Experience Tour de France Alps Stages 12 & 13

The 2017 Tour de France peloton climbing just as a fierce downpour begins.
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Francesca Carmichael, owner, brain, and sole “woman power” behind a Seattle-area Italy-focused business, has come up with an exciting last-minute itinerary for a trip to France and Italy planned around viewing stages 12 (Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs/Alpe d’Huez) and 13 (Bourg d’Oisans/Valence) of this year’s Tour de France. Those Tour stages are July 19-20, and Francesca’s trip will be before and after those dates. You have the flexibility to do additional travel with Francesca, or have her help you plan the remainder of your trip.

The trip will be “Francesca style:” No frills, no luxury hotels, no big budget, with travel by train, bus, foot, and bike. Plan on staying at local accommodations and eating good food. Francesca is also an avid ultra runner, so in order to get to the best viewing locations, plan on plenty of power hiking. Bike rentals can also be arranged.

The 2017 Tour de France peloton climbing in the Grenoble area.
The 2017 Tour de France peloton climbing in the Grenoble area.

Born and raised in Cremona, Italy, Francesca is fluent in French and Italian, and has traveled in the Grenoble area during previous Tours de France.

Francesca will get you close enough to the racing that you can see the suffering on the racer's faces.
Francesca will get you close enough that you can see the suffering on the racer’s faces.

Planning time is short for this rare opportunity to travel in France and Italy with a local! Contact Contact Francesca now!

Your host Francesca Carmichael below the cathedral (Duomo) and bell tower (Torrazzo) in her home town of Cremona.
Your host Francesca Carmichael below the cathedral (Duomo) and bell tower (Torrazzo) in her home town of Cremona.
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