2019 Spectacular France 10 Days

TRIP DETAILS:

Duration: 10 Days (9 nights)
Dates: Friday, 19 July to Sunday, 28 July, 2019
Start: Lyon
Finish: Lyon (Paris extend available)
Accommodation: 3 and 4 Star hotels
Group Size: 30 guests – 6 staff
Suitable For: Cyclists and Non Cyclists
Suitable Cyclists ability: Experienced, Intermediate, Social
Price: AUD$6,300 (US$4,400)
OPTIONAL SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: AUD$850 (US$600)

Optional Extras:

Bike Rental AUD$594 (US$415) (Cannondale Synapse carbon fibre)
Travel Insurance

Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If traveling 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.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

Bucket List climbs
Alpe d’Huez, Col d’Izoard, Col de la Madeleine

Secret Roads
Gorges de la Nesque, French Alps balcony roads, Lacets du Montvernier

Touristic Opportunities
French Chateaux, Provence Villages, Lavender Fields

Experience the TDF Live
Stage 16: Nîmes to Nîmes, Flat, 177 km
Stage 17: Pont du Gard to Gap, Hilly, 206 km
Stage 18: Embrun to Valloire, Mountain, 207 km
Stage 20: Albertville to Val Thorens, Mountain, 131 km

2019 Spectacular France – In short

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Our Spectacular France trip is designed to explore the stunning French Villages, watch the tour in the right time zone and notch up some really beautiful rides. Join us and fuel your growing interest in cycling. Riding in France in July during the Tour de France is a holiday of a lifetime.

Tour de France captivates cycling fans around the world and more than any other Grand Tour it attracts enthusiasts who find equal interest in a French chateaux, UNESCO heritage sites and spectacular villages that the Tour passes. Watching the race on television in the wrong timezone is frustrating and leaves you dreaming of being there live.

Designed predominantly for cyclists, we cater for non-cycling partners as well. You’ll travel like a professional cyclist in our custom fitted luxury vehicles. Starting from Lyon, a gastronomic paradise, arrive a day or two earlier before your trip starts to take in this beautiful city and adjust your clocks. Our first stopover is a stunning chateau and easily accessing the French Alps for you to conquer the mystical 21 switchbacks of Alpe d’Huez.

Our tour continues to Provence where we’ll explore stunning villages, fields of lavender and of course cheering the 2019 Tour de France race live. We’ll follow the Tour to the Ecrins National park to experience our first mountain stage and a stage start. Our final stopover is in a thermal spa town before heading to the city of lights, Paris on a TGV. Be there in 2019 to watch the Yellow Jersey and his team lead the peloton onto Champs-Élysées for the traditional high paced circuit finish. Enquire at the time of booking about VIP experiences.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Friday 19th July: Bienvenue, Welcome to the Tour de France

Our trip starts with your guides meeting you at the Lyon Saint-Exupèry Airport at 10:00am. Lyon is a popular tourist city with a wonderful old town with medieval and Renaissance style. The gastronomy is exceptional, at one stage had the greatest number of michelin hat restaurants in the world. Recently, the city developed the “Confluence” quarter, where the Soâne joins the Rhône river. A vibrant district has formed around the Confluence museum, architecturally comparable to the Guggenheim in Bilbao. For us it provides great access to the French Alps. Arrive a day or two earlier, adjust to the time zone and enjoy this great city.

After a short transfer to our elegant chateaux, we will  assemble our bikes and head out on a short warm up ride. We’ll quickly access the country roads and shake off some travel legs and test out your bike for your cycling holiday in France. Our ride loop of 30 km goes over a short climb and is perfect for testing out our lows gears as well. We’ll arrive back out our chateau in time to watch the finish of today’s time trial on television.

Tonight we’ll have a delicious dinner together with an accompanying drink. A great social opportunity to meet your fellow guests and staff. Most importantly, have your questions answered by your helpful staff.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 13: Pau to Pau, Individual time-trial, 27 km
Mechanics will prepare the sleek rigs for riders on one of the most important stages of the 2019 Tour de France, an individual time-trial. Although it seems short, the undulations will favour a powerful all-rounder. The proud race leader tonight will receive a very special collector’s jersey, marking the 100th anniversary of the Maillot Jaune.

