TOUR DE FRANCE

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2019 TOUR DE FRANCE

REGION:
FRANCE (Provence & Alpes)

TOUR DATES: 20 – 28 JULY 2019

DURATION: 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

HOTELS: Provence (x4), Hautes-Alpes (x3), Rhone-Alpes (x1), 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: 600 €
Carbon Road Bike Hire: 350 €

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:
Alpe d'Huez Package (2 nights): 825 €

DAY ONE – Sat 20 July 2019
Nice, France


The tour begins by collecting you all at Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport between 9:00 - 10:00am. There will be a 1.5 hour transfer to the edge of the Regional National Park Verdun. Here one encounters the outstanding Verdun Gorge which is often referred to as Europe´s Grand Canyon. There will be time to set up the bikes and have a bite for lunch before cycling through this geographical paradise. The ride finishes in Provence which will be home for the next four nights!

Meals: Dinner included

Destinations: Gorges du Verdon

Ride: 60km cycling

Accommodation: Provence (France)

DAY TWO – Sun 21 July 2019


A scenic hotel to hotel loop ride through Provence has been designed for today. The idea is that there are some short climbs to get the cycling legs going but always with the goal of climbing to the towering Mt Ventoux summit tomorrow! The first coffee stop will be in the small Provencal village of Gordes. The Tour de France when intersecting Provence often passes through this township for its dramatic position on the edge of a rocky escarpment. The cycling loop will also lead you through Roussillon another of France´s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’. The non-cyclists joining the tour will enjoy the 1 hour walk along the Ochre Trail.

Meals: Breakfast

Destinations: Gordes & Roussillon

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Provence (France)

DAY THREE – Mon 22 July 2019
Mt Ventoux!


When it comes to challenging, beautiful, rewarding and historic pro-cycling routes then today´s ride has all of the above rolled into one plus more. The ´Geant de Provence´ has celebrated 10 TDF summit finishes and the last battle in 2016 saw Chris Froome actually comically running up the climb without a bike! For those who would like to climb ´The Bald Mountain´ there are three ascents all ranging between 22km and 26km. Be amazed as every pedal stroke reveals the lunar landscape towards the summit!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Mt Ventoux

Ride: 70km & 100km cycling options

Accommodation: Provence (France)

DAY FOUR – Tue 23 July 2019
TDF STAGE 16 - Nimes


After already spending three excellent days on the bikes today is a perfect opportunity to soak up the TDF race atmosphere. The race boasts both a stage start and finish in Nimes so the excitement of the team buses, riders signing-on & warming-up, the race expo & stands, the TDF publicity caravans and the all important sprint finish are all there to be enjoyed! For our keen cyclists though, don’t worry, there is always a cycling option available. The epic Col d’Izoard is on tomorrow’s agenda so this morning you will ride a 75km route crossing the Regional National Park des Alpilles through to Nimes!

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Nimes

Ride: 75km cycling or Rest Day

Accommodation: Provence (France)

DAY FIVE – Wed 24 July 2019
Col d'Izoard!


After four nights in Provence this morning we say goodbye and jump in the vans for a 3hr transfer to Guillestre. You will begin cycling after lunch and the early kilometres follow the gorge road towards the Italian border before veering off to confront ‘Izoard’. For many Col d´Izoard´ and its sandy eroded cliffs above la Casse Deserte resemble an amazing rocky desert landscape. The TDF has featured the Col d’Izoard on 34 occasions and its 2360m altitude has provided many iconic race photos! Our climb from the eastern approach measures 16km at an average gradient of 7% with maximum ramps between 10-13%.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Col d'Izoard & Briancon

Ride: 60km or 100km cycling options

Accommodation: Hautes-Alpes (France)

DAY SIX – Thur 25 July 2019
TDF Stage 18 - Valloire!


Today we return to watch Stage 18 of the Tour de France LIVE in the ski village town of Valloire. Valloire is neatly and strategically placed between the epic Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier climbs. Col du Telegraphe is your challenge today and this 12km climb at 7% average grade will have you work up a sweat before retiring to the bar to watch the stage develop on TV. Watching the peloton scale Izoard (which you rode yesterday) will be a highlight before hitting the race barriers to see who will take out the win on this critical 2019 TDF stage!

