Follow the Race in France
Ride the majestic and challenging French Alps
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Ciclismo Classico brings you the exciting opportunity to follow the Tour in France! Join us as we get up close and see who will take the throne of the most prestigious stage race in the world. Spin along the course before the pros arrive and then take to the sidelines to cheer with thousands of other passionate fans from all over the world. You can expect to get the same Ciclismo Classico experience wherever you go – a small group, personalized coaching, cultural immersion, amazing riding, and memorable dining experiences. Our expert guides bring years of experience leading tours that follow top cycling races across Europe. This year, we have designed our tour to include some of the best climbs, such as Mt. Ventoux and Col du Galibier, and three Tour stages.
July 22nd, Stage 17: Digne les Bains to Pra-Loup
July 24th, Stage 19: Saint Jean de Maurienne to La Toussouire
July 25th, Stage 20: Modane Valfréjus to Alpe d’Huez
- Get up close and watch Stage 17, 19 and 20 of the TDF!
- Spectacular riding through the Alps, Provence and the Cote d’Azur
- Full immersion in French Culture
- Challenge yourself on epic climbs featured on the Tour de France
- Discover the Gorges du Verdon by bike and canyoning
- Savor the local alpine cheeses, the Provencale cuisine and wines
Day by Day
July 18: Complementary pre-tour package
Pick up from Marseille airport (MRS) at 12 pm and transfer to Chateau de Mazan for 1 pre-night hotel stay, breakfast included. Guaranteed to stay in the same room on July 19 if you book with us! Call 800-866-7314 to reserve.
July 19: Mazan, Côtes du Ventoux
Welcome to France! We meet at 12:30 pm for a light lunch and bike fitting before the warm-up ride along the beautiful grounds knows as the Côtes du Ventoux. Our ride today meanders through the Provençal countryside and takes us on the road less traveled via the national velo routes. Tonight’s dinner is a memorable experience as we watch the sunset with glasses of crisp rosé in hand.
July 20: Mazan to Gordes
Today’s ride starts with the ascent to Mt. Ventoux, a legendary mountain for all cycling fans that stands alone in the middle of Provence, 6,273 ft of foreboding mountain, with its last 6 miles bearing an astonishing resemblance to the lunar landscape. During the second part of the ride, we follow the quiet roads of Provence.
July 21: Gordes to La Palud-sur-Verdon
Our most challenging ride unfolds along the lesser known corners of Provence, along the red clay of Roussillion and the purple fields of lavender, towards the end we go by the idyllic village of Moustier Sainte Marie, and continue along the Verdon Canyon all the way to La Paqlud Sur Verdon.
July 22: Watch the Tour! Loop to Castellane
Today we don’t move our luggage, we’ll have a choice of rides to watch the Tour in the nearby village of Castellane or at the Col de La Colle.
July 23: Castellane to Lac de Serre Poncon
A long ride along yesterday’s stage course, the Alps are close now and white tops will appear here and there. Once at the end of the ride, we’ll shuttle to our base for the remained of the trip, the ski station of La Grave, powder paradise in winter and cyclists nest in summer!
July 24: Watch the Tour! Ride to Croix de Fer
Watch TOUR DE FRANCE at Col de La Croix de Fer; the Tour is at its last stages, the tremendous switchbacks of La Croix de Fer will make the final selection between the candidates for the yellow jersey in Paris, we’ll be there cheering and experiencing once again the unique atmosphere of Le Tour.
July 25: Watch the Tour! Col du Galibier
We leave early in the morning to tackle the fearsome Col du Galibier, the sixth highest mountain pass in the Alps and the second highest point of the TDF. The views are breathtaking and many TDF legends, like Marco Pantani and Fausto Coppi have left their mark. Here we’ll have a picnic and wait for the pros to ride by!
July 26: Au Revoir!
After breakfast around 9 am we offer one group shuttle to Lyon Airport (LYS) to make your connecting flight.
- Bianchi Carbon bike rental equipped with odometer, map case, handlebar and seat bags and bike pump
- Full Bianchi cycling kit
- Ciclismo Classico water bottle
On The Tour
- Full van support and 2 bilingual guides
- Water sport activity on the Verdon River
- Advanced cycling clinics
- Shuttles as mentioned in the itinerary
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations
- 6 dinners, 3 lunches, and all breakfasts
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
For a full listing, request a detailed itinerary!
Château de Mazan
Nestled at the foot of the legendary Mount Ventoux, the 4-star Château de Mazan is situated in the charming village of Mazan, in the heart of Provence. The hotel features an outdoor pool, landscaped garden, a gourmet restaurant, and a bar and lounge.
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The 5-star Le Phebus is located between Roussillon and Gordes. Rooms overlook the tranquil waters of their private swimming pool. This is the ideal base to explore the Luberon and Provence then recharge your legs in the Carita spa. The traditional cuisine breathes new life into ancient Provençal recipes and offers a superb “soupe au pistou”, a regional vegetable soup with garlic and basil.
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Les Chalets de la Meije
Located near the ‘Parc des Ecrins’ in a idyllic place, the charming 3-star Les Chalets de la Meije and its team welcome you at the foot of the mountain range of La Meije. You will be situated in a quiet place, 330 ft away from the center of the La Grave resort. Offers panoramic views of La Meije glaciers, and welcomes your morning with the delicious smell of hot pastries!
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