2023 Tour de France with Mike Tomalaris
Our carefully designed itinerary takes you to many aspects of the race, so that you get a full taste of the Tour de France.
See five stages live to the 2023 Tour de France
Take the TGV to Paris for the finale on Champs Elysee
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, France
Join Tomo!AT A GLANCE
- 8 Days
- Social to Experienced
- All Breakfasts, Multiple Dinners
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- Support Vehicle
- Mechanical Assistance
- TGV to Paris
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, France, July 17, 2023
Paris, France, July 24, 2023
Group Size: 14 guests – 3 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
- 7 nights accommodation 3 & 4 Star hotels
- Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Lyon-Exupery Airport
- Buffet breakfast daily
- 3-course evening meals on 5 nights
- Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
Professional Ride Support
- Hosted Mike Tomalaris
- 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
- Cycling Kit
Why we Love this Tour
- Mike will share his experiences of 25 years at the Tour de France
- See five stages live to the 2023 Tour de France, including the much anticipated Mountain Time Trial
- Visit Annecy, Chamonix, Mont-Blanc, and Alsace wine-growing region
- Enjoy some rest days as we give you a local’s tour of our home region in France, the Tarn
- Immersive experiences into the French culture
- Take the TGV to Paris, to see the final stage on the Champs Elysee
Price: AUD $6250 (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 $560 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.
Hosted by Mike Tomalaris – veteran TV anchor of the Tour de France coverage
Joining Mike will be 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 with Mike Tomalaris
Make 2023 your year for traveling to Europe. Our week-long trip to the 2023 Tour de France coincides with the final week of racing and accesses the biggest stages. Our carefully designed itinerary takes you to many aspects of the race so that you get a full taste of the Tour de France. You will witness stage starts, stage finishes, mountain stages, time trials, and feed-zones. But we are not limited to only watching the race, you will have tourist excursions to some of France’s most iconic locations. Fancy a visit to Europe’s highest peak — Mont Blanc where you can experience the endless views of the French Alps. Enjoy the vibrant village of Annecy on the shores of Europe’s cleanest waters, made ever more picturesque by the restaurant-lined laneways, perched above the tributaries of the Lake.
As we leave the French Alps behind, we follow the race north for it’s conclusive stages in the Vosges mountains. This lesser-known mountain range is situated on the border with Germany, and the Black Forrest. If you enjoy chilled white wine on a hot summer’s day, this is the destination for you. Famous for their Riesling and Gewurztraminer, the Alsace valley is one of the most stunning wine-growing regions that you’ll ever visit. Our stay at a 4-star spa resort near the scenic village of Eguisheim completes our indulgent 2023 Tour de France experience.
Whilst our primary focus is watching the 2023 Tour de France, we offer multiple immersive experiences of the French culture. We also give our guests the opportunity to ride their bikes inspired by the biggest cycling race on the calendar. We will ride some of the climbs used in the Tour de France. We will also ride along some of the most scenic and picturesque routes before meeting up with the race coming through.
Created specifically for Non-Cyclists, Social Cyclists who have spent years listening to Mike’s smooth voice on the TV in the middle of the night.
Mike's – Daily Itinerary
Welcome to the Tour de France
Our 2023 Tour de France cycling trip for the Final Week starts in Lyon Saint-Exupery airport at 10 am, where Mike and the staff will greet you and assist you to our first hotel. We have a short transfer to our hotel in the French Alps, at the base of Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc.
Upon arriving at our hotel, our staff will assist you with preparing your bike for a warm-up ride around the area. We’ll go for a short ride after the conclusion of today’s stage to Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc.
After our ride, we will freshen up and head to a local restaurant for our official welcome dinner, where you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers and importantly have your questions answered by Mike and the Team.
- Shakedown ride
- Mike's welcome Dinner
- Being in the French Alps, there aren’t many flat roads, so we will manage our route taking the gentle slope out of town and returning with gravity on our side. It won’t be anything too difficult, but enough to shake down our legs, test our bike, and meet your fellow guests.
Time trials are one of our favourite stages at the Tour de France. Today it is the Pro’s turn on the mountain time trial for Stage 16 of the 2023 Tour de France. The course offers gains for the strong trim trialist, but it also offers terrain for the mountain climbers to challenge — Who wins today? It will be difficult to choose. Irrespective of the winner, the exciting race situation for the final week will be established on today’s stage.
We will ride down to the time trial this morning and take a short ride over some of the nearby climbs, or something flatter for an easier option. Then we will freshen up and watch the race. With riders setting off at 1-minute intervals, and later 2-minute intervals for those within striking distance of the race leader.
- See the critical Stage 16 mountain ITT
- Another day in the Alpes
One of the advantages of our accommodation today is being at the top of the valley. This means our ride this morning has gravity on our side. A pleasuring ride with thanks to the gradient profile, you will arrive at today’s time stage feeling like a contender for today’s stage. It will surprise you with the velocity with which riders climb today’s course.
Stage 17 Start
We will travel to the stage start today, giving you lots of time to enjoy the start village in St Gervais-Mont Blanc. Riders are embarking on the toughest stages in the Alps today before they start their journey north toward Paris tomorrow. It will be one of the slowest stages today with 4 categorised climbs. There will be some nervous energy at the start village.
Once the race heads out, we will follow them out and ride a couple of climbs to our accommodation on the shores of Lake Annecy. Annecy is also one of our favourite destinations in France. The pristine waters are classified as Europe’s cleanest lake, and Annecy itself is often referred to as the “French Venice”. Waters from the lake flow into the Rhone River, and the old town takes advantage of the cool waters on hot summer days. Whereas the waters were once used solely for industrial purposes.
