A no-frills outfitter based in the Pyrenees, PyrActif is known for offering authentic cycling tours at an excellent value. Its Tour de France tour focuses exclusively on the Pyrenees stages. It kicks off with two guided days riding stages 8 and 9 and viewing the race at key vantage points. The rest of the trip is a mix of guided and self-guided rides on some of the best routes in the Pyrenees, including its most epic climbs: Tourmalet, Aspin, and Superbagnères, and a day across the border in the Spanish Pyrenees. This is the trip to do with your cycling buddies, who've otherwise "been there, done that" in the French Alps and Provence, or who want to mix in some other outdoor activities besides biking. Instead of a ride, PyrActif can substitute hiking, kayaking, rafting, or climbing. Accommodations are chambres d'hôtes (guest houses) or 2-star hotels. Rent from PyrActif's small fleet of titanium, aluminum, and carbon-fiber road bikes for $33 a day, plus a $38 cleaning fee and a $388 security deposit. [All-inclusive, starting at $1,275 for 9 days/8 nights; pyractif.com]
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