2023 Running of the Bulls
Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
The 2023 Tour de France will feature the Alps once again and our Yellow Jersey Final Week cycling trip is a great way to experience these majestic mountains! You will have VIP access at a stage start, along the course and at a stage finish. The cycling will be a great mix of riding in the Alps before making our way into Switzerland before the finish of the Tour in Paris! You will also have pictures on the podium and receive gifts from the Tour de France and from Custom Getaways.
This trip is designed for cyclists, so it is perfect for anyone who loves pro cycling and wants to experience the Tour de France. Non-cycling partners are also welcome and will enjoy the same outstanding, VIP access to the race in addition to a couple of other non-race activities. We will ride for three days in the Alps and view a couple of mountain stages before heading to Geneva area and Paris. This trip is a great combination of outstanding access to the Tour de France and great cycling in the French Alps mountains with a quick stop in Switzerland.
Welcome to Switzerland & France! We will be picking up the group at the Geneva, Switzerland airport (GVA) mid-afternoon. Our hotel in the Alps has a pool and amazing views that will be home for three nights and is located near the race activities for the next few days. Your guides will help you fit your rental bikes before you take a short ride to shake off the dust from traveling.
Tonight we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant. In addition to meeting our fellow travel guests at dinner, we’ll go over the itinerary for our trip. Each guest will receive a jersey, water bottle, and a gift from Custom Getaways and from the Tour de France. You will also receive a discount card for 30% off official le Tour merchandise.
After breakfast we will get ready to ride and mount up for a nice ride. The longer ride will be approximately 55 kilometers and the shorter ride will be about 35 kms. This is a rolling day with several hundred meters of elevation gain. We will ride on the course for part of this ride to the Relais Etape VIP venue!
This venue is located along the course and serves an excellent 4-course meal with water, soft drinks, beer, wine and champagne. 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 have a great view of the racers as they pass. Today is a 22km Individual Time Trial which includes the famous Domancy climb…a unique way to watch today’s stage.
Dinner is not included tonight after the big lunch, so it is a perfect opportunity to relax at the hotel and enjoy the magnificent views.
Today will be a real highlight…riding in the Alps and crossing the finish line! Today will be a shorter ride at about 40 kilometers and 1,500 meters of elevation gain. This climb has gorgeous views and will finish at the Courchevel altiport, a 18% runway gradient. We will ride on the official course and ride across the finish line.
After the ride, will tour the official podium and have pictures taken individually and as a group. We’ll view the finish of Stage 17 in the Izoard VIP venue. Located near the finish line, this venue has snacks, drinks, beer, champagne, TVs and private restrooms…a great way to see the race!
We will enjoy another group dinner tonight where we can discuss the race and other events of the day.
Good morning. Today we’ll head towards Switzerland. The rides will be roughly 70 kms for the longer ride and 50 kms for the shorter ride. Elevation gain will be close to 800 meters. After our ride, we will find a place to eat lunch and be on our way to our next destination, Switzerland.
We’ll enjoy a group dinner with local dishes and wine.
This morning we start with a race viewing before we cycle. You will have VIP access to the Start 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 their race.
After we see the racers depart, we will grab a light lunch and after a quick change, we will take a ride toward Paris. The longer ride will be about 60 kilometers and the shorter ride about 45 kilometers. Only a few hundred meters of elevation gain today. After the ride, we will make the 5 hour bus ride to Paris.
We will stop along the way for a comfort break and to eat dinner before arriving late into Paris.
We are planning a tour or activity this morning in Paris. We don’t know exactly what it will be until closer to the time, but we are considering an e-bike tour of Paris. This tour provides many little known secrets in addition to several of the famous Paris landmarks. We will keep you posted on this.
After our activity, we’ll transfer to the river for a cruise. We’ll enjoy a late lunch with drinks as we watch the finish of today’s stage on TV, while cruising on the River Seine. Sights you’ll see along the way include Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. After the race finishes, we’ll head back to the hotel where you’ll have the evening free.
No group dinner tonight as you may wish to stop at a cafe for a bite or indulge in a gourmet dinner at Foquet’s. Bon Appétit!
After an incredibly packed itinerary for the last several days, you will have some free time this morning in Paris. We will meet around 14:00 to walk to our VIP venue to view the final stage of le Tour in Paris.
We will be in the Izoard VIP located at the bottom of the Champs Elysees at Place de la Concord for the final stage. This venue has great food and drinks and will serve champagne to toast the winner of the Tour de France. Another nice feature of this venue is that the team buses park nearby and you can walk around the buses and see the racers as they return.
After the finish, you can make your way back to the hotel. This is a great walk along the Champ Elysees as the crowd is energetic from witnessing the finish of the race.
We bid you a fond farewell. Check out of your hotel by noon or extend you stay in the City of Light. You’ll be on your own for any transfer from the hotel.
We hope to see you again soon!
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