Tour de France Grand Départ
VIP Spectator Tour

2024 Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Grand Départ

Combining the Tour de France with Italian cities and culture - That’s Amore!

Indulge in our Luxury Bespoke Package, with our 5 cities Italian tour, offering lavish accommodations, extraordinary cultural visits to Florence, Siena, Bologna, Milan and Piacenza, unparalleled guide services, and top-quality meals and wine.

Overview

Details

Next Departure

June 26th 2024

From

USD $6,495

Duration

7 days / 6 nights

Overview

Join us for the Grand Depart to experience 5 cities and the first 3 stages of the 2024 Tour de France ! This Italian City Tour has it all. We’ll visit the romantic cities of Florence and Siena, witness stages in Bologna and Piacenza plus spend  a final afternoon in Milan. Fully Guided Race Experiences with free time to explore the cities independently. A moderate level of fitness is required as some days could include up to 5 km of walking.

Discover the area and stages with reduced travel time! Stay 10km from Florence in a luxury Wine Estate  and in the heart of the beautiful cities of Bologna and Milan.

Official Premium Tour Operator – Thomson Bike Tours is one of only 3  Official Tour Operators awarded “Premium” status to the Tour de France. Our partnership with the race organizers allows us to provide the ultimate insider Tour de France experience, complete with exclusive VIP hospitality and unprecedented race viewing opportunities.

Live Race Viewing

Team Presentation

Team Presentation

Stage 1

Florence > Rimini

Stage 2

Cesenatico > Bologna

Stage 3

Piacenza > Turin


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Exclusive VIP Access

You can’t get closer to the race without joining a World Tour team

Insider Access

Meet the riders and Tour celebrities before the race start at the Departure Village and mix and mingle in the team area with Team Paddock access — a Spectator favorite!

Relais-Etape VIP

A great view of the race and more. Start with an aperitif at the bar and a seated lunch before watching the peloton race by in the company of an ex pro.

Izoard VIP Tribune

The Izoard VIP Tribune, situated opposite the Finish Line, offers VIP hospitality and unparalleled viewing of the stage finish.

A Passionate Team

Our passionate and knowledgable Spectator team are dedicated to providing you with a truly exceptional time at major Pro Tour bike races. The infectious personality of our team add an extra dimension to an unrivalled VIP experience. Simply the most fun you can have at a bike race.

ASO Premium Status

As the number one Official Premium Tour de France Tour Operater we can offer the ultimate in race access and exclusive goodies, such as the Tour de France Roadbook – in digital form - given only to teams, media & Official Tour Operators and a special 25% discount card for Official Tour de France stores.

Break Away

Our guide has relationships with the commentators, teams and an extensive network of insider contacts, that means on the rest days you will be treated to a backstage pass experience

Itinerary

Day Headline Description Hotel
01 Benvenuti in Italia! Torre a Cona Wine Estate
02 The city of Renaissance- Florence Torre a Cona Wine Estate
03 Oh Siena! Torre a Cona Wine Estate
04 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village & Bologna Royal Hotel Carlton Bologna
05 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Finish-Line Tribune in Bologna Royal Hotel Carlton Bologna
06 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village and Milan Hotel Cavour
07 Arrivederci
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Day 1


Benvenuti in Italia!

Our staff will meet you at Florence airport. From here we’ll have a short transfer to our luxury Hotel nestled  in a private Wine Estate! We’ll have lunch where you’ll get a chance to meet your fellow Tour de France fans. Then it’s a short orientation meeting where we’ll run through the plans for the upcoming week. This centuries old family owned estate is an idyllic Tuscan setting and you can  enjoy all the decadence it has to offer, before an early evening Wine tasting and tour. Be sure to bring extra luggage to be able to take home all the delicious  wines that you will sample and purchase . Dinner in the secret garden will round off an amazing day.

Day 2


The city of Renaissance- Florence

Florence, or Firenze as it is known, was founded in 59BC by Emperor Julius Caesar and is often known as the “Jewel of the Renaissance”. The capital City of Tuscany is famous for it’s art and monuments, some calling the whole city a Museum. We’ll park by the Ponte S.Niccolô and walk the 1.5km along the river to Ponte Vecchio. From this point, the city is at your desire and you will have 4 hours to explore the many beautiful parts of this UNESCO World Heritage treasure.  Mid afternoon we will head to see the Teams arrive  before the  Presentation. Excited, nervous and ready for the month ahead. The presentation itself is best watched from the comfort of our luxury hotel on the big screen.

Day 3


Oh Siena!

Siena’s heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run, a horse race run around the piazza  every Summer. Movie audiences worldwide can see Siena and the Palio in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace….but for us cycling fans it’s the finish of the Strade Bianchi, a race that excites at the start of each cycling calendar! We will spend a few hours visiting this medieval city, (reached by a walk of 1km to a series of escalators). Stroll through the narrow streets, enjoy the many grand pieces of architecture  or enjoy lunch or gelato in the main square.

Day 4


LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village & Bologna

Are you ready for the first stage in this year’s Tour de France? As an Official Tour Operator, we have secured a visit of the ‘Team Paddock’ and Departure Village stage start. The Departure Village allows you to see sponsors and gain VIP entry, perhaps even meeting past winners of the race. It’s full of exciting sponsor stands, free goodies and an animation team to entertain pre sign on. If Covid rules allow we will also gain access to the Team Paddock –  it’s where all the cyclists and teams congregate pre-race. It’s a spectator favorite!  No sooner will they have left and we will head to the next city on our Tour – Bologna!

