TOUR DE FRANCE 2014
Four Pyrenees Stages
Carcassonne to Luchon, St Lary Soulon to Pla d'adet,
Pau to Hautacam & Maubourguet Stage Start
21st to 26th July 2014
This tour is for those people who have a limited amount of time to watch the Tour de France, but want to see the most exciting and dramatic stages.
The final & decisive high mountain stages of the 2014 Tour de France will take place in the Pyrenees and on this tour you will see 4 of the most important mountain stages of the race.
You´ll see the longest stage (237km) to Bagneres de Luchon that takes in the difficult Port de Bales, plus two short and explosive mountain stages that finish at the ski stations of Pla d’Adet & Hautacam and the sprint stage starting from Maubourguet.
For those bringing bikes you will have the opportunity to ride the famous climbs that feature on the 2014 Route du Tour, Port de Bales, Val Louron Azet, Pla d’Adet, Col du Tourmalet, Hautacam, along with other Pyrenean climbs like the Aspin & Aubisque.
We shall spend 1 night in Toulouse at the 4* Hotel Radisson Blu, followed by 3 nights in Lourdes at the 3* Hotel Christina and finally 1 night back at the 4* Hotel Radisson Blu in Toulouse.
You can arrange your own flight to Toulouse airport, where our reps will meet you, and we shall offer regular transfers to your hotel (Hotel Radisson Blu Toulouse airport).
From the UK there are numerous budget airlines that fly into Toulouse airport (book early to take advantage of cheap flights).
The following airlines fly from the UK into Toulouse:..
Also British Airways, Air France, Aer Lingus, Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines operate flights to Toulouse.
Our planned itinerary for this trip of the 2014 Tour de France - please note, this is the intended itinerary at this stage but things may change between now and the actual time of the Tour.
Tuesday 21st July:
Arrange your own flight into Toulouse airport, where we shall meet you and offer regular transfers from the airport to the 4* Hotel Radisson Blu Toulouse airport, where we shall spend 1 night on Dinner Bed & Breakfast.
Tuesday 22nd July:
The Tour de France enters the Pyrenees with the longest stage of the whole tour, a massive 237km mountain stage between Carcassonne and Bagneres de Luchon. Enroute the riders will have to face the climbs of the Portet d’Aspet & Col de Arres before tackling the difficult Port de Bales and the tricky descent to the finish in Bagneres de Luchon.
After an early breakfast we shall leave Toulouse and travel to the village of Mauleon-Barousse, which is at the base of the Port de Bales. On our arrival in Mauleon-Barousse those with bikes will have the opportunity to ride the climb of the Port de Bales in advance of the riders and see the stage here, whilst those without bikes will be able to walk onto the lower slopes of the climb.
After seeing the stage, we shall regroup at the bus and travel to the city of Lourdes where we shall spend the next 3 nights at the excellent 3* Hotel Christina on Dinner Bed & Breakfast.
NON CYCLISTS: (SEPARATE BUS TO TOUR BUS)
1. Excursion to Carcassonne to visit Medieval Old city and stage start and then transfer to Lourdes hotel
2. Morning to visit the city of Toulouse and then transfer to Lourdes hotel
Wednesday 23rd July:
After yesterday’s mammoth 237km stage, the 2nd Pyrenean mountain stage is a short and explosive stage that takes in no less than 4 Pyrenean cols in a 125km stage between Saint Gaudens & the Ski station of Pla d’Adet. In fact there is 40km of climbing in the last 100km of the stage, a classic Pyrenean mountain stage that takes in the cols of Portillon, Peyresourde, Val Louron-Azet and Pla d’Adet.
It's an absolute classic Pyrenean mountain stage, that is not to be missed!
The stage will celebrate and honour the 40th anniversary of French cycling hero Raymond Poulidor's stage victory at Pla d’Adet. It will also honour the 40th anniversary of the finish line speaker Daniel Mangeas, who will retire in 2014 as official Tour de France speaker, and whose first finish line commentaries were at Pla d’Adet in 1974.
