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Day
1
Day
1

Today's Ride:

Saint Veran to Col Agnel return
Approximately 20 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing

Description:

Welcome to the northern Alps! This is the Tour de France's favorite mountain range, with historic climbs like Galibier, Télégraphe, Izoard and so many more. Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Grenoble train station (Place de la Gare, 38000 Grenoble, France) at 9:00 AM. After a private shuttle deep into the heart of the Alps you'll arrive in the Queyras National Park. Enjoy a tasty lunch and professional bike fit on your award-winning Trek Domane before setting out for a stunning ride up to the Col d'Agnel. Choose to ride as far as you like today accompanied both by your guides and the spectacular views of the surrounding alpine peaks. This pass sits on the border with Italy and is the third highest pass in Europe. The chic mountain village of Saint Véran is your home for the next three nights and where you’ll find L'Alta Peyra, our luxury mountain lodging. This evening we'll gather for cocktails and learn about the week ahead before indulging in the famous Savoie cuisine of the region. Get ready for the excitement of the live race action tomorrow!

Hotel:

L'Alta Peyra
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 16: Brioude to Romans-sur-Isère

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

Saint Veran to Col D'Izoard to Serre Chevalier
Approximately 38 miles with 5,300 feet of climbing

Today's Race Access:

Official VIP Race Access Passes
Stage 17 Finish

Description:

Don’t forget your camera, as we have an exclusive day ahead with VIP passes to today’s exciting stage finish in Serre Chevalier! You'll descend from the hotel and through the morning mist before starting your ascent of the Col d'Izoard, just as the peloton will tomorrow. Challenging and beautiful, this ascent is one of the great cols of the French Alps. Green wooded mountainsides tower above Briançon and sandy-colored, eroded cliffs hover above the Casse Déserte. You’ll have a chance to enjoy the view over the 16km climb with an average grade of 6.9%. Take a breather at the summit to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Alps before descending to Serre Chevalier to witness the pros race over the finish line of Stage 17. After lunch and a change of clothes, you'll watch the arrival of the racers from a unique vantage point aboard an official VIP open-top bus. This exclusive viewing location is head-and-shoulders above the crowd and fully equipped with an open bar and plasma screen TVs so you don’t miss any of the action! After the dust has settled, we'll shuttle back to our hotel for another mountain feast and toast to our first day at the Tour!

Hotel:

L'Alta Peyra
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 17: La Mure to Serre Chevalier

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride:

Saint Veran to Guillestre
Approximately 24 miles with 3,400 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Saint Veran to Guillestre return
Approximately 48 miles with 10,000 feet of climbing

Today's Race Access:

Exclusive “Relais Etape” Hospitality Zone
Final kilometers of Stage 18

Description:

Wake this morning in anticipation of the final mountaintop finish of the 104th Tour de France. We'll descend from the hotel and intercept today's race course along the beautiful Guil River Valley. This spectacular river gorge is a favored destination for river rafters and rock climbers and today is the stage for the true fight for yellow in all its unabashed glory. Our destination is the exclusive Relais Etape hospitality zone in the final kilometers of Stage 18. Complete with a broadcast of the race on a large-screen TV, a sumptuous lunch and open bar, it's the perfect place to watch the action in style. You'll bear witness to the big moments on the course as the pros sprint toward the finish line on the Col D'Izoard. After the race has finished, choose to shuttle or ride back up to Saint Véran where you are free to explore this mountain village for dinner tonight.

Hotel:

L'Alta Peyra
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 18: Briançon to Col d'Izoard

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Col du Lautaret to Col du Galibier to Les Duex Alpes
Approximately 33 miles with 4,500 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Col du Lautaret to Col du Galibier to Col du Telegraph to Les Duex Alpes
Approximately 60 miles with 8,900 feet of climbing

Today's Race Access:

Official VIP Race Access Passes
Stage 19 Departure Village in Embrun

Description:

