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All the Mountain Stages and Paris Finale

11th to 24th July 2017

On this official Tour de France tour you will start and finish in Paris and you will see all the mountain stages of the 2017 Tour de France in the Pyrenees followed by the Alpine finale and the deciding Time Trial in Marseille. Exclusive Tour de France hospitality is included in this tour and both cyclists and spectators are welcome. We also offer the option to stay in Grenoble or to stay in Serre Chevalier to ride the Etape du Tour. (Contact our office if you wish to do this to check availability).

Watch the story of the 2017 Tour de France unfold on the mountain roads of the Pyrenees and the Alps and the streets of Marseille. This is a fully supported tour to ride and watch the 2017 Tour de France before seeing the winner being crowned on the final day in Paris. Spectators and cyclists will enjoy VIP hospitality on some of the mountain stages and cyclists will like the opportunity to tackle famous Tour de France climbs like the Col d’Izoard, Peyresourde, Alpe d’Huez and the Col du Galibier.

Transport:
You will take the TGV from Paris to the Pyrenees on arrival and then back to Paris from Marseille. Your tour vehicle will have a bike trailer especially designed to transport bikes fully assembled and there is also one of our customised minibuses on hand as a support vehicle for the various guided rides that we offer during the tour. Riders and spectators are welcome as we will offer a daily programme for both.

The 2017 Etape du Tour:
We will be staying in Grenoble when the Etape du Tour is taking place on Sunday July 16th. This is your opportunity to ride the stage from Briancon to the Col d’Izoard on 100% closed roads.
If you would like to ride the Etape du Tour, we will take you to Briancon on July 15th and spend 3 nights there before we move onto our next stop in Guillestre with the rest of our group.
(Contact our office if you wish to do this to check availability).

More information on our travel and support packages for the Etape du Tour can be found here.

Like last year the 2017 Tour de France will visit the Pyrenees. There will be an arrival in Pau before 2 mountain stages and a start from Toulouse Blagnac. The Pyrenean stages are likely to provide us with the first sort out of the General Classification. After the Pyrenees we will make our way to Grenoble from where we will visit Alpe d’Huez to ride this fantastic climb. The decisive Alpine stages take place in the Southern French Alps so we’ll be staying in Guillestre in the heart of all the action before moving onto Marseille for the final individual time trial. Our tour finishes in Paris on the Champs Elysees with the amazing scenes of the arrival of the riders of the Tour de France.

About the Hotels...

**** Hotel Mercure Porte de Versailles:
Located just behind the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, within walking distance of the main hall and of the Metro station, Mercure Paris Porte De Versailles Expo offers a restaurant, Le Millésime, and a bar.

Mercure Paris Porte de Versailles Expo hotel rooms all include a private bathroom, air conditioning and satellite TV.

 

*** Angleterre Hotel Grenoble:
Hotel Angleterre in Grenoble is a traditional 3-star hotel right in the centre of the city.

Recently refurbished, but still with a vintage style, all rooms have free WiFi, flatscreen TV with 30+ channels, air conditioning, safe & hairdryer.

**** New Hotel Marseille:
New Hotel in Marseille is in an excellent location just next to the Old Port, close to all the sights of this historic city.  This 4-star hotel is set in a 19th century building, but decorated in a contemporary style.

The hotel has a swimming pool for relaxing in the evening, as well as an on-site art gallery.

All rooms come with free wifi, air conditioning, flat screen TV LCD, mini bar, Nespresso machine (payable locally), safe-deposit box, hairdryer, and L’Occitane toiletries.

*** Hotel Les Barnieres in Guillestre:
The 3-star Hotel Barnieres is located near the centre of Guillestre. Les Barnieres has an outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court and a terrace with panoramic mountain views. It also has a bar and an on-site restaurant.

All of the rooms at Hotel Restaurant Les Barnieres have mountain views and a flat-screen TV. Each room also includes a private bathroom with a bath. A buffet breakfast with hot drinks, jams, ham and cereals is served daily in the communal lounge. The hotel’s restaurant offers traditional dishes from the region for lunch and dinner. Free Wi-Fi is provided in public areas.

*** Carre Py’ Hotel Bagneres-de-Bigorre:
The 3-star Carré Py’ Hotel is ideally located in the Pyrenean resort of Bagneres-de-Bigorre, opposite the Pic du Midi mountain, in a large majestic park.

All rooms are equipped with flat screen TV and have free Wi-Fi. The bathrooms have showers and private toilets, hairdryers and welcome gifts. All rooms have spectacular views of either the mountain or the countryside.

In the morning, a continental buffet breakfast is served in a cosy dining room with its own fireplace. It is also possible to have breakfast in the garden with views of the Pic du Midi. Evening meals will be served in the hotel’s restaurant.

Tuesday July 11th – Arrival day:
Please arrange your own flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle. We will collect you from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 10:00hrs & 17:00hrs for transport to our hotel, the Hotel Mercure Porte de Versailles EXPO. We will spend 1 night in Paris on bed & buffet breakfast basis.

We have arranged for you to keep your bike boxes at the hotel for the duration of the trip so all bikes will be transported fully assembled on our special bike trailer throughout the Tour.

