Our Alps & Marseille 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. From the Alps we head to Marseille for the decisive final individual Time Trial.
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
Stage 20: Access to the VIP Relais-Etape at the Individual TT in Marseille
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 and to the TT in Marseille
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, the #1 hotel in Alpe d’Huez, top villa in Marseille
6. KOMs galore: Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Izoard, Telegraphe 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: 186km / 116miles
Total Elevation: 6,817m / 22,365ft
Longest Ride: 63km / 39miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 2,149m / 7,051ft
Total Distance: 319km / 198miles
Total Elevation: 9,560m / 31,365ft
Longest Ride: 121km / 75miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 3,224m / 10,577ft
Total Distance: 524km / 326miles
Total Elevation: 14,481m / 47,510ft
Longest Ride: 185km / 115miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 4,422m / 14,508ft
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. Have your camera ready, this is hallowed terrain for the Tour de France fan!
After the ride it’s time to say good-bye to the Alps and head down to the Mediterranean for the final time trial in Marseille.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 20
VIP Relais Etape - The Final Time Trial
The race viewing experience from the Tour de France VIP Relais Etape is second to none, particularly for a Time Trial stage. Located directly on the race course, enjoy a gourmet French lunch while watching the riders race by, one by one. Meet Tour celebrities as they pop in to the VIP area. LIVE TV coverage is also provided on large screen TV’s so you don’t miss any of the action from this exciting finale to the 2017 Tour de France. Will this be the stage where the Tour is won?
Unfortunately, our Tour de France trip must come to an end. We’ll drop you off at Marseille airport. Safe travels!