2024 Tour de France Grand Depart
June 26, 2024 to July 6, 2024
This Italian and French cycling odyssey offers a unique blend of Tour de France race viewing and stunning riding opportunities. Witness the Tour de France in all its glory on 4 occasions, take on challenging ascents and breathtaking descents through some of the most picturesque landscapes in Europe. You’ll conquer legendary passes featured in the Tour de France, revel in Alpine panoramas, and explore charming towns steeped in history.
Throughout the journey, our dedicated team ensures your comfort, while evenings bring opportunities to savour regional delicacies and bond with fellow cycling enthusiasts. Whether you’re conquering mountain passes, exploring cultural gems, or savouring Italian and French cuisine, this trip promises unforgettable memories.
Join us on our Grand Depart and witness the beginning of the 2024 Tour de France. Pedal through stunning landscapes, discover hidden gems, and forge lifelong friendships. It’s more than a trip; it’s an experience of a lifetime. Get ready to ride and explore the beauty of Italy and France like never before.
- 11 Days (10 Nights)
- Social to Experienced
- All Breakfasts, 6 Dinners
- Support Vehicle
- Mechanical Assistance
- Navigational Guidance
Twin Share $7890Single Supplement $1100
Florence (Florence Airport), Italy, June 26, 2024
Lyon Saint Exupery Airport, France, July 6, 2024
Group Size: 34 guests – 6 staff
Rider and Spectator Tour: Our Tour de France bike tours are ideal for both spectators and cyclists. Our main focus is watching the race and completing the most 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 for non-cycling partners to share the experience.
This trip also caters to spectators with a keen interest in the Tour de France. We have some side itineraries for non-cyclists to explore Italian and French villages but primarily, our trip follows the excitement and fanfare of the Tour de France.
Rider Options: You don’t have to be an elite cyclist to join us. With our high staff-to-guest ratio, we support different ride options each day – giving you choice. There are our ride extensions for our stronger riders to get more miles and vertical metres. And if you’d like an easier day, or a day off, join our non-cycling itineraries or our easier ride option.
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.
- Buffet breakfast daily
- 3-course evening meals on 6 nights
- Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
- Transport throughout on our luxury coach
- Transport for your bike with professional bike carriers
- 10 nights accommodation 3 & 4 Star hotels
- Scheduled arrival transfers at Florence Airport. Scheduled departure transfer at Lyon Saint Exupery Airport.
- 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
- Visit the Team Presentations in Florence, Italy
- See the Italian Grand Depart in Florence
- See stage starts and finishes of the Tour de France
- Ride the famous French Alps including Alpe d’Huez
- Stay at 3 and 4 star accommodation
Price: AUD $7890 (twin share)
Single Supplement: AUD $1100 – Limited Single Rooms Available
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare, and are based on two persons per room. If traveling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively, you may choose to have a room of your own by paying a single supplement.
Note: It is a requirement of Bikestyle Tours that you have Travel Insurance for your trip.
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 $650.00
Upgrade options available
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.
Bikestyle Tours has been running trips to the Tour de France for over 27 years. You’ll experience the very best riding in Italy and France and witness the 111th Tour de France. Great pizza, pasta, gelato, coffee, and the best hot chocolate for our Italian start. This will be a popular trip for the cuisine, scenery, and all things that are Italian before making our way by bike across the border into the French Alps. Here the scenery will change to enormous alpine passes and French countryside where iconic climbs await. We have our normal riding and non-riding itineraries. But we’ll also offer our experienced cyclists more time on the bike to conquer more vertical metres on some of the most magical roads in Europe.
Our trip starts in Lucca, where we are spoiled for scenic riding in the surrounding region of Tuscany. From here we will have access to witness the Team Presentations and the Grand Depart in Florence. Our trip then continues North to intersect the race for a sprint finish in Turin before following the riders along the race route North into the French Alps.
The penultimate part of our trip has us tackle iconic French Alpine passes such as Alpe d’Huez. Before our departure from Lyon Saint Exupery Airport.
See the 111th Tour de France on 4 occasions
Team Presentations, Florence
Stage 1 ★★★☆☆, Hilly
Stage 3 ★★★☆☆, Sprint
Stage 4 ★★★★☆, Mountain
Bienvenue en Italia
Wednesday 26 June 2024
Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
Arriving at Florence airport at 10 am, our staff will greet you for a seamless transfer to Lucca. The afternoon is dedicated to bike setup, ensuring your gear is primed for the journey. If time allows, a brief shakedown ride ensures all bikes are in top condition.
