How would you like to go climb Alpe d'Huez on Stage 19 at this year's tour? And the Galibier? Izoard? See the Time Trial? All for just the cost of your hotel?
I'm a small Tour Operator in the US who usually does a lot of TDF tours (mostly self-guided). I was lucky last October when the TDF route was announced to be able to book the most amazingly convenient hotel in Les Deux Alpes - a very nice 3-star in what I think is the cutest village in the area (so much better than Alpe d'Huez, which is kind of ugly)! It is smack dab in the middle of the four Alpine stages. It's the best cycling access to Alpe d'Huez, as well as Galibier that I think you can find in the region. And it's a short drive to Briancon for stage 17, and then to the TT in Grenoble for Stage 20.
BUT, I've only been able to fill a few of them with self-guided clients. If I could have promoted my tours better this year they all would have sold out - but we have had some family medical issues that took my attention away for several months and I wasn't able to do the marketing I should have. Now it's too late.
So now I'm stuck with 8 more rooms in the most amazing slice of TDF heaven! I have already paid deposits and am committed to them. I will release these rooms at my cost and whoever wants them can fend for themselves - or if you want the self-guided package I'd provide that info at a reduced rate. At this point I'm not trying to make any money on them. This could be a dream come true for someone who has always wanted to see the Tour - because not only is it extremely hard to find good rooms close to the stages, but if you do, it's through expensive tour companies like mine, because we gobble them up when the route is announced! So this is really a great deal.
The rooms (doubles) are 155€/night including breakfast for two, for four nights July 19-24. Total 620€. It's at the Hotel Souleil Or in Les Deux Alpes, a very nice 3-star hotel, with a great pool, right at the base of the ski mountain. It's for all four nights (although I may be able to call the hotel to change one night; not sure if they would do that or not but I'd be willing to try). I've paid a deposit and am committed to the total; you'd just have to pay me what I've spent on the rooms, and then you'd pay the balance at the inn on checkout.
On the other hand, if you did want tips on seeing the Tour, so that everything is completely laid out for you, there's that option too. That is my specialty! I give my clients everything they need to know to do it on their own in total confidence. It's like having a guided tour without the expense of a guide. Normally for an 8-day self guided package, the "Velo Concierge" fee (not counting hotels) is $800/pp. If you wanted the TdF package I'd do it for only $200/pp (or $175/pp if over 3 people). You'd get a complete custom handbook with everything you'd need to know for every stage right from Les Deux Alpes, including road closures and tips on guaranteeing that you get to where you want to be before the police make you dismount. It includes emergency and safety information, local, cultural and historical information, and of course, route notes and highlighted maps. Plus I'd add a few other local's favorite rides around there - some off the beaten path.
My #1 goal is to fill these rooms at my cost.
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This is the view as you descend the Col du Galibier!