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Tour of Flanders 2016 (Sportive & Pro race watch)

1st to 4th April 2016

Why not join us and over 100,000 cycling fans at the 2015 Tour of Flanders (or Ronde van Vlaanderen to give this cycling classic its Belgian title) for a fantastic weekend of watching the cycling professionals take on one of the finest Cycling Classics?
The 2016 Tour of Flanders is the 100th edition of this iconic Belgian cycling event. For 2016 we are giving you several options to experience the cycling festival that is the Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Take the opportunity to ride the Tour of Flanders route in the Cyclo-Sportive the day before the pros do it. Please note that for the Flanders Cyclo-Sportive the amount of participants was recently reduced by 5000 and also that entries were not available on the day of the event. 

At Sports Tours International we can offer you guaranteed entries to this iconic cycling event including the full 259km distance from Brugge.

Click here for an overview of the Climbs of the Tour of Flanders

Your Sportive entry
In 2015 the Tour of Flanders Sportive sold out so ensure you get your entry in advance through us and we will collect your entry for you and have it waiting for you at your hotel on arrival in Ghent.

Planned itinerary for the 2016 event:

Friday the 1st of April:
Our touring coach will be equipped with bike trailer for the safe storage of bikes without need of bike bags. We have selected our collection points based on ease of accessibility, parking facilities and location in the country. Please click on the link to see what services are available at or near the various pick up points.

Coach collection points

East Coast Coach at Ibis Opera:

We will take a sailing from Dover to Calais and arrive in Ghent at approximately 20.00hrs where we spend 3 nights on bed and breakfast basis at the centrally located hotel Ibis Centrum Opera in Ghent.

West Coast Coach at Ibis Opera:

We will take a sailing from Dover to Calais and arrive in Ghent at approximately 20.00hrs where we spend 3 nights on bed and breakfast basis at the centrally located hotel Ibis Centrum Opera in Ghent.

South Coast Coach at Ibis Kathedraal:

We will take a sailing from Dover to Calais and arrive in Ghent at approximately 20.00hrs where we spend 3 nights on bed and breakfast basis at the centrally located hotel Ibis Centrum Kathedraal in Ghent.

Brussels Airport at NH Ghent
If you want to come and join us in Belgium without taking the coach from the UK, we will also be running a transfer from the airport to our hotel in Ghent. Note that this is a 3 night trip. Please advise us of your flight details at the time of booking and we will come and collect you from Brussels airport at either 11.00 or at 16.00. Airport transfers for flights after 16:00 cannot be accommodated. On departure we provide one single transfer back to Brussels airport straight after breakfast for flights after 12:00.

If you choose this option then you will be staying at the Hotel NH Ghent in the city centre of Ghent on bed and breakfast basis.

Self drive at NH Ghent
If you decide to make your own way to Ghent and you come and meet us at the hotel, then please advise us of this in advance. We will still provide your entry on arrival and we will still be able to provide in-resort transfers on Sportive day and on Pro race day. We advise you to arrange your parking in advance.

Your Flanders Sportive Entry
If you have ordered your Flanders entry through us, we will register on your behalf and your number will be available for you on arrival in Gent at no extra charge. If you get your own entry, you will have to join the queue in the morning with many others to collect your race number.

Saturday the 2nd of April:
In the morning after an early breakfast we will load the bikes and make our way to the Qubus in Oudenaarde where the start will be of today's Tour of Flanders sportive. Full distance riders will take the coach over to Brugge.

There will be the option of taking part in either the 259km, 133km or 83km Tour of Flanders cyclo sportive event that follows the latter part of the race route including all the famous climbs.

Those who take part in the 259km big one will be taken to the start of the race in Brugge, aproximately 55km away from Ghent. The other 2 distances will start from Oudenaarde which is about 30km from Ghent.

All distances will finish in Oudenaarde. Be careful to stop at the correct finish line however as the official finish for tomorrow's Pro race is crossed by you before you cross the finish of the Tour of Flanders Sportive. At the finish we will be waiting for you with a well-deserved drink and sandwich.

For those not riding the Sportive, the Saturday will be at leisure in the city of Ghent.

Sunday the 3rd of April:
Today is the day of the 100th Tour of Flanders Professional race for both Men and Women.

We will take you to Oudenaarde for about 09.00 where you can enjoy a full schedule of race-day events including the presentation and the start of the women's race plus you can see the men come past once before watching the men's and womens's finishes later in the day also in Oudenaarde. There are large TV screens, food stalls, beer tents, everything you need for a day at the bike races.

There is also a free shuttle service to the Oude Kwaremont which runs until 12.30 where you will be able to see the riders of the men's race come past 3 times.

After the race finishes we will take the coach back to Ghent from Oudenaarde.

Monday the 4th of April:
Return home, taking an afternoon sailing to Dover, with approximate arrival times of- London 16.00hrs, Birmingham 19.00hrs, Manchester 21.00hrs, Leeds 22.00hrs.

