2012 Yellow Jersey Deluxe

July 16th to July 23rd, 2012

Itinerary - What's Included - Options

This trip will cover the important final week of the 2012 Tour de France and offer VIP access to several stages including riding over the finish line in Luchon, VIP access to the start of the final Time trial, Grand Stand seating on the Champs Elysees for the arrival in Paris and more!

2 cycling distances are offered daily.
Please read below for a daily itinerary.

 

Registrations:
A 25% deposit per person is required to reserve a spot. If places are still available when we receive your application along with deposit, you will receive notification of your registration. If the trip is sold out, you will be given the option to be placed on a waiting list or choice of another trip. Waitlist order is on a first come first serve basis as well.

 

ITINERARY
2012 TOUR DE FRANCE - Yellow Jersey Deluxe
Rate : $5195.00/person
7 nights, 8 days - July 16th to July 23rd
Pick-up in Toulouse airport (TLS) at 10:00am
Highlights: the stages in the Pyrenees, Special VIP ride on July 18th, podium pictures, VIP Access to riders enclosure on final time trial, Grand Stands for Arrival in Paris, Sunset dinner cruise
OPTIONS: Trip insurance / Bike Rental / Alps trips July 10th to 14th / Paris extension

 

July 16th
Hotel Location : Lourdes


We will be picking up at Toulouse airport at 10:00am. We anticipate today's stage should start around 12:45pm, and if timing allows, we will plan on heading to Samatan to get our first experience of the race!

 

It will then be time to head into the Pyrenees. Once at our hotel, we'll assemble bikes and take a short spin to make sure everything is in proper operating condition!

 

We will then get together over a welcome toast, do proper introductions and go over the next few days' fun and action... of course a nice dinner will follow!

   

July 17th

Hotel Location : Lourdes

 

Since the race is taking its second rest day, we will take this opportunity to ride up the (in)famous col du Tourmalet. This climb has been featured more than any other in the history of the Tour de France - tomorrow will mark the 78th time the race goes over its summit!

 

The round trip from the hotel is right at 100km. A shorter option will be available of course.

Once at the summit, a visit to the Cafe/Restaurant should not be missed - the decoration is well worth a picture... we won't say more to keep the surprise.

 

 



   

July 18th
Hotel Location: Lourdes


This is as classic a stage as there can be in the Pyrenees and with just a few opportunities remaining to make time differences, this will be a contested stage without a doubt.

The finish comes immediately after the downhill of the col de Peyresourde.

 

We will be in Luchon to witness the victory first hand. So who will be first to cross the finish line today? Can Cadel Evans hold off the likely attacks from more climbing specialists?

The answer is... YOU!!!

If you've ever had the dream of riding a Tour de France stage along roads filled with spectators and raise your arms to the sky as you cross the finish-line, today is the day it comes true...

Those who wish to ride the most will be able to have an epic ride and leave the hotel, go over a first cat 3 climb, followed by the Col d'Aspin and Finally the col de Peyresourde for a total of 90km and 2100m in elevation gain (6900').

Shorter distances will be available of course and there is a time element to adhere to.

 

Custom Getaways vehicles with on-course accreditation will be accompanying you and providing an extra lift if necessary, and an official Tour de France vehicle will escort us over the final few kms of the course and you will cross the finish line on closed roads just a couple of hours or so before the Peloton.

Once this ride of a lifetime is complete, the dream will continue; you will be invited to climb the official podium where we will take souvenir pictures. Those not riding will be driven to the finish and will enjoy the excitement of the climb and podium pictures just the same.

 

It will then be time to see the pros battle it out and we will be directly overlooking the finish line to see how the pros stack up as we will have special access to the "Bulle Mangeas". Daniel Mangeas is the French commentator for the Tour de France ("La voix du Tour").

 

 





   
July 19th

Hotel Location: Lourdes


The final High Mountains Pyrenees stage of the 2012 edition ends atop Peyragudes which is a first. While the final climb isn't as difficult as others in the area, the Port de Bales just preceding it is another animal altogether and someone could launch an attack from this climb already.

