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The Italian and French Alps stages with the Premier Official Tour Operator

LIVE race-viewing of the key Alpine stages in Italy and France during the first week of the Tour de France. Witness the Tour LIVE on the Col du Galibier and enjoy VIP access to the Stage Finish in Turin. Ride the Colle del Nivolet – and of course Alpe d’Huez!

Thomson Tour de France K/QOM Challenges are the trips of choice for avid cyclists of all abilities looking for a unique blend of LIVE race-viewing and challenging riding.

Ride Alpe d’Huez, the Col du Galibier (from both sides), the Col de la Croix de Fer, the spectacular Lacets de Montvernier and one of our favorite climbs, the little-known Col du Sabot. You’ll also conquer what is generally considered the most beautiful climb in Europe (and one of the most challenging) – the mighty Colle del Nivolet in Piedmont!

Be there on the Col du Galibier to experience the Tour de France LIVE on this iconic climb. Mingle with pro riders and Tour celebrities with our privileged VIP access to the Departure Village and Team Paddock at the start of Stage 5 in St Jean de Maurienne. Experience a memorable day in Turin with an official ride across the Finish Line before the peloton, a photo shoot on the Official Podium, then witness the Finish of Stage 3, LIVE from the Official VIP Lounge.

 

Departure

June 29th 2024


Rental Bike

USD $550


From

USD $8,995


Duration

8 days / 7 nights


Non-Rider Friendly

Yes


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A successful celebration of my 70th Bday and of 3 years cancer free. Beyond anything one could ever ask for. Each climb was for all ...

David Lemon, USA — 2022

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Wow. Top notch trip. Delivered on every count. I’ve done a trip with another company. I’m in with Thomson for the next one.

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This was a great way to watch the last week of the Tour de France. The rides were a great way to have some idea ...

Mike VanNortwick, USA — 2023

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Daily itineraries

Only with Thomson: a choice of 3 fully supported rides each day. With daily rides from 20km to 150km (12 miles to 90 miles), no matter your fitness level, we’ve got you covered!

 

Your partner doesn’t ride but is a Tour de France fan: no problem, our Non-riding Companion program features daily activities and Tour de France viewing for those who prefer not to ride.

 

Check out our Sport, Performance, Epic and Non-Riding Companion itineraries below.

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01 Benvenuto a Torino! Villa Matilde
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01 Benvenuto a Torino! Villa Matilde
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01 Benvenuto a Torino!
02 Colle del Nivolet - the most beautiful climb in the Alps? Villa Matilde
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02 Colle del Nivolet - the most beautiful climb in the Alps? Villa Matilde
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02 Turin visit Villa Matilde
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02 Colle del Nivolet - the most beautiful climb in the Alps?
03 Ride over the Finish Line, Podium Photo Op & LIVE VIP Race-Viewing of the Stage Finish Hotel NH Torino Lingotto
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03 Ride over the Finish Line, Podium Photo Op & LIVE VIP Race-Viewing of the Stage Finish Hotel NH Torino Lingotto
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03 Ride over the Finish Line, Podium Photo Op & LIVE VIP Race-Viewing of the Stage Finish Hotel NH Torino Lingotto
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03 Ride over the Finish Line, Podium Photo Op & LIVE VIP Race-Viewing of the Stage Finish
04 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the final climb to the Col du Galibier Hotel Pic Blanc
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04 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the final climb to the Col du Galibier Hotel Pic Blanc
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04 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the final climb to the Col du Galibier Hotel Pic Blanc
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04 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the final climb to the Col du Galibier
05 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village & Team Paddock access - OR - Ride the Col du Sabot Hotel Pic Blanc
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05 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village & Team Paddock access - OR - Ride the Col du Sabot Hotel Pic Blanc
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05 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village & Team Paddock access Hotel Pic Blanc
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05 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village & Team Paddock access - OR - Quintessential Alps Ride
06 21 switchbacks to Alpe d'Huez Hotel Pic Blanc
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06 21 switchbacks to Alpe d'Huez Hotel Pic Blanc
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06 Alpe d'Huez Hotel Pic Blanc
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06 21 switchbacks to Alpe d'Huez
07 The iconic Col de la Croix de Fer Hotel Pic Blanc
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07 Croix de Fer, Telegraphe and Galibier! Hotel Pic Blanc
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07 Grenoble visit Hotel Pic Blanc
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07 Pas de la Confession
08 Au revoir!
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08 Au revoir!
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Day 1

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Benvenuto a Torino!