Meals
Welcome Dinner

Overnight
Eybens, France

Warm up Ride

Warm up Ride

Day 2 – Saturday 20th July: Mystical climb, 21 switchbacks of Alpe d’Huez

After fuelling up at breakfast we’ll head off to the base of possibly the most famous cycling climb in the world – Alpe d’Huez. We’ll warm-up along the valley before starting the climb. The 13 km climb with 21 switchbacks became legendary in its inaugural year when motorcycle television crews were used for the first time during the Tour. The opening 3 km of the Alpe, where gradients are steepest, force you to question your enthusiasm. Rest assured gradients temper and you’ll settle into a rhythm with the marked reminder of champions past at each turn.

Once we reach the summit and take our obligatory podium photos, we’ll return to the fabulous village of Bourg d’Oisans. There are great cafés in the village as well as sporting stores with Alpe d’Huez memorabilia, boutique clothing retailers and vendors selling local crafts.

For our non-riders today we will visit the same beautiful French villages of watch cyclists conquer the mountain. The spectrum of cyclists expressions is pain through to absolute joy. We’ll return to our hotel mid-afternoon to enjoy the pool area and catch up with the summit finish of today’s race.

Our stronger riders have an alternative journey back to our hotel on the bike. From the summit of Alpe d’Huez, we’ll follow an alternative balcony road to the valley and descend back to our hotel. A 90 km day, including the summit of Alpe d’Huez.

Tonight you are free to walk into the nearby village and have dinner or you may like to join your friends at a table in our hotel. You may also like to go further afield and head into one of Grenoble’s great restaurants.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 14: Tarbes to Tourmalet Barèges, Mountain, 117 km
There is little time for riders to prepare for the two tough climbs of today’s stage. Our focus will be on the mountain specialists as they sore up the ascents of Col du Soulor and Col du Tourmalet. It is only the second time a stage has finished at the summit of this ascent of the Tourmalet. The previous stage winner was Andy Schleck over Alberto Contador in one of the greatest battles.

Meals
Breakfast

Overnight
Eybens, France

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 3 – Sunday 21st July: Spectacular – Provence Villages

This morning we travel south to Provence and our hotel in the small town of Nyons in an area known as Drôme-Provençale. This is typical Provence with a landscape of vineyards, lavender fields, olive groves and picture book villages. We have the luxury of a 3 night stay in our traditional hotel situated in the heart of the town.

Before arriving at our hotel, we’ll explore on the bike or in the van the spectacular Provençal villages. Our ride route will generally follow along the Dentelles de Montmirail. As “dente” suggests they have a distinctive jagged outline, like teeth. Their ruggedness is accentuated by the Côtes du Rhône vineyards below and the softness of the scrub on the lower slopes.

Many thousands of artists and visitors come every year for the natural beauty, typical Provençal charm and medieval character. A church dominates the profile for most of the villages. Often the forecourt of each church offers a panoramic view of the vine-blanketed countryside, extending all the way to the Cévennes. It’s not solely churches though, Vacqueyras is most widely known for its excellent wines.

Imagine, picturesque shady lanes that are constantly adorned with flowers. Covered passageways with centuries-old exposed wooden beams. Pretty fountains and charming houses huddled around the medieval churches. Some villages are listed amongst France’s “most beautiful villages”. The jewel of Roman Provence, as its name indicates, Vaison-la-Romaine is a “must-see” for visitors to the region.

After a spectacular ride, we will arrive at our hotel, among the black olive groves with time to explore Nyons. Each evening we’ll enjoy an authentic Provençal dinner on our terrace, prepared with the freshest of local ingredients.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 15: Limoux to Foix Prat d’Albis, Mountain, 185 km
Aerial pictures will capture the amazing Cathar castles during today’s stage. Riders, however will be captivated by the challenging ascents. None more than the difficult 18% slopes of Mur de Péguère before descending into Foix, which is 12 km from the final summit finish. Nearly 5,000 m of vertical ascent in today’s stage.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Nyons, France

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 4 – Monday 22nd July: Monumental Climb – Géant of Provence

We’ll get away in the cool of the morning and travel to the village of Malaucène where we will begin our warm up ride over to the base of Mont Ventoux, Bédoin. From Bédoin it is several kilometres before the climb begins in earnest. Officially, the total length is 21.5 km averaging 7.45%. Reaching the renowned tower at the summit, requires great resolve to pace yourself and keep pedalling. Riding through the forest raises the question for when this climb will end. Rest assured, the gradient eases as you reach Chalet Reynard. From here it just 6 km to the summit, through one of the most surreal environments you’ll ever ride – the Ventoux moonscape. Make a stop at the Tom Simpson memorial 900m from the summit.

