Tour De France
2014 Tour de France
The route of the 2014 Tour de France has been announced and it is a fantastic and exciting 101st edition covering over 3,600 km and taking in 4 countries, 3 mountain ranges, cobbles and 5 mountain top finishes, not to mention Yorkshire too!
The Tour de France in 2014 will start in Yorkshire with two great stages. The first stages from Leeds to Harrogate and from York to Sheffield take in some of the best cycling climbs in the Pennines. After that the Tour moves on to Cambridge and a stage to London which finishes on the iconic Mall. Read more about our 2014 Tour de France Yorkshire trips.
From England the 2014 Tour de France moves to Northern France. The Tour will go into Belgium and the riders will have to tackle 15km of cobbled sections which feature also in the famed Paris Roubaix Classic cycling race, one of the Monuments of Cycling with a finish at the Forest of Arenberg. The 2014 TDF will then head into the Vosges mountains with a mountain top finish at La Planche des Belles Filles which was the scene of 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome’s first TDF win.
From the Vosges, the 2014 Tour de France continues into the Alps, with classic stages which include the likes of the Col de Lautaret and the Col d’Izoard before crossing the south of France to the Pyrenees for the final mountain battles and more mountain top finishes. Here in the Pyrenees we will see the historic climbs of the Peyresourde, Pla d’Adet, the Tourmalet and the Hautacam. With these on the programme the battle for the Yellow jersey is sure to be won or lost here in the Pyrenees. Unless there is a surprise in the only time trial of the 2014 Tour de France on the penultimate day of the Tour from Bergerac to Perigueux. As tradition dictates with the modern day Tour de France, the final day will be in Paris, where we will have the official TDF hospitality available for you to enjoy.
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 unrivaled 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.
2014 Tour de France Travel Packages
Please find below an overview with the main features of our 2014 Tour de France travel packages – plus, if you book before 30th November, save £50 per person off the cost of the travel package.
We have a selection of trips of various durations taking in the start in Yorkshire and the stage from Cambridge to London. You will have the opportunity to see the finish in Harrogate, the TDF as it passes over the Yorkshire hills and the finish on The Mall.
A coach trip from the UK with various collection points around the country with 4 nights of half board accommodation in the centre of Lille. Alternatively you can come and meet us in Lille at the hotel and join us for the rest of this trip. You will see the two stages on the 8th and 9th of July and the stage start on the 11th before heading home from Lille train station or on our coach back to the UK. Various good riding options for those who would like to bring bikes.
The Vosges mountains are less known than the Alps and Pyrenees but we expect some fireworks on these stages. Fly into Basel-Mulhouse airport and we will come to collect you and take you to Mulhouse where we will stay for 4 nights on half board. You will watch the stages on the 12th, 13th and 14th of July. This includes the finish on La Planche des Belles Filles. Exciting and spectacular. Various good riding options for those who would like to bring bikes.
The ever popular Alps feature less prominently than in previous Tours but we still have a few epic stages to show you. Fly into Geneva airport where we will come to collect you and we will stay 4 nights in Alpe d’Huez on half board. Many good riding options included. Chamrousse and Risoul mountain top finishes on the 18th and 19th of July.
All mountain stages – Alps, Pyrenees and Paris
Fly into Paris where we will come to collect you from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport or you can come to meet us at our Paris hotel. Our coaches are equipped with special bike trailers. We will cover a large section of the 2014 Tour on this trip. You will see the Alpine stages, the Pyrenean stages plus the final time trial and the grand final in Paris. Various coaches are available with different hotel options. Coaches 1 and 4 feature a night in Avignon to enjoy the arts festival and to ride the Mont Ventoux. You can find out more about each coach by clicking on each of the following links:
Pyrenees to Paris
Fly into Paris where we will come to collect you from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport or you can come to meet us at our Paris hotel. Our coaches are equipped with special bike trailers. We will cover the Pyrenean Pyrenean stages plus the final time trial and the grand final in Paris. Various coaches are available with different hotel options. Many different riding options are on the programme.
3 and 4 Pyrenean stages
We will come to collect you from Toulouse airport or you can come to meet us at our Toulouse hotel. Our coaches are equipped with special bike trailers. We will cover the various Pyrenean stages. Plenty of riding options. You can stay an extra night in Toulouse.
Final weekend in Paris.
A coach trip from the UK with various collection points around the country with 2 nights of 4 star accommodation in the centre of Paris near the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysees. Within walking distance of all the action on the final day of the 2014 Tour de France. Alternatively you can book hotel accommodation only at the Novotel through us as well. To make this extra special, we have various VIP hospitality option available to watch the Tour de France in style.
Imagine riding your bike on the same roads as the most famous cyclists in cycling history, over some of the battlegrounds of famous duels involving heroes of Tour de France history. With any luck you may even bump into some of the cycling legends as we work our way around France or meet some of the current top pros at the stage starts or finishes.
You will see the pain etched on the faces of the pro riders as they tackle some of the hardest mountain climbs and feel the electric atmosphere of the peloton passing inches from your face, giving you the chance to take some fantastic close up photographs of the action.
We also have some incredible and exclusive Tour de France experiences available as part of our status as an Official TDF tour operator. Do you want to ride the same stage as the pros, on the same day? Fly in a helicopter over the Tour? Be in an official car? Stay tuned for more news!
Read more about the Tour written by Rob Annis and read what you can expect on our Tour de France travel packages.
Hospitality at the Tour de France 2014
As always, our packages of Official Hospitality and Grandstand seats for the finish of the 2013 Tour de France in Paris sold out. We were sorry to disappoint so many people who left it too late to book their places, so if you really want to go, please book early! We have our hospitality packages available to book now. You can find out more details at the Tour de France Hospitality and Grandstand website page.
We will also have some amazing experiences available for the 2014 Tour de France throughout the whole of the three weeks, including some very special offerings in Yorkshire. More details will be available later.
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? This year the Etape replicates stage 18 of the 2014 Tour and cycles over the Tourmalet, before the finish at the top of the Hautacam. We have options for 4 day/3 night trips to the Etape, or we will also have a trip taking in both the Etape on the 20th July and the arrival of the Tour de France in the Pyrenees the following week. There is an option to join our coach trip from the UK, or if you are flying into France, there is a second option with transfers from Toulouse Airport.
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