Alps to the Pyrenees and Calais to the Pyrenees where you can ride your own Tour de France
French End to End is our version of ride your own Tour De France, from Calais to the Pyrenees or the Alps to the Pyrenees for 2019and finish on the Col du Tourmalet for 9 memorable days in France.
Our group cycling holidays covers a range of different destinations however this is a route where the destination is different each day this is an undertaking for all cycling abilities. We take care of everything - we plan the route, book the accommodation and do all we can to make sure you have a great time.
There is a support vehicle to carry your bags, and look after the group. We also have a member of our team riding with the group will be able to speak both English and French to help with mechanicals or any other problems and to make sure that no-one is left behind.
This is a 9 day classic route through France which is only for cyclists who have a very good fitness level and just like the Tour we change the route every year. Should you want to do your own Tour De France in 2019, then Calais to the Pyrenees will be one of your best rides of the year, our 1st trip starts on Friday 3 May 2019.
All our holidays have been carefully researched to ensure the routes use quiet scenic roads and include places of interest along the way. You are also provided with detailed route instructions so you can ride at your own pace if you wanted to. Each day has a pre-arranged lunch stop where you can help yourself and have a little rest.
The holidays attract all sorts of different people, are usually a good mix of males and females, singles, couples, friends and families, and are always great fun. A summary of our trips for 2016 can be found in the Holidays packages on our cycling website.
French 'End to End' taking you all the way from the English Channel to the Pyrenees. Highlights of this years Tour de France in 2016 through Picardie, Loire valley, Massif central, Vendee and the Lot and Dordogne not to miss the Gers finishing on the Col du Tourmalet.
The holiday starts from Calais where we will collect you from the port where you will spend your 1st night before you start the journey west. Our route takes you through the pretty farming countryside of Picardie Loire Valley! Through the massive central, with its lush green wooded countryside the Languedoc and through the Aveyron the Tarn valley and finally into the Midi Pyrenees.
The last regions of excellent riding territory hilly to say the least before the last day arrives and we are fully into the high mountains of the Pyrenees. This superb ride that takes you through some of the most beautiful areas of France – it should not be missed. This is one of our favourite cycling holidays and we run it twice a year May, and September some of the most delightful times of the year when there is no holiday traffic, unlike July and August in France and when the days are not too hot. The holiday offers similar challenges to the UK ‘End to End’, but the weather is better and the total distance is slightly less.
We look forward to seeing you in 2019 stay fit see you in Calais
How do you get to the start of the holiday?
We will collect you from Calais port flying offers the easiest way to return home from your holiday with Ryanair, although for most destinations travelling by train (or coach-BIKE EXPRESS) is also an option. We will provide transport from the nearest port Calais for the start, or Pau or Lourdes (or Train station Lourdes) to the start & finish of the holiday.
Start dates for this years 9 day Tour de France are TBA at the end of September - Calais to the Pyrenees. Travel to the event must be carried out on the Friday as the rides will start at 0930 on the Saturday morning:- The route will be announed at the end of November.
How do you get to the start of the holiday?
For most people from Dover as a foot passenger this can be booked in advance or just turn up at the port and book a single foot passenger roughly about £10.00 flying offers the quickest and easiest way to return home from your holiday, although for most destinations travelling by train (or coach-BIKE EXPRESS) is also an option. We will provide transport from the nearest airport (or station) to the start & finish of the holiday.
The support vehicle?
The support vehicle will transport your luggage to the daily destination, and also provides any additional assistance required. It doesn't follow the group closely but will meet up with you once or twice a day, so you can top up your water bottles, have some lunch or jump on board if you are feeling tired.
The accommodation is on half board basis, breakfast and evening meals are included in the price of this holiday. The hotels we use are mostly small family run accommodation, providing a friendly relaxed atmosphere. These are usually classed as 2* or similar. We book rooms with ensuite facilities where available, but this cannot be guaranteed due to the variety and number of establishments used. Some basic lunch items are provided and the tour leader will have a pre-arranged lunch stop about half way through the days ride (but you are welcome to stop wherever you want). Hotels are chosen to ensure that there is a restaurant in the hotel or close by, so that you do not have far to go for an evening meal.
All hotel based holidays if you are travelling alone you can either pay the "Single supplement - price for the holiday and have a room to yourself or pay the regular price and we will book you into a twin bedded room with another single member of the group of the same sex. However please note that on most holidays the number of single rooms available is limited and they do tend to go quickly.
Do I have to ride with the group all the time?
Every member of the group is provided with our detailed route instructions, so you can ride at your own pace and stop whenever you want, without the worry of getting lost. During breakfast the tour leader will go over the day's route and point out the scheduled lunch stop suggest a few places you may like to stop, but you are free to do what you want. In practice most people find they team up with other group members of a similar ability really quickly, and so ride together with a small group most of the time.
Tour Price includes:-
* Accommodation family run Hotels 9 days based on 2 sharing.
* Basic lunch items, bread, ham, cheese, cakes + tea and coffee
* Breakfasts for 9 days
* Evening Meals for 9 days
* Route guide.
* Support vehicle & driver.
* Hotel luggage transfers
* Transfers to Lourdes or Pau airports or Lourdes Train Station
Tour Price does not include:
Travel to Calais or return flights home from the Pyrenees any additional snacks or drinks required during the day, wine and beer are not included on any of our Tours.and the cost of any optional excursions, entrance fees etc.
So now all you have to do is look at which week suits your requirements above, check with us for availability, then check travel arrangements for how to get to Calais search for P&O ferries or Seafrance and then Ryanair or Air France for your return Flight back to the UK or Paris for connecting flights worldwide. We can book these for you using the credit card details you have supplied to us for the booking of your holiday we will check all dates with you first before confirming any other travel arrangements. We look forward to spending time with you on the roads of France.
Classic Tour Cols Week inlcudes
Return transfers from/to Pau airport or Lourdes train station
-Half board including breakfast, afternoon tea and fantastic home-cooked 3 course meals every night. (Wed is our night off).
-Cereal bars and energy drink to keep you fuelled-up.
-Secure storage for your bikes we know how much you love them!!
-Back up on call just in case for major break downs...
.-You will be staying for 7 days/6 nights at Les Sorbiers our fine Napoleonic hotel in the heart of the Pyrenees.
-5 days of riding 1 - 2 cols per day with the guide. Riding the Tourmalet, Luz Ardiden, Cauterets, Hautacam, Aubisque, Soulor and the Aspin, Just to name a few there are others, Col du Tentes 2200m that takes in 40km climb not just the alps that have the big boys.
Tour Price does not include:
Travel to and from start or return points flights home from the Pyrenees any additional snacks or drinks required during the day, wine and beer are not included on any of our Tours, and the cost of any optional excursions, entrance fees etc.
For further information and for prices check our cycling holidays including specific dates, other essential information see www.pyreneescycling.co.uk or click on the link below.
We offer a 5 & 7 day traverse a sample of the Classics with longer days in the saddle. The 10 day traverse takes in more of the Classic Cols with shorter days in the saddle.
Most importantly we explain ourselves what expect how you can tackle one the most difficult mountain chains in the world. Our Classic Cols weeks are very popular and we have limitations on dates.