2023 Tour de France Femmes 5 Days

Witness the final key stages of the women’s French cycling tour, and along the way we will share with you our favourite French rides, cuisine, and culture.
Experience wonderful access to view the race, fabulous riding, and great accommodation.

July 27, 2023 to July 31, 2023

5 days
Toulouse Blagnac Airport, France
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AT A GLANCE
AUD $3450 TWIN SHARE
  • 5 Days
  • Social to Experienced
  • All Breakfasts, Multiple Dinners
  • Hotels
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  • Support Vehicle
  • Mechanical Assistance
  • Watch 3 stages
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Tour Departs

Toulouse Blagnac Airport, France, July 27, 2023


Tour Finishes

Toulouse Blagnac Airport, France, July 31, 2023


Tour Style

Group Size: 24 guests – 4 staff

Rides: Always a social ride option and for those that want a challenge, we have some epic rides also.

Challenge Rating: We get you to the iconic climbs so that you have all the time to ride them at your pace. Our challenge rides are for experienced riders.

Accommodation: 3 to 4-star hotels, twin-share basis, all breakfasts included, and many dinners.


Trip Suitability

Social Riding and Leisure: We understand that your cycling holiday is a HOLIDAY! You may not normally ride every day at home. Our ride routes allow you to cherry-pick the sort of riding that you’d like to do. Choose the days you want to climb, the days to ride flat, and days to rest.

Experienced Riders: Your cycling holiday is actually about the bike! Our epic and challenging ride options seek more vertical meters and longer miles. Choose your rest days or recovery rides, or just ride, and ride, and ride.

Cycling Partners and Spectators: You are not interested in riding yourself, but you are a cycling enthusiast who would like to experience the Tour de France live. Whether your partner is a rider, you want to experience the culture along with seeing the race. We have off-the-bike itineraries for you to see the most spectacular areas, such as the plus-beaux (most-beautiful) villages.


Meals Included

Buffet breakfast every day, multiple dinners


Tour Inclusions

Accommodation and Transport

  • Transport throughout custom van or luxury coach
  • Transport for your bike with professional bike carriers
  • 4 nights accommodation 3 Star hotels
  • Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Toulouse Blagnac Airport
  • Scheduled departure transfer to Toulouse Blagnac Airport

Meals

  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 3-course evening meals on 4 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
  • Bikestyle Tours Cycling Kits

Why we Love this Tour


  • Watch 3 stages of the 2023 Tour de France Femmes
  • Visit stunning historical locations
  • Explore fascinating French villages
  • Wonderful access to riders and race

Pricing


Price: AUD $3450 (twin share)

Single Supplement: AUD $400

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: It is a requirement of Bikestyle Tours that you have Travel Insurance for your trip. Please take out Travel Insurance at your earliest convenience. We recommend  at the same time as paying your deposit.

Bike Hire


Many guests find it convenient to hire one of our professionally prepared quality hire bikes.
  • Hire a bike so that you’re not lugging a bike around on your extended European holiday
  • Hire a bike and mitigate damage or delays during international transit

Bike Hire Charges

Bike Hire: AUD $280 Note: Renters of our hire bikes are liable for damages to their hire bike during the period of hire, treat it like you own for the rental period. Bikes are set up to your measurements before your arrival and are fully serviced by our professional mechanic.

This Trip will be Escorted by Former Pro-Cyclist, Pat Jonker

Although born in The Netherlands, Patrick is an Aussie. He often raced with a Dutch licence during his career and has won 12 major European races.

Patrick turned professional at the end of 1993 and he raced with:

  • 1993 WordPerfect
  • 1994 Novemail
  • 1995 and 1996 Once
  • 1997 to 1999 Rabobank,
  • 2000 with US Postal,(when injury ruled him out of the Tour)
  • 2001 and 2002 with Big Mat

He finished 12th overall at the 1996 Tour de France, Miguel Indurain was 13th and that was the year Bjarne Riis toppled the Big Mig. A young up and coming Ullrich was second. Pat is also a former Dutch and Australian time trial champion.

