TOUR DE FRANCE 2014
The Alps, Pyrenees and Paris finale
16th to 28th July 2014
On this tour you will see all the deciding stages of the 2014 Tour de France, as you follow the final 10 days from the high mountains of the Alps, across southern France into the Pyrenees and via Bordeaux before finishing on the cobblestones of the Champs Elysees.
In the Alps you will see both the mountain top finishes of Chamrousse and Risoul, followed by the stage start in Tallard. In the Pyrenees you willl see the massive 237km stage to Bagneres de Luchon that takes in the Port de Bales and the 2 short and explosive stages that finish at the ski stations of Pla d’Adet & Hautacam. If this is not enough, you will see the 54km long individual time trial from Bergerac to Perigueux followed by the final stage on the cobblestones of the Champs Elysees.
For those bringing bikes, you will be able to ride the famous climbs that feature on the 2014 Route du Tour, Chamrousse, Risoul, Port de Bales, Val Louron Azet, Pla d’Adet, Col du Tourmalet, and Hautacam. Plus there will be the opportunity to ride some famous climbs that don’t feature on the 2014 route, like Alpe d’Huez, Galibier and Mont Ventoux.
Following the Tour de France for 12 days can be tiring, therefore this tour has been designed with the minimum amount of hotel changes. Apart from the first and the last night at our transfer hotel in Paris we spend 3 nights in Serre Chevalier, 1 night in Avignon, 1 night in Toulouse, 3 nights in Lourdes and 2 nights in Bordeaux.
Sports Tours International is the most experienced tour operator to the Tour de France. We have been taking you to see the Tour for twenty years and give you a fantastic trip with amazing insights into the Tour.
Our planned itinerary for this trip of the 2014 Tour de France - please note, this is the intended itinerary at this stage but things may change between now and the actual time of the Tour.
Wednesday 16th of July:
You can arrive today at Charles de Gaulle airport and our dedicated airport team will be at the airport all day to meet our clients. Please look out for the Sports Tours International signs on arrival.
If you would like to arrive directly at the hotel, our staff will be in reception all day to welcome you.
We will come to collect you from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 09.00hrs, 12.00hrs, 15.00hrs and 18.00hrs for transport to our Paris transfer hotel which is the excellent Mercure Porte Versailles EXPO where we spend the night on B&B basis.
Please indicate during the online booking process your required collection time. We have arranged for you to keep your bike box or bag at the hotel for the duration of the tour as the bikes will travel fully assembled in a special bike trailer.
This evening we will try to get as many of you together for a welcome drink.
Thursday 17th July:
After breakfast you will be able to load your bike onto the special bike trailer. We leave Paris and travel to the Alps and the ski town of Serre Chevalier where we spend 3 nights on Dinner Bed & Breakfast basis at the excellent 3* Hotel Plein Sud. Serre Chevalier is a great town to stay in and offers good access to all the Tour de France Alpine stages, great riding, and plenty to do for the non-cyclists and partners.
Friday 18th July:
The 2014 Tour de France enters the Alps with a stage from St Etienne to the ski station of Chamrousse, situated high above the city of Grenoble. This is the first real high mountain stage of the 2014 Tour de France
After breakfast we leave Serre Chevalier on the bus and travel to Uriage les Bians (base of Chamrousse climb) to see the stage. Those with bikes will be able to ride to Chamrousse from Serre Chevalier (106km to the base, which includes 70km descent!!!). Alternatively, travel on the bus to Bourg d’Oisans and ride the famous climb of Alpe d’Huez in the morning and then see the stage to Chamrousse in the afternoon This would be a ride of 70km to the base of Chamrousse.
Those without bikes will be taken to the base of the climb and will be able to walk onto the lower slopes to see the stage. Alternatively non-riders are welcome to join us for a visit of the old town of Briancon. Our English speaking guide will tell you all about the history of this UNESCO world heritage site. Some more information here
After seeing the stage we re-group at the base of the climb to re-load the bikes and return to Serre Chevalier so we are ready for tomorrow’s mountain stage to Risoul.
Saturday 19th July:
The riders of the 2014 Tour de France face a classic Alpine mountain stage between Grenoble and the ski station of Risoul, where the riders have to tackle two mountains over 2,000mts (Lautaret and Izoard) before the final climb to Risoul.
