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Tour de France 2020
4-day Watch and Ride Cycling Holidays

Tour de France 2020 – French Alps Cycling Breaks

Thursday 9th – Monday 13th July

Wednesday 15th – Sunday 19th July

Come and watch the World’s most famous Cycling Race! This year the Tour de France will return to the Alps in the third and final week of this momumental event, with Stages 16 and 18 taking place within riding distance of our base here in the Northern Alps.

In fact, stage 18 will pass right by our home base, but we’ll be up in the mountains on that day to get a bird’s eye view of all of the climbing action!

If you want to experience this gruelling race at first hand, come and experience the buzz of watching a live mountain stage with us, whilst also challenging yourself by riding some of the actual cols made famous by the Tour for yourself!

We are offering a choice of 2 special 4-day Classic packages from our home base in the Aravis. The Aravis Lodge is the perfect ‘home from home’ cycling base from which to experience some incredible alpine riding whilst enjoying the attentive service of our team in the cosy surroundings of the lodge.

The Lake Annecy – Aravis region in the northern French Alps is a fantastic cycling destination; frequently featuring in the Tour de France, often hosting the Étape du Tour – most recently in 2018 -, and also playing host to the Criterium du Dauphiné.

If you are a cycling enthusiast, keen to experience the racing calendar’s most celebrated race at first hand, as well as testing yourself by riding some of the Tour’s most iconic climbs, this long weekend break is not to be missed!

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We’ve carefully selected the best routes in the region to allow you some fantastic riding, as well as a great vantage point from which to experience the race for yourself.

Your riding will feature amazing scenery and climbs, including the Col de la Colombiere, Col des Aravis, Col de la Forclaz and the Col des Saisies, along with the little-known Col de l’Arpettaz with its 42 switchbacks and superb views of Mont Blanc.

Rides are typically around 70km – 110km with between 1500m and 3750m of climbing.

Our 4-day ‘Classic’ break will have a fixed-route group ride planned for each day of the trip, but we always have extra climbs and loops up our sleeve for those riders who want a little extra! And if your legs are feeling it a few days in, our support vehicle will be waiting for you on each col with water, snacks and the option of a lift home if you need it.

You will also get to spend some time down at Lake Annecy, where you will get to see this beautiful mountain region from a totally different perspective.

Our Dedicated Cycling Base – Lake Annecy / Aravis Mountains

Our base for your 4-day ‘watch & ride’ cycling holiday is the Aravis Lodge, in Saint Jean de Sixt: the home of Bike Weekender. A charming Alpine farming village in the heart of the Aravis Mountains, yet only an hour’s transfer from Geneva airport, its location ensures varied cycling is possible with minimal hassle, all week long. It’s a sociable chalet-hotel, offering great food, on-site bike hire and a high level of personal service from our resident team, helping to make this a trip to remember for a long time to come!

Tour de France 2020 – 4-day French Alps Break

Thursday 9th – Monday 13th July

Wednesday 15th – Sunday 19th July

This summer we’ll be running 2 special breaks to allow you to get up close and experience the atmosphere of the world’s greatest stage race at first hand.

To celebrate the Tour de France coming through the Northern Alps, we have devised a special itinerary for you, to ensure that you experience the best the area has to offer, whilst getting in on the Tour action, on what are usually some of the most exciting and decisive stages of the Tour.

You’ll be riding at least 6 famous Tour de France cols, on quiet, smooth Alpine roads. It’s a challenging and rewarding weekend featuring world-class riding through beautiful Alpine scenery.

You’ll stay at our home base, the Aravis Lodge, a comfortable home away from home in the centre of the traditional Alpine village of Saint Jean de Sixt. As well as delicious, hearty food, you’ll find great bike facilities and dedicated service from our resident team.

This 4-day holiday has a very short airport transfer from Geneva, and full vehicle support for each day’s ride, giving you the most cycling possible.

Each day we’ll head out on the scheduled ride after breakfast at the Lodge. Lunch (not included in the package) is taken at cafés / restaurants along the ride route.

After each ride, there’ll be afternoon tea with cake back at the Lodge, whilst watching the closing miles of that day’s Tour de France stage on TV (in English!) and a chance to relax before a 3-course evening meal, with wine.

All rides are accompanied by our friendly and knowledgeable support team in the minibus, who will be equipped with plenty of drinks and snacks, spares, along with any gear you don’t want to carry, and shouting encouragement along the way.

