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Tour De France 2023 – Basque country and French Pyrenees

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Availability : June 30th to July 6th 2023

Experience the passion and emotion of the Tour in the first week of competition in the spectacular basque country with Bilbao and San Sebastain and the mountainous region of the french Pyrenees. 

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Experience the passion, excitement and emotion of this special week of the Tour de France as it makes its way through the basque country in Spain and the French Pyrenees.

For any cyclist with a passion for the peloton and an obsession with the Tour de France our Bike Spain Tour following the Tour of France of this classic road race is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Live the rides for yourself and then cheer on the pros as they pass you on the very same climb. The sensation of the cycling routes, the fun and excitement of being able to cheer on the riders during the stages on the hardest climbs or the most vertiginous descents, the possibility of giving the best of yourself climbing the emblematic mountain passes or, simply, being able to enjoy privileged views.

Passion, emotion and pure sport in this first week of the Tour de France, traveling through the spectacular coastal area of the Basque Country towards the central Pyrenees with Lourdes and the Tourmalet. We start in Bilbao and cycle through the best routes of the Basque Country. You will see the passion with which cycling is lived in the Basque Country. Then in San Sebastian, the gastronomic capital of the world, we can continue riding along the Atlantic coast. When we enter France we will go directly to Lourdes to see the first mountain stage and we will be able to climb the Tourmalet.

During the course of our weeklong cycling adventure we will see various stages of the tour! Our small group sizes allow for a flexible VIP experience with close proximity to the Pro Tour Teams.

Highest quality hotels have been carefully selected. In addition, our experienced guides will always be at your disposal to help you from the moment you arrive in Bilbao. They know the route of the race as well as the best roads and secondary roads so that you can enjoy this sporting event without worrying about anything but the pleasure of pedaling and riding with our top of the range bikes.

Itinerary


Day 1: Bilbao
Friday, June 30th 

Welcome to Spain and Basque Country!

Arrival on your own in Bilbao. From 14pm we will be waiting for you at the hotel, well located in the center of Bilbao and very close to the stage departures and arrivals: Hotel ABBA Euskalduna. A privilege to stay in this city. The aiport is really close from Bilbao.
We will set up the bikes and we will cycle along the river of Bilbao and see the Guggenhein museum. Bike route along the coast of Bilbao, leaving by the river and arriving at the beautiful port of Getxo. We will see the open sea. Classic route of all the “bilbainos” local cyclists. 

Group dinner at the hotel overlooking the river.

Hotel:Hotel ABBA Euskalduna

Day 2: Bilbao
Saturday, July 1st

Route: 79.5km
Elevation: 1238m

Today we cycle early to be able to return to Bilbao and see the start of the stage. We will go by the coast to see the cyclist route and we will come back to Bilbao. It will be the best way to see all the cyclists. Afterwards we will ride in Bilbao to see the finish of the stage on a giant screen.
It will be a stage with numerous breakaway attempts as there is no flat terrain.

Hotel: Hotel ABBA Euskalduna

Day 3: San Sebastian –  Donosti
Sunday, July 2nd

Route: 107km
Elevation: 1964m

We left Bilbao by van to transfer to the second part of the Basque coast from Lekeitio, through Bermeo, Zumaia to San Sebastian. Already in the hotel, we change to go to see the end of the stage and stroll through this beautiful city, one of the most beautiful in Spain. It will be another lively stage with many breakaway attempts as there is no flat terrain.

Group dinner in the old town.

Hotel: Hotel Codina

Day 4: San Sebastian – Donosti
Monday, July 3rd

Route: 68km
Elevation: 1451m

Today we will cycle a good part of the Clasica San Sebastian, another race that takes place after the Tour de France. We will watch the race pass over the Jaizkibel pass and cycle back to the hotel.

Dinner is not included tonight. Near the hotel, you have multiple possibilities of restaurants to enjoy your dinner.

Hotel: Hotel Codina

 

Day 5: Lourdes
Tuesday, July 4th

Route: 100km
Elevation: 2174 m

Today we will travel 2 hours by van to Lourdes. There we start the route to the Tourmalet, as the race today is held in the interior of France.
Undoubtedly, this climb will remain in your memory. Nice climb and opportunity to make this colossus of the Tour de France, which is run the next day.

Return by bike to the hotel and dinner with all the group.

Hotel: Hotel ALBA

Day 6: Lourdes
Wednesday, July 5th

Route: 111.7km
Elevation: 2110m

We left by bike to climb Col de Soulor and Col Aubisque, the most spectacular road in the Pyrenees. We take the descent to Laruns where the race finish today. After watching the race, return to the hotel by van or bike. We will have  dinner at the hotel.

