TOUR DE FRANCE 2018
Brittany to Roubaix
10th to 16th July 2018
On this official 2018 Tour de France tour you will see the riders during their visit of Brittany before watching them on the cobbles near Roubaix. This Tour to ride and watch will include well located hotels, VIP access, transport, daily ride options with non-riders also welcome.
On this tour we follow the riders of the 2018 Tour de France as they tackle two hilly “Spring Classic style” stages in Brittany. This is followed by two transition stages which initially look to be for the sprinters, however cross winds could easily split the peloton and the GC! Also one of these stages Dreux / Amiens Métropole is on Bastille Day, which will also guarantee a fantastic atmosphere. Finally, Stage 9 features 22 km of cobbles to the iconic Roubaix.
A veritable mix of terrain will no doubt make for drama and excitement.
The official 2018 Tour de France Road Book is included as well as official TDF merchandise and exclusive VIP access tickets to watch the Tour from up close. Bike rental is also available if you don’t want to bring your own.
This Tour’s Highlights:
- Limited to just 15 places – don’t miss out!
- Hotels in great locations
- Daily transport in our accredited customised minibuses
- 2018 Tour de France welcome pack with official Le Tour merchandise and the 2018 TDF Road Book
- Cross the finish line VIP experience
- Official Tour de France ‘Izoard’ finish hospitality
- Official Tour de France ‘Village Depart’ access
- Official Tour de France ‘Relais Etape’ hospitality
- Daily guided bike rides
About the Hotels:
★★★ Hotel Ibis St Quentin:
The 3 Star hotel St Quentin is located in the heart of the city close to the stunning Basilique de Saint-Quentin. The hotel offers the same quality comfort and amenities that you have you have grown to expect from Ibis guaranteeing you a comfortable stay.
The 76 rooms of the Ibis St Quentin all offer free WIFI and the in house Rendez-Vous bar is ideally located for a quiet evening drink discus the previous days action at the Tour de France.
★★★ Hôtel Anne de Bretagne:
Located just a a stone’s throw away from the charm of the Old City streets lined with medieval half-timbered houses and diverse heritage the 3 star Hôtel Anne de Bretagne is the perfect place to stay in Rennes.
All the guest rooms at the Hotel Anne de Bretagne are fully soundproofed, air conditioned and have flat screen TV’s an free Wifi. The hotel is also perfectly located for easy access to a wide variety of cafes, bars and restaurants all just a short walk away in the old town.
Tuesday July 10th 2018 – Arrival day:
Our tour starts in Rennes today so please make your way to the Hotel Anne de Bretagne in Rennes and come and meet us there. This evening we will be on hand to assist you with putting your bikes together if you are travelling with your bike. We will also have your rental bike ready if you have chosen this option.
Wednesday 11th July 2018 – Lorient to Quimper:
Today’s stage resembles something you would see in the Belgian Ardennes with lots of sharp, steep climbs in succession.
Today we have access to the official Tour de France ‘Relais Etape’ hospitality area which gives the riders an ideal opportunity to join us on our guide bike ride there. For the spectators there is a nice lunch with TV screens to follow the action plus live viewing of the riders as they come past.
From our tour vehicle we will accommodate a guided ride as well so the cyclists can ride some of the climbs.
Thursday 12th July 2018 – Brest to Mur de Bretagne:
The Mur de Bretagne takes centre stage yet again today with a double ascent before a summit finish after a tough final climb. From our hotel in Rennes, we will make our way to the Mur de Bretagne where we will watch the riders come past twice. They will first start the climb at 16km from the finish before returning for another go just before the final ascent.
The destination for both cyclists and spectators is the ‘Izoard’ finish hospitality venue on the Mur de Bretagne. Spectators will go directly there on our tour bus. Cyclists can take part in our guided ride which will finish at the Izoard area. Non-cyclists will continue on the tour bus and we will all meet up together at the Mur de Bretagne to enjoy Izoard finish line hospitality. The cyclists need to get changed into some leisure wear before going into the Izoard hospitality area.
Izoard finishline hospitality:
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 usually 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.
For more information on hospitality at the Tour de France have a look at the Video. After we have seen the finish we will return to Rennes and as we will be back late, it will be convenient to eat at the hotel tonight.
Friday 13th July 2018 – Fougeres to Chartres:
Today we will be moving on to St Quentin after enjoying the Village Depart in Fougeres. After packing up your luggage and checking out we will load the tour bus and we will take you to Fougeres. Cyclists can join our guided ride to the start in Fougeres today. After the Village Depart we will make the journey over to St Quentin from Fougers via Paris. This will take about 5 hours. We expect to get to St Quentin for about 19.00 today. The hotel Ibis st Quentin is in the centre of town so there are many restaurants nearby.
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 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.
Saturday 14th July 2018 – Dreux to Amiens (Bastille Day):
We have a treat in store for you today. The cyclists can join us for our ‘cross the finish line’ VIP experience. We will ride on the very roads that the peloton will ride on just hours later. After you have crossed the official finish line in Amiens, we will be joined by the non-cyclists and we will all have our photos taken on the winners podium and wait for the riders to arrive in Amiens.
Your day includes:
- The support of the Sports Tours International team and support vehicle
- Cycle the final portion of the stage along the same route as the pros just hours later
- Crossing the finish line on your bike
- A photo on the top step of the official podium
- The chance to get changed in Amiens – please note that you will not be allowed on the final grandstand in cycling gear
- A seat on the final grandstand to watch the pros arrive (no food included)
- Return transfer back to the hotel after the stage
Sunday 15th July 2018 – Arras to Roubaix:
Today we have access to the ‘Relais Etape’ hospitality area which gives the riders an ideal opportunity to join us on our guide bike ride there.
After breakfast we will load the bikes onto the trailer and we will set off to spend the day at the Relais Etape which includes lunch there.
The riders will be supported by our bike guide and support minibus on their ride to the Relais Etape.
Non-cyclists will continue on the tour bus and we will all meet up together to enjoy the Relais Etape. The cyclists need to get changed into some leisure wear before going into the hospitality area.
Relais Etape Hospitality:
For both riders and spectators we offer the ‘Relais Etape’ experience. Enjoy a sit down lunch, a comfortable setting with a large screen to watch today’s deciding stage.
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 kilometres 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 and includes:
- A clubhouse to accommodate all guests
- Welcome aperitif and unlimited buffet
- Entertainment and live race coverage on a giant screen
- Champagne celebration of the day’s action
- Tour de France gift
Monday 16th July 2018 – Departure day:
As the riders of the 2018 Tour de France move south towards the Alps, it is time for us to go home.
£1199 per person, based on two sharing a room
£299 per person single supplement
- 3 nights at the 3 star hotel Anne de Bretagne in Rennes centre
- 3 nights at the 3 star hotel Ibis in St Quentin
- 6 breakfasts
- 2018 Tour de France road book and merchandise pack
- Exclusive Tour de France VIP access; Cross the finish line experience, Izoard finish hospitality, Village Depart and Relais Etape experience
- Cross the finish-line experience
- Minibus support vehicles with customised bike trailer
- The services of our team of bike hosts
- A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information
- A safe pair of hands – More information
- Bike storage at the hotels
- All hotel taxes
- Souvenir cobble – £25
- Sports travel insurance. Please visit our insurance page
- Bike rental – £259 for a Trek Carbon bike with Shimano 105 and £299 for Shimano Ultegra – More information here
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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Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another traveller (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.
General, visa, passport and health information:
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