Tour de France: Cycle Tour Package 2019 – Last 10 Days – Standard
Program Category: Cycling/Non-Cycling
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Dates: 07/20/2019 – 07/29/2019
Program Highlights: During the most important stages of the Tour, our 10 day package will enable you to fully enjoy the excitement and the spectacle that is the “Grande Boucle”. We take you in to the heart of the Tour with the knowledge and experience that can only be provided by a former Tour rider. Ronan Pensec was a professional rider for 13 years and finished the Tour 9 times. He wore the Yellow Jersey in 1990 and went on to help his team mate Greg Lemond win his third Tour. Ronan has now been involved in the Tour for 30 years.
Start & Finish: Marseille Airport – Paris
Tour de France Viewings: 4
Rates: €3 340 Single Room, €2 928/person Twin or Double Room
Discover the last 10 days of Le Tour with a former pro of “La Grande Boucle”. With his 30 years + experience of the Tour de France, Ronan Pensec knows France and Le Tour like his pocket and will enable you to experience the trip of a lifetime. Our tour from July 20th until July 29th will take you the last mountain stages and the finish on the Champs Elysées in Paris.
Join us on the 106th edition of the Tour de France and you will:
- Discover the Tour de France from the inside
- Ride on the picturesque routes of the Alps
- Be in the best spot to enjoy the “Grande Boucle”
- Discover picturesque landscapes on your bike
- Stay in charming towns and enjoy French hospitality and cuisine
- Make new friendships within your group
- Finish the week off on the famous Champs Elysées in Paris
The highlights of the package
- Climb the Mont Ventoux as well as Cormet de Roselend
- Ride on the picturesque routes of the Alps
- Access to start in Pont du Gard
- Access to the finish in Tignes
- Be in the heart of a feeding station
- Watch the spectacle of the Publicity Caravan
- Attend the finish in Paris on the Champs Elysées
- Stay several nights in the same hotels = spend less time on transfers
- Transfer to Paris by plane
Please arrange your flights into the following airport: Marseille Provence Airport (https://www.marseille-airport.com/)
Marseille airport to Saint Didier en Vaucluse: 80 km (57,78miles) / 1 h 08 min
The stages you will see:
Tuesday, July 23rd:
Stage 16: Nîmes / Nîmes = 177 km (110 miles)
Wednesday July 24th:
Stage 17: Pont du Gard / Gap = 206 km (128 miles)
Friday, July 26th:
Stage 19: Saint Jean de Maurienne / Tignes = 123 km (76,4 miles)
Sunday July 28th:
Stage 21: Rambouillet / Paris Champs Elysées = 127 km (78,9 miles)
Day 1: Saturday, July 20th
Pro Riders: Stage 14, Tarbes / Tourmalet (117 km / 72.7 miles).
Group: Arrival at Marseille airport and transfer to your hotel.
Hotel: 3* Hotel Côté Ventoux in Saint Didier en Vaucluse
Bienvenue en France!
Our guide will meet you in Marseille Provence Airport (exact time to be determined but we kindly ask you to book a flight that lands in the morning) and a private coach will then take you to your hotel: 3* Hotel Côté Ventoux in Saint Didier en Vaucluse
A small village of Provence, Saint-Didier is located east of Avignon, not far from Carpentras and Pernes-les-Fontaines. The village is at the foot of the mountains of Vaucluse, and to the north-east, there is a view of Mont Ventoux.
Under the sun which makes the sky almost white, an oasis of freshness awaits you.
A subtle combination of charm and tradition, the Hôtel Côté Ventoux offers you refined and comfortable accommodation. The generosity of its spaces makes it a place where it is good to live and stay.
Day 2: Sunday, July 21st
Pro Riders: Stage 15, Limoux / Foix Prat d’Albis (185km / 114,9 miles)
Group: Cyclists: Climb the Mont Ventoux” / Non-cyclists: transfer to Mont Ventoux
Hotel: 3* Le Mas des Amandiers in Graveson for 3 nights
Cyclists: Your first challenge for this week will be the climb of the famous “Giant of Provence”, the Mont Ventoux.
