Cycle the Tour de France Route
Cyclists and fans of the Tour de France, the 3,497-kilometer cycling race, can choose to cycle along the same route with Trek Travel’s Tour de France trips in July or celebrate at the finish line July 22.
The 99th Tour de France starts June 30 and is made up of one prologue and 20 stages in which cyclists ride through southern, eastern, and northern France, including nine new towns: Abbeville, Annonay Davézieux, Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, La Planche des Belles Filles, Peyragudes, Porrentruy, Samatan, Tomblaine, and Visé.
Travelers can cycle along the course to the finish line in Paris through Trek Travel’s Paris Finishing Package, which runs from July 20 to 23 ($2,599 per person), but those who just want to witness the final stage without riding it can buy a ticket to the Tour de France viewing party.
Tickets to the viewing party on July 22 at the Automobile Club de France on the Place de la Concorde in Paris are $450 and can be purchased from Trek Travel. The party includes live race coverage on flat-screen televisions and lavish hors d’oeuvres and festive French cocktails.
Once the peloton gets to Paris, guests can go to the Automobile Club de France’s grand balconies that overlook the Place de la Concorde to see the race pass by twice on each of the eight laps.
As the dramatic finish approaches, fans can take a designated place on the street level along the race course. The ticket includes the chance to mingle with the teams post-race.
Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.