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Duration
7 days / 6 nights

2016 Trip dates
July 18 › 24

Start location
Lyon St Exupery Airport

Ending location
Lyon St Exupery Airport

Accommodations
6 nights in Albertville

Rental Bikes Available
Click here for more details

Price per person (USD)
$4,895 (double occupancy)
Single supplement: $700
(Limited Availability)

Non-riders
Open to non-riders
(same price)

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Hugely popular with avid riders, our King of the Mountains trips provide the perfect mix of LIVE race-viewing and challenging rides over the toughest climbs of the Tour de France.

Join us in the Alps for LIVE viewing of the 3 key Alpine stages of the 2016 Tour de France. We'll take the high road through the French Alps, tackling legendary climbs such as the Col de la Madeleine, Alpe d'Huez and the Col du Galibier. There's no better way to experience the majesty of the Tour de France.

This trip is suitable for avid cyclists.

Trip Highlights

  • Witness the best of the action from the Tour de France:
    • Stage 18 - Sallanches - Megeve Mountain Time Trial
      VIP access to the Relais-Etape Hospitality Area
    • Stage 19 - Albertville - St Gervais
      Meet the riders and the Tour celebrities at the start of the stage in Albertville
    • Stage 20 - Megeve - Morzine
      Access to our Private Hospitality Area on the Col de Joux Plane
  • Extreme Riders - Ride the entire route of Stage 19 of the Tour de France: Albertville to St Gervais Mont Blanc (146km & 4217m, 91 miles & 13,835 ft)
  • Ride key segments of the Tour de France route just hours before the peloton
  • Climb Alpe d'Huez, Col du Galibier, Col de la Madeleine and the Col de Glandon – 4 of the most legendary Tour de France climbs!
  • NO Hotel Changes! Stay in just 1 hotel in Albertville! No more tiring hotel changes - we've booked the most central and bike-friendly hotel in the Alps.
  • Choose your ride every day! We will offer a fully supported Extreme and Performance ride each day of the trip. The Extreme will test even the most hardcore cyclist and the Performance, while still challenging, is slightly less daunting. See the full ride program below.

Options for non-riders

If you have a companion who does not ride but would like to join you on this trip, there are still opportunities for them to enjoy the energy of the Tour de France without getting on a bike! Non-Riders will be able to stay in the same hotel with you, but have the option of taking part in the many special off-the-bike activities we have planned amongst our different groups. These activities may include Tour de France VIP viewings; VIP access to the riders, teams and celebrities; access to our Private Hospitality Areas on the cols; town visits and cultural activities, and more. If you are interested, please contact us for details.


Our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas

Enjoy your afternoon on the mountainside in the comfort and safety of our Race-Viewing Hospitality Area:

  • Prime viewing spot - our team is in place several days before the race ensuring that we secure a strategically placed viewing location close to the summit of the climb
  • Large marquis tents
  • Catered lunch and refrigerator stocked with cold drinks
  • LIVE Satellite TV race coverage in English: This is a Thomson specialty. No other Tour operator has pulled off this feat on the mountain!

Click here for more pictures of our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas


The Thomson Rides

Day
EXTREME PERFORMANCE
Ride Details Stats Ride Details
Stats
1

Albertville › Ugine › Faverges › Col du Tamie › Albertville

28 miles
2070 ft

Albertville › Ugine › Faverges › Col du Tamie › Albertville

28 miles
2070 ft
2

RIDE the entire route of Stage 19 of the Tour de France
Albertville › St Gervais Mont Blanc

91 miles
13835 ft

Col de L'Epine › Col de la Croix-Fry › Col des Aravis › Col de la Forclaz

64 miles
8094 ft
3

Col de Telegraphe › Col du Galibier › Alpe d'Huez › Col du Glandon

108 mls
17844 ft

Col de Telegraphe › Col du Galibier › Alpe d'Huez

68 miles
12923 ft
4
AM Albertville › Col de la Forclaz-Queige › Megeve › St Gervais › Domancy
PM Tour de France Viewing:
LIVE TDF Viewing
Sallanches-Megeve TT - VIP ACCESS
43 miles
5994 ft
AM Albertville › Col de la Forclaz-Queige › Megeve › St Gervais › Domancy
PM Tour de France Viewing:
LIVE TDF Viewing
Sallanches-Megeve TT - VIP ACCESS
43 miles
5994 ft
5