Your reward at the summit is a serious oversupply of lollies from the vendors and the views across the Luberon Valley. This is truly a memorable experience. After contemplation of your achievements, we’ll descend to Malaucène where you can enjoy a well deserved feed. You can either travel back on our bus or ride the 25km ride back to Nyons.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Rest Day 2: Nîmes, Rest day 2
After a short, yet intense second week, riders will take their rest in Nîmes. Once settled in to their hotel rooms the night before, riders will welcome a three night stay which will help aide their preparation for the final week.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Nyons, France

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 5 – Tuesday 23rd July: Roman ingenuity — Pont du Gard, watch the race live

We will wake this morning with a hint of excitement as we experience our first encounter of the Tour de France, live. We’ll catch the race twice today, enjoy a ride to one of the UNESCO World Heritage listed sites and be looked after by our hospitality crew.

From our hotel we’ll travel across the Rhône river into the Gard department for today’s stage. Soon after leaving from Nîmes, the peloton will cross the Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard. We’ll watch the race early on in the stage and then go and see Pont du Gard. Once we have our own pictures of the aquaduct, we’ll head over to another part of the race route.

You won’t miss the action of today’s race as our hospitality crew will secure a position on course and give you live television coverage as it unfolds. After the race has finished, we’ll travel back to our hotel. Today will be memorable for its scenery, historic sites and the buzz of chasing the Tour de France.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 16: Nîmes to Nîmes, Flat, 177 km
Today’s stage will be for the sprinters and is entirely within the department of Gard. The highlight of the parcours will be the peloton riding over the famous Pont du Gard.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Nyons, France

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 6 – Wednesday 24th July: Stage finish in Gap

We will leave Nyons this morning and travel to Gap. On arrival we can enjoy some lunch in the old town centre then head off on a ride around some of the local cols, returning to Gap in time to see the race arrive. We’ll make our choice of rides once we have a bit more info on the race route in to town, but don’t panic, the cols are not monsters in this part of the Alps and rarely reach over 1000 meters, so starting from Gap at 720 meters the climbing won’t be too strenuous.

Our hotel for the next few nights is a short 18 kms from Gap, so our race experience for the day is a stage finish. Finishes are great fun to see with the caravan coming through a few hours before the race and then the endless parade of journalists and official vehicles before the riders finally arrive in the afternoon around 5pm. You might head down to the team buses that are normally behind the finish line. It’s a great place to see the riders after a hard day at the office.

After the race finish we will travel to Ancelle, just north of Gap, where we spend the next 2 nights in a charming 3 star hotel with spacious traditional rooms and an indoor heated pool to relax your tired bodies. Ancelle is a pleasant little typical alpine village sitting at 1,350m above sea level.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 17: Pont du Gard to Gap, Hilly, 206 km
Riders return to a long 200+ km stage as they head toward the French Alps. The early stages will highlight the historic sites along the Rhone Valley, including the theatre in Orange before the village of Vaison-la-Romaine. Winds are possible to challenge the peloton and favour a breakaway. The final climb under 10km to go will turn a cohesive breakaway against each other.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Ancelle, France

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 7 – Thursday 25th July: Allez, Allez, Allez – classic mountain stage

Over the years, we’ve seen great mountain stages, but one regularly stands out, Col d’Izoard. We’ll set off before the professionals and watch them climb this classic. The climb starts through the picturesque Gorges du Guil where the road follows a narrow gorge. We turn left leaving the gorge road and it progressively steepens for 8 km to the last hamlet. There is 7 km to go and the landscape changes dramatically, the road narrows and the vegetation disappears and rock scree separates the rugged outcrops, this is the Casse Déserte. Fortunately, the gradient eases at this point, you are nearing the summit.

Col d’Izoard has been the location and source of much Grand Tour folklore, particularly to do with Coppi and Bobet between 1949 and 1954 tours. The proximity to Italy makes this a regular inclusion in both the Giro and the Tour. We’ll watch this afternoon’s theatre play out on the biggest stage of the 106th Tour.