After breakfast we shall leave Lourdes and travel to the town of Saint Lary Soulon, at the base of the climb to Pla d’Adet, where those with bikes will have the opportunity to ride the final two climbs of the day, Col du Val Louron-Azet and Pla d’Adet, or just Pla d’Adet. The stronger cyclists and more adventurous can ride from the hotel in Lourdes to Pla d’Adet via the Col d’Aspin (80km) and return to Lourdes on the bus after the stage.
Those without bikes will be taken to Saint Lary Soulon (base of the climb to Pla d’Adet) from where they can visit this charming Pyrenean town in the morning and then watch the stage in the afternoon. Alternatively they may want to spend the day in Lourdes and visit the town, or take advantage of our optional excursions at a small supplement, see below.
At an extra supplement, we are able to offer helicopter travel to see the stage. You will be taken by car to Lourdes Heliport and flown over the high Pyrenees to the ski station of Pla d’Adet to see the finish. After seeing the stage you will be flown back over the high Pyrenees and to Lourdes and car transport to your hotel.
1. Excursion to Pic du Midi (depends if open). TDF goes over Tourmalet tomorrow.
2. Morning to visit Lourdes & Bagneres de Bigorre (spa)
Thursday 24th July:
The final Pyrenean stage of the Tour de France finishes at the ski station of Hautacam, very close to our base in Lourdes. It starts from Pau and once again is a short and explosive stage that takes in the iconic Col du Tourmalet prior to the difficult final climb to Hautacam. The stage is pretty much a copy of the 2008 stage from Pau to Hautacam.
Our location in Lourdes could not be better for accessing the stage, as we are located only 15km from the base of the Hautacam climb. Those with bikes can ride from the hotel to either Hautacam or the Col du Tourmalet to see the stage and back to the hotel afterwards. There may also be the opportunity to ride the Col du Soulor / Col d’Aubisque prior, or for the stronger and more adventurous there is the opportunity to ride the last 110km of the stage taking in the iconic Col du Tourmalet & Hautacam, but you’ll have to leave early.
Those without bikes will be taken the short distance from Lourdes to the base of the Hautacam climb, from where they will be able to walk onto the lower slopes to see the stage. After seeing the stage we shall re group at the bus and return to our base in Lourdes.
At an extra supplement, we are able to offer helicopter travel to see the stage. You will be taken by car to Lourdes Heliport and flown to the ski station of Hautacam to see the finish. After seeing the stage you will be flown back to Lourdes and car transport to your hotel.
1. Morning to visit Lourdes & Bagneres de Bigorre (spa)
Friday 25th July:
The Tour de France exits the Pyrenees with a 208km flat stage for the sprinters from Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour to Bergerac.
After breakfast we shall leave Lourdes and travel to Maubourguet to see the stage start. Here you may get the opportunity to meet some of your favourite riders and get autographs.
After seeing the riders arrive at the start, sign on and start the stage we shall travel to Toulouse airport (approx. arrival 17.00hrs). Those of you who wish can fly out this day, but we have booked accommodation at the 4* Hotel Radisson Blu for the night on Dinner Bed & Breakfast.
Sunday 26th July:
After breakfast, transport will be provided either by ourselves or the hotel shuttle to travel the short distance to Toulouse airport for your flight.
£689 per person based on two people sharing a twin room.
Single supplement of £259 per person per room.
Included in your basic travel package are:
- 5 Nights Dinner Bed & Buffet Breakfast accommodation
- Air conditioned coach transportation throughout
- Coach transfers to and from Toulouse airport at specific times
- Special bike trailer for the safe keeping & transport of your bike
- Guided bike rides
- Coloured maps with Tour de France route marked
- Detailed itinerary
- Services of our guide
Not included (not exhaustive):
- Flights to Toulouse
- Hotel extras (telephone, drinks, laundry
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