14 Guest Reviews
Guest Reviews for this trip
This was our second tour with Thomson Spectator Tours and we were not disappointed. Jacinta makes sure that all the accommodations and food are top notch and that everyone is engaged within the group. There is no better way to experience the tour up close and personal, even if you are a Tour de France novice. You learn so much about the organization of the Tour and the riders that you would never get from sitting at home watching the TV.
In our opinion Thomson Tours ticked every box as far as providing a fantastic memory for everyone. Their attention to detail was fantastic and you were never left wondering where you were meant to be.
I have never had so much fun in my life. I was entertained every day by Jacinta and Martin or by the other members of our group.
I entered the trip with slight trepidation. Would it be too exhausting, would it be too fleeting, would my wife, less fanatical than my son and me, be bored? Day one was so exceptional that any trepidation disappeared and the trip from that point on went from strength to strength. As a family we voted this trip as an all time best vacation. It was more than just seeing the Tour up close and personal. As we traveled we became a community of fans with an exceptional pair of tour guides. Every day was an adventure. We never worried. We laughed out loud, we became a family, and were very sad to see the trip end. Saying au revoir was tearful.Our family will never forget this trip.If considering going to the Tour De France it’s the only way to go. Just ask Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwin, Geraint Thomas,Team Data Dimension, Nairo Quintana, Peter Sagan, Froomey etc,, who we met up close and personal. I have the video and the pictures to prove it.We sat on a Team bus on day one! Team Sky hung around in Paris and we got autographs and sang with the fans. A notebook of autographs is treasured by my son.This company does not disappoint. Jacinta and Martin can visit with us anytime. Vive le France! Vive Thomson Tours! We still cant believe it happened.
We got into places, saw things and people, did things with very few other people around. That shows planning, experience and access that few other people have. It’s a special trip.
Jacinta was excellent in everything! She was fun and made the group bonded easily. We were 10 strangers and became friends within hours. Thanks to her for an enjoyable trip!
From start to finish the trip was first class.Great group to travel with. Jacinta was unbelievable. She made the trip. Would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to view the tour. Our trip included the novice to a 75 year old that new all teams and riders.
Thomson Tours is the ultimate in VIP Spectator Experiences. Their guide, Jacinta, is so knowledgeable and super fun. She took 10 strangers and turned us into friends in a week - all while viewing the biggest cycling race of the year.
This was so much better than I expected it to be and I had high hopes. Ha into, our guide, made this a standout adventure in a lifetime of great vacations.
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Every possible need and concern was addressed. Our comfort and ease of moving around was aways of upmost importance and guaranteed- everything was first rate!!!
Excellent trip, I would recommend it to anyone. Jacinta is so helpful & makes sure everyone is having a great time. Seeing Froome running with his bike right in front of us, is something I will never forget.
Thomson Bike Tours provided us with a once in a lifetime experience that we could NEVER have recreated on our own. We just sat back and let our guide do all the work while we enjoyed being within inches of riders as they sped past us to the finish line. The accommodations were excellent, as were the food and wine. Everything really was spectacular and fun! We will definitely be back! Maybe to ride next time!
Thompson’s TDF Spectators Tour was absolutely amazing from the first minute to the last! Truly a VIP experience! Loads of fun and extremely interesting! We’ve always been huge fans of the Tour de France but we now have an even greater respect for the riders, and the event itself. One that can’t be explained, it must be experienced. Our tour guide, Jacinta, spoiled us for all other tour guides - she’s beyond awesome and made the trip especially fun! It was a one-of-a-kind trip that we’ll never forget!
Join us to see 4 stages of the 2019 Tour de France in the spectacular Pyrenees.