After the race passes, we’ll enjoy the long downhill run back to Guillestre where we can watch the final moments of today’s race. We’ll return to our hotel for a lovely meal. A long day, but a memorable stage to be a part of.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 18: Embrun to Valloire, Mountain, 207 km
Touted as the biggest alpine stage of the tour, the route along Grandes Alpes features 2 hors categorie and a categorie 1 climb. The familiar names of Col d’Izoard and Col du Galibier sore above 2,000 m. Climbers will be eyeing off this stage and the competition for polka-dots as well as the yellow jersey will go to a new level. After the descent off Galibier, victory at the finish will require some risk-taking.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Ancelle, France

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 8 – Friday 26th July: French hamlets – Ecrins National Park

As the tour travels north again today, we will shadow its movement and enjoy a lovely ride this morning from our hotel on some very quiet and scenic roads and complete our transfer on the bus. We’ll pass through some lovely french hamlets with their stone houses. Residents have quietly gone about their business, as they have done for centuries. It makes you wonder about our hectic lives back home.

We have two ride options today, one sticking to the valley and the other to enjoy a scenic climb to a nearby ski station. We start from above 1,300 m so don’t be alarmed about too much climbing. You’ll be rewarded with wonderful views across the Valgaudemar valley, across to the Ecrins national park.

At the end of our ride, we’ll enjoy some lunch and head off to our next hotel. Our 4 star hotel is situated in the popular village of Aix-les-Bains. The backdrop of the mountains and the turquoise lake make this a beautiful village.

Tonight, you are free to head into the village and have dinner at one of the restaurants.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Tignes, Mountain, 123 km
Riders reach the highest point of the tour on Col d’Iseran (2,770m) in today’s short, but dynamic stage. It will only be the second time that the Tour has climbed up this tougher southern side. We would expect the attacks to launch to the highest point of the tour. Time gaps will eventuate at the summit finish to the ski village in Tignes.

Meals
Breakfast

Overnight
Aix-les-Bains, France

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 9 – Saturday 27th July: Spectacular – Annecy and a stage start

For many, a visit to the French Alps is not complete without seeing Lac Annecy and the village. Often it is likened to Venice for its canals through the old town. Equally, a visit to the Tour de France is not complete without seeing a stage start. Today, we’ll achieve both.

The start is in Albertville, a regular stage start village for the Tour. We’ll head there with plenty of time to see the riders arrive on their team buses. Watch each rider, now quite weary after 19 stages of racing, prepare for today’s blockbuster, or as they probably feel, brutal stage. There will be no certainty for the yellow jersey wearer until today’s stage is over. It will be a great stage start to visit.

After the riders depart, we’ll prepare ourselves for our own ride. We’ll enjoy the great bikeway that connects us all the way to the shores of Lac Annecy. When we arrive in Lac Annecy we can rack our bike for the final time on this trip and enjoy the beautiful village and watch the finish of today’s stage. A spectacular way to end our visit to the Alps stages of the Tour de France.

We will celebrate our trip this evening with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 20: Albertville to Val Thorens, Mountain, 131 km
A third summit finish above 2,000m creates the theatre for the final alpine stage, and the final opportunity for the yellow jersey. The total ascent for the day approaches 4,500m, but negotiating some of the windy descents may prove the difference.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Aix-les-Bains, France

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 10 – Sunday 28th July: Au Revoir, and bon voyage

This morning our trip finishes back where our trip started, in Lyon with our final transfer to Saint-Exupéry Airport, arriving by approximately 10 am. If you are planning your departure from Lyon today, your earliest departure for a domestic connection is 12 pm and for international flights is 1 pm. There are also TGV trains that depart from the airport station, be sure you nominate Saint-Exupéry when booking your train.

We have no doubt that you will have enjoyed your trip with us, you will probably be sad it has come to an end. However, you have the option to extend your trip through to Paris and watch today’s final stage on the Champs-Élysées. We’ll transport you to Paris on a TGV train and make your life a little easier by taking your bike and heavy luggage for you.

For those leaving us though, we bid farewell to our new friends. We trust that you have had an enjoyable time making new friends, visiting the most spectacular regions, taking time to relax after completing stunning rides and experiencing the 106th Tour de France. We welcome you to our Bikestyle family and we look forward to seeing you again one day.

