A unique non-cycling trip for race fans to be a part of the Tour de France experience
Duration: 7 days (6 nights)
Dates: Tuesday, 18 July to Monday, 24 July, 2017
Start: Lyon Finish: Paris
Accommodation: 3 star and 4 hotels
Group Size: Maximum 17 people (3 Staff)
Suitable For: Non Cyclists
Trip Type: Spectator
Cost: A$4,990.00 (US$3,590.00)
Deposit: A$1000.00 (US$720.00)
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively you may choose to have a room of your own by paying the single supplement.
Single Supplement: A$600.00 (US$430.00)
- You’ve been watching Le Tour through the lens in a different time zone. This is your opportunity to be a part of the biggest annual sporting event in the World.
- Follow the drama of the last week of the 2017 Tour de France
- This specially designed trip is fully escorted by our professional guides with many years’ experience at the Tour de France
- See it live! 5 Tour de France stages
- Stay in strategically located quality hotels in the French Alps and Paris
- Travel to Paris on the high speed TGV to catch the final stage on Champs Elysees
- Experience the final stage of the Tour de France as a V.I.P. as you sip French Champagne on the Champs-Élysées
Who is this trip for?
You’ve watched the Tour de France on TV, but nothing beats the experience of seeing it live! If you are a fan of “Le Tour” but don’t want a cycling tour, then this trip is tailored for you. This small group experience follows the Tour de France through its exciting final week in the Alps and includes an afternoon as a VIP on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. As with all of our trips we look after all the details, all you have to do is enjoy the experience.
Over 7 days you’ll not only get to experience one of the world’s great sports events, the Tour de France, but you’ll get to visit some of the most beautiful areas of France.
This trip is designed for those who do not wish to ride a bike to see the Tour de France, however some walking will be involved during the trip to be able to view some of the race stages, particularly in the Alps. The amount of walking involved is suitable for any person of average fitness and health. Walking to get to the race route is necessary for you to get the most out of your trip and we do everything within our control to ensure a comfortable trip for you at all times. If you have any concerns about your suitability for this trip, or have any health issues, please contact our staff to discuss before you make your booking.
Tuesday 18 July, 2017: Bienvenue
Our tour starts today at our hotel in the centre of Lyon. Our hotel is located next to Lyon’s main rail station, Lyon Part Dieu. There are frequent fast TGV services from Paris and other areas of France. If arriving by rail it’s a short stroll to get the hotel today. If you are arriving at Lyon St Exupery airport today, we are offering a collection at 2:30pm from the airport to the hotel.
Our staff will greet you with your trip pack and once you have settled into the hotel you are welcome to explore Lyon city and its old town this afternoon. The city of Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a city of many beautiful historic quarters spread out along the river Rhone.
Tonight we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at a local brasserie a short distance from our hotel. Lyon has a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France and tonight’s dinner will be traditional French cuisine. Over dinner you have the chance to meet your fellow travellers and Bikestyle staff who will discuss your upcoming Tour de France spectator experience – race fans welcome.
Overnight: Lyon, Rhone-Alpes
Wednesday 19 July, 2017: Stage start and the battle for yellow
We’ll get an early start today and make our way to the Alps to see the stage start. This morning we will visit the stage start in La Mure. We’ll arrive in plenty of time to witness the massive organisation involved in the Tour de France as it gets ready for another day. About one hour before the race start the riders start heading to the sign on area where they must sign on for the race and if they are a popular rider no doubt have a short interview and photos taken by the hordes of press. It’s a good time to see the riders and maybe grab an autograph or selfie with your favourite rider.
Once the race has departed La Mure we’ll also take to the road and make a visit to the capital and largest city of the Haute-Alpes Gap. You can wander the city precinct, enjoy a coffee and pick up a souvenir for the way home. From Gap it is a short transfer to our hotel tonight at the top of Lac de Serre-Ponçon. One of the largest man-made lakes in Europe, and collects the water at the confluence of the Durance and Ubaye rivers. Theses are the two valleys that tomorrow’s race will be decided on.
Mid-afternoon we will drive on to our home for the next 2 nights, the village of Baratier arriving in plenty of time to see the final moments of today’s stage on TV before a delicious dinner in our small family run hotel with a reputation for welcoming guests with delicious regional cuisine.
Overnight: Baratier, Haute-Alps
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Thursday 20 July, 2017: Le Tour and La Course
We’ll have another early start this morning so that we can get ahead of any road closures. The race will be passing close to our hotel this afternoon, but we’ll take the opportunity to get you to a more central location to catch the race twice today. We’ll follow the Durance valley to a village at the strategic junction of today’s race. Later this morning, riders will pass to the west of us and later they will descend off the Vars climb and make their way up Col d’Izoard. The atmosphere will be electric most of the day as we expect that the “La Course” event for women will precede the publicity caravan and men later today.
