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Tour de France 2003 Tour de France 2003
Tour de France 2003
Tour de France 2003
Tour de France 2003 Tour de France 2003
Tour de France 2003

All the mountain stages

WITH OR WITHOUT YOUR BIKE

Thursday 10th to Wednesday 23rd July 2003

Thursday 10th July:
Our touring coach with bike carrying trailer will leave Leeds at 07.00hrs making collections at Manchester/Sheffield, Birmingham, London and service stations on the motorway networks used.
We shall arrive at Dover in time for the 16.30hrs sailing to Calais from where we shall travel to Paris where bed & breakfast accommodation has been reserved at the Hotel Ibis Paris Porte de Clichy.
Overseas customers can either meet the group at any of the UK collection points or at the hotel Ibis in Paris.

Friday 11th July:
After breakfast we shall leave Paris and travel to the Alps. Enroute to the Alps we hope to be able to see todays stage finish in Lyon, but this will be dependant upon traffic encountered and the time it takes from Paris. After seeing the stage finish in Lyon we shall travel to the either the beautiful lakeside towns of Annecy or Aix les Bains where we shall spend 2 nights on half board (evening meal, bed & breakfast) at a 3* hotel.

Saturday 12th July:
The Tour de France arrives in the Alps with a 226.5km stage from Lyon to Morzine. Apart from a beautiful location Annecy and Aix les Bains offers great access to seeing the stage. Those with bikes will be able to ride from the hotel to the main climb of the day the Col de Ramaz which comes only 20km from the finish in Morzine. Those without bikes will be taken to the Col de Ramaz by the coach. After seeing the stage we shall return to our hotel in Annecy / Aix les Bains either on the bike or on the coach.

Sunday 13th July:
Today is the first real mountainous stage of the Centenary Tour de France with a classic mountain stage from Sallanches to L'Alpe d'Huez via the mighty Col du Galibier. After an early breakfast we shall leave Annecy / Aix les Bains and travel to the stage. Those with bikes will have the choice of seeing the stage on either the Col du Galibier or L'Alpe d'Huez and will be able to ride from either Grenoble or travel part way on the coach and ride from the valley approach road. Those without bikes will be taken to the town of Bourg d'Oisans, from where they will be able to walk onto the lower slopes of L'Alpe d'Huez. After the stage we shall regroup at the coach in Bourg d'Oisans and travel to the Serre Chavlier area where we shall spend 2 nights on half board basis (evening meal, bed & breakfast).

Monday 14th July:
The mountains continue with another classic Alpine stage from Bourg d'Oisans to Gap via the Col du Lauteret and Col de L'Izoard. Our location in the Serre Chevalier area is excellent for accessing todays stage and offers those with bikes the choice of seeing the stage on either the Col du Lauteret or Col de L'Izoard. Those without bikes will have the choice of seeing the stage pass through Briancon or be taken part way up the Col de L'Izoard by the coach. After seeing the stage we shall return to our hotel.

Tuesday 15th July:
The Tour de France riders leave the Alps for the Mediterranean city of Marseille, the 3rd historic city to be visited by the centenary Tour de France. We shall leave Serre Chevalier and travel on the coach to the town of Gap where you will see the stage start. After seeing the start we shall leave Gap on the coach and catch up with the stage in its final phase, before travelling to either Avignon or Carpentras, where we shall spend 2 nights on half board basis (evening meal, bed & breakfast). Those with bikes will have the choice of a long ride from the start in Gap to the hotel or a shorter ride to the hotel after seeing the stage enroute.

Wednesday 16th July:
As the Tour de France riders spend their well earned rest day with a transfer to the Mediterranean city of Narbonne, we shall have the opportunity to ride the feared and famous Mont Ventoux. Our hotel locations in the Avignon, Carpentras area enables easy access to Mont Ventoux. There will be the option of riding from the hotel or travelling part way on the coach. Those without bikes will have the opportunity to spend the day at leisure in the beautiful city of Avignon which is on festival.

