LIVE YOUR PASSION FOR CYCLING ON OUR TOURS,
YOU ARE MORE THAN JUST A SPECTATOR
10 days, 5 nights in 4* hotels and 4 nights in 3* hotels, on half-board basis (except in Paris)
Start: Marseille, Finish: Paris
Race’s viewings: 5
“The details of the 106th edition of the Tour de France, which will start on Saturday 6th July from Brussels, were unveiled this morning at the Palais des Congrès convention centre in Paris, in the presence of the five times winners Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain, who were invited to launch the celebration of the Yellow Jersey’s centenary.
Among other aspects, the route in 2019 holds a tough mountain programme in store, with three finishes above 2,000 metres in altitude, at the Col du Tourmalet pass, Tignes and Val Thorens, which is unprecedented in the history of the Grande Boucle.
The Tour de France 1919, which witnessed a return to cycling after four years of world war, in fact set off the day after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and symbolically emerged from the gloom, guided by the light of the first Yellow Jersey awarded to Eugène Christophe on the morning of the Grenoble to Geneva stage. One hundred years after this renaissance and birth, in the same vein, the Tour de France will be celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its first encounter with the greatest cyclist of all time, who wrote his name on the race’s roll of honour for the first time in 1969. Indeed, it is in Brussels, in the country of Eddy Merckx, that the pack will come together for the 106th edition, which is set to awake the winning instincts among the pretenders for the distinctive jerseys and the 21 winner’s bouquets on offer along the 3,460-km route in 2019.” C. P.
During the most important stages of the Tour, our 10 day package will enable you to fully enjoy the excitement and the spectacle that is the “Grande Boucle”. We take you in to the heart of the Tour with the knowledge and experience that can only be provided by a former Tour rider. Ronan Pensec was a professional rider for 13 years and finished the Tour 9 times. He wore the Yellow Jersey in 1990 and went on to help his team mate Greg Lemond win his third Tour. Ronan has now been involved in the Tour for 30+ years.
The week you will experience will be spectacular and rich in emotion as you will not only challenge yourself, but you will also be in the heat of the Tour action. This tour package, assembled by Ronan Pensec, will provide you with an unbeatable experience.
- Climb the Mont Ventoux as well as the Col de la Madeleine and Col du Télégraphe
- Ride on the picturesque routes of the Alps
- VIP access to start in Pont du Gard / Teams’ s paddocks
- VIP access to the finish in Tignes
- Be in the heart of a feeding station
- Watch the spectacle of the Publicity Caravan
- Private Espace for the finish in Paris on the Champs Elysées
The stages you will see:
Tuesday, July 23rd: Stage 16: Nîmes / Nîmes = 177 km (110 miles)
Wednesday July 24th: Stage 17: Pont du Gard / Gap = 206 km (128 miles)
Thursday, July 25th: Stage 18: Embrun / Valloire = 207 km (128,6 miles)
Friday, July 26th: Stage 19: Saint Jean de Maurienne / Tignes = 123 km (76,4 miles)
Sunday July 28th: Stage 21: Rambouillet / Paris Champs Elysées = 127 km (78,9 miles)
Please arrange your flights into the following airport: Marseille Provence Airport (https://www.marseille-airport.com/)
The following companies operate regular flights into Marseille Provence airport:
- Air France (www.airfrance.fr)
- Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.com)
- British Airways (www.britishairways.com)
Our guide will meet you at the airport and a coach will take you to your first hotel in Castres.
Marseille Provence airport to Carpentras: 93 km (57, 78 miles) / 1 h
Saturday, July 20th - Day 1:
Pro-riders: Stage 14, Tarbes / Tourmalet (117 km / 72,7 miles).
Group: Arrival at Marseille Provence airport and transfer to your hotel.
Hotel: 3* Safari Hotel in Carpentras
Bienvenue en France!
Our guide will meet you in Marseille Provence Airport (exact time to be determined but we kindly ask you to
book a flight that lands in the morning) and a private coach will then take you to your hotel: 3* Safari
Hotel in Carpentras (http://www.safarihotel.fr/en/).
Carpentras is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in
southeastern France. It stands on the banks of the Auzon. As capital of the Comtat Venaissin, it was
frequently the residence of the Avignon popes; the Papal States retained possession of the
Venaissin until the French Revolution. Nowadays, Carpentras is a commercial center for Comtat
Venaissin and is famous for the black truffle markets held from winter to early spring.
