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“It was an awesome trip. I have been amazing everyone with my tale of climbing the Col de Tourmalet. Merci to you and your whole team. Lynda and I are considering coming back next year for the Alps.” - John & Lynda Powell

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Trip Info
 
Getting to your Tour
Spyns TDF'15 Bike Jerseys
A Typical Day on Tour
FAQs
Maps
 
 

Getting to your Tour

Starting Point Details:

1. Trains/Planes are direct & non-smoking: Both trains & planes are direct so no need to change. All public places in France are now non-smoking so no need to worry about Jean-Paul smoking a pack of Gauloises.

2. Lunch Not Included: You should have something to eat before starting your train trip as lunch isn't provided on day 1. Tip: Buy a sandwich at the station before getting on the train because the dining car on the train is expensive.

3. Guides Will Be Waiting: Our guides will be waiting outside of the train station's main entrance with a Spyns sign to direct you to your van for transfer to your first hotel.

4. Travel Time: It will take about 1.5 hours to travel from the train station to your first hotel.

5. Dress Casually for Day 1: No need to dress in full bike gear for transfer to your hotel. You can change once you get there.

Tips for Travel in France

1. We can purchase your train tickets but not plane tickets. 
2. Your taxi driver may charge a supplement for extra baggage. This is common in Paris.
3. We suggest arriving at the station at least 45 minutes to 1 hour before departure. This will give you time to find your train, buy something to eat, punch your ticket (see below), and get settled.
4. Before getting on the train, you are required to "punch" your ticket. You will see people punching their tickets in  upright orange machines just before walking down the platform.
5. Seats on the bullet train are assigned so you have to find your car (called a "voiture") and seat ("siege").
6. The train times we provided are direct although they may stop along the route. Be careful, you'll only have a few minutes to get off the train before it departs again for the next station.             


AVIGNON (PROVENCE)

This is the starting point for the 9-day tour only. Your tour starts Sunday, July 19, 2015, at 12:30 p.m. in Avignon (Provence). Avignon is located 690 kilometres south east of Paris (428 miles). Driving time is approximately 6.5 hours so most Spyns clients should take the high speed TGV train. Train travel time is 2.5 to 3 hours depending on your train. All trains listed below are direct. Here is some additional train ticket information:

Depart Paris Arrive Avignon Price Economy Price First Class
7:11 a.m.  9:47 a.m. $50.00/adult $95.00/adult
8:49 a.m.  11:27 a.m.  $50.00/adult $95.00/adult
9:07 a.m.  11:51 a.m. $50.00/adult $95.00/adult
Please note that dates, prices, and train times may be subject to change.

Spyns can book your Tour de France train tickets using the card you chose for your trip deposit. Flying is also an option, however, in Europe it's much easier to travel short-haul distances via train. Unfortunately, Spyns does not book airplane tickets. If however you need help with your pre-trip hotel reservations, please don't hesitate to ask. Spyns provides this service to all of its Tour de France trip clients, free of charge. We make the reservations and you pay the hotel or transportation.


GRENOBLE (Alps)

Starting point for our 7-day Alps-Paris, Grenoble is located 648 km (403 miles) south east of Paris at the doorstep of the Alps. Driving time is roughly 7-8 hours. Most Spyns Tour de France clients will fly in and out of Paris and then take a high-speed train to Grenoble. We recommend spending the night in Paris (July 20), before starting your tour on July 21.

Daily Direct Trains Paris-Grenoble (July 2015)
 
Depart Arrive Misc Estimated Price (Adult Ticket)
Daily 7:37 a.m. 10:40 a.m. Direct $65.00 (economy) $140.00 (first class)
Daily 9:37 a.m. 12:40 p.m. Direct $65.00 (economy) $140.00 (first class)
Daily 12:41 p.m. 3:37 p.m. Direct $65.00 (economy) $140.00 (first class)
Please note that dates, prices, and train times may be subject to change.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you require help with your pre-tour travel arrangements.

Spyns TDF Bike Jerseys
    
 

Spyns TDF Cycling Jerseys. The perfect souvenir for your trip with us to France an they also make an excellent gift. Our jerseys combine stylish design with the highest quality fabrics. Available in men's and women's sizes. Price: US$75.00/jersey.

 


A Typical day on tour

This is a question we often hear from potential clients. 'What is the daily plan on a Spyns Tour de France tour?' You can expect a guide:client ratio of approximately 10:1 or 10 clients for each guide. Each group of 10-15 clients will have two to three guides: one guide will ride, another will drive, and the third guide will take care of the non-riders. What follows is a breakdown of a typical morning, noon, and evening:

MORNING: Depending on your hotel, breakfast is normally served between 7:30 and 10:00. Your guides will be on hand to review the day's activities for both riders and non-riders. Riders generally depart between 9:30 or 10:00 with the non-riders departing shortly thereafter. For the riders, you will have complete route instructions and maps. You can choose to ride with your riding guide or go it alone. Vans will sweep the route for riders needing a changed tire or a shuttle to the next meeting point.

