Sports Tours International VIP tour operator of the Tour de France
Why book with an official VIP tour operator of the Tour de France?
As we present our selection of Tours and VIP experiences for the 2018 Tour de France we wanted to give you a few good reasons to book with Sports Tours International, an official VIP tour operator of the Tour de France.
A safe pair of hands
The organisers of the Tour de France don’t just partner up with anyone so book with an approved tour operator
All of our tours are guaranteed to run (unlike some other operators)
Financial security of your booking with us
Health and safety and quality control systems
We take care of the logistics so you can enjoy the Tour
We are the only international tour operator who has official partnerships with the 3 Grand Tours of Cycling, the 6 Marathon Majors and the 5 Monuments of Cycling. We provide an unrivaled selection of travel options to provide sports fans as well as the travelling amateur runner or cyclist access to a whole host of amazing events throughout the year. We have been operating tours to the Tour de France for over twenty years and our team of drivers, bike mechanics, bike guides and tour hosts have unrivaled knowledge and expertise of this incredible event. Our partnership with Le Tour allows us to include exclusive VIP access into all our tours for cyclists and spectators to ensure our customers have the most authentic and unforgettable experience.
Enjoy the Tour your way
Imagine riding your bike on the roads that you have watched on TV for years. Watch the riders on iconic mountains that have shaped the history of cycling like the Tourmalet, the Mont Ventoux and Alpe d’Huez. You may even bump into cycling legends, active or retired as we work our way around France at our prime viewing locations at the stage starts and finishes.
We welcome all nationalities and we provide a daily itinerary for both cyclists and non riding cycling fans. Our tours include the option to rent a bike so you don’t have to take your chances with the airlines. From a weekend to see the Grand Depart in Vendee to a longer tour following the Grande Boucle as it weaves its way through the Alps and the Pyrenees to a couple of nights in Paris with hospitality tickets on the Champs Elysees, we have it covered.
Special access included
A tour with us includes exclusive Tour de France elements namely VIP access to the Official Start Village (Village Depart) or hospitality at a stage finish with ‘Izoard’ finishline hospitality or a ‘Relais Etape’ ride experience. Have a look at the video here
Please find below a description of all of the VIP access elements included in a tour to the 2018 Tour de France with Sports Tours International.
The 2018 Tour de France entourage and organisation travel around with the riders. The team buses park within an enclosed and restricted area. An expo type village is created at the start of each one of the stages. It’s usually here that everyone who is linked in any way to the Tour de France like TV, sponsors and celebrities from the cycling world will appear. Also local companies will be keen to show off their wares. Your VIP passes will give you access to the village and the rider’s paddock. If you’re into collecting autographs, this is the best place for you. On arrival you will be greeted by someone from the Tour de France organisation who will show you around the area and give you an insight into the inner workings of the Tour. This area is strictly off limits to the general public so only spectators with VIP passes gain access to view the shops,exhibitions and there entertainment. The start village access is very popular due to the fact that you get very close to the actual riders and you gain a great insight into the inner workings of the Tour de France.
Izoard finishline hospitality
The Tour de France sets up a limited number of areas located on course within the final segment of the stage. These have names like Izoard and Galibier. We offer access with our travel packages to enjoy this exclusive Izoard VIP hospitality access. Access to these areas is usually reserved and by invitation only. You will see famous ex-cyclists, sponsors and team guests. Typically these areas are within 200 meters or so of the finish line. There is also a spectator friendly elevated viewing area. Everyone will be served with drinks and snacks and there is a big screen to watch the LIVE action as it unfolds. After watching the finish, you will celebrate the victory with Champagne.
The ‘Relais Etape’ is an area on the course of a Tour de France stage which takes the form of a small village in a prime position along the route, just a few kilometers from the finish line. We will accommodate a ride to this area for those who are cycling and spectators will be taken directly to the ‘Relais Etape’ to enjoy the day. This inspiring package mirrors the excitement of the race. What your Tour day includes:
A clubhouse to accommodate all guests
Welcome aperitif and unlimited buffet
Entertainment and live coverage of the race on a giant screen
Please refer to the travel package description to see exactly what is included with each tour.
2018 Tour de France travel packages
These are just some of our fantastic Tour de France VIP experiences that we are able to offer as we are an Official VIP Tour Operator of the 2018 Tour de France. We also have travel packages for the other stages in France. Please find a list below:
As tradition dictates , the final day will be in Paris, where we will have the official hospitality and grandstand seats available for you to enjoy. Have a look at our options here
Official Helicopter & Official Car VIP one day experiences
Do you want to see a bird’s eye view of the Tour de France from a helicopter? Want to spend a full day out on the course of a stage of the Tour in an official Tour de France car? Then have a look at our VIP one day experiences here.