Here is an example of our 2014 Tour Program.
Join us on the bicycle vacation of a lifetime as we ride and watch three decisive mountain stages & Paris!
Watch Froome, Quintana, Contador, and Nibali battle it out.
ATG has 12 years experience guiding Tour de France bicycle tours. Read a recommendation in Velo News here
This tour always sells out, so book now to hold your spot!
2014 Trip Highlights
- Watch Stage 16: Finish in Luchon or on Port de Bales.
- Watch Stage 17: Mountaintop finish on Pla d'Adet.
- Watch Stage 18: on Col du Tourmalet.
- Climb 14 classic Pyrenees cols - all of stages 16, 17, and 18!
- Seven- or nine-day trip options.
- Hotels on TdF routes. No shuttles to or from stage.
- Extension option to watch finale in Paris.
- ITT in Bergerac – Rent a car and watch this stage self-guided.
We make watching the race easy — our hotels are ideally located on the finish of stage 16 in Luchon and at the base of Pla d’Adet's stage 17 mountaintop finish. There's no need for van transfers or sitting in traffic. To make your travel more convenient our tour starts and ends near the Pau Airport and TGV station.
Ride 14 of the Best Climbs in the Pyrenees
Get your legs ready for unforgettable climbs, including Col d'Aubisque, Col du Soulor, Port de Bales, Superbagneres, Col du Portillon, Col des Ares, Col de Portet d'Aspet, Col de Mente, Col de Peyresourde, Col d'Azet, Pla d'Adet, Col d'Aspin, Hourquette d'Ancizan, and Col du Tourmalet.
See the Tour action from our hotels located on the course!
You'll get to watch the following stages as they pass near our hotel:
- Stage 16: Queen mountain stage finish in Luchon or on Port de Bales.
- Stage 17: Mountaintop finish on Pla d'Adet.
- Stage 18: on Col du Tourmalet. Ride your bike from St. Lary.
NO EXTENDED VAN TRANSFERS OR LONG WAITS IN TRAFFIC.
Paris Extension: $400/person
Saturday, July 26 - Monday, July 28
Self-guided, hotel & breakfasts only
If you're interested in seeing the grand finale of the Tour on the Champs-Elysees and visiting Paris, we've reserved a block of rooms at our favorite Paris hotel for Saturday and Sunday nights following our cycling tour. The hotel is near the Eiffel Tower and located on a quaint pedestrian street in one of the most charming areas of Paris. Enjoy the upscale cafes, galleries, boutiques and restaurants of this lively area. The extension includes hotel only and excludes, meals, etc. We'll be happy to provide tips for watching the race and recommendations for restaurants and things to see and do in Paris.
Airport Arrival/Departure City: Pau (PUF)/Pau (PUF) or Paris
Average Daily Mileage and Terrain
Ride an average of 50-70 miles daily with 4,000-8,000 feet of climbing. As with all our tours, there are a wide variety of options to ride more or less each day. There will be two riding groups to choose from each day: a faster-paced “A” group and a more leisurely paced “B” group.
Weather: Get information about the weather in the Pyrenees here.
- Lodging in quaint, welcoming inns and hotels.
- Hearty, cyclist-friendly breakfasts every day.
- Five dinners (multicourse including your favorite beverage).
- Full van support, snacks and drinks on the ride each day.
- Experienced tour guides, daily maps, Garmin GPS files and route notes.
- Transportation and luggage transfers during the tour.
- Gratuities for transfers, hotels and restaurants.
- Custom ATG bike jersey and souvenir map with tour route.
What's Not Included
- Airfare and travel insurance.
- Lunches are on your own for maximum flexibility.
- Non-group dinners on the free evenings.
- Bikes are available for an additional fee.
- Laundry, telephone, hotel minibar charges, etc.
“Nearly 8 months since my tour in the Pyrenees, and I still marvel at how amazing the trip was. The cycling was epic. The accommodations were excellent. And Lise and Gary provided local knowledge and history combined with strong cycling support. This was my first cycling tour, and it more than met my expectations. The locations were excellent, and every day we found ourselves experiencing local culture, cuisine, and the most breathtaking cycling routes. The free days were great opportunities for adventure and discovery (canyoneering! cycling into Spain!). I made many wonderful friends on this trip, and I look forward to more bike tours with ATG in the future. Hands down, this was the best trip I have ever taken!”