Your trip starts at Milan Malpensa Airport where our staff will meet you before the transfer to your hotel in Romano Canavese.

After a brief orientation meeting, lunch and bike build-up, you’ll head out on our warm-up ride, a beautiful ride through the Canavese hills.

Benvenuto a Torino!

Your trip starts at Milan Malpensa Airport where our staff will meet you before the transfer to your hotel in Romano Canavese.

After a brief orientation meeting, lunch and bike build-up, you’ll head out on our warm-up ride, a beautiful ride through the Canavese hills.

Benvenuto a Torino!

Your trip starts at Milan Malpensa Airport where our staff will meet you before the transfer to your hotel in Romano Canavese.

After a brief orientation meeting, lunch and bike build-up, you’ll head out on our warm-up ride, a beautiful ride through the Canavese hills.

Benvenuto a Torino!

Your trip starts at Milan Malpensa Airport where our staff will meet you before the transfer to your hotel in Romano Canavese. In the afternoon we’ll organise a visit to the Basilica Superga which sits high on a hill overlooking the city of Turin. Superga is one of the key symbols of the city and actually hosts the finish of the annual Milano-Torino bike race.

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Colle del Nivolet - the most beautiful climb in the Alps?

Our destination today is generally rated as the most beautiful paved climb in the Alps: the Colle de Nivolet! Not often do we get the oppotunity to ride this majestic climb but with the Tour de France finishing in nearby Turin tomorrow, we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ride this gem of a climb.

From our hotel we’ll have a short transfer to Ceresole Reale where we’ll jump on the bikes and head out on this beautiful climb. This will be your biggest challenge of the week but well woth the effort. Enjoy!

Colle del Nivolet - the most beautiful climb in the Alps?

Our destination today is generally rated as the most beautiful paved climb in the Alps: the Colle de Nivolet! Not often do we get the oppotunity to ride this majestic climb but with the Tour de France finishing in nearby Turin tomorrow, we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ride this gem of a climb.

From our hotel we’ll have a short transfer to Pont Canavese where we’ll jump on the bikes and head out on this beautiful ride. The Nivolet summit lies 52km up the road with the final 18km being absolutely spectacular. Enjoy!

Colle del Nivolet - the most beautiful climb in the Alps?

Our destination today is generally rated as the most beautiful paved climb in the Alps: the Colle de Nivolet! Not often do we get the oppotunity to ride this majestic climb but with the Tour de France finishing in nearby Turin tomorrow, we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ride this gem of a climb.

Riding from the hotel,  in the town of Strambino we take a little detour off the main road to include the magnificent Pian del Lupo climb which we last rode in 2019 during Stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia. The descent from Pian del Lupo brings you back to the main Nivolet route, 52 km from the summit, with the final 18km being absolutely spectacular. Enjoy!

Turin visit

Our cycling group head up to the high mountains to take on one of the most challenging rides in Europe, the Colle de Nivolet! If you’d like to see this spectacular part of the Alps you’re welcome to jump in one of our support vans and encourage your partner to the top of this magnificent climb. Alternatively join your non-riding host on an organised tour of the many attractions the city of Turin has to offer, including the Egizio Museum, a wonderful museum dedicated to Egyption art and culture, the National Cinema Museum, and for you car-lovers, there’s the National Automobile Museum, recognised as one of the world’s top tech and science museums.

