2023 Tour de France Femmes
Witness every key stage 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.
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, France
PopularAT A GLANCE
- 10 Days
- Social to Experienced
- All Breakfasts, Multiple Dinners
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- Support Vehicle
- Mechanical Assistance
- Watch 7 stages
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, France, July 22, 2023
Toulouse Blagnac Airport, France, July 31, 2023
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.
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.
Buffet breakfast every day, multiple dinners
Accommodation and Transport
- Transport throughout custom van or luxury coach
- Transport for your bike with professional bike carriers
- 9 nights accommodation 3 & 4 Star hotels
- Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Lyon-Exupery Airport
- Scheduled departure transfer to Toulouse Blagnac Airport
- Buffet breakfast daily
- 3-course evening meals on 6 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
- 2 x Bikestyle Tours Cycling Kits
Why we Love this Tour
- Watch 7 stages of the 2023 Tour de France Femmes
- See the Team presentations
- Visit stunning historical locations
- Explore fascinating French villages
- Wonderful access to riders and race
Price: AUD $6,350 (twin share)
Single Supplement: AUD $910
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.
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 ChargesBike Hire: AUD $630 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.
2023 Tour de France Femmes
One feature cycling trip in 2022 followed the breakthrough stage race that was the Tour de France Femmes race. The women’s stage race gave guests wonderful access to view the race, had fabulous riding, and great accommodation. We are saddling up again in 2023 for the Tour de France Femmes race, this edition starts in the centre of France and makes its way to the Pyrenees. Have you swooned over the Tour de France broadcast before? Think of the amazing landscapes, spectacular chateaux, and quaint villages. If so, our 2023 Tour de France Femmes trip will exceed all expectations.
We will meet guests in Lyon and travel to the Vulcania region in the central massif where dormant volcanoes feature. Such a landscape serves us with great terrain for riding bikes. Follow the race as it heads South-West with a finish on the legendary Col du Tourmalet. This trip travels through stunning regions of France. They may be lesser known than Cote d’Azur, the Alps, the Pyrenees, or even Provence, but we guarantee these region will astonish you. 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 every key stage 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)
Tour de France Femmes – Daily Itinerary
Welcome to Tour de France Femmes
Our 2023 Tour de France cycling trip for the Final Week starts in Lyon Saint-Exupery airport at 10 am, where staff will greet you and assist you to our first hotel. We have about a 2-hour transfer taking us to the heart of France, well geographical center at least. Clermont-Ferrand will host the opening stages of the Women’s Tour de France in 2023.
The area is most famed geographically for its dormant volcanoes. The largest of which, Puy de Dome will host a stage for the Men’s 2023 Tour de France. We’ll have a chance to ride this narrow climb during its inaugural year on the Tour de France course.
Upon arrival at our hotel, we will set off on a short warm-up ride. Later today we will catch the team presentations as each rider and team is presented to the audience and interviewed about their ambitions for the next week of racing. After the team presentations, we will head out for a welcome dinner together, including wine.
- Transfer from Lyon Saint-Exupery airport
- Welcome Dinner (including wine)
This afternoon we will take a short ride in the countryside near Clermont-Ferrand. We will follow some lovely twisting roads through the iconic landscape of the regional parklands of the Auvergne Volcanoes. Our ride is targeted toward stretching our legs, checking our bikes, and meeting fellow guests — a perfect introduction to French cycling.
Stage 1 through the Auvergne Volcanoes
Today is the opening stage of the 2023 Tour de France Femmes. The ladies peloton has a 120km opening flat stage to negotiate before the yellow jersey is presented to the winner of the stage. With time bonuses on offer and the pride of wearing yellow the following day, the competition will be fierce. It is not purely flat, as the undulations near the finish will animate a few mini breaks.
It is certain to be a very scenic stage as the stage crisscrosses the Allier river before slicing through the Volcanoes of Auvergne. We will catch the race in the final moments, ride some of the course, and have an option to test ourselves on Puy the Dome. While we are in Mauriac today, we recommend tasting some of the local cheeses. Cantal is a famous area for cheese production in France, come to think of it you can’t go wrong with French cheese!
- The opening stage of the 2023 TDF Femmes
- First Yellow Jersey Presentation
There are two ride options available today before we catch up with watching the stage live. Our focus will be on riding around the volcanoes that dominate the landscape. Earlier in the month the men’s peloton finished a stage of the 2023 Tour de France to Puy de Dome. The helix-shaped road ascends to the crest of the dormant volcano’s crater — it is geometrically astonishing.