Diem Do, San Diego, CA
"Many thanks to Gary & Lise! My wife (a non-rider, but a casual bike racing fan) and I (an avid rider) were really looking forward to our first Tour de France ever. Gary and Lise of ATG took all the guesswork, planning and hauling of luggage off our hands for over a week of cycling bliss in thePyrénées. We felt well-cared for from start to finish. Our hotel room in Luchon was one that you would think was unattainable: Second floor, corner room with a balcony looking right over the race arrival road. Lots of great riding, racing and memories!"
Dan Goese, San Diego
"What makes Adventure Travel Group so special? Simply put, Gary and Lise. They took this South Carolinian, small town girl into France for a trip of a lifetime. They are a true mom and pop company that takes care of their clients as if you are family and allow you to enjoy the experience without all the worry about being in an unfamiliar country. They go out of their way to foster an environment of fellowship and fun from a daily yellow jersey winner to evening feasts at magnificent restaurants. With their vast experience in travel, you are able to see, taste, and participate in all those little extra hole-in-the-wall activities that only the locals may know about. My cultural palate has since grown tremendously, from the Alps to the vineyards, I'm truly ready to travel again with ATG. I am so thankful I did not go with a larger touring company because the finer details of culture and experience may not have been so appreciated. And, as a bonus, ATG will even help you reassemble and disassemble your bike with a smile. Now, that is quality!"
Kristen Weinacker, South Carolina
"I went to my first Tour de France with one of the largest tour operators. Although I liked the experience, I wanted to be a little more thoughtful in choosing a travel operator on my next trip to see the Tour. I selected ATG because they rated well across all my criteria, had the best route (it included the most well-known climbs in the Pyrenees) and provided more climbing opportunities. I selected ATG’s eight-day option. After climbing about 30,000 ft. and summiting 12 well-known peaks in the Pyrenees on this trip, I was very happy that my research paid off. With ATG, we stayed in very nice places, had great French cuisine every night and the hotels were close to great Tour viewing. We even got a series of autographs on multiple days of the tour. It was great, thanks to Gary and Lise!"
Tony Klaich, Chicago, IL
"Jolene (my wife) and I participated in the 2010 Tour de France trip offered thru Adventure Travel Group. Gary & Lise were very knowledgeable of the areas, the bike routes, the hotels as well as local "points of interest. Jolene and I ride at different levels and had no problem finding a group to ride with each day. When requested, Lise would suggest 'additional optional mileage' - those routes were very scenic and many times off the beaten path. Hotels were quaint, where the owners themselves or their staff took pride in hosting our group. The hotels were easy to find and always served a delicious breakfast for the riders. We are vegetarian so we let ATG know when we registered and we were never disappointed with our meal. Overall we had a very memorable European adventure with ATG and will be joining them again soon. "
Scott Grow Arvada, CO
Seeing the Tour de France with ATG was a memorable and exciting experience. We had excellent support, hotels, food and interests outside of cycling were always at the utmost. We seemed to always be at the right place at the right time to have a great viewing spot for the action and the routes were suitable and adjustable for most any experienced cyclist. I have made plans to make ATG my “go to” cycling tour company in the future.
Buzz Burnett, San Diego, CA
"I had been dreaming about a trip like this for a long time and had a very serious agenda in place. ATG helped me achieve all my goals and more. The TdF Pyrenees trip was an incredible adventure that left me wishing I could stay another two weeks, or longer. This was a small and very compatible group that worked and played together amazingly well. Lise and Gary were great hosts and the lodging, meals and overall experience was the best."
Al Hospers, North Conway, NH
"Steve and I would like to thank you for the fantastic trip in the Pyrenees for the TdF. It was a wonderful way to make our honeymoon remarkable and memorable. We truly appreciated the intimacy that ATG maintains, the choices you made when considering hotels and routes, and keeping the tours small. You gave us the opportunity to collect many special memories that I will treasure for a lifetime. Thank you for preparing and executing such a wonderful trip!
Kathleen Hauser, Carlisle, MA
"Our trip with Gary and Lise to the Tour de France was simply amazing. Every aspect of the trip, from the organization and planning, to the day-to-day ride support, to their great knowledge as tour guides was simply perfect. The trip far exceeded our wildest expectations and added up to the best vacation I've ever had. I recommend them every chance I get and plan to travel with them again in the future."
Shawn Burke, Seattle, WA