4 Guest Reviews
Guest Reviews for this trip
Fantastic! You really see how the tour works from the inside.
Great experience provided by a great guide. Worth repeating and recommending.
The spectator tour was fabulous!! Jacinta made sure that all our accommodations, meals and travel were first class. Every minute was packed with information and experiences. There is no other way to experience the Tour except as a VIP through Thomson Travel. I would definitely recommend the spectator tour to anyone wanting to have the trip of a lifetime. I hope to go on another tour soon!
the whole experiance was fantastic made even more memorable by all the time and effort that Jacinta put in and not forgetting our driver geordia, they made an excellent team
Join us for the Grand Depart to see the Team Presentation Ceremony and the first 3 stages of the 2018 Tour de France in the spectacular Vendée region.
Discover the area and live the Tour de France experience with minimal travel time.
Official Premium Tour Operator - Thomson Bike Tours is one of only two Official Tour Operators awarded “Premium” status to the Tour de France. Our partnership with the race organizers allows us to provide the ultimate insider Tour de France experience, complete with exclusive VIP hospitality and unprecedented race viewing opportunities.
Exclusive VIP Race Access
- Access to the Izoard VIP Tribune - Situated opposite the Finish Line, the Izoard VIP Tribune offers VIP hospitality and unparalleled viewing of the stage finish.
- Departure Village VIP access - meet the riders and Tour celebrities before the race start
- Team Paddock access - mix and mingle in the team area - a Spectator favorite!
- Relais-Etape VIP access - mid-race hospitality. Includes lunch, drinks and road-side viewing
- Team presentation - Vendée
- Stage 1 - Fontenay-le-Comte (VIP Finish Line)
- Stage 2 - Mouilleron-Saint-Germain (VIP Departure Village)
- Stage 3 - Team Time Trial (VIP Relais Etape)
Your Trip Leader: Jacinta
We can´t talk about our Spectator Trips without discussing the passion, knowledge and enthusiasm of your guide, Jacinta. A true pro, Jacinta’s wild personality and boundless energy make for a truly exceptional experience. Her connections will get you the ultimate insider access and her antics will have you howling with laughter. Simply the most fun you can have at a bike race.
VIP Departure Village Experience
VIP Relais Etape
VIP Finish Line Experience
Bienvenue en France
Our staff will meet you at Charles de Gaulle Airport. From the airport we’ll transfer you in our private shuttle to our hotel in Nantes.
After checking in we’ll have a late lunch where you’ll get a chance to meet your fellow Tour de France fans. Then it’s a short orientation meeting where we’ll run through the plans for the upcoming week before heading into the city center. Nantes, a city on the Loire River in the Upper Brittany region of western France, has a long history as a port and industrial center. It boasts a unique architectural heritage and is home to the restored, medieval Château des Ducs de Bretagne, where the Dukes of Brittany once lived and one of the highest cathedrals in France.
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 8:00am - either at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport or at the Hotel Oceania Paris Roissy Aeroport
The Team Presentation
In the morning, we’ll explore the Vendée. Then in the late afternoon we’ll head for the Team Presentation Ceremony where we are invited as VIPs in the hospitality area!
This superb experience will allow you to see all the teams before their gruelling tour, get lots of photos and see every rider take the stage! It’s an amazing pre-race event with a very exciting atmosphere. Today – you will see the winner of the 2018 Tour de France!
Meet a Pro Team!
In the morning, we will have an exclusive behind the scenes visit of a pro Team! A pro Team Executive will give you an amazing insight into how a pro team works. You will visit the team bus, see the bikes and equipment and be let in on some team secrets. It’s an absolute favorite of our Spectators’ Trip - a real VIP experience giving unparalleled access to the team.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 1
VIP Stage Finish at Fontenay-le-Comte
Today we’ll witness the thrill of a stage finish. We will arrive in plenty of time to explore the arrival areas and join in the excitement of the day. Early afternoon we will enter our VIP area by the finish line, a 3-tiered viewing area with complimentary appetizers, drinks & official TDF photos. A tour of the technical village will allow us to get up close to the finish line, see the inside of the media and TV crew area (maybe Phil and Jens will say hi), view the podium and get a real insight into the arrival area. Back to our viewing area, we will await the riders to cross the finish line and see who is the first rider to be in yellow!
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 2
VIP Access to the Departure Village at the Stage Start
As an Official Premium Tour Operator, we have secured a visit of the ‘Team Paddock’ and Departure Village stage start in Mouilleron-Saint-Germain . The Departure Village allows you to see sponsors and gain VIP entry, perhaps even meeting past winners of the race. Then, it’s onto our favorite - the paddock is where all the cyclists and teams congregate pre-race. The area offers fantastic opportunities to get up-close to the riders and Tour celebrities, as well as getting a first-hand view of the inner workings of the Tour de France. This is the place to get those all-important autographs and pictures with the Tour celebrities and riders. It’s one of the most popular moments on our Spectator Trips!
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 3
VIP Viewing of the Team Time Trial
It’s the team time trial and there’s no better place to view then the Relais Etape.
The Relais Etape is situated on the course and allows us to view the Time Trial in comfort. A 3 course meal, free bar, live coverage on TV until the cyclists pass right in front of us live, it is an amazing way to watch stage 3! You can feel the excitement build as you watch official vehicles zoom by, hear the helicopters above as they track the cyclists getting nearer and nearer and get a roadside view as they pass by, team by team, all day! A VIP gift rounds up the amazing day.
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. Our shuttle will take you to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, arriving at approximately 10:30am.