Witness the most exciting Grand Depart in a generation! We’ll be based for 3 days on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, just minutes away from the Finish and Start Lines of the opening 3 stages! From Nice we head over to Provence to climb the giant of them all - MONT VENTOUX! All in all, a week of remarkable cycling and Tour de France race-viewing, not to be missed!
Tour de France Race-Viewing Details
Stage 1: Access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Nice
Stage 1: VIP ride across the Finish Line & Podium photos in Nice
Stage 2: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the Col de Turini
Stage 3: Access to the VIP Departure Village at the Stage Start in Nice
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 3 Grand Depart stages in and around Nice
3. Only with Thomson: access to our Private Hospitality Marquee on the Col de Turini
4. Only with Thomson: extensive Ride Program: choose from 3 fully supported rides
5. Premium location: our Nice hotel is just minutes from all the Opening Stage Starts & Finishes
6. More KOMs: Ventoux, Col de Turini, La Madone, Col d’Eze…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 150km - 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: 185km / 115miles
Total Elevation: 5,146m / 16,883ft
Longest Ride: 53km / 33miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 1,378m / 4,521ft
Total Distance: 341km / 212miles
Total Elevation: 9,597m / 31,486ft
Longest Ride: 107km / 66miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 3,151m / 10,338ft
Total Distance: 467km / 290miles
Total Elevation: 13,599m / 44,616ft
Longest Ride: 148km / 92miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 4,711m / 15,456ft
Bienvenue a Nice!
Our staff will meet you at Nice International Airport. From the airport we have a short transfer to our hotel on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. After checking into 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.
Our warm-up ride takes us high into the Alpes Maritimes mountains above Nice. We’ll follow the TDF Stage 1 Race route up the Col d’Aspremont then back to our hotel in Nice.
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 8:30am - either at Nice International Airport or directly at the AC Hotel Marriot Nice which is just 15 minutes from the airport
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 1
Official Ride across the Finish Line, Photo Shoot on the Podium & VIP access to the Stage Finish in Nice
Today has to be one of the best starts to a Thomson Tour de France trip ever. Our hotel is situated just a few metres from both the Start and Finish Line - so you’ll be in the thick of the action!
In the morning we’re going to escape the Tour for a few hours and ride one of the most scenic and spectacular routes in Europe including the Col d’Eze and the Col de la Madone (made famous by a certain Lance Armstrong).
Arriving back at the hotel, the Tour will be in full swing - and we have the unique opportunity to ride 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.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 2
Private Viewing on the HC Col de Turini climb
A magnificent mountain stage today with 2 HC climbs on the route - the Col de la Colmiane and the Col de Turini. Our Performance ride will head through the Alpes Maritimes mountains to Lantosque where we join the Race Route on the Col de Turini.
We’ll witness the race action LIVE on the mountainside on the Col de Turini. Enjoy the wild Tour de France scene from the comfort of our Hospitality 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 3
VIP Access to the Stage Start in Nice
We’ve secured access to the VIP Departure Village and Team Paddock at the start of Stage 3 in Nice. The VIP Departure Village is a great place to soak up the atmosphere at the Start of a Tour de France stage. You’ll also have privileged access to the Team Paddock which is where you’ll get the chance to get up close to the riders and Tour celebrities and the perfect opportunity to get some photos, autographs etc.
The TDF peloton will head out around lunchtime and afterwards we’ll transfer over to Provence, close to the foot of Mont Ventoux. In the late afternoon we’ll head out on a ride through the Gorges de la Nesque - one of the most beautiful rides in Provence - then rest up for tomorrow’s assault on Mont Ventoux!
The Giant of Provence is our objective today. A truly remarkable mountain that is steeped in cycling history. Our hotel is located directly at the foot of the mountain, in the village of Sault, so we’ll be able to focus entirely on conquering this awesome mountain.
While the Extreme group are tackling all 3 sides of Ventoux, the Performance group will climb the Giant twice. The first climb is the easiest and starts pretty much outside our hotel in Sault. From the summit we descend to Malaucene then ride around the base of Ventoux to Bedoin where we start the classic approach. The summit lies 20km up the road, then it’s all downhill to our hotel in Sault.
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. Our shuttle will take you to Marseille Provence Airport, arriving at 10:00am.