Savor your café au lait and pain au chocolat this morning before you take a 50-minute shuttle to Embrun for another one-of-a-kind VIP experience at the Stage 19 start. We have your coveted VIP passes to the official departure village where you'll be able to snap a photo of the pros as they prepare for today’s stage. Position yourself to watch the start of the race and cheer the teams onward into this last mountain stage of the race. Once the racers have departed we’ll also take to the mountain roads. An hour's shuttle will take us to the Col du Lautaret where your bikes will be prepped and ready to go. You’ll churn up nearly 8,600 feet above sea level as you ascend the daunting Galibier just as the pros did two days ago for the final climb of Stage 17. If you seek an even bigger challenge, summit Col du Télégraphe, first crested by Tour rider Emile Georget in 1911, and the return to summit the Col du Galibier from the classic north side before a well-earned sweeping descent to Mizoen. A final climb will bring you up to Les Deux Alpes where you’ll find Chalet Mounier, our mountain lodging for the next two nights. Here, we’ll gather together for a sumptuous dinner. Rest well tonight as we climb Alpe d'Huez tomorrow!

Hotel:

Chalet Mounier
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 19: Embrun to Salon-de-Provence

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

Les Deux Alpes to Alpe d'Huez to Mizoen with shuttle
Approximately 34 miles with 5,200 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Les Deux Alpes to Alpe d'Huez with shuttle
Approximately 21 miles with 4,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Les Deux Alpes to Alpe d'Huez to Col de Sarenne Loop
Approximately 41 miles with 7,400 feet of climbing

Description:

After a hearty breakfast, today's ride begins with a descent down valley to the base of the mythic Alpe d’Huez. The morning mountain air will surely be the perfect temperature to ride up the legendary 21 switchbacks. Every switchback is named after a winner of this climb in the Tour de France, each baiting you to ride to the next. With an average grade of 8%, this lion of a climb will grab and hold all your attention. After ascending to the summit, you're free to fuel up with a lunch of your choice. Linger at the top and bask in the afterglow of your conquest and savor the astounding views, the support and good cheer of your Trek Travel guides, and acknowledge that you’ve just mastered one of cycling’s most fabled roads. If this isn’t enough for you, continue up and over the mountain to attack Col de Sarenne. Known as “the B-side of Alpe d’Huez,” this quiet road is popular with locals as an understated, less-traveled and equally difficult challenge. After an exhilarating descent, choose to shuttle or ride back to Les Deux Alpes in time to watch on TV as the final riders complete the ITT in Marseilles and find out who will be wearing the yellow jersey into Paris tomorrow. Tonight, you’ll toast to an unforgettable day over a gourmet feast as you look forward to the finale in Paris tomorrow.

Hotel:

Chalet Mounier
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 20: Marseille to Marseille ITT

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Race Viewing:

VIP Paris Race Finale

Today's Team Access:

Behind the Scenes with the Trek-Segafredo Team
Cocktails and Q&A with the team in Paris

Description:

This morning, take a shuttle to Grenoble to board a TGV — France’s high-speed train — and head for Paris and the Grand Finale of this year’s Tour. After you arrive at your luxurious Parisian hotel, your Trek Travel guides will escort you past the security lines to the prestigious Automobile Club de France for your exclusive Trek Travel gala viewing event. In this elegant venue on the magnificent Place de la Concorde, savor a celebratory glass of champagne and a buffet of elegant French hors d'oeuvres. Feel the ripples of anticipation as the racers arrive on the streets of Paris and cheer with the crowds as the passion of the race fills the heart of the city. Choose to watch the race on the large screen TVs or pick your viewing spot on street level or the balcony to witness the energy of the peloton as it sweeps past at over 30 miles per hour, catapulting another champion toward the podium. The fanfare, excitement and energy of the 104th edition of the Tour de France is yours as you celebrate the glory of this epic race. C’est magnifique!

Hotel:

Le Grand Intercontinental
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 21: Montgeron to Paris

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
7
Day
7

Today's Activity:

Au Revoir

Description:

It's hard to imagine, but your Tour of a lifetime has come to a close. Choose to sleep in today or enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the hotel as you contemplate the lasting memories you’ve made. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 9:30 AM at the Hotel Le Grand Intercontinental, with a 12:00 PM checkout. Please make your own onward travel arrangements to the airport, train station, or other destination of your choice.

