Tour de France
The 2016 Tour de France
Sports Tours International is an Official VIP Tour Operator of the Tour de France and we have been operating trips to the Tour de France for over twenty years. We have unrivalled knowledge and expertise of the inner workings of the Tour and we know exactly where to take you and how to get the very best out of your Tour experience to give you the most authentic experience. This is a cycling holiday with a difference!
Unsurprisingly, as you would expect (!), we are already looking forward to the 2016 Tour de France.
The route of the 2016 Tour de France
The route highlights are: the Pyrenees and Andorra, Mont Ventoux, the Alps and a short sejourn into Switzerland. There are 2 time trials; a 37km individual time trial into the Ardeche and a mountain time trial from Sallanches to Megève.
The Grand Depart of the 2016 Tour de France is in La Manche in North West France so it is back in France for the first time since 2013. Our travel package to the 2016 Grand Depart of the Tour de France is now on sale. For more information, please click here.
After the Grand Depart in La Manche, the race makes its way very quickly into the Pyrenees via Angers, Limoges and Montauban. It is here where the sprinters can clock up some wins. The race will not spend too much time in the French Pyrenees before visiting Andorra. After Andorra the Mont Ventoux is tackled on Bastille day, July 14th so the French will want to win this one. Straight after there is a tough time trial into the Ardeche so this will be a key couple of days for pre-decisive gains in the GC.
We will then visit the Alps and the second rest day will be in Bern, the Swiss capital. The 2016 Tour de France's visit to the Alps is completely dominated by the Mont Blanc region with finishes in Megève, Saint-Gervais-Mont Blanc and Morzine.
New for 2016
In 2016 all our multi-day Tour de France trips including the 2016 TDF Grand Depart in La Manche will include the official welcome pack and road book plus some fantastic VIP access elements to make your TDF experience with us even more special.
For more details, please have a look here: VIP access to the 2016 Tour de France with Sports Tours International
2016 Tour de France - Our programme
With many of our Tour de France trips, we offer the chance for you to ride on some of the roads used in the stage that day. We will take you to ride some of the most famous Tour de France climbs. For those without bikes, we will take you to strategic points on the stage, so that you can watch the action and of course you will enjoy some exclusive VIP access.
One Day VIP experiences
As a VIP Tour Operator of the 2016 Tour de France, we have some incredible and exclusive one day experiences available for you. These include spending a day on the course of one of the stages in an official car plus a Tour de France helicopter experience.
You can enjoy these as stand alone options so you are flexible in terms of where you would like to stay and other travel arrangements if applicable. More Information or Book now
Grand Depart La Manche - Friday July 1 - Tuesday July 5
The start of the 2016 Tour de France will take place in the department of La Manche in the Basse-Normandie Region of France and it will have two road stages entirely within La Manche department. The backdrop of the start is the stunning Mont Saint Michel and the start stages pay tribute to those who fell during the D-Day landings with a finish in Utah Beach but also in Cherbourg More information or Book Now
The French Pyrenees and Andorra - Thursday July 7 - Wednesday July 13
Like last year the 2016 Tour de France will visit the Pyrenees. There will be 2 stages on French territory followed by 2 stages in Spain and Andorra. The mighty Tourmalet is on the programme again but also the mountain principality of Andorra. Opportunity for some low tax shopping as The Tour will have its first rest day there. Also in Andorra, join our local Andorran bike guides for a great day out. The Pyrenean stages are likely to provide us with the first sort-out of the General Classification. More information or Book Now
Ventoux, Alps to Paris - Monday July 11 - Monday July 25
The 2016 Tour de France will be a mixture of old favourite climbs and future classics. On this Tour de France tour you will see the always exciting stage to Mont Ventoux, the Time trial in the Ardeche and the the decisive Alpine stages. Your tour will culminate with the finish on the Champs Elysees in Paris. More information or Book Now
Ventoux, Ardeche TT and Montelimar Village Depart VIP experience - Tuesday July 12 - Sunday July 17
On this official Tour de France tour you will see the finish of the stage to Mont Ventoux, the Time trial in the Ardeche and the start of the stage from Montelimar. You will not just see these but you will experience them through exclusive Tour de France VIP access on top of Mont ventoux and in Montelimar.
The Tour in Bern, Switzerland - Sunday July 17th - Wednesday 21st
As a VIP Tour Operator of the 2016 Tour de France, we have some incredible and exclusive one day experiences available for you in Bern, Switzerland. You can enjoy these with 2, 3 or 4 nights at our city centre hotel in Bern old town. More information or book Now
The Alps to Paris - Saturday July 16 - Monday July 25
On this Tour de France tour you will see the decisive Alpine stages. Your tour will culminate with the finish on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Daily ride options are included and spectators are also welcome. The official 2016 Tour de France road book is included as well as official TDF merchandise and 3 exclusive VIP access tickets to watch the Tour from up close. You will arrive into Geneva airport and spend 4 nights in Annecy before moving onto the village of Thyez near Cluses and you will finish your tour in Paris. More Information or Book Now
The 3 Alpine stages - Wednesday July 20 - Sunday July 24
Like last year the 2016 Tour de France will visit the Alps with the 3 final and decisive mountains stages in the Mont Blanc region of the Northern French Alps. On this tour you will see all the crucial Alpine mountain stages of the 2016 Tour de France and for those bringing bikes you will be able to ride many of the famous Alpine climbs. You can enjoy great access to the stages and short in-resort transfers as you will stay in the centre of all the action More information or Book Now
Final Weekend in Paris - Friday July 22 - Monday July 25
Arrive either Friday or Saturday for 2 or 3 nights and enjoy the final weekend of the 2016 Tour de France in Paris. Watch the finish of the 103rd Tour de France as it happens. Your hotel will be in the heart of Paris, only a few steps away from the Eiffel Tower, at the 4 star Hotel Mercure Paris Arc de Triomphe Wagram. More Information or Book Now
Paris Champs Elysees Hospitality & Grandstand options - Sunday July 24
In addition to the Final Weekend trip or as ticket only, we can offer you a wide selection of 2016 Tour de France Grandstand and Hospitality options. (see here for more information and prices). More information or Book Now
Read more about the Tour written by Rob Annis and read what you can expect on our Tour de France travel packages.
Ride a stage of the Tour de France
Also, how about taking part in a stage of the Tour de France, by riding the Etape du Tour? In 2016 the Etape du Tour will take place on July 10th and replicate the deciding stage of the 2016 Tour de France from Megeve to Morzine.
2015 Tour de France
Chris Froome and Team Sky achieved an amazing victory in the 2015 Tour de Froome in winning the Yellow Jersey. From the moment, the 2015 Tour had its' Grand Depart in Utrecht in Holland, it was a fantastic race to follow and to be a part of. For those who joined us at various locations in Holland, Belgium and France, we hope you enjoyed the Tour as much as we did - it was fascinating watching the stages through Northern France, then down to the Pyrenees for the first mountain stages, before a final week in the Alps and a finish on the slightly damp cobbles of the Champs Elysees in Paris. For a reminder here is a video - Tour de France 2015 review