AM Tour de France Viewing:

LIVE TDF Viewing
Stage Start in Albertville

PM Lacets de Montvernier › Col du Chaussy › Col de la Madeleine

88 miles
11296 ft

AM Tour de France Viewing:

LIVE TDF Viewing
Stage Start in Albertville

PM Col de la Madeleine

71 miles
9045 ft
6 AM Cluses › Col de la Ramaz › Col de Joux Plane
PM Tour de France Viewing:
LIVE TDF Viewing
On the Col de Joux Plane
51 miles
7667 ft
AM Cluses › Samoens › Col de Joux Plane
PM Tour de France Viewing:
LIVE TDF Viewing
On the Col de Joux Plane
27 miles
4656 ft
  TOTAL: 408 miles › 58,707 feet
TOTAL: 301 miles › 42,782 feet

* Please note that rides before and after TDF race-viewings are subject to change due to road closure schedules.


The Climbs

In just 1 week climb many of the legendary cols in the Alps! Here's the complete list of cols included in both our ride programs, sorted by difficulty index:

Climb
Elev.
Gain
Av.
Grade
Length
Profile
Difficulty
Index
EXT
PERF
Col de la Madeleine
4,987 ft
7.7%
12.3 miles
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1295
Col du Glandon
3,780 ft
4.8%
15 miles
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1017
 
Col du Galibier (from Valloire)
4,085 ft
6.9%
11.2 miles
click...
926
Alpe d'Huez
3,579 ft
7.7%
8.8 miles
click...
913
Col de Joux Plane
3,245 ft
8.5%
7.2 miles
click...
870
Col du Chaussy
3,383 ft
7.4%
8.7 miles
click...
813
 
Col de la Ramaz
3,150 ft
6.9%
8.7 miles
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718
 
Col de la Forclaz
2,149 ft
8.0%
5.1 miles
click...
672
 
Col du Telegraphe
2,808 ft
7.3%
7.3 miles
click...
635
Col de la Croix-Fry
2,762 ft
6.6%
7.9 miles
click...
616
Col du Tamie (from Albertville)
1,870 ft
4.9%
7.3 miles
click...
502
 
Col des Aravis
2,841 ft
4.6%
11.7 miles
click...
462
Col du Tamie (from Faverges)
1,286 ft
3.9%
6.3 miles
click...
180
Lacets de Montvernier
909 ft
8.5%
2 miles
N/A
N/A
 
Col de la Forclaz-Queige
1,411 ft
8.0%
3.3 miles
N/A
N/A
Col de L'Epine
1,591 ft
7.1%
4.2 miles
N/A
N/A
 
St Gervais Mont Blanc
2,569 ft
8.0%
6.1 miles
N/A
N/A

The Top Support

Quite simply, we provide the best support in the industry - guaranteed!

  • As VIP Official Tour Operator we have the constant support and assistance of the Tour de France organizers - this opens many otherwise closed doors...
  • Staff to client ratio of 1:4
  • The best staff in the industry - check out our testimonials
  • Small Ride-groups - we split the overall group into ride-groups of approximately 10 riders. This allows us to have riders of similar ability within the same ride-group and provides a far superior cycling experience with full support but less waiting
  • 1 TBT experienced ride leader and 1 SAG van per ride-group
  • Experienced Mechanic
  • Top-of-the-line rental bikes

What's Included

  • 7 days / 6 nights fully accompanied trip
  • All accommodations
  • TDF Stage 18: VIP Access to the Relais-Etape on the Mountain Time Trial Course
  • TDF Stage 19: Witness the Stage Start in Albertville
  • TDF Stage 20: Free access to our Race-Viewing Hospitality Area on the Col de Joux Plane
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • 3 lunches
  • Pick-up at Lyon St Exupery Airport
  • Drop-off at Lyon St Exupery Airport
  • All ground transportation
  • All luggage transfer
  • Services of our expert guides
  • Experienced mechanic
  • Support vehicles
  • Thomson Bike Tours maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities

Bike Rental

The Bianchi Infinito CV is available for rent on all our trips. Click here for full details of our rental bike program.