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2018 TOUR DE FRANCE

REGION: FRANCE (Languedoc & Pyrenees)

TOUR DATES: 20 – 28 JULY 2018

DURATION: 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

HOTELS: Castres (x2), St Girons (x1), Vielha (x2), Lourdes (x3), 3-4 star hotels

INCLUDED:
Arrival & Departure transfers
8 nights accommodation (twin share)
8 breakfasts
4 dinners with beer & wine provided
8 guided cycling stages fully supported
Food & drinks during cycling stages
Sierra Sports cycling jersey

PRICE: 3250 € p.p.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 700 €

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:
Carbon Road Bike Hire: 350 €

DAY ONE – Friday 20 July 2018
Toulouse, France

We will be available to meet you at Toulouse Blagnac Airport at approximately 2pm before being transferred to Castres (1hr 15min).

For those who are keen to get started there will be time to set up the bikes and head out for a warm-up ride. Castres in its own right is rich in TDF history as it hosted the Stage 12 finish in 2007 and the Stage 8 start during 2013. During the evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner and tour briefing with the Sierra guides.

Meals: Dinner included

Destinations: Castres

Ride: 30km cycling

Accommodation: Castres (France)

DAY TWO – Sat 21 July 2018

Our base in Castres in the Languedoc region is perfectly located to re-create the Stage 10 finish from the 2016 TDF when Aussie Michael Matthews spectacularly defeated Peter Sagan! The cycling route will take you through nearby woodlands (Forêt de Montaud and Forêt Domaniale de la Montagne Noire) before arriving to the 2016 Stage 10 finish in Revel. This will be your chance to go for the sprinters points!  The wine growers of the Languedoc region are also not afraid to experiment and innovate and we will make sure you have time to taste-test the high quality sparkling, dry white and pinot noir wines!

Meals: Breakfast

Destinations: Foret Noire & Revel

Ride: 100km cycling

Accommodation: Castres (France)

DAY THREE – Sun 22 July 2018
TDF Stage 15 - Carcassone

The Stage 15 finish line in Carcassone is only 70km from Castres. You will arrive in Carcassone in time to explore the old medieval walled town and TDF race village before watching the pro peloton fight it out for the sprint finish. Carcassone truly is a magnificent city! The hilltop medieval fortress has been fortified since 100BC when the Romans identified Carcassone as a strategic settlement linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and the Massif Central to the Pyrenees.

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Carcassone

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: St Girons (France)

DAY FOUR – Monday 23 July 2018

While the Tour de France takes a rest day you can ride the Stage 16 route one day before the professionals! This will provide the perfect scenario for those who would like the chance to tackle the race climb double (Portet d’Aspet & Col de Mente). Portet d’Aspet first appeared in the Tour de France in 1910 and has appeared more than a dozen times since. This is one of the most exhilirating descents in the Pyrenees!

Cyclists ready for the double now have Col de Mente. With nearly 20 TDF crossings this 11km climb is sure to be an excellent test! All that remains now is a crossing into Spain and our hotel in Vielha is perfectly positioned to ride and watch TDF Stage 16 tomorrow!!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: French & Spanish Pyrenees

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Vielha (Spain)

DAY FIVE – Tuesday 24 July 2018
TDF Stage 16 - Col du Portillon

Your ride today stays within Spain but takes you up to the French border to see the pelotón pass Col du Portillon only 15km from the Stage 16 finish in Luchon. The initial 10km is a warm-up to the base of La Bonaigua climb which in Catalan means ´Good Water´. This  climb that will take you just over the 2000m elevation mark for the first time on tour.

Our preferred base to watch the race today is above Col du Portillon on the Spanish/French border. The riders will come through in groups providing plenty of chances to get that special close-up action photo of your favourite riders!

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: La Bonaigua

Ride: 70km or 105km cycling

Accommodation: Vielha (Spain)

DAY SIX – Wed 25 July 2018

The TDF organisers have created a short 65km stage today. Rather than being caught waiting roadside for long periods of time we will take a rest from Le Tour and ride a fantastic 100km cycling route. From the hotel there will be a 1hr van transfer back into France.

