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TOUR DE FRANCE 2014
The Pyrenees to Paris 4
20th to 28th July 2014
This Pyrenees to Paris tour offers you the chance to see all the deciding stages of the 2014 Tour de France. You follow the race in its final week from the high mountains of the Pyrenees to the cobblestones of the Champs Elysees.
In the Pyrenees you will see the longest stage of the 2014 Tour from Carcassone to Bagneres de Luchon which is 237km long and takes in the difficult Port de Bales. You will also see two other exciting, explosive mountain stages with mountain top finishes at Pla d'Adet and Hautacam.
Further to this you will also see the one and only time trial of the 2014 Tour between Bergerac and Perigueux which is relatively long at 54km so it should favour Chris froome and Bradley Wiggins. Finally you will experience the final stage to Paris and the finale on the cobble stones of the Champs Elsysees where Mark Cavendish will want revenge from his defeat at the hands of Marcel Kittel last year.
For those bringing bikes you will be able to ride the famous climbs that feature on the 2014 Route du Tour, Port de Bales, Val Louron Azet, Pla d'Adet, Col du Tourmalet, Hautacam along with other climbs like the Aspin and Aubisque.
Following the Tour de France for 9 days can be tiring, therefore this tour has been designed with the minimum amount of hotel changes. Apart from the first and last 2 nights at our transfer hotel in Paris we spend 1 night in Toulouse, 3 nights in Lourdes and 2 nights in Bordeaux.
Sports Tours International is the most experienced tour operator to the Tour de France. We have been taking you to see the Tour for twenty years and give you a fantastic trip with amazing insights into the Tour.
Our planned itinerary for this trip of the 2014 Tour de France - please note, this is the intended itinerary at this stage but things may change between now and the actual time of the Tour.
Sunday 20th July:
You can arrive today at Charles de Gaulle airport and our dedicated airport team will be at the airport all day to meet our clients. Please look out for the Sports Tours International signs on arrival.
If you would like to arrive directly at the hotel, our staff will be in reception all day to welcome you.
We will come to collect you from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 09.00hrs, 12.00hrs, 15.00hrs and 18.00hrs for transport to our Paris transfer hotel which is the excellent Mercure Porte Versailles EXPO where we spend the night on B&B basis.
Please indicate during the online booking process your required collection time. We have arranged for you to keep your bike box or bag at the hotel for the duration of the tour as the bikes will travel fully assembled in a special bike trailer.
This evening we will try to get as many of you together for a welcome drink.
Monday 21st July:
Tuesday 22nd July:
After an early breakfast we leave Toulouse and travel to the village of Mauleon-Barousse. Those with bikes will have the opportunity to ride the climb of the Port de Bales in advance of the riders and watch the stage there. Non-riders can walk onto the lower slopes of the climb.
After seeing the stage, we will regroup at the coach and travel to the city of Lourdes where we will spend the next 3 nights at the excellent 3 star hotel Arcades on half board so with breakfast and evening meal included.
Wednesday 23rd July:
Incredibly the riders will do 40km of climbing in the last 100km of this stage by tackling the cols of Portillon, Peyresourde, Val Louron-Azet and Pla d'Adet.
This stage celebrates the 40th anniversary of the victory of Raymond Poulidor at Pla d'Adet and of the French TV commentator Daniel Mangeas who first commentated in 1974 at Pla d'Adet.
After breakfast we leave Lourdes and travel to the town of Saint Lary Soulon, at the base of the climb to Pla d'Adet where those with bikes will have the opportunity to ride the final two climbs of the day, Col du Val Louron-Azet and Pla d'Adet or just Pla d'Adet on its own. The stronger and more adventurous among you can ride from the hotel in Lourdes to Pla d'Adet via the Col d'Aspin (80km) