation in Girona in a double room, half board (dinner & breakfast) plus transfer from Mediterranean to Atlantic (7hours drive): €185 (per person)

Single room supplement: € 45

Airport Transfer – Arrival & Departure Mediterranean

Airport Transfer: €120 (two-way/per person) Barcelona (BCN) or Girona (GRO)

Bike Case Airport Transfer: €40

Airport Transfer – Arrival Atlantic & Departure Mediterranean

Airport Transfer: €165 (two-way/per person) Arrival in Biarritz (BIQ), Departure Barcelona (BCN) or Girona (GRO).

Bike Case Airport Transfer: €40

Bike Case Transfer from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean: €95 (your bike case travels with us in the van from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean)

  • 14 nights in a double / twin room
  • 14 breakfast & dinners
  • Cycling support: Support cars & stations
  • Bike maintanance
  • Tour jersey
  • Aliveness Cycling water bottle
  • Air fare
  • Beverages during dinner
  • Lunch and coffee stops along the route
  • Repair service for flats (everyone repairs their own flats)
  • Luggage distribution (everyone carries their own luggage between room and van)
  • Gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff
  • Spare parts for your own bike
  • Personal items purchased during the trip

With the booking a total of €1,500 per person and the fee for the rental bike is payable.

The remainder is due 20 days before the beginning of the tour.

Transaction cost is to be paid by the customer. There is a 2% transaction fee for credit card payments.

The same payment conditions apply for early booking.

In compliance with European and Spanish regulations for tour operators, your payment is secured through our insurance. Our tour operator license is GC-1872.

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You may cancel your booking at any time.

We will acknowledge the cancellation within 3 working days and refund your payment within 30 days in accordance with the following table.

 

Amount Due as % of Total Tour Price

Cancellation fee per person

until 14 days after booking

until 60 days before tour begin

20 %

€85

until 15 days before tour begin

60 %

€85

until 7 days before tour begin

75 %

€85

Less than 7 days before tour begins

90 %

€85

No Show

100 %

€85

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Customize your tour
Celebrate life moments with us

Example: Choose a second date for your family / a closed group.

Tour Services

Trans-Pyrenees Tour includes the following services:

You will receive a GPS rental-unit and a route card for each stage. With this GPS on your handlebars, you will always know your way. It is up to you whether you want to cycle in a group or at your own pace. If you are bringing your own GPS, we will transfer the tracks to your device at the beginning of the tour.

One of our support cars is always nearby – en route we stay close by and we await you with snacks and drinks at the important cols. As necessary, we also offer the possibility to ride parts of the stage in the support car. All tours are scheduled so that you can expect excellent weather. Should it unexpectedly happen that you cannot cycle, we will transfer you to the next hotel.

Our support car is equipped with a comprehensive first-aid-kit. For immediate response we carry standard equipment, oxygen and a heart defibrillator.

For the most important repairs we carry a comprehensive set of tools and standard replacement parts for Shimano 11-speed components. We also carry some spare bikes. Additional costs may apply.

We carry fresh fruits, energy bars, gels, cookies & crackers, nuts & dry fruits, water, sports drink powder, soft drinks and hot beverages for you in the support car.

The Pyrenees are our home. In order to always guarantee the best possible road conditions we annually update each tour.

We transport one soft-shell traveling bag and one daypack for you. Your daypack will be accessible during the stages.

Accommodations are in well-kept, family owned Hotels and B&Bs. Regional specialities will be served and the needs of cyclists are accounted for.

On the rest day up to three cycling kits will be washed for you.

We capture the best moments of the tour for you. There will be a slideshow presentation at the end of the tour. Also, you will be able to purchase a USB flash drive (additional costs apply) with the slideshow and individual photos of yourself.

Bike

Rent a bike

Cervélo C3 Ultegra Di2

3T Exploro Force/Eagle eTap

Bring your own bike

If you are bringing your own bike in a bike-case and are taking our airport transfer, please let us know in advance and we will bring your bike-case to the starting location in the Pyrenees.

For the bike set-up, we have most standard tools (including a torque wrench) available for you. So, unless your bike has special requirements, there is no need to bring extra tools. Your bike-case will be stored and brought to where the tour ends. There, you may repack your bike in the evening before the departure day. During the tour you will not have access to your bike-case and your bike might need to be transported by us on the roof of our vehicle.

While we offer tools for setting up your bike, please be advised that correct and timely bike set-up remains your responsibility. We carry spare parts for Shimano 11-Speed components. If you have anything other than this, we recommend bringing some basic spare parts as you see fit.

Arrival & Departure

Airport Transfer

Option 1: Arrival & Departure Mediterranean

Arrival & overnight stay on September 5 plus Transfer to the Atlantic on September 6.

One additional night in the Girona area close to the end point of Trans-Pyrenees Tour.

Arrival: September 5, 2020

Pick-Up Location: Airport Girona (GRO)
Departure Time: 4:00pm

– OR –

Pick-Up Location: Airport Barcelona (BCN)
Departure Time: 2:00pm

Transfer: September 6, 2020

Transfer to Irun at the Atlantic
(driving time: about 6:30 hours)

Departure: September 20, 2020

Drop-Off Location: Airport Girona (GRO)
Arrival Time: 11:00am

– OR –

Drop-Off Location: Airport Barcelona (BCN)
Arrival Time: 1:00pm

Option 2: Arrival Atlantic & Departure Mediterranean

Arrival: September 6, 2020

Pick-Up Location: Airport Biaritz/France (BIQ)
Departure Time: 4:00pm

Departure: September 20, 2020

Drop-Off Location: Airport Girona (GRO)
Arrival Time: 11:00am

– OR –

Drop-Off Location: Airport Barcelona (BCN)
Arrival Time: 1:00pm

Please book your flights with at least 1:30h time before/after the transfer. If you are arriving from outside of Europe, you might want to schedule extra days as a buffer.
Pick-up service at Bilbao/Spain (BIO) is possible. Transfer upon request.

Coming by car

If you are coming with your own car, you will need to choose Option 1 (Arrival & Departure Mediterranean). You may park your car in Girona for the duration of the tour.

Do you have some questions about the tour?
Have a look at our FAQ, or contact us.

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About Us

Fangye and Dirk

Fangye & Dirk
The Adventurers behind Aliveness Cycling

Fangye is Chinese and, as a master student of tourism, one of her visions was to market South America as an attractive destination for travellers.
Dirk is Canadian, Chilean, and German, founder of Canigou Cycling/Aliveness Cycling and Associate Professor at the University of Girona. His mother is from Chile and much of our family lives in Santiago de Chile. Dirk has visited the country extensively and for more than a decade it has been his vision to offer cycling tours to Chile.
Fun fact: the Atacama Desert is where Dirk’s parents went for their honeymoon.

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