2004 "Tour de France" bike tours

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"Pyren" trip (one week) :

That great trip will lead you from the center of France to the Pyrenees mountains and the Languedoc, not forgetting the Massif Central mountains and the lovely Quercy. You will discover (or see again) how the South of France is incredibly varied and lovely : the variety is not only about the different gorgeous scenery, but also the architecture, the food, etc...

That week is at the middle of the Tour de France, and, even if, at the end of the trip, we will not be sure of the 2004Tour winner, we may get some ideas about him and should assist to great stages in lovely surroundings!

 

July the 12th (race stage : Rest day in Limoges): Pick up in Limoges ( airport or train station or hotel). Limoges is well known by French for its fine china making (the painter Renoir started to paint for the limoges china makers)... Drive to the very nice and typical accommodation in the country side, where we are staying two nights. Bike settings/trials.

July the 13th (race stage : St Léonard - Guéret): The very nice Creuse area, one of the most remote area of France, rich of green hills and typical old farms. The region has inspired great painters such as Monet and Guillaumin. We will join the race by riding in the very scenic and quiet Correze.

July the 14th (race stage : Limoges - Saint Flour):

The 14th of July is the French National Day. It will also be an epic day : a very nice stage through the Massif Central mountains and volcano. It is the longest stage of the 2004 Tour and it would offer us a grand spectacle! The local architecture is rich of numerous old farms and shelters built with volcano stone bricks (walls) and volcano tiles (roves). It is one of the best place in France for cheese tasting. We will see the race for the Puy Mary ascents (Puy Mary is part of the edge of a huge ancient volcano). We are staying two nights in that area.

July the 15th (race stage : Saint Flour- Figeac)

Saint Flour is settled on the Cantal volcano;The race will lead South West, from the volcano area to the beginning of the gorgeous Quercy region, just next to the Dordogne. The racers's route will be very challenging as the route is particularly hilly : it would be good opportunities for breakaways... Figeac, home of Cyclande's office is a lovely medieval town with buildings as old as 500 years old!

A castle in the Quercy

The 16th (race stage : Castelsarrasin - La Mongie):

The race is arriving in the Pyrenees with the great climbs of col d'Aspin and La Mongie ski resort. We will shortcut that stage to transfert to Carcassonne medieval town and benefit from very nice rides there. We will see the race arrival on a TV in a local Café, sharing great moments with local people. Carcassonne medieval town is well-known for its awesome fortified medieval city . We are staying two nights in a small castle within the Carcassonne area.

The climbing of Col d'Aspin (2003)

The 17th (race stage : Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille) :

"Crazy" day for the racers, with 6 cols to climb, 217 km, and the finish on top of Plateau de Beille . Surely the most difficult stage of the 2004 Tour. It would be decisive for the general classification of the Tour. Also, we will view the tour for that terrific ascent of plateau de Beille.

A village at the foot hills of the Pyrenees

The 18th (race stage : Carcassonne - Nîmes ):

The departure from the very nice Carcassonne town and its fortified ancient city from the middle ages, located in the heart of the pretty Languedoc region, famous in France for its wine, scenery and pleasant way of life...

End of the trip after race departure from Carcassonne and drive back to your hotel or airport or train station...

 The Tour in Carcassonne (2002)

 

 


How to book that trip

Dates : 7 days, from July 12 to 18, 2004

Price per person:
1,990 Euros, double occupancy  (Click to convert)

Single occupancy extra charge : 275 Euros (Click to convert)

Bike renting (optional): 110 Euros  (Click to convert)

Start (Pick-up): Limoges

Finish (drop-off): Carcassonne

 

 It includes:.

  • All accommodations (6 nights) based on double occupancy (see extra-prices for single room) in charming hotels or Bed&Breakfast (nice 2/3/4 stars)
  • All (7) breakfasts
  • All (7) lunches or picnics
  • All (6) dinners
  • Bilingual trip leader(s)
  • Transportation from rendezvous to final drop-off
  • Baggage transport
  • Maps and route suggestions
  • Ride at your own leisure
  • Suggestions on interesting side trips to take

It doesn't include

  • Snacks
  • Beverages
  • Visits entrance fees such as Museum, caves, castles, ...
  • All costs before rendezvous point and after final drop-off.
  • Travel insurance
  • Cancelation insurance

 

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Note : program subject to some changes in order to let you have the best program possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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