Tour de France: Cycle Tour Package 2019 – Last 10 Days
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: €4 530 Single Room, €3 770/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 Carpentras: 93 km (57,78miles) / 1 h
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 Safari in Carpentras
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 Safari in Carpentras (http://www.safarihotel.fr/en/).
Carpentras is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. It stands on the banks of the Auzon. As capital of the Comtat Venaissin, it was frequently the residence of the Avignon popes; the Papal States retained possession of the Venaissin until the French Revolution. Nowadays, Carpentras is a commercial center for Comtat Venaissin and is famous for the black truffle markets held from winter to early spring.
Enter the happy environment of the Safari in Carpentras and experience the wonderful light of Provence. With fresh talent running the show, this young and dynamic family hotel is ideal for any type of holiday, from gourmet break with the restaurant to a relaxing break with the bar, pool and spa. The 29 rooms invite you to discover a more gentle pace of life. Decorated with bespoke furniture and contemporary layout, mixing soft light with harmonious colour and quality fabrics, all rooms are equipped with flat-screen satellite TV (including 5 foreign channels in English, German and Spanish), as well as free WiFi.
Ideally located at the foot of Mont Ventoux and at the heart of the Vaucluse, the Safari Hotel is only 5 minutes from Carpentras’s town center.
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: 4* Hôtel Entraigues in Uzès 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 Entraigues in Uzès.
Bedoin – Uzès: 78, 2 km (48.46 miles): 1 h 15 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.
Nestled in the heart of the historic center of Uzès, the Hotel Entraigues (https://www.hotel-entraigues.com/en/homeen/) will be your home for the next days. Well known to residents of Uzès, this former town mansion was built in the 15th century and remodeled in the 17th century. Acquired in 2013, it has been fully restored to its original condition.
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 Uzès / visit of the teams – Non-cyclists: morning off / visit of the teams
Hotel: 4* Hotel Entraigues in Uzès
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 the “Uzège” and its surroundings. Uzès, a town that has preserved its old medieval center, and the neighboring small towns, all pretty as each other, have in common the love of stone and mastery of the landscape with the vineyard, olive and garrigue that blend perfectly. Not to mention the other common denominator, this is not a cliché but a reality: the sometimes deafening song of cicadas.
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: Cyclists: Ride to the feeding zone / Non-cyclists: Transfer to the feeding zone
Hotel: 4*Hotel Entraigues in Uzès
“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: For our ride today, our destination point will be the feeding station. There you will see the Tour de France staff handing out the “musettes” (bags with the food) to the speeding riders and if you wish, you can take part in the crowd picking up the riders‟ empty bottles. You will also see the publicity caravan passing by and you will be part of this great carnival, at the best spot to live the magic of the Tour de France.
Non cyclists: After breakfast, our minivan will take you to the feeding zone from where we will watch the race.
Once the riders have passed by, we’ll take the direction of the hotel.
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: Access to 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.
Before heading back to the hotel, we will make a stop at a local restaurant in Tignes. This will spare us to stand in the traffic jam on the way down to the valley.
Day 8: Saturday, July 27th
Pro riders: Stage 20, Albertville / Val Thorens (131km / 81,45 miles)
Group: Cyclists & Non-cyclists: Transfer to Paris
Hotel: 4* Hotel Château Frontenac 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. From your hotel you will be in walking distance from the Champs Elysées, the Avenue Montaigne and its numerous jewelers and high fashion stores, the Eiffel Tower and many other signature landmarks.
Lunch and dinner at your convenience!
Optional: Dinner-show at the Lido
In Paris, you will stay at the 4* Château Frontenac on a B&B basis. The hotel is located in what is known as the “Golden Triangle” and is an ideal point from which to make the most of your stay in Paris. You will be in the perfect location to watch the final stage and from there you will have easy access to all major interests in Paris. Although the hotel is located in a quiet neighborhood, you will be in the heart of the action.
The Château Frontenac regained its just luxury and elegance in 2009. This rich Haussmannian residence, which was made into a hotel in the 1920s, has had its Art Deco chic appropriately restored, in remembrance of Les Années Folles.
Somewhere between a luxury hotel and a charming residence, Château Frontenac revisits the Art of Living in Paris – a blend of modernism and tradition, classicism and creativity.
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: 4* Hotel Château Frontenac 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 and 4 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)
- 3 English-speaking and certified support riders who will accompany the group during the whole trip
- 1 mini-van with driver for the non-cyclists
- 1 support vehicle with 1 RPT professionally trained mechanic and 1 coach driver
- 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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