The 106th edition of the Tour de France will feature 30 categorised climbs, five mountain finishes but
only 54km of time-trialling.
The 106th edition of the Tour de France will cover 3,460km over 21 stages, and will feature 30
The race will consist of
7 flat stages, 5 hilly stages, 1 individual time-trial, 1 team time-trial, and 7 mountain stages with 5
La Planche des Belles Filles
Foix Prat d-Albis
2 rest days before the riders finish as usual on the cobblestones of the Champs Elysees.
This is the highest Tour in history, which will encourage breakaways and attacks.
The final battles will be fought in the Alps. A brutal stage 18 will take riders over the Col de Vars, the
Col d'Izoard and the Galibier within the space of 207km. A day later, the 123km stage 19 includes the
Col d'Iseran, before the penultimate stage up to the finish at Val Thorens.
While our itinerary enables you the opportunity to see 8 stages of the Tour it also offers plenty of
options for doing you own cycle touring in some of the best regions of France, including riding Mont
Monday 15th July: Arrival day
We will collect clients from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 09:00hrs & 15:00hrs for transport to our
hotel in Paris. Where we will spend one night in Paris on a bed & buffet breakfast basis.
Tuesday 16th July: Travel to the Pyrenees
After breakfast we will assemble in the Hotel's reception at 08:30hrs and go to Montparnasse train
station where we shall board the 09:52hrs TGV train to Lourdes.
On your arrival in Lourdes you will be taken to our hotel in Argeles Gazost where we spend the next 5
nights on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at the Hotel Soleil Levant.
Our location in Argeles Gazost is excellent for accessing the Pyrenean stages of the area or you can
take the opportunity to visit the beautiful of town Argeles Gazost and it's surroundings.
Wednesday 17th July: Stage 11 (Albi to Toulouse, 167km)
Today the Tour has a relative flat stage from Albi to Toulouse for the
riders to loosen their legs after their first rest day, before heading
into the Pyrenees tomorrow.
Our location in Argeles Gazost is ideal for accessing today's finish
After a relaxing breakfast we shall travel to Toulouse where you can
explore the city before seeing the stage finish.
Alternatively you can spend the day relaxing in Argeles Gazost or ride
some of the famous climbs of the area without the Tour de France traffic.
Options for the bike riders today.
Those with bikes can travel in the Baxter's Cycling Trips vehicle and get dropped off on our way to
Toulouse and return back in Baxter's Cycling Trips vehicle. Alternatively you can ride some of the
famous climbs of the area like Col du Soulor, Hautacam, Col d'Aubisque or Col du Tourmalet without
the Tour de France traffic.
Thursday 18th July: Stage 12 (Toulouse to Bagneres-de-Bigorre, 202km)
After breakfast we shall travel to see the stage on the last climb of today's stage La Hourquette
For those with bikes can ride from the hotel to see the stage on the final climb of La Hourquette
d'Ancizan 1564meters or the finish in Bagneres-de-Bigorre. Alternatively travel in Baxter's Cycling Trips
vehicle to our vantage point on the La Hourquette d'Ancizan and ride up the Col de Portet without Tour
de France traffic and return to back to Baxter's Cycling Trips vehicle 60km return ride.
The pyrenean part of the Tour will start in the valley and that should motivate the usual breakaway
suspects to give it a go but it will carry on with climbs up Peyresourde and La Hourquette d'Ancizan
Only the best climbers among them will be in a position to triumph as they head down to
Friday 19th July: Stage 13 Individual Time Trial (Pau to Pau 27km)
The only individual time-trial of the 2019 Tour will take place in Pau that
has already welcomed two time-trials in the past: in 1939
(victory of Swiss Karl Litschi) and in 1981 (victory of Bernard Hinault).
Our location in Argeles Gazost is ideal for accessing today's stage.
After a relaxing breakfast we shall leave our hotel in Argeles Gazost
and travel the short distance to Pau, where you can see today's stage.
Those with bikes can ride out from the hotel in Argeles Gazost to see
today's stage in Pau and return back to the hotel in Baxter's Cycling
Trips vehicle (55km ride).
Saturday 20th July: Stage 14 (Tarbes to Tourmalet 117km)
After yesterday's Individual Time Trial the Tour heads into the Pyrenees
with a summit finish on the Col du Tourmalet at 2115 meters.
Our location is ideal for seeing the stage on the Col du Tormalet or the
Col du Soulor 1474 meters.