This evening we will take the opportunity to go through the programme of the 2017 Tour de France tour to come. This is also a good opportunity to get to know your fellow group members. Check-in is available from 14:00 and checking out is at 11:00

Bike rental – If you have booked a bike with us then it will be available for you tonight.

Wednesday July 12th – Travel to Bagnères-de-Bigorre:

Our itinerary:
We will make our way to Bagnères-de-Bigorre from Paris by TGV. Your bikes and luggage will go ahead on our tour bus so it is available for you on arrival in Bagnères-de-Bigorre.

This evening we will have our evening meal at the Hotel Carre Py’ in Bagnères-de-Bigorre.

Thursday July 13th – Pau to Peyragudes:
The stage:
The first real Pyrenean mountain stage starts from the city of Pau and takes in  the Col de Menté, followed by the Port de Balès and then the final climb to the ski town of Peyragudes. It is an absolute classic Pyrenean stage.

Our Itinerary:
Our location in Bagneres de Bigorre is excellent for accessing the stage as we are only 50km from Peyragudes.
For the riders there is a guided ride to the finish in Peyragudes today. You will start the ride from the hotel and climb to the summit of the Peyragudes climb before the roads close ahead of the arrival of the riders.
Spectators will go straight to Peyragudes in our vehicle. Cyclists need to leave a change of clothes on the bus as you can’s access the hospitality area in cycling clothes.

Izoard finishline hospitality:
The Tour de France sets up a limited number of areas located on course within the final portion of the stage. These have names like Izoard and Galibier. Access to these areas is usually reserved and by invitation only. You will see famous ex-cyclists, sponsors and team guests. Typically these areas are within 200 metres or so of the finish line. There is also a spectator friendly elevated viewing area. You will be served with drinks and snacks and there is a big screen to watch the LIVE action as it unfolds. After watching the finish, you will celebrate the victory with Champagne.

Friday July 14th – Saint Girons to Foix:
The stage:
A short, sharp stage with lots of action, hopefully.

Our itinerary:
The start is in Saint Girons is about 90km away today. Our destination for both cyclists and spectators today is the Relais Etape.

Relais Etape:
The Relais Etape is a hospitality area which takes the form of a small village in a prime position along the route, just a few kilometres from the finish line of each stage.This inspiring package mirrors the excitement of the race and includes:

  • A clubhouse
  • Welcome aperitif and unlimited buffet
  • Entertainment and live coverage of the race on a giant screen
  • Champagne celebration of the day’s action
  • Tour de France gift

Saturday July 15th – move to Grenoble or Serre Chevalier:
We are moving to Grenoble today so you need to be in reception with your bags and bikes after breakfast so we can load the coach and bike trailer. Your bike will need to packed away as there is no cycling possible today.
After we have seen the start in Toulouse of today’s stage, we will make our way to Grenoble and Hotel Angleterre in the city centre.

Etape du Tour – on request. Contact our office to check availability.
Sports Tours International are the No1 travel partner for the Etape du Tour. This amazing event gives amateur cyclists the opportunity to ride an identical replica of an actual Tour de France stage on 100% closed roads. We will transport you to the Hotel Frejus in Villeneuve, near Briancon where you will stay with breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meals included for the next 3 nights before re-joining the rest of the group in Guillestre. The entry is available at an additional £75.

Please refer to the Etape du Tour programme on our website for full details of the hotel and the weekend’s itinerary.

Sunday July 16th – Alpe d’Huez day:
Breakfast at the hotel this morning before we take the opportunity to go to Alpe d’Huez today. We will provide a guided ride which finishes in Alpe d’Huez and non-cyclists are welcome to join us or to stay in Grenoble to explore this Alpine town. This evening you are free to explore the city of Grenoble and one of the nearby restaurants.

Monday July 17th – Tour de France rest day:
Breakfast at the hotel this morning before we take the opportunity to go into an undiscovered bit of the Alps today. The Vercors region offers some incredible cycling and is right on Grenoble’s doorstep. This evening you are free to explore the city of Grenoble and one of the nearby restaurants.

Tuesday July 18th – Transfer to Serre Chevalier:
Ahead of the Tour de France’s visit of the Southern French Alps, we make our way to the next stop on our tour, the Hotel Barnieres in Guillestre. The hotel is very well located near the Col d’Izoard and the Col de Vars. As the transfer from Grenoble is about 2.5  hours we will have the opportunity to ride the Col d’Izoard today from Guillestre to Briancon. Riders can leave directly from the hotel whilst spectators will be transported to Briancon which has a very nice old town to visit. We will have the evening meal at the hotel tonight.

Wednesday July 19th – La Mure to La Salle Les Alpes:
There are two big, well-known climbs on the programme today. The Col de la Croix de Fer takes the riders into the Maurienne Valley and the Col du Galibier brings them back out of the valley again and over to the Serre Chevalier valley.

The riders have the option to ride up to the top of the Col du Galibier today and watch the riders come past on top of the climb. We will offer the option to ride out from the hotel for a 70km ride to the top or you can join the spectators as we go to the finish of today’s stage in La Salle Les Alpes which is about 40km from the hotel.