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Ride over the Finish Line, Podium Photo Op & LIVE VIP Race-Viewing of the Stage Finish

A unique opportunity today to ride your bike across the Official Finish Line just a few hours before the peloton – followed by a photo shoot on the Official Podium. You’ll round off an amazing Tour de France day by witnessing the Race Finish from the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Turin.

Ride over the Finish Line, Podium Photo Op & LIVE VIP Race-Viewing of the Stage Finish

A unique opportunity today to ride your bike across the Official Finish Line just a few hours before the peloton – followed by a photo shoot on the Official Podium. You’ll round off an amazing Tour de France day by witnessing the Race Finish from the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Turin.

Ride over the Finish Line, Podium Photo Op & LIVE VIP Race-Viewing of the Stage Finish

A unique opportunity today to ride your bike across the Official Finish Line just a few hours before the peloton – followed by a photo shoot on the Official Podium. You’ll round off an amazing Tour de France day by witnessing the Race Finish from the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Turin.

Our cycling group will be riding across the Official Finish Line just a few hours before the peloton where you’ll be invited to join them for a photo shoot on the Official Podium. You’ll round off an amazing Tour de France day by witnessing the Race Finish from the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Turin.

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LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the final climb to the Col du Galibier

The first big mountain stage today with the riders facing the mighty Col du Galibier before dropping down to Valloire for the stage finish. You’ll have a short transfer to Serre Chevalier where you’ll start the ride on the actual Tour de France race route. Join the groups of passionate cycling fans as they climb to the Col de Lautaret and on to the legendary Col de Galibier. Riding this legendary climb on race day will be an experience you’re unlikely to forget. Enjoy!

Our Logistics Team will have set up our Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the climb to the Galibier which will be buzzing with thousands of passionate fans excited to see the stage finish on this legendary climb. Enjoy the atmosphere from the comfort of our Private Hospitality Marquee. Food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage will keep you entertained as you wait for the peloton to approach.

LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the final climb to the Col du Galibier

The first big mountain stage today with the riders facing the mighty Col du Galibier before dropping down to Valloire for the stage finish. You’ll have a short transfer to Montgenevre where you’ll start the ride on the actual Tour de France race route. A fantastic descent takes you to Briançon and the start of the long climb to the Col de Lautaret and the legendary Col de Galibier. Riding this legendary climb on race day will be an experience you’re unlikely to forget. Enjoy!

Our Logistics Team will have set up our Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the climb to the Galibier which will be buzzing with thousands of passionate fans excited to see the stage finish on this legendary climb. Enjoy the atmosphere from the comfort of our Private Hospitality Marquee. Food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage will keep you entertained as you wait for the peloton to approach.

LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the final climb to the Col du Galibier

The first big mountain stage today with the riders facing the mighty Col du Galibier before dropping down to Valloire for the stage finish. You’ll have a short transfer to Bardonnechia where you’ll start the ride with the magnificent climb to the Colle della Scala and the French border. The descent takes you to Briançon where you’ll join the Tour de France race route and the start of the long climb to the Col de Lautaret and the legendary Col de Galibier. Riding this legendary climb on race day will be an experience you’re unlikely to forget. Enjoy!

Our Logistics Team will have set up our Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the climb to the Galibier which will be buzzing with thousands of passionate fans excited to see the stage finish on this legendary climb. Enjoy the atmosphere from the comfort of our Private Hospitality Marquee. Food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage will keep you entertained as you wait for the peloton to approach.

LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the final climb to the Col du Galibier

The first big mountain stage today with the riders facing the mighty Col du Galibier before dropping down to Valloire for the stage finish. Our staff will drive you to the Col du Galibier where our Logistics Team will have set up our Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee where you’ll join thousands of passionate fans excited to see the stage finish on this legendary climb. Enjoy the atmosphere from the comfort of our Private Hospitality Marquee. Food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage will keep you entertained as you wait for the peloton to approach.

