2012 Self-Guided Pyrenees

July 16th to July 20th, 2012

This trip is based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room. It can be modified to accommodate singles, as well as three or more people traveling together.


July 16th

The trip starts in Toulouse airport where you will pick-up your rental car. We can arrange for other pick-up locations (Pau, Biarritz, Bordeaux, etc...); simply let us know.

Toulouse is convenient and if you can arrive by 9:00am, you can see the start of today's stage. Arriving a bit later? Catch the stage further along the route or even at the finish!


You will then head for your first hotel which is located in the heart of the Pyrenees in an ideal location for the stages through the Pyrenees.


- July 17th -

Hotel location: Beaudean

Tour Stage N/A  /   Rest Day  /  0km (0 miles)

The Tour takes a day off today and we will offer a few suggestions on places to see and things to do.

Many of the teams will be staying in Pau, so a visit to the Castle could double as some Team sightings. Another popular place when in the region is Lourdes. The Italian and Spanish teams will tend to go by the grotto and that is a good place to see team Euskatel for example. Finally a visit to the Pic du Midi observatory is always a good option.


- July 18th -

Hotel location: Beaudean

Tour Stage 16  /   Pau  -  Bagneres de Luchon  /  197km (123 miles)

This is as classic a stage as there can be in the Pyrenees and with just a few opportunities remaining to make time differences, this will be a contested stage without a doubt!


There are a few places to see the stage from and we'll be sure to point out of the pros and cons of each, but your hotel is perfectly located!


- July 19th -

Hotel location: Beaudean

Tour Stage 17  /   Bagneres de Luchon  -  Peyragudes  /  174km (108 miles)

The final High Mountains Pyrenees stage of the 2012 edition ends atop Peyragudes which is a first.

While the final climb isn't as difficult as others in the area, the Port de Bales just preceding it is another animal altogether and someone could launch an attack from this climb already.

You'll be there first hand to witness the race unfold!


- July 20th -

Hotel location: n/a

Tour Stage 18  /   Blagnac - Brive la Gaillarde  /  215km (134 miles)

With the race starting so far from yesterday's finish and running North through the center of France, the best place to see the race is at the start in Blagnac!

Starts offer great opportunities for pictures and to mingle with the teams and racers warming up (autographs as well?)

Once the race is off, you'll be able to return your car at nearby Toulouse airport (we can arrange a return at Toulouse train station if you prefer).







$1090 / PERSON

(based on double occupancy)


- All hotel nights as mentioned

- Breakfast every morning

- 4 Dinners

- Car rental with A/C from 07/16 to 07/20 with unlimited mileage

- Maps, Tips, directions for Tour viewing

- General interest and recommendations for restaurants, places to visit or drive through.

- Emergency local contact number to someone bilingual.

- a TDF gift




- VIP access on various stages; see pricing here

- Trip Insurance


A 25% deposit per person is required to reserve a spot. If places are still available when we receive your application along with deposit, you will receive notification of your registration. If the trip is sold out, you will be given the option to be placed on a waiting list or choice of another trip. Waitlist order is on a first come first serve basis as well.