Tour de France: Cycle Tour Package 2020 – Last 10 Days
Program Category: Cycling/Non-Cycling
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Dates: 07/11/2020 – 07/20/2020
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: Geneva Airport (CH)- Paris (F)
Tour de France Viewings: 4
Rates: €3 470 Single Room, €2 985/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 11th until July 20th will take you the last mountain stages and the finish on the Champs Elysées in Paris.
Join us on the 107th 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
- Spend several nights in the same hotel = less transfers
- Make new friendships within your group
- Finish the week off on the famous Champs Elysées in Paris
The highlights of the package
- Climb the Col de Grand Colombier, Col de la Loze and Plateau des Glières
- Ride on the picturesque routes of the Alps
- Attend finish stage 15: Grand Colombier
- Attend start stage 16 : La Tour du Pin
- Attend finish stage 17: Méribel
- Watch the spectacle of the Publicity Caravan
- Attend the finish in Paris on the Champs Elysées
Please arrange your flights into the following airport: Geneva Airport
Geneva airport to Aix les Bains: 74 km (45,98 miles) / 50 min
The stages you will see:
Sunday, July 12th:
Stage 15: Lyon / Grand Colombier = 175 km (108.74 miles)
Tuesday July 14th:
Stage 16: La Tour du Pin / Villard de Lans = 164km (101.90 miles)
Wednesday, July 15th:
Stage 17: Grenoble / Méribel Col de la Loze = 168 km (104.39 miles)
Sunday July 19th:
Stage 21: Mantes la Jolie / Paris Champs Elysées = 122 km (75.80 miles)
Day 1: Saturday, July 11th
Pro Riders: Stage 14, Clermont Ferrand / Lyon (197 km / 122,41 miles).
Group: Arrival at Geneva airport and transfer to your hotel.
Hotel: 3* Hotel Ibis Styles Domaine de Marlioz in Aix les Bains
Bienvenue en France!
Our guide will meet you in Geneva 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 Ibis Styles Domaine de Marlioz in Aix les Bains.
Aix-les-Bains, locally simply Aix, is a town situated on the shore of the largest natural lake of glacial origin in France, the Lac du Bourget. This resort is a major French spa town, and has the largest freshwater marina in France. It is the second-largest Savoy town in terms of population, having 28,585 inhabitants at the last census, and is part of its own urban area: The urban area of Aix-les-Bains.
A leading town of the Belle Époque, of international renown, Aix-les-Bains was a vacation destination for nobility and the wealthy. Although the thermal baths are no longer the main attraction in Aix, the area continues to be draw visitors for water sports and activities.
Situated in 10ha Domaine de Marlioz Park between lake & mountains, Ibis Styles Aix-les-Bains is ideal for exploring the Savoy region.
The spa centre has an indoor swimming pool, hammam and sauna for adults and children over 16 years.
Day 2: Sunday, July 12th
Pro Riders: Stage 15, Lyon / Grand Colombier (175km / 108,74 miles)
Group: Cyclists: ride the last kms to the finish / Non-cyclists: Attend the race in Culoz
Hotel: 3* Hôtel Ibis Styles Domaine de Marlioz in Aix les Bains for 3 nights
Cyclists: For your first ride, you will leave the hotel by bike and head for the route of the race from where we will head to the finish of the stage. We will ride approximately 60 kms and, if necessary, we will split off into two groups of different ability levels for each day. Each group will be accompanied by a staff rider and a back-up vehicle with a technician and supplies (food and drink).
Non cyclists: After breakfast, our minivan will take you to Culoz, the village at the foot of Grand Colombier. From there you will stroll in the direction of the Col du Grand Colombier and find a good spot on the side of the road to watch the publicity caravan and the riders pass you by… as close as you could have imagined only in your dreams…
Day 3: Monday, July 13th
Pro Riders: Rest day in Isère
Group: Cyclists: cycling ride in & around Aix les Bains / visit of the teams’ hotels (TBC) – Non-cyclists: morning off / visit of the teams’ hotels (TBC)
Hotel: 3* Hotel Ibis Styles Domaine de Marlioz in Aix les Bains
Cyclists: After breakfast, it will be time for a short cycling outing. You will leave the hotel by to discover Aix les Bains and its surroundings.
A breathtaking view of Lake Le Bourget, a welcoming and sunny town… Aix-les-Bains knows how to delight its guests thanks to its exceptional natural environment with Lake Le Bourget as a backdrop.
Non cyclists: You will have the morning off to relax at the hotel. The 500 m² wellness centre of the hotel provides numerous balneotherapy facilities in a soothing setting that opens onto the outside world through large bay windows overlooking the garden. The spa offers a beautiful card of wraps, massages, etc… in addition to the wellness and cure packages.
Lunch at the hotel (at your expense)
To be confirmed: depending on where the teams will be hosted, we will take you to visit them at their hotel as the riders relax on their well-deserved second rest day. 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.
