2019 Tour de France Spectator 8 Days

TRIP DETAILS:

Duration: 8 Days (7 nights)
Dates: Monday, 22 July to Monday, 29 July, 2019
Start: Avignon TGV Station
Finish: Paris
Accommodation: 4 Star hotels
Group Size: 30 guests – 4 staff
Suitable For: Non Cyclists
Price: AUD$6,200 (US$4,340)
OPTIONAL SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: AUD$700 (US$490)

Optional Extras:

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:

VIP Hospitality
Sip champagne and enjoy 5-star food in style with the ultimate VIP experience on the Champs-Élysées. (Valued over $1000 per ticket)

Touristic Opportunities
Nimes, Provence Villages, Lavender Fields, Ecrins National Park, Lac de Serre-Ponçon, Savoie, the City of Lights – Paris

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 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 Spectator – In short

Follow the final week of the 2019 Tour de France in luxury, quality 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 final week of racing, including the best mountain stages of the race and the individual time trial.

We often have guests combine their Tour de France trip with an extended European vacation. Immerse yourself among the French culture, scenery and cuisine and experience the largest annual sporting event.

Customised for spectators, we also create the opportunity to share your experience with some of our cycling guests. For long transfers you’ll travel on our luxury coach – with its own toilet, bar and reclining seats. We have some hospitality experiences along the race route helping you experience the excitement of the passing tour, the arrival of the publicity caravan, followed by the helicopters, race officials and finally 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. With the mountain stages decided and probably 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. Sip champagne and enjoy 5-star food in style with the ultimate VIP experience on the Champs-Élysées.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Monday 22nd July: Bienvenue, Welcome to the Tour de France

Our trip starts with your guides meeting you at the Avignon TGV station at 11am. Avignon is a city with fascinating contrasts, contemporary and chic, yet steeped in a rich, turbulent medieval past. Original settlement was during the Neolithic period (4000BC). During the 14th century, Avignon was the most important and powerful centre in Europe, owned by the Romans. After the Revolution during the 18th century, the city was returned to France and since, Avignon has developed and prospered. Today, it hosts a world-renowned annual summer Theatre Festival. Consequently, there are many sights to visit. Arrive a day or two earlier to adjust your time zone and visit Avignon.

From Avignon, we have a short transfer to our beautiful 4-star hotel in Provence, taking the opportunity to stop for lunch along the way and visit some stunning Provence villages – in fact, so beautiful to have awarded the distinction of most beautiful or “plus beaux”.

Gordes is a beautiful old village, perched on the southern edge of the high Plateau de Vaucluse. The stone buildings built against the base of the cliffs and perched on the rocks above, are made of honey coloured stone that glows orange in the sun. We can enjoy a break in one of the cafes with a stunning panorama across to the Montagne du Luberon before continuing on our journey. A bit further down the road we’ll pass the famous lavender fields of the Abbaye de Senanque before our final stop in the high-set village of Venasque, before heading to our hotel in L’Isle sur la Sorgue.

Tonight, our welcome dinner served with an accompanying wine, Côtes du Rhône if it were a red and Côtes de Provence if it were a rosè. This evening is a great social opportunity to meet your fellow guests and your staff. Most importantly, have your questions answered by your helpful staff.

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
Welcome Dinner

Overnight
Isle sur la Sorgue, France

Day 2 – Tuesday 23rd July: Roman ingenuity – Pont du Gard and a stage start

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, and visit 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 to Nîmes into the Gard department for today’s stage start. See the team buses arrive and watch riders sign-on for today’s iconic stage. A great stage start to see with a Roman amphitheatre backdrop. Soon after leaving from Nîmes, the peloton will cross the Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard. We’ll follow the riders out from today’s scenic start and see Pont du Gard ourselves.

Once we have our own pictures of the aquaduct, we’ll head to another part of the race route to watch the riders pass in a location where the sprinter’s teams will lead the stretched peloton in chase of the breakaway.

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. This evening, we’ll head into the pedestrian centre of L’Isle sur-la-Sorgue for dinner, with its many restaurants from which you can choose. 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

Overnight
Isle sur la Sorgue, France

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 arrive in Gap in time for lunch and plenty of time before the race arrives. After the exciting finish, we’ll go to our luxury 4-star chateau hotel and celebrate our experience of seeing the Tour de France. Our accommodation is a chateau hotel with private grounds, swimming pool and a wellness centre. The 360° mountain vistas are throughout the property.

We’ll be joining another Bikestyle group this evening, the Final Week group. Together, we’ll visit the most important alpine stages of the final week and for our longer transfers travel in our luxury coach, complete with reclining seats, toilets and a bar. Each day while our cycling comrades ride their bikes, we’ll follow our custom spectator itineraries ensuring you see the monumental stages of the Tour de France. This evening we’ll have a social dinner together, prepared by the hotel’s team of chefs.

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

Day 4 – Thursday 25th July: Grande stage – Col de Vars

Today, we’ll witness a mountain stage and watch 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’ll follow the riders off the mountain and meet up with our luxury coach to take us further north. Our hotel for the next 3 nights is another 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

Day 5 – Friday 26th July: Highest point on the Tour – Col d’Iseran

The race passes over it highest point in the race today – approaching 3,000 m. With a summit finish above 2,000 m, the peloton will have climbed 5 mountains over 2,000 m in two days. I think there’ll be a few riders spending much of their off season at altitude.

The race passes over it highest point in the race today – approaching 3,000 m. With a summit finish above 2,000 m, the peloton will have climbed 5 mountains over 2,000 m in two days. I think there’ll be a few riders spending much of their off season at altitude.

This morning, we’ll travel to watch the riders on Col d’Iseran, the biggest climb of the tour and the highest paved pass of the Alps at 2,770 m. We’ll travel up to one of the mountain villages for lunch before welcoming the passage of the tour. If you’re feeling a little energetic, take a short walk to discover the beautiful wild flowers and waterfalls from glacial melt. Once the final riders pass, we’ll watch the final moments on television and travel back to our hotel, savouring the buzz of seeing the tour on a big mountain.

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, Lunch

Overnight
Chambéry, France

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, the 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 travel up the scenic Cormet 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. Another day among the mountains, take a short stroll for that perfect picture. Our cycling comrades will join us to watch the race together.

After the winner has been decided, we’ll avoid the traffic-jams of 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, Farewell Dinner

Overnight
Chambéry, France

Day 7 – Sunday 28th July: Champagne – VIP experience and TGV to Paris

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 privately courier your luggage 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. This is sure to be a trip highlight, bikes rattling along the stones of the Champs-Élysées, and while they ride, you sip champagne. You’ll have an indulgent spread of quality food and your prime position, adjacent to the finish line is the perfect conclusion to a wonderful trip at the Tour de France.

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, visiting beautiful regions and cheering the peloton of the 106th Tour de France. A trip of a lifetime.

As we say farewell, we also 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
  • 7 nights accommodation 4 Star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 3 course evening meals on 3 nights
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
  • Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Avignon TGV Station
  • VIP Hospitality Area (Valued over $1000)
  • TGV transfer from the Alps to Paris
  • Ride files and Bikestyle guide to the 2019 Tour de France
  • Bikestyle Tours supporters shirt, 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.

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Customised for spectactors, experience the greatest cycling race in the world up close. We also create the opportunity to share your experience with some of our cycling guests. 

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