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day
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Day
1

Today's Activity:

Welcome and bike fit

Today's Ride:

Lourdes to Col du Soulor loop
Approximately 53 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Lourdes to Col du Soulor to Col d'Aubisque Loop
Approximately 65 miles with 7,800 feet of climbing

Description:

Welcome to the most powerful, tranquil mountain range in France: The Pyrenees. Stand back and admire their beauty for the first time before we set out. This morning, after your guides ensure you have a perfect fit to your race-ready Trek Domane, we'll set a course for our first climb. You’ll soon appreciate the true grit and sheer determination of the pros as you climb to Col du Soulor, beginning with a gentle ascent which ratchets up to a severe 9% grade. Often featured in the Tour de France, this ride will give you a flavor of the legendary climbs of the Pyrenees. Take a break for lunch at the alpine bistro at the summit, or continue on to summit another classic Tour route and pro favorite, the Col d’Aubisque. From the top you can enjoy a well-earned sweeping descent and scenic ride all the way back to Lourdes. This evening we’ll meet to discuss the days ahead over cocktails and dinner at a charming restaurant in town.

Hotel:

Hotel Galia & Londres
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 11: Eymet to Pau

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

Campan to Peyragudes to St Lary Soulan
Approximately 45 miles with 6,600 feet of climbing

Today’s Race Viewing:

Stage 12 Pau to Peyragudes

Description:

Yesterday was a terrific taste of Tour climbing; today we discover the Tour itself. This morning we’ll board a private shuttle to the small village of Campan where you’ll start the day’s ride up to Peyragudes, the site of today’s stage finish. You’ll climb up to intercept the race route over the famous Col de Peyresourde and continue up the final climb up to Peyragudes. This route has been a mainstay of Tour history, and featured over 50 times since 1910. Here you'll taste the excitement of the live race action as the climbers speed their way towards the finish line of the race's second and deciding mountaintop finish of only three in the Tour this year. You'll enjoy the perfect place to for lunch and drinks close to the course. As the peloton draws close, mingle with the locals and pick your vantage place on the roadside as the caravan and racers fly past. Tonight we’ll descend to our hotel where we’ll toast to the end of a great day at Le Tour before a memorable feast of hearty local food and a good night's rest.

Hotel:

Mercure Saint Lary Sensoria
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 12: Pau to Peyragudes

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride:

St Lary Soulan to Col du Tourmalet to Campan with shuttle
Approximately 43 miles with 7,100 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

St Lary Soulan to Col du Tourmalet return
Approximately 61 miles with 10,000 feet of climbing

Description:

The mighty Col du Tourmalet stands before you today. The highest pass in the central Pyrénées, this giant has been included in Le Tour more often than any other pass since its debut in 1910. This morning the legendary Tourmalet is yours to conquer. Enjoy a gentle cruise along the valley floor following the river to Ancizan before climbing over Hourquette d'Ancizan. With forested hills, bubbling brooks and the ever-present Tourmalet in your sights, this section of the ride is incredibly picturesque. We'll ascend Tourmalet from Sainte Marie de Campan, the same route as the 2016 Tour. Octave Lapize was the first rider to cross the Col du Tourmalet in the 1910 Tour, having to walk much of the ascent on dirt roads. Linger awhile on this famous summit and bask in the glow of your achievement before descending back down to Sainte Marie de Campan. Jump in the shuttle to relax back at the hotel or continue on to pass the Lac du Payolle and back over La Hourquette d'Ancizan to the town of Saint Lary-Soulan. Tonight take an evening stroll to explore before enjoying dinner at any one of the colorful bistros in this charming town.

Hotel:

Mercure Saint Lary Sensoria
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 13: St Girons to Foix

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Malaucene to Col du Suzette Loop
Approximately 18 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Shuttle to Provence

Description:

This morning you’ll rise early, bidding ‘adieu’ to the mountains of the Pyrenees as we transfer to Provence and the home of Mont Ventoux. Take some time to rest, relax and watch the scenery change from the Pyrenean mountain landscapes to the vibrant lavender fields of Provence. This afternoon, with Ventoux as your backdrop, you’ll ride through the vineyard-covered hillsides from one charming village to another. If you’d rather take a day off the bike to linger in one of Provence’s quaint villages or take a dip in the pool, your guides are always there to accommodate. Tonight your home will be the historic Domaine des Tilleuls, where you and your travel companions will be treated to your first Provençal meal at an excellent local restaurant.