 

At 144km the stage is fairly short and the GC contenders will have tomorrow to stay sheltered in the pack, so we expect a wild stage.

 

Those leaving from the hotel will have a 50km ride before reaching the base of the Port de Bales which is the climb we intend to watch the race live from. We are currently working on several options. Our private viewing location will be catered to with several TV broadcasting the race live as it nears us!

 

See pictures of our private viewing location setup.

 

   
July 20th

Hotel Location: Paris

 

As mentioned above, the Peloton today is going over a flat stage through an area with limited transportation options. The choice was to see the stage today or tomorrow and given the importance of tomorrow's time trial we will skip Tour viewing today.

 

We will enjoy a morning ride before making the transfer up to Paris.

Your luggage and bikes will be traveling separately so you will not have to worry about them during transportation.

 

There are a number of possible rides in the area. More mountains; Hautacam, Luz Ardidens, col du Soulor and Aubisque are all well within striking distance.

If you prefer a less "hilly" is option today, that is very feasible as well!

 


 

   
July 21st

Hotel Location: Paris

 

This will be the last opportunity for the contenders to the Yellow jersey to make their mark on the 2012 Tour and we will be in the heart of the action. We will begin the day with a visit to the Start village. The village should open around 10:00am, so we will leave Paris early to rally Bonneval. There, we will be greeted by a person from the Tour organization who will show us around the area and explain how things work.

 

Thanks to our VIP passes, we will access the riders' area, meet some of the racers, see them warm-up, meet Directeurs Sportif, personalities, possible visit of team bus, etc. Start villages are always great, but seeing the start village at a time-trial is even more interesting as teams setup for riders to warm-up, etc.

 

We will watch the first few riders leave and will then make the short drive to our preferred viewing location along the course. This location will be catered to and TV's will broadcast the event live while we watch from the side of the road.

See pictures of our private viewing location setup.

Once the time trial is over, we will head back to our hotel in Paris.

   

July 22nd
Hotel Location: Paris


This is what every professional cyclist aspires to; the arrival of the Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees!

Who will be wearing yellow tonight?

We will find out today as we watch the arrival from our seats in the Official Grand Stands alongside the "World's most beautiful Avenue".
 



 

Once the Tour festivities are over, we will get ready for a great dining experience. This year again we will be renting an entire boat for our dinner-cruise along the Seine river. Great food and unbelievable sight-seeing of Paris by night will end our “sensory overloaded day”!!!

Our hotel is located within walking distance of the Champs Elysees, the Grand stands and the dinner cruise.

 
July 23rd

Hotel Location: N/A

 

You may leave at your leisure prior to check-out time... or extend your stay in Paris!

   

 WHAT'S INCLUDED

- Transfer from Toulouse airport

- All transfers throughout the trip as needed

- Hotel rooms based on double occupancy (7 nights)
- All breakfasts at the hotels
- 5 Dinners

- picnic Lunch on July 19th and 21st on course

- Air-conditioned Minibuses with on-course accreditations for support

- Exclusive VIP ride of stage #16 to Bagneres de Luchon with official Tour Vehicle escort just hours before the peloton
- Crossing of finish line in Luchon (Stage 16 - July 18th)
- Tour de France Podium photo finish

- Visit of technical/media areas

- VIP access to start village and rider's enclosure on time trial (stage 19 - July 21st)

- Grand Stand seating for final stage in Paris

- Bi-lingual and bi-cultural group Leader

- Bike Mechanic and guides

- Tour de France welcome package

- Discount card for Official Tour de France stores

- Cycling Jersey

- 2 ride distances daily

- Detailed cue-cards, directions, maps, profile of stages, etc.

- Special Tour de France gift

- Memories to last a lifetime!

 OPTIONS

Rental Bikes. Full carbon Frame w/ Ultegra group with compact cranks (34x 25/27 low gear)
- Trip Insurance

- Grand stands upgrade

- Post-Trip extension in Paris; July 23rd to 26th - a few days to enjoy Paris