TOUR DE FRANCE 2013
MONT VENTOUX, THE ALPS & PARIS FINALE
CYCLING HOLIDAY - COACH 5
Thursday 11th to Monday 22nd July 2013
With or Without Bikes
On this tour you will follow the final week of the 2013 Tour de France from Mont Ventoux, through the Alps and onto the finish in Paris.
For those bringing bikes you will be able to ride the famous climbs that feature on the 2013 Route du Tour, including, 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, Col du Lautaret, and Col de L’Izoard.
Following the Tour de France for 2 weeks can be tiring, therefore this tour has been designed with the minimum amount of hotel changes. Apart from the first & last night at our transfer hotel in Paris we spend 3 nights in Arles, 4 nights in Guillestre, and 2 nights in Cluses.
Thursday 11th July:
We will collect you from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 09.00hrs, 12.00hrs, 15.00hrs & 18.00hrs for transport to our Paris transfer hotel (4* Mercure Porte Versailles) where we spend the night on B&B basis. Please indicate on your booking form your required collection time.
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.
Friday 12th July:
After breakfast you will be able to load your bike onto the special bike trailer. We leave Paris and travel to the region of the Languedoc in Southern France and the beautiful town of Tarrascon, where we spend the next 3 nights on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis at the 3 star Hotel Echevins. Apart from being in a beautiful location our Tarrascon base offers excellent access to the Mont Ventoux stage.
Saturday 13th July:
Tarrascon is a nice place to stay so we thought we'd have an extra day here to enjoy the town. For those with bikes we will take the chance to ride Mont Ventoux the day before the Tour de France (free of the race day congestions). After breakfast the day is yours for riding, sightseeing etc etc.
Sunday 14th July:
Today is Bastille Day (France National Day) and what better way to celebrate than with a classic mountain top finish to the mythical Mont Ventoux. This will be the longest stage of the 2013 Tour de France, at 242km, starting from Givors, just to the south of Lyon and will follow the Rhone Valley all the way to the Provence region of Vaucluse, and the small town of Bedoin, from where they will tackle one of the hardest climbs on the 2013 Tour de France, the 21km Mont Ventoux…
Our location in Tarrascon is great for accessing the stage, and those with bikes will be taken part of the way to Ventoux and ride the last stretch before watching the stage, whilst those without bikes will be taken to the town of Bedoin at the bottom of the climb, from where they will be able to walk onto the lower slopes.
After seeing the stage we will rejoin the bus in Bedoin and return to our base in Tarrascon.
Monday 15th July:
As the riders of the Tour de France spend their second rest day in the city of Avignon, we will make our journey into the Alps and the town of Serre Chevalier where we spend the next 4 nights on Dinner Bed & Breakfast at the excellent 3* Hotel Christiania.
Serre Chevalier is an excellent base for the next 4 Alpine mountain stages of the Tour de France, and offers some fantastic riding as the climbs of Galibier, Lautaret & Izoard are all within reach.
After checking in, those with bikes may want to go for a ride and try the Galibier or Izoard, whilst those without bikes will have time to visit the town.
Tuesday 16th July:
After a rest day in the region of Provence, the Tour de France riders head for the Alps and a final week of very mountainous stages. Today the riders leave from Vaison la Romaine on a 168km medium mountain stage to Gap, which will have some climbs towards the end of the stage.
After breakfast we travel from Serre Chevalier to Gap to see the stage finish. Those with bikes will be able to ride there, it is about 90km and mostly downhill, whilst those without bikes will be taken there on the bus. Alternatively, those that don’t want to ride to Gap can travel part way on the bus and ride the rest.
After seeing the stage, we all regroup at the bus, reload the bikes and return to our base in Serre Che. If youa re feeling up to it, you can also ride back.
Wednesday 17th July:
The second Individual Time Trial will be a 32km hilly & technical time trial between Embrun and Chorges above the beautiful Lac Serre Poncon. This stage will be a real test for those riders with eyes on a top position in Paris, and will be a fantastic stage to watch.
After breakfast we travel from Serre Chevalier to Embrun, where the time trial starts. Those with bikes will be able to ride there, its 55km and mostly downhill, whilst those without bikes will be taken there on the bus. Alternatively, those with bikes might want to ride there via the Col d’Izoard, which will be a ride of 77km…
After seeing the stage, we all regroup at the bus, reload the bikes and return to our base in Serre Chevalier.