Our location in Serre Chevalier is excellent for accessing the stage, as we are located on the stage route at the base of both the Col du Lautaret and Col d'Izoard. It offers those with bikes numerous options of bike rides and where to see the stage. You can ride the famous Col du Galibier in the morning and then see the stage on either the Lautaret or Izoard in the afternoon or ride the final part of the stage route from Serre Chevalier to Risoul, taking in the Col d’Izoard. Alternatively bypass the Col d’Izoard on the national road and have an easy downhill ride to the base of the climb to Risoul. After seeing the stage in our chosen location we return to the hotel in Serre Chevalier.
Those without bikes will be able to see the stage pass the front door of the hotel in Serre Chevalier or travel on the bus to Guillestre and walk onto the lower slopes of the final climb to Risoul.
Sunday the 20th of July:
The 2014 Tour de France leaves the Alps from the village of Tallard (near Gap) and head to Nimes on what will be essentially a sprinters stage.
After breakfast we leave Serre Chevalier and travel to Tallard to see the stage start. Those with bikes will be able to ride there (100km and predominately downhill), whilst those without bikes will be taken there by bus.
At the stage start you will see the riders arriving, sign on and start the stage. You may get the chance for a photograph/autograph from your favourite rider.
After seeing the stage start we travel to the city of Avignon where we spend the night on Dinner Bed & Breakfast at the excellent 4* Hotel Lavarin. After dinner you may want to venture into the beautiful city of Avignon that will be holding its annual Arts festival. For more information on the festival please click here
Monday 21st July:
The riders of the 2014 Tour de France will spend their second rest day in the city of Carcassonne.
After an early breakfast we take the opportunity to ride the iconic mountain of Mont Ventoux, known as the “Giant of Provence” and featured in last year's Tour de France. We will start early and take you to Carpentras on the bus from where you will start the ride and have 20km warm up before you tackle Mont Ventoux. After climbing the mountain you will descend to Malaucene where the bikes will be reloaded and we’ll have lunch before commencing the journey to Toulouse.
Those without bikes will have the opportunity to spend the morning visiting the beautiful city of Avignon and the Arts festival. You will have time for lunch and at 3pm we will collect you from the city and commence our journey to Toulouse.
It is quite a long journey to Toulouse and traffic dependant it will take approx. 4hrs. We spend 1 night in the city of Toulouse at the excellent 4* Hotel Pullman on Bed & Breakfast basis. This will give you the chance to explore the city and enjoy dinning outside and experience the city atmosphere in some of the many squares that Toulouse has to offer.
Our location in Toulouse offers good access to tomorrow’s first Pyrenean mountain stage from Carcassone to Bagneres de Luchon.
Tuesday 22nd July:
The 2014 Tour de France enters the Pyrenees with the longest stage of the whole tour, a massive 237km mountain stage between Carcassonne and Bagneres de Luchon. En-route the riders will have to face the climbs of the Portet d’Aspet & Col de Arres before tackling the difficult Port de Bales and the tricky descent to the finish in Bagneres de Luchon
After an early breakfast we leave Toulouse and travel to the village of Mauleon-Barousse, which is at the base of the Port de Bales. On our arrival in Mauleon-Barousse those with bikes will have the opportunity to ride the climb of the Port de Bales in advance of the riders and see the stage here, whilst those without bikes will be able to walk onto the lower slopes of the climb.
After seeing the stage, we re-group at the bus and travel to the city of Lourdes where we spend the next 3 nights at the excellent 4* Hotel Eliseo on Dinner Bed & Breakfast.
Wednesday 23rd July:
After yesterday's Mammoth 237km stage, the second Pyrenean mountain stage is a short and explosive stage that takes in no less than 4 Pyrenean Cols in a 125km stage between St Gaudens and Pla d'Adet.
Incredibly the riders will do 40km of climbing in the last 100km of this stage by tackling the cols of Portillon, Peyresourde, Val Louron-Azet and Pla d'Adet.
This stage celebrates the 40th anniversary of the victory of Raymond Poulidor at Pla d'Adet and of the French TV commentator Daniel Mangeas who first commentated in 1974 at Pla d'Adet.
After breakfast we leave Lourdes and travel to the town of Saint Lary Soulon, at the base of the climb to Pla d'Adet where those with bikes will have the opportunity to ride the final two climbs of the day, Col du Val Louron-Azet and Pla d'Adet or just Pla d'Adet on its own. The stronger and more adventurous among you can ride from the hotel in Lourdes to Pla d'Adet via the Col d'Aspin (80km) and return to Lourdes on the coach after the stage finish.
