Conquer famous climbs like Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Croix de Fer, Madeleine, Grand Colombier and the all new Col de la Loze, which will feature for the first time in the Tour de France. Witness the 4 Key Stages in the Alps and enjoy the unique experience of riding across the Finish Line ahead of the peloton.
Note: compared to our Alps 7-Day trip, this trip starts 2 days earlier, to witness the Finish of Stage 15 on the Col du Grand Colombier.
Tour de France Race-Viewing Details
Stage 15: Access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line on the Col du Grand Colombier
Stage 16: Access to the VIP Departure Village at the Stage Start in La Tour-du-Pin
Stage 17: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the Col de la Loze
Stage 18: Access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in La Roche sur Foron
Stage 18: VIP ride across the Finish Line & Podium photos in La Roche sur Foron
Top 7 reasons to choose Thomson
1. Number 1 Official Tour de France Tour Operator: awarded “PREMIUM” status by ASO
2. VIP access to the 4 key stages in the Alps
3. Only with Thomson: access to our Private Hospitality Marquee on the Col de de la Loze
4. Only with Thomson: extensive Ride Program: choose from 3 fully supported rides
5. Luxury Hotels: a 15th Century Château & the #1 hotel in Alpe d’Huez
6. More KOMs: Grand Colombier, Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, La Loze…No one rides like Thomson!
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 130km - 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)
Total Distance: 282km / 175miles
Total Elevation: 9,164m / 30,066ft
Longest Ride: 44km / 27miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 1,928m / 6,325ft
Total Distance: 539km / 335miles
Total Elevation: 14,966m / 49,101ft
Longest Ride: 102km / 63miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 3,108m / 10,197ft
Total Distance: 741km / 460miles
Total Elevation: 22,485m / 73,770ft
Longest Ride: 132km / 82miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 4,128m / 13,543ft
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 in Annecy. 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.
A fantastic warm-up ride today! We’ll ride down the west shore of Lake Annecy to St Jorioz where we’ll turn inland and start the climb to the Col de Leschaux. Enjoy the stunning views over Lake Annecy before heading downhill towards our hotel.
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 8:30am - either at Lyon St Exupery Airport or at the Hotel NH Lyon Airport
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 15
VIP access to the Stage Finish on the Col du Grand Colombier
Today’s Tour de France stage will no doubt blow the peloton apart and could well be the decisive stage of this year’s race. The final 75km are absolutely brutal with 3 of the steepest climbs in the Alps coming in quick succession. This will be one for the climbers so watch out for Egan Bernal making a move today, and keep in mind that Thibaut Pinot knows these climbs really well, having won here in the past in the Tour de L’Ain.
We’ve secured access to the VIP Tribune located at the Summit Finish on the Col du Grand Colombier - and to get there we’ll enjoy a spectacular ride, following the race route over the Col du Grand Colombier. The climb will be lined with thousands of passionate Tour de France fans ready to cheer our group all the way to the Finish Line.
A magnificent ride today with 2 spectacular climbs on the route. From the hotel we head straight up into the mountains above Lake Annecy. Our first climb is Mont Semnoz which was the final climb in the 100th edition of the Tour de France. The views of Lake Annecy off to our left as we climb are simply stunning - and will hopefully take your mind off the steep pitches on this HC climb.
From Semnoz we head into the Massif des Bauges Natural Park which is a real playground for road cyclists. Quiet roads, beautiful scenery and lots of climbs make this a firm favorite with local cyclists. After 45 km we start our second climb to the Col des Pres. From here it’s downhill to our hotel in Challes and the end of a magnificent day on the bike.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 16
VIP access to the Stage Start in La Tour du Pin
The Departure 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 photos with the riders.
After waving goodbye to the peloton as they head out on the 164km route to Villard de Lans, we’ll head back to our hotel and get ready for our own ride. On the program today we have the HC climb to Mont Granier, a tough climb which last featured in the Tour de France in 2012.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 17
Private Viewing on the final climb to the Col de la Loze
A fantastic Tour de France experience today with the last 40km taking place on the actual race route so excitement and TDF atmosphere guaranteed.
We’ll ride from the hotel and head along a beautiful rolling road through the foothills of the Bauges mountains to Albertville. We’ll continue along the valley until we reach Moutiers and the start of the massive Col de la Loze, rising to 2300m after 21.5km of climbing at almost 8%. The Col de la Loze is a newly paved road, open only to cyclists and first-time ever in the Tour de France!
Our Logistics Team will have set up our Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the Col de la Loze so you can enjoy the wild Tour de France scene from the comfort of our Marquee. Food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage will keep you entertained as we wait for the peloton to approach.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 18
Official Ride across the Finish Line, Photo Shoot on the Podium & VIP access to the Stage Finish in La Roche sur Foron
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. We’ll round off an amazing Tour de France day by witnessing the Race Finish from the VIP Finish Line Tribune.
We’ve secured access to the VIP Tribune located at the Finish - and to get there we’ll enjoy a spectacular ride, following the race route over the Col des Glieres (with a 2km gravel section at the summit!). The descent from the Glieres takes us into La Roche sur Foron where the routes will be lined with thousands of passionate Tour de France fans ready to cheer our group over the Finish Line.
Col de la Croix de Fer
Our most challenging ride of the week with 2 major climbs to conquer: the legendary Col de la Croix de Fer and the Pas de la Confession climb through Vilard-Reculas and up to Alpe d’Huez.
We’ll start the ride with the 14km descent from Alpe d’Huez to Bourg d’Oisans followed by 8km of flat valley roads before we reach Rochetaillée. The Croix de Fer lies 31km up the road at an average grade of almost 6% so be careful to pace yourself on this challenging cimb. We’ll turn around at the summit and head back down to Allemond where we start the beautiful climb to Pas de la Confession, the back-way into 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!
Our hotel is located at the top of this famous mountain so we’ll start the day with the descent through Vilard Reculas to Allemond. From Allemond it’s a short ride to Bourg d’Oisans and the start of the climb to Alpe d’Huez. This time round we’ll only climb the first 3km 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, we’ll head back down the valley to Bourg d’Oisans.This time we’ll climb all of the iconic 21 switchbacks to Alpe d’Huez. Enjoy!
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. Our shuttle will take you to Lyon St Exupery Airport, arriving at 10:00am.