TOUR DE FRANCE 2019
The Grand Depart Brussels, Belgium
4th to 8th July 2019
The 2019 Tour de France will take place from Saturday 6 July until Sunday 28 July, 2019. In July 2019, Brussels will host 2 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 2019 Grand Depart and to the rest of the 2019 Tour de France with special VIP access and hospitality included.
Join us for a fabulous long weekend of top class cycling in the capital of Belgium for the 2019 Grand Depart of the Tour de France. Brussels will be hosting the 2019 Grand Départ as Eddy Merckx, the man with the most stage wins on the race, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first victory.
Stage 1 on 6 July, 2019 will be 192 kilometres long starting and finishing in Brussels. The stage will include ‘de Muur van Geraardsbergen’ (Mur de Gramont), which also features on the Tour of Flanders. The riders will pass the site of the battle of Waterloo as well as Eddy Merckx’s place of birth. Stage 2 on Sunday 7 July will be a 28 kilometre long team time trial from the centre of Brussels to the famous Atomium.
This is the 5th time that the Grand Depart is in Belgium and it’s also the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France’s iconic Yellow jersey so take this opportunity to spend a fantastic long weekend of cycling in the capital of Belgium, Brussels for the Grand Depart of the 2019 Tour de France. Our travel package to the Grand Depart of the 2019 Tour de France will be for 3 or 4 nights based at a centrally located hotel in Brussels with exclusive Tour de France VIP access and hospitality included.
About the Hotel:
★★★ Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi:
The Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi Hotel provides guests with easy access to dining, shopping and cultural attractions in Brussels. The Gare du Midi, the city’s largest train station lies across the street, and the city centre is only a 5-minute tram ride away.
Brussels Airport (BRU) is just a 20-minute train ride from the hotel. The hotel’s 142 guest rooms feature soundproofing and amenities like free WiFi and a 7th-floor fitness centre.
We will stay here on Bed & Breakfast basis. The hotel is close to several restaurants, or you can chose to eat in the on-site RBG Bar & Grill, which serves grilled fare and an extensive selection of Belgian beers.
- Less than a 2-minute walk from the Gare du Midi
- 20-minute train ride to Brussels Airport (BRU)
- 142 rooms with Free Wireless High-speed Internet
- 24-hour reception desk and information screens in hotel lobby displaying Brussels Midi International train departure information
- RBG Bar & Grill serving grilled classics, local dishes and refreshing drinks
- Relaxing terrace overlooking the green courtyard
- 7th-floor fitness room featuring top-quality exercise equipment and picturesque city views
- Secure, underground parking and easy access via Hollandstraat / Rue Hollande 4 from car elevator
- Business corner with internet access and printing facilities
The programme of the Tour de France Grand Depart Brussels 2019 in brief:
Thursday 4 July, 2019: Team presentation in Brussels
Friday 5 July, 2019 – Team training day
Saturday 6 July, 2019: Stage 1, Brussels
Sunday 7 July, 2019: Stage 2, Team Time Trial in Brussels
Monday 8 July: Stage 3, Stage start near Brussels
Thursday, 4th July 2019 – Arrival day and team presentation:
Please arrive at our hotel in Brussels city centre today by your own means. Park Inn Brussels Midi enjoys an ideal location opposite Brussels-South Railway Station with the Eurostar and Thalys high-speed train terminals just 200 yards away. The Gare du Midi, the city’s largest train / metro station, lies across the street, and the city centre is only a 5-minute tram ride away. Brussels Airport (BRU) is just a 20-minute train ride from the hotel.
The city centre with the Grand Place and Manneken Pis is less than a 20-minute walk from the hotel. Brussels-South Metro Station is only 100 yards away, connecting to the main sights in Brussels.
Please advise us of you mode of arrival in advance so we can make arrangements to welcome you at the hotel.
The sporting part of the “Grand Départ” officially begins with the presentation of the teams on Thursday, July 4 2019. 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 but it will no doubt be in the centre of Brussels within easy reach of our hotel.
Friday, 5th July, 2019:
Today 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, 6th July, 2019 – Stage 1, Brussels > Brussels:
Stage 1 on 6 July, 2019 will be 192 kilometres long and it will start and finish in Brussels. The stage will include ‘de Muur van Geraardsbergen’ (Mur de Gramont) which also features on the Tour of Flanders. The riders will pass the site of the battle of Waterloo as well as Eddy Merckx’s place of birth.
Our itinerary – please note that the below is subject to change. If the Relais Etape venue is near the hotel, we will not provide transport:
Our tour bus will take you to the ‘Relais Etape’ hospitality venue today.
Relais Etape Hospitality:
Today we offer the ‘Relais Etape’ experience. Enjoy a lunch in 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
You can also watch this video so you know what to expect – Relais Etape Video
Sunday, 7th July, 2019 – Stage 2 – Brussels > Brussels, Team Time Trial:
Itinerary subject to change once final details are known.
The course of the Tour de France will stay in Brussels for a team time trial. Today we will have a prime position for the day at the official ‘Izoard’ finish hospitality venue. Watch the start and the course on big TV screens before watching them finish LIVE from your prime viewing position near the finish.
Our hotel is excellently located in Brussels so it is very easy 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 finish line 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.
Monday, 8th July, 2019 – Village Depart and departure day:
Today, please ensure that you are ready to go with your luggage all packed as we will transport you from the hotel in Brussels to nearby Binche where we will have access to the Village Depart.
We expect this to finish for about 12.00 and after the riders are on the way you have 3 options:
- Take our transport back to Brussels where we will drop you off at the hotel, where you can make your way easily to the train station or Zaventem airport (BRU).
- As above and stay an extra night at the hotel- if you do this then there is no need to bring all your luggage with you.
- Join us on our next tour which will follow the Tour de France as it heads out of Belgium into Champagne and the Vosges. We will carry on straight after – The rest of the 2019 Tour de France route will be announced on 25 October 2018 and our tours will be available shortly afterwards.
Village Depart – Tour de France Start Village:
The 2019 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. If you are into collecting autographs, this is the best place for it.
Prices from £440 per person with all of the below inclusions.
- 3 or 4 nights at the centrally located hotel Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi
- Transport as per the tour itinerary
- Daily breakfasts
- All hotel taxes
- The official 2019 Tour de France welcome pack and road book
- Access to Izoard finish hospitality area on one of the stages
- Access to the Village Depart area on one of the stages
- Access to the Relais Etape mid-stage hospitality area on one of the stages
- The services of our team
- Travel insurance. Please visit our insurance page
- Extra night on Monday night in Brussels – see hotels and pricing tab
- Sports Travel Essentials. Please click here to view our 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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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 rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.
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