Enter the happy environment of the Safari in Carpentras and experience the wonderful light of
Provence. With fresh talent running the show, this young and dynamic family hotel is ideal for any
type of holiday, from gourmet break with the restaurant to a relaxing break with the bar, pool and
spa. The 29 rooms invite you to discover a more gentle pace of life. Decorated with bespoke
furniture and contemporary layout, mixing soft light with harmonious colour and quality fabrics, all
rooms are equipped with flat-screen satellite TV (including 5 foreign channels in English, German
and Spanish), as well as free WiFi.
Ideally located at the foot of Mont Ventoux and at the heart of the Vaucluse, the Safari Hotel is only
5 minutes from Carpentras’s town center.
Once you have checked in, you will have the time to go for an easy ride that will give you a taste of the delights that are in store for the week. In the evening, you will gather over a welcoming cocktail with your traveling companions, before enjoying your first meal.
Sunday, July 21st - Day 2:
Pro-riders: Stage 15, Limoux / Foix Prat d’Albis (185 km / 114, 9 miles).
Group: Cyclists: Climb of the “Giant of Provence”: Mont Ventoux
Non-cyclists: Transfer to Mont Ventoux
Hotel: 4* Hôtel Entraigues in Uzes for 3 nights
Cyclists: Your first challenge for this week will be the climb of the famous “Giant of Provence”, the Mont Ventoux.
You’ll leave the hotel as a group after breakfast. The start of the climb is 17,4 km (10,81 miles) from the hotel. The route will take you up from Bedoin: 13, 6 miles and 1912 meters high! This is the most famous and difficult ascent. The road to the summit has an average grade of 7.6%. This will be your warm-up before facing the famous climb. Do not forget to prepare a bag with a fresh set of clothes, a small towel in order to refresh after the ride. If necessary we will split off into two groups of different ability levels for each day.
Mont Ventoux is a mountain in the Provence region of southern France, located some 20 km northeast of Carpentras, Vaucluse. On the north-side, the mountain borders the Drôme département. It is the largest mountain in the region and has been nicknamed the "Giant of Provence", or "The Bald Mountain".
As the name might suggest (venteux means windy in French), it can get windy at the summit, especially with the mistral; wind speeds as high as 320 km/h (193 mph) have been recorded. The road over the mountain is often closed due to high winds. Mont Ventoux, although geologically part of the Alps, is often considered to be separate from them, due to the lack of mountains of a similar height nearby. Its isolated position overlooking the valley of the Rhône ensures that it dominates the entire region and can be seen from many miles away on a clear day. The view from the top is breathtaking.
Non cyclists: Our bus will drive you from the hotel to the summit of the Mont Ventoux, from where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the Provence.
Optional: Depending on how the day goes, we may take you to the Chalet Reynard. A real institution, the Chalet Reynard is an essential stop on the road to Mont Ventoux. Here, at an altitude of 1,440 meters in an incomparable natural environment, the chef’s truffle menus offer the black diamond in all its generosity. All his traditional menus are the image of his cuisine: authentic and subtle. They always give pride of place to the fresh produce of the region whereas on the wine list, the Ventoux appellation has a good place. (Lunch at own expense).
In the afternoon we will take the direction of our next hotel: Hôtel
Entraigues in Uzès.
Bedoin – Uzès: 78, 2 km (48.46 miles): 1 h 15 min
In the evening, the group will relax at the hotel’s restaurant over a well-earned meal before zipping
down in a cozy bed for the night.
Nestled in the heart of the historic center of Uzès, the Hotel Entraigues (https://www.hotelentraigues.
com/en/homeen/) will be your home for the next days. Well known to residents of Uzès, this former town mansion was built in the 15th century and remodeled in the 17th century. Acquired in 2013, it has been fully restored to its original condition. The hotel combines hospitality with top notch services and sustainable development. From the gourmet breakfasts to the evening buffet, it works mainly with local organic producers.
Monday, July 22nd - Day 3:
Pro-riders: Rest day in Nîmes
Group: Cyclists: cycling ride in and around Uzès / visit of the teams
Non-cyclists: morning off / visit of the teams
Hotel: 4* Hôtel Entraigues in Uzes
Today will be a more relaxed day for the pros but also for our group!
Cyclists: After breakfast, it will be time to for short cycling outing. You will leave the hotel by to discover the “Uzège” and its surroundings. Uzès, a town that has preserved its old medieval center, and the neighboring small towns, all pretty as each other, have in common the love of stone and mastery of the landscape with the vineyard, olive and garrigue that blend perfectly. Not to mention the other common denominator, this is not a cliché
but a reality: the sometimes deafening song of cicadas.
Non cyclists: You will have the morning off to relax at the hotel before visiting the pro teams hotels in the afternoon. Lunch at the hotel (at your expense)
In the afternoon, we will take you to visit the pro teams’ hotels as the riders relax on their well deserved
second rest day.
