Tour de France

Overview

The Tour de France is one of the most celebrated and prestigious cycling events in the world. With an FLS Tour de France Cycling Tour the distances may be shorter but your experience will be just as unforgettable. As part of this unique experience you will ride along the same magnificent routes as the pros themselves and become completely absorbed in the thrill of the Tour. Go on…

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Quick Facts

Dates:  Between June – September
Price: From €2800 (pricing dependent on chosen accommodation and activities)
Duration: 7 nights, 8 days (may be customized)
Group Size: up to 10 guests
Accommodation: Hotel, Guest House, or Gites

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Routes

Your comfort and enjoyment are our priority so we make the effort to be flexible with our routes. Every evening your FLS host and/or hostess will put your mind at ease by discussing and planning your cycling options for the following day. Any chosen route is thoroughly explained with a detailed map or Garmin GPS, with a pre-programmed/highlighted route (indicative distances and elevations are indicated below). The FLS designed cycle routes allow you to experience a wide variety of locations, such as:

  • Gorges de Nesque
  • Bonnieux
  • Lacoste
  • Menerbes
  • Gordes
  • Vaison la Romaine
  • Beaumes-de-Venise
  • Vacqueyras
  • Gigondas
  • Mt Ventoux
  • Orange
  • L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue

To make the most of your time in this region we will provide with information about any exciting activities or experiences available. Possible off-bike activities include:

  • Sightseeing or discovering the incredible environs
  • Professional wine tasting tours
  • Exploration of quaint villages
  • Sightseeing at the ruins of the summer residence of the Popes (Chateauneuf-du-Pape) or the Roman ruins of Vaison-la-Romaine or Orange
  • Visiting the various markets (L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue) and certainly participating in the “mandatory” gastronomic events
  • Watching the pros battle it out in the 102nd  Tour de France

All of which, the FLS team endorses with a passionate yes, mais oui!

Having scrutinized the 2014 Tour de France route, the FLS team has prepared an indicative itinerary, which we believe will enable you to experience the centennial celebration of this extraordinary sporting challenge.

Day 1 Collection by the FLS team at either TGV Nimes or Avignon, or possibly the airport at Nimes, Montpelier or Avignon, before settling into hand-selected accommodation. Unpacking and preparation of bicycles with assistance from the FLS team. If time allows, a short exploration ride around the nearby area followed by a superb welcome dinner to commence the Tour.
Level A and B Level C and D
Day 2: Today is full of excitement with the celebration of Bastille day and 15th stage of the Tour de France. This year you will have the privilege of watching the pros battle it out, live, on the ‘infamous’” Mont Ventoux Distance: between 50 to 70 km
Elevation: between 200 and 900 m
Distance: between 25 and 35 km
Elevation: between 200 and 300 m
Day 3: This is a rest day for the TDF riders. Having seen the pros conquer the Giant of Provence it’s your turn to take on Mont Ventoux, are you up for the challenge? The famous King of the Mountains polka dot jersey will be handed to the winner of this ride! Distance: between 50 to 90 km
Elevation: between 200 and 900 m
Distance: between 25 and 35 km
Elevation: between 200 and 300 m
Day 4: Today we will ride from our accommodation to the town of Vaison la Romaine for the commencement of the Tours stage 16 and be able to watch the riders sign in and head off towards the Alps Distance: between 50 to 90 km
Elevation: between 200 and 900 m
Distance: between 25 and 35 km
Elevation: between 200 and 300 m
Day 5: With an early ride that passes through the beautiful Gorges de Nesque you will have the remainder of the day to enjoy the spectacular wine and cuisine of the celebrated Chateuneuf-du Pape Distance: between 50 to 90 km
Elevation: between 200 and 900 m
Distance: between 25 and 35 km
Elevation: between 200 and 300 m
Day 6: This route will allow you to explore the peaceful countryside of Provence. Winding through olive groves, vineyards and lavender fields this ride is all about the natural beauty of the surrounds. Passing through villages such as Beaumes-de-Venise (famous for its olives), Vacqueyras, Gigondas and Seguret Distance: between 50 to 70 km
Elevation: between 200 and 900 m
Distance: between 25 and 35 km
Elevation: between 200 and 300 m
Day 7: Today we will be captivated by particularly striking scenery, through the villages of Roussillon, Bonnieux , Lacoste , Menerbes and the picturesque hilltop village of Gordes . Lunch will be had in one of these beautiful villages. Depending on energy levels, the afternoon maybe spent walking (and shopping) around the famous market town of L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Distance: between 50 to 70 km
Elevation: between 200 and 900 m
Distance: between 25 and 35 km
Elevation: between 200 and 300 m
Day 8: After a European breakfast, it will be time to pack and say Bon Voyage. The FLS team will drop you off at your departure point, the TGV Nimes or Avignon, or possibly the airport at Nimes, Montpelier or Avignon.

This is only a sample itinerary. Your cycling tour will be customized to suit your needs.

Included in the tour
  • The duration of each tour is 7 nights; however, should you wish to spend more time with us, this can be arranged.
  • We provide personal collection upon arrival and return from an airport or train station.
  • Intimate group sizes of up to 10 guests will ensure that each of you receive personal assistance
  • We ensure that your memories will last a lifetime by capturing your experience in photographs and videos. We will ensure a complimentary copy is given to you.
  • Carefully selected accommodation for the duration of the tour, will ensure that your time off the bike is just as memorable, as your time spent on the bike (please take careful note, that the accommodation you select in the Request and the Booking form may influence the pricing).
  • Breakfasts and most lunches for the duration of the tour will be provided. Catered picnics in beautiful settings will also be offered. Three evening meals will be provided as part of the pricing. All other evening meals and outings will NOT be included in the price.
  • The distance and difficulty of each day’s riding are flexible to ensure that you can make the most of your experience.
  • Bicycle hire is available at an additional cost, and the choice is Road, hybrid and electronic bicycles.
  • Drinks and food supplements will be provided each day, for the duration of the tour.
  • The support vehicle may accompany the ‘peloton’, depending on the difficulty of the route.
  • An extensive range of off the bike activities and opportunities to truly explore and discover your surroundings
  • To commemorate your holiday with us you will receive a custom designed FLS cycling kit (which includes jersey, bib shorts and water bottle)
Accommodation

We believe that exceptional accommodation is essential in creating a memorable experience. Thus, the type of accommodation is essentially driven by area, duration and quality and therefore we have an eclectic mix of preferred chateaux/bed-and-breakfasts /hotels/gites, that we have developed relationships with. The photographs are indicative of these preferred venues chosen for their attractive location and superior facilities, while dovetailing with our Art of Life requirements.

Chateaux

Auberge

Auberge

Gites

Gites

Hotels

Hotels

Testimonials

“Being away from the city in the accommodation we were in, provided for a relaxed environment. The highlight of my week was Bastille Day when we cycled on the official TDF route, after a pleasant lunch in Digne Les Bains, we watched the great sprint finish. Brilliant job”

Hugh, Johannesburg,  South Africa.

“Well done on a truly awesome tour/experience! You have my vote of confidence for future tours. The highlight of my Tour, was handing over an award to the rider who “got popped”! out of the back of the peloton up Mt Ventoux. It was a memorable tour.”

Clifford, Johannesburg, South Africa

“Well done on a great tour! Trying to keep 10 alpha males happy is no mean feat. Overall everything went very well, and the atmosphere was fantastic. Riding an actual stage of the Tour de France was a treat!”

Greg, Johannesburg, South Africa

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