Thursday 18th July:
The long awaited stage to the famous Alpe d’Huez and its 21 hair-pinned bends finally arrives, but this stage is different to any other past editions, as this year the mountain will be climbed twice!!, giving us the opportunity to see two fantastic assents of this iconic climb.
After an early breakfast, those with bikes will be able to ride part way from Guillestre to Alpe d’Huez to see the stage. This ride is approx. 75km and includes the climb of Col du Lauteret and Alpe d’Huez. Those that don’t want to ride too far can travel on the bus to either the top of the Col du Lautaret and descend to the base of L’Alpe d’Huez and climb this iconic mountain of 21 hair-pinned bends.
For those without bikes, we can’t guarantee that the bus will get to the top of the climb to Alpe d’Huez. We are offering a helicopter shuttle from Serre Chevalier to the ski station of Alpe d’Huez. This would be a fantastic way to travel to L’Alpe d’Huez, flying over the high Alps and the Col du Lautaret and Galibier, landing only a few hundred meters from the stage finish at L’Alpe d’Huez. Please see the supplement below. (subject to availability)
After seeing the stage, the cyclists will regroup at the bus at the base of L’Alpe d’Huez and return to Serre Chevalier, whilst those that have taken the helicopter package will be flown back to Serre Chevalier.
Friday 19th July:
As the riders of the Tour de France enter the final weekend of the race, they face a massive “5 Cols” mountain stage across the Alps from Bourg d’Oisans to the ski town of Le Grand Bornand. This is a 204km stage that takes in the Col du Glandon, Col de la Madeleine, Col de Tamie, Col de l’Epine and finally the very steep Col de la Croix Fry before finishing at Le Grand Bornand. This will be a very tough stage…..
After an early breakfast we leave our base in Serre Chevalier 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, but we may decide to see the stage on the penultimate climb of the stage the Col d’Epine which allows us easier access to the stage and for getting to our hotel in Geneva after the stage.
After seeing the stage, we will spend the next 2 nights at the Hotel Nash at Geneva airport on Dinner Bed & Breakfast. Our location in Geneva is very good for accessing tomorrow’s final mountain stage from Annecy to the Col du Semnoz.
Saturday 20th July:
The penultimate stage of the Tour de France is usually a Time Trial. For the 100th edition, the TDF organizers are breaking with tradition and today’s stage will be a mountain stage that starts in the picturesque town of Annecy and finishes on top of the Col du Semnoz, a very hard mountain of 1700mts mountain that towers above the town of Annecy and Lake Annecy.
Those will bikes will be able to ride the 40km 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 will return to our hotel in Geneva.
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 leave our Hotel in Geneva and travel to our Paris hotel (4* Mercure Porte Versailles) 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.
Monday 22nd July:
After breakfast we will leave Paris. We offer transfers from the hotel to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at the following times 07.30hrs, 11.00hrs & 14.00hrs.
COST: £1699 per person, based on two people sharing a twin or double room.
- 11 Nights Bed & Buffet Breakfast accommodation in 3* Hotels
- 9 Evening meals
- Air conditioned coach transportation throughout
- Coach transfers to and from Paris hotel and Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at specific times
- Special bike trailer for the safe keeping & transport of your bike
- Guided bike rides
- Coloured maps with Tour de France route marked
- Detailed suggested bike rides
- Detailed itinerary
- Services of our guide
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Bike hire - rental bikes available on this tour.
- Drinks with meals
- Hotel extras (telephone, drinks, laundry)
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: £599
Le Mini Palais Package: £599 per person - Includes:
- In the heart of the Grand Palais buildings, the Mini Palais offers sophisticated gastronomy by 3* Bristol chef Eric Fréchon.
- Welcome by Tour de France hostesses
- Apéritif champagne
- Sophisticated gourmet dinner prepared by 3* chef Eric Fréchon
- Celebratory champagne cocktail
- Reserved Seats on the Grand-Palais grandstand
- Tour de France gift given to each guest
Please note, the details above are what has been planned by the Tour de France organisers and are subject to change.
CHAMPS ELYSEES GRAND PALAIS GRANDSTAND - SOLD OUT
CHAMPS ELYSEES ELYSEE GRANDSTAND - SOLD OUT
CHAMPS ELYSEES TRIOMPHE PACKAGE - SOLD OUT
Twin to share:
If you would like to join us as a single traveller but you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our 'twin to share' option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra. Simply click on the green button and select the twin to share option.
HOW TO BOOK:
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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
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