NOON: The groups will stop for a cafe lunch or picnic. Before departure, your guides will let you know whether this lunch is included or at your charge. Lunch normally lasts at least an hour after which you can choose to finish the day's ride or non-riding activity or shuttle back to your hotel for some rest & relaxation.

EVENING: Spyns will sometimes host a pre-dinner cocktail party. Dinners usually start around 7:30 or 8:00 and last 3-4 hours. Dress is normally casual-dressy. Stick around for post-dinner drinks or get a good night's sleep to rest up for the next day's activities; with Spyns you'll either see the Tour de France, bike until your heart's content or enjoy a fun non-riding activitiy.


Maps


Below is the selection from our Maps Section

 
How to get to your tour's starting point

Shows the location of our tour’s starting points (in Pau or Brive), and travel times via train.

Paris Hotels

This map shows you the locations of the three Paris hotels for our various tours.

Challenging rides map

For the avid rider, this map provides additional information about the various peaks you'll conquer during your Spyns Tour de France tour.


FAQs

How much of the tour will I see?
How much are your tours? 
What are the dates for your tours?
Do your tours include airfare?
Where should I fly?
How do I get to the start of the tour?
I’m an avid rider, will there be enough riding for me?
I’m an average rider, will this tour be too difficult for me?
I don’t ride but my partner is an avid rider, will we enjoy the tour?
What kind of bikes do you provide?
Should I bring my own bike?
Why should I travel with your company?
What are your terms & conditions?
How do I reserve a tour?
What if I have to cancel?

How much of the tour will I see?
That depends on your Tour de France tour. Spyns only offers tours the final week le Tour. Longer tours logically include more stage viewing. For detailed stage information, please visit our All Tours page but here is a brief summary.

Tour Stages
Paris 3-Day Finish Deluxe (Non-Rider Tour) 1 stage: Stage 21 Paris finish
Paris 3-Day Finish Premiere (Non-Rider Tour) 1 stage: Stage 21 Paris finish
9-Day Alps-Paris Tour

4 stages: Stages 18 (Alps) time trial; Stage 19 (Alps) Megeve finish; Stage 20 (Alps) Morzine finish; Stage 21 Paris Finish.

7-Day Alps-Paris Tours

4 stages: Stages 18 (Alps) time trial; Stage 19 (Alps) Megeve finish; Stage 20 (Alps) Morzine finish; Stage 21 Paris Finish.

5-Day Alps-Paris Tours 4 stages: Stages 18 (Alps) time trial; Stage 19 (Alps) Megeve finish; Stage 20 (Alps) Morzine finish; Stage 21 Paris Finish.

For more information, please visit our All Tours page.

How much are your tours?
We offer a variety of dates, activities, and prices to suit most budgets. For more information, please visit our our All Tours page but here is a summary:

Tour Dates Price/Person (US$)
 Paris Finish Deluxe (non-riders only)  July 23-25  $1779/person
 Paris Finish Premiere (non-riders only)  July 23-25 $1379/person
 9-Day Provence-Paris Premiere Tour (mixed riders/non-riders)  July 17-25

      $4989/person

7-Day Alps-Paris Premiere Tour (mixed riders/non-riders)  July 19-25

       $4569/person

7-day Alps-Paris Classic Tour (non-riders only)  July 19-25

       $3998/person

5-day Alps-Paris Premiere Tour (mixed riders/non-riders) July 21-25 $2789/person

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What are the dates for your tours?
We offer a variety of TDF packages. For more information, please visit our All Tours page but here is a summary:

Tour Date Price/Person (US$)
 Paris Finish Deluxe (non-riders only)   July 23-25  $1779/person
 Paris Finish Premiere (non-riders only)  July 23-25 $1379/person
 9-Day Alps-Paris Premiere Tour (mixed riders/non-riders)  July 17-25

      $4989/person

7-Day Alps-Paris Premiere Tour (mixed riders/non-riders)  July 19-25

       $4569/person

7-day Alps-Paris Classic Tour (non-riders only)  July 19-25

       $3998/person

5-day Alps-Paris Premiere Tour (mixed riders/non-riders) July 21-25 $2789/person


Do your tours include airfare?
No. Our tours do not include airfare. You are responsible for getting to the tour’s starting point in (either Toulouse, Grenoble, or Bordeaux depending on your tour). However, once in France we can help with your pre-trip hotel and train arrangements. For all pre-trip bookings, contact Deborah Rimmer (deborah@tdf-tours.com).

Where should I fly?
Most of our clients will fly in and out of Paris and then catch a connecting flight or train to your starting point. You should take the train from Paris to Avignon (9-day tour); Grenoble (7-day tours); or Geneva (5-day tours) as flights are limited and more expensive. For all of your pre-trip travel arrangements, contact deborah@tdf-tours.com.  
 
How do I get to the start of the tour?
Fly to Paris and from downtown Paris you can then travel by plane or train to your tour's starting point (either Avignon, Grenoble or Geneva depending on your tour). We're more than happy to help with train and pre-trip hotel arrangements but you'll have to book flights to Paris yourself.

