I went on the Graham Baxter tour group in 2007 and I had a blast, best $3500 I have ever spent. The only downside was the the fact that our tour guide was bit of a downer, saying from the beginning that he liked the Giro over the Tour. Geez, I have flown half way around the world, more then $7000 out of pocket (including getting there), you could be a little more positive about it. I don't mind honesty in people, but you could at least pretend you love the race. He also had a habit of repeating the same story over and over, like the story he told us of Armstrong in 2004, was descending in the Pyrennes, with one foot unclipped from his pedals and resting on his handle bars as he was taking food and drink from Bruyneel
. What did Johan do next? Give Lance his pipe, slippers, and newspaper?!
I never believed the story for a second, but he seemed adamant that it happened.
But the experience, the people, were great. On the bright side I had heard a story of one woman in our group from Adelaide, who had a friend who slept with a Bouygues Telecom mechanic during the 2007 TDU, and our guide was selling Belgian beer after each day's ride/stage for one euro each.