You’ll leave the hotel as a group after breakfast. The start of the climb is 17,4 km (10,81 miles) from the hotel. The route will take you up from Bedoin: 13, 6 miles and 1912 meters high! This is the most famous and difficult ascent. The road to the summit has an average grade of 7.6%.
This will be your warm-up before facing the famous climb. Do not forget to prepare a bag with a fresh set of clothes, a small towel in order to refresh after the ride. If necessary we will split off into two groups of different ability levels for each day.
Non cyclists: Our bus will drive you from the hotel to the summit of the Mont Ventoux, from where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the Provence.
Optional: Depending on how the day goes, we may take you to the Chalet Reynard. A real institution, the Chalet Reynard is an essential stop on the road to Mont Ventoux. Here, at an altitude of 1,440 meters in an incomparable natural environment, the chef’s truffle menus offer the black diamond in all its generosity. All his traditional menus are the image of his cuisine: authentic and subtle. They always give pride of place to the fresh produce of the region whereas on the wine list, the Ventoux appellation has a good place. (Lunch at own expense).
In the afternoon we will take the direction of our next hotel: Hôtel Le Mas des Amandiers in Graveson.
Bedoin – Graveson: 51,3 km (31,8 miles): 53 min
In the evening, the group will relax at the hotel’s restaurant over a well-earned meal before zipping down in a cozy bed for the night.
Le Mas des Amandiers (http://www.hotel-des-amandiers.com/Anglais/index.html) welcomes you with its heated swimming pool, private spaces and air-conditioned rooms.
Between Alpilles, Rhône and Durance, at the foot of the little mountain in Graveson, in the Val de Provence, Le Mas des Amandiers between Avignon and St Remy de Provence invites you to rest and enjoy the sweetness of Provence. You will discover Avignon, the Pont du Gard, Arles, Les Baux de Provence, Saint Remy de Provence, the Luberon, the Camargue …
The hotel combines hospitality with top notch services and sustainable development. From the gourmet breakfasts to the evening buffet, it works mainly with local organic producers.
Day 3: Monday, July 22nd
Pro Riders: Rest day
Group: Cyclists: cycling ride in & around Graveson / visit of the teams – Non-cyclists: morning off / visit of the teams
Hotel: 3* Le Mas des Amandiers in Graveson
Today will be a more relaxed day!
Cyclists: After breakfast, it will be time to for short cycling outing. You will leave the hotel by to discover Graveson and its surroundings.
Graveson is a typical Provençal village in the north of the Department at the foot of La Montagnette.
Situated between the Rhône and the Durance, Graveson is surrounded by all the poetry of the Alpilles with wooded hills covered in pines, olive trees and cypresses. Graveson is not especially rich in terms of heritage but it shares all the charm of these villages of Provence, with their houses huddled tightly together, their avenues of plane trees, shady little squares, fountains and terraces which come to life at aperitif time.
Non cyclists: You will have the morning off to relax at the hotel before visiting the pro teams’ hotels in the afternoon.
Lunch at the hotel (at your expense)
In the afternoon, we will take you to visit the pro teams’ hotels as the riders relax on their well-deserved second rest day.
The teams will be housed in or close to Nîmes. You will see the hotels where the teams are staying, the teams’ equipment and fleet such as buses, motor homes, etc, and collect souvenirs and autographs from the riders.
After this visit, we will go back to the hotel. We will have time to refresh and relax a little before the group gathers together again for dinner.
Day 4: Tuesday, July 23rd
Pro riders: Nîmes / Nîmes (177km – 110 miles)
Group: 3* Le Mas des Amandiers in Graveson
“The escapees that will show up on the famous Roman viaduct should be under the careful scrutiny of the bunch. A bunched sprint in Nîmes is likely.”- Christian Prudhomme
Cyclists: Our destination today will be Nîmes, where will watch the start as well as the finish of the race. We will leave the hotel by bike and ride the 40 km between the hotel and Nîmes. Here you will be able to see the team buses, the equipment and of course the riders warm up… You will approach your favorite riders, and who knows maybe they will agree to take a picture with you or sign an autograph for you.
You will also be able to watch the “publicity caravan” featuring some of the most bizarre motor vehicles you will ever see and the riders fighting for the win.