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LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village & Team Paddock access - OR - Ride the Col du Sabot

Today the Tour de France heads out of the Alps with a flat stage from St Jean de Maurienne to Saint Vulbas. You’ll have a couple of options to choose from:

Option 1: head over to St Jean de Maurienne to experience the start of the Tour de France stage. You’ll have privileged access to the VIP Departure Village and Team Paddock, a great place to mingle and meet the teams and individual riders as they prepare for the start of the stage.

Option 2: join our ride leaders for a fantastic ride to the quaint mountain village of Vaujany.

LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village & Team Paddock access - OR - Ride the Col du Sabot

Today the Tour de France heads out of the Alps with a flat stage from St Jean de Maurienne to Saint Vulbas. You’ll have a couple of options to choose from:

Option 1: head over to St Jean de Maurienne to experience the start of the Tour de France stage. You’ll have privileged access to the VIP Departure Village and Team Paddock, a great place to mingle and meet the teams and individual riders as they prepare for the start of the stage.

Option 2: join our ride leaders for a fantastic ride to the Col du Sabot, a magnificent, little-known climb, high above Alpe d’Huez.

LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village & Team Paddock access - OR - Ride the Col du Sabot

Today the Tour de France heads out of the Alps with a flat stage from St Jean de Maurienne to Saint Vulbas. You’ll have a couple of options to choose from:

Option 1: head over to St Jean de Maurienne to experience the start of the Tour de France stage. You’ll have privileged access to the VIP Departure Village and Team Paddock, a great place to mingle and meet the teams and individual riders as they prepare for the start of the stage.

Option 2: join our ride leaders for a fantastic ride to the Col du Sabot, a magnificent, little-known climb, high above Alpe d’Huez.

LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village & Team Paddock access

Today the Tour de France heads out of the Alps with a flat stage from St Jean de Maurienne to Saint Vulbas. We’ll head over to St Jean de Maurienne to experience the start of the Tour de France stage. You’ll have privileged access to the VIP Departure Village and Team Paddock, a great place to mingle and meet the teams and individual riders as they prepare for the start of the stage.

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21 switchbacks to Alpe d'Huez

Today is your opportunity to test yourself on the most famous of all climbs – the 21 switchbacks that lead to Alpe d’Huez!

You’ll start the day by descending the famous 21 switchbacks to Bourg d’Oisans. Stop in Bourg d’Oisans to visit the local bike shop which has a great range of Alpe d’Huez cycling clothes and merchandise. Enjoy a coffee in the main square of this cycling-passionate town then head out to conquer this most famous of all cycling climbs.

ride the legendary mountains of the grand tours

21 switchbacks to Alpe d'Huez

Today is your opportunity to test yourself on the most famous of all climbs – the 21 switchbacks that lead to Alpe d’Huez!

The ride starts with a long descent and after 28km you’ll reach the town of Bourg d’Oisans, the start ot the climb to Alpe d’Huez. This time round you’ll only climb the first 3km of the climb before turning off in La Garde onto one of the most spectacular roads in the Alps: the panoramic road to Le Freney.

From Le Freney, you’ll ride back down the valley to Bourg d’Oisans.This time you’ll climb all of the iconic 21 switchbacks to Alpe d’Huez.

ride the legendary mountains of the grand tours

21 switchbacks to Alpe d'Huez

Today is your opportunity to test yourself on the most famous of all climbs – the 21 switchbacks that lead to Alpe d’Huez!

The ride starts with a long descent and after 28km you’ll reach the town of Bourg d’Oisans, the start ot the climb to Alpe d’Huez. On reaching the summit, the ride continues with “the balcony”, an incredible route perched high on a ridge with some of the most impressive views in the Alps. Your final climb of the day takes you back to Alpe d’Huez over the stunning Col de Sarenne, a remote, narrow road that climbs to 2000m before dropping down into Alpe d’Huez.

ride the legendary mountains of the grand tours

Alpe d'Huez

A day in Alpe d’Huez and your host will lead you on a hike around the many mountain trails that surround the town.

ride the legendary mountains of the grand tours

Day 7

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Croix de Fer, Telegraphe and Galibier!