Stage of the day: https://www.letour.fr/en/stage-5

Hotel: Hotel ALBA

Day 7: Lourdes
Wednesday, July 6th

Route: 85km
Elevation: 1758m

We left by bike to Cauterets-Pont d´Espagne to see the end of the stage. Beautiful ride through this world heritage site. The Pyrenees National Park is impressive. We hope to have a bright sunny day in which we will see the second mountain stage of the tour, which after the first half-mountain stages will surely be the first opportunity to see the leaders of the race. After watching the race, return to the hotel by van or bike. We will have the last dinner at the hotel.

Stage of the day: https://www.letour.fr/en/stage-6

Hotel: Hotel ALBA

Day 8: Departure
Thursday, July 7th

After breakfast it will be time to say goodbye to this year’s Tour de France. Transfer to Bilbao for 3 hours.

Possibility to take the train from Lourdes to Paris.

Hotels

 

abba Euskalduna

Discover the beautiful sun terrace – where you can take in superlative panoramic views.

Abba Euskalduna hotel is strategically located in the centre of the city of Bilbao, near the famous Guggenheim Museum and is ideal for exploring Bilbao.

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Hotel Codina

The Codina Hotel is located 300 metres from Ondarreta Beach, in San Sebastián.

It is a 3-star hotel designed to offer you a pleasant stay in the city. Remodelled in 2006, the building is modern and welcoming. The Sercotel Codina Hotel offers 65 rooms equipped with all the amenities, including free WiFi Internet. Because of its location and facilities, this hotel is one the best accommodation option for your visit to this famous city.

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Hotel Alba

Hotel Alba is located in Lourdes and has great views of the Gave River.

This hotel has a terrace, a large garden and air-conditioned rooms. It is located in one of the most popular neighbourhoods of Lourdes.

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What’s included

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in local and deluxe selected hotels
  • Breakfasts and 5 dinners including wine
  • Bilingual and experienced Bike Spain Tours guide(s) to ensure a superior customer service
  • Support vehicle to provide technical assistance, offer refreshments and snacks, give you a lift uphill at the end of the day and transport your luggage from one place to the other
  • Bike routes on an easy to navigate app, a day-to-day itinerary plus hotel list and regional information
  • Gratuities for baggage, restaurants and hotel service
  • Bike Spain Tours handle bar bag, water bottle,luggage tags and bike jersey
  • Bike Spain Tours travel coordinator, available to assist with all of your pre and post-trip travel plans and arrangements
  • Travel insurance with medical assistance

Not Included

  • Lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Gratuities for Bike Spain Tours guide

Options

  • Single supplement of 580 €

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Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in local and deluxe selected hotels
  • Meals: all breakfasts and 4 dinners including wine
  • Bilingual and experienced Bike Spain Tours guide(s) to ensure a superior customer service
  • Support vehicle to provide technical assistance, offer refreshments and snacks, give you a lift uphill at the end of the day and transport your luggage from one place to the other
  • Detailed document with regional maps, a day-to-day itinerary plus hotel list and regional information
  • Gratuities for baggage, restaurants and hotel service
  • Bike Spain Tours handle bar bag, water bottle,luggage tags and bike jersey
  • Bike Spain Tours travel coordinator, available to assist with all of your pre and post-trip travel plans and arrangements
  • Travel insurance with medical assistance

Coverage to guarantee a safe trip. An indispensable travelling companion provided by BIKE SPAIN TOURS for our clients. Nevertheless, we ask you to review the limited amount of such coverage included in our insurance, and to confirm with your insurer that you are adequately covered in any event.

(Included in our Guided tours)

Example of insurance policy

Not Included

  • 4 dinners and all the lunches
  • Gratuities for Bike Spain Tours guide

Options

  • Extra nights: Ask for price.
  • Single supplement of 580€.

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GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS: CANCELLATIONS

To confirm and guarantee your reservation we require a down payment of 500 EUR.This amount is non refundable. Final payment is due 70 days before the starting date of your trip.

If for any reason you wish to cancel the trip, we will reimburse you for the amount minus the the deposit (€ 500). Also a penalty will apply, depending on the date we receive notification of the cancelation:

– Between 70 and 31 days before departure: 50% of the total trip;
– Between 30 and 7 days before departure: 70% of the total trip;
– Between 6 and 2 days before departure: 90% of the total trip;
– 24 hours before departure and no show: 100% of the total trip.

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Dates

29th June to 6th Jul 2023