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The Grand Depart in the Vendee Pays de Loire region of France

6th to 10th July 2018

The 2018 Tour de France will take place from Saturday 7 July until Sunday 29 July. Join us for a fabulous long weekend of top class cycling in the Vendee Pays de Loire region of France for the 2018 Grand Depart of the Tour de France. In July 2018, the Vendee will host 3 stages including a team time trial.
Sports Tours International is an official Tour Operator of the Tour de France so we will offer travel packages to the 2018 Grand Depart and to the rest of the 2018 Tour de France with special VIP access and hospitality included.

Spend a fantastic long weekend of cycling in La Roche-sur-Yon for the Grand Depart of the 2018 Tour de France. Our travel package to the Grand Depart of the 2018 Tour de France will be for 4 nights based at 1 centrally located hotel in La Roche sur Yon with exclusive Tour de France VIP access and hospitality included.

The first stages of the 2018 Tour de France:

Saturday 7 July: Stage 1, Noirmoutier-en-l’Île > Fontenay-le-Comte
Sunday 8 July: Stage 2, Mouilleron-Saint-Germain > La Roche-sur-Yon
Monday 9 July: Stage 3, Cholet > Cholet, team time-trial
Tuesday 10 July: Start of stage 4, La Baule >Sarzeau

About the Hotels:

★★★ Hotel Kyriad La Roche-sur-Yon:
Hotel Kyriad La Roche-sur-Yon hotel is located at only 2km from the town centre. All facilities and activities in this lively town are within easy reach. The train station of La Roche-sur-Yon is 2km to the east of the hotel, and provides regional and national services to Nantes and La Rochelle. The A87 motorway runs 5km to the south of the hotel, and links the town to Cholet (75km) in the north-east, and Nantes (71km) is accessible via the A83 in the north-west. The closest airport is Nantes-Atlantique Airport, which is 74km north of the hotel.

The Kyriad La Roche-sur-Yon is within 5km of a cinema and a theatre, and you will find a shopping centre within 500m. Lots of sports facilities are nearby, including a swimming pool and a horse riding centre and tennis courts, which can be found within 3km of the hotel.

Guests arriving by car have access to free parking, and there is a night auditor on site to welcome late arrivals.

A full breakfast buffet is available from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., for a tasty and energising start to the day. There is a restaurant on site which is open from Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner. The restaurant seats up to 60 people. Relax and mingle in the hotel bar.

★★★★ Hotel Mercure Charles de Gaulle Airport:
The Mercure Paris CDG Airport & Convention hotel welcomes you to its stylish, elegant and relaxed ambience.

The large rooms and suites are fitted with high-quality facilities, triple-glazed soundproofing, WIFI, individual air conditioning and superior quality bedding, all to ensure your utmost comfort.

The L’Escale restaurant invites you on a culinary tour around the world. Travel the land thanks to fine seasonal products from the region, sprinkled with tastes and spices from the entire world.

The hotel is ideally located close to Terminals 1, 2 and 3 of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. There’s plenty of entertainment nearby: Aéroville shopping center, Astérix theme park and the Stade de France are only a few minutes away.

Catch the free private shuttle from Terminal 2 to get to the hotel quickly. Available from 5am to 1am every 20 minutes (call +33(0)149192936 at other times). At Terminal 2, follow signs for GARE TGV Nord, Navette Hôtels then head for level 5. On the platform, wait for the mini-van with the Mercure Convention sign. The hotel is also served by the CDGVAL from the Parking PR stop. From the station, follow the Mercure signs.

Thursday, 5 July – Arrival day and extra night on arrival at CDG airport:
If you can’t find a flight which arrives before our 13.00 transfer on Friday then we offer you the option to arrive today and to stay 1 night at the hotel Mercure near to the airport. There is a free shuttle service which will take you from the arrival terminal to the hotel.

If you are staying at the hotel Mercure then we will come to collect you from the hotel on Friday to take you over to La Roche sur Yon.

If you are making your own way to the Hotel Kyriad in La Roche sur Yon today then you may want to go and see the team presentation.

Team presentation of the 2018 Tour de France:
The sporting part of the “Grand Départ” officially begins with the presentation of the teams on Thursday, July 5 2018. The team presentation is usually an event open to the public where all the different teams present their team of riders for the Tour de France. We expect the team presentation to take part this afternoon with the exact location to be confirmed at a later date.