For the non-bike riders we will travel to see the stage in
Luz-Saint-Sauveur the base of the Col du Tormalet. Alternatively you
can have a relaxing breakfast and see the stage pass through the town
of Argeles Gazost
Sunday 21st July: Transfer to Saint-Didier
After breakfast we shall travel to Saint-Didier where we shall spend 2 nights on half-board at the
excellent 3* Hotel Cote Ventoux which is ideal for accessing the mythical Mont Ventoux (1912 meters).
Monday 22nd July: Tour de France Rest Day
As today is a rest day for the Tour de France,
Bike riders have various options of riding ride options to ride the
"Giant of Provence" the mythical Mont Ventoux (1912 meters).
For the non cyclist spend the day relaxing around the Hotel's swimming
pool or visit Avignon to explore the sights of this medieval city.
Tuesday 23rd July: Transfer to the Alps
After breakfast we shall transfer to the Alps and the area of Serre Chevalier, where we shall spend the
next 3 nights on Hal-board at the 3* Hotel Christiania which is ideal for accessing the Alpine stages of
the Tour de France.
Wednesday 24th July: Stage 17 (Pont du Gard to Gap 206km)
Today the Tour de France heads out from the Massif Central area to the Alps.
After a relaxing breakfast or a mornings ride, we shall travel the short distance to see today's finish
Thursday 25th July: Stage 18 (Embrum to Vsalloire 207km)
Today is the big Alpine stage where they will ride over three mountain climbs
all above 2000 metres in altitude,
Col de Vars (2109 meters)
Col d'izoard (2360 meters)
Col Du Galibier (2645 meters)
This is extremely rare on a stage for the Tour de France.
Our location is ideal for seeing today's stage as the Tour passes the
hotel's front door on the way to the Col Du Galibier which stands an
impressive 2645 meters.
On the way up the riders will pass the monument to Henri Desgrange
the founder of the Tour de France.
Friday 26th July: Stage 19 (Saint jean de Maurienne to Tignes 123km)
As the tour continues it's journey through the Alps with a dynamic stage
that will take the riders to the highest summit of the 2019 Tour, over
the Col de l'Iseran 2770 meters this will be the eighth time the Tour
has climbed the Col de l'Iseran and the second time by it's south side
which is the toughest accent. It was on this accent when Louison Bobet
had bid farewell to the Tour in 1959 but also where Claudio Chiappucci
took off before winning in Sestrieres in 1992.
After an early breakfast ride from the hotel in Serre Chevalie up to
Sestriere (40km), After your ride we shall see today stage on route,
after seeing the stage we shall travel to Annecy where we shall spend
2 night on half-board at the Best Western International.
Saturday 27th July: Stage 20 (Albertville to Val Thorens 131km)
The last alpine stage will be a grande premiere: it will indeed be the
third finish above an altitude of 2 000 metres, which has never occurred
in the history of the Tour. Before the final climb to Val Thorens, a first
battle should take place at the Cormet de Roselend. The total ascent of
the day will be 4 450 metres.
After an early breakfast we shall travel to see the stage in Beaufort base
of the Cormet de Roselend 1604 meters.
For those with bikes can either ride from the hotel to see the start in
Albertvill (100km return ride) or ride to Beaufort base of the Cormet de
Roselend and return in Baxter's Cycling Trips vehicle (56km ride).
Sunday 28th July: Transfer to Paris
After an early breakfast we shall take the T.G.V train to Paris arriving at
11:15hrs, upon arrival we shall have a river Seine Lunch cruise lasting
2 hours before we see the arrival of the Tour de France on the
cobblestones of the Champs Elysees.
Monday 29th July: Departur Day
After breakfast we leave Paris. We offer transfers from the hotel to
Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.
Various transfers to Charles de Gaulle for your flight home.
Included in your travel package are:
Return airport transfers from Paris Charles de Gaulle
TGV from Paris to Lourdes
TGV from Annecy to Paris
14 nights bed and buffet breakfast accommodation
12 evening meals
Air conditioned transport throughout
Special bike trailer for safe keeping and transport of your bike
Bike storage at each hotel
Breakfast and evening meal each day at your hotel
(breakfasts only in Paris)
Coloured maps with highlighted ride routes
Services of guide
A comprehensive itinerary
Your journey to France.
Any meals and drinks not noted above
Any extras at your accommodation