We’ll post the itinerary for the Tour de France as soon as the new route is announced. Until then, this is a good example as to what to expect.
Saturday, July 18
ATG will provide a mid-day airport transfer from Marseille airport. Meet at the hotel, assemble and test bikes. Orientation meeting and Welcome Dinner together.
Fontaine-de Vaucluse is a medieval village tucked in a “closed valley” at the southwestern corner of the mountainous Plateau de Vaucluse. It is located at the base of high, rocky cliffs, where a deep pool of seemingly still water is the source of the Sorgue river, Europe largest resurgent spring. The source pool is fed by collective rainfall in the Plateau de Vaucluse.
Sunday, July 19
Ride: 45 miles/3,000 ft.
We will take a loop ride through the Luberon and visit the medieval hilltop villages of Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux, Lacoste and Ménerbes, all made famous by Peter Mayles’s “A year in Provence” each one with its personal charm and topped by its own castle. Dinner on your own at one of the many great local restaurants.
Monday, July 20
Ride: 85 miles/6,200 ft. with 37 miles of downhill!
It will be a memorable day or riding as we take on “the Giant of Provence”, Mont Ventoux! We’ll ascend along the classic route from Bedoin then descend through the aromatic lavender fields to Sault before enjoying our final descent through the spectacular, twisting Gorges de la Nesque, one of the best rides in Provence. Dinner together.
Tuesday, July 21
Ride: 30 miles/4,200 ft.
After breakfast we will transfer to our climbing base located at Saint Jean de Maurienne, our home for the next 5 nights so you can relax and settle in. In the afternoon, we will ride up the of Lacets (switchbacks) de Montvernier on our way to the Col de Chaussy (part of Stage 18 and 19 routes). Dinner together.
Wednesday, July 22nd
Ride: 60 miles 8,400 ft.
Today is the day you’ve been training for! We’ll conquer the Col du Telegraphe (7.5 miles/2,717 ft) and Galibier (11 miles/4,033 ft) – a spectacular day of climbing in the Alps. Dinner on your own.
Challenging Option: For those of you who have the “legs”, complete the infamous La Marmotte Loop by continuing down to L’Bourg d’Oisans, climbing the L’Alpe d’Huez and finishing on the climb of the Col de la Croix de Fer before your final descent to St. Jean de Maurienne. This ride totals 104 miles/13,000 ft!
Thursday, July 23
Ride: 40-60 miles/ 5,000-10,000 ft.
Climb the Col de la Madeleine (12 miles/4,946 ft). You can do this climb and then come back and watch the Stage 18 finish in St. Jean de Maurienne. Dinner together.
Challenging Option: Add the Col du Glandon
Friday, July 24th
Ride: Today is a Ala carte menu.
1. Have a relaxing morning before watching the Start of Stage 19 in St. Jean de M. and get your photos and autographs of your favorite Pros. Watch the Riders as they sign in on the TdF start Podium. After the start you can ride up to watch the La Toussuire Mountaintop Finish
2. Get up early and ride the Col du Mollard before watching the Start of Stage 19 in St. Jean de M. After the start you can ride up to watch the La Toussuire Mountaintop Finish.
3. Ride the Col de la Croix de Fer and then watch the Stage 19 La Toussuire Mountaintop Finish.
Dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in St. Jean de M.
Saturday, July 25th
Ride: 40-52 miles/5,000-8,500 ft.
We will ride up the Col du Glandon on our way watch to ride and watch the decisive final mountain Stage 20 L’Alpe d’Huez Mountain Top Finish. Final Celebration Dinner Together!
Sunday, July 26
The tour concludes after breakfast. We’ll transfer you to Lyon Airport/TGV allowing you the option to fly home from Lyon or join our Paris Extension Option and watch the grand finale of the Tour on the Champs-Elysees.
Sunday-Tuesday July 26- 28
ATG’s Paris Extension: $590/person
(Self-guided, Includes 2 nights hotel, TGV from Lyon to Paris & transfer to Hotel)
If you’re interested in seeing the grand finale of the Tour on the Champs-Elysees and visiting Paris, we’ve reserved a block of rooms at our favorite Paris hotel for Sunday and Monday night following our cycling tour. The hotel is near the Eiffel Tower and located on a quaint pedestrian cobbled street in one of the most charming areas of Paris. Enjoy the upscale cafes, galleries, boutiques and restaurants of this lively area. We’ll be happy to provide tips for watching the race, and recommendations for restaurants and things to see and do in Paris.