We are thrilled to offer an action packed tour including so many famous French and TdF icons
20th – 28th July 2018 Tour de France Cycling Tour
Inclusions & Highlights
- 4 live Stages of the explosive final week of the TdF
- 6 Guided ride days with support vehicle
- Visit the World Mega Structure, the Millau Viaduct
- Spend a day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage city of Carcassonne
- Iconic Pyrenees climbs
- Performance road bike hire Cannondale CAAD 12
- VeloRoo Cycling Kit (shorts / jersey / gloves)
- 8 nights accommodation twin share (single supp available)
- Transfers from designated arrival and departure locations
- all breakfasts and ride snacks
- all lunches & dinners except Rest Day in Carcassonne
- Cycling kits washed daily
- small group size allowing personal service
- Non-cycling partners welcome – loads of daily options available
- Tour de France memories to last a lifetime!
AUD$4350 per person twin share
(Non- cycling partners AUD$3698)
Our 2018 Tour de France Cycling Tour is all inclusive (except lunch & dinner on the Carcassonne Rest Day) – even including performance road bike hire. No need to lug your bike on the rest of your European holiday.
For Non-Cycling partners this tour is ideal. You get to catch some Stages of the TdF as well as seeing iconic French landmarks such as the Millau Viaduct and Carcassonne, the medieval walled village, which is on everyones tick list of Must See France! Whilst in the Pyrenees, for a change of pace, you could choose to spend the day at one of the local spas getting pampered.
Itinerary Overview for 2018 Tour de France Cycling Tour
Friday 20th July – arrival day
Collect at 2pm from Beziers Airport or Train Station (direct TGV possible from Paris or Barcelona). (Assistance with travels arrangements available) Transfers to our 3 star accommodation with a pool for the next 2 nights in a beautiful stone Cevennes village near Millau.
- Bike set up on your VeloRoo performance road bike – Cannondale CAAD 12
- Welcome dinner for your 2018 Tour de France Cycling Tour
Saturday 21st July – visit the world famous mega structure – Millau ViaductTodays ride heads out along the Tarn river exploring the spectacular Tarn Gorge with its dramatic sandstone cliffs and a coffee stop in a village made famous by the book “The Rider”. Our planned route passes under the Millau Viaduct giving us a unique perspective of its amazing structure, whose highest pier is taller than the Eiffel Tower. After lunch we visit the Millau Viaduct visitor centre and discover more about this modern icon.
- Millau Viaduct
- Tarn Gorge
- approx 110km ride with 1100m elevation gain
Sunday 22nd July – our 1st TdF stage Millau – CarcassonneToday is our first LIVE Tour de France stage on the 2018 Tour de France Cycling Tour! Our route takes in the fun of riding a section of the Stage before watching the publicity caravan pass with all it’s crazy vehicles. Finally we have the thrill and excitement of seeing the pro’s in action! After experiencing your first exciting Tour de France stage we transfer onto Carcassonne where we will spend the next 2 nights in your 3 star air conditioned hotel with pool and views of the medieval city walls.
- Tour de France Stage 15 action
- ride a section of the stage route
Monday 23rd July – Rest Day in the UNESCO city of CarcassonneAs the Pro’s take a well earned Rest Day, our perfectly positioned hotel, just 30m from the entrance to the medieval walled city, offers many options for you to explore Carcassonne.
Tuesday 24th July – TdF Stage Carcassonne – Bagneres de LuchonToday’s route takes us through the undulating sunflower and vineyard countryside around Carcassonne along part of the route the Pro’s will take later in the day. Returning in time to enjoy the carnival atmosphere of a Stage start.
We then transfer to our base in the Pyrenees for the next 4 nights.
- local ride
- Tour de France Stage 16 – start
Wednesday 25th July – TdF Stage Bagneres de Luchon – Saint Lary SoulanAfter a transfer to our ride start, today you will challenge yourself on the spectacular final climb to the finish at Col de Portet. Go as high as you dare! The finish line tops out at 2215m and this is the first time Col de Portet has featured in the TdF.
- Tour de France Stage 17 action – mountain finish!
- Breathtaking scenery
Thursday 26th July – the most incredible climb you have never heard of but will never forget!We have a break from the Tour today to do our own challenge. Todays ride is in the direction of the Spanish border and a region listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The steady climbing route takes us along the gorge, it’s river full of massive rocks. Once through a couple of delightful mountain villages, our climb starts in earnest. A sinuous climb on good road surfaces, the higher we climb the more open the terrain, the average gradient kicks up to 8%. Col des Tentes is simply the most incredible climb you have never heard of but will never forget!
- World Heritage listed are of Gavarnie
- Col de Tentes – 60km return – Elev gain 1840m -Max elev 2210m – 30km at av 5%
Friday 27th July – TdF Stage Lourdes – LarunsToday’s Tour de France stage will pass through our village base of Luz Saint Sauveur after summiting the Col du Tourmalet. From our previous tours here we know the best vantage points to watch the Pro’s climb what is, the “big daddy” of the TdF. We can then return to our village to watch the finish action on TV.
- Tour de France Stage 19 live action
- the Iconic Col du Tourmalet
Saturday 28th July – Departure DayDeparture day. After breakfast we say au revoir to all of our new friends discovered on your 2018 Tour de France Cycling Tour. Transfers are to Lourdes train station. And if you are keen – You still have time to get to Paris to watch Sunday’s finish!
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time riding and touring France with the VeloRoo team! We had opportunities to ride some magical climbs such as Mont Ventoux and chased the Tour over four stages getting up close to the pros, which were my main objectives for the trip. The bonus though was the wonderful mix of people I got to meet and have laughs with, across all levels of cycling ability, including non-riders. I highly recommend Steve, Julia to give you memories to last a lifetime. They certainly live up to their mantra of “Live, Laugh, Ride”.” 2016 TdF, Eddie , Australia