Most South Australian’s know of Patrick’s greatest win in his final race as a professional, the Tour Down Under. It was a fairy tale win for him in front of his hometown crowd and one that we will remember for years to come.

Staff profile, Pat Jonker
Patrick Jonker, former professional and Bikestyle cycling guide.

Trip Summary

2023 Tour de France Femmes 5 Days

Short on time?  We are saddling up again in 2023 for the Tour de France Femmes race, our 5 day TDF Femmes tour will watch the key stages in the Pyrenees.  

We will meet guests in Toulouse and travel into the Pyrenees.  The quiet roads, stunning countryside, historic buildings, and fascinating villages provide a perfect distraction from the race. Join us in 2023, and we challenge you to find any better riding anywhere in the world. We may be biased, as this is the backyard of our European service course.

You will have the opportunity to witness the final key stages of the women’s French cycling tour, and along the way we will share with you our favourite French rides, cuisine, and culture. You will experience a World Tour cycling race with fellow cyclists who have a similar passion for the sport. Our rides are structured with multiple rides each day from which you can choose. It doesn’t need to always be the easiest or hardest ride, just choose the ride that you’d most enjoy or feel like on the day. Our guides will cater to your needs during your French cycling holiday.

You will ride the quiet country roads and have the support of our vehicles and guides — we provide professional bike mechanics, native language speakers, riding guides, and chauffeurs. Travelling with us guarantees a hassle-free cycling holiday so that you can be inspired by the cultural, cycling, and spectating experiences.

Suitable to Cyclists and Non-cycling partners (rides are easy to moderate, some challenging)

See 3 key stages of the 2023 Tour de France Femmes

  • STAGE 6 – 122km – Albi to Blagnac
  • STAGE 7 – 90km – Lannemezan to Tourmalet
  • STAGE 8 – 22km ITT – Pau to Pau

Tour de France Femmes – Daily Itinerary

Bienvenue, Welcome to South-West France

Thursday, 27 July 2023
Castres, Occitania, France
Dinner

Welcome to South West France, the gateway to the Pyrenees.

Our staff will meet you at Toulouse-Blagnac airport at 10 am. Toulouse is known as la Ville Rose or pink city. It is a vibrant university city and space and technology centre with the headquarters of Airbus and a Space museum. It has grand architectural buildings and has one of the world’s best wine bars. It is well worth arriving a day or two early and exploring the beautiful and welcoming city. 

Your professional staff will transport us to Castres, a short distance south of Toulouse. Castres is situated a short distance from Carcassonne and the Pyrenees. Once at the hotel we will have a short shake-down ride to get ready for the big mountains of the Pyrenees.

Join us for dinner tonight at our hotel restaurant as we meet our fellow guests and importantly your guides who will help you maximise your experience with Bikestyle Tours at Tour de France.

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Collection from Toulouse-Blagnac airport
  • Welcome dinner in a French village
  • Warm-up ride through the quiet French countryside
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

We have a shakedown ride this afternoon for us to acclimatise to riding in France. We will ride along very quiet rides among spectacular scenery. There is a longer option, but no stress in choosing your ride. You can make that choice on how you feel on the day.

Stage Start before the Pyrenees

Friday, 28 July 2023
Argeles-Gazost, Pyrenees, France
Breakfast, Dinner

We will go to the stage start today and watch with preparations for the stage in Toulouse. Riders must sign on each day before starting the race. As riders sign on the announcer may interview riders and discuss their strategies for the day. It is a great opportunity for you to get photos of your favourite riders.

Once the race rolls off the start, we will have a short ride on some favourite roads. At the conclusion of our ride with will make our transfer to our hotel in the Pyrenees. Our final hotel in the Pyrenees is at the centre of multiple climbs – you’re spoilt for choice.

