Tour de France Provence & Cote D'Azur Premium
VIP Spectator Tour

2024 Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Nice

The Premium package 'Full bells and whistles' experience!

Embark on the ultimate Luxury experience during our final week, with deluxe accommodations, expert guides, top notch meals and wine, culminating in an exclusive Premium VIP viewing of the thrilling finale Time Trial on the last day

Overview

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Next Departure

July 16th 2024

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USD $8,995

Duration

7 days / 6 nights

Overview

Join us for the last 7 adrenalin filled days, seeing 4 stages in the Provence Haute Alpes & the French Riviera! Stunning viewings in the Provence region, a visit to Monte Carlo in Monaco and the Grand Finale weekend for VIP viewing of the final 2 stages in the Cote D’Azur. A final Coup could be possible on the final day in Nice!

 

Discover the area and stages with minimal travel time. Your first Hotel is ideally located in the beautiful region of Jausiers, rounded off with our luxury 5 Star Hotel in the centre of Nice.

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

Stage 17

Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux > Superdévoluy

Stage 18

Gap > Barcelonnette

Stage 20

Nice > Col de la Couillole

Stage 21

Monaco > Nice


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Exclusive VIP Access

You can’t get closer to the race unless you join 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 – the Holy Grail - given only to teams, media & Official Tour Operators (in digital form) 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 Bienvenue en France! Villa Morelia
02 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Izoard Super Dévoluy Villa Morelia
03 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Finish Line Tribune in Barcelonnette Villa Morelia
04 A Nice day plus Monaco Hyatt Regency Nice
05 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village in Nice Hyatt Regency Nice
06 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Rive Gauche on Promenade des Anglais Hyatt Regency Nice
07 Au Revoir
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Day 1


Bienvenue en France!

Our staff will meet you at Avignon TGV Station. From here we’ll transfer you in our private shuttle to our hotel in Jausiers.  In a century-old park, the “Castle” of Jausiers has been turned into a Luxury Hotel. We’ll have a late 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. After lunch we will give you chance to check in and enjoy the surroundings, recharge your batteries and get ready for an action packed week!

Day 2


LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Izoard Super Dévoluy

The return of Super Dévoluy making it 5 times in the Tour! Today we have a mountain to climb! That’s right, our VIP status means we can take our private shuttle up to our VIP viewing area. Even the journey on the closed road, through the hordes of fans, is a unique experience!  The atmosphere on a mountain day is a real buzz with fans galore, so you can lap up the energy and excitement, as we always arrive a few hours before. Early afternoon we will head to the VIP Izoard, a 3 tiered VIP viewing area, premium roadside location, free drinks, canapes and live coverage!  Today is where you will see who has strong legs as the riders struggle up the steep road, gasping for any seconds they can…

Day 3


LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Finish Line Tribune in Barcelonnette

Today is on our doorstep and we make the short journey to Barcelonnette. Capital of the Ubaye Valley, it has a character that is both Southern and Mountainous, with an altitude of 1135m. Pretty colourful facades and pedestrian streets dotted with shops, will welcome us, in this beautiful village. We plan to get there early, as the VIP area is also home to the Zone Technique, where we can often catch the commentators pre race!  Early afternoon we will return to the VIP Izoard, our 3 tiered VIP viewing area, to watch another spectacular finish, with a different atmosphere in the Provence Haute Alpes.

Day 4


A Nice day plus Monaco

As the race heads into the  mountains, we are heading to the coast. The Côte d’Azur, known in English as the French Riviera, is a timeless and beautiful coastline. An area frequented by the jet set, boasting chic resorts such as  Saint Tropez,  Cannes, Cap d’Antibes and  hosting many famed events, including the Paris-Nice, the F1 Monaco Grand Prix and the Cannes Film Festival.  We will take a detour and head to the small country of Monaco . You will have three hours, to explore at your leisure.  Visit the port or head  to Monte Carlo and see the Casino. Then onto  our Hotel in Nice, which is central to the Promenade des Anglais.  You will have a free evening, to explore Nice old Town and pick a restaurant to enjoy dinner. or watch the sunset from the 3rd floor of our stunning Hotel.

Day 5


LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village in Nice

As an Official Tour Operator, we have secured a visit of the ‘Team Paddock’ and Departure Village stage start. We don’t have far to walk as Nice hosts the Departure Village which allows you to see sponsors and gain VIP entry, perhaps even meeting past winners of the race. Then, it’s onto our favourite (Covid allowing) we will gain access to the paddock. It is where all the cyclists and teams congregate pre-race. The area offers fantastic opportunities to get up-close to the riders and Tour celebrities, as well as getting a first-hand view of the inner workings of the Tour de France. It’s one of the most popular moments on our Spectator Trips! Once the riders head off, you’ll be free to have a late lunch before we head off for a 2 hour early evening cruise, taking in the coastline all the way to Monaco and back, on the jewelled ‘Azure’ blue waters of Mediterranean Sea. We’ll arrive back in time to head for dinner at the Hotel.

Day 6


LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Rive Gauche on Promenade des Anglais

Are you ready to be part of History? Since 1904 the Grande Finale has always been in Paris! Initially on the Parc de Princes trac, since 1975 it’s finish has been on the Champs Elysees. This morning you can have free time to leisurely wander around the promenade or check out the pros on their practise of the Time Trial, that passes by our Hotel twice!  Early afternoon we’ll head over  to our exclusive Thomson VIP Viewing area, situated by the beach on Promenade des Anglais. A roadside VIP area, rubbing shoulders with the teams, our own booth complete with food and drink and great seats! It’s going to be nail gripping as the race is far from over. Who will reign victorious and wear the Maillot Jaune on the French Riviera! What a once in a lifetime spectacle! After this amazing experience it’s back to our Hotel for our farewell drinks.