Non cyclists: Our bus will drive you from the hotel to Nîmes.
After the race, we will head back to the hotel in time for dinner.
Day 5: Wednesday, July 24th
Pro riders: Pont du Gard / Gap (206km – 128 miles)
Group: Cyclists & Non-cyclists: Access to the feeding zone
Hotel: 3*Hotel Le Radiana in La Léchère for 3 nights
“The theme of Antiquity will be respected as we go through the Rhone valley and visit the theatre in Orange and pass through Vaison-la-Romaine. But the breakaway riders that will be at the front that day will mainly need to focus on their strategy when they take on the climb up to La Sentinelle with under 10kms to go.” – Christian Prudhomme
Cyclists & non-cyclists: Our destination today will be the start zone of the stage. After breakfast, you will leave the hotel by bus to head for the stage’s start in Pont du Gard. Here you will be able to see the team buses, the equipment and of course the riders warm up… You will approach your favorite riders, and who knows maybe they will agree to take a picture with you or sign an autograph for you.
After the start, we will head for our next hotel in La Léchère.
The 3 * hotel Le Radiana (http://www.radianaresort.com/en/hotel-radiana.html) near the Tarentaise resorts of Valmorel, Courchevel, Meribel, and within the complex of the thermal Léchère-les-Bains will seduce you by its charm and personality!
You will be accommodated in rooms in an art deco inspired style, some of them with a terrace overlooking the park.
Day 6: Thursday, July 25th
Pro riders: Stage 18: Embrun / Valloire (207 km / 128,6 miles)
Group: Cyclists: Climb Cormet de Roselend / Non-cyclists: Day off
Hotel: 3* Le Radiana in La Léchère
Cyclists and non-cyclists: Today will be another challenging ride: the climb of Cormet de Roselend. You will be able to compare yourself to the pro riders. We will leave the hotel by bus after breakfast to get to Cormet de Roselend, a very nice col that the riders will climb during the stage Albertville / Val Thorens.
Cormet de Roselend (el. 1967 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Alps in the department of Savoie in France. One of the most memorable years for the Cormet de Roseland was the 1996 Tour de France. It was just before the summit on the Cormet de Roseland that Frenchman Stéphane Heulot cracked, lost the Maillot Jaune and bowed out of the race. It was also on the Cormet de Roseland that Johan Bruyneel overshot a fast left-hand bend and disappeared over the edge, as he descended towards Bourg-St-Maurice. Spectators feared the worst but thankfully Bruyneel managed to climb back up, apparently unscathed.
Non-cyclists: While the cyclists will be discovering the area, today will be a good opportunity to relax at the hotel and take advantage of the equipment of the hotel:
- Several swimming pools
- Indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis
- Fitness Studio (cardio bikes: elliptical, ergonomic, spinning), treadmills, vibrating and oscillating plates, rowers, exercise bench)
Day 7: Friday, July 26th
Pro riders: Stage 19: Saint Jean de Maurienne / Tignes (123 km / 76,4 miles)
Group: Cyclists & Non-cyclists: Attend the finish
Hotel: 3* Hotel Le Radiana in La Léchère
“The journey through the Alps continues with a dynamic stage that will take the riders to the summit of the 2019 Tour at the Col de l’Iseran (2 770m) that will only be reached for the eighth time in the history of the Tour and the second time by its south side which is the toughest one. It is precisely when going up towards the highest road pass in Europe that Louison Bobet had bid farewell to the Tour in 1959 but also where Claudio Chiappucci took off before winning in Sestrières in 1992.” – Christian Prudhomme
Cyclists: After breakfast, we will leave the hotel by bike in the direction of Bourg Saint Maurice, from where we will ride on the route of today’s stage to the finish in Tignes. Just like the pros a few hours later, you will experience the crowd cheering you up on the way to the top.
Non-cyclists: Our bus will drive you to the finish in Tignes.
Day 8: Saturday, July 27th
Pro riders: Stage 20, Albertville / Val Thorens (131km / 81,45 miles)
Group: Cyclists & Non-cyclists: Transfer to Paris
Hotel: 3* Ibis Paris Bercy Village in Paris for 2 nights
Cyclists & Non-cyclists: After a good night rest, we will take the direction of Lyon airport to board a flight to Paris within a few hours. Your guides will then accompany you to your next hotel.