The teams will be housed in or close to Nîmes. You will see the hotels where the teams are staying, the teams’ equipment and fleet such as buses, motor homes, etc, and collect souvenirs and autographs from the riders.
After this visit, we will go back to the hotel. We will have time to refresh and relax a little before the group gathers together again for dinner.
Tuesday, July 23rd - Day 4:
Pro-riders: Nîmes / Nîmes (177 km – 110 miles)
Group: Cyclists: ride to the feeding station
Non-cyclists: access to the feeding station
Hotel: 4* Hôtel Entraigues in Uzes
“The day’s loop will be entirely taking place in the departement of Gard and the peloton will have the very special privilege of riding on the Pont du Gard. The escapees that will show up on the famous Roman viaduct should be under the careful scrutiny of the bunch. A bunched sprint in Nîmes is likely.”
Cyclists: For our ride today, you will leave the hotel by bike to get onto the route of the stage. Our destination point will be the feeding station. There you will see the Tour de France staff handing out the
“musettes” (bags with the food) to the speeding riders and if you wish, you can take part in the crowd
picking up the riders‟ empty bottles. You will also see the publicity caravan passing by and you will be part of this great carnival, at the best spot to live the magic of the Tour de France.
Non cyclists: Our bus will drive you from the hotel to the feeding station.
Wednesday, July 24th - Day 5
Pro-riders: Stage 17: Pont du Gard / Gap (206 km / 128 miles).
Group: Cyclists & Non-cyclists: Access VIP to the start of the stage / Team’s paddock
Hotel: 3* Hôtel Radiana in La Léchère for 3 nights
“The theme of Antiquity will be respected as we go through the Rhone valley and visit the theatre in Orange and pass through Vaison-la-Romaine. But the breakaway riders that will be at the front that day
will mainly need to focus on their strategy when they take on the climb up to La Sentinelle with under 10kms to go.” Christian Prudhomme
Cyclists & Non-cyclists: Our destination today will be the start zone of the stage. After breakfast,you will leave the hotel by bus to head for the stage’s start in Pont du Gard. Here you will be able to see the team buses, the equipment and of course the riders warm up… You will approach your favorite riders, and who knows maybe they will agree to take a picture with you or sign an autograph for you.
After the start, we will head for our next hotel in La Léchère.
The 3 * hotel Radiana (http://www.radianaresort.com/en/hotel-radiana.html) near the Tarentaise resorts of Valmorel, Courchevel, Meribel, and within the complex of the thermal Léchère-les-Bains will seduce you by its charm and personality! You will be accommodated in rooms in an art deco inspired style, some of them with a terrace overlooking the park.
Thursday, July 25th - Day 6:
Pro-riders: Stage 18: Embrun/ Valloire (207 km / 128, 6 miles).
Group: Cyclists: Climb the mythical Col de la Madeleine & Col du Télégraphe / Attend
finish in Valloire
Non-cyclists: Day off
Hotel: 3* Hôtel Radiana in La Léchère
“Climbers will have an opportunity to express their talent in the high mountains of this first big Alpine stage where they’ll be above 2000 metres in altitude in three different locations… which is extremely rare on a stage for the Tour de France. For the occasion, the day will include climbs up Vars, the Izoard and the Galibier!” Christian Prudhomme
Cyclists: Today will be another challenging ride: the climb of Col de la Madeleine & Col du Télégraphe on our way to Valloire. You will be able to compare yourself to the pro riders. We will leave the hotel by bus after breakfast to get to Cormet de Roselend, a very nice col that the riders will climb during the stage Albertville / Val Thorens. Cormet de Roselend (el. 1967 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Alps in the department of Savoie in France. One of the most memorable years for the Cormet de Roseland was the 1996 Tour de France. It was just before the summit on the Cormet de Roseland that Frenchman Stéphane Heulot cracked, lost the Maillot Jaune and bowed out of the race. It was also on the Cormet de Roseland
that Johan Bruyneel overshot a fast left-hand bend and disappeared over the edge, as he descended towards Bourg-St-Maurice. Spectators feared the worst but thankfully Bruyneel managed to climb back up, apparently unscathed.
Non-cyclists: While the cyclists will be discovering the area, today will be a good opportunity to relax at the hotel and take advantage of the equipment of the hotel:
- Several swimming pools
- Indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis
- Fitness Studio (cardio bikes: elliptical, ergonomic, spinning), treadmills, vibrating and oscillating plates, rowers, exercise bench
Friday, July 26th - Day 7:
Pro riders: Stage 19: Saint Jean de Maurienne / Tignes (123 km / 76, 4 miles).
