Tour de France Cycling Tour – Day by Day

Our initial package details based on the announcement of the 2019 Tour de France route.

1: Arrival day

Day 114 JulySunday/Dimanche

Collection to begin your Tour de France adventure at 2pm from Beziers town, Airport or Train Station. Beziers is one of France’s oldest cities. We then travel north through the picturesque villages and vineyards of the Occitanie region before climbing up onto the Massif Central plateau to a beautiful traditional stone village near Millau; your accommodation for the next 3 nights. Don’t forget to bring your swimmers for a dip in the pool. We will then get you set up on your VeloRoo performance Cannondale road bike.

Please contact us for assistance with travels arrangements into Beziers. We will be able to confirm the best possible arrival times for your trip (direct TGV possible from Paris or Barcelona).

Tonight we enjoy a welcome drink on the terrace and delicious dinner in the gardens of your hotel.

Included meals: dinner

2: Our 1st Tour de France Stage 10 Saint Flour – Albi

Day 215 JulyMonday/Lundi
50 - 100km (2 ride options) Distance ride

Today is our first LIVE Tour de France 2019 stage on the 2019 Tour de France Cycling Tour!

The best TdF stage days are about so much more than just watching the riders zoom past. Riding a section of the days Stage in advance of the riders is an absolute thrill. The local French people know how to make a day of Le Tour passing through their region. 

We will have 2 ride distances available today. Both will join together for our spot on the stage route.

Before the pro cyclists arrive, we get crazy with the Tour de France publicity caravan. This zany prelude of vehicles and rolling carnival atmosphere has never failed to bring out the inner child in any of the guests on our Tour de France tours! 

With the caravan past, we have the thrill and anticipation of seeing the pro’s in action! Is there a breakaway? How many are in it? Who are they? What gap do they have? 

Dinner in the gardens of your hotel.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3: World famous mega structure - Millau Viaduct

Day 316 JulyTuesday/Mardi
50 - 100km (2 ride options) Distance ride

Just like the pro’s, today we have a break from Le Tour and take our own ride out alongside the winding and spectacular gorges of the Tarn, famous for dramatic sandstone cliffs created over many millennia by the rivers we ride along. 

Our route passes under France’s modern megastructure, the Millau Viaduct, offering a unique perspective of its construction, whose highest pier is taller than the Eiffel Tower.

Our return ride to our hotel gives you one more opportunity to gaze in awe of the viaducts engineering feat.

Dinner in the gardens of your hotel.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4: Tour de France Stage 11 Albi - Toulouse

Day 417 JulyWednesday/Mercredi

With a break off your bike, we go to the birth place of the famed French artist Toulouse-Lautrec. Here we get to experience the excitement and build up of a stage start in the beautiful town of Albi. Watch the Tour de France riders roll in and prepare themselves for their day in the saddle. A great day for both cyclists and non-cyclists to enjoy the carnival atmosphere of the 2019 Tour de France.

After enjoying the day in Albi we transfer to your base in the Pyrenees, Luz Saint Sauveur, for the next 5 nights.

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

5: Col du Tourmalet

Day 518 JulyThursday/Jeudi
53km Distance ride
2150m Accumulated elevation

So many stories have been written about the “grand daddy” of climbs, and today you scribe your own page into the history books of the Tourmalet.

“Assassins” is what Octave Lapize shouted at the Tour de France organisers on the first Tour de France crossing of the Tourmalet in 1910. It is he who is immortalised as the “Geant du Tourmalet”, welcoming you at the summit. Today’s ride will give you a first hand experience of what the riders will be tackling in just 2 days time. And with only 2 days to go to a summit finish the slopes will be a buzz with the camping cars setting up their top spot for the day. There is always a lot of enthusiastic interaction with the spectators lining the road as we ride past. 

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6: Tour de France Stage 13 Pau - Individual Time Trial

Day 619 JulyFriday/Vendredi

Today is your rest day off the bike and we visit a city that features consistently on the Tour de France, Pau. Today there is the individual time trial. A chance to see multiple riders testing their skills on the fast short course.

A great atmosphere for both cyclists and non-cyclists to be a part of.

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

7: Tour de France Stage 14 Tarbes - Col du Tourmalet

Day 720 JulySaturday/Samedi

What a day! Today’s Tour de France 2019 stage will pass right through our village base of Luz Saint Sauveur on its way to a summit finish on the fearsome Col du Tourmalet.

You can choose to climb the Col and find yourself a spot for the stage or have a more relaxed start to the day and base yourself in our village to watch the publicity caravan pass before the riders sweep through and start their climb. It’s sure to be a super exciting day for cyclists and non-cyclists alike! 

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

8: The most incredible climb you have never heard of but will never forget!

Day 821 JulySunday/Dimanche
60 Distance ride
1840 Accumulated elevation

For your last day in the saddle, we will enjoy our own cycling challenge; an out and back route favoured by the local French cycling community.

Departing from our base, our handlebars are pointed in the direction of the Spanish border to a region listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After passing Pont Napoleon we steadily climb along the base of the gorge; its tumbling river full of massive rocks, a testimony to the dramatic natural forces of harsh winters and warm summers.

Once past a couple of delightful mountain villages, our hill climb starts in earnest; a sinuous climb on good road surfaces. The higher we climb the more open the terrain as we cross through alpine pastoral zones. The average gradient here kicks up to 8%, with regular pinches above 10%. 

If we are lucky we may get to spot some of the famous Marmotts basking in the sun.  

Col des Tentes is simply the most incredible climb you have never heard of, but will never forget!

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

9: Departure Day

Day 922 JulyMonday/Lundi

Departure day. After breakfast we say au revoir to all of our new friends discovered on your 2019 Tour de France Cycling Tour.

Transfers are to Lourdes train station. Please contact us for help with booking your best onward travel. For example there is a direct morning TGV (fast train) to Paris via Bordeaux. 

Included meals: breakfast

Ready to ride? VeloRoo can make your dream escape a reality from

AUD $4885

per person twin share

Single supplement additional AUD $645

Tour de France Cycling Tour

A word from our clients

Don’t take our word for it - discover why our cycling adventurists have fallen in love with the Occitanie Region of Southern France and the VeloRoo way.

For us, the tour was a perfect balance of challenging cycling in spectacular scenery and enjoying the local sights, delicious food and wine. Steve and Julia went 'above-and -beyond' to tailor the tour to the needs and interests of our group which included spending an extra day before the tour to ride around their home village of St Genies de Fontedit. Steve was a friendly, hospitable and enthusiastic cycling guide and Julia was superbly reliable and organised - always in the right place at the right time in the support van with refreshments, extra jackets (or a lift home).
We would highly recommend VeloRoo for a cycling holiday!Took Iconic Climbs Pyrénées Challenge in June 2017
Best Part of Our Trip. I am not a big reviewer of organizations, esp if they are not five stars. In this case, writing a favorable review may not just be a nice thing to do but mandatory. Any of you out there who enjoy riding, amiable company, and crazy beautiful French countryside need to cycle with Steve. While there were many things about our trip that were fantastic (it is France, after all), our half-day ride with VeloRoo made the top of the list of things to do -- and do again, I hope.Took Guided Day Rides in France in Aug 2017