What Does The Classic Tour Cost?
(Nantes to Paris, Saturday 17th June 2023 to Sunday 9th July, 22 nights): £5,500
Classic Tour Breakdown:
– Arrival 17th June 2023
– Stage 1 18th June 2023
– A well-deserved rest 28th June 2023
– Last Stage 8th July 2023
– Last Day 9th July 2023 (leave France)
Payment terms are as follows – 50% deposit at the time and booking with the rest being paid on the 1 February 2023
If 2 or more riders book together as a group,
a 10% discount is offered to all riders if full payment is made by December 1st.
We will endeavour to accommodate groups together, however this may not be possible
at all times due to remote stage finishes
Spaces Are Limited
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- Accommodation: Twin-share B&B/hotel (additional supplement for single rooms, subject to availability)
- Detailed itinerary; profile maps, elevation data, and GPX files (so you can ride at your own pace)
- Bicycle transfer to start and from finish
- Daily luggage transfer (hotel to hotel)
- Breakfast and dinner (usually half-board in accommodation, or otherwise set menus, designed for cyclists, in recommended local restaurants)
- Feed stops, snacks, water, and lunch available in the support van on the road
- Experienced mechanical support and vehicle support teams
- Rider pack containing tour cycling shirt and other useful items
- Laundry on rest days
- Optional pre-tour group training rides
What’s Not Included?
- Arrival and Departure: It is your responsibility to book your flights and arrive at the first hotel on time. We will
recommend a flight for your arrival in Nantes and departure from Paris, and can assist with logistical recommendations on travel if required
- Travel, medical and bicycle insurance: We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance upon receiving confirmation of your place, and request you to provide details of this insurance cover prior to departure
- Bicycle: Some back-up bikes are available in the support van
- Additional stops in cafés and shops: We will always offer snacks and lunch from our support vans, but we do not want to stop our riders enjoying good French cafés, restaurants, or boulangeries (at own risk if such stops don’t fit with the support van schedule and locations)
- Additional alcohol and food
What Does The Tour Look Like?
Our Classic Tour is definitely not for beginners. It requires grit, determination, and skill.
If you want a closer look to see what each stage of the tour will include and how hard you’re going to be working – scroll through the gallery below.
Things To Bear In Mind
- Transport of Bicycles: We will have a van traveling down to the start and from the finish. This will be an enclosed and unbranded panel van (i.e. bikes not visible), and we will also ensure the bikes are carefully packed i.e. not moving and with padding where parts may be touching.
- Drop off location will be in London or close proximity, to be confirmed. For those not using this service, we are unable to transport hard cases around France (i.e. soft/folding cases only)
- Security of Bicycles: We are experienced in ensuring we have satisfactory arrangements with our hotels – bikes usually are kept in a locked internal room, in the bedrooms, or locked in the vans (in rare cases where secure space may be limited in the hotel)
- Navigation: Whilst we will provide briefings, guidance and support on the road each day, every rider is expected to be responsible for and capable of their own navigation, in the wet or dry, through the use of the GPX files provided. It is compulsory to have a GPS unit
- Training & Fitness: Grand Velo Tours will provide tour logistics, planning, and support, through our experienced tour leaders and mechanics. The tour is designed to be a “once-in-a-lifetime” major personal challenge for experienced amateur cyclists and club riders – and as such, it is your responsibility to ensure your fitness and competence to complete the very high daily mileages over the course of a three week period
- Training requirements will vary, but we informally suggest a minimum of several hilly rides of over 100miles per day, in the month leading up the ride.
- Riders must be in good health and well trained.