2019 Tour de France Final Week 8 Days

TRIP DETAILS:

Duration: 8 Days (7 nights)
Dates: Monday, 22 July to Monday, 29 July, 2019
Start: Lyon
Finish: Paris
Accommodation: 4 Star hotels
Group Size: 30 guests – 6 staff
Suitable For: Cyclists and Non Cyclists
Suitable Cyclists ability: Experienced, Intermediate, Social
Price: AUD$5,800 (US$4,060)
OPTIONAL SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: AUD$700 (US$490)

Optional Extras:

Bike Rental AUD$462 (US$325) (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
Cime de la Bonette, Col d’Izoard, Col de la Madeleine

Secret Roads
French Alps balcony roads, Lacets du Montvernier, Lac du Bourget

Touristic Opportunities
Ecrins National Park, Savoie, the City of Lights – Paris

Experience the TDF Live
Stage 17: Pont du Gard to Gap, Hilly, 206 km
Stage 18: Embrun to Valloire, Mountain, 207 km
Stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Tignes, Mountain, 123 km
Stage 20: Albertville to Val Thorens, Mountain, 131 km
Stage 21: Rambouillet to Paris Champs-Élysées, Flat, 127 km

2019 Tour de France Final Week – In short

Follow the final week of the 2019 Tour de France in luxury, 4 -star hotels all the way! You’ve had many years watching the tour in the wrong timezone, only to find yourself fall asleep with 20km to go. Join us for the best mountain stages of the race. We’ve minimised our transfers and assigned our luxury transport to get you there in style.

Hire a bike, or bring your own and conquer some of the great climbs in the French Alps. We often have guests combine our final week trip with an extended European vacation. France is one of the greatest places to ride a bike, but in the mountains in July and during the Tour de France, it is even better.

Our trip starts in the Southern region of the French Alps, where we’ll summit the highest paved peak of the French Alps, Cime de la Bonette. Then we’ll welcome the entry of the Tour into the Alps and witness the greatest show on two wheels – the arrival of the publicity caravan, helicopters come into sight, the race officials in their red cars signal the arrival of the riders. Few sports enable you to get this close to the action.

We’ll follow the race north catching the essential elements of the Tour de France, climbs, stage starts and stage finishes. After seeing the mountain stages that will decide the yellow jersey we’ll express you to Paris on the TGV in time to see the final circuit parade on Champs-Élysées under the backdrop of the Arc du Triomphe and Grand Palais. Celebrate the stage winner and other achievements of the Tour with the final team and jersey presentation. Enquire at the time of booking about VIP experiences.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Monday 22nd 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. After a short transfer to our luxury 4-star villa in the Ubaye valley, we will assemble our bikes and head out on a short warm up ride. Our first ride in the Alps allows us to shake off some travel legs and test out your bike for your cycling holiday in France. We’ll stick to the valley and ride through some of the villages. We’ll also head up a small climb to test your low gears.

Out accommodation for the next 3 nights is a chateau hotel with private grounds, swimming pool and a wellness centre. The 360° mountain vistas are throughout the property. We will be a small group for our first two nights before we are joined by our spectator group on the third night. This will give us a chance to tick off some climbs in the area before catching up with the race.

Tonight, our welcome dinner will be prepared under the watchful eye of the executive chef and served with an accompanying wine. This evening is a great social opportunity to meet your fellow guests, our hosts at this beautiful chateau and your staff. Most importantly, have your questions answered by your helpful staff.

REST DAY IN THE RACE
About Lyon
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 final week of racing in the French Alps. Arrive a day or two earlier, adjust to the time zone and enjoy this great city.

Meals
Welcome Dinner

Overnight
Jausiers, France

Warm up ride

Warm up ride

Day 2 – Tuesday 23rd July: Highest paved col in europe – Cime de la Bonette

This year the peloton climbs to 2,770 m as it passes over Col d’Iseran, in a few days time. Uniquely, the 2019 race reaches 6 summits higher than 2,000 m during the final week. Just outside our hotel begins the climb to the highest point ever reached by the Tour, and it goes above 2,800 m by 2 m. It is a wonderful climb through the Mercantour National Park, and as we start from about 1,200m there is less climbing than Mont Ventoux.

Besides reaching such altitudes, this climb nice to ride for its consistent incline, about 7.5%, with a couple of stretch that are less. As you reach above treeline and pass an alpine lake, you realise why this national park is popular with nature lovers.

Closer to the summit and near where it intersects the road from Nice is the Fort de Restefond, and artillery block used during the second world war.

The 2 km teardrop loop around the mountains peak starts here. At the summit, there is a short path that takes you to a viewpoint. We’ll descent back to the base and enjoy the afternoon relaxing out our beautiful accommodation. If you’d like more riding after your summit of Cime de la Bonette, we are spoiled for choice from our base in the Southern Alps.

This evening you can enjoy a free night and have dinner at one of the local restaurants or “a la carte” from our hotel.

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

Overnight
Jausiers, France

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 3 – Wednesday 24th July: Vive le Tour – Stage finish in Gap

This morning after another big breakfast at our villa, we’ll travel down the valley in preparation for the arrival of the tour in Gap. 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.

Before the excitement of the stage finish, we’ll head off on a ride around some of the local cols and return 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.

We’ll travel back to our hotel and celebrate together our first experience of seeing the Tour de France. We’ll be joined by another Bikestyle group this evening, our spectator group. Together we’ll visit the most important alpine stages of the final week.