Group: Cyclists and Non-cyclists: VIP access to the finish zone
Hotel: 3* Hôtel Radiana in La Léchère
“The journey through the Alps continues with a dynamic stage that will take the riders to the summit of the 2019 Tour at the Col de l’Iseran (2 770m) that will only be reached for the eighth time in the history of the Tour and the second time by its south side which is the toughest one. It is precisely when going up towards the highest road pass in Europe that Louison Bobet had bid farewell to the Tour in 1959 but also where Claudio Chiappucci took off before winning in Sestrières in 1992.” Christian Prudhomme
Cyclists: After breakfast, we will leave the hotel by bike in the direction of Bourg Saint Maurice, from where we will ride on the route of today’s stage to the finish in Tignes. Just like the pros a few hours later, you will experience the crowd cheering you up on the way to the top.
Non-cyclists: Our bus will drive you to the finish in Tignes.
Cyclists and non-cyclists: Once at the finish zone, you will watch the “publicity caravan” featuring some of the most bizarre motor vehicles you will ever see and the riders fighting for the win on these crucial stages.
Before heading back to the hotel, we will make a stop at a local restaurant in Tignes. This will spare us to stand in the traffic jam on the way down to the valley.
Saturday, July 27th - Day 8:
Pro riders: Stage 20: Albertville / Val Thorens (131km / 81,4 miles)
Group: Cyclists & Non-cyclists: Transfer to Paris
Hotel: 4* Hotel Château Frontenac in Paris for two nights
Cyclists & Non-cyclists: After a good night rest, we will take the direction Lyon Saint Exupéry airport to board a flight to Paris. Your guides will accompany you from Paris airport to your next hotel. You will have the rest of the day off to enjoy Paris on your own. From your hotel you will be in walking distance from the Champs Elysées, the Avenue Montaigne and its numerous jewelers and high fashion stores, the Eiffel Tower and many other signature landmarks.
Lunch and dinner at your convenience!
Optional: Dinner-show at the Lido
In Paris, you will stay at the 4* Château Frontenac on a B&B basis. The hotel is located in what is known as the “Golden Triangle” and is an ideal point from which to make the most of your stay in Paris. You will be in the perfect location to watch the final stage and from there you will have easy access to all major interests in Paris. Although the hotel is located in a quiet neighborhood, you will be in the heart of the action.
The Château Frontenac regained its just luxury and elegance in 2009. This rich Haussmannian residence, which was made into a hotel in the 1920s, has had its Art Deco chic appropriately restored, in remembrance of Les Années Folles.
Somewhere between a luxury hotel and a charming residence, Château Frontenac revisits the Art of Living in Paris - a blend of modernism and tradition, classicism and creativity.
Sunday, July 28th - Day 9:
Pro riders: Stage 21, Rambouillet / Paris Champs Elysées (127km / 78,9 miles).
Group: Attend the finish from the grandstand on the Champs Elysées
Hotel: 4* Hotel Château Frontenac in Paris
“The Yellow Jersey is traditionally often solidly settled on the shoulders of the final winner at the start of
this last stage, but for the sprinters who dream of triumphing on the Champs Elysées, it’s the opportunity to take on one of the toughest challenges of the year. The hills of the Chevreuse valley could also play a role in giving out decisive points for the polka-dot jersey. “ Christian Prudhomme
This morning you will be able to sleep in!
In the afternoon, we will then, as a group, take the direction of the Champs Elysées where we will have access to the tribune.
You will see the riders arrive with pride on what some call the world's most beautiful Avenue. They will have completed what is arguably the world's toughest professional bike race. The overall ranking is usually settled before the final stage so the racing is more for glory and to settle the Sprinter's competition if it is close. Yet even with the celebrations, the race is for real, and in the heart of Paris, surrounded by historic monuments and buildings, this is a wonderful show and a spectacle worth seeing.
In the evening, you will be free to dine out at your convenience to celebrate the greatest cycling race.
Monday, July 29th - Day 10
This last morning, you will enjoy breakfast with a multitude of images in your mind. Not only will you have your own accomplishments to be proud of, but you will have the memories of remarkable athletes, the spectacle of the Tour, and a taste of France.
Afterwards, it will be time to say goodbye to this year’s Tour. Your guides will be available to help you, should you have any question or request, and to wish you a nice trip back home. Alternatively, if you’d like to enjoy Paris just a little longer, we will be happy to make arrangements for you.
Thank you for choosing Ronan Pensec Travel!
We wish you a pleasant and safe journey home.
Ronan Pensec and his team