I’m an avid rider, will there be enough riding for me?
We have both riding and non-riding tours. Serious riders should join our 9-Day tour as it has the most mileage (see below). For more information, please visit our All Tours page or the individual tour pages but here is a summary:

Tour Total Days Riding Total Miles/Kms Famous Climbs
 9-day Alps-Paris Premiere Tour  6.5 days

   449.6 kms
  278.8 miles

Mont Ventoux, Alpe d'Huez, Col de Glandon, Col de la Croix de Fer, Ride stage 19 up to Le Bettex (Mont Blanc); Ride part of stage 20 (Morzine Finish)
 7-day Alps-Paris Premiere Tour 4.5 days

   279.8 kms
  173.5 miles

Alpe d'Huez, Col de Glandon, Col de la Croix de Fer, Ride stage 19 up to Le Bettex (Mont Blanc); Ride part of stage 20 (Morzine Finish)

5-day Alps-Paris Premiere Tour 2.5 days 91 kms
(56 miles)
Ride stage 19 up to Le Bettex (Mont Blanc); Ride part of stage 20 (Morzine Finish)

The Provence-Alps-Paris tour includes riding Mont Ventoux and Alpe d'Huez. The 7 day Alps-Paris trips includes riding Alpe d'Huez, the Col de Croix de Fer and the Col de Glandon. The 5-day tour includes riding parts of the final mountain stages (19 and 20) ahead of the pro-riders. For more information, please visit our All Tours page

I’m an average rider, will the riding tours be too difficult for me?
With Spyns, we run guided rides. This means bike guides and support vehicles. You also have the option of choosing two different riding groups: a moderate ride (at a more relaxed pace); or a fast ride (at a quicker pace). Full-day rides are also broken up into two parts so you can stop at lunch and hop in the van or complete the full day. On mixed tours, you also have the option of skipping a day's ride. This means you can take the day off riding and join the non-riding activity like rafting or a cooking class. For more information, please visit our All Tours page.

I don’t ride but my partner is an avid rider, will we enjoy the tour?
If you take one of our mixed tours, yes. The Provence-Paris Premiere Tour and Alps-Paris Premiere Tour both include activities for riders and non-riders. All groups go in the same direction, see the same stages, and enjoy breakfast/dinner together. So the most you’ll be apart is normally a half day. Please visit our All Tours page for a detailed summary of the riding and non-riding activities. Click here to see a video of Spyns former clients reviewing our mixed tours.

What kind of bikes do you provide?
If you’re a fanatical rider, we strongly suggest you bring your own bike. If you’d like to use one of ours, we have two options: a Trek Ultra (rental included) or a Trek Carbon road frame and Ax carbon Audax fork (rental price $150/bike). What follows are some additional details: Trek Ultra SL Aluminium bikes with alloy hubs, Alex Rims, Shimano Gears / Derailer, and Bontrager seat & stem (rental included); Trek carbon road frame and Ax carbon Audax fork, (Front) Shimano Ultegra or Shimano 105 10 triple crank 10 speed: 30-39-52 or 50 T and (Rear) Shimano Ultegra 10 speed: 12-27 or 11-28 (rental price $150/bike). If you plan to use one of our bikes, we suggest you still bring your pedals, shoes, seat and stem. We can then try to personalize your bike as much as possible.

Should I bring my own bike?
If you are a serious rider (150-200 miles/week), you should bring your own bike. We strongly recommend you ship your bike to your first hotel but please note that we assume no risk/liability during shipping and transport during the tour. On rare occassions, shipped bikes have been held up by customs. Please see our terms & conditions for more information. Following registration, we will send you detailed shipping instructions. Our mechanic can have your bike set up and ready before you arrive based on your specifications of course.

Why should I travel with your company?
Here are three main reasons: 1. Our prices are, on average, $1000 less than our competitors yet our TDF itineraries are by far the best. 2. Our average group size is 10-15 clients compared to 30-40+ for our competitors. 3. We are the only company that provides a complete itinerary for non-riders and light riders traveling in the same groups. Traveling with Spyns means enjoying your holiday even if you don’t touch a bike. Riders also have the option of taking the day off to enjoy the non-riding activities. Don't take our word for it, look at our testimonials. We're also more than happy to provide references upon request or simply click this video link to watch testimonials from some former clients.

What are your Terms & Conditions?
We require payment of a non-refundable deposit upon registration followed by full non-refundable payment of your balance on April 15, 2015.

How do I reserve a tour?
By phone: Call us with a credit card number at 1.888.825.4720. By fax: Print, complete, sign and fax our registration form to us toll-free at 1.866.573.4248. Online: visit our All Tours page and click the corresponding 'book now' button.

What if I have to cancel?
We recommend you obtain cancellation insurance (www.travelinsured.com is a good choice) as all payments to Spyns are non-transferable and non-refundable.


 
 
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