AT A GLANCE
- 27 Days
- 14 Dinners
- 12 Stages
- Luxury Transport
- High Staff Ratio
- Intermediate to Experienced
- 3 & 4 Star Hotels
Ultimate Tour de France Bike Tour – Trip Summary
Duration: 27 Day
Dates: June 24, 2020 to July 20, 2020
Start: Nice (Cote d’Azur Airport), France
Finish: Paris (Hotel), France
Group Size: 30 guests, 6 staff
Price: AUD $15,900 (USD $10,650)
Single Supplement: AUD $2,400 (USD $1,610)
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.
- See many stages of 2020 Tour de France, including the first key stage and summit finish in the French Alps
- Celebrate the participants at the Team Presentations
- Fewer hotels and short transfers, relax and ride more
- Visit French Riviera, Alps, Pyrenees, Loire Valley and Auvergne regions
- Ride the Big 3 of Tour de France – Mont Ventoux, Col du Tourmalet and Alpe d’Huez
- Visit stunning French places including the Chateaux of the Loire Valley and Annecy at the foot of the Alps
- 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.
INTERMEDIATE AND EXPERIENCED RIDERS
Ideally suited to cyclists. Our main focus is watching the race and completing some beautiful rides. You may choose to have some days off through the trip, in fact we suggest you do.
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
- 26 nights accommodation 3 & 4 Star hotels
- Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Nice Cote d’Azur Airport
- Buffet breakfast daily
- 3 course evening meals on 14 nights
- Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
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 $1,200 (USD $5,350)
- 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.
3 Weeks Following the Tour de France – Full Itinerary
Bienvenue, Welcome to Cote d’Azur
Our trips starts from Nice, Cote d’Azur airport and for the next 5 nights we are staying in a charming village in the French Riviera with great access to the surrounding mountains. Join us for a warm up ride this afternoon to test our equipment before our welcome dinner.
Col de la Madone and Team Presentations
Immerse in the fanfare of the Tour de France. Nice’s shorefront will be electric as teams and riders are introduced to fans. Though, this morning we’ll challenge ourselves on Col de la Madone. The climb is a little over 14 kilometres long and starts moderate before you’re on a consistent grade, nothing more than 10% and an average of 6%
Exploring the French Riviera
Our strategic location gives us exclusive access to beautiful cycling roads. Simple itinerary for the day - eat, ride and relax. Our rides depart from and return to our hotel and give you time to enjoy the French Riviera way of life
Stage 1, Grand Depart Nice
Our wait is finally over! Today, riders depart on the 107th Tour de France. There are multiple viewing opportunities today for us to chase the Tour de France. Our riders will be able to ride to the course circuit and see the race 3 times and our non-riders will travel in our supporter van.
Stage 2, For the Climbers
The 3 greatest fan experiences at the Grand Tours are the stage start, stage finish and a mountain stage. Today we will experience 2 of these. Our short coast ride along the Mediterannean and our climbers ride will finish in Nice for today’s Start and Finish. Have a dip in the ocean, stay cool.
Entering the French Alps
Travel through the perfumes of Lavender to reach the high alps, within the Ecrins national park. A short stopover in Gap for lunch and possibly a little shopping. Our rides today will finish in Gap or an extension onto our hotel positioned for tomorrow's first alpine stage.
First Summit Finish
The first key stage and summit finish of the tour is near our hotel, so we see the race on the final climb. The race on a mountain is the most iconic aspect of the Tour de France, so being the final climb today, will be spectacular.
Catch the race once more before we arrive in Provence. Fields of lavender, olive groves, sounds of cicadas and in-season apricots. You have the option to see another stage start in Gap, or ride a little further over a climb and see them on route to Provence.
Final Climb on Mont Ventoux
Conquer the famed climb Mont Ventoux, it is the giant of Provence. See the lavender fields and finish your trip along one of the most scenic roads in France. Take the classic ascent starting from Bedoin – 23km long, averaging more than 8%. The unique moonscape near the summit numbs the pain.
Toulouse, Gateway to the Pyrenees
We will travel on the fast train service between the Provence and Toulouse this morning. Toulouse is a vibrant city, most known as the home of Airbus. The science and technology hub has many universities too. You’ll find it a wonderful and lively city to visit. We’ll have a day from the bike today, as our staff will transfer your bikes and heavy luggage for you.
Enter the Pyrenees – Stage 8
Tour de France enters its 8th day of racing today and already two summit finished. Today’s stage has the first big climb of the Tour, Port de Bales. We’ll ride part of today’s course and watch the race enter the Pyrenees.
Pyrenees Legend, Col du Tourmalet
Our convenient location in the heart of the Pyrenees today will give us lots of time to climb the legend of the Tour de France, Col du Tourmalet. It is the most summited climb of the Tour. Ride it yourself and return to watch the final stage of the first week in a local brasserie.
Change of Pace in the Loire Valley
We have our biggest transfer today, and the professionals take a flight! We’re positioned a little more conveniently to utilise the fast train services to our next hotel. Staff will take your bikes and heavy luggage for your and make your journey comfortable. We arrive in the heart of wineries and great food in the Loire Valley.
Loire Valley Chateaux
We will ride today to one of the grand chateaux of the Loire Valley. The is a wonderful bikeway network following the Loire river and it is dotted with Chateaux all the way. The much flatter roads will be a pleasant relief from the climbing we’ve done so far. Feel good and strong on the bike today, and enjoy the beautiful French countryside.
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 to our Grand Cycling Tour
Today we bid farewell to our guests we’ve come to know really well on our ultimate Tour de France tour, and sadly our three 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
Team presentations in Nice
Opening 4 stages in Cote d’Azur
Mountain stages in the Alps, first week and final week
Pyrenees mountain stages
Unpredictable stages during second week
Indulge in the Ultimate Tour de France Journey
An exclusive opportunity to see the 2020 Tour de France, all three weeks. Dubbed the toughest tour in recent years due to the variable terrain. Stages to make racing as unpredictable as possible. This is the Grand Cycling Tour.
Our tour starts before the race on the French Riviera. See the team announcements and presentations of the teams, before reading it in the news.
All three weeks of the 107th Tour de France
Ride incredible roads around Nice along the Mediterranean coast, staying at a stunning French Village nestled between the ocean and the mountains. Head into the French Alps for the first summit finish. A brief stop in Provence to conquer Mont Ventoux, a Tour de France classic.
Ride the big 3 of Tour de France - Ventoux, Tourmalet and Huez
Enter the Pyrenees, catch another mountain stage and ride Col du Tourmalet – that’s 2 of the big 3 climbs. We’ll take an easier pace as we follow the sprinters stages and see starts and finishes in quiet French villages, before we enter the Alps for the final week. Ride Alpe d’Huez – all 3 of the famous climbs.
Our trip finished in Paris for the finale. Chase the race for 3 weeks, with a thoroughly planned itinerary, professional guides, luxury transport and quality accommodation.