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Valloire Ski Station

Ride: 60km cycling

Accommodation: Hautes-Alpes (France)

DAY SEVEN – Fri 26 July 2019
TDF Stage 19 - Col d'Iseran


The mighty Col d’Iseran at 2770m elevation awaits and the TDF has only scaled these heights on seven previous occasions. This giant ‘col’ is ranked number 1 on the list of Europe’s highest passes! The pro-peloton and Sierra guests alike will tackle ‘Iseran’ from the southern approach. The climb measures 33km with an average 4.2% grade. Once the peloton passes by our ride descends back towards Col du Mont Cenis which has been a strategic crossing between Italy & France for thousands of years. The main attraction is the stunning lake which lies up on this elevated plateau. One feels very small when cycling at such elevation!

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Col d'Iseran & Mont Cenis

Ride: 80km cycling

Accommodation: Hautes-Alpes (France)

DAY EIGHT – Sat 27 July 2019
Col de la Croix de Fer


If you haven’t heard of ‘Lacets de Montvernier’ then start searching Google now. 18 switchbacks in only 3.5km and one of the world’s most photogenic cycling destinations! The next challenge is the long Croix de Fer climb (24km and averaging a constant 7%). The pro-peloton followed this route during Stage 17 of the 2017 TDF.

[CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE] – Some of our guests love the chance to get to Paris to watch the Stage 21 finish on the Champs-Elysees while other guests are keen to tick the box on more epic climbs. We are pleased to offer flexibility for our guests with either a final night in Grenoble or the base of Alpe d’Huez – the choice is yours! Grenoble is only a 3hr fast train connection to Paris. For those who want to keep cycling you can select an additional two night stay to ride the famous 21 bends!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Col de la Croix de Fer

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Grenoble or Rhone-Alpes (France)

DAY NINE – Sun 28 July 2019
Goodbyes or Alpe d'Huez

After breakfast some will board a train to Paris while others ‘kit-up’ for the mighty Alpe d’Huez. I

Optional Package
- For those continuing their cycling journey it is time to present Alpe d´Huez and its 21 switchbacks. With over 30 stage finishes it´s a regular TDF feature and has been centre stage for many famous battles. The initial km are some of the hardest so remember to pace yourself accordingly. Depending on interest the Col du Sabot climb is also available!

Meals: Breakfast (all) & Dinner (optional package only)

Destinations: Alpe d'Huez

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Rhone-Alpes (France)

OPTIONAL PACKAGE
DAY TEN – Mon 29 July 2019


For those looking for an authentic ‘backroad’ experience then look no further than the lesser known Col de Solude. This climb takes you into the forest and at various points offers simply amazing views back across the valley and over to the Alpe d’Huez climb. These roads which the TDF finds impossible to access are perfect for recreational road cyclists looking for pure adventure. Like any good tour day there are always options and Col d’Ornon is there for the taking for those who want to end their time in the Alpes on a high!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Col de Solude

Ride: 85km cycling

Accommodation: Rhone-Alpes (France)

OPTIONAL PACKAGE
DAY ELEVEN – Tue 30 July 2019


After breakfast our guides will be available to transfer you 1 hour to Grenoble train station. Grenoble has excellent links to Paris via the fast train network.

Meals: Breakfast included

2019 TOUR DE FRANCE CYCLING TOUR

Follow the 2019 Tour de France from Mt Ventoux to Alpe d'Huez !!
The 2019 edition of the Tour de France celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the yellow jersey. There are good opportunities for the sprinters but the real race feature is its 5 summit finishes above 2000m elevation. While the 2019 TDF does not include iconic climbs, such as, Mt Ventoux or Alpe d’Huez the race route passes these ‘cols’ by a whisker so we are pleased to present a tour package bookended by two cycling meccas!

By joining this tour you will begin pedalling in Provence enjoying its lavender fields, rolling terrain, medieval townships and country estate accommodation. Provence provides the perfect base to enjoy mixed terrain rides and cycle through a selection of our favourite ‘out of this world’ gorges. In saying that though you do not enter this region without also tackling ‘Le Geant de Provence’ – Mt Ventoux!

During the final week of the 2019 TDF you will experience Stages 16, 18 & 19 live. The race organisers have packed many legendary cols into Stages 18 and 19.The race will be set alight in the Hautes-Alpes and you will be road-side to watch all the action LIVE!

2019 marks our tenth year supporting groups at Le Tour. We understand the importance of designing a range of cycling routes (it’s not all climbing) and participating in the excitement and atmosphere of arguably the world’s biggest sporting event. For those looking forward to a challenge you will have the chance to ride Mt Ventoux, Col d’Izoard, Col du Telegraphe, Col de la Croix de Fer and Alpe d´Huez to name a few!

Dates: 20-07-2019 to 28-07-2019

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!