AT A GLANCE
- 14 Days
- 7 Dinners
- 7 Stages
- Luxury Transport
- High Staff Ratio
- Experienced to Social
- 3 & 4 Star Hotels
Last 2 weeks of Tour de France
Duration: 14 Day
Dates: July 7, 2020 to July 20, 2020
Start: Tours (Saint Pierre des Corps Train Station), France
Finish: Paris, France
Group Size: 30 guests - 6 staff
Price: AUD $7,990 (USD $5,350)
Single Supplement: AUD $1,250 (USD $840)
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling 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.
Note: Bikestyle Tours requires that all guests have a valid Travel Insurance policy for the duration of their trip.
- Visit stunning Frnech places including the Chateaux of the Loire Valley and Annecy at the foot of the Alps
- See key sprint stages, mountain stages, starts and finishes
- Spectacular rides in the volcanic regions of France, Auvergne
- 3 nights on Alpe d'Huez and ride the 21 switchbacks, your own pace!
- Final ride around Paris sights before the finale on Champs Elysees
You don't have to be an elite cyclist to join us. Choose from different ride options each day. We also have ride extensions for our stronger riders to get more miles and vertical metres.
We take the best care of you and your bike. Experienced ride guides support every ride and we have support vehicles fitted with professional bike carriers.
RIDER AND SPECTATOR BIKE TOUR
Ideally suited to cyclists as well as their non-cycling partners. Our main focus is watching the race and completing some beautiful rides. Non-cyclists may wish to follow our ride routes too and meet up with the riders along the way, it is a great way to share the experience.
This trip also caters for spectators with a keen interest in the Tour de France. We have some side itineraries for non-cyclists to explore French villages, but primarily to see the largest annual sporting event Tour de France.
Accommodation and Transport
- Transport throughout custom van or luxury coach
- Transport for your bike with professional bike carriers
- 13 nights accommodation 3 & 4 Star hotels
- Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Tours, Saint Pierre des Corps Train Station
- Buffet breakfast daily
- 3 course evening meals on 7 nights
- Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
- Hospitality lunch on race course, with live television feed
Professional Ride Support
- Hosted by our experienced tour guides and professional drivers
- Mechanical assistance with your bike
- Ride support vehicle when you need it most
- Navigation assistance on all guided rides
- Sports powders, water and bars during your ride
- Bike Rental Cost: AUD $858 (USD $575)
- Optional upgrade to SuperSix EVO Ultegra Di2
Note: All bike hire costs include 2 water bottles for you to keep. We also provide a saddle bag with a spare tube, pump, tyre-levers and multi-tool. The pump and saddle bag with its contents must be returned with the hire bike at the end of hire.
Best of Le Tour – Trip Itinerary
Best of Le Tour, Bienvenue
Our Best of Le Tour bike trip starts in the traditional holiday area of the French aristocracy, the Loire valley. They built many pleasure palaces through the Loire, they are now famous chateaux. Your guides will welcome you at Tours Saint-Pierre-des-Corps train station at 11am. We will take a leisurely ride this afternoon and check our equipment.
Saumur, Chinon and the Stage Finish
Your wait is over, today we see the Tour de France. Our attention is drawn to a thrilling sprint finish, in Poitiers. Sprinters have few opportunities in 2020, so each sprint finish is even more important for sprinters. Seeing stage arrivals and departs are the best way to share a Tour de France holiday with your non-riding partner. Our ride route takes us through the Saumur and Chinon wine areas on our way to the stage finish.
French Village Stage Start
Small French villages will host the arrival of the Tour de France and the stage start. We will see the stage start, they are best from a small French village. After the start, we will ride too, enjoying the quiet roads, French villages and through an ecological preservation area. See the excitement at a stage stage of the Tour de France and cruise through unspoilt French countryside.
Tour de France stage through French Volcanoes
Today we will watch an exciting stage of the Tour de France through the Chaîne des Puys, chain of dormant Volcanoes, last activity was 6,000 years ago. Having shaped the landscape, it is an incredible area to see and ride your bike. Our scenic ride through the region will intersect the race to watch the riders climb.
Puy de Sancy and Super Besse
Puy de Sancy is the highest mountain of the Central Massif and the remnants of a volcano that was last active 220,000 years ago. We’ll take a short break from chasing the race and relax instead. Ride the stunning scenery of the Auvergne region. Today our feature ride will climb to Super Besse, the main ski resort. We have shorter options also.