They can also give you a ride back to base if the legs give up, allowing you to simply enjoy the experience.

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‘Watch & Ride’ the Tour de France 2020 – Holiday Itinerary tbc

We are still just finalising the exact itinerary for each of the trips, but we can confirm that the first group will be watching stage 16 which finishes atop the Grand Colombier live on Sunday 12th July, and the 2nd group will watch stage 18 which ascends the Cormet de Roselend and the Plateau des Glières on Thursday 16th July.

Further details to follow very soon, but please do get in touch for more information in the meantime.

The Aravis Lodge – A Perfect Cycling Base

The Aravis Lodge is set up to cater to all of your cycling holiday needs, so make yourself comfortable and think of it as your home away from home.

The Aravis Lodge has 18 ensuite bedrooms, with all bathrooms having recently (2016) been fully renovated in a fresh, contemporary style. Most rooms are 2-person twin / doubles; there are also four larger family rooms, which sleep up to 4 in twin / double beds plus an adult-sized bunk bed.


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The ground floor of the Lodge has a large dining and breakfast room, with tea and coffee available throughout the day. It also has a large, sunny lounge with comfy sofas, a smaller TV room with satellite TV and DVD player, and a large licensed bar. The bar has draught beers (Kronenbourg and Guiness) on tap along with a wide range of spirits, bottled beers and soft drinks.

On the basement level you will find the bike room and workshop. There is also a fully equipped gym and fitness room with CV and weights machines – in case you haven’t had enough exercise already. The modern sauna and massage room always seem to be much more popular!

Aravis Lodge Food and Drink for Cyclists

All Bike Weekender breaks include half board – a hearty breakfast and 3 course evening meal every night.

Breakfast is a continental buffet, served from 0730 each morning to set you up for the day’s riding.

Dinner is freshly prepared by a dedicated chef team, using local produce, and served at 1930 each day. Menus are planned with cyclists in mind, and will fill you up with the carbs you need for the next day’s riding.

Red and white table wine is included with dinner; additional drinks (draft and bottle beers, spirits and wine-list wines by the bottle) are available from the Aravis Lodge bar on a tab basis, charged on departure in Euros.

Find out more about the Aravis Lodge in the Northern French Alps here >>>

Tour de France 2020 – ‘Watch & Ride’ Cycling Holiday

Thursday 9th – Monday 13th July

Wednesday 15th – Sunday 19th July

Special package price = £545pp

All prices are per-person, based on 2 guests sharing a room. Contact us for details of single occupancy options.

Inclusive package includes:-

  • Transfers to / from Geneva Airport
  • Ensuite accommodation at the cosy chalet-style Aravis Lodge, Saint Jean de Sixt (twin/triple rooms)
  • Cyclist-focused breakfast and hearty 3-course evening meal, including red and white wine
  • Fully supported rides – route marked, vehicle support, drinks and snacks etc.
  • The dedicated service of our professional, friendly team
  • Access to the in-house gym and sauna

Not included in the package price:-

  • Flights to / from Geneva – arranged independently
  • Bike hire – quality carbon road bike hire can be arranged with us from £140 for 4 days
  • Lunches whilst out riding – bought directly
  • Additional drinks from the Aravis Lodge bar – tabs charged on departure
  • Post-ride massage (optional)

Airport Transfers

For Arrivals from Geneva Airport

Arrive on Thursday 9th or Wednesday 15th July at Geneva Airport, by either 1730 for the first pick-up, or 2145 for the second.

For Departures from Geneva Airport

Monday 13th or Sunday 19th July – departing our base at either 14:00 (for flights departing after 16:45) or 17:30 (for flights departing after 20:30).


Booking Process

Please sign up using the booking form below

Pay a deposit of £150pp once your reservation has been confirmed by email

The remaining balance will be due 6 weeks prior to the trip and you will receive an email reminder 1 week before it is due.

If you’d like to join us on this special Tour de France 2019 4-day cycling holiday, please just click on the button below to access the booking form and we’ll be in touch by email shortly to confirm your reservation.

If you have any questions about any aspect of our road cycling holidays, our package, accommodations or the areas we operate in, just send through an enquiry form here, call us on +44 845 557 5983 or email info@bikeweekender.com

Tour de France 2020

4-day ‘Watch & Ride’ Cycling Holiday

Questions about the Tour de France 2020 holiday package?

Just email us at info@bikeweekender.com , call us on +44 (0) 845 557 5983 or


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