Thursday 17th July:
Today is a flat stage along the valley of the beautiful Canal du Midi from Narbonne to the "Rose City" of Toulouse, the 4th historic city to be visited by the centenary Tour de France. We shall leave our Avignon base after breakfast and travel by coach to the feed station. Those with bikes will be able to ride from the feed station to the hotel in Toulouse either before or after seeing the stage. After seeing the stage we shall rejoin the coach and travel to Toulouse where we shall spend 2 nights on half board (evening meal, bed & breakfast) at a 3* hotel.

Friday 18th July:
The first individual time trial comes late into the Centenary Tour de France and is held today between Gaillac and Cap Decouverte which is a leisure park near the town of Carmaux to the north of Toulouse. Our location in Toulouse is excellent for accessing the stage and those with bikes will be able to ride from the hotel to the stage, whilst those without bikes will be taken by the coach. After the stage we shall return to our hotel in Toulouse.

Saturday 19th July:
Today's stage leaves the "Rose city of Toulouse" and finishes in the Pyrenees with a 9km climb to the ski station of Plateau de Bonascre, high above the town of Ax les Thermes. After breakfast we shall leave Toulouse and travel to the town of Ax les Thermes. Those with bikes will have the opportunity to ride to the climb of Plateau de Bonacre from the hotel in Toulouse or travel part way on the coach and ride the rest. Those without bikes will be taken to the spa town of Ax les Thermes from where they will be able to walk onto the lower slopes of the climb to Plateau de Bonascre. After the stage, the bikes will be reloaded and we shall travel to Lourdes which is an excellent location to base ourselves for the remaining Pyrenean stages where we shall spend 3 nights on half board basis (evening meal, bed & breakfast) at a 3* hotel.

Sunday 20th July:
Today the Tour de France enters the high Pyrenees with a 191.5km stage from St Girons to Loudenville via the Col de la Core, Col du Portet d'Aspet, Col de Mente, Col du Portillon and Col du Peyresourde. Those with bikes will have the choice of either riding from our base in Lourdes or Bagneres de Bigorre to the stage finish in Loundenville via the Col de Aspin or travelling on the coach to the village of Arreau where the coach will park up for transport back to Lourdes after the stage. There will be another coach that will take those without bikes to either the finish in Loudenville or the lower slopes of the Col du Peyresourde.

Monday 21st July:
The mountains continue and today is another classic Pyrenean stage from Bagneres de Bigorre to the ski station of Luz Ariden, via the Col d'Aspin and the mighty Col du Tourmalet. Our location in Lourdes could not be better for accessing the stage and offers those with bikes the choice of seeing the stage on either the Col de Aspin, Col du Tourmalet or the climb to the ski station of Luz Ardiden. Those without bikes will be taken by coach to the town of Luz St Sauver, from where they will be able to walk onto the climb of Luz Ardiden. After seeing the stage we shall return to our Pyrenean base.

Tuesday 22nd July:
Today, the Tour de France riders spend their second rest day in the Pyrenees and it is here where we bid farewell to the Centenary edition of the Tour de France and commence the journey home by travelling to Paris, where overnight accommodation and breakfast will be at the Hotel Ibis Paris Porte de Clichy.

Wednesday 23rd July:
For those who wish to stay in Paris for the Paris finale, we can arrange an extended stay at the Hotel Ibis (see supplement below). This tour will leave Paris at 09.00hrs and take overseas clients to Charles de Gaulle airport before continuing to Calais in time for the 13.30hrs sailing to Dover, arriving London 16.30hrs, Birmingham 19.00hrs, Manchester/Sheffield 21.00hrs and Leeds by 22.00hrs.

 


 

COST: 1050 $US1575

INCLUDES:

  • Coach transportation throughout
  • 14 Nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Twin/Double room
  • 12 evening meals
  • All ferry fares & port taxes
  • Original Michelin maps showing all Tour de France stages
  • Detailed itinerary with helpful Tour de France info
  • Services of our guide
TRAVEL INSURANCE (Compulsory): UK citizens only 46 (Double premium for over 65's)
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: 300 $US450
PARIS EXTENSION (5 Nights B&B Hotel Ibis): 150 $US225
GRAHAM BAXTER SPORTING TOURS CYCLING KIT OFFER: 40 $US60