Hotel:

Domaine des Tilleuls
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 14: Blagnac to Rodez

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

Malaucene to Mont Ventoux Loop
Approximately 31 miles with 5,800 feet of climbing

Description:

Prepare yourself for epic scenery and legendary riding! Today’s challenge is the mighty Mont Ventoux: 13.4 miles of climbing with no flat sections and an average grade of 10% through the middle 6.2 miles before you hit the moonscape. What makes this climb challenging is not just the ride itself, but also the weather. Intense winds or scorching heat can make this climb seem a hundred times more difficult than those found in the Alps. Your day will start early to give you the best opportunity to have a stellar climb. Upon reaching the top, congratulate yourself on climbing one of history's most formidable challenges, and get your photo on the summit before the magnificient descent to Malaucène. Here you can relax and refuel with lunch in a small bistro and enjoy an afternoon in the Provençal countryside. This evening you and your travel companions can explore this charming medieval village and dine in the restaurant of your choice.

Hotel:

Domaine des Tilleuls
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 15: Laissac to Le Puy-en-Velay

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Ride:

Guillestre to Col D'Izoard to Briancon with shuttle
Approximately 31 miles with 5,600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Guillestre to Col D'Izoard to La Grave
Approximately 55 miles with 8,500 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Shuttle to Alps

Description:

This morning you’ll rise early and say "à plus" to the lavender fields of Provence to focus on your next destination—the majestic Alps. After a scenic 3.5-hour transfer, you’ll gear up to tackle the next classic climb: Col d'Izoard. We'll summit this spectacular col just three days before the pros fight for the yellow jersey in Stage 18 on this the final mountaintop finish of the race. Challenging and beautiful, this is one of the great cols of the French Alps. Green wooded mountainsides tower above Briançon and sandy-colored, eroded cliffs hover above the Casse Déserte. With a 16km ascent at an average grade of 6.9%, it will surely test everyone including the pros. Take a break at the summit to take in the breathtaking views of the Alps before a fast descent to the town of Briancon which will serve as the cultural center of the Tour stages in the Alps this year. Opt for quick shuttle, or if you have the legs, tackle the final climb of the day, the Col du Lautaret, before cruising down to our hotel for the next four nights. Tonight you’ll fully embrace the cuisine of the Savoie as you delight on local fare at our favorite mountain hotel— Auberge Edelweiss in La Grave.

Hotel:

Auberge Edelweiss
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Today's Tour Stage:

Rest Day Le Puy-en-Velay

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day
7
Day
7

Today's Ride:

La Grave to Col du Glandon to Allemond with shuttle
Approximately 59 miles with 7,900 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

La Grave to Col du Glandon and Col de la Croix de Fer to Allemond with shuttle
Approximately 62 miles with 8,400 feet of climbing

Description:

Welcome to another day of thigh-burning climbs and rapid descents with a relentless climb over Col du Glandon, first featured in the 1947 Tour and showcased again in 2013 and 2015. The base of the col is at the Lac du Verney, then the road turns up to ascend 3,700 feet over 15 miles including a 10% grade over the last 1.8 miles. At the top, savor the fresh alpine air and dramatic mountain views this remote area offers during the short time the road is open (from June to October). As always, your Trek Travel guides will have water and snacks available for you to rest and refuel. If you have the legs, continue up the 1.5 miles to the summit of nearby Col de la Croix de Fer, featured in this year’s Stage 17. Croix de Fer is among the most picturesque, with sweeping views of valleys and peaks on every side. After a satisfying mountain lunch, enjoy a descent to Allemond where we'll take a private shuttle back to our hotel. Tonight you are free to explore La Grave to find a great restaurant to refuel before more stunning climbs and live race action tomorrow!

Hotel:

Auberge Edelweiss
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 16: Brioude to Romans-sur-Isère

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
8
Day
8

Today's Ride:

La Grave to Col du Galibier return
Approximately 24 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

La Grave to Col du Galibier to Col de Telegraph return
Approximately 62 miles with 10,500 feet of climbing

Today's Race Viewing:

Stage 17 La Mure to Serre Chevalier

Description:

