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Looking to join the excitement in France in July 2018?!
Join us on our Tour de France Tours.
2018 will be OBT’s 18th year of offering Tour de France holidays. Come join us for another year of amazing riding and racing! We welcome riders of all levels and even non-riders on our Tour de France vacation packages. Past guests include TdF fans from Australia, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. You won’t find a better value for Tour de France spectator tours.
Our 2018 TdF Tour will be very special, with up to 5 stage viewings, being close to the pros during their rest day, riding in the high Pyrenees, a visit to Carcassonne, and a TGV to Paris to see the last stage in Paris. You’ll be able to conquer legends like the Col du Tourmalet, Luz Ardiden, Aubisque, Hautacam, and many others. See the full itinerary below.
What can you expect from our Tour de France Tours?
- Included are all accommodations, which are located in prime locations for race viewing. All breakfasts and most dinners are included. In addition, all luggage transfers, road support, detailed route notes, maps and GPS courses, an OBT cycling jersey, and our special OBT hospitality are included!
- All of our favorite hotels are 3 & 4-star and are located in prime locations for race viewing. The food is delicious and the views stunning.
- With your registration, you receive an OBT jersey plus you will receive a Photo Tour Book after the tour using your shared pictures.
Join us on our Tour de France Tours!
See full itinerary below.
Dates: July 21 to 30, 2018
Length: 10 days, 9 nights
Service: Fully supported guided tour
Type of riding: Varied – High mountains to rolling terrain
Bikes suggested: Road bikes, e-bikes, or hybrids available
Average daily riding: From 20 miles to 60 miles with an average of 40. We always have extensions available for those wanting more challenging riding!
Start city: Carcassonne
Finish city: Paris
Suggested transport: Train to Carcassonne. Fly from Paris.
- Sizes – 50 to 62 cm
- Components – Shimano 105, hydraulic disc, compact double cranksets.
Hybrid Bikes: Our rental hybrid bikes are a relaxed style with flat handlebars.
- Type – Hybid (Aluminum)
- Sizes – XS, S, M, L, and XL
- Components – Mixture of Shimano road and mountain components with either triple cranksets.
eBikes: These semi-powered bikes allow for non riders to share the experience with their friends and family who are stronger cyclists.
- Type – Elextric assis eBikes
- Sizes – M & L
- Components – Mixture of Shimano Acera and Deore.
During the registration process, you will be asked for specifics to have the correct sized bike waiting for you. We can supply any number styles of pedals – SPD, SPD-r, flat, Speedplay, Look, etc.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
- OBT cycling jersey
- ClifBar Products (complementary) for personal fueling and hydration
- All hotel accommodations
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Meals as explained in the tour itinerary pages.
- Detailed route notes, maps, and tourist information
- Outstanding routing instructions for all rides! This includes GPS course downloads for your GPS unit, traditional cue sheet, and written prose describing each turn and the surrounding area. These methods are then supported by a road map.
- Your personal guides, helping you with support vehicles. On-road support will always be near. From greeting guests when they arrive, to handling luggage transfers, mechanical issues, etc – our guides assist guests in every way. They also set you up on your rental bikes, and can help with routing, and any other questions.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- Transportation to the start location and from and Paris
- Bikes, but we have rental bikes available
- Travel and Health Insurance
- Admission to sightseeing venues, unless explicitly mentioned as included
Tour Cost Per Person:
- Double Occupancy: US$3,895
- Single Occupancy: US$4,795
Bike Rental Per Person:
- Road Bike: US$375
- eBike: US$375
- Hybrid: US$295
What’s Next? Registering for your tour!
Questions: First, please feel free to ask us any questions about the tour. We are happy to help clarify any details.
Registration: Once you are ready to register please go to https://outfittertours.com/registration/ and complete the registration form. At the eginning of the form choose “Guided” then “2018 Tour de France Tour” from the first two drop down boxes. EACH tour participant will need to complete the form. At the end of the registration for you will be asked for a US$800 deposit. You can pay the deposit by bank check, wire, or credit card. Once we have all registrations we will secure all of the details of your tour – hotels, bikes, etc.
Final Payment: 60 days prior to your tour we will invoice you for the balance of the tour.