Enter the Alps, Alpe d’Huez
Relax this morning as our luxury transport takes you into the French Alps. Our destination is the most famous Tour de France climb, Alpe d’Huez. Ride the famous 21 switchbacks, finish with a cold drink and see the exciting finish of the Tour de France. You’re on holidays!
Famous French Climb , Col du Galibier
We are without time pressures today and we’ll avoid the crowds on Alpe d’Huez today. We’ll shoot off to the big mountain Col du Galibier. As a bonus, you’ll pick up two extra climbs – Col de Sarenne and Col du Lautaret. For an epic challenge, you can climb Alpe d’Huez again, but we’ll have our transport available for us mere mortals.
Easy, Hard or See the Race
We’re half-way through our trip and you can tailor your day for how you feel. A long ride in the mountains on lesser known climbs, spectacular, but too difficult for the Tour to pass – a real treat. Have the day off and take a “village day”, with a gondola ride to 3,000m. Or, see the race in a beautiful French village. Your holiday – your choice.
Cols of Tour de France and Queen Stage
The Tour reaches its highest point today, and twice over 2,000m – it’s the queen stage. From our strategic location, we’ll ride big cols and see the mountain stage. Our ride options include Col du Glandon, Col de la Croix de Fer and the Lacets de Montvernier. Our non-riders will be catered for in our support vehicle and see the grand stage also. After seeing the racing on the climb we travel to the French Venice, Annecy.
Final Stage in the French Alps
It’s the last big mountain stage of the Tour. It is the last chance for a pure climber to make up and protect time on their rivals. Expect to see attacks launched on the last climbs. We will keep our ride short and enjoy a hospitality experience on one of the climbs. A picnic lunch and television with a live feed on race-course, exclusively for our guests.
Annecy and Semnoz
We’re in a wonderful location for our last day in the Alps and cyclists have a plethora of climbs to choose from or a flat ride around the Lake. Our non-riders have one of France’s most beautiful villages to explore. Lac Annecy, if you haven’t heard of it – ask someone and join us. Our long ride will be up the popular Le Semnoz, or short one around the lake – both back in time to enjoy Annecy.
Paris by Fast Train
Arrive in Paris ahead of the race tomorrow and in time to watch today’s important time trial. Our fast train, reaching more than 300kph will get us there quick and our team will carry your heavy luggage and bikes to Paris for you – a comfortable and relaxing trip to Paris. Tonight is our fabulous farewell dinner, leaving tomorrow night free in Paris, the city of lights.
Paris Sights Bike Tour and Race Finale
Join us for our 25th year on the Champs-Elysees for the finish of the Tour de France. We will chaperone you to the Champs-Elysees, helping you orientate with the course and pointing out key vantage points. Arrive early and see the women’s race, La Course. You’re free after the race to explore Paris. A grand finale to be a part of. We have optional hospitality experiences in Paris, inquire when booking.
Farewell from Best of Le Tour
Today we bid farewell to our Best of Le Tour guests, and sadly our two weeks following Le Tour de France has finished, for 2020 at least. Our hotel will assist you with any shuttles you may need for the airport or your extended stay in Paris. We say farewell, yet welcome you to our Bikestyle family and hope to see you again – soon.
See key stages of the 2020 Tour de France
Sprint stages, including stage starts and finishes, the fight for green
Mountain summits, following the polka dot points competition
Big mountain stages in the French Alps
Finale in Paris
Ride Tour de France course, the final 2 weeks
Our Best of Le Tour trip gives you the broad taste of the many aspects of the Tour de France. Like our other trips, we see mountain stages and conquer famous climbs. But much of the racing, fanfare and iconic landscapes of the Tour is away from the Pyrenees of Alps and access to stages of the race is better.
A real highlight this year is a visit to the volcanic region of France, it is one of the jewels that country France offers. The scenery is spectacular and riding incredible, some climbing but not the giants of the mountains.
Every mountain region and big climbs every week of the Tour
Unique to the 2020 Tour de France is a visit to every mountain region of France. The lesser known associates of the Pyrenees and Alps are the Massif Central, Vosges and Jura. Ski resorts in the winter and popular with cyclists throughout summer, they are formidable roads. The most extensive region is Central Massif, the Cévennes Range in its south and the volcanic region north.
Quiet French villages, even quieter roads, twists and turns – it’s a cyclist dreamland. Ride your bike through beautiful countryside and relax in a local brasserie to watch the tour roll through. Sounds like a great Tour de France holiday!