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2023 Tour de France - Alps, Ventoux and Paris

13th – 20th July

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Days

15 Nights

difficulity 

Very Difficult

From

£2499 GBP

Why Book This Trip?

The 2023 Tour de France will visit all 5 of France’s mountain ranges. They are, in the order that they will appear on the route, the Pyrenees, the Massif Central, the Jura, the Alps and the Vosges. As well as seeing 5 stages of the Tour de France live, you will also have the opportunity to cycle and visit iconic locations such as Serre Chevalier and Briancon, Alpe d’Huez, Annecy and Provence and Mont Ventoux.

Our Tour starts and finishes in Paris. You can leave your bike box or bag at our Paris hotel during the tour. We will transport your bike fully assembled so no need to re-pack your bike every time we move between hotels. If you don’t want to travel with your bike, we also offer bike rental. Carbon road bikes and E-Bikes are available.

Apart from the first and last nights in Paris at the Hotel Mercure Gare de Lyon, we have arranged our Tour de France 15-night tour to be as comfortable as possible, with the minimum amount of hotel changes. We spend 2 nights at the 4* Grand Hotel in Serre Chevalier followed by 2 nights at 3* Hôtel Le Dome in Alpe d’huez. After this we spend 5 nights in Annecy at 4* hotel Novotel Annecy Centre. Our tour concludes with 4 nights at hotel Blason de Provence in Carpentras near Mont Ventoux before returning to Paris for 1 night.

Spread your payments: Our payment plan is an interest-free payment method where you will have the opportunity to spread payment for your booking.

Watch 5 stages of the Tour De France : On our tour you will have the opportunity to watch 3 mountain stages, an ITT and the final stage on the Champs Elysees in Paris. .

See the Sights : Take in the sights in this beautiful part of the world with plenty to do at each stop. There will be alternative activities at each resort should you not want to ride!

Bucket list Bike Rides: You will be able to ride some of the world’s most iconic climbs that feature regularly in the Tour de France including the Col du Granon, Mont Ventoux and Alpe d’Huez.

What's Included?

Accommodation

15 nights in 3* & 4* hotels

Included meals

Breakfast and evening meal included

Transfer

Return airport transfers from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Transfer

TGV from Paris to Grenoble and from Avignon back to Paris

Transfer

Air-conditioned coach transport throughout

Guided Rides

With support vehicle

Additional Extras

Bike Rental – Available at a supplement

Highlights from the Past Event

Itinerary

Day To Day

You will be collected from Charles de Gaulle Airport at either 09:00am or 15:00 and taken to the 4* Mercure Paris Gare du Lyon Hotel. You will have a one-night stay with breakfast included.

On arrival at the hotel, you will need to assemble your bike as we have arranged for you to store your bike bags / cases at the hotel for the duration of the trip. All bikes will be loaded fully assembled on our special bike trailer throughout the Tour.

Evening free to eat out in Paris.

Mercure Paris Gare de Lyon TGV hotel

After breakfast we will assemble in the hotel’s reception at 09:30hrs and we will walk across to Paris Gare de Lyon train station where we will board the TGV train to Grenoble.

On your arrival in Grenoble, you will be taken to Serre Chevalier where we will spend the next 2 nights on half-board basis at the excellent 4* Grand Hotel which is ideal for accessing great climbs in this area like the Col d’Izoard, Col du Galibier and Col du Granon.

For those of you who have booked bike rental, these will be available for you today.

Grand Hôtel & Spa Nuxe Serre Chevalier (grandhotel.fr)

Evening meal at the hotel.

Today you will have various ride options including to ride the Col du Granon which has featured several times on the Tour de France recently.

Those without bikes will have the opportunity to spend a relaxing day at the hotel’s swimming pool or to visit the old town of Briancon. It’s worth a visit so for those who are interested, the coach will provide transport today.
Evening meal at the hotel.

Briancon Old town

After breakfast we will depart Serre Chevalier, and our next stop is Alpe d’Huez where we will spend the next 2 nights on a half board basis at the hotel Le Dome on Alpe d’Huez which is ideal for accessing the iconic climbs of the area. Non-riders and luggage will be transported by coach via Bourg d’Oisans.

Today you can explore the beautiful Alpine scenery with a ride up the Col de Lautaret and Alpe d’Huez via the main ascent or via the Col de Sarenne.

Evening meal will be taken at a local restaurant.

http://www.dome-alpedhuez.com/en

Riders will head out onto the road and take on some of the area’s spectacular climbs. These routes are featured in the Tour de France and now it’s your turn to ride them. Choose from the following:

  • Alpe d’Huez
  • Col du Glandon
  • Col de la Croix de Fer
  • Col de Sarenne
  • Col d’Ornon
  • Col du Galibier
  • Les Deux Alpes

Non-Riders will be able to choose to either, take a mountain cable car to Pic Blanc Alpe d’Huez, take one of the many walks through the stunning Alpine meadows where you can take in the views across the valley, or you can head to the sports centre where there is an indoor and outdoor pool to enjoy. There is plenty to see and do while you’re in Alpe d’Huez.