Official Premium Tour Operator - Thomson Bike Tours is one of only two Official Premium Tour Operators 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 - VIP hospitality and race viewing at 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
- Stage 11 - Access to the VIP Izoard Tribune at the Stage Finish in Toulouse
- Stage 12 - Access to the VIP Departure Village & Team Paddock in Toulouse
- Stage 13 - Access to the VIP Relais-Etape in Pau
- Stage 14 - Access to the VIP Izoard Tribune at the Stage Finish on the Col du Tourmalet
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 Finish Line Experience
VIP Relais Etape Experience
Bienvenue en France!
Our staff will meet you at Toulouse Airport. From the Airport we’ll have a short transfer by private shuttle to our hotel in the center of town. After checking-in to the hotel, meet your fellow Tour de France fans in a short orientation meeting where we’ll run through the plans for the upcoming week. We’ll have lunch together in the hotel then we’ll explore downtown Toulouse, also known as La Ville Rose (“the pink city”) due to the terra-cotta bricks used in many of its buildings.
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 10:30am - at Toulouse Blagnac Airport.
Pro Team Visit
Rest Day - visit a pro team at their hotel
Thomson Spectator Tours are partners with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and today we will visit their team hotel! We will have an exclusive behind the scenes visit on their rest day! A pro Team Executive will give you an amazing insight into how a pro team works as well as the charity they help to fund. You can see the team bus, the bikes and equipment, and be let in on some team secrets. If you’re lucky, we’ll even see the team head off on their training ride! It’s an absolute favorite on our Spectators’ Trip - a real VIP experience giving unparalleled access and amazing memories.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 11
VIP Stage Finish in Toulouse
It’s all about location and today the race finishes in Toulouse! There is nothing better than staying in a city that hosts the race! In the morning you will head over to the finish line and see the area where it has been set up. The technical village adjoins this, and is where the media and TV stations will congregate. Jacinta is good friends with Phil & Paul and Jens Voigt and although we can’t promise, she will see if they have time to pop outside the security zone to say hello.
After lunch we will enter our VIP area, a 3-tiered viewing area with complimentary appetizers, drinks, official TDF photos and excellent views of the race. Enjoy live coverage on screens within the area and prepare for the cyclists to race past us as they head towards the finish! A true VIP experience!
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 12
VIP Departure Village in Toulouse
As an Official Tour Operator, we have secured a visit of the ‘Team Paddock’ and Departure Village stage start in Pau. The Departure Village allows you to meet the riders and gain VIP entry, perhaps even meeting past winners of the race. Then, it’s onto our favorite - the paddock, 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 giving 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 from the Tour celebrities and riders. It’s one of the most popular moments on our Spectator Trips!
In the afternoon we will visit the spectacular walled town of Carcassonne. Set on a hilltop, it’s famous for its medieval citadel, La Cité, with numerous watchtowers and double-walled fortifications.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 13
VIP Viewing in the Relais Etape in Pau
In the morning we will drive towards Pau and head to our VIP area to be greeted by our hostess and ex pro-riders. The Relais Etape is situated on the course, generally within a few kms from the end, though geography dictates, it allows us to view the Time Trial in VIP style. A 3-course meal, free bar, live coverage on TV, until the cyclists pass right in front of us live - an amazing way to watch a stage! 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! A Tour de France gift is presented as a reminder of a great day.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 14
VIP Stage Finish on the Col du Tourmalet
No better way to finish our Tour de France trip with VIP race-viewing on the legendary Col du Tourmalet! We will set-off in the morning and head into the Pyrenees, seeing the crowds and hundreds of camper vans that have waited patiently for days! We will head to the VIP zone and after lunch we will enter our VIP area, a 3-tiered viewing area with complimentary appetizers, drinks, official TDF photos and excellent views of the race. Its location is dependent on the climb and it’s always in prime position. Enjoy live coverage on screens within the area and prepare for the cyclists to head past us as they climb towards the finish! A true VIP experience!
Unfortunately, our Tour de France Experience must come to an end. We hope to see you back in the future. Join us on a Thomson Spectator Trip to La Vuelta, World Cycling Champs, Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, or AMGEN Tour of California.