Day 7


Au Revoir

After all that excitement it’s time to say goodbye. We hope to see you back in the future. Join us on a Thomson Spectator Trip to the  Spring Classics,  Giro D’Italia or La Vuelta.

Stage 16

Gruissan > Nimes


The sprinters may be heavily tipped for success when the race heads away from the coast near Narbonne, and maybe even when the riders pass over the Pic Saint-Loup. But the Mistral can blow fiercely at this time of year and could well upset the plans of the sprinters if those teams that feel at home when it’s windy end up scattering the peloton.

Stage 17

Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux > Superdévoluy


As the race homes in on the southern Alps, there will be no significant obstacles crossing the Drôme. The tests beyond that, though, are likely to encourage the formation of a large breakaway group, whose members will have a chance to shine, assuming they can deal with the climbs in the final 40 kilometres. We’ll get a clearer idea of this on the ascent of the Col Bayard, although the final selection should be made on the Col du Noyer (7.5km at 8.4%), with the final decision coming on the approach to the Superdévoluy ski station.

Stage 18

Gap > Barcelonnette


The altimeter drops temporarily, although the sprinters will still have to go right to their limits in order to claim the final bouquet within their grasp. That’s down to the fact that once the peloton has admired Lake Serre-Ponçon, the day’s attackers will have a few hills to exploit as they seek to maintain their lead. A strong puncheur might be able to go clear on the Côte de Saint-Apollinaire, and they’ll even more opportunity to do so on the Côte des Demoiselles Coiffées.

Stage 19

Embrun > Isola 2000


The menu for this ultra-mountain stage could well make you dizzy, but it’ll also whet the appetite of the very best climbers. Although the stage is less than 150km long, the riders will climb above 2,000 metres on three occasions, the biggest test the climb to the summit of La Bonette, the highest road in France at an altitude of 2,802 metres. Its 360-degree panorama is breath-taking.

Stage 20

Nice > Col de la Couillole


The Paris-Nice regulars will be racing over familiar terrain, but that won’t make things any easier if the contest for the Yellow Jersey is still raging, particularly over such a short distance. Battle could commence as early as the climb to the Col de Braus. There will then be no respite on the climbs of the Cols de Turini, de la Colmiane and finally de la Couillole, the final ascent extending for 15.7km at an average gradient of 7.1%. We’ll all be holding our breath!

Stage 21

Monaco > Nice


Everyone remembers the last occasion the Tour finished with a time trial, when Greg LeMond stripped the yellow jersey from the shoulders of Laurent Fignon on the Champs-Élysées in 1989, by just eight seconds. Thirty-five years on, we can but dream of a similar duel, involving two or three riders, an authentic athletic confrontation whose outcome would determine the final podium of the 111th edition, and the first to finish far from its familiar Parisian setting, the ultimate finale destined for Place Masséna, just a few pedal-strokes from the Promenade des Anglais.

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    Trip Hotels

    Villa Morelia

    Hyatt Regency Nice


    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      ACCOMMODATION & MEALS arrow
    • 7 days / 6 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All but 1 dinners (Stage 21 is in VIP area)
    • 1 lunch
    • TOUR DE FRANCE VIEWINGS arrow
    • TDF Stage 17: Entry to the VIP Izoard Tribune on Super Dévoluy
    • TDF Stage 18: Entry to the VIP Izoard Tribune in Barcelonnette
    • TDF Stage 20: Entry to the VIP Departure Village in Nice
    • TDF Stage 21: Entry to the Rive Gauche Tribune on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice
    • TRANSPORTATION arrow
    • Pick-up at Avignon TGV Station
    • All ground transportation
    • All luggage transfers
    • SUPPORT arrow
    • Service of our experienced guides
    • Snacks and drinks on the coach
    • MERCHANDISING arrow
    • Tour de France Gift
    • Tour de France Roadbook –in digital form
    • Special Discount card for Official Tour de France stores
    • Thomson Bike Tours T shirt, small Backpack, Socks & Lanyard
    • OTHER ACTIVITIES arrow
    • Boat Cruise
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      ACCOMMODATION & MEALS arrow
    • 7 days / 6 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All but 1 dinners (Stage 21 is in VIP area)
    • 1 lunch
    • TOUR DE FRANCE VIEWINGS arrow
    • TDF Stage 17: Entry to the VIP Izoard Tribune on Super Dévoluy
    • TDF Stage 18: Entry to the VIP Izoard Tribune in Barcelonnette
    • TDF Stage 20: Entry to the VIP Departure Village in Nice
    • TDF Stage 21: Entry to the Rive Gauche Tribune on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice
    • TRANSPORTATION arrow
    • Pick-up at Avignon TGV Station
    • All ground transportation
    • All luggage transfers
    • SUPPORT arrow
    • Service of our experienced guides
    • Snacks and drinks on the coach
    • MERCHANDISING arrow
    • Tour de France Gift
    • Tour de France Roadbook –in digital form
    • Special Discount card for Official Tour de France stores
    • Thomson Bike Tours T shirt, small Backpack, Socks & Lanyard
    • OTHER ACTIVITIES arrow
    • Boat Cruise
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal 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

    Avignon TGV Station

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    09:00

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    Hotel Mercure Avignon TGV

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    09:15

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Time

    Nice Hyatt Regency Hotel

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    2024 Tour de France VIP Spectator Tour – Alps & Nice

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