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The Alps Part 2

18th to 22nd July 2017

On this official Tour de France tour you will see the final mountain stages in the Alps of the 2017 Tour de France. Exclusive Tour de France hospitality is included in this tour and both cyclists and spectators are welcome.

Watch the final of the 2017 Tour de France unfold on the mountain roads of the Alps. This is a fully supported tour to ride and watch the 2017 Tour de France as the riders tackle some very tough stages in the Alps.

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 and the Col du Galibier.

Running from Saturday July 1st to Sunday July 23rd 2017, the 104th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,516 kilometres. The Tour will visit France’s main mountain ranges; the Vosges, Jura, Pyrenees, Massif Central and the Alps. We will join the 2017 Tour de France as the riders come into the Southern French alps.

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.

Bike rental:
If you don’t want to travel with your own bike, why not make use of our bike rental option? We have Trek bikes available with either Shimano 105 or Ultegra groupset for rental for the duration of our tour. The bikes will be fitted on arrival in Paris and then collected back from you at the end of the tour.

The 2017 Etape du Tour....
Just ahead of this tour, the 2017 Etape du Tour takes place in Briancon 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 give you the option to join us on July 15th and you will spend 3 nights there before we move onto our next stop in Embrun to join up with the rest of our group.
More information on our travel and support packages for the Etape du Tour can be found here.

About the Hotel...

*** Les Bartavelles Hotel Embrun:
Hotel Les Bartavelles is located on the edge of Embrun, a short walk from Lake Serre-Poncon.  This 3-star Spa Hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, and a hammam, sauna and spa are available at an extra cost.

The bright and modern hotel’s rooms feature parquet floor and floor-to-ceiling windows. They all have an en suite bathroom with bathtub or shower, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.

Every morning, a continental breakfast is served as a buffet. There is a restaurant on site serving French cuisine and offering a large selection of wines.

The Serre Chevalier valley is about 15 kilometres long and runs from Monetier Les Bains at the foot of the Col du Galibier and Col du Lautaret on one side to Briancon at the foot of the Col d’Izoard on the other side. Following the valley from Monetier to Briancon you will first come to the village of La Salle Les Alpes (also called Villeneuve) and then to Chantemerle (also called Saint Chaffrey) before reaching Briancon.

Tuesday July 18th – Arrival day:
Ahead of the Tour de France’s visit of the Southern French Alps, we will provide airport transfers from Turin airport today at 12.00 and 19.00 for you and your bike. We will stay the next 4 nights at the Hotel&Spa Les Bartavelles in Embrun which is enjoys a fabulous location in Embrun and is very well located near the 3 Alpine stages. We will have the evening meal at the hotel tonight. Breakfasts and evening meals are included.

Wednesday July 19th – La Mure to La Salle Les Alpes:
There are two big, well-known climbs on the programme today. From La Mure, 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.

Today we will go on the tour bus and we will go to the finish of today’s stage in La Salle Les Alpes which is about 60km from the hotel. Here we will have finish hospitality called ‘Izoard’ hospitality area.

The riders in the group have 2 options today:

  1. Ride straight from the hotel in Embrun to La Salle Les Alpes across the Col d’Izoard. We will offer the option to ride out from the hotel for a 75km ride
  2. Take the bus to La Salle les Alpes with us and ride from there up to the Col d’Izoard (about 25km with 1200 metres of climbing) and see the riders come past up there (you will miss Izoard hospitality if you do this)

Izoard finishline hospitality in La Salle Les Alpes (Serre Chevalier/ Villeneuve):
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 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 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.

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 Embrun, spectators can come on the tour bus to the town of Guillestre and  walk onto the lower slopes of the Izoard or Col de Vars to watch the riders start or finish the climbs.

Friday July 21st – Embrun to Salon de Provence:
As the stage start today is actually in Embrun itself, we are in the ideal place to see the build up to the start and get a great position to see the riders set off for today’s stage.

Saturday July 22nd – Departure day:
After breakfast we will leave Embrun. We offer transfers from the hotel to Turin Airport after breakfast at 08.00. We expect the transfer to take about 3 hours so please book flights which depart after 13.00.


£1179 per person, based on two sharing a room
£199 single supplement
£ deposit is required at the time of booking

What’s included:

  • 4 nights at the 3 star Hotel Bartavelles in Embrun on half board basis
  • 4 breakfasts and evening meals
  • The 2017 Tour de France road book and merchandise pack
  • Exclusive Tour de France VIP access; Izoard finish hospitality – 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 Turin and in-resort transport to and from the stages
  • Guided riding options
  • 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 hotel
  • A comprehensive itinerary
  • All hotel taxes

Also available:

  • Etape du Tour entry – £75
  • Sports travel insurance. Please visit our insurance page
  • Bike rental – £199 for a Trek Carbon bike with Shimano 105 and £249 for Shimano Ultegra – More information here

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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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