of Flanders 2013 Cycling Holiday - Includes coach travel from the UK
(Including the Tour of Flanders Cyclo Event)
to 1st April 2013
Take the opportunity to ride the Tour of Flanders route in the cyclo sportive the day before the pros do it.
At Sports Tours International we have been operating trips to the Spring Classics since 1990. With more than 20 years’ experience, that means we know the inside track of each and every race and can get you to the best vantage points to make sure you are right at the heart of the action!
For the Tour of Flanders, we will take you round the back roads of Belgium enabling you to see the race at least 3 or 4 times (traffic permitting!!) at some of the most famous cobbled climbs of the Tour of Flanders route.
In 2012, the Tour of Flanders finished in Oudenaarde, instead of Meerbeke, and the race passed over the climbs of Oude Kwaremont and the Patersberg three times, during the final phase of the RVV, with the final climb 13km before the finish, potentially making this the decisive break.
The new route of the Tour of Flanders will make the race a great one for cycling enthusiasts to watch and enjoy, soaking up the unique Belgian cycling atmosphere.
The trip features a 3 nights stop in Ghent with no overnight travelling and the option to bring your bike and ride the 2013 Tour of Flanders Cyclo sportive, which includes all the climbs of the pro race even if you choose the medium length course. If you want to ride the Sportive on the Saturday, you must select the option at the time of booking. We will be operating two options of taking part in either the 140km or 70km Tour of Flanders cyclo event that follows the latter part of the race route including all the famous climbs.
Please note that if you want to come and join us in Belgium without taking the coach from the UK, we will come and collect you from Brussels airport.
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Friday the 29th of March:
Our touring coaches equipped with box trailer for the safe storage of bikes in bike bags will make collections at:
Leeds Queens Hotel (City Square)
Sheffield Train Station
Watford Gap Services (M1 Southbound)
London (Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 2 Bridge Place Near Victoria Train Station)
Dover Eastern Docks (Ferry Terminal)
We can collect at other service stations along the above route (Please contact us for more details)
We take a mid-afternoon sailing from Dover to Calais and arrive in Ghent at approximately 20.30hrs where we spend 3 nights on bed and breakfast at the centrally located hotel Ibis in Ghent.
Manchester Victoria Train Station
Knutsford Services (M6 Southbound)
Keele Services (M6)
Junction 7 M6
Birmingham International Train Station (N.E.C.)
Watford Gap Services (M1 Southbound)
We can collect at other service stations along the above route (Please contact for more details).
We take a mid-afternoon sailing from Dover to Calais, and arrive in Ghent at approximately 20.30hrs, where we spend 3 nights Bed and Breakfast at the centrally located Hotel Ibis Centrum Kathedraal in Ghent.
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.
Please note that if you want to come and join us in Belgium without taking the coach from the UK, we will come and collect you from Brussels airport. Please contact us for more details.
Saturday 30th of March: Tour of Flanders Cyclo Sportive
There will be the option of taking part in either the 150km or 75km Tour of Flanders cyclo sportive event that follows the latter part of the race route including all the famous climbs. For those not bringing bikes, the day will be at leisure in the city of Ghent. We will have a Sports Tours International vehicle which will support as many of you as possible, giving feeds and mechanical back up, but there will be numerous organised feeding stations and mechanical service present. (Please note - we are not able to offer the 240km sportive)
Sunday 31st of March: The Tour of Flanders
Today is the Tour of Flanders Professional race. We will use our expert knowledge of the region to see the race at numerous locations, including the famous cobbled climbs of Flanders.
Monday 1st 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.
COST: £319 per person, based on sharing a twin room
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: £149
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.
SPORTIVE ENTRY: £25
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.
- Return coach travel (with bike) from the UK
- 3 Nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
- Support vehicle back up
- Service of our guide
- Bib number on arrival if you get your entry through us.
NOT INCLUDED (Not exclusive):
- Travel insurance
- Meals other than those specified
- Any hotel extras (room service/ telephone/ mini-bar etc)
- Drinks with meals
- Entry into the 2013 Tour of Flanders cyclo sportive - option to purchase. 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.
HOW TO BOOK:
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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit of £100 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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For details of insurance for the our travel packages, please visit our insurance page.
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