- 1 Tour Description
- 2 Daily Tour Overview
- 2.1 Day 1 – Bilbao Collect (Spanish Basque Country)
- 2.2 Day 2 – Bilbao, Guggenheim & the voice of the TDF!
- 2.3 Day 3 – Bilbao – 2023 TDF Stage 1
- 2.4 Day 4 – San Sebastian – 2023 TDF Stage 2
- 2.5 Day 5 – 2023 TDF Stage 3 – Basque Coastline
- 2.6 Day 6 – Welcome to the French Pyrenees
- 2.7 Day 7 – 2023 TDF Stage 5 – Laruns
- 2.8 Day 8 – 2023 TDF Stage 6 – time for the Tourmalet
- 2.9 Day 9 – Au Revoir
- 3 Cycling Tour Grading
- 4 Dates & Prices
- 5 Tour de France Cycling Stories
- 6 Client Reviews (Tour de France)
July 2024 – Race released during October/November 2023 – ENQUIRE TODAY
[2023 Example] If your dream is to ride and watch key Tour de France stages then we are ready to support you on your quest! The race organisers have released the 2023 stages and we are pleased to be rolling out a combined Basque Country and Pyrenees package for the 2023 TDF. Bilbao, the capital of Spain’s Basque Country, will host the first 3 stages of the 2023 TDF and what better way then to also get a taste of Spain during your tour! Some big mountain stages are then straight up with the French Pyrenees only a short cross-over into France. Here you will ride a number of the classic cols such as Col d’Aubisque, Cauterets-Cambasque and Col du Tourmalet!
The excitement of the world’s biggest bike race is on show with five key stages including stage starts/finishes and giant mid-race cols. The legendary Tour de France commentator Phil Liggett will also join the group for dinner in Bilbao! At the end of the tour our team will chaperone you through to Toulouse where you can continue your own French adventures!
Daily Tour Overview
Day 1 – Bilbao Collect (Spanish Basque Country)
We will meet you all at Bilbao Airport at around 12:00 noon. Bilbao is the capital of Spain’s Basque Country and with its trendy pintxo bars (tapas in Basque language) and famous museums such as the Guggenheim, there is always plenty to see and do.
Today it is all about getting ready for the coming days so there will be a meet and greet in the afternoon and a bike fitting at the hotel. We will then depart on foot as a group for a walking tour of Bilbao’s Old Town followed by watching the Tour de France Team Presentation live!
Meals: Dinner Included / Sleep: Bilbao (Spain)
Day 2 – Bilbao, Guggenheim & the voice of the TDF!
Following breakfast we will depart the hotel by bike to ride sections of tomorrow’s TDF Stage 1 route. This will be a great chance to get familiar with your bike and roll out the legs. In the afternoon there will be more bike time with a city bike tour and Guggenheim Museum visit. To cap off a fantastic day tonight we are lucky enough to enjoy the company of Phil Liggett as our special guest for dinner.
Distance: 40km + City Bike Tour / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Bilbao (Spain)
Day 3 – Bilbao – 2023 TDF Stage 1
Today the 2023 Tour de France will commence with the stage starting and finishing in Bilbao. There are some beautiful coastal roads immediately to the north of Bilbao to enjoy so why not join us on a morning ride covering approximately 70km and 1000m of climbing. You will be back in time to watch the stage finish in Bilbao. This will be a lot of fun as the Basque love cycling and also know how to enjoy themselves! This evening we will join our local guide for a unique walking Bilbao Pintxos tour.
Distance: 70km (1000m elevation gain) / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Bilbao (Spain)
Day 4 – San Sebastian – 2023 TDF Stage 2
We depart Bilbao early by coach and head to Tolosa (1.5hr drive). The riding group will quickly prepare and head off by bike to ride the final section of today’s Stage 2 which will take us through Irun and the final climb of the day before we descend into San Sebastian. The final climb just happens to be the Jaizkibel classic (8km at 5.5% average gradient)!
Non-riders will have a chance to explore the town of Tolosa before being transferred by coach to San Sebastian. Once we arrive in San Sebastian we will all watch the finish of Stage 2 live!
Distance: 80km (1300m gain) / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: San Sebastian (Spain)
Day 5 – 2023 TDF Stage 3 – Basque Coastline
More live viewing of the 2023 Tour de France awaits you. We depart the hotel by bike to ride todays TDF stage in the reverse direction. Along the way we will see local towns set up for the race which will come through later in the day. We will stop at the coastal town of Zarautz to watch the race pass through. Once the riders and support vehicles have passed we hop back on the bikes and make our way back to San Sebastian via an inland route.
On arrival back at the hotel there’ll be time to refresh before our San Sebastian Pintxos tour. The old town is always a favourite amongst our guests who travel with us to Spain. The walk around La Concha beach is not too bad either!
Distance: 70km (1100m gain) / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: San Sebastian (Spain)
Day 6 – Welcome to the French Pyrenees
Today we leave San Sebastian, and we will make our way to Lourdes where we will stay in the heart of the French Pyrenees for the next 3 nights. This transfer from Spain to France takes about 2.5 hours so we will get to Lourdes before lunch. To make the most of the fantastic cycling on offer in the Pyrenees we will take a rest from Le Tour today. Once in Lourdes what we will do is check into the hotel and then offer an afternoon guided bike ride in the local area. In two days, the professionals will finish atop Cauterets-Cambasque (Stage 6) and this 75km out and back ride is exceptional. The first 20km follow the valley floor on a designated bike lane before the 16km climb (average 5.4% grade) up to Cambasque-Cauterets.
Distance: 75km (950m elevation gain) / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Lourdes (France)
Day 7 – 2023 TDF Stage 5 – Laruns
We will depart from the hotel where our route will take us to the base of the Col du Soulor. From here you will tackle the classic Soulor / Aubisque double. We then ride the magical balcony road that joins both of these epic TDF climbs before descending down into Laruns to see the Stage 5 finish live!
The first mountain stage will begin in Pau before heading out to the Pyrenees. The stage covers 165km and the riders will take on two mountains before the finish in Laruns. Tadej Pogacar has previously dominated stages starting in Pau, but will this year see a new winner, or will he take glory once more?
Following the stage finish and podium celebrations there will be a 1hr drive back to our Lourdes base. Dinner tonight will be full of Col d’Aubisque superlatives!
Distance: 80km (1500m elevation gain) / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Lourdes (France)
Day 8 – 2023 TDF Stage 6 – time for the Tourmalet
For most we will have saved the best for last! Today you will ride up the world famous Col du Tourmalet to a viewing spot near the summit. Here we will join the local passionate crowds to watch the excitement unfold as the riders come past.
These are the stages that cycling fans around the world look forward to as the peloton takes on the gruelling, relentless accents. Up in the mountains the teams will be put to the test in a bid for glory. Rolling out of Tarbes the riders will cover 145km, starting with the Col d’Aspin followed by the Col du Tourmalet and finishing up at Cauterets-Cambasque (where we finished a couple of days ago). It’s going to be an exciting stage and the challenge for the group will be one to remember and savour.
Distance: 100km (2000m elevation gain) Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Lourdes (France)
Day 9 – Au Revoir
Following breakfast the guides will be available to transfer you to Toulouse Blagnac Airport by 12:00 noon. From here we will say our goodbyes before you continue on your own adventures.
Meals: Breakfast included
Cycling Tour Grading
Dates & Prices
|Dates||29 June – 7 July 2023|
|Duration||8 nights / 9 days|
|Price (per person)||from 3150€ (twin share)|
(Carbon, 105 or Ultegra, Compact, 11/32)
|Single Room Supplement||Please ask|