Meals: Breakfast

Optional Extra

Lyon to Paris Trip Extension 28th to 29th July -TGV to Paris and Champs Élysées finales

You’re trip has finished, your riding is done, but there is still one more day for watching the race. No less, it’s the finale on Champs-Élysées. For our trips finishing in the Alps on Sunday 28th July we’re offering a hassle free transfer through to Paris arriving in time to see the cycling action on the famous boulevard.

Fully escorted by our professional guides, our luxury transport will collect you from your hotel in time to meet your TGV service to Paris. A high speed transfer to Paris at 320km/h. To make life easier for you, we will courier your luggage and bike to the 4-star hotel you will be staying at tonight.

This is only valid for Bikestyle Tours guests travelling on the following 2019 Tour de France trips: Grandes Alpes, Spectacular France and Classic Cols.

Inclusions: Land transfers, luggage transport, one night accommodation (twin-share) in 4-star Paris hotel with easy access to Champs-Élysées and full buffet breakfast. Single supplement available. Extra nights accommodation available on request.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 21: Rambouillet to Paris Champs-Élysées, Flat, 127 km
A day of celebration for the yellow jersey and his team. Tradition is that they will lead the peloton onto the Champs-Élysées before the pace intensifies. It is a dream for many riders to lead the peloton out of the final corner and with the Arc du Triomphe in sight, win the final stage in Paris.

Inclusions

Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:

  • Transport throughout by custom mini vans or luxury coach
  • Services of our experienced tour guides, mechanics and drivers
  • 9 nights accommodation 3 & 4 Star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 3 course evening meals on 7 nights
  • Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
  • Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Lyon Airport
  • Scheduled departure transfer on final day to Lyon Airport
  • Mechanical assistance with your bike
  • Ride files and Bikestyle guide to the 2019 Tour de France
  • Full Bikestyle Tours kit including knicks, cycling jersey, cap and musette bag

Why Bikestyle Tours?

The enthusiasm of our staff for the Tour and the knowledge and insight provided by our guides means that a Bikestyle Tours trip gives you an unequalled experience. Our staff ratio of 1 staff to every 7-8 clients is one of the best in the business and assures a high level of personal service. You will be looked after by our professional team of on the road cycling guides (male and female), mechanics and support van drivers.

The combination of years of experience, good service, attention to detail and value for money has proven to be a winning formula. Our tour preparation is more than 12 months each year as we sleuth for the tour route before the official release. On our trips we stay in quality 3 star and 4 star hotels chosen for their comfort and location staying as close as possible to the race route, with a mix of traditional and modern hotel styles.

Importantly all Bikestyle trips are Guaranteed Departures, so we won’t cancel a trip due to insufficient numbers leaving you stranded. Our customers come from all over the world so no matter where you live we can help you with your Tour de France vacation.

Specific trips for a range of cycling ability and non cyclists, we have a suite of trips to cater for a range of cycling abilities from our Classic Trips which cater for all levels of cyclists and non-cyclists to Experience Cyclists only trips.

Travel like a “PRO”.

Our comfortable fleet of buses are the best in the business, featuring custom designed enclosed trailers to carry your bike safely. On board are reclining seats and a bar stocked with cold drinks. This year most will have an outside shower with hot water to freshen up after you ride.

Check out your bus HERE

Is this trip for me?

I'M A NON RIDER, IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

Cyclists Only

Great trip for cyclists and non-cyclists. The primary focus is seeing the race. On some days, we’ll visit beautiful areas of France where you can experience the food and culture.

This trips is great for a non-riding partner.

 

I'M AN EXPERIENCED CYCLIST, IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

Ride further and climb more

Absolutely! Your trip includes the famous Alpe d’Huez, Col d’Izoard, Col de la Madeleine as well as some amazing Gorges de la Nesque,  Lacets du Montvernier.

I'M NO ELITE CYCLIST, IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

Ride regularly

Your trip includes the famous Alpe d’Huez, Col d’Izoard, Col de la Madeleine and will require some training to prepare for their riding holiday to get the most from the experience.

Our easiest rides involve riding in a group at average speeds of more than 20km/hr (15miles/hr) on the flat.

Climb at your own pace.

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NOTE: Please place number of persons attending in box below
Deposit 2019 Spectacular France 10 Days ($1000pp)
2019 Spectacular France Bicycle Hire ($594.00)
2019 Spectacular France Single Supplement ($850.00)
Lyon to Paris Trip Extension Twin Share ($450.00)
Lyon to Paris Trip Extension Single Room ($590.00)
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