Evening meal will be taken at a local restaurant.

The Tour de France comes in reach today. Today’s stage will see the Tour ascend the well-visited Grand Colombier in the Jura Mountain range.

After an early breakfast we will travel to Culoz at the bottom of the Grand Colombier climb where we will find a good parking spot for the coach, and we will await the arrival of the riders. After we’ve seen the stage, we will make our way to Annecy where we will spend the next 5 nights on a half board basis at the Novotel Annecy Centre.

Our location in Annecy is ideal for seeing the stages in the alps or you can take time off from seeing the Tour de France and spend some relaxing time around the lake or sightseeing around the old town of Annecy.

Evening meal at the hotel.

Hotel Novotel Annecy centre

Today’s stage of the Tour de France is within reach. From Annecy we will transport spectators by coach and there will be a guided ride for the cyclists to watch the stage.

Evening meal at the hotel.

Today’s stage of the Tour de France is coming through Annecy. There will be a guided ride for the cyclists to watch the stage.

Evening meal at the hotel.

The Tour de France is on a well-earned rest day before they take on three mountain stages. From the hotel you will be able to spend the day taking in some sights in Annecy, relax around the lake or head out on the bike with an option of beautiful bike rides.

Riders can choose to tick one or several of the following rides off their list:

  • Le Semmnoz
  • Col de la Forclaz
  • Col de Chérel
  • Col du Tamié
  • Col de l’Arpettaz
  • Col du Vorger
  • Col de la Croix Fry
  • Col des Aravis
  • Col du Marais
  • Col de l’Epine

Evening meal at the hotel

After breakfast we travel to the village of Combloux where we will
see today’s individual time trial stage.

For the riders, we can get to Megeve and then Combloux via the Col des Aravis. Those with bikes can ride out from the hotel in Annecy to see today’s stage and return to the hotel on the coach (85km ride) or get dropped off en-route to the stage. Spectators will be transported by coach.

Evening meal and final night in Annecy.

After breakfast, it’s time to move onto the next stop on our tour. We expect the journey to take about 4 hours. We will make our way to Provence and stay for 4 nights at hotel Blason near Carpentras.

Evening meal at the hotel

https://www.leblasondeprovence.com/en-fr/

Cyclist will have three days in this stunning region to explore the many routes desired by cyclists. You can choose to ride the iconic Mont Ventoux known as the Giant of Provence or the picturesque Gorges de Nesque.

There are many lovely towns and villages that are well located by bike such as Fontaine de Vaucluse, Gordes, Malaucene, Sault and Vaison la Romaine. During our stay in Provence the coach will take the non-riders to Bedoin, Malaucene and Vaison la Romaine.

Evening meal at the hotel

Ride day in Provence or non-riders will be taken sightseeing the local area.

Evening meal at the hotel

Ride day in Provence or non-riders will be taken sightseeing the local area.

Evening meal at the hotel

After breakfast we plan to briefly visit Avignon before catching the midday TGV train to Paris arriving at 16:11hrs.

On your arrival in Paris, it’s a short walk to the Paris hotel Mercure Gare de Lyon where you will be able to freshen up before exploring the sights of Paris.

You will be able to see the final stage on the Champs Elysees, which will be an evening stage.

After seeing the stage, you can make your own way back to our Paris hotel where we spend 1 night on a bed and buffet breakfast basis. You will be able to re-pack your bike into your bike bag / bike case. The hotel is a within an easy Metro ride from the Champs Elysees.

After Breakfast you will leave Paris. We offer transfers from the hotel to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 07.30hrs and 13.00hrs.

More about the event

Tour de France stages

We will be well situated to view the following stages of the 2023 Tour de France:

  • Friday 14th July – Stage 13 finish at Grand Colombier
  • Saturday 15th July – Stage 14 – Annemasse to Morzine
  • Sunday 16th July – Stage 15 – Les Gets – St Gervais
  • Tuesday 18th July – Stage 16 – Passy – Combloux ITT
  • Sunday 23rd July – Stage 21 – Champs Elysees Paris

While our itinerary enables you the opportunity to see 4 mountain stages of the Tour plus the Paris stage, it also offers plenty of options for doing our own cycle touring in some of the best regions of France. Non-cyclists are also well catered for with opportunities to visit some iconic places like the Unesco world heritage Briancon Old Town, Bourg d’Oisans, Alpe d’Huez, the cobbled streets, winding canals and pastel-coloured houses of Annecy Village, Bedoin & Malaucene in Provence and of course Paris.

 

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