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Thomson Bike Tours was extremely knowledgeable and professional. Jacinta is the best! She was always working to make the experience enjoyable for all of us. Chris was also excellent. He also did a great job.

Steve Richardson, USA — 2019

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I celebrated my birthday, the day the Tour started, and it was a really special day. Our group was fun and we bonded very well. It's an experience I'll never forget.

Macarena de la Cerda, Chile — 2019

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The trip was beyond my expectations in every thing we did. As a widower and not knowing anyone, I was a bit nervous about going. But Jack and Chris made me feel special and all the guests were very friendly. It was one of the best trips in my life. Great access to the riders. Met my favorite rider, Peter Sagan.

robert young, USA — 2019

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Jacinta and Chris are AMAZING hosts. They go out of their way to make each guest feel special and have the time of their lives. The access to the riders and the "behind the scenes" aspects of the Tour de France were better than I could have hoped for.

Anne Leigh Kerr, USA — 2019

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Great job overall, would recommend to others wanting to see the TdF up close

John Savage, USA — 2019

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Great way to get behind the scenes at the Tour. Excellent way to check one off the bucket list

Sally Brands, USA — 2019

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Want to see the REAL Tour D France!!! Thomson tours makes this a reality. Behind the scenes where the public does not belong is a specialty of this company. Many unexpected pleasures along the way. Jacinta always finds ways to amuse and delight her guests. Got a special request, rider, personality to meet, she can usually make that happen. The atmoshere of the tour is amazing, so up close and personal. A once in a lifetime experience. Well maybe not once, I have been on several. Can't wait to see what 2020 brings.

Norma Dragani, USA — 2019

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This was our trip of a lifetime in our 50th Anniversary year. Meeting Phil Liggett who has always been the Voice of the Tour for us was a huge honour and doing it twice was just incredible; he kissed Carole - twice! Great introductions too Jacinta - thank you. Managed to meet and speak to almost all the Australian riders in the Departure village. The tie-up with Dimension Data is so worthwhile: a small budget team but such a great mission.

Mike & Carole Sygrove, Australia — 2019

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I have always been a huge fan of cycling and been a rider all of my life. In particular, I love the Tour de France. My wife and I have our own small business, and it is understood that in July our work output will drop off as the Tour takes over our lives. To that end, it has been a long-time desire to see the Tour in person. We looked into doing it on our own, but never felt like we could manage to cover all the details adequately and still feel like we were getting the most out ...

Franklin Swanson, USA — 2019

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This was a “bucket list” trip for my husband... not sure if any other items on his list will ever be as amazing as this one! We had such a great time and looked forward to each and every stage as each one was different and informative. Jacinta and Martin actually “made” the trip for us! They are incredible... simply could not do enough... all we had to do was ask! And the best part... the laughter never stopped! Thank you so much for such a memorable trip. We will always treasure our time with the Tour de France gang!!

Nancy Ferguson, Canada — 2019

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Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Mont Ventoux
The whole experience exceeded our expectations.

Lloyd & Barbara Armstrong, USA — 2019

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Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Mont Ventoux
Merci beaucoup, Jacinta and Martin, for the incredibly dedicated service! This was an unbelievable, memorable trip that will stay with us forever.

Anne Bowers, USA — 2019

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Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Mont Ventoux
Jacinta McHale is a super-star of hospitality and planning....she made our experience what it was...she made our dreams come true! She is the tour!!

Joe Blumenstein, USA — 2018

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Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Mont Ventoux
Great trip. I would recommend a Thomson tour to anyone who wanted to see professional cycling.

Robert "Mike" Webb, USA — 2018

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Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Mont Ventoux
A truly "bucket list" trip! Every thing was so well organized and at a top level experience!! As Spectators, I enjoyed watching the level of organization for the riders as well! ALL the Thompson people were extremely personal and a pleasure to talk to everyone! Also got to speak to Peter and was very appreciative of the time he spent with me just discussing the whole Tour! Fantastic experience!! THANK YOU!!

