ALPS TO PARIS : 10 - 20 July, 2020

 

Tour Itinerary

Friday 10 July 2020 - Arrive in Geneva and welcome
Please make your own way to our hotel in Chambery city centre today. Chambery is very easy to get to and it is served by the TGV from Paris Gare du Nord and Geneva international airport is just over an hour away.
Alternatively, we provide airport transfers today from Geneva Airport at 11.00 and 17.00.


Evening meal is provided at the hotel today. Our staff will be in place to welcome you and to assist you with building bikes.
Anyone who has rented a bike will have it fitted this evening as well.

During our tour, your bikes will be transported fully assembled on the bike trailer of our tour vehicle. During rides, our support minibus will be on hand to assist with drinks, snacks, energy products and mechanical issues. When we move on to the next hotel on our tour, the bikes are loaded on the trailer and do not need to be packed away in bike boxes or bags. Your bike box will be stored and transported by us when we move between hotels.

Saturday 11 July 2020 - Clermont-Ferrand > Lyon - Stage 14 - 197 km - Flat
Today's stage finishes in Lyon so we're not far from the action. As well as this, we'll have our first taste of Tour de France action today with Izoard Finish Hospitality in Lyon.


Guided ride along the Rhone cycle path - 50km from Perouges
The Rhône cycle path is a safe cycle route which takes us from the departments of the Ain to the Isere. We will take you on our tour vehicle to the romantic village of Pérouges which is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in France. Once there, we will offload the bikes and cycle all the way to Lyon. Spectators will continue on our tour vehicle to the finish of today's stage.
You will cycle through little French villages with ancient architecture and on quiet and remote lanes past pre-Alpine meadows and fields back to the river Rhône. We will follow the riverbank along the well-constructed cycle path all the way into the centre of Lyon. Since 1998 Lyon Old town has been part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage scheme.

Izoard finish-line hospitality in Lyon

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 watching the daily podium ceremony.

Everyone will take our tour vehicle back to Chambery after the stage finish and we will take our evening meal together back at the hotel

Sunday 12 July 2020 - Stage 15 - Lyon > Grand Colombier - 175 km - Mountain
Cyclists can join us on our guided ride to the Relais Etape today which is a lunch time VIP experience. In line with the exact location of the Relais Etape we will provide a guided ride there for the cyclists and the spectators will go there on our tour vehicle. Spectators will come on our accredited vehicle all the way to the Relais Etape area.

Relais Etape Hospitality
For both riders and spectators we offer the 'Relais Etape' experience. Enjoy a sit down lunch, a comfortable setting with a large screen to watch today's deciding stage. The 'Relais Etape' is an area on the course of a Tour de France stage which takes the form of a small village in a prime position along the route. We will accommodate a ride to this area for those who are cycling and spectators will be taken directly to the 'Relais Etape' to enjoy the day.
This inspiring package mirrors the excitement of the race and includes:

  • A clubhouse to accommodate all guests

  • 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

  • After the stage we will transfer back to our Hotel for our evening meal


Monday 13 July, 2020 - Riding day
It's Tour de France rest day in Grenoble today. We will take the day to ride a few famous climbs in the area. We will offer 2 different ride today depending on how long you'd like to be out cycling today:

  • Option 1 - 60km Col du Granier loop from Chambery
    We will start in Chambery and we will first of all ride the Col du Granier before descending into the Entremont Valley. After this we climb the Col de la Cluse before returning to Chambery.
     

  • Option 2 - 100km Mont du Chat loop from Chambery
    From the Avenue Verte in Chambery, we start our ride to the Lac du Bourget and the town of Aix Les Bains. From there we ride around the lake to the town of Culoz. This section copies the route of the 6th stage of the Critérium du Dauphine in 2017, a race that finished with a clash between Fuglsang, Porte, Froome and Aru. After the passage in Culoz we tackle the same final section as the stage between Nantua and Chambery of the 2017 Tour de France.
     

Evening meal is provided at the hotel


Tuesday 14 July, 2020 - Stage 16 - La Tour du Pin - Villard de Lans
Today the Tour de France comes closer to us as the finish of today's stage is in Villard de Lans and the stage takes in 4 categorised climbs before finishing at the ski resort of Villard de Lans.


We offer a fully supported ride today to the Col de Porte to watch the riders come past as they scale the summit. From Chambery we will ride the 50km to the summit of the Col de Porte. We will park our coach in Saint-Laurent-du-Pont where spectators can stay to watch the riders come past as they start the climb. After the finish, we will provide transport back to Chambery from Saint-Laurent-du-Pont.


We will take our last evening meal in Chambery at the hotel

Wednesday 15 July, 2020 - Stage 17 - Grenoble - Meribel
The next Alpine stage will start from Grenoble and finish in Meribel, a popular French ski resort in the Tarentaise valley in Savoie. As we will be moving hotels straight after the Relais Etape, we will pack luggage and bikes on our tour vehicle in the morning. Tonight we are staying in beautiful Annecy.


