Park St French Alps & TdF

 

10 Days - €3,650.00 approx US$3,935
AU$5,157
GBP£3,145

Terrain: Hilly-Mountains
Daily Distance: Approx 60-100km
Total Distance: Approx 700km; 435mi
Total Ascent: Approx 12000m; 39000ft

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16 - 25 July 2017 (1 PLACE REMAINING), Confirmed Departure!

Highlights:
Our tour departs from the small border town of Bardonecchia, Italy and finishes on the Cote d’Azur on the Mediterranean coast, but not before winding through the spectacular French Alps first. We'll be watching 3 of the best TdF stages including the ascent to the Galibier, the Izoard and the start in Embrun.  We then ride across the Maritime Alps to the stunning area of Verdon, with its maze of canyons. The last day we’ll finish on the beautiful sandy beach of Cannes.  All this in one tour…..what are you waiting for?

What's included:

  • All hotel accommodation in minimum 3 star, usually 4 star hotels (twin share)
  • Breakfasts
  • Introductory Lunch
  • Dinners (except 1)
  • 2 Guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
  • Van support throughout tour
  • All in-tour transfers
  • Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes during tour
  • Activities which depend on the region we are visiting. Examples include wine/cheese/olive oil tastings, boat trips
  • Garmin 810 loan unit with maps for duration of tour
  • 1 PuntoTours cycling kit (cycling jersey, knicks and socks) per guest
  • 1 day pack per guest
  • Complimentary food supplements including gels and energy bars
  • Detailed printed Tour information booklet.

Day One - Bardonecchia Warm-up 16/07
Main Route: 40km; 25mi
Total Ascent:  700m; 2300ft
This is a warm-up ride to ease the legs and body into it.  Some of you may have only recently stepped off a plane, so this ride offers a great way to “tease” out that tiredness.  The route will take us to to the French border and back.

Day Two - Bardonecchia Loop to Sestriere 17/07
Main Route: 80km; 50mi

Total Ascent: 900m; 2900ft

Our first real ride is a nice loop up to Sestriere, made famous by the Agnelli Family’s (Fiat – Ferrari) private ski resort and regular stage finish location for the Giro d’Italia. The ride back to Bardonecchia is not too difficult.  A great build up for the following TdF stages we’ll follow.

Day Three - Bardonecchia to Serre Chevalier 18/07
Main Route: 85km; 52mi 

Total Ascent: 1200m; 3900ft

Today we cross the border and arrive in France via the easy Col de l’Echelle.  We’ll stop in Briancon to visit the fortified citadel and finish the ride in one of France’s largest ski resorts.

Day Four - Serre Chevalier loop to Col du Galibier (TdF STAGE) 19/07
Main Route: 90km; 55mi 

Total Ascent: 2000m; 6500ft

Our very first TdF experience cannot be any better! We’ll ride up to the Col de Galibier, one of the most spectacular climbs of the Alps and watch the Pro’s suffering a bit as well. We’ll then ride back on the same road, all downhill!

Day Five - Serre Chevalier to Barcellonnette (TdF STAGE) 20/07
Main Route: 95km - 110km; 60 - 70mi 

Total Ascent: 1800m – 2600m; 3200ft

Today it’s a big one! We’ll ride part of the TdF course including the climb up to Col de Izoard and Vars, where we’ll stop to watch the race live. The final part of the ride is all downhill for us! 

Day Six - Barcelonnette loop to Embrun (TdF STAGE) 21/07
Main Route: 70km; 43mi 

Total Ascent: 1100m; 3600ft

After two big mountain days we’ll take it easier today and ride to the start of the TdF stage in Embrun and back again. We’ll have time to enjoy the exciting atmosphere of the start before we ride back to Barcelonnette.

Day Seven - Barcelonnette to Castellane 22/07
Main Route: 90km; 56mi 

Total Ascent: 1000m; 3200ft

Today we truly leave the big mountains behind and ride towards Provence and the Verdon region, along a scenic, undulating route with several castles and vineyards.

Day Eight - Castellane Loop to Verdon Canyon 23/07
Main Route: 70km; 43mi 

Total Ascent: 1100m; 3600ft

Possibly one of the most beautiful rides you could do in France.  We ride through the canyon of Verdon with its 300m high cliffs.  The majority of our ride today is undulating but by day’s end you still will have accumulated 2000m of vertical ascent.  We will stop at Lake Sainte Croix for lunch.  This lake is famous for its intense blue colour.  We head home over Palude immersed in ancient oak forests.

Day Nine - Castellane to Cannes 24/07
Main Route: 65km – 40mi 

Total Ascent: 1800m – 5900ft

Can there be a better way to finish this tour? Beautiful day’s ride down from the Maritime Alps to the Mediterranean Sea, which means a lot of descending and flat riding.  We’re sure you won’t be too bored!

Day Ten - Au revoir! 25/07

Recommended Arrival Airport: Torino (Italy)
Recommended Departure Airport: Nice (France)

(Airport transfers included)