Lucca’s Renaissance walls and historic charm offer a unique Italian experience. The intact city walls are perfect for cycling or leisurely walks. The town’s cultural richness and delectable local cuisine await exploration.
While the Tour de France doesn’t touch Lucca, Italy’s Giro d’Italia legacy resonates. Lucca’s terrain has often been part of training routes for cycling champions, reflecting a rich cycling culture.
The day concludes with a Welcome Dinner, fostering connections and setting the tone for an unforgettable cycling adventure through scenic Tuscany.
- Stay at Lucca in Tuscany
- Prepare your bikes for the trip ahead
- Welcome Dinner
The main focus today is preparing our bikes after long international flights. We will take a light afternoon ride around Lucca, getting used to riding in Italy.
Team Presentations in Florence
Thursday 27 June 2024
Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
Start your day with a morning ride around the enchanting hills of Tuscany, soaking in the scenic beauty. By early afternoon, catch a train into central Florence. Spend your afternoon exploring the cultural treasures of Florence and witness the Team Presentations in town. Conclude your day with a convenient train or bus ride back to Lucca, capping off a day filled with cycling adventures, cultural exploration, and a taste of the exciting atmosphere surrounding the Team Presentations in Florence.
- Ride Tuscany
- Witness Team Presentations
- Explore Florence
Ride through the scenic Tuscan hills surrounding Lucca, this will be the first small test for our legs to prepare us for the spectacular rides to come.
Iconic Italian Villages
Friday 28 June 2024
Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
Begin the day with an invigorating morning bike exploration, indulging in the breathtaking regional scenery known to captivate visitors. Later, the afternoon invites you to discover the captivating allure of Lucca’s Old Town. Encircled by intact Renaissance walls, Lucca’s historic centre exudes an intriguing blend of mediaeval architecture, charming piazzas, and ancient Roman roots, all waiting to be explored.
In the realm of cycling history, while the Tour de France may not directly grace this area, Italy’s cycling heritage, deeply intertwined with the Giro d’Italia, resonates here. Lucca and its surroundings have often been favoured training grounds for cycling champions, drawing upon the region’s diverse terrains and scenic routes. Engage with Lucca’s historical tapestry, and relish a serene afternoon amidst its timeless beauty and cycling legacy.
- Explore Lucca
- Ride Tuscany
Ride one of the popular Tuscan climbs just outside of Lucca and soak up the scenery.
Grand Depart in Florence
Saturday 29 June 2024
Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Today marks the commencement of the 2024 Tour de France, and it will be our primary focus. Setting out by luxury coach, we’ll journey into Florence to witness the official start of the 2024 Tour de France. After observing the riders’ impressive rollout, our group will reunite with our bus and head to our next destination, the charming city of Turin.
Once we arrive, a satisfying dinner awaits us at the hotel in Turin, offering a relaxing end to an exciting day filled with the commencement of this iconic cycling event and the transition to our new hotel.
- See the 2024 Grand Depart in Florence
No Ride Today, it’s all about seeing the pros.
Villages of Piedmont
Sunday 30 June 2024
Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Following the excitement of yesterday’s Grand Depart, today invites a more relaxed ambiance away from the bustling crowds. Embrace a leisurely exploration of Piedmont’s exquisite Italian villages by bike, immersing in their beauty and tranquillity. The afternoon offers personal leisure time, allowing you the freedom to further explore and savour the local offerings at your own pace.
- Italian villages of Piedmont
- Explore Turin
Our ride will see us tackle the climbs in Piedmont through iconic Italian villages.
Sprint Finish in Turin
Monday 1 July 2024
Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Today, our attention shifts back to the professionals as the sprinters set themselves up for a showdown in Turin. Turin exudes a regal ambiance with grand boulevards and historic squares, showcasing its rich cultural heritage. The city, once the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, intertwines cycling enthusiasm as a periodic host of the Giro d’Italia. Amidst this cultural splendour, the day culminates with anticipation for the thrilling sprint finish of the stage.
