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On this tour you will follow the final week of the 2013 Tour de France from L’Alpe d’Huez to Paris,
For those bringing bikes you will be able to ride the famous climbs that feature on the 2013 Route du Tour, including, L’Alpe d’Huez, Col de Sarenne, Col du Glandon, Col de la Croix Fry, and Col de Semnoz.
Apart from riding the climbs that feature on the 2013 TDF route, you will also have the opportunity to ride the famous Col du Galibier and Col du Lauteret.
On this tour we shall spend 3 nights at the ski station of L’Alpe d’Huez. Having accommodation on L’Alpe d’Huez for the Tour de France is a real privilege and you will be able to enjoy the unique atmosphere that the Alpe provides during the build up to the Tour de France arrival, as well as the festivities on race day.
We have arranged for you to keep your bike box/ bag at the hotel for the duration of the tour as the bikes will travel fully assembled in a special bike trailer.
Tuesday 16th July:
Being located at Alpe d’Huez for the Tour de France is a real asset and you will be able to enjoy the unique atmosphere that the Alpe provides during the build up to the Tour de France arrival, as well as the festivities on race day.
Wednesday 17th July:
For those with bikes, there are many ride options available. You can ride to the Col du Galibier and back, or you can go to the Col du Glandon. There is also the TDF race circuit loop that the riders will do on the L’Alpe d’Huez stage, taking in the newly surfaced Col de Sarenne and climb of Alpe d’Huez.
For the non-cyclists, there are numerous activities at Alpe d’Huez like walking in the mountains, the ski lift to the glacier at Pic Blanc, mountain bike hire, indoor sports centre, swimming pools, tennis). Please note that all of these activities are subject to availability and local charges will apply.
Thursday 18th July:
Our location could not be better for accessing the most popular mountain stage of the 2013 Tour de France. Waking up in Alpe d’Huez only meters from the stage route is a real privilege.
After seeing the stage we spend the night in Alpe d’Huez along with the teams, race officials etc etc…
Friday 19th July:
After an early breakfast we descend L’Alpe d’Huez and travel to the stage. At the moment our intention is to travel to see the stage on the final climb of the stage, the Col de la Croix Fry that comes 13km from the finish.
Those with bikes will be able to ride the final climb of the stage, the Col de la Croix Fry, whilst those without bikes will be able to walk onto the lower slopes of the climb to see the stage.
After seeing the stage, we will travel the short distance to the town of Cluses where we will spend the next 2 nights on Dinner Bed & Breakfast at the Hotel 4C. The town of Cluses is excellent for accessing tomorrow’s final mountain stage from Annecy to the Col du Semnoz.
Saturday 20th July:
Our location in Cluses is ideal for accessing the stage. Those will bikes will be able to ride to Annecy and see the stage start before climbing the Col du Semnoz to see the finish of this crucial mountain stage, and the winner of the 100th Tour de France. Those without bikes will be taken by the bus to Annecy for the stage start, after which they will be able to see the finish on the lower slopes of the Semnoz mountain.
After seeing the stage we return to our hotel in Cluses.Sunday 21st July:
The final stage of the 100th Tour de France will start from the Chateau of Versailles, and with another break in tradition, it will start in the evening arriving at the Champs Elysees for a nighttime finish and a fireworks celebration to commemorate 100 editions of the most famous bike race in the world.
After an early breakfast we will leave Cluses and travel to Paris for the final stage and post-race firework celebrations. Since today's stage will not start until the evening we have time to travel to Paris, check in to the hotel and get to the Champs Elysees.
We can offer a variety of grandstand seats and hospitality packages on the Champs Elysees (see below for supplement prices). For further information on these package, please contact our office.
After the post-race festivities we will return to the hotel Novotel Tour Eiffel in Paris.
Monday 22nd July:
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