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Greetings live from the Tour de France and welcome to a guest’s-eye-view of our 2017 Tour de France packages.  We say “packages” in the plural, since we have 5 different Tour experiences on offer. Each brings its own own mixture of grueling climbs, VIP stage viewings and special opportunities to the Biggest Party on Two Wheels, from the Pyrenees to the Alps to the heart-pounding finale in Paris. Not to mention historic accommodations, amazing food and wine, and the company of riders as passionate about cycling as you are.

2017 Tour de France

Staff warm-up and orientation. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.

2017 Tour de France

“So when we get here, I’ll turn to the guests and say ‘I knew we shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque. And we’ll see if anybody laughs.”

See the Tour de France From the Inside Out

Here’s how it works. Every day (or so) we’ll put up a new gallery of images showing Le Tour exactly as you would experience it as a TBT guest: the climbs, the race drama and stage views, the challenges, culture, and occasional tomfoolery. Everything from initial staff preparation to viewing the finale from our VIP seats on the Champs-Elysees.

It’s the next best thing to being there. Plus if you’d like to join us for one of next year’s Tour de France packages, you can make no-obligation advance reservations ($100 deposit, fully refundable) for our 218 tours. Space does fill up fast, so advance reservations will make it more likely you’ll get your top choice of dates and itinerary.

2017 Tour de France


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TBT Founder Peter Thomson would call this “a wee bump.” The Scots are famous for their sense of humor.

Gallery #8
: TDG Alps Tour Day 4,  Briançon Departure village + VIP finish line at Col d’Izoard

Best seats in the house and some of the most exciting racing of this year’s Tour. It doesn’t get much better than this.

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TBT 2017 Tour de France Alps Day 4

Gallery #7: TDF Alps Tour Day 2, We Climb to Semnoz via Mont Revard

Semnoz was the climax of the 100th edition of the Tour de France in 2013. Just to make it more challenging, we got there today via the HC climb to Mont Revard.

2017 Tour de France Alps trip

2017 AlpsTBT TDF Day 2 1 - Welcome to the 2017 Tour de France: The Greatest Show On Two Wheels

As you can see here, the Tour de France packages are among our most popular tour options. That’s why we break it into five different different routes, and break each route into three groups—Sport, Performance and Extreme—so every Thomson guest gets a personalized experience.

Gallery #6: Day 7, We Conquer Alpe d’Huez

Day 7 Tour de France 2017

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Gallery #5: Day 6, Departure Village & VIP Team Area in Blagnac

Day 6 Tour de France 2017

Day 6 Tour de France 2017

Gallery #4: Day Five, Col du Tourmalet plus Col d’Aspin

Col du Tourmalet plus Col d'Aspin

Col du Tourmalet plus Col d'Aspin

Gallery #3: Day Four, Stage 12 to Peyregudes, Plus a Ride Across the Finish Line

Having some technical issues with this one; please stay tuned.

Gallery #2: Day Two, Port de Bales and Peyresourde

Tour de France Day 2

Tour de France Day 2

Gallery #1: Staff and Performance/Sport Guest Warm-up (9-10 July)

About The Author

Rick Vosper is a marketing guy who’s worked in and out of the bicycle business for more than a quarter century. In between bike gigs, he’s been a copywriter and creative director for Silicon Valley ad agencies, where he worked on accounts like Microsoft, HP, Hyundai and Coca-Cola. But bikes are way more fun. You can read Rick’s articles and essays in Red Kite Prayer, CyclingTips, and Bicycle Retailer.

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