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Friday, 6 July – Arrival day:
Today we offer 1 airport transfer from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. We expect the transfer to take 4.5 hours from the airport to our hotel in La Roche-sur-Yon. We will offer 1 transfer only at 13.00 which will get you to our hotel for about 18.00 so in time for you to check-in get your bike sorted and have a nice evening meal at the hotel. If you have rented a bike through us then your bike will be ready for you this evening as well.

For those of you who arrived yesterday, you will be able to witness the official team training which has always attracted spectators in the past and the whole region will be buzzing with Tour de France related activities.

Saturday, 7 July – Stage 1,  Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile > Fontenay-le-Comte, 195 km:
CyclismeThe Tour de France has visited Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile on numerous occasions in the past. The 2011 Tour de France had its opening stage in this fascinating place and then headed towards Mont des Alouettes. In 2018 the peloton will reach Fontenay-le-Comte after a tour of the Vendée coast which includes Saint-Jean-de-Monts, Les Sables-d’Olonne and Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard.

Our itinerary...
Stage 1 mapOur tour bus will take you to watch the spectacular start of the 2018 Tour de France from the Ile de Noirmoutier. We will take you to the village of Beauvoir-sur-Mer and walk across to watch this spectacle. After the riders are on the way, we will go to the finish in Fontenay-Le-Comte and enjoy finish hospitality.

Today we will lead the cyclists on a guided bike tour which will include riding on the roads of today’s stage and watching the riders of the 2018 Tour de France.

Our hotel is excellently located in La Roche-sur-Yon so it’s just 60km to get back to our hotel after we have enjoyed all of the racing today in the Izoard hospitality area at the finish. More information below.

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.

tdf-izoard-busCaravan Izoard La Toussuire

Sunday, 8 July – Stage 2 – Mouilleron-Saint Germain > La Roche-sur-Yon, 185 km:
Stage 2 mapStage 2 of the 2018 Tour de France is a blast from the past as La Roche-sur-Yon used to be fertile ground for sprinters in the 1930s, but it has not hosted a Tour stage finish for the last 80 years. We will experience the stage from the Relais Etape 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 coverage of the race on a giant screen
  • Champagne celebration of the day’s action
  • Tour de France gift


Monday, 9 July – Stage 3 – Cholet > Cholet, 35 km (Team Time Trial):
The course of the Tour de France will leave the Vendée region for a 35-km team time trial in Cholet. Today we will have a prime position for the day at the official ‘Village Depart’. See the riders arrive and warm up before setting off one by one from the start ramp.

Village Depart in Cholet:
Stage 3 mapThe 2018 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.

Tuesday, 10 July – Stage 4 – La Baule > Sarzeau:
Today is departure day so after breakfast, please check out of the hotel and we will make our way back to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Please book flights departing after 15.00.


£1289 per person based on sharing a room with 2 single beds or 1 double bed
£319 per person supplement based on sole occupancy of a room

What’s included:

  • 4 nights at the centrally located hotel Kyriad in La Roche-sur-Yon
  • Airport transfers from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport
  • All in-resort transfers to and from the stages
  • Daily breakfasts and evening meals
  • All hotel taxes
  • The official 2018 TDF welcome pack and road book
  • Access to the Izoard hospitality area on 1 of the stages
  • Access to the Village Depart area on 1 of the stages
  • Access to the Relais Etape hospitality area on 1 of the stages
  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information
  • Daily guided bike rides
  • Secure bike storage
  • The services of our hosts and bike guides

Also available:

  • Additional night on arrival (Thursday July 5th) in La Roche sur Yon on half board basis – £150 per person based on sharing a room with £80 supplement for a single room
  • Additional night on arrival (Thursday July 5th) at Paris CDG airport on B&B basis – £80 per person based on sharing a room with £60 supplement for a single room
  • Bike rental – £219 for a Trek Carbon bike equipped with Shimano 105 and £259 for a Trek bike equipped with Ultegra – More information here
  • Travel insurance. Please visit our insurance page

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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:

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:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page: https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports. General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Click here for the latest travel advice for France, and click here for useful ‘know before you go’ information also from the FCO. 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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