During the day, you may also like to visit to Fort Mont-Dauphin, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After the race has passed and we catch up with who the winner of the stage is, we’ll head back to our hotel and celebrate another day being a part of the Tour de France.
Overnight: Baratier, Haute-Alps
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Friday 21 July, 2017: From the Alps through Luberon
After a couple of action packed days following the tour, we can enjoy a little lie in. Once we check-out from our hotel, we’ll head the short distance to Embrun for today’s stage start. The rider wearing yellow today will most likely have a look of relief today as the big mountain stages where big time gaps can be gained are lost are behind riders. Given the race situation and the location of today’s start it should contrast to the start we saw in La Mure.
After watching the start we will follow the riders out of the Alps and head south to Provence, an area known as the Luberon, made famous by authors Marcel Pagnon (Jean de Florette) and more recently Peter Mayle with his “Year in Provence” series. It is an area of contrasts with crowded towns full of well to do Parisians escaping the city for the simple country life, as well as isolated and rugged gorges and forests with the never ending chirping of the cigales (cicadas) a familiar background noise during the summer heat.
Along the way we’ll stop and take a walk around one of the local villages before arriving at our final destination in Provence. Our hotel for the next two nights is set in a beautiful village that is renowned throughout France for its lively antique and second-hand markets held every Sunday. Indeed, it has the largest concentration of antique dealers outside of Paris! Two branches of the Sorgue River converge here, creating a network of canals and water channels in and around the town centre that give L’Isle its unique and attractive character. The town itself has a prosperous and upbeat appearance and many of the stately buildings have beautiful exterior facades.
Tonight you are free to explore this attractive village and dine at one of its many restaurants situated on one of the canals.
Overnight: L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Provence
Saturday 22 July, 2017: Final Time Trial in Marseille
This morning we’ll drive to Marseille to watch the penultimate stage of this year’s Tour de France. It has been sometime since a final Saturday Time Trial, but if it is close on general classification we could see a change of leaders.
Today’s 23km time trial is entirely on urban roads and we expect it to be quite technical. Riders will start from and return to the football stadium where the French rugby union team began an impressive run of victories at the stadium in the early 2000s, defeating New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England. It may be the help that French riders will need to overcome Britain’s dominance of the Tour over recent years. We will be able to watch the time trial from multiple vantage points. It is a great spectacle as each rider races the clock leaving on regular intervals. The best riders will be the last to take on the course and will be leaving nothing to chance.
Tonight we’ll head back to our hotel for our farewell dinner in a great setting to share your experiences and most memorable moments of your trip with Bikestyle Tours. But is isn’t over yet! Tomorrow we will set off on a very special journey, taking the TGV to Paris and watching the finale on Champs-Élysées.
Overnight: L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Provence
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
This morning we will be up early as we will take the high speed TGV train to Paris, arriving in the French capital late morning. Travelling at speeds of up to 320 kmh in comfort, the TGV is the only way to travel. It dramatically reduces the travel time for us to get back to Paris meaning we arrive for our day on the Champs-Élysées feeling refreshed. Our 4 star hotel in Paris is only a few minutes walk from Gare de Lyon where our train arrives, so we’ll be at our hotel in not time at all.
Once we have checked in to the hotel we will head down to the Champs-Élysées to enjoy the racing and festivities of this great occasion on what is probably the most famous avenue in the world. While the crowds start lining up along the course we’ll enjoy the afternoon from the comfort of the Triomphe VIP area, located along the finishing straight. Throughout the afternoon you’ll enjoy champagne, fine wines and beautifully prepared food.
As it did last year, the women’s one day race, La Course by Le Tour de France will precede the arrival of the race’s arrival in Paris. We should be able to catch the women’s race, followed by the caravane publicitaire celebrating the end of 3 weeks on the road, then finally the main event as the thumping of tires over the cobbles and applaud of the crowds mark the arrival of the final stage of the Tour de France.
The last stage of the Tour De France is traditionally a procession until the entrance onto the Champs-Élysées 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-Élysées for what is basically a big criterium in the centre of the French Capital.
Tonight after the finish you are free to explore the city of Paris, taking in a show or dining in one of the famous restaurants.
Monday 24 July, 2017: Au Revoir
Its farewell to your new friends this morning as our Tour de France trip comes to an end after breakfast. Over the past week 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 custom mini vans or luxury coach
- VIP Hospitality on the Champs-Élysées for the final stage
- Services of our experienced tour guides, mechanics and drivers
- 6 nights accommodation in quality 3 & 4 star hotels
- Buffet breakfast daily
- 3 course evening meals on 4 nights
- Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
- Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Lyon airport
- Bikestyle guide to the 2017 Tour de France
- Full Bikestyle Tours kit including polo, cap and musette bag
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- We charge for our trips in Australian Dollars (AUD) and prices shown in other currencies are only approximate. We advise that you check the exchange rate before booking.
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