Our itinerary
Cyclists can join us on our guided ride to the Relais Etape today which is a lunch time VIP experience. In line with the exact location of the Relais Etape we will provide a guided ride there for the cyclists and the spectators will go there on our tour vehicle. En route from Chambery, we will stop in Albertville where the cyclists will start their ride today. We will follow the valley road past La Lechere and the bottom of the Col de Madeleine to Moutiers from where we will ride the final section of the stage up to the Relais Etape VIP area. Once there, we can relax and watch the stage on TV before seeing the riders come past on their way to the summit of today's stage on the new Col de Loze.


From Albertville it's a 45km ride to Meribel. The first 30km is on a flat valley road and we'll climb up to Meribel where we think the relais Etape will be located. More information will follow once the location has been confirmed.
Spectators will come on our accredited vehicle all the way to the Relais Etape area.

Relais Etape Hospitality
For both riders and spectators we offer the 'Relais Etape' experience. Enjoy a sit down lunch, a comfortable setting with a large screen to watch today's deciding stage. The 'Relais Etape' is an area on the course of a Tour de France stage which takes the form of a small village in a prime position along the route. We will accommodate a ride to this area for those who are cycling and spectators will be taken directly to the 'Relais Etape' to enjoy the day.
This inspiring package mirrors the excitement of the race and includes:

  • A clubhouse to accommodate all guests

  • 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


Make your own arrangements for evening meal as this is not provided within the package during our stay in Annecy

Thursday 16 July, 2020 - Stage 18 - Meribel - La Roche sur Foron
Today we will all go to the finish at La Roche sur Foron. Cyclists will have the Cross the Finish experience followed by Finish Hospitality at the Izoard area and spectators will go directly to the Izoard so the group will be together at the finish.

Cross the finish-line experience
We have a treat in store for you today. The cyclists can join us for our 'cross the finish line' VIP experience. We will ride on the very roads that the peloton will ride on just hours later. After you have crossed the official finish line we will all have our photos taken on the winners podium.
Your day includes

  • The support of the Sports Tours International team and support vehicle

  • Cycle the final portion of the stage along the same route as the pros just hours later

  • Crossing the finish line on your bike

  • A photo on the top step of the official podium

  • Izoard hospitality

  • Transport back after the finish


Make your own arrangements for evening meal as this is not provided within the package during our stay at Annecy.

Friday 17 July, 2020 - Transfer to the Vosges
This morning we will load the coach and bikes on the trailer and we will transfer you directly to our next stop on the tour, Epinal in the Vosges. The transfer will take 5 hours so we will be there at lunch time.
This afternoon, once we are settled into the hotel, we will provide a guided bike ride to tackle the Planche des Belles Filles which will be the focal point of tomorrow's deciding time trial.

Evening meal at our Hotel in Epinal

Saturday 18 July, 2020 - Lure > La Planche des Belles Filles - 36 km - Individual time-trial

This is it, the deciding time trial of the 2020 Tour de France. We will enjoy this stage in comfort and style as we will based for the day at the Izoard hospitality area near the finish.

Evening meal at our Hotel in Epinal

Izoard finish-line 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 before watching the daily podium ceremony.

Sunday 19 July - Mantes-la-Jolie > Paris Champs-Élysées - Stage 21 - 122 km - Flat

Our final day is spent in Paris where the 2020 Tour de France has its traditional finish on the iconic Champs Elysees on Sunday 19 July 2020. This is one of THE most special days of the sporting calendar. We offer a selection of hospitality and grandstand options to watch the finish of the Tour de France in Paris. Access is provided with E-tickets so your ticket will be emailed to you in advance so no need to wait for them to be posted or to collect them in Paris. MORE INFORMATION SEE VIP ONE DAY EXPERIENCES

Please note an evening meal in not included in the package as you will have total freedom to make the most of your Finale day of the Tour de France and enjoy the full post race vibes & celebrations with all its atmosphere in Paris centre.

Monday 20 July - Departure day
After breakfast we will provide airport transfers back to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 09.00 and at 11.00.

Tour Cost - Price Per Person

Tour Inclusions:

  • Airport transfers from Geneva airport and Chambery TGV station on arrival

  • Airport transfers back to Paris Charles de Gaulle

  • Route maps, plans and daily guided cycling

  • Daily breakfasts

  • Evening meals included (apart from in Paris and Annecy)

  • 2020 Tour de France road book and merchandise pack

  • Exclusive Tour de France VIP access

  • Minibus support vehicle on guided rides

  • The services of our bike guides

  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Castelli

Tour Exclusions:

  • Your journey to Turin / from Paris

  • Any meals and drinks not noted above

  • Any extras at your accommodation

  • Travel Insurance

  • Paris Grandstand/Hospitality. Available at at additional cost

Payment Terms:
50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking. The balance is due 6 March 2020. All payments for Tour de France Packages are fully non-refundable and non-transferable.

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