Day 4: Tuesday, July 14th
Pro riders: La Tour du Pin / Villard de Lans (164km – 101,90 miles)
Group: Access to the start
Hotel: 3*Hotel Radiana in La Léchère
“La Chartreuse area could inspire the many breakaway experts if they feel ready enough to battle it out on the climb up the Col de Porte. The mountains of Vercors also offer all the ingredients of a tricky stage. A similar cocktail to the one offered in Villard-de-Lans in 1987 that had left a bad taste in the mouth of Jean-Francçois Bernard.” Christian Prudhomme’s comment
Cyclists: After breakfast, you will leave the hotel by bus to head for the stage’s start in La Tour du Pin. 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.
Non cyclists: Our bus will drive you from the hotel to the start of the stage.
Once the riders have passed by, we’ll take the direction of our next hotel.
The 3 * hotel Le Radiana 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 5: Wednesday, July 15th
Pro riders: Grenoble / Méribel – Col de la Loze (168km – 104,39 miles)
Group: Cyclists & Non-cyclists: Access to the finisn in Méribel
Hotel: 2* Hotel Les Glaïeuls in Le Grand Bornand for 3 nights
“Only a great champion will be able to win at the Col de la Loze! The stage profile invites the favourites of the Tour to be audacious. They don’t yet know the road that will take them on that day to the Col de la Madeleine and have no idea of what to expect once in the resort of Méribel. They’ll still have an extra 7 irregular kilometers to climb with several passages at over 20%” – Christian Prudhomme
Cyclists: Our destination today will be the finish zone of the stage. After breakfast, you will leave the hotel by bike to head for Méribel until the finish at the Col de la Loze. Just as a few days ago at the Col du Grand Colombier, you will be encouraged by all the spectators waiting for the pros to pass by.
Non-cyclists: our bus will take you as close as possible to the finish.
After the finish, we will head to our new hotel in Le Grand Bornand.
The hotel Les Glaïeuls in Le Grand Bornand is ideally located, less than 5 minutes walking from downtown, at the foot of the telecabine. It is the perfect base to engage in many outdoor activities.
The rooms offer Mountain View or village view according their exposure.
Enjoy leisurely the chalet atmosphere of the lounge, with its fireplace and velvet chairs.
And enjoy our fine and family cooking, based on regional and seasonal products!
Day 6: Thursday, July 16th
Pro riders: Stage 18: Méribel / La Roche sur Foron (168 km / 104,39 miles)
Group: Cyclists: Climb the Plateau des Glières / RPT Private viewing station / Non-cyclists: RPT Private viewing station at Plateau des Glières
Hotel: 2* Les Glaïeuls in Le Grand Bornand
Cyclists: Today will be another challenging ride; you will be able to compare yourself to the pro riders. We will leave the hotel by bike after breakfast to get to Plateau des Glières.
Once at the top, cyclists and non-cyclists will meet at our private viewing station. In order to make the most of this day, we will secure a place at a strategic point to set up our Ronan Pensec Travel tents. There, you will be able to relax after today’s ride and enjoy some food and drinks while waiting for the pros to pass by.
Day 7: Friday, July 17th
Pro riders: Stage 19: Bourg en Bresse / Champagnole (160 km / 99,42 miles)
Group: Cyclists : Ride around the Lake Annecy
Hotel: 2* Hotel Les Glaïeuls in Le Grand Bornand
“Two days before the end of the race, the title and podium contenders might have the freedom to start focusing on the challenge that awaits the following day. It’ll therefore be up to the sprinters having survived the Alps to seize this opportunity to shine. The finish is really made for strong men.” – Christian Prudhomme
Cyclists: Today we will take it easy and explore the area around the Lake of Annecy.
Non-cyclists: Day off in Le Grand Bornand
Day 8: Saturday, July 18th
Pro riders: Stage 20, Lure / La Planche des Belles Filles (36km / 22,37 miles)
Group: Cyclists & Non-cyclists: Transfer to Paris
Hotel: 3* Ibis Paris Bercy Village in Paris for two nights
Cyclists & Non-cyclists: After a good night rest, we will take the direction Geneva International airport to board a flight to Paris. Your guide will accompany you from Paris airport to your next hotel.
You will have the rest of the day off to enjoy Paris on your own.
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 19th
Pro riders: Stage 21, Mantes la Jolie / 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
“Emotions run high on the final stage of the Tour. Light hearted in the first part of the race when time has come to celebrate and congratulate one another with sometimes a sip of champagne. Then comes the pleasure of re-discovering every year the Ile de France area and Paris of course. Finally there are the shivers; the flower bouquet on the Champs-Elysées indeed remains one of the most coveted on the sprinting planet. Unless…” – 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 2 and 3 star hotels: single or double/twin rooms with private bathroom including WC, a tub and/or shower
- 9 breakfast and 7 dinners (drinks: wine and water included for each dinner
- English/Spanish-speaking and certified support riders who will accompany the group during the whole trip
- 1 minivan 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 Geneva 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 RPT cycling jersey made by Castelli and 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 2020.
- 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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