Mauriac and Cantal Cheese
In 2023 the Tour de France Femmes travels from the center of France to the South-West. It is an area that Bikestyle Tours is excited to share with our guests, for our headquarters are in the South West of France. The riding is incredible, the villages are friendly, the landscape is breathtaking and due to the elevated central plateau of France (the Central Massif) the water courses have carved their way through fertile lands. The water courses supported trade and transportation between inhabitants many centuries ago. Today, there are many sleepy villages with to-die-for outlooks. Bring your camera, this area is stunning!
We will leave our hotel after breakfast and make tracks for the finish village of today’s stage, Mauriac. There are many climbs in today’s stage, the longest being 4.5 km at 5%. It will ignite the end of the race, which is where the action will be to watch today.
- Watch stage 2 in Mauriac
- Ride through the beautiful Central Massif
Our ride today is the final loop of the second stage ahead of the women. At the end of our ride, we will watch the women come through town before they battle it out for the finish sprint.
The Lot River and Fascinating Villages
We’ll take a step away from the tour today and watch the stage on television later. It is important that we share some favourite destinations as we travel through France. You will be familiar with many knives produced in France. Each region typically has its own design and manufacturing process. One of the most famous knives are the Opinel knife (from the Savoie region). It is a camping knife and without surprise designed for cutting cheeses and baguettes. The other knife that has been sadly replicated by cheap Chinese manufacturers is the Laguiole knife. You are probably familiar with them from a fine-dining restaurant that you’ve been to, or you may even have a set at home. The Laguiole knife is a knife made in Laguiole. Sadly, like champagne did for many years, only represents a product from a region made in a traditional method. The entire village is fascinating and pays homage to their knives, with many artisans producing custom knives. There is even a Laguiole knife made from a fragment of the Eiffel Tower.
Laguiole is in the Aubrac region, and they have a famous dish known as Aligot. It is a must to try while you are here. The riding is fabulous, and the villages that we will pass through are spectacular. Today will be memorable as we negotiate our way through the French countryside.
- Ride along the Lot River
- Visit the home of the world-famous Laguiole Knives
Our ride follows the Lot River visiting a number of fascinating French villages. We will pause at some patisseries to refuel, enjoying a coffee along the way to our lunch stop in Laguiole. If you get too warm we can dip our legs in the cool waters. Our support van will be available to support riders along our way to Laguiole. We will return to our hotel this afternoon after a wonderful lunch and catch up with the finish of today’s flat stage.
Stage Finish in Aveyron
We’ll reconnect with the 2023 Tour de France Femmes today. We’ll target another stage finish. The finish is in the beautiful city of Rodez. The city can be seen from a distance, as the old town is perched elevated with an impressive church. We’ll arrive in time for you to explore the ancient city with ramparts dating back to the 15th century.
After the arrival of the race in Rodez, we will travel to our hotel where the Pyrenees comes into sight.
- Stage finish in the 15th-century city of Rodez
- Ride the scenic road along the Aveyron River
There are two ride options available today, both finish in Rodez. We will ride some of today’s course, and include a few scenic roads. The main geographical feature in the area is the Aveyron River and we will cross it several times.
Castres, Pic de Nore
We’ll take another day away from the race today and ride our favourite climb in France. Favourite as it is our local, and it was included for the first time in the Tour de France only recently. The most famous cyclist to come from this area is Laurent Jalabert, and each year there is a dedicated amateur cycling race in his honour.
We have left this evening available to you with a free itinerary. So you can have dinner at one of the local restaurants in town.
- Ride Pic de Nore
- Visit Bikestyle HQ
We don’t have any time pressures today, and the climb to Pic de Nore is manageable. It is the situation on the border of the Tarn region and the Aude region. It is the highest road on the Montagne Noire. Upon reaching the top, you are rewarded with views of the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean – it is a special place.
For a shorter ride, we will show you some of the stunning villages around the area, as well as visiting some of our favourite patisseries.
Stage Start before the Pyrenees
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.
- Stage Start
- Overnight in the Pyrenees
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
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.
- See the TDF Femmes on the Col du Tourmalet
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
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.
- Ride the Col du Soulor and Col d’Aubisque
- See the presentation of the TDF Femmes Winner in Pau
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.
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.
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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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