**Update: This article was published in 2013 and keeps getting lots of hits. Please see the new list of Tour de France Official Tour Operators for 2015. Enjoy!
The 100th edition of the Tour de France starts in just over a week! While many cycling tour companies do trips built around the annual Tour itinerary there are only 6 companies that are Tour de France Official Tour Operators, as designated by the ASO (organizers of the Tour de France).
These operators will get you behind the scenes of the race like no one else can, with special VIP access to finish line zones and the Tour de France village, and meeting teams and riders. You will also get to ride on the actual stage route hours before the peloton, ride cross the finish line and climb onto the podium!
The 6 Tour de France Official Tour Operators
Active4Adventures has many trip styles to choose from during the various stages of the Tour. Choose from the French Riviera, Loire Valley, Pyrenees, or Alps and Paris.
With more than 20 trips to choose from, Custom Getaways caters to whatever kind of Tour de France holiday you can think of. They have tours for both cyclists and spectators from Corsica to Paris, and even an option for the entire Tour de France.
Cycling Australia Tours
Cycling Australia Tours has just two trips, one cycling tour and one spectating tour, each running July 12 – 22. A true Tour de France stage-chasing tour, ride and follow each stage from stage 13 to Paris, with private luxury or TGV transfers.
Based in France year round, and working with ASO to organize events during the year, you can bet that Sports Pulsions has elite insider information and access. Many tours to choose from, both cycling and spectating. They even appear to have some trip availability left!
Thomson Bike Tours
Thomson Bike Tours offer numerous tours within one of three themes: KOM trips, VIP race access trips, and spectator VIP access trips. Interesting VIP highlights are guided visits of the media, technical, and team areas.
One of the original Tour de France Official Tour Operators, Trek Travel features 10 trips, mostly during week 3 of the Tour, with highlights of the famous Mont Ventoux and Alpe d’Huez, plus plenty of champagne sipping during the night-time finish in Paris.
If you have experienced an official Tour de France tour, give us your review here in the comments. Allez allez!!