See the most thrilling stages and ride the famed climbs of the Tour de France with Gourmet Cycling Travel! Visit the Alps, Provence and Paris with 4 & 5 star accommodations. Cycle the epic roads of the Tour including Alpe d’Huez, Galibier and Ventoux. We specialize in catering to both cyclists and non-cyclists.
Why choose GCT? Our trips are guided by former professional cyclists and our own in-house chef & sommelier. With over 20 years experience at the Tour de France and our trip leaders Neil Martin (father of Etixx QuickStep pro Dan Martin) together with former pro Simon Kessler, we have the expertise and knowledge to take you on your “bucket list” rides with pro level coaching and support.
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The tour starts with the majestic Alps and riding the most famed Alpine passes including Alpe d’Huez, Col du Galibier and Col de la Croix de Fer while our non-cyclists enjoy a mountain hike, delicious lakeside lunch and shopping. Tour de France race viewing includes the big mountain stage 17 to Serre Chevalier where we'll watch the race near the summit of the Col du Glandon/Croix de Fer.
Next stop is lavender covered Provence; cyclists ride the "Giant of Provence" le Mont Ventoux, while non-cyclists enjoy a visit to the vibrant markets and an exclusive cooking class with Chef Jon. Race viewing includes the deciding time trial in the ancient city of Marseille.
We then head to Paris for the last leg of the Tour de France. Enjoy a leisurely bicycle tour through the city followed by the final stage viewing from our historic apartment with sensational views of the Parisian skyline. Our farewell dinner celebration is a magical cruise on the Seine river while taking in the sites of the City of Lights!
“I had the trip of a lifetime with Gourmet Cycling Travel. Simon and Jon put together an amazing trip with fantastic food, beautiful accommodations, and spectacular riding. The trip from start to finish went very smooth and was packed with fun. Simon with his cycling expertise and Jon with his gourmet chef background were excellent hosts taking us through an extraordinary journey.” – Martin Bates, Tampa, USA
The Tour de France 2018 official bike tour itinerary will be announced at the end of October 2017 (once the race organizers unveil the 2018 route).
In the village of the famed Alpe d'Huez this recently renovated hotel offers an open-air terrace with spectacular views over the Romanche valley, surrounding peaks and glaciers. This charming hotel-chalet includes cosy lounge areas, an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, spacious living rooms... everything one needs to properly take in the majestic beauty of the Alps!
This Provencal mansion is a gorgeous blend of artful design and historic architecture. Nestled into the cliffside of one of the most charming villages in the region, La Maison de Crillon is an absolute delight. A favorite of Chef Jon's, he puts the kitchen to good use preparing dinners for our tour. Relax in the pool after a days ride and take in the stunning view onto the Mont Ventoux.
The 5-Star Hotel du Louvre is just a block from the TdF final stage route and an incredible venue to celebrate our final night. This stylish and elegant boutique hotel stands at the heart of Paris culture and arts. Each one of the Hotel du Louvre's four facades looks out at a famous Parisian landmark – the Louvre Museum, the Opera Garnier, the Comédie Française and the Place du Palais Royal.*In the pursuit of the best experience possible for our guests, we reserve the right to make hotel changes to a comparable or higher level hotel choice.
Accommodation, Meals and Transportation
7 nights accommodation
All breakfasts, 6 gourmet dinners and 5 lunches
Wine at dinner (a set amount of local, artisanal bottles included with dinner)
Snacks and drinks between meals
All transportation during the tour
Luggage transfers and handling
Cycling Support & Nutrition
On-the-bike expert bicycle guides leading you on rides
Follow vans with food, drink and mechanical support
GPS turn-by-turn ride routes with maps
Full Gourmet Cycling Travel kit
Cooking Class and Wine Tasting
Private cooking classes hosted by Chef Jon
Exclusive wine tasting with a top sommelier and wine maker
TdF Stage Viewings 2017
Wednesday mountain stage on Col de la Croix de Fer
Friday optional stage viewing in Provence
Saturday final time trial in Marseille
Sunday final stage viewing in Paris
Road bike rental option (Carbon Specialized Roubaix or similar $400)
Transportation to the tour starting point in Grenoble train station (group pick-up at 1pm Monday July 17th)
Transportation leaving Hotel du Louvre in Paris at the end of the tour
Accommodation before and after the tour
All alcohol except a set amount of wine included with dinners
Personal items purchased
Gratuities for guides
Hotel room telephone, mini bar and hotel food and drinks between meals