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The Tour de France in Liege

2nd / 3rd July 2017

Belgium is the most visited country on the Tour de France outside of France. The city of Liege is a firm favourite on the Tour de France route. 2017 is no exception as the province of Liege plays host to a stage finish and then to a stage start, making this the ideal opportunity to spend a couple of days in Liege.
Enjoy a night in a 5 star city centre hotel with hospitality at both the finish in Liege on Sunday July 2nd as well as access to the ‘Village Depart’ in Verviers on Monday July 3rd.

The 2017 Tour de France has its Grand Depart in Dusseldorf but on Stage 2 the Tour leaves Germany and heads to an old Tour de France favourite; Liege for a finish and then a start the next day in nearby Verviers.

The Tour de France in Liege...
Liege Province plays host to a Tour de France finish followed by a start in 2017. Finish hospitality and start village access available now with 1 night’s accommodation at the 5 star Comtes de Mean hotel (formerly Crowne Plaza). Liege is easy to get to with the airports of Brussels and Charleroi offering a host of flights from many international destinations. If you are driving then the hotel has parking but it needs to be pre-booked by you directly and additional costs may apply.

The Hotel:

***** Crowne Plaza Liege:
Guests of the Crowne Plaza Liège “Les Comtes de Méan” will enjoy unrivalled peace and quiet for a city-centre hotel, most of the rooms giving onto a magnificent internal garden.

The Crowne Plaza Liège “Les Comtes de Méan” is a 5 star hotel in the centre of Liege with elegant rooms, all high-quality and with all facilities.  The rooms and the Junior Suites are located in the Sauvenière building, specially built for this purpose and the Suites in the Sélys Longchamps town house, a listed Wallonia heritage site.

Among other original features, the Crowne Plaza Liège “Les Comtes de Méan’s rooms have a unique configuration, the bed standing opposite the window to make the most of the space, thereby affording the room’s occupants a unique view.

The furniture, designed and tailor-made in grey tones, is high-quality and very practical, including a large wardrobe, a mini-bar, a desk and a safe that can house a laptop computer.

The materials used also contribute to the rooms’ refinement: Pierre Frey and Casamance fabrics, Arte wallpaper, Frette sheets and towels, Porcelanosa tiles.

Classic Rooms:
Your stay will be in one of the hotel’s classic rooms. You can choose from 2 single beds or 1 double bed.

The Crowne Plaza Liège “Les Comtes de Méan” hotel has 79 rooms, on 6 floors in the brand new Sauvenière building. With more than 30m² of floor space, they have every comfort and all facilities.

Services available:

  • High-speed Internet
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satelite TV
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Tea and coffee tray

Travel itinerary 2017 Tour de France in Liege:
Please make your way to the 5 star hotel Comte de Mean in Liege. There is parking available near the hotel but please contact the hotel in advance to ensure that you reserve this. If you will not make use of the hotel, please let us know so we can notify the hotel.

Sunday July 2nd – Liege finish:
Today’s stage:
The riders of the 2017 Tour de France enter Belgium with a stage from Dusseldorf to Liege. One for the sprinters we think so spectacular finish action. Most of the stage will take place in Germany. During the last visits to Liège during the 21st century, the riders battled it out on time-trials while those who normally shine on Liège-Bastogne-Liège are among the best punchers of the moment. This time, a sprint victory is to be expected on the Boulevard de la Sauvenière in Liege.

Izoard finishline hospitality:
Our hotel is located within walking distance of the Boulevard de la Sauvenière in Liege where the finish is of today’s stage.

The Tour de France sets up a limited number of areas located on course within the final portion of the stage. These have names like Izoard and Galibier. Access to these areas is reserved and by invitation only. You will see famous ex-cyclists, sponsors and team guests. Typically these areas are within 200 metres or so of the finish line. There is also a spectator friendly elevated viewing area. You 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.

Monday July 3rd – Verviers to Longwy (L):
Verviers is located at 35km from Liège. Frequent trains run from Liege to Verviers so you will not have to take your car. If you want to take your car however, we offer a VIP parking pass with your ‘Village Depart Access’.

The town of Verviers is linked to the rich cycling history of Wallonia and already hosted the Flèche Wallonne several times  but also the Giro d’Italia (1973, 2002)… and the Tour de France in 1972 when Basque rider Miguel Maria Lasa claimed stage victory. More recently, Verviers became a regular start city of the Ster ZLM Toer, won by Philippe Gilbert three times. Another former wearer of the Yellow Jersey, Tony Gallopin, also managed nice things here in his junior years when he claimed a stage of Liège-La Gleize in 2006.

The stage:
The second stage on Belgian soil starts from the town of Verviers and finishes in the Luxemburgh town of Longwy. A coincidence or destiny, the Tour will take off from Verviers just two days before the 35th birthday of the city’s native, Philippe Gilbert. And the day’s course could well inspire the Wallonian. Indeed the climb going up to the Longwy Citadel looks a lot like the Mont des Alouettes where he had conquered his only stage win on the Tour in 2011. Whatever the outcome, the puncheurs will be on attacking soil, and the Yellow Jersey will be up for grabs.

Village Depart in Verviers:
The 2017 Tour de France entourage and organisation travel around with the riders. The team busses park within an enclosed and restricted area. An expo type village is created at the start of each one of the stages. It is 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 show themselves. 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 into collecting autographs, this is the best place for it.

 

£400 per person, based on two people sharing a room
£150 supplement for the single occupancy of a room

What’s included:

  • 1 night at the 4 star hotel Comtes de Mean in Liege
  • Breakfast
  • The 2017 Tour de France road book and merchandise pack
  • Exclusive Tour de France VIP access in Liege; ‘Izoard’ finish hospitality on Sunday July 2
  • Exclusive Tour de France VIP access in Verviers; ‘Village Depart’on Monday July 3 – Have a look at our videos to see what VIP access at the Tour de France is all about
  • All hotel taxes

Also available:

  • Sports travel insurance. Please visit our insurance page


HOW TO BOOK:

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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.

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Important Information:

General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page.General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.

Travel Insurance:
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in cycling events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.

 

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