 

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
Jausiers, France

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 4 – Thursday 25th July: Grande stage – Col du Vars or a stage start

Today, you have a two options from which you can choose. We’ll have the opportunity to see more stage starts later in the week, but you’re welcome to go to today’s stage as it is in a beautiful setting on Lac de Serre-Ponçon. Our main option however, is catching up the with the race as they go over one of the climbs, not far from our hotel. Col de Vars is a picturesque climb, unlike the peloton we get to enjoy the scenery.

Officially 14.7 km long, it is a steady incline for the first 9 km, before the road steepens for the final 5 km. It is on this final stretch that will provide us with great theatre this afternoon as there will be two distinct races today – one for polka dots and the main event for yellow.

After we watch the race pass, we can descend off the mountain and meet up with our transport to take us further north. Our hotel for the next 3 nights is a 4-star hotel and is a short walk from the old town of Chambéry. This is the heart of Savoie home of the medieval Castle of its Dukes. Cheese, white wines and cream dishes are what savoyard cuisine is famous for. There are many restaurants for you to choose from this evening.

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

Overnight
Chambéry, France

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 5 – Friday 26th July: Scenic roads — Lacet de Montvernier and a stage start

Today’s short stage will start early afternoon, so we’ll go to the stage start village and watch the riders prepare for their second last day in the mountains.  We’ll arrive with time for a short ride ourselves before the team buses arrive. Position yourself between the team buses and the sign-on area for a great opportunity to get your favourite riders autograph or a selfie with them. Moments before the riders set off, they will gather beneath the depart banner and the announcer will introduce favourite riders along with the wearers of the tour jersey’s, who will position themselves along the front row.

Our ride starts with the amazing Lacets de Montvernier with its 17 hairpins. It’s an improbable road clinging to the edge of the cliff and is one of the most scenic climbs in the world. The climb is only 2.5 km long, that’s a hairpin every 150 m. After climbing the Lacets, you have the option for another climb over Col de Chaussy, a recent addition to the tour. It is an additional 12 km of climbing from the top of the Lacets. If you turn back from the top of Lacets, you’ll have plenty of time to see the team buses at the start. Those going over Col de Chassy, you’ll still see the start, but riders will be making their final preparations.

If you’re not riding today, you’ll also have the opportunity before the stage start to see the spectacular road that took 6 years to build in the late 1920’s. After the stage start, we’ll head back to our hotel for the afternoon and catch up with the progress of the race on television, leaving the evening free for you to explore Chambéry.

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
Chambéry, France

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 6 – Saturday 27th July: Blockbuster stage – Mountain finale

Today is the final mountain stage of the tour and is again a short stage. Every move will be closely watched, a high intensity will captivate fans. We’ll head off before the riders and secure a spot near one of the summits to watch the race. There are two technical descents on the race course that will make it important to stay at the front of the race.

We’ll ride the scenic Comet de Roselend and watch the riders launch their attacks near its summit. Our hospitality crew will step into gear and have an area for you to enjoy watching the race live on TV and seeing the riders come through. You will be able to watch every moment through to the finish before we return to our hotel for our final farewell dinner. We’ll transport our non-riders up the climb to enjoy the day in the mountains, possibly take a short stroll for that perfect picture. Our riding comrades will then join us to watch the race together.

After the winner has been decided, we’ll avoid the traffic-jams off the final climb and head back to our hotel for a special farewell dinner, leaving tomorrow night free in Paris.

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
Chambéry, France

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 7 – Sunday 28th July: 320km/h – TGV to Paris for the finale

We’ll depart our hotel this morning to meet your TGV train service to Paris. A high speed transfer to Paris at 320km/h, just over 3 hours compared to the 6 hours drive. Our guides will be with you all the way and to make life easier for you, we will courier your luggage and bike to the 4-star hotel you will be staying at tonight. We’ll arrive in Paris in time to check into our hotel before heading to the Champs-Élysées for the finale.

This afternoon, we’ll chaperone you to the Champs-Élysées for the evening finale. Are you interested in a champagne and catered experience? Enquire at the time of making your booking about VIP hospitality adjacent to the finish line.

This evening after the race, you can explore Paris under lights, take in a show or possibly take a dinner cruise on the Seine.

This evening after the race, you can explore Paris under lights, take in a show or possibly take a dinner cruise on the Seine.

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.

Meals
Breakfast

Overnight
Paris, France

Day 8 – Monday 29th July: Au revoir, Farewell to new friends

Our trip to the 2019 Tour de France finishes today, and we bid farewell to our new friends. We trust that you have had an enjoyable time making new friends, conquering bucket list climbs, visiting beautiful regions and experiencing the 106th Tour de France.

We welcome you to our Bikestyle family and we look forward to seeing you again one day. If you’re leaving today, the hotel will help you to arrange a private transfer for your connecting flight or accommodation in Paris. There is also a metro station nearby to connect you with urban and regional trains. Check-out time is until 12pm.

Meals: Breakfast

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
  • 7 nights accommodation 4 Star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 3 course evening meals on 3 nights
  • Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
  • Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Lyon Airport
  • TGV Tickets to Paris
  • 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?

Non Cyclists

Great trip for cyclists and non-cyclists. The primary focus is seeing the race. On some days, we’ll visit beautiful areas of French Alps and see the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris.

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 Cime de la Bonette, Col d’Izoard, Col de la Madeleine to name a few.

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

Ride regularly

Your trip includes the famous Cime de la Bonette, 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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Deposit 2019 Tour de France Final Week 8 Days ($1000pp)
2019 Tour de France Final Week Bicycle Hire ($462.00)
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