Tour de France Alps to Paris
Get ready for the ride of a lifetime as you experience the final week of the 2017 Edition of the TDF with a front-row ticket from the heart of the legendary French Alps to the climatic finish in the center of Paris!
Along the way, you'll have a front-row view of all the action in the legendary French Alps as defending champion Chris Froome and Team Sky take on such challengers as Alberto Contador (in perhaps his final Tour), Nairo Quintana and others. Along the way, you'll feel the presence of past champions like Coppi, Bobet, Anquetil, Merckx, Hinault, Lemond, and Indurain as you climb and descend on roads that have been featured in the Tour for decades. In addition, you'll experience all the craziness of the Publicity Caravan, ride through some of France's most beautiful countryside and villages, and feel the heart-pounding action as you cheer on your favorite cyclists as they battle each other for the coveted Yellow Jersey during the final week all the way to the Champs-Elysees!
Following the daily adventures on the road, you can look forward to relaxing each evening in our luxury accommodations where you will be able to re-live the day's events while enjoying delicious French dinners with world-famous wines from the local vineyards. It all adds up to an amazing week of cycling and discovery at the Tour and, in the process, creating a new legend to call your own!
For our non-riding guests, they will enjoy daily cultural excursions to the region's finest chocolate boutiques, wineries, villages, museums, and pottery studios under the guidance of our French female bi-lingual guides while daily enjoying French picnics with wine in the countryside.
Dates: July 18 - 24, 2017
Single Supplement: $1200.00
Length: 7 days / 6 nights
Pick-Up: Lyon Airport (It is recommended that you arrive into the Lyon area on the 17th. Please ask us about hotel options near the airport)
Drop-Off: Paris Charles de Gaulle
July 18 - Welcome to France!
We will meet you at the Lyon St. Exupery Airport at 12 noon before transferring you to the French Alps and our charming 3-star hotel in the village of Les Deux Alpes. Following check-in for the next four nights, build up your bike with the assistance of our professional mechanics or have your rental bike dialed in. This evening, we'll kick off your TDF adventure with our "Welcome Meeting and Dinner."
July 19 - Col de Lautaret and Col de Galibier / TDF Stage 17!
Nothing like starting your vacation in the center of the Tour! Enjoy a serpentine descent from our hotel before beginning the climb to the summit of the Col de Lautaret with the option of the "beyond category" Col de Galibier. Afterwards, you'll witness the TDF live as the Yellow Jersey and the peloton race to the finish in Serre Chevalier. This evening, celebrate your day with a festive dinner on your own in town!
July 20 - Col d'Izoard / TDF Stage 18
Today you will have the opportunity to experience the final mountain stage of this year's TDF on the famous climb of the Col d'Izoard! Today you will feel the presence of past Tour greats Fausto Coppi and Louison Bobet as you make this "beyond category" ascent to the summit and the Casse Desert! Following lunch, get ready to cheer on the Yellow Jersey and your favorites as they battle it out on the last major ascent of this year's race. Following our return to Les Deux Alpes, explore the local brasseries for dinner on your own.
July 21 - L'Alpe d'Huez and the climb to Les Deux Alpes
Today you will have the opportunity to climb the famous 21-hairpins of L'Alpe d'Huez where you'll feel the presence of all the past Tour greats such as Coppi, Merckx, Hinault, Lemond and others! Following lunch at the summit and the return ride to our hotel via the ascent of Les Deux Alpes or a flatter option, catch the live finish of Stage 19 before our group dinner tonight at our favorite Italian restaurant featuring their homemade pizzas, pasta and tiramisu.
July 22 - Transfer to Paris.
Following breakfast with a view of the spectacular Alps before transferring to Paris on the TGV high-speed train to our four-star hotel in Paris located on the finishing circuit for tomorrow's final stage. This evening, explore the "City of Lights" to your hearts content!
July 23 - Tour of Paris / VIP Stage 21 Finale!
We'll begin the day with a morning Tour of Paris Bike Ride including riding the entire final circuit for today's climatic stage. Following breakfast at the hotel, feel free to relax until later this afternoon when we will enter our VIP Viewing Suite overlooking the Rue de Rivoli where you can enjoy the final stage in style! This evening you are free to experience Paris as you wish!
July 24 - Transfer Day or Extend Your Stay.
Enjoy your final breakfast in Paris before a morning transfer to Charles de Gaulle Intl Paris for your return flight home or choose to extend your stay in Paris for a few extra days at our group rate. Otherwise, your trip will end with noon check-out.