Viewing options in Paris
The Tour de France has not featured the Alps during the final week for several years, but the 2023 edition of the Tour will finally give us the opportunity to view the race in this amazing landscape before finishing in Paris. This trip begins in the mountain town of Chambery, stays in the Alps for a couple of mountain stages, then does a quick stop in the Burgundy region before finishing in Paris. It is a great itinerary and we will have excellent access to the Tour de France and will enjoy VIP access at a stage start, along the course and at a stage finish!
This trip is designed for non-cyclists, so it is perfect for anyone who loves pro cycling and wants to experience the start of the Tour de France. While in the Burgundy area, we’ll visit a winery before heading to Paris. A private viewing of stage 20 on TV will be on our itinerary as we cruise up and down the Seine river in Paris.
For the final stage of le Tour in Paris, you will have access to the Rive Gauche VIP venue…the best location on the Champs Elysees. In addition to the great location located near the finish line, the venue offers reserved seating, a terrace on the rail where you will see the racers pass 8 times directly in front of you and 8 times on the other side of the street, excellent French food, an open bar, TV’s and a gift from the Tour organizers. It is a great way to see the Tour and finish your trip!
Welcome to Switzerland and France! We will be picking up the group at the Geneva, Switzerland airport (GVA) mid-afternoon. We’ll transfer to Chambery, France…..a town nestled in the mountains. This hotel will be home for two nights and is strategically located for our race activities in the next couple of days.
Tonight we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner near our hotel. In addition to meeting our fellow travel guests at dinner, we’ll go over the itinerary for the trip. Each guest will receive a gift from Custom Getaways and from Tour de France. You will also receive a discount card for 30% off official le Tour merchandise.
Good morning. Today’s stage will be a great challenge for the professionals, with more than 5,000 meters of vertical gain to deal with today. The finale will feature the Tour’s second visit to the impressive Col de la Loze, then plunge into Courchevel, where the final battle will take place on the airport’s 18% gradient runway. We’ll have the opportunity to be at the finish to see the racers pass.
We will tour the official podium where we can take pictures. After the podium, we will view the finish of the stage in the Izoard VIP venue. Located near the finish line, this venue has snacks, drinks, beer, TVs and private restrooms…a great way to see the race! Champagne will be served to toast the stage winner.
Dinner is not included tonight, so it is a perfect opportunity to explore the town of Chambery and find a cool place for local cuisine.
We’ll check-out of our hotel and head to our next VIP venue, the Relais Etape. This venue is located along the course and serves an excellent 4-course meal with soft drinks, beer, wine and champagne to toast the stage winner. Another nice feature of this venue is that the caravan passes right in front and throws gifts to the crowds. After the caravan passes, you will be have a great view of the racers as they pass. In addition, each guest will receive a gift from le Tour.
We’ll transfer to our next hotel in the Lyon area. Lyon is the second largest city in France and is known for some of the best cuisine and wine in France. You will be free to find a restaurant in the hotel complex or you can transfer into the historic are via the local train/metro, conveniently located outside the hotel.
We start today with a shorter transfer to the Start Village in Moirans-en-Montagne. You will love the energy of the Tour! We will have VIP access to the departure village with coffee, snacks, tour officials and merchandise tents. You will also be able to see the riders interviewed at the sign-in stage before they begin this important mountain stage.
After racers depart, we will have lunch in town before driving to Beaune in the Burgundy region. Along the way, we will visit a winery as we’ll be in the heart of the winemaking region of France.
After checking into our hotel in Beaune, we’ll enjoy a group dinner.
We will get an early start this morning and make the 4 and a half hour drive to Paris via our air conditioned motorcoach. We will stop for a comfort break and continue to our Paris hotel where we will drop our luggage and then head to the river for a cruise along the Seine.
Our river cruise will start south and pass Notre Dame, Musse d’Orsay and other sights before turning around and heading north to the Eiffel Tower. We will enjoy a light lunch and drinks as we watch stage 20 on TV. It is a fun way to watch the race in an inspiring setting!
After the race ends, we will stroll up the Champs Elysees to our hotel. You can stop at a cafe for a quick bite or make a reservation at a Paris legend like Foquet’s. You’ll have the evening free to relax and enjoy dinner.
You will have some free time this morning to explore Paris. Our hotel is located a few blocks from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees, so many options from which to choose.
We will meet as a group around 14:00 and walk to the Rive Gauche VIP venue to view the finish of le Tour. This is the best venue in Paris to watch the final stage. Located near the finish line, this space offers reserved seating, a terrace on the rail to watch the race pass 8 times directly in front of you and 8 times on the other side of the street, gourmet French food, open bar, TV’s and a gift from the Tour de France organizers. It is a great way to finish or trip!
Check out of your hotel by noon or extend your stay in the City of Light. You are responsible for your transfer from the hotel.
Custom Getaways hopes you have amazing memories of this unique experience.
We hope to see you again soon. Au revoir!
VIP access to 3 stages, riding across the finish line, pictures on the podium, riding the Col du Tourmalet
VIP access to 3 stages, pictures on the podium, winery, Paris river cruise