Kevin & Eileen Prufer, USA — 2018

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Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Mont Ventoux
Thomson spectator tour went above and beyond. All my expectations were met. I had a dream vacation!

Marlene Anderson-Guba, USA — 2018

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Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Mont Ventoux
If you have ever had a doubt about doing a Spectator tour with Thomson's, do NOT doubt. You will go places you NEVER expected, see and MEET people you never thought possible, be photographed with announcers, riders, mechanics, sport directors, etc. It is the most amazing experience you will ever witness in the pro cycling world. If you know and understand cycling this is for you, because you have no idea what it takes to put on a race like this. If you know a little or nothing about pro cycling be prepared to be swept off your feet. Dare ...

Norma Dragani, USA — 2018

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I had a great experience for my first tour of the tour de france . It meet all expectations n Jacinta is an excellent fun tour guide!!

Mary Laffey, Australia — 2018

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I entered the trip with slight trepidation. Would it be too exhausting, would it be too fleeting, would my wife, less fanatical than my son and me, be bored? Day one was so exceptional that any trepidation disappeared and the trip from that point on went from strength to strength. As a family we voted this trip as an all time best vacation. It was more than just seeing the Tour up close and personal. As we traveled we became a community of fans with an exceptional pair of tour guides. Every day was an adventure. We never worried. We ...

Martin Fitzgerald, USA — 2018

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We got into places, saw things and people, did things with very few other people around. That shows planning, experience and access that few other people have. It's a special trip.

Richard Barton, USA — 2018

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I have never had so much fun in my life. I was entertained every day by Jacinta and Martin or by the other members of our group.

Kathy Nix, USA — 2018

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In our opinion Thomson Tours ticked every box as far as providing a fantastic memory for everyone. Their attention to detail was fantastic and you were never left wondering where you were meant to be.

Dallas Loveridge, Australia — 2018

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This was our second tour with Thomson Spectator Tours and we were not disappointed. Jacinta makes sure that all the accommodations and food are top notch and that everyone is engaged within the group. There is no better way to experience the tour up close and personal, even if you are a Tour de France novice. You learn so much about the organization of the Tour and the riders that you would never get from sitting at home watching the TV.

Cindi Barton, USA — 2018

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Thomson Tours is the ultimate in VIP Spectator Experiences. Their guide, Jacinta, is so knowledgeable and super fun. She took 10 strangers and turned us into friends in a week - all while viewing the biggest cycling race of the year.

Cari Oppermann, USA — 2017

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From start to finish the trip was first class.Great group to travel with. Jacinta was unbelievable. She made the trip. Would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to view the tour. Our trip included the novice to a 75 year old that new all teams and riders.

George Starnes, USA — 2017

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Jacinta was excellent in everything! She was fun and made the group bonded easily. We were 10 strangers and became friends within hours. Thanks to her for an enjoyable trip!

Kim Tran, USA — 2017

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Thomson Spectator tours are amazing. They bring complete strangers together and make a crazy family together for a week or 10 days. Some of us remain friends for a long time after the Tour is over. Much attention is given to detail. TDF is a moving object many snap decisions need to be made to accommodate. Thomson does this well. Kudos.

Norma Dragani, USA — 2017

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Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Mont Ventoux
The trip exceeded all expectations. The group was outstanding, staff exceptional & the tour activities were exciting. I was exhilarated & exhausted at the end of most days. I loved how close we got to the cyclists, that Jacinta got us to our destinations ahead of crowds, seeing how the Tour works, being at mountain stages, being at the finish line & enjoying the VIP tents. I am now more than a bit spoiled. I have watched the Tour for more than 20 years & this trip was fabulous.

Marti Kranzberg, USA — 2017

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Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Mont Ventoux
As a Tour de France junkie, this trip let me actually feel the nature of the event. We got to experience the start, the finish, the mountains, the parade of advertisers prior to the riders, the Tour village and even got to meet some of our favorite announcers.