Day 5


LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Finish-Line Tribune in Bologna

In the morning you can explore the beautiful city of Bologna. Terracotta buildings , towers, porticoes, cobbled narrow streets lined with delights…Bologna is most famous for the food. Some people even call it Italy’s food capital, which is why it has the nickname la grassa, or “the fat one.” So treat yourself to an amazing lunch, as well as a feast for the eyes! In the early afternoon we will experience a VIP finish in the Izoard Tribune, a 3 tiered VIP viewing area on the finish line! There’s live coverage of the race, a free bar, canapes and seating, so you can view in comfort and then watch the riders live as they arrive at the finish line, just around the corner from  our Hotel!

Day 6


LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village and Milan

Today we’ll head to the walled city of Piacenza, to witness another stage start. It’s a fantastic chance to experience this VIP access and catch up with all the riders you missed the first time, in this historic setting. Once the cyclists leave, then so do we – destination – Milan! We’ve secured a hotel, 1 km walk from all the main attractions. You will have a few hours in the afternoon to explore the city before enjoying a fabulous farewell dinner in our amazing hotel.

Day 7


Arrivederci

After all that excitement it’s time to say goodbye. The hotel can arrange private transfers to Milan Malpensa – or why not book yourself a few extra days vacation in this fashionable city? We hope to see you back in the future. Join us on a Thomson Spectator Trip to the Spring Classics, La Vuelta or the Giro D’Italia.

Stage

Grand Depart


Stage

Team Presentation


Stage

Grand Depart


Stage 1

Florence > Rimini


It’s rare for the Tour de France to start with more than 3,600 metres of climbing – in fact it’s never happened before! – and it’s also the first time that the race has visited the home city of Gino Bartali. The succession of hills in Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna are likely to be the setting for an immediate and testing confrontation between the contenders for the title, particularly the climb into San Marino (7.1km at 4.8%), where the race will add a 13th name to its catalogue of foreign visits.

Stage 2

Cesenatico > Bologna


The passage across the Emilia-Romagna region is straightforward enough to begin with as it takes the peloton to Imola and its famous motor racing circuit. The final part of the stage, featuring the climb to the Sanctuary of San Luca (1.9km at 10.6%), the traditional finale of the Giro dell’Emilia, which will be tackled twice in the final 40km, offers fertile terrain for the peloton’s puncheurs.

Stage 3

Piacenza > Turin


The sprinters will have started the 2024 Tour with their teeth gritted, but now they’ll have something to sink them into with the finish in Turin. Prior to that, the peloton will pay a passing tribute to Fausto Coppi by heading through Tortone, where il campionissimo died. By that point, though, the sprinters’ domestiques will already be hard at work, their focus on ensuring a sprint finale. There’ll be little room for manoeuvre for the breakaway riders.

Stage 4

Pinerolo > Valloire


The race leaves Italy after a long climb to the resort of Sestrières, where Coppi triumphed in 1952, the border subsequently reached at the Col de Montgenèvre. Then, after ascending the Lautaret pass, the riders will tackle the 2,642-metre Galibier. This will be the first opportunity for the favourites to test themselves in the high mountains.

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2024
June 26 to July 2
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    Trip Hotels

    Torre a Cona Wine Estate

    Royal Hotel Carlton Bologna

    Hotel Cavour


    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Accommodation and meals arrow
    • 7 / 6 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All but 1 dinner
    • 1 lunch
    • Tour de France Viewings arrow
    • Stage 1: Entry to the VIP Departure Village in Florence
    • Stage 2: Entry to the VIP Izoard Tribune on the Finish Line in Bologna
    • Stage 3: Entry to the VIP Departure Village in Piacenza
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick up at Florence airport
    • All transportation during the trip (coach, metro, boat)
    • All luggage transfers
    • Support arrow
    • Services of our experienced guides
    • Merchandising arrow
    • Tour de France Gift
    • Tour de France Roadbook in digital form
    • Special Discount card for use in Official Tour de France stores
    • Thomson Bike Tours T Shirt, Small Backpack, Socks & Lanyard
    • Other Activities arrow
    • Wine Tasting afternoon
    • City Visits Florence, Bologna, Siena, Milan - maps will be provided highlighting local attractions
    • Airfare
    • Travel Insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Accommodation and meals arrow
    • 7 / 6 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All but 1 dinner
    • 1 lunch
    • Tour de France Viewings arrow
    • Stage 1: Entry to the VIP Departure Village in Florence
    • Stage 2: Entry to the VIP Izoard Tribune on the Finish Line in Bologna
    • Stage 3: Entry to the VIP Departure Village in Piacenza
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick up at Florence airport
    • All transportation during the trip (coach, metro, boat)
    • All luggage transfers
    • Support arrow
    • Services of our experienced guides
    • Merchandising arrow
    • Tour de France Gift
    • Tour de France Roadbook in digital form
    • Special Discount card for use in Official Tour de France stores
    • Thomson Bike Tours T Shirt, Small Backpack, Socks & Lanyard
    • Other Activities arrow
    • Wine Tasting afternoon
    • City Visits Florence, Bologna, Siena, Milan - maps will be provided highlighting local attractions
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel Insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Pick-up/Drop-off Info

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Time

    Florence Airport

    10:30am

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    Novotel Firenze Nord Hotel

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    10.45am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Time

    Hotel Cavour Milan

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    2024 Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Grand Départ

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