After four consecutive days on the bikes today’s route allows you to ride some good distance over rolling terrain without a major categorised climb! In our experience this ride through to Lourdes in the Midi-Pyrenees will set up the group well for the following days on Col d’Aubisque and Col du Tourmalet! In the afternoon there will be plenty of time to watch the Stage 17 finish on the TV!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Montrijeau

Ride: 100km cycling

Accommodation: Lourdes (France)

DAY SEVEN – Thur 26 July 2018
TDF Stage 18 - Col d'Aubisque

We will take advantage of our base in Lourdes to explore the heart of the Midi-Pyrenees. One of the great Pyrenees climb doubles is calling us, Col du Soulor and Col d´Aubisque! The hors categorie Col d´Aubisque climb has been passed 45 times during the Tour de France making it the second most used climb in race history.

After first passing Col du Soulor you will cycle the dramatic mountain road which hugs the cliffs of the Cirque du Litor! Now it is time to enjoy the descent and ride into Pau to see the Stage 18 finish LIVE.

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Argeles Gazost & Pau

Ride: 85km cycling

Accommodation: Lourdes (France)

DAY EIGHT – Friday 27 July 2018
TDF Stage 19 - Col du Tourmalet

Cycling from the hotel you will follow a designated bike path for 20km before entering ´Gorges de Luz´ which connects the Soulor/Aubisque and Tourmalet climbs. The Tourmalet is always a favourite and this cycling mecca has been used on more than 80 occasions during the Tour de France. The 18km climb at an average grade of 7.5% culminates with the passing through the narrow rock cutting where the giant statue dedicated to Octave Lapize rests. Lapize was the first tour cyclist to summit the Tourmalet all the way back in 1910!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Luz St Sauveur

Ride: 95km cycling

Accommodation: Lourdes (France)

DAY NINE – Saturday 28 July 2018

Tour Farewell

Following breakfast your guides will be able to transfer you to Toulouse Blagnac Airport where the cycling tour first started. This is a 2hr drive and we can have you in Toulouse Airport by 10:30am. If there are guests interested in watching the TDF finale tomorrow there are many domestic flight options between Toulouse and Paris.

Meals: Breakfast

2018 TDF WEEK 3 CYCLING TOUR

´TDF Stages 15-19 including live Pyrenees action on Col du Portillon & Col du Tourmalet´
The 2018 edition of the Tour de France spends multiple stages of the final week in the French Pyrenees. You will witness four varied stages in Carcassone, Col du Portillon, Pau and Col du Tourmalet. Along the way there will be fantastic cycling routes through the Montagne Noire which is France´s version of the Black Forest.

During the final week of the 2018 TDF you will experience Stages 15, 16, 18 & 19 live. We have also designed our tour program to include a night two stopover in Vielha just inside the Spanish border. This will have the group perfectly positioned for the Stage 16 finish in Bagneres-du-Luchon. The tour also includes multiple nights in Castres and Lourdes and time to explore the medieval walled town of Carcassone (UNESCO).

This is the perfect holiday for road cyclists looking forward to the challenge of some of Europe´s most beautiful mountain passes. You will have the opportunity to ride Portet d’Aspet, Col de Mente, Col du Portillon, Puerto de la Bonaigua, Col d’Aubisque and Col du Tourmalet!

A great week of cycling awaits you with Tour de France history greeting you at every switchback!

Dates: 20-07-2018 to 28-07-2018

Tour price: 3250 € per person (twin share)

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Testimonials

  • Jenny(Griffith, New South Wales), 2016
    We enjoyed everything about the trip, the towns, the hotels we stayed in were great choices, and of course experiencing the different stages of the Tour de France. I think you lads do a great job and handle the different personalities with ease and calm. We would certainly like to experience another cycling tour with you and will recommend you to anyone who is thinking of doing a cycling holiday.
  • John(Sydney, New South Wales), 2016
    Thanks again Paul.I am already dreaming of what my next trip will be.
  • Todd(Melbourne), 2013
    From doing the Peyresourde to the iconic Tourmalet our team was well looked after thanks to our good friends at Sierra Sports & Tours!