Tour Packet Delivery: Once the balance is paid and approximately 30 days before your tour we will send you a complete tour packet containing all details of your tour – accommodation information, detailed routing, a suggested packing list, maps, tourist guide, and much much more!
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Day 1: July 21st – Saturday – Arrive in Carcassonne
Our tour begins in Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, alongside the Aude River. At its center, La Cite is a beautiful fully restored medieval walled city on a hill. After picking you up from the train station we will have a short transfer to the hotel. We will be staying at a lovely hotel with a pool and views of the surrounding fields. We will help you set up your bike or set you up on a rental bike. If you have time, we have a riding route for you! Our welcome dinner is this evening after a meet-and-greet reception.
Day 2: July 22nd – Sunday – Local ride and Stage 15 finish
We will enjoy a ride in the area, with a possible destination of the beautiful village of Limoux. There will also be the option of riding along the Canal du Midi. The stage will finish in Carcassonne, and we’ll return from our ride with enough time to view the pros fight it out for the finish line. Dinner is on your own in Carcassonne tonight, with many options to explore.
Day 3: July 23rd – Monday – Rest Day Ride
The pro riders will be “taking a day off” in the Carcassonne area and going for a short ride. We’ve had great luck in past years being able to visit their hotels, rub elbows with them, and be on the same roads with them as they go for their ride. This is a special day of seeing the riders as they catch their last breath before attacking the Pyrenees tomorrow and pushing towards Paris. Dinner is included and near our hotel.
Day 4: July 24th – Tuesday – Stage 16 Start and transfer into the Pyrenees
The pros will be starting Stage 16 in Carcassonne, and we’ll have a chance to witness them sign-in and roll out of town. Another great opportunity to see the riders up close! After the rollout, we’ll jump in the vans and drive to our favorite town in the Pyrenees – Luz St. Sauveur. We’ll arrive with enough time to have a quick ride in the area. Why is this our favorite village? In addition to the beautiful mountains, you have legendary climbs close by and in every direction! Tourmalet, Luz Ardiden, Hautacam, Soulour, Aubisque are all very accessible. Dinner is again included at the hotel in Luz Saint Sauveur.
Day 5: July 25th – Wednesday – Stage 19 viewing
We can watch the stage if we go over the Tourmalet and Aspin. We will have the option of riding to watch the stage or stay and enjoy a local ride. Dinner is at the hotel.
Day 6: July 26th – Thursday – Conquer your favorite local Climb
There are many riding options today, and we’ll pick a couple cols to conquer. Our favorites? The ride to Spain through Gavarnie and Luz Ardiden. Dinner is on your own in the village with many options to choose from.
Day 7: July 27st – Friday – Stage 19 Viewing
The stage will go over the Tourmalet, through our host town, and then on to the Aubisque! Many viewing options! After a ride to start the day we’ll pick places to watch the pros. Dinner is on your own in the village with many options to choose from.
Day 8: July 28nd – Saturday – Stage 20 Time Trial Viewing & Transfer to Biarritz.
We will enjoy a short morning ride in the area before driving into Espelette to view the Time Trial finish. It will be a perfect day to walk around, get close to the riders, and watch the GC contenders give it their all for the final time. We’ll then head to our next hotel along the beach, in Biarritz. Our farewell dinner is at the hotel along the Atlantic Ocean!
Day 9: July 29th – Sunday – Transfer to Paris & Final Stage Viewing
Today we speed to Paris via a TGV from Biarritz to watch the final stage. The transfer is dramatic – the transition from the relaxing oceanside to the bustling “City of Love” will be noticeable. A morning departure will put you in the middle of the TdF party on the Champs Elysees in time for the finish. Train tickets are included in your tour fee. After the stage, walk the very short distance from the Champs Elysees to our hotel. Our hotel is very central to all the sites in Paris – after the celebrations take an evening stroll along the Seine to the Eiffel Tower. Dinner is on your own in Paris.
Day 10: July 30th – Au Revoir!
Departure day! Transportation to the airport is easy from our hotel – the Air France shuttle and Metro stops are nearby. Or stay in Paris for a few days. Bon voyage! We hope you enjoyed your tour with Outfitter Bicycle Tours!