BEAUX VOYAGES Tour the Pyrenees 2007
What does it feel like to climb the Col d'Aubisque, Col du Tourmalet and other famous climbs?
ANSWER- It’s FABULOUS! What a rush of excitement and accomplishment when you reach the top! And we know how to get you there.
Is the race fun to watch in person?
ANSWER- It’s FABULOUS! The spectacle you see in person can’t be captured on TV. And we know how to get you to the right places.
Will the food and wine be good?
ANSWER- It’s FABULOUS! You won’t believe the gourmet culinary creations in our superb hotels.
What about the scenery?
ANSWER- It’s FABULOUS! Glaciers and waterfalls are everywhere. You’ve never cycled anywhere like this! Once again, we know how to get you there.
Dates: 22-27 July
Price: $3,195 pp
Maximum 12 guests
Reserve your spot:
|Don’t take our word for it- listen to one of our recent guests:
"Race viewing excellent, cycling itineraries excellent, hotels
and meals excellent. Great trip." Goeff Aaronson
INCLUDES: 6 Days, 5 Nights, All Dinners and Breakfasts, 1 or more picnic lunches
DIFFICULTY- Intermediate to Difficult (choice is yours- you can ride in support van if difficulty is too much)
NUMBER OF RACE VIEWING DAYS: 3
NUMBER OF CYCLING DAYS: 5
- View three decisive stages in the Pyrenees.
- Climb famous ascents like the Col Aubisque, Col d Tourmalet, and Col de Mente .
- Top notch chalet hotel in famous Lourdes
- Small group atmosphere- maximum of 12 in group
- Superb French cuisine and wine
- Free bike rental (or bring your own bike)
Daily rides will generally be in the range of 30-60 miles, depending on your cycling ability and how far you
wish to ride. Riding in the Pyrenees can be challenging.
Day 1, July 22- We’ll greet our group at the train station in Pau and then shuttle to our hotel in Lourdes. After
checking in we’ll gather and have an orientation, including a bike fitting and a short ride to get used to the
bikes and get a feel for the region and its countryside. We’ll have a complementary cocktail before our first
superb group dinner at our hotel tonight.
Day 2, July 23- The riders will approach from Foix today, and we will watch them in the middle of the stage on
the Col de Mente, a first category climb. Guests can tackle the climb and find a good viewing location at one
of the switchbacks. After all the riders pass by, we’ll gather the group and head to our favorite nearby bar to
watch the end of the stage while imbibing an adult beverage or two. It’s then back to our hotel in Lourdes for
another round of fabulous French cuisine.
"The trip exceeded all of our expectations. The
superb BV team did all the hard work of making all
the necessary arrangements (hotels, meals,
transportation, equipment, routes, baggage....) which
left us free to enjoy the experience of traveling in the
French countryside to the fullest." Bill Burke
Day 3, July 24- The race competitors have a day off today, but we will be riding up one of the legendary
climbs in the Pyrenees, the Col du Tourmalet. Many exciting and decisive tour stages have taken place in
this area, and you will be able to experience this famous climb yourself. After an unforgettable day in the
high Pyrenees, it’s back to our hotel in Lourdes for another great group dinner.
Day 4, July 25- Today the riders tackle their last mountain stage in this year’s race. With four long category
climbs, including an uphill finish on the famous Col d’Aubisque, this stage will undoubtedly be decisive in
determining the outcome of the event. Our group will be able to ride the mountain as well and find a good
viewing spot on the ascent. By the end of the day we should have a good idea who the eventual winner in
Paris will be as only one more major hurdle remains for the field, an individual time trial on the day before
the Paris arrival.
Day 5- July 26- The time trial is several days away, however, and
today the competitors must head north. They will start the stage
in Pau, and we’ll be there to great them. We’ll make our way to
the start area where you can see the riders getting on their bikes,
and you will see all the pageantry and the ceremonial peleton
procession through town that takes place before each stage,
called the depart fictif (literally translates to “false start”). As the
riders descend from the team busses after their daily strategy
meetings, you might be able to collect a few autographs from
your favorite athletes. Our group will be able to get some more
miles under their belts before we gather to see the end of today’s
stage on TV at a local watering hole. It should be a sprint finish
or perhaps a breakaway that takes the win today, and afterwards
we’ll have our unforgettable farewell dinner together.
DEPOSIT: $400 per person- due upon booking
2007 PRICES: $3,195 per person Double Occupancy
(Single Supplement- $500)
Call 877-362-0045 and book your space today! Only
12 slots total available.
Day 6- July 27- After breakfast we’ll say good-bye to our home in Lourdes, and the group will be dropped off at the
train station in Pau. You might want to head for Paris and spend a couple of days there in order to catch the
pageantry of the race finish on the Champs Elysees on July 29th. In any case you will never forget your Pyrenees