You'll rise early today to beat the peloton and for an unforgettable “King/Queen of the Mountains” challenge as you tackle some of the Alps’ most celebrated passes. Up first is the lofty Col du Lautaret which is sure to get your heart pounding. Next, you’ll churn up nearly 8,600 feet above sea level as you top the daunting Col du Galibier just as the pros will do today for the final climb of Stage 17. Galibier is among the highest peaks in the northern Alps, and along the way you can pick out a small monument to cycling's great climber, Marco Pantani. If there is time before the road closes and you seek an even bigger challenge, continue on to summit the Col du Télégraphe, first crested by Tour rider Emile Georget in 1911. Your guides will have the perfect place to enjoy lunch as the pros approach. Cheer on the charging peloton from the roadside as it speeds towards to the finish line in Serre Chevalier. Once the race has passed, descend back to our hotel where you’ll be treated to a cycling-friendly dinner. Rest up tonight for tomorrow’s special day, the ascent of Alpe d'Huez.

Hotel:

Auberge Edelweiss
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 17: La Mure to Serre Chevalier

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
9
Day
9

Today's Ride:

La Grave to Alpe d'Huez to Mizoen with shuttle
Approximately 38 miles with 5,800 feet of climbing

Short Option:

La Grave to Alpe d'Huez with shuttle
Approximately 25 miles with 4,800 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

La Grave to Alpe d'Huez Loop
Approximately 48 miles with 7,800 feet of climbing

Description:

After a hearty breakfast, today's ride begins with a descent down the valley to the base of the mythic Alpe d’Huez. The morning mountain air will surely be the perfect temperature to ride up the legendary 21 switchbacks. Every switchback is named after a winner of this climb in the Tour de France, each baiting you to ride to the next. With an average grade of 8% this lion of a climb will grab and hold all your attention. After ascending to the summit of this historic pass, linger at the top and bask in the afterglow of your conquest over lunch and savor the astounding views, the support and good cheer of your Trek Travel guides, and acknowledge that you’ve just mastered one of cycling’s most fabled roads. If this isn’t enough for you, continue up and over the mountain to attack Col de Sarenne. Known as “the B-side of Alpe d’Huez,” this quiet road is popular with locals as an understated, less-traveled and equally difficult challenge. After an exhilarating descent, choose to shuttle or ride back to La Grave. Tonight, gather with your new friends to raise a glass to the Tour, the legendary riding that makes it famous, heroes past and present, and the incredible cycling of these truly epic climbs!

Hotel:

Auberge Edelweiss
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 18: Briançon to Col d'Izoard

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
10
Day
10

Today's Activity:

Departure

Description:

It has been an amazing trip, and you're sure to return a different cyclist. Enjoy an early stroll to take in the beauty of the mountains once more before you bid farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Hotel Edelweiss. You can also purchase the Paris Finishing Package and join Trek Travel in Paris for the final stage and exclusive VIP finale viewing event.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 19: Embrun to Salon-de-Provence


Day
1
Day
1

Today's Ride:

Lourdes to Astuges Loop
Approximately 23 miles with 1,700 ft of climbing

Today's Activity:

Welcome & Bike Fit

Description:

Your Trek Travel race adventure begins in the legendary scenery of the Pyrenees where the pros will battle each other on world famous climbs that have made and shattered champions. Meet your guides at the Pau TGV Train Station this morning and shuttle 60 minutes to the heart of the Pyrenees and the pilgrimage town of Lourdes. You are free to enjoy lunch at the hotel at your leisure while your guides ensure a perfect fit to your race-ready Trek Domane. This afternoon’s ride is a short loop through the foothills of the Pyrenees where narrow, forested roads lead from one mountain village to the next. With your Trek Travel guides supporting you throughout the ride, a quick refreshment, snack or van boost is just a hand signal away. It is the perfect way to shake out your travel legs, ensure your bike is the right fit and get primed for the week ahead. This evening, you’ll become better acquainted with your travel companions over cocktails and a traditional meal at one of our favorite local bistros.

