13 Guest Reviews
Guest Reviews for this trip
Highly recommended for a guided tour. I understand this is necessary for this tour. Others might like a unguided tour to allow more time to explore. I’ll go to Erickson tours for that.
A bycling Tour operator for who loves cycling before anything else.
Thomson Tours owns the ride for the cycling enthusiast. Each and every day was like a Four Seasons Resort on the road. The Pyrenees set the stage for the experience of a lifetime and Mt Ventoux was the pinnacle of the tour. Loved every minute of it!
WAY beyond expectations !
My expectations of the beauty of the French Pyrenees and Mont Ventoux were exceeded beyond words. The chosen routes each day provided a personal challenge and at the same time a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day. To experience the same stages and epic climbs mastered by the Tour of France riders on a personal level has provided a renewed respect for the Tour riders and an equal respect for my daily riding partners on Thomson Bike Tours.
Just an amazing tour group. In 2015 I joined Thomson’s for the Alps VIP experience and considered it the trip of a lifetime. This year I decided I wanted to experience the Pyrenees so I guess that makes two trips of a lifetime and am planning the third trip of a lifetime for 2018!!!
The trip really was amazing and overall surpassed my expectations I had based on information I had from the website. The food, the rides, the VIP treatments and the support were excellent and the vibe was one of thorough enjoyment. Much to my delight, Peter was out riding with us every day and it was obvious his love of cycling which he most definitely passed along into the business. I loved the fact that I really had minimal thinking to do, only to enjoy the journey and ride these amazing epic mountains.
We were so pleased that we would be afraid to even try another company for fear it would not be as good as your tour. I think you do a spectacular job!
This was probably the most challenging yet rewarding cycling trip we have ever done and we would do it again in a heartbeat! Thank you to the staff for the support and encouragement you gave to inspire me onward. This was one of those “once in a lifetime experiences” and the staff at Thomson Bike Tours made it possible.
From top to bottom, Thompson Tours sets the standard for bike tours. The participants, the support team, the ride leaders, the food and lodging and the knowledge of the rides is second to none. I would highly recommend any Thompson bike tour and can’t wait to ride again in the near future. - Art Folker
Exceptional service from all staff and trip co ordination was next level.
The entire trip was fabulous. From the time we were picked up until the time we were dropped off. Staff were great. They made sure all our needs were met. Was an experience of a lifetime. Thank you for a great trip
This trip truly exceeded my expectations. The selection of ride routes not only included the major climbs of the TdF, but also some of the most exquisite climbs that nobody knows about. The access to the TdF pros and the behind the scenes of the race that were provided were more than I could have ever hoped for. I actually had press reporters asking me to make room for them because I was so close to the GC leaders and crowd favorites at the team buses. The food was plentiful, fresh, varied and activity appropriate. Everyone went to great care to make sure that my food allergies and the sensitivities of various other riders were all attended to. The ride leaders helped to inspire everyone beyond what we thought we capable of without ever being pushy. In fact, they always had great humor and fantastic stories and insights about the region, the TdF and the life of pro cyclists.I thought this was going to be a “once in a lifetime trip,” but I had so much fun that I will DEFINITELY do it again and again. Thank you all for making my cycling dreams a reality!
2018 TRIP DETAILS
Our Pyrenees & Paris KOM Challenge provides the perfect mix of LIVE race-viewing plus challenging and rewarding rides on the legendary routes and climbs of the Pyrenees.
Conquer the unique Col de Portet and witness the stage finish on this monster climb - its first ever appearance in a major race. Our exciting program features a full week of famous rides and thrilling race-viewing, and continues to Paris to witness the grand finale on the Champs-Elysees.
Tour de France Race-Viewing Details
Stage 17: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee (Col de Portet)
Stage 18: Access to the VIP Departure Village in Trie sur Baïse
Stage 19: Access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Laruns
Stage 21: Access to the Elysée Tribune at the Finish Line in Paris
Top 7 reasons to choose Thomson
1. TDF Official Premium Tour Operator - one of only 2 operators awarded “Premium” status
2. VIP access to 3 key stages in the Pyrenees & the grand finale in Paris
3. Access to our Private Hospitality Marquee on the unique climb to the Col de Portet
4. Extensive Ride Program: choose from 3 fully supported rides. Only with Thomson!
5. Stay at the Luxury 4-star St Lary Mercure, the most sought-after hotel in the Pyrenees
6. KOMs galore: Tourmalet, Peyresourde, Aspin, Portet, Port de Bales, Aubisque and more…
7. Our support teams are the envy of the mountain. The best support guaranteed!
THREE fully supported ride levels!
3 fully supported rides each day - from 20km to 170km - ensure you’ll find the ride that matches your personal fitness level. Check out our Sport, Performance and Extreme ride programs.
(during the trip, you may choose a different ride level each day - you don’t have to stick with the same ride level for the entire trip)