Teresa Gardner, USA — 2017

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Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Mont Ventoux
The trip was awesome. Every day exceeded my expectations. Getting in so close to all the action and the personalities brought a new dimension to the Tour De France. Watching it every year on TV will bring back many memories and appreciation for what is happening on the ground. Our tour guide, Jacinta's passion was contagious and made every day a blast from departing the hotel after breakfast till arriving back many exciting hours later. We were so fortunate to have someone that made all the logistics work ensuring that we got the best experience possible. What seemed like an ...

stephan muller, South Africa — 2017

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Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Mont Ventoux
Great experience ever and great hostess, nice people

Dina J Ordonez, USA — 2017

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I came with high expectations of the entire spectator experience and it was exceeded manyfold in many ways. Thank you!!!!

Julio Ordonez, USA — 2017

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Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Mont Ventoux
Seeing the TDF was a bucket list item for me and I can truly say I have ticket this off the list in style. The spectator trip was a well thought out and balanced trip that gave us a up front and personal taste of the most important aspects of the TDF. A sprint finish, meeting a team on a rest day, a mountain top finish, a start and the finale on the Champs Elysee on the finish line. Thank you Thomsons and very specifically Jacinta, our guide that went well above and beyond her duties and exceed all our ...

Alberto De Leo, Zimbabwe — 2017

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Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Mont Ventoux
Amazing! Could not have been better! Exceeded expectations!

Emma West, Canada — 2017

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Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Mont Ventoux
The trip to the Tour de France in the Alps in 2017 was one of the top 3 trips that i have taken. The organization was superb and the access to riders and teams was really good. Jacinta our guide made all this happen. We also had a fun time. We were the group that modeled the KISS band and were on the road side 2K from the summit of Galibier. What more can you ask for!

Bernard West, Canada — 2017

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Thomson Bike Tours provided us with a once in a lifetime experience that we could NEVER have recreated on our own. We just sat back and let our guide do all the work while we enjoyed being within inches of riders as they sped past us to the finish line. The accommodations were excellent, as were the food and wine. Everything really was spectacular and fun! We will definitely be back! Maybe to ride next time!

Paige Morris, USA — 2016

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Thomson's TDF Spectators Tour was absolutely amazing from the first minute to the last! Truly a VIP experience! Loads of fun and extremely interesting! We've always been huge fans of the Tour de France but we now have an even greater respect for the riders, and the event itself. One that can't be explained, it must be experienced. Our tour guide, Jacinta, spoiled us for all other tour guides - she's beyond awesome and made the trip especially fun! It was a one-of-a-kind trip that we'll never forget!

Wayne Tamanaha, USA — 2016

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Excellent trip, I would recommend it to anyone. Jacinta is so helpful & makes sure everyone is having a great time. Seeing Froome running with his bike right in front of us, is something I will never forget.

Nicholas Belt, Australia — 2016

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Every possible need and concern was addressed. Our comfort and ease of moving around was aways of upmost importance and guaranteed- everything was first rate!!!

Phyllis Kovall, USA — 2016

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This was so much better than I expected it to be and I had high hopes. Ha into, our guide, made this a standout adventure in a lifetime of great vacations.

James Jones, USA — 2016

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the whole experiance was fantastic made even more memorable by all the time and effort that Jacinta put in and not forgetting our driver geordia, they made an excellent team

john walker, UK — 2016

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The spectator tour was fabulous!! Jacinta made sure that all our accommodations, meals and travel were first class. Every minute was packed with information and experiences. There is no other way to experience the Tour except as a VIP through Thomson Travel. I would definitely recommend the spectator tour to anyone wanting to have the trip of a lifetime. I hope to go on another tour soon!

Cynthia Barton, USA — 2016

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Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Grand Depart
Great experience provided by a great guide. Worth repeating and recommending.

Hayden Parry, Australia — 2016

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Fantastic! You really see how the tour works from the inside.

Milton Hightower, USA — 2016

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Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Mont Ventoux
Fantastic! A trip the combines the excitement of watching TDF on site, opportunity of close look of behind scene events, stunning scenery, and gourmet food all together. A dream come true experience.

Lu Huber, USA — 2016

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Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Mont Ventoux
very good, worthwhile

mark krosse, USA — 2016

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