Hotel:

Grand Hotel Moderne
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Today's Tour Stage:

Rest Day in Perigueux

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

Lourdes to Tourmalet return
Approximately 63 miles with 7,140 ft of climbing

Description:

You confront one of the Pyrenees’ legendary mountain passes today—the mighty Col du Tourmalet. Approaching 7,000 feet, this giant is the highest pass in the central Pyrenees. Since its debut in 1910, Tourmalet has been included in the Tour more often than any other climb. We'll first warm up with a 12.5-mile cruise along the valley floor following the river to Pierrefitte-Nestalas before beginning a gentle climb through the Gorges de Luz. With dramatic jagged cliffs above and a lively bubbling stream below, this section of the ride is incredibly picturesque. You will then begin your ascent of Tourmalet from the Barèges side— where Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador dramatically confronted each other and the fog in 2012's decisive mountaintop finish. Once you’ve reached the top, linger for a bit on this famed summit and pay homage to rider Octave Lapize, the first pro to summit this climb in the Tour de France over a century ago. After refueling at the cafe of your choice, you’ll descend back to our hotel. Tonight you’re free to explore Lourdes for dinner at one of its colorful bistros. Rest up for the exciting race day that awaits tomorrow, when you’ll get your first view of the Tour in all its glory!

Hotel:

Grand Hotel Moderne
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 10: Périgueux to Bergerac

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride:

Lourdes to Hautacam return
Approximately 39 miles with 4,500 ft of climbing

Today's Race Access:

Official VIP Race Access Passes
Open-top bus at race finish of Stage 11 in Pau

Today's Team Access:

Behind the Scenes with Trek-Segafredo
Team cocktail hour and bus tour

Description:

Today is your VIP day at Le Tour! Rise early this morning to climb up Hautacam, the ascent that even Alberto Contador says is "particularly hard." Afterward, we'll freshen up back at the hotel before we shuttle in to Pau for a VIP afternoon at the finish of Stage 11. There, we'll watch the arrival of the racers from a unique vantage point aboard an official VIP luxury open-top bus near the finish line. This exclusive viewing location is head-and-shoulders above the crowd and fully equipped with an open bar and plasma screen TVs so you don’t miss any of the action! This evening, we'll get an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes during a special private event with Trek-Segafredo. You'll mingle with team representatives during our cocktail hour Q&A session, take a tour of the team bus, and meet the team mechanics to talk specs, techs and get up close to the ultimate Trek bikes. Take it all in and prepare for more live race action tomorrow.

Hotel:

Grand Hotel Moderne
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 11: Eymet to Pau

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges to Port de Bales to Bagneres du luchon
Approximately 31 miles with 4,100 feet of climbing

Today's Race Access:

Official VIP Race Access Passes
Exclusive “Relais Etape” hospitality zone in the final kilometers of Stage 12

Description:

It's another VIP Tour day today, starting with a private shuttle to Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges where your bikes will be prepped and waiting. You'll ride the race route for the ascent of Port de Balès, the penultimate climb in today's stage. As the story goes, the organizers of the Tour de France were looking for new routes in the Pyrenees, so in 2006 they paved the last 5km of an old trail on the south side of Port de Balès to link to a small forestry road on the north side creating a huge “through” climb. It starts gently but then ramps up for the final 10km with numerous sections over 10%. Our destination for the afternoon is the exclusive Relais Etape hospitality zone in the final kilometers of Stage 12. Complete with live broadcast of the race on large-screen TVs, a sumptuous lunch and an open bar, it's the perfect place to watch the action in style. You'll bear witness to live race action on the course as the pros battle toward the finish line in Peyragudes. After the dust has settled, descend down to our hotel in the spa town of Bagnères-de-Luchon where you are free to relax and explore on your own for dinner this evening.

Hotel:

Alti luchon
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 12: Pau to Peyragudes

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

Bagneres du Luchon to Col de Peyresourde to Lac du Genos Loop
Approximately 30 miles with 5,600 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Bagneres du Luchon to Col de Peyresourde return
Approximately 17 miles with 3,150 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Bagneres du Luchon to Col de Peyresourde to Saint Lary Soulan Loop
Approximately 53 miles with 10,300 feet of climbing

Description:

Tackle more legendary ascents today including Col de Peyresourde and Col d'Azet. First we'll summit the Peyresourde, following the route of the pros yesterday albeit without all the stress of competition. With the spotlight of the race gone, this is your chance to immerse yourself in the tranquil peace and splendor of the Pyrenees in all their glory and to focus on setting your own pace to conquer its epic climbs. You’ll climb from Bagnères-de-Luchon up to the Peyresourde. First featured in 1910, the Col de Peyresourde is a deceptively tough ascent. The tarmac climbs up immediately out of Luchon with grades that reach 10%. At the top, we'll descend down to the beautiful Lac du Genos for a well-earned lakeside lunch before ascending back over the Peyresourde one more time to the hotel. If you have more in your legs, enjoy an optional ride over the Col d'Azet to the small mountain town of Saint-Lary-Soulan before you return the way you came. Tonight we’ll gather for dinner at the hotel with newfound friends and raise a toast to the Pyrenees, their epic ascents and the riders who conquer them!