This afternoon you will be able to watch the conclusion of this challenging stage on television and explore the wonderful old town. We have left this evening available for you to choose your own local restaurant in the Old Town.
- Ride Col de la Colombiere and Col de Romme
- Stage 17 Start
- Stay on Lake Annecy
Our main ride today will climb over the Col de la Colombiere and Col de Romme, before concluding our ride at our hotel in Annecy. Colombiere and Romme are popular climbs in the area as they are along quiet roads and are shorter and more gentle than the neighboring passes. They are also part of the Routes des Grandes Alpes and Tour de France utilised these climbs as recently as 2022.
Our shorter option starts and finishes from our hotel. It is a lovely flat ride circumnavigating the magnificent Lake Annecy. This follows a cycleway, with some dedicated path and some shared ones.
Tour de France Feed Zone
Today is our biggest transfer of the trip, as we head north to get ahead of the race. Our destination is the region of Alsace. We love this region of France. One of the reasons we love this area is that it is unique and often you’ll find German as the primary language. After all, we are on the border with Germany and the famous Black Forest is not far away. This also means that we are in an area that is famous for its cool-climate wines. Riesling and Gewurztraminer are the popular wine varieties – and on a warm summer’s day, there is nothing more refreshing. We will enjoy the wines and food of the region with dinner each evening at our wellness hotel in Alsace.
On our way to our spa hotel, we will stop off and catch the 2023 Tour de France on the flat stage. There are a couple of undulations to navigate, but mostly it is downhill for the riders as they leave the French Alps behind.
We will watch the race from the feed zone. Soigneurs hand a Musette (feedbag) to riders containing their ‘lunch’, and some additional gels, bars, and hydrating fluids. Riders share among their team, take what they need and discard their bags in a designated drop or rubbish zone. It is one of the more interesting locations to see a stage of the 2023 Tour de France.
- Witness lunch at 45kph - Tour de France Feedzone
- Great chance to grab a team Musette
Our ride today will break up and transfer, and coincide with an interesting location for the race. Riders are supported by their Soigneurs before, during, and after each stage. The Soigneurs (or swannies), prepare and supply riders with their nutrition and hydration throughout the race. In a 3-week tour, nutrition is extremely important – as nutrition is the fuel for riders.
Wineries of Alsace
We will take a break from the race today, and enjoy the area where we are staying. We will ride some of tomorrow’s final mountain stage in the Vosges Mountains and visit some of the interesting local villages.
Helicopters will be scoping many sections of tomorrow’s course, as the scenic locations are throughout the stage. From sun-drenched slopes with vineyards to fascinating villages. We will have the opportunity to see them ourselves as we ride through the area. Eguisheim is one of the most photographed villages in all of France.
Our accommodation is a spa resort with many amenities for relaxation and reconnection. So, we will take time for you to enjoy the facilities this afternoon. Again, we will have dinner at our hotel together.
- Ride the Vosges Mountains
- Ride 50kms of the Tour de France stage
We will ride most of the last 50km of tomorrow’s final stage. The terrain main seems familiar to you, as it was a similar stage in which Annemiek van Vleuten ‘smoked’ the women’s peloton in the inaugural edition of the Tour de France Femmes in 2022. We will ride a few of the “ballons” in the Vosges and return to our spa-resort hotel this afternoon.
Vosges Mountain and Penultimate Stage
Today is most likely the final stage that riders can challenge for the leader’s jersey, barring any major mishap on the final day in Paris. With six categorised climbs on the agenda, teams must hold their nerve and demonstrate controlled aggression to influence any time gaps. But there will be teams that have come up short for stage victories, and some riders will also be battling out for the polka-dot jersey — today has the potential for many scenarios.
We will watch the race from the top of the final climb, and ride there ourselves. After the race has finished, we will travel back to our hotel for a 3-course farewell dinner, including wine ahead of our transfer to Paris tomorrow.
- Ride Grand Ballon
- See the last chance to take yellow
We will ride one of the main climbs of the area today, the Grand Ballon. The final kilometers of the climb adjoin the race route of today’s stage. So we will ride to the top to watch the race.
Finale of Champs-Elysees
This morning after breakfast we will catch a TGV to Paris. Our transport with transfer your heavy luggage and bicycles for you so that it is a hassle-free transfer to Paris. Upon arrival in Paris, our staff will assist you to your final hotel.
Later this afternoon we will take you into the Champs-Elysees ahead of the arrival of the peloton for the final stage. The earlier parts of the final stage recognise the jersey winners and the team that holds the yellow jersey will do some photography during the stage, as well as have a glass of champagne on route. But as the riders arrive on the Champs Elysees, normally the team with the yellow jersey leads out the peloton before the intensity lifts and all teams work for their sprinters. This is because a victory on the Champs-Elysees for any rider is one of the highest achievements in the sport.
- TGV to Paris
- See the final stage on the Champs-Elysees
Farewell from Paris – Tour de France
Sadly, our trip to the 2023 Tour de France Final Week has come to an end this morning. Mike and his team will bid you farewell from our hotel this morning. You may like to stay on at our hotel for a few days exploring the city of lights. Furthermore, some of our guests transfer to an apartment at another hotel today. If you are departing today, the hotel concierge will be able to assist you with transfers to the airport to connect with your flight.
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A COVID-Safe plan
- All staff and guests must complete a pre-travel questionnaire prior to the start of the trip
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