TOUR DE FRANCE FAN
FINAL WEEK SPECTATOR TRIP
Duration: 6 days (5 nights)
Dates: Wednesday, 20 July to Monday, 25 July
Start: Grenoble Finish: Paris
Accommodation: Selected quality 3 and 4 star hotels
Group Size: Maximum 20 people (2 Staff)
Couples Sharing: AUD$3890.00 per person
Single Travellers: AUD$4590.00 per person (Due to unavailability of twin rooms you will be allocated a single room)
Deposit: AUD $1000.00
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare.
- See the big mountain stages in the Alpes
- Col du Galibier
- Alpe d’Huez
- All the action of the final days
- TT in Grenoble
- Final day on the Champs Elysees
- Travel by TGV (fast train) from Grenoble to Paris
- Grand Palais seating on Champs Elysees in Paris
Who is this trip for?
If you want to see the biggest stages of the Tour de France up close but don’t want to ride a bike then this trip is tailored for you. This small group experience follows the Tour de France in it’s exciting final week including reserved seating on the Champs Elysees in Paris. As with all of our trips we look after all the details, all you have to do is enjoy the experience.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Our spectator tour starts this morning with our staff meeting you as you arrive at Grenoble TGV station and transferring you to our 3 star chateaux hotel situated outside Grenoble city in a quiet parkland setting.
Once we are settled into the hotel we have the afternoon free to enjoy the surroundings and maybe take a dip in the pool if it’s warm. This afternoon once all of our guests have arrived we can take a drive out into the nearby Chamrouse mountains and along some of the roads used for Saturday’s time trial. Along the way we’ll make a stop for refreshments at a local cafe and join in with the locals and catch some of the action of today’s TDF stage from Gap to Pinerolo live on TV.
Tonight is our welcome dinner of fine cuisine in the hotel’s historic dining room. This is your chance to get to meet your fellow travellers and find out a bit more about the next few days at the Tour de France.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Thursday, 21 July 2011
Pinerolo > Galibier Serre-Chevalier 189 km
Today you will have your first experience of the Tour de France with one of the biggest stages of the 2011 Tour as the race celebrates 100 years since the first ascent of the Col du Galibier, one of the most famous climbs in France.
After breakfast this morning we will drive up the Oisans valley, past Alpe d’Huez to the Alpine ski village of Serre Chevalier, where we’ll enjoy lunch in a local restaurant close to the race route. We’ll be able to see the race on television this afternoon as the cyclists make their way from Italy back into France over the Col d’Agnelle and Col d’Izoard.
In the middle of the afternoon the race will arrive with the colourful procession of the race caravane, an aspect of the Tour de France you have to experience to believe! Finally we’ll see the team cars come through, then the helicopters hovering overhead announce that the lead riders aren’t far away. By the time they’ve reached us they are already several hundred meters up the final climb and will be making their plans on how best to survive the tough climb to the 2645 meter summit.
Once the race leaders and the “grupetto” have finally passed us we’ll stay to see the race finish on TV before heading back to our hotel for the night after a great first day at the Tour de France.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Friday, 22 July 2011
Modane > Alpe-d’Huez 109 km
Today is the final mountains day with the finish atop the mighty Alpe d’Huez. The atmosphere will be electric. There will be people from all over the world. We’ll drive to Le Bourg d’Oisans this morning and make our way up Alpe d’Huez where we’ll wait during the afternoon for the arrival of the Tour de France. We’ll see how we go getting to the summit, but as always it will depend on police road closures.
It’s a short but tough 109km stage today from Modane over the Col du Galibier, before the final ascent of Alpe d’Huez. We aren’t sure yet what time the race will arrive, but suspect it will be late afternoon, so we’ll have plenty of time to enjoy our lunch and the alpine views before the race arrives. After we’ve seen the race and the winner is known we’ll head back down the mountain and return to Grenoble. It could be a late night with a lot of traffic, so we’ll most likely enjoy dinner in the village of Le Bourg d’Oisans before returning to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Saturday, 23 July 2011
Grenoble > Grenoble 41 km
Maybe the final wearer of the maillot jaune will be decided today, the final Time Trial. This will be the only individual time-trial of the 2011 Tour. The course will be around the urban area of Grenoble and will boast a 41-km long route punctuated with two difficulties, the ascent to Eybens and the foot of the climb to Chamrousse.
The start of the race will be from Grenoble city centre, but the race will pass very close to our hotel this afternoon. This morning we will drive the short distance into Grenoble city centre where we can see the riders preparing for the race against the clock. As always the highest placed riders will be the last to depart and throughout the afternoon the excitement will build as the time trial leader placings change – and possibly the race leadership. So today you’ll have the choice of a day in Grenoble watching the race, or if you prefer a lazy day by the pool watching the race pass close to the hotel and catching up with the action on TV.
Tonight we will have our farewell dinner in the hotel’s fine restaurant. Although it’s not the last day of our trip we will have our celebrations tonight to leave tomorrow night in Paris free for you to explore and catch the final part of the race.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Sunday, 24 July 2011
Créteil > Paris Champs-Élysées 160 km
This morning we’ll be up early for the final stage of the Tour de France as it arrives in Paris. From the hotel we’ll drive to Lyon where we’ll board the high speed TGV train to Paris, arriving just before 11 am. It’s a great way to travel and cover distances that would be too tiring by road.
On arrival in Paris we’ll transfer you to the centre of Paris where you will enjoy the race from the comfort of the Grand Palais area, a seated grandstand right on the Champs Elysees.
Located on the left side of the Champs-Elysees the GRAND PALAIS provides an excellent view of the two laps of the Caravan followed by the peloton’s 8 laps of the Champs Elysees.
The Grand Palais Tribune is located between Le Rond Point des Champs Elysees and La place de la Concorde opposite the finishing straight but with a good view of the riders going in both directions.
Grand Palais Package includes:
- Limited access
- A personal welcome by ASO hostesses
- Reserved Seats identified with our company name
- A VIP Tour de France gift for each guest
- Refreshments throughout the afternoon
So you can enjoy the afternoon we’ll provide you with a picnic lunch so you don’t miss any of the action.
The last stage is traditionally a procession until the entrance onto the Champs-Elysees where the racing really starts. Riders traditionally chat, celebrate the final stage, pose for photographs, drink Champagne… sometimes they even dress-up, swap bikes and generally horse around. Traditionally, once the race gets into Paris, the Yellow jersey and his team lead the peloton onto the Champs-Elysees for what is a basically a big criterium in the centre of the French Capital.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Monday, 25 July 2011
Its farewell to your new friends as our tour comes to an end this morning. For those flying out today from Paris CDG airport our staff and vehicles are available today with a series of scheduled departures.
Over the last 5 days you’ve experienced the excitement of the Tour de France up close and hopefully had an unforgettable holiday with Bikestyle Tours. We hope we see you again one day.
Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:
-Transport throughout by private vans or coach
-Services of 1 experienced tour guide, plus our coach driver.
-Transfer on Wednesday, 20 July from Grenoble Train Station to hotel
-Transfer on Monday, 25 July to Paris CDG Airport
– Hight speed TGV from Lyon to Paris with transfers to Champs Elysees on arrival.
-5 night’s accommodation, in quality 3 and 4 star hotels (with private facilities).
-Buffet breakfast daily
-Lunch Pack or restaurant lunch on 3 days
-3 course evening meals on 4 nights
-Grand Palais VIP access on the Champs Elysees
-Sightseeing and entrance fees as listed
-Bikestyle guide to the Tour de France
-Bikestyle Tours cycling cap and musette bag