You will have the rest of the day off to enjoy Paris on your own.
Lunch and dinner at your convenience!
Optional: Dinner-show at the Lido
In Paris, you will stay at the 3* Ibis Paris Bercy Village on a B&B basis.
The Ibis Paris Bercy Village hotel is ideally located between the calm of the Parc de Bercy and the hustle and bustle of the business district. The hotel team provides a warm welcome to help you make the most of what the hotel has to offer.
Day 9: Sunday, July 28th
Pro riders: Stage 21, Rambouillet / Paris Champs-Elysées (127 km / 78,9 miles)
Group: Attend the finish from the grandstand on the Champs Elysées
Hotel: 3* Ibis Paris Bercy Village in Paris
“The Yellow Jersey is traditionally often solidly settled on the shoulders of the final winner at the start of this last stage, but for the sprinters who dream of triumphing on the Champs Elysées, it’s the opportunity to take on one of the toughest challenges of the year. The hills of the Chevreuse valley could also play a role in giving out decisive points for the polka-dot jersey. “ – Christian Prudhomme
This morning you will be able to sleep in!
In the afternoon, we will then, as a group, take the direction of the Champs Elysées where we will have access to the tribune.
You will see the riders arrive with pride on what some call the world’s most beautiful Avenue.
They will have completed what is arguably the world’s toughest professional bike race. The overall ranking is usually settled before the final stage so the racing is more for glory and to settle the Sprinter’s competition if it is close. Yet even with the celebrations, the race is for real, and in the heart of Paris, surrounded by historic monuments and buildings, this is a wonderful show and a spectacle worth seeing.
In the evening, you will be free to dine out at your convenience to celebrate the greatest cycling race.
Day 10: Monday, July 29th
This last morning, you will enjoy breakfast with a multitude of images in your mind. Not only will you have your own accomplishments to be proud of, but you will have the memories of remarkable athletes, the spectacle of the Tour, and a taste of France.
Afterwards, it will be time to say goodbye to this year’s Tour. Your guides will be available to help you, should you have any question or request, and to wish you a nice trip back home. Alternatively, if you’d like to enjoy Paris just a little longer, we will be happy to make arrangements for you.
Thank you for choosing Ronan Pensec Travel! We wish you a pleasant and safe journey home.
The price includes:
- Accommodation for 9 nights in 3 star hotels: double/twin rooms with private bathroom including WC, a tub and/or shower
- 9 breakfasts and 7 dinners (drinks: wine and water included for each dinner)
- 2 Spanish-speaking and certified support riders who will accompany the group during the whole trip
- 1 mini-van with driver for the non-cyclists
- Accident and repatriation insurance
- Daily travel in luxury private coach
- Daily luggage transportation
- Flight from Lyon to Paris on Day 8
- Access to the grandstand on the Champs Elysées
- Special bikes’ trailer for the safe transport of your bikes
- Ronan Pensec Travel road book with detailed maps and daily stage routes
- Ronan Pensec Travel backpack with cycling jersey made by Castelli and travel t-shirt
- Local Taxes
The price does not include:
- Your journey to/from France.
- Cancellation, theft of material and luggage insurances
- Lunches, Dinners on day 8 and 9
- Personal expenses, aperitifs
- Dinner-show at Lido
- Deposit to secure this tour: 35 % of the total amount.
- Outstanding balance due between May 1st and May 15th 2019.
- For payment by installments, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Optional (Saturday night):
Why not take advantage of your presence in the “City of Lights” to go to a “must see” in Paris: a dinner show at the famous cabaret Lido. Dinner will be at 7:00pm and the show will start at 9:00pm.
Located on the prestigious avenue des Champs Elysées, the Lido has been a venue for the finest show since 1946 and has welcomed the greatest artists such as Elvis Presley, Shirley MacLaine or Elton John.
We offer you to attend an unforgettable 3 hours long champagne dinner show with 42 dances, 23 sets, hundreds of sumptuous costumes and breathtaking scenes.
After the show, around 11:00pm, the night will be yours again.
Cost per person: 195€pp
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