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stage Start
  • Overnight in the Pyrenees
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

We will ride after the stage start in Albi, finishing in Gaillac, a small village in the heart of the Gaillac vineyards. Albi has hosted multiple stage starts and finishes to the Tour de France, and recently hosted the Gran Fondo World Championships. The roads are idyllic for cycling and navigating sunflower fields and vineyards.

Col du Tourmalet – Legendary

Saturday, 29 July 2023
Argeles-Gazost
Breakfast, Dinner

Today is the Queen Stage of the 2023 Tour de France Femmes. Watch the race on the final climb and see women be added to the historical victories on this legendary Tour de France climb.

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS

  • See the TDF Femmes on the Col du Tourmalet
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

We will travel to the base of the final climb in today’s stage – the legendary Col du Tourmalet. You can climb up as far as you wish to watch the race. Return to our transport at the conclusion of the stage. La Mongie is a beautiful village near the summit, it marks the final push to the summit of the Tourmalet.

Once you leave La Mongie you can see the summit, yet it is agonisingly beyond reach. This is an incredible climb and has so much history with the Tour de France. This year the women will write their own history with this legend.

Individual Time Trial in Pau and a Final Climb

Sunday, 30 July 2023
Argeles-Gazost, Pyrenees, France
Breakfast, Farewell Dinner (including wine)

In the final stage, the overall winner has a final hurdle. Anything can happen in an individual time trial – it is the ultimate race of truth. But everything must go to plan first. The 22km circuit is a small climb mid-way through. If times are close at the top of the leaderboard, we may see an upset or a shuffling of positions perhaps.

This evening, after the final presentations in Pau, we will return to our hotel for a final farewell dinner, including drinks.

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ride the Col du Soulor and Col d’Aubisque
  • See the presentation of the TDF Femmes Winner in Pau
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

We will ride to Pau today, with alternative options available. Our challenging ride will go over Col du Soulor and Col d’Aubisque. The balcony road between Soulor and Aubisque is spectacular as it follows Cirque du Litor. For a shorter option, we will ride through Lourdes, passing the famous Grotto and onto Pau.

Sad Farewell

Monday, 31 July 2023
DEPARTURE – Toulouse-Blagnac airport
Breakfast

Sadly, our 2023 Tour de France Femmes cycling trip comes to an end today. After breakfast, we will offer a single transfer to Toulouse-Blagnac airport. There are many connecting flights from Toulouse. We should arrive at Toulouse close to 1 pm, so if you are organising departure flights make sure that domestic flights have a scheduled departure after 3 pm and international flights after 4 pm.

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS

NO RIDE TODAY

Ride Challenging Climbs with the most experienced Tour Operator at Grand Tours

Grand Tours for 27 years

2023 will proudly be our 27th year of organising trips to the Grand tours, making us among the most experienced tour operators at Le Tour.

If you’ve ever stayed up late watching le Tour de France on TV and swooning over the imagery, we’ll help you make your dream come true by bringing you there live and letting you cycle the famous roads yourself!

  • 20+ years of experience running Tour de France trips
  • Different trips and itineraries to suit your holiday preferences
  • Accommodations in 3 & 4 star hotels
  • Luxury transportation throughout your holiday

See the race at various stages including the start, finish, epic climbs, and routes in small French villages. Go beyond the typical tourist areas of France and celebrate Le Tour in a friendly French town.

However you want to experience the Tour de France, we have a trip for you.

Book your 2023 Tour de France trip now and be a part of the largest annual sporting event.

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Why Book with Bikestyle Tours?

Because we understand the commitment to book in uncertain times.
 
A COVID-Safe plan
  • All staff and guests must complete a pre-travel questionnaire prior to the start of the trip
  • Bikestyle Tours complies with the COVID requirements of the local authorities (Tourism and Accommodation, Bike Tours); such as controls for social distancing, cleaning and hygiene, vehicle transport 
  • All guests must be fully vaccinated to join the tour
  • Check your departure and return requirements for your country of residence
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We make every effort to guarantee departures to give you peace of mind that once you’ve booked your trip – you’re going! We do not cancel trips due to insufficient numbers leaving you stranded. 

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