The city of Ghent:
Ghent offers plenty of churches and historic buildings that are worth a visit. Those who wish to experience art are in the right place in Ghent. You will find many museums. Those who enjoy shopping, enjoy a gourmet dinner or go out to enjoy some beers in Ghent will be pleased as well with the many outside terraces, cosy squares and restaurants.

Hotels:

Ibis Ghent Centrum Opera
3 night East and West coach will stay at this hotel

Situated next to its namesake Opera House in the heart of historical Ghent, the Hotel Ibis Gent Centrum Opera is certainly strategically located. Its prestigious address places guests within easy walking distance of all of the city’s attractions. Its famous cathedral, bustling pedestrian zone, various monuments and remarkable restaurants are all easily accessible. The hotel facilities include a lounge, breakfast room, WiFi and a bar serving snacks 24 hours a day . The hotel has 137 modern rooms with all amenities, such as television, telephone and bathroom with shower and toilet.

Hotel Ibis Kathedraal
3 night UK South Coach and Brussels airport and self-drive stay here

Hotel ibis Gent Centrum Cathedral is located in the heart of the city centre, opposite the St. Bavo's cathedral with the famous Van Eyck brother's adoration of the lamb. Close to Belfry, city hall and castle of the counts. All rooms are equipped with the new comfortable ibis-beds and free WiFi. Recently renovated bar, lobby and reception. Parking possibilities under hotel or Parking Reep (both paying). Also easy access with public transport (Station Gent St. Pieters 3km/Station Gent Dampoort 2 km)

Hotel NH Ghent:

3 night Brussels airport and self-drive:
We spend 3 nights on a Bed and Breakfast basis at the centrally located Hotel NH Ghent Belfort. The hotel is in the centre of Ghent. At the hotel you will be able to store your bike and get prepared for the Sportive tomorrow. If you have booked to take part in the 2015 Tour of Flanders cyclo and you have booked your entry through us, we will have your entry info and bib number ready for you on arrival at the hotel.
Please note that if you get your own entry, you will have to queue up in the morning before the race. Our guide will do a race briefing with you this evening at the hotel.

 

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UK East and West coaches:
COST: £469 per person, based on sharing a twin room
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: £129
DEPOSIT: £140

Brussels Airport:
COST: £409 per person, based on sharing a twin room
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: £229
DEPOSIT: £120

Self-drive - Meet us at the hotel NH Ghent:
COST: £409 per person, based on sharing a twin room
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: £229
DEPOSIT: £120

Please note, if you do not take our option for the cyclo-sportive and you want to ride, you need to enter yourself directly with the race organiser but you will have to queue to register in the morning before the race to collect your race number. Please also note that for the 2016 Flanders Cyclo Sportive the entries will not be available on the day of the event as the event is likely to sell out in advance. At Sports Tours International we can offer you guaranteed entries to this iconic cycling event.

What's included?:

  • Return coach travel (with bike) from the UK (3 night UK coach option)
  • Airport transfers from Brussels airport at set times (3 night Brussels option)
  • In-resort coach transfers on Sportive and Pro Race day
  • 3 Nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis in central Ghent
  • Service of our guides
  • Bib number on arrival if you get your entry through us
  • Bike storage at the hotel in Ghent
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Sandwich at the finish of the Sportive
What's not included? (Not exclusive):
  • Travel insurance (don't forget to insure your bike)
  • Meals other than those specified
  • Any hotel extras (room service/ telephone/ mini-bar etc)
  • Entry into the 2016 Tour of Flanders cyclo sportive with medal and T shirt - option to purchase
SPORTIVE ENTRY:
All entries include the timing chip, a medal and a T shirt plus lots of extras, please see list below
  • 83km - £30
  • 133km - £35
  • 245km - £40
All entries get the following Participation package:
  • Tour of Flanders Cyclo racing bottle
  • Event insurance
  • A video chip that gives you the opportunity to look up your own video of your unforgettable journey. Registration by 21 cameras at 7 key locations.
  • Live images on the website and track trace function so that the people at home do not miss your performance
  • An exclusive certificate
  • Plenty of provisions at every checkpoint, including water, bananas, wafels
  • Technical service (Shimano)
  • An itinerary
  • Medical service, at every checkpoint and at the finish

TWIN TO SHARE OPTION:
Do you want to take part in this great event but your mates are not into cycling or they can't get time off work? Use our 'twin to share' option. We will pair you up with another person so you don't have to pay the sole occupancy supplement.


HOW TO BOOK:

Click on the green button below.
At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person, plus the full race entry fee, which is non-returnable once booked. 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:
Whilst we try very hard to deliver your tour itinerary as specified at the time of booking, sometimes circumstances beyond our control may prevent us from providing the exact tour itinerary that is advertised and in such circumstances we do not assume liability for any loss of the advertised elements of the itinerary. Please see our Terms and Conditions for further details.
If you are a British passport holder visas are not required to enter Belgium and you may stay as a visitor for three months. For links to General Travel Information, click here. If you are not a British passport holder please refer to your own country's rules for entry into this destination. For details of insurance for the our travel packages, please visit our insurance page.
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