Non-riders will be taken to St Lary Soulon base of the climb to Pla d'Adet from where you can visit this charming Pyrenean town in the morning and then watch the stage in the afternoon.
Thursday 24th July:
The final Pyrenean stage of the Tour de France finishes at the ski station of Hautacam (very close to Lourdes). It starts from Pau and again it is a very explosive stage that takes in the epic Col du Tourmalet before finishing at Hautacam. This stage is a re-run of the 2008 TDF stage which did pretty much exactly this route.
Our location in Lourdes could not be better for accessing this stage as we are located only 15km from the base of the Hautacam climb. Those with bikes can ride from the hotel to Hautacam or the Tourmalet and return to the hotel afterwards. There may also be the possibility to ride the Col du Soulor/ Aubisque prior or for the stronger riders the last 110km of the stage taking in the Tourmalet and Hautacam. You would have to be on your bike very early to do this.
Those without bikes will be taken the short distance from Lourdes to the base of the Hautacam climb from where you can walk onto the lower slopes to watch the stage. After the stage, we will re-group at the coach and return to Lourdes.
Friday 25th July:
The 2014 Tour de France will exit the Pyrenees today with a 208km flat stage for the sprinters from Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour to Bergerac.
We have many options to watch this stage. We can either go to watch the stage start in Maubourguet or go to the intermediate sprint or to the feed station. Once the final stage details are released we will make a decision on where to see the stage. Bike rides will be organised according to where we decide to watch the stage.
After the stage we travel to the city of Bordeaux where we spend 2 nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 4 star Novotel centre Meriadeck Bordeaux. Our location in Bordeaux allows us good access to tomorrow's time trial.
Saturday 26th July:
The penultimate stage of the 2014 Tour de France is a 54km Individual Time Trial between Bergerac and Perigueux. The stage celebrates the 20th anniversary of Spain's Miguel Indurain on a similar course. He will also turn 50 on the 16th of July 2014.
After breakfast we travel to the outskirts of Bordeaux. From here you can ride to the town of Bergerac through the beautiful countryside of the Bordeaux wine region. This is about 70km. The coach will then either go to the start in Bergerac or to an intermediate point. Tonight we stay a second night in Bordeaux.
For those who want a day off from the Tour, we will go by coach to visit a winery today.
Sunday 27th July:
After an early breakfast we will head over to Paris. We intend to leave early. Once we get to Paris, you can check into the hotel and box your bike back up before we head to the Champs Elysees on the coach. After the final stage finishes, we will transport you back to the Mercure Porte Versailles.
Monday 28th July:
After breakfast we leave Paris. We offer transfers from the hotel to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at the following times: 07.30hrs, 11.00hrs & 14.00hrs.
Activities for non-riders:
We understand that you are not all cyclists and that you may not want to watch the Tour every day and take in some of the local sites and history whilst you are visiting France. Because of this we have added some excursions as part of our 2014 Tour de France tours. The below are part of the travel package. We also some additional, payable extras. Details of which can be found at the bottom of this page.
18 July - Guided visit to Briancon old town UNESCO world heritage site
20 July - An evening in Avignon to visit the annual Avignon festival
21 July - Visit Avignon in the morning and Toulouse at night
25 July - Visit Bordeaux city centre
26 July - Bordeaux winery visit
£2299 per person based on two people sharing a twin room.
Single supplement of £639 per person per room.
Optional payable extras:
Extra nights in Paris: £100 per double or twin room; £90 in a single room - subject to availability.
Champs Elysees Hospitality options: For more information please click here
Included in your basic travel package are:
- 12 nights accommodation at 4 star hotels (3 star in Serre Chevalier) on bed and breakfast basis.
- 7 evening meals
- Daily transport in an air-conditioned coach with bike trailer
- Transfers to and from the stages
- Various non-rider activities
- Transfers between the Paris hotel and Charles de Gaulle airport
- Bike trailer for the safe keeping and transport of your bike
- Coloured maps with the Tour de France route marked.
- Detailed suggested bike rides.
- Detailed itinerary
- A Sports Tours International cycling jersey
- Services of the experienced Sports Tours International reps.
Not included (not exhaustive):
- Any meals and drinks not noted above
- Any extras at your accommodation.
- Travel Insurance - highly recommended
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