France Grand Cycle Tour - Classic French Alps, The Jura, The Vosges and Paris Experience

  • Location

    Alps, Jura, Vosges and Paris

  • Duration

    8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

  • Length

    Up to 520km

  • Climb

    Up to 6,000m

17 Jul 2023 - 24 Jul 2023

We assume that you will have been following the race before joining us on the third and final week of France’s Grand Boucle, and that you will be excited and be fervently keen to dive into this final week. You will be riding on parts of the official race route hours ahead of the race and experiencing some of the intensity and celebration that comes with this premier cycle race.

The final week offers a 22 kilometre individual time trial in Passy , the Queen Stage to Courchevel, some robust hilly and flat stages, a Stage 20 mountain finish in the Vosges and then the grand finale in Paris on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

And the Grand Tours Project team will be there to support and guide you along the race route to the finishes and at least to one start. You will be riding ahead of the pros on the race route and we will find the best places with other passionate fans, to watch the riders ascend classic climbs or race to the finish.

You will see parts of France that are not normally on the tourist map, taste local cuisine and drinks, stay in the best hotels we can find, and of course, experience the rides, the fun and the madness of France’s premier sports event.

It will be intense, fun, and fast but there will be opportunities to slow down and enjoy the surroundings too. Join us on this race through France.

Total price: From €4,390

  • Level of fitness: MEDIUM - fit enough to ride 2 to 4 hours or 40 to 100 km per day
  • Watch the world's best cyclists fight for the yellow jersey
  • Ride on race stages, just hours before the pros
  • Experience the race tour live en route and at the stage finishes
  • Watch and experience the Grand Boucle passion at the Stage 19 Depart
  • Ascend bucket list climbs like Col de la Loze and Col du Platzerwasel
  • Test your times against the pros in the Individual Time Trial
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Max group size of 14 (Max client to guide ratio 7:1)
  • Bike rental (carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra Di2 or equivalent) available
  • Day 1 Monday 17 July


    Bienvenue en France and the magnificent French Alps. We will collect you from Geneva Airport and transfer you to your hotel near Megeve.

    After check-in, we will help assemble and fit the bikes, and then take a leisurely test ride nearby. Back at the hotel we will regroup for pre-dinner drinks, hand out the musettes (goodie bags), and discuss the logistics for the coming week. Dinner will be an opportunity to get to know your fellow riders and to interrogate the Grand Tours Project team.

    Hotel Megeve
  • Day 2 - Tuesday 18 July

    Stage 16 Passy - Combloux Individual Time Trial

    22 km / 650 m

    DO NOT be deceived. This 22 kilometre long individual time trial will be brutal if you are aiming to put in a personal best effort. There are 2 climbs - Cote de Soudans and lung busting Côte de Domancy.

    After an early breakfast, we’ll ride this course and then ride some of the surrounding terrain before returning to see how the professionals do it…and to compare your times!

    When the last racer has crossed and the results are finalised, we will transfer to our hotel in Albertville.

    Hotel Albertville
  • Day 3 - Wednesday 19 July

    Ride to Col de La Loze

    27 km / 1,785 m or 32 km / 2,019 m or 63 km / 2,177 m

    The Queen Stage route tally for today is 166 km and 5,400 m ascent. Gulp! Luckily, as part of our Experience crew, you will not be attempting the full stage, but we are still offering you a challenging and steep ride to Col de la Loze, above Meribel and Courchevel.

    There are three options that enable riders of different abilities to ride along the race route with passionate fans cheering you on: ride early from Albertville to Col de la Loze; or transfer to Moûtiers or Brides-les-Bains and ride to Col de la Loze. Somewhere on the mountain, we’ll find a place to watch the pros ride up and disappear down to Courchevel. We will then ride or transfer back to our hotel in Albertville.

    Hotel Albertville
  • Day 4 - Thursday 20 July

    Albertville to Lac du Bourget

    76 km / 496 m

    Today is not so intense. A hilly day from Albertville to Lac du Bourget and beyond depending upon your energy levels after yesterday! Stupendous views from the cotes above the lake. And bring your lights, we possibly have a tunnel section. Near the boundary between Savoie and Ain, we will stop for lunch and then take a transfer to our hotel in Geneva.

    Hotel Geneva
  • Day 5 - Friday 21 July

    Stage 19 Départ Experience in Moirans-en-Montagne & Ride

    40 km / 330 m

    A leisurely start to today. After breakfast we will transfer to the stage of Stage 19 in the pretty toy capital of France, Moirans-en-Montagne. This morning is an opportunity for you to browse shops of the famous wooden toys, an industry that has sustained this town since the 14th century. But the focus for our visit is your immersion in the passionate fanfare of the teams signing in and riders being presented before they set off on Stage 19. It will be an amazing spectacle to experience.

    After a light lunch, we’ll jump in the GTP vehicle and transfer to somewhere near Salins-les-Bains to ride a portion of the route before watching the pros race by. Then we transfer to our hotel near Colmar.

    Hotel Colmar
  • Day 6 - Saturday 22 July

    Munster to Le Markstein Fellering

    133 km / 3,300+ m

    If a winner of the yellow jersey has not already been predicted, then today is the day we find out. Stage 20 is in the Vosges and although not huge, the cumulative height gain is impressive, and it finishes on Le Markstein.

    We have an early start; first a transfer to Munster and then we ride, with numerous other cycling fans, the last 30 odd kilometres of Stage 20 in the wild Vosges mountains via Le Petit Ballon and Col du Platzerwasel before reaching Le Markstein. We suspect this ride will be fast and furious in order to reach our destination before the gendarmes close the final climb. Once riders and their teams cross the finish line and we know the winner of the yellow jersey for 2023, we’ll transfer to Colmar for the TGV train to Paris.

    Hotel Paris
  • Day 7 - Sunday 23 July

    Final Stage - Versailles to Champs Elysees

    35 km / 150 m

    We trust you had a good night's sleep. After breakfast we will transfer to the Palace of Versailles and ride through Monteparnsse, the Latin Quarter, over La Seine to La Musée du Louvre, le Jardin des Tuileries, le Place de la Concorde and onto les Champs-Élysées and the L’Arc de Triomphe. A route of famous Parisian sites. After lunch at the hotel, we will head to the Stage 21 Arrivée area and join the crowds cheering on the sprinters and applauding the winners of the race categories and specifically the yellow!

    Tonight, we celebrate the end of the 110th Edition of France’s premier cycle race, and toast your achievements and stories on the road.

    Hotel Paris
  • Day 8 - Monday 24 July

    Au Revoir

    What a week! - Racing through the French countryside, climbing mountains, leisurely rides, gastronomic adventures and Paris on Stage 21 and all in 6 days. We hope that the Grand Tours Project team fulfilled your expectations, helped you attain your goals, and that you return home with stories to retell and many memories.

    We will assist you in checking out and take you to Toulouse Airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

    As always, ride safe and see you on the road again soon.