Before the excitement, the morning invites an easier ride in Piedmont. Afterward, immerse yourself in the city’s allure and then gather to witness the exhilarating stage climax, immersing in the dynamic atmosphere. The evening presents an opportunity to delve deeper into the city’s wonders or indulge in its renowned culinary scene.
- See the sprint finish in Turin
- Will Cav break the record?
We will take to the hills just outside of Turin before descending down on today’s race route to experience the final km of a Tour de France stage feels like.
Stage Start and Race Route
Tuesday 2 July 2024
Le Monêtier les Bains, Hautes-Alpes, France
The day commences with a visit to the charming village of Pinerolo, anticipating the stage start. As the professional cyclists race away, our journey begins on our bikes, tracing their path through Sestriere and into the majestic French Alps. Prepare for a thrilling and demanding ride, offering both the challenge of the route and the breathtaking beauty of the Alpine scenery.
Upon reaching our next hotel, we gather for a well-deserved dinner, uniting to share tales of the day’s cycling exploits. This shared experience of cycling along the professional route creates a sense of camaraderie, bonding us over our collective cycling journey through the picturesque landscapes of the French Alps.
- See the stage start
- Ride along the race route to the French Alps
We will ride the Sestriere out of Italy and into the French Alps. We will then continue by bike through the Alps to our next hotel.
Take on Galibier
Wednesday 3 July 2024
Les Monêtier les Bains, Hautes-Alpes, France
Having attended the race and presentations on four occasions, our focus now shifts to our personal riding experiences as the Tour de France continues its northern route. Today, we step away from the race action to fully immerse ourselves in the scenic allure of the French Alps. The morning’s highlight includes conquering the renowned Col du Galibier, a legendary climb featured in numerous Tour de France events. Despite its altitude, accessing this iconic ascent from our valley-based location will offer a manageable challenge.
Post our invigorating ride, we’ll relax at our hotel, catching the electrifying climax of the TDF stage on television. To conclude this day of exploration in the French Alps, we gather for a delightful dinner at the hotel, where we share anecdotes and experiences from our Alpine escapades.
- Ride Galibier
- Spectacular French Alps
We will ride Galibier to and from our hotel. It will be a challenge but due to our hotel’s location won’t be too difficult for us.
Journey to Alpe d’Huez by bike
Thursday 4 July 2024
Les Monêtier les Bains, Hautes-Alpes, France
|As the professional cyclists speed towards Dijon, we’ll journey on our own bikes to the foot of Alpe d’Huez. We will conquer this iconic climb with determination and vigour, drawing inspiration from past winners at every hairpin turn as you ascend to the top. The culmination of the 2024 Tour de Femmes avec Zwift awaits at the finish line.
Once you’ve triumphed over this renowned Alpe, we’ll check in to our next hotel in the serene village of Huez. Together, we’ll celebrate this significant achievement over a shared dinner, reveling in the sense of accomplishment and camaraderie after a day of conquering the legendary Alpe d’Huez.
- Ride Alpe d’Huez
- Stay atop Alpe d’Huez
Descend down the valley to the base of Alpe d’Huez before tackling the iconic climb.
Friday 5 July 2024
Huez, Hautes Alpes, France
In the morning, embrace the chance to conquer another renowned French peak, the Croix de Fer, or opt for a smaller loop around Huez, allowing a day of leisurely exploration in the village. Later in the afternoon, we’ll watch the Individual Time Trial on TV, savouring the excitement from the comfort of our accommodation. To conclude our memorable trip, we’ll come together for a special farewell dinner. It’s an opportunity to celebrate our collective journey, share stories, and toast to the unforgettable experiences and achievements gained throughout our time exploring the picturesque French Alps and witnessing the exhilarating stages of the Tour de France.
- Ride Croix de Fer
- Watch the ITT on TV
- Farewell dinner
Today we will conquer another famous French Col, Croix de Fer. If you prefer an easier day on the bike you can do the “village ride” atop the Alp.
Saturday 6 July 2024
Today marks the end of our incredible journey together. We’ll bid you a fond farewell and wish you safe travels for your onward adventure. Our morning will begin with our departure from the hotel, as we embark on a comfortable journey aboard our luxury coach. To our departure point at Lyon Saint Exupery Airport, ensuring a seamless transition for your onward flights.
As you head towards your next destination, take with you the memories, experiences, and the camaraderie forged during our remarkable Tour de France adventure. Bon voyage!
- Enjoy the long list of memories
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