Thursday July 20th – Briancon to Col d’Izoard:

The riders have 2 options today. Either watch the Peloton come past on the Col de Vars or climb up to the Col d’Izoard and be there to watch the finish. As our hotel is in Guillestre, spectators can walk onto the lower slopes of the Izoard or Col de Vars to watch the riders climb.

Friday July 21st – Embrun to Salon de Provence:
After we have loaded up the coach we will go ahead of the riders of the Tour de France in the direction of Salon de Provence, not too far from Marseille. We will park close to the finish and await the arrival of the riders in the Izoard hospitality area.

Izoard finishline hospitality in Salon de Provence:
The Tour de France sets up a limited number of areas located on course within the final portion of the stage. These have names like Izoard and Galibier. Access to these areas is usually reserved and by invitation only. You will see famous ex-cyclists, sponsors and team guests. Typically these areas are within 200 metres or so of the finish line. There is also a spectator friendly elevated viewing area. You will be served with drinks and snacks and there is a big screen to watch the LIVE action as it unfolds.
After watching the finish, you will celebrate the victory with Champagne before moving on for the short distance to Marseille where we will stay the next 2 nights in the city centre, at the Newhotel.

Bikes and luggage...
Our tour vehicle will leave early in the morning tomorrow so tonight we ask you to have your bikes and any luggage you want to send to Paris on the bus. Please just keep what you don’t mind bringing onto the train with you on Sunday.

Saturday July 22nd – Marseille – Marseille – ITT:
For the very first time, Marseille will welcome an individual time-trial. A final opportunity for the General Classification to change. Set entirely on urban roads with a passage on the Corniche and by the Vieux-Port (old harbour), the course will be flat except for a climb up to the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde cathedral. The start and finish will take place inside the legendary Vélodrome football stadium. We can walk to the stage as we are very close to the Vieux Port.

Marseille Izoard hospitality:
The best way to enjoy today’s time trial is the Izoard hospitality area at the finish. You will see all riders finishing so you can keep an eye on the time splits. Watch the race in comfort with the best view and the stage live on TV screens.

Sunday July 23rd – Paris:
After an early breakfast we will leave the hotel for the train station in Marseille. You will take the train up to Paris. It takes 3h20 minutes to get from Marseille to Paris Gare de Lyon. Our tour vehicle will be in situ to meet you on arrival and take you to the Champs Elysees. You will see the final stage, which will be a late afternoon/ evening stage. During this stage it is possible to take advantage of the 2017 Tour de France official hospitality packages. if you book one of these then the ticket will be given to you during the tour.
We will leave you free to make your own arrangements for meals and transport back to the hotel this evening. Our guides will give you exact details on what public transport to take. It’s very straight forward.

Monday July 24th – Departure day:
After breakfast we will leave Paris. We offer transfers from the hotel to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at the following times: 07.30 and 14.00.

 

£2699 per person, based on two sharing a room
£499 single supplement
£780 deposit is required at the time of booking
Etape du Tour entry: £75
£100 per room for 2 – (single room – £95) for extra night in Paris on arrival (Monday July 10th)
£100 per room for 2 – (single room – £95) – for extra night on departure (Monday July 24th)

What’s included:

  • 1 night on arrival and 1 night on departure at the 4 star Mercure Porte Versailles EXPO on B&B basis
  • 3 nights at the 4 star Hotel Miramont in Lourdes on half board basis
  • 3 nights at the 3 star Hotel Angleterre in Grenoble city centre on B&B basis
  • 3 nights at the 3 star Hotel Barnieres in Guillestre at the foot of the Col d’Izoard and the Col de Vars on half board basis
  • 2 nights at the 4 star Newhotel in Marseille city centre near the Vieux Port on B&B basis
  • 13 breakfasts and 6 evening meals (9 evening meals if you take the Etape du our option)
  • The 2017 Tour de France road book and merchandise pack
  • Exclusive Tour de France VIP access; Izoard finish hospitality and Relais Etape experience – Have a look at our videos to see what VIP access is all about
  • Tour vehicle with bike trailer and minibus support vehicle
  • Airport transfers from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport
  • In-resort transport to and from the stages
  • TGV from Paris to Lourdes on arrival and from Marseille to Paris
  • Guided riding day to Alpe d’Huez
  • The services of our team of bike guides and hosts
  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information
  • A safe pair of hands – More information
  • Bike storage at the hotels
  • A luggage room in Paris to store your bike box for the duration of the tour
  • A comprehensive itinerary
  • All hotel taxes

Also available:

  • Etape du Tour entry (Available on request) – £75
  • Sports travel insurance. Please visit our insurance page
  • Bike rental – £399 for a Trek Carbon bike with Shimano 105 and £529 for Shimano Ultegra – More information here
  • Hospitality tickets at the finish on the Champs Elysees in Paris –  hospitality options in Paris

HOW TO BOOK:
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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.

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Important Information:

Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another traveller (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.

General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page.General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.

Travel Insurance:
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in cycling events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.

 

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