A challenging ride today in the mountains around Alpe d’Huez, with a total distance of 42 km and 1310m of elevation gain. The ride starts easy enough with the 14km descent to Bourg d’Oisans. However, this time you won’t stop in Bourg d’Oisans – you’ll continue along the valley floor for a further 8km to Rochetaillée.

In Rochetaillée you’ll take a right turn and start the beautiful climb to Pas de la Confession, the back-way into Alpe d’Huez. Enjoy the spectacular views of the valley floor, 800m below the panoramic road that leads to Pas de la Confession.

The iconic Col de la Croix de Fer

Your most challenging ride of the week with 2 major climbs to conquer: the iconic Col de la Croix de Fer and the Pas de la Confession climb through Vilard-Reculas and up to Alpe d’Huez.

You’ll start the ride with a long descent to Rochetaillée. From Rochetaillée, the Col de la Croix de Fer lies 31km up the road at an average grade of almost 6% so be careful to pace yourself on this long and challenging cimb. You’ll turn around at the summit and head back down to Allemond where you’ll start the incredibly scenic climb to Pas de la Confession, the back-way into Alpe d’Huez.

Croix de Fer, Telegraphe and Galibier!

A major challenge today with the Col de la Croix de Fer, Col de Telegraphe and the iconic Col du Galibier on the agenda. All 3 climbs are classified as “Hors-Categorie” meaning they’re above category, a French way of saying they’re damn hard.

One of the most remarkable climbs in the Alps is the Lacets de Montvernier, with it’s 18 switchbacks crammed into just 3km. It lies between the Croix de Fer and the Telegraphe so you’ll also have the opportunity to experience this incredible climb. From Les Lacets, a short ride along the valley will bring you to St Michel de Maurienne, the start of the iconic Col du Galibier. The summit lies 35km ahead at 2645m (8678ft), the highest elevation you’ll reach during the trip.

Grenoble visit

As your cycling partner takes on the biggest ride of the trip, you’ll join your host on a day-trip to nearby Grenoble. You’ll take the spectacular cable-car to the Bastille Fort where you can enjoy some of the best views in the Alps, visit the fort and enjoy some fantastic crepes. In the evening, we’ll meet up in the Hotel Bar to toast a sensational week with a few celebratory drinks before dinner.

Day 8

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Au revoir!

Sadly, your Tour de France trip in the Alps has come to an end.

Our private shuttle will drop you off at Lyon St Exupery Airport.

Au revoir!

Sadly, your Tour de France trip in the Alps has come to an end.

Our private shuttle will drop you off at Lyon St Exupery Airport.

Au revoir!

Sadly, your Tour de France trip in the Alps has come to an end.

Our private shuttle will drop you off at Lyon St Exupery Airport.

Au revoir!

Sadly, your Tour de France trip in the Alps has come to an end.

Our private shuttle will drop you off at Lyon St Exupery Airport.

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Climbs

Stage 1

Florence > Rimini


It’s rare for the Tour de France to start with more than 3,600 metres of climbing – in fact it’s never happened before! – and it’s also the first time that the race has visited the home city of Gino Bartali. The succession of hills in Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna are likely to be the setting for an immediate and testing confrontation between the contenders for the title, particularly the climb into San Marino (7.1km at 4.8%), where the race will add a 13th name to its catalogue of foreign visits.

Stage 2

Cesenatico > Bologna


The passage across the Emilia-Romagna region is straightforward enough to begin with as it takes the peloton to Imola and its famous motor racing circuit. The final part of the stage, featuring the climb to the Sanctuary of San Luca (1.9km at 10.6%), the traditional finale of the Giro dell’Emilia, which will be tackled twice in the final 40km, offers fertile terrain for the peloton’s puncheurs.

Stage 3

Piacenza > Turin


The sprinters will have started the 2024 Tour with their teeth gritted, but now they’ll have something to sink them into with the finish in Turin. Prior to that, the peloton will pay a passing tribute to Fausto Coppi by heading through Tortone, where il campionissimo died. By that point, though, the sprinters’ domestiques will already be hard at work, their focus on ensuring a sprint finale. There’ll be little room for manoeuvre for the breakaway riders.

Stage 4

Pinerolo > Valloire


The race leaves Italy after a long climb to the resort of Sestrières, where Coppi triumphed in 1952, the border subsequently reached at the Col de Montgenèvre. Then, after ascending the Lautaret pass, the riders will tackle the 2,642-metre Galibier. This will be the first opportunity for the favourites to test themselves in the high mountains.

Stage 5

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne > Saint-Vulbas


The race’s temporary exit from the Alps will be made via Chambéry. Soon after, the peloton will be in La Bridoire, where the finish of the Classique des Alpes Juniors is regularly held. That’s a race for climbers, but they won’t get a look-in here as they head for Saint-Vulbas. After the Côte de l’Huis, tackled with 34km remaining, the wide roads beyond will be ideal for keeping a close eye on the breakaway riders. The winner’s bouquet looks destined to go to a sprinter.

Stage 6

Mâcon > Dijon


Fans of medieval architecture will be treated to aerial images of Cluny Abbey and much more. The breakaway will set off with the ambition of holding off the peloton’s pursuit though the vineyards of the Côte Chalonnaise, but the sprinters should have the last word on the 800-metre straight into the prefecture of the Côte-d’Or.

Stage 7

Nuits-Saint-Georges > Gevrey-Chambertin


Great wines for great riders! But before venturing into the heart of the vineyards, the time trial specialists will spend almost two-thirds of this time trial on forest roads. The climb of the Côte de Curtil-Vergy (1.6km at 6.1%), which comes in the final section, will test their tolerance to pain. On the face of it, there shouldn’t be any big gaps between the best riders, but who knows?

Stage 8

Semur-en-Auxois > Colombey-les-deux-Églises


Although no altitude records will be broken, the first two-thirds of this stage does feature five categorised climbs. The relentless ups and downs may put a strain on the legs at the point when the sprinters’ team-mates are starting to think about setting up a bunch finish. But the last three kilometres of the final straight, which rise slightly but steadily, could be the ideal place to bring the peloton back together.

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2024
June 29 to July 6
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    Hotels

    Villa Matilde

    The Hotel Sina Villa Matilde is a historic residence dating back to the 18th century, located in Romano Canavese, a small village nestled in the Piedmont countryside between the cities of Turin and Aosta. Set in a magnificent park, the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court and a gym with sauna and Turkish bath. From a cycling standpoint, the hotel is ideally situated on the edge of the Gran Paradiso National Park, on the road to the Colle del Nivolet, considered by many to be the most spectacular climb in Europe!

    Hotel NH Torino Lingotto

    The Hotel NH Torino Lingotto is located in the former FIAT car factory, redesigned by architect Renzo Piano. It's a unique building and Turin landmark and is located just 1km from the Finish Line of Stage 3 of the Tour de France and directly at the foot of the Superga and Colle della Maddalena iconic cycling climbs, making it the ideal location for easy access to the Stage Finish and to you the top cycling routes in the area. The hotel itself is quite stunning with the tropical Garden of Wonders dominating the center of the hotel.

    Hotel Pic Blanc

    Le Pic Blanc is the top hotel in Alpe d'Huez and over the years we've built a fantastic relationship with this much sought-after hotel, granting Thomson privileged access during the Tour de France. The restaurant and the rooms have incredible views of the high Alpine peaks just off to the south of the hotel. An indoor pool, spa, outside terrace and lounge bar make this a wonderful place to relax after a hard day's riding in the Alps!

    Pick-up and Drop-off

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Time

    Milan Malpensa Airport

    June 29 at 8:30am

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    Hotel Crowne Plaza Milan Malpensa Airport

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    June 29 at 8:30am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Time

    Lyon St Exupery Airport

    July 6 at 10:00am

    What's included

    What's Included What's Not Included
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    • TDF Stage 3: VIP ride across the Finish Line, Podium photo op, and access to the VIP Hospitality Lounge at the Stage Finish in Turin
    • TDF Stage 4: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the Col du Galibier
    • TDF Stage 5: access to the VIP Departure Village and Team Paddock in St Jean de Maurienne
    • Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 3 x sit-down lunches
    • 4 x picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at Milan Malpensa Airport
    • Drop-off at Lyon St Exupery Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Overall Staff to Guest ratio: 1 to 3
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the rides arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Merchandising arrow
    • Tour de France Gift Bag
    • Special Discount card for Official Tour de France stores
    • Thomson Bike Tours merchandise pack
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Tour de France Viewing arrow
    • TDF Stage 3: VIP ride across the Finish Line, Podium photo op, and access to the VIP Hospitality Lounge at the Stage Finish in Turin
    • TDF Stage 4: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the Col du Galibier
    • TDF Stage 5: access to the VIP Departure Village and Team Paddock in St Jean de Maurienne
    • Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 3 x sit-down lunches
    • 4 x picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at Milan Malpensa Airport
    • Drop-off at Lyon St Exupery Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Overall Staff to Guest ratio: 1 to 3
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the rides arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Merchandising arrow
    • Tour de France Gift Bag
    • Special Discount card for Official Tour de France stores
    • Thomson Bike Tours merchandise pack
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Rental bikes

    Specialized Aethos Expert

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    Frame

    Aethos FACT 10r Carbon

    Groupset

    Di2 Shimano Ultegra

    Weight

    699g (size 56)

    Wheels

    Roval C38

    Chainrings

    52/36T

    Cassette

    11-36t (12-speed)

    Sizes

    49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61

    Rental Fee

    USD $550

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    Guest Experience

    Elevate your riding experience to new heights as you conquer legendary ascents that have tested the mettle of cycling's elite. Picture yourself pedaling through panoramic vistas, tackling hairpin turns and steep gradients, all while astride top-tier bikes meticulously fine-tuned by professional mechanics. With a support crew unparalleled in their dedication, every mile becomes a triumph, every summit a personal victory. Fulfill your lifetime riding goals and immerse yourself in the exhilarating world of the pro peloton, where the passion for cycling meets the grandeur of the mountains. This isn't just a trip—it's a unique opportunity to challenge yourself and ride the same paths as cycling legends.

    VIP Experience

    Embark on the ultimate cycling pilgrimage with our exclusive VIP trip to witness the Tour de France in unparalleled style. Immerse yourself in the thrilling energy of the race with spectacular access to the start and finish lines, as well as prime vantage points along major climbs like the legendary Col du Tourmalet and the Col du Galibier. Rub shoulders with cycling royalty as you meet the pro riders up close, savoring the electrifying atmosphere of the world's greatest cycling event. Indulge in the epitome of luxury with our VIP areas, where the finest champagne and cuisine await you. Experience the Tour like never before – you'll be as close to the pros as a Directeur Sportif, creating memories to last a lifetime. Join us on this once-in-a-lifetime journey, meticulously supported by the Thomson team, and elevate your passion for cycling to new heights.

    Legendary Climbs

    Get ready to ride your way into cycling history! Join us on an exhilarating adventure that puts your climbing skills to the ultimate test along the legendary routes of the Tour de France. Channel your inner pro cyclist as you conquer iconic climbs such as the formidable Tourmalet and the breathtaking Galibier. Feel the rush of ascending these famed Cols, surrounded by awe-inspiring landscapes that have witnessed cycling greatness. This isn't just a ride; it's a chance to immerse yourself in the exhilarating world of professional cycling, supported by a dedicated team ensuring you tackle each ascent like a champion. Grab your bike, bring your determination, and let's ascend to new heights together!


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