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NOW TAKING ADVANCE RESERVATIONS FOR 2018.
THE ROUTE HAS YET TO BE ANNOUNCED BUT YOU CAN HAVE A GREAT IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE 2017 TRIP DETAILS BELOW.
Our Alps Stages KOM Challenge provides the perfect mix of LIVE race-viewing and challenging and rewarding rides on the legendary routes and climbs in the Alps.
Alpe d’Huez, Galibier and the first-ever summit finish on the Col d’Izoard all feature in our exciting program.
Tour de France Race-Viewing Details
Stage 17: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee (Col du Galibier)
Stage 18: Access to the VIP Departure Village at the Stage Start in Briancon
Stage 18: Access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line on the Col d’Izoard
Top 7 reasons to choose Thomson
1. Tour de France Official Tour Operator - one of only 2 operators awarded “premium” status
2. VIP access to the start and finish of the key stage in the Alps
3. Access to our Private Hospitality Marquee on the legendary Col du Galibier
4. Extensive Ride Program: choose from 3 fully supported rides. Only with Thomson!
5. Luxury Hotels: a 15th century château near Chambery, and the #1-rated hotel in Alpe d’Huez
6. KOMs galore: Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Izoard, Croix de Fer, Telegraphe, Sarenne and more…
7. Our support teams are the envy of the mountain. The best support guaranteed!
NEW in 2017 - THREE fully supported ride levels!
With 3 daily rides from 20km to 185km, you can be sure we have the right ride for you. Check out our Sport, Performance and Extreme ride programs.
Total Distance: 234km / 145miles
Total Elevation: 8,537m / 28,009ft
Longest Ride: 63km / 39miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 2,149m / 7,051ft
Total Distance: 466km / 290miles
Total Elevation: 14,357m / 47,103ft
Longest Ride: 121km / 75miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 3,224m / 10,577ft
Total Distance: 753km / 468miles
Total Elevation: 21,771m / 71,427ft
Longest Ride: 185km / 115miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 4,797m / 15,738ft
Bienvenue en France!
Our staff will meet you at Lyon St Exupery Airport. From the airport we have a short transfer to our first hotel, the 15th century Chateau des Comtes de Challes near Chambery. After checking in to the hotel we’ll have our Orientation Meeting followed by lunch, then our mechanics will be on hand to help you get the bikes ready for the first ride.
Our warm-up ride gives us our first taste of climbing in the Alps with the Cat.1 climb to the Col de Marocaz.
The climb to Semnoz was the climax of the 100th edition of the Tour de France back in 2013. On that day Nairo Quintana won the stage but overall victory had already been sealed by Chris Froome.
Semnoz is the highlight of our ride today but to get there we’ll have to climb over the HC climb to Mont Revard. From Mont Revard enjoy the quiet roads through the Massif des Bauges Natural Park which lead to Viuz-le Chiesaz and the start of the climb to Semnoz. This is our biggest day but the spectacular views of the Alps & Lake Annecy make it well worth the effort.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 17
Private Viewing on the Col du Galibier
The Tour de France enters the Alps today for the first of 2 key mountain stages. Our teams will have set up our Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the last climb of the day, the legendary Col du Galibier. We’ll start the day with a short transfer to La Chambre where we’ll start our ride. First up is the incredible climb up the Lacets de Montvernier switchbacks - a huge success in the 2015 Tour de France. A short ride along the valley takes us to the start of the Col du Telegraphe followed by the climb to the famous Galibier.
When you reach our Hospitality Marquee you’ll have earned your race day afternoon! Enjoy the wild Tour de France scene from the comfort of our tents. Food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage will keep you entertained as we wait for the peloton to approach.
After the race we’ll head over to our hotel in Alpe d’Huez.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 18
VIP access to the Stage Start and Stage Finish
An intensive Tour day today with a VIP visit to the Departure Village. The “village” offers fantastic opportunities to get up-close to the riders, the Tour celebrities and get a first-hand view of the inner workings of the Tour de France. This is the place to get these all-important souvenirs, gifts, autographs and pictures with the riders.
After the start of the race, we’ll ride up to the top of the Col d’Izoard where we’ll watch the finish of the stage from the luxury of the Official VIP tribune. This will be a defining moment of the 2017 Tour.
Today is your opportunity to test yourself on the most famous of all climbs - the 21 switchbacks that lead to Alpe d’Huez!
Our hotel is located at the top of this famous mountain so we’ll start the day with the descent through Vilard Reculas to Allemont. From Allemont it’s a short ride to Bourg d’Oisans and the start of the climb to the iconic and infinitely rewarding Alpe d’Huez.
We suggest you grab a quick bite to eat in Alpe d’Huez with our support team then head back down the mountain to La Garde. In La Garde we take a sharp left turn that leads onto a spectacular route that clings to a ridge high above the valley floor. The road eventually leads to Le Freney and the start of our second climb for the day, the lesser known but stunning Col de Sarenne.
Col de la Croix de Fer
Our final ride in the Alps and we’ve saved a classic climb for last. The Col de la Croix de Fer (the iron cross) is one of the all-time Tour de France classics and featured in this years Stage 17.
The ride starts with the descent from Alpe d’Huez to Bourg d’Oisans. A short ride along the valley floor takes us to the Verney Dam and the start of the Croix de Fer. The Iron Cross that signals the summit lies over 27km ahead so make sure you pace yourself. From the top we’ll head back down to the Dam where we’ll take a left turn and start the beautiful road that leads back up to Alpe d’Huez through Vilard Reculas.
Unfortunately, our Tour de France trip must come to an end. We’ll drop you off at Lyon St Exupery airport. Safe travels!