- Itinerary Overview
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|Arrival Day Biarritz Quick spin|
|Day 1 Biarritz - Oloron-Ste-Marie||127 KM||3,100 M|
|Day 2 Oloron-Ste-Marie - Saint-Savin||115 KM||2,700 M|
|Day 3 Saint-Savin - Bagnères-De-Luchon||109 KM||3,340 M|
|Day 4 Luchon - St-Girons||127 KM||3,120 M|
|Day 5 St-Girons - Gincla||168 KM||3,300 M|
|Day 6 Gincla - Collioure||142 KM||2,050 M|
|Day 7 Collioure|
Biarritz Quick spin
Flights into Biarritz airport or get a train to Biarritz train station where you will be met by a member of Rapha Travel.
Accommodation: Hotel Windsor
Biarritz - Oloron-Ste-Marie
On our first day of riding, we leave Biarritz along the Route Impériale des Cimes (the Imperial Summit Route) into the undulating foothills of the French Basque country. The unique and vibrant local culture will be quite apparent in our resting place for the night, Oloron-Ste-Marie, a beautiful town with distinctly Romanesque architecture at the junction of two rivers.
Accommodation: Alysson Hotel
Major Climbs: Col des Plombières (343m), Col d’Osquich (500m)
Oloron-Ste-Marie - Saint-Savin
Today’s ride tackles some famous Tour roads, with the steepest gradients reserved for the first climb, Marie Blanque, which takes us above 1,000m for the first time. After the long, picturesque climb to the Aubisque we arrive at the Cirque du Litor, one of the greatest roads in Europe. Our dinner tonight in Saint-Savin will be memorable.
Accommodation: Le Viscos
Major Climbs: Col de Marie Blanque (1,035m), Col d’ Aubisque (1,709m)
Saint-Savin - Bagnères-De-Luchon
A giant and memorable day in the mountains, the three main climbs were included in the first Tour de France Pyrenean stage in 1910. First up, the mighty Tourmalet, then the green Peyresourde and the gentler, pretty Aspin. It’s where Tour legends are made.
Accommodation: Acta Hotel
Major Climbs: Col du Tourmalet (2,115m), Col d’Aspin (1,489m), Col de Peyresourde (1,569m)
Luchon - St-Girons
Tired legs and more difficult climbing on the way make day four a challenge, but heading briefly into Spain will keep things interesting, and we will pay homage at the memorial to young Fabio Casartelli, who was killed on the Portet d’Aspet in the 1995 Tour. The Chateau Beauregard, where we finish the day, is a delight.
Accommodation: Château de Beauregard
Major Climbs: Col du Portillon (1,320m), Col de Portet d’Aspet (1,069m)
St-Girons - Gincla
A stunning parcours rolling past the famous talc quarry at Trimouns, which provides 8% of the world’s talcum powder. It’s an impressive sight, somehow ominous and sublime. The Pailhères, another Tour de France favourite, will be the second highest point of the week, behind the Tourmalet.
Accommodation: Hostellerie du Grand Duc
Major Climbs: Col de Port (1,249m), Port de Pailhères (2,001m)
Gincla - Collioure
The final stage says adieu to the high mountains as the azure Mediterranean appears on the horizon. The fishing town of Collioure, a favourite subject for Picasso and Matisse, is the perfect place to reflect on an incredible journey.
Accommodation: Hotel Casa Pairal
Major Climbs: Col d'Aussières (1020m), Col de Palomère (1036m)
Transfer from the hotel to Perpignan airport or train station