Hotel:

Alti luchon
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 13: St Girons to Foix

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Ride:

Bagneres du Luchon to Col du Portillon return
Approximately 13 miles with 100 feet of climbing

Description:

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the hotel or take the chance to ride one more Pyrenean col. It’s a quick but beautiful 6.5-mile ascent to the Col du Portillon which sits on the border and connects France with the Spanish town of Vielha. You'll say goodbye to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Alti Hotel, then board a private shuttle back to Pau TGV train station.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 14: Blagnac to Rodez


Day
1
Day
1

Today's Activity:

Arrival
Arrive in Paris at your leisure on July 21

Today's Activity:

Tasting Passport
Explore Paris with your Tasting Passport

Description:

Spend these first few days taking full advantage of the activities that lie outside your door along the world’s most famous avenue, the Champs-Elysees. Use your Paris Tasting Passport to discover the City of Lights at your pace on a self-guided journey through the neighborhoods near the Eiffel Tower. Along the way you’ll visit local artisans to enjoy a tasting and learn about their craft—from winemaking to cooking the most delicious Foie Gras. Whatever activity you choose, be sure to save some energy for the final day's exciting race viewing at our exclusive Trek Travel venue.

Hotel:

Hotel Westin Paris - Vendome
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 19

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Activity:

Trek Travel Exclusive Walking Tour
Explore Paris with a local guide

Description:

Today you will enjoy an insider’s view of Paris on a city walking tour led by our local guide. With intimate knowledge of the Parisian landmarks and neighborhoods, our guide will help you make the most of your stay here. During the tour you will explore two main areas of the city:

Around the Louvre: Explore the Tuileries gardens, Place de la Concorde, and the Louvre Palace. Wander through the center of Paris with its views of the Champs Élysées, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe.

Around Cathédrale Notre-Dame: Take a stroll along the Seine River and over several of its romantic bridges before stepping back in time to admire the medieval Palais de Justice and Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris.

The tour ends in the Marais district, Parisians' favorite shopping destination. The Marais is famous for its elegant atmosphere, heritage architecture, museums, Jewish culture, trendy restaurants, and designer shopping. After your tour you’re free to linger around the Marais to discover the Pompidou center and Picasso museums, or take the afternoon to spend time on your own at the Louvre or the Musée d'Orsay.

Hotel:

Hotel Westin Paris - Vendome
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 20

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Activity:

Exclusive Trek Travel Paris Finish Viewing
Witness the 2017 Tour de France Grand Finale

Description:

Sleep in or take a morning stroll along the magnificent Champs-Elysees to watch as Paris prepares to honor cycling’s elite and the triumphant arrival home of the peloton. Race day in Paris offers a unique opportunity to savor the passion of this beautiful city, as its vibrant charismatic neighborhoods come alive and its proud historic landmarks become the background for the greatest race on earth! Savor the wonderful sights and sounds of this romantic city and discover for yourself some of the cuisine which has made it internationally famous. Later this afternoon, Trek Travel guides will escort you past the security lines to the prestigious Automobile Club de France for your exclusive Trek Travel gala viewing event. In this prime location on the magnificent Place de la Concorde, savor a celebratory glass of champagne and a buffet of elegant French hors d'oeuvres . Feel the ripples of anticipation as the racers arrive on the streets of Paris and cheer with the crowds as the passion of the race fills the heart of the city. Choose to watch the race on the large screen TVs or pick your viewing spot on street level or the balcony to witness the energy of the peloton as it sweeps past at over 30 miles per hour, catapulting another champion toward the podium. The fanfare, excitement and energy of the 104th edition of the Tour de France is yours as you celebrate the glory of this epic race. C’est magnifique!

Hotel:

Hotel Westin Paris - Vendome
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 21 Finale

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Activity:

Departure
Say farewell to Paris at your leisure on July 24

Description:

Choose to sleep in today or enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before bidding farewell to your fellow travel companions.

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Dates & Pricing

Check back soon for the 2018 itinerary and dates. Reserve your spot to get first access.

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What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Past Hotels:

Stay at Chalet Mounier on a Trek Travel bike tour

Chalet Mounier

Les Deux Alpes, France

This property is situated in the prime location to ride the most prestigious cols of France including those featured in this year’s Tour de France. Enjoy incredible views of the Alps at a top-rated, chalet-style hotel featuring a spa and two pools so you can relax and recover from the week's epic riding.
Stay at Grand Hotel Moderne on our Tour de France bike tour in the Pyrenees

Grand Hotel Moderne

Lourdes, France

This stately and elegant hotel offers privileged access to the Sanctuaries. Rich in history, it was completely restored in 2008, and recently renovated. The owners have taken great care to preserve the precious heritage and soul of this Baroque masterpiece.
Stay at Hotel Westin Paris on a Trek Travel Tour de France cycling vacation

Hotel Westin Paris - Vendome

Paris, France

The Westin Paris - Vendôme is centrally located in Paris' first arrondissement and a 10-minutes walk to La Place du Concorde, the Louvre Museum and the Place Vendôme. Including breathtaking city views over The Tuileries Garden or The Eiffel Tower, each of the rooms and suites combine Parisian flair with modern design and technology.

What's Included

We Include More

Trek Travel's Tour de France difference ensures an incredible cycling vacation watching the pro peloton make their way to Paris. Over three incredible weeks of racing, unrivaled access, and legendary Trek Travel service combine to give you an experience you can't get anywhere else. Learn more about our race trip difference.

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • All nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations.
  • Daily breakfast, most lunches and dinners, social hour on some evenings, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting (limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist FX+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks
  • Trek-Segafredo team kit and customized Road ID

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 7.5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | Varies
  • Average Daily Mileage and Elevation | Varies

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. See day by day itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price.

Summer months in France usually bring clear, warm days Temperatures during these months range between 70s to high 80s. The mornings often start off cooler. Rain is always a possibility, so be prepared with the proper rain gear in order to best enjoy your vacation. If you are planning on riding in the mountains, we recommend bringing your fall/winter riding gear as the descent can be very cold.

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Want to learn more about our race trip difference? Check out our Race FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that pertain to our race trips.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays.

Varies By Trip | France

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at TBD Location on the first day of the trip. Please have your first day’s cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible and separate from your luggage.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Varies By Trip | France

You will say farewell to your guides at TBD Location.

Before and After: PARIS, FRANCE

Paris is home to many of the world’s best-known monuments and museums. A backdrop of many famous photos, the Arc de Triomphe sits majestically at the top end of the Champs-Elysées. You can go to the observation deck for an expansive view down the world-famous boulevard from Napoléon’s huge triumphal arch—the largest in the world.The Arc isn’t the only site that offers a great view of the city, however. Other monuments with impressive vistas include the view from the white dome of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, or from atop the 56 floors of the Tour Montparnasse, and of course at the summit of the most famous monument in Paris—la Tour Eiffel. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre or post-trip hotel:

Hotel La Demeure

An oasis in the middle of the vibrant Latin Quarter on the left bank, this family-run hotel will make you feel comfortable and at home. 43 rooms.

51 Boulevard Saint Marcel | +33 (0)1 43 37 81 25 | www.Hotel-Paris-Lademeure.com | ~$210

Hotel Louvre Marsollier

In the heart of historic Paris, located on a quiet street in the center of a prestigious neighborhood, this is a stylish hotel where Oscar Wilde lived in 1899. The hotel’s website has some useful information and links to activities.

Opéra 13 Rue Marsollier | +33 (0)1 42 96 68 14 | www.Louvre-Paris-Hotel.com | ~$185

Hotel Royal Saint Honore

Located right on the main luxury shopping street and within walking distance to the Louvre, Opera, and the Tuileries, this 4 star hotel is a perfect spot to see the City of Lights. You can also enjoy a lunch or coffee at elegant on-site Café 221. Special rates for Trek Travel guests may apply – ask your trip consultant for more information.

221 Rue Saint Honore | +33(0)1 42 60 32 79 | www.leshotelsduroy.com


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

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Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.