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Grand Depart

Departures 26 June
6 Days / 5 Nights
From $4,895 USD
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Grand Depart & Pyrenees

Departures 26 June
12 Days / 11 Nights
From $8,695 USD
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The greatest trips don’t happen by chance.

We believe that the most important part of any trip is the ride. We live and die by our route planning, our support and the experience we offer. We want you to enjoy that experience with us; to join our expert cyclists, to make yourself proud and to create everlasting memories. We constantly refine our routes to make sure they’re the best they can be. We go again and again until they are.

The KOM Alps trip was truly the experience of a lifetime. It was the perfect blend of riding and race viewing. Every detail was worked out and the staff and ride leaders were amazing. Can’t say enough about it and can’t wait to “go again”!

Laura Kucharczyk —
USA, CO

A Day In Life of a Tour de France Recce

To give you some insight into our preparations for every trip, we’ve created this special film – A Day in the Life of a Recce, which goes behind the scenes of our scouting for the Tour de France Grand Depart KOM trip. From our Hotel on the Promenade des Anglais, metres from the Finish Line to the Col de Turini, Col de la Madone and Col d’Eze. Let our guides whet your appetite for an incredible start to the Tour in June.

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The Tour de France

We’re recognised as the number ONE tour operator to the greatest race on earth. Our experience, gained over many years and kilometres of riding, combined with our meticulous desire to create the perfect trip means you have nothing to worry about but the challenge of the day’s riding.

Our Tour de France KOM Challenges provide the perfect mix of LIVE race-viewing and challenging and rewarding rides on the legendary routes and climbs of the Tour de France.

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What to expect

As the Number 1 Official Tour de France Tour Operator – awarded “PREMIUM” status by ASO – we can offer you unrivalled VIP access to Stage Starts and Finishes and unique Finish Line rides & podium photo shoots. Only with Thomson can you enjoy access to our Private Hospitality Marquees on the key climbs that allow you to watch the action unfold on TV whilst you wait for the race to rush by. Experience unforgettable hotels; a 15th century château; the top hotel in the Pyrenees and the #1 hotel in Alpe d’Huez. Challenge yourself on the most famous climbs in world cycling; : Alpe d’Huez, Ventoux, Galibier, Tourmalet, Bales… No-one rides like Thomson and our support teams are the envy of the mountain. The best support guaranteed!

The rides were challenging but I found a ride level that was an excellent fit to my skill/endurance level. The Thomson staff—ride leaders, support van mechanics, customer service, marketing—all contributed to a experience I will cherish.

John Mott — USA, NM

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Choose the experience of a lifetime

This year we have seven incredible trips to the Tour covering the Grand Depart, Pyreness, Alps and Paris. With 3 daily ride groups from 20km to 150km, you can be sure we have the perfect ride for you.

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Grand Depart
Witness the 3 Opening Stages of the 2020 Tour de France. Climb MONT VENTOUX, Col de la Madone, Col de Turini, Col d’Eze and more…
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Grand Depart & Pyrenees
Witness the 3 Opening Stages & the 2 Pyrenees Stages. Climb MONT VENTOUX, La Madone, Turini, Tourmalet, Aubisque and more…
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Witness the 2 key TDF stages live in the Pyrenees. Climb Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourde, Aubisque, Port de Bales and more…
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Thomson Thumbnails 4 Alps 7 Days 300x169 - A Day in the Life of a Tour de France RecceAlps — 7 days
Witness 3 key TDF stages live in the Alps. Climb Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Croix de Fer, Madeleine, Col de la Loze and more…
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Thomson Thumbnails 5 Alps Paris 8 Days 300x169 - A Day in the Life of a Tour de France RecceAlps & Paris — 8 days
Witness 3 key TDF stages live in the Alps. Climb Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Croix de Fer, Madeleine, Col de la Loze and more… Watch the finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

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Witness 4 key TDF stages live in the Alps. Climb Grand Colombier, Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Croix de Fer, Col de la Loze and more…
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Thomson Thumbnails 7 Alps Paris 10 Days 300x169 - A Day in the Life of a Tour de France RecceAlps & Paris — 10 days
Witness 4 key TDF stages live in the Alps. Climb Grand Colombier, Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Croix de Fer, Col de la Loze and more…Watch the finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris
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The trip was amazing, the riding was tough but excellent. The support, organisation, access to the Tour de France and friendship was second to none!! Absolutely recommend to anyone that whats to experience a once in a lifetime event.

Steve Fort — Australia

Ride the Tour with Thomson

Through our service and our trips we enable our guests to ride without any other concerns. They can concentrate on enjoying the challenges ahead, knowing that we’re always there to guide, encourage and take care of them.

Share the Tour de France experience with Thomson Bike Tours. Weave the switchbacks, lined with excited fans, ride across the finish line ahead of the peloton. Cheer as the wildness of the greatest race rushes within touching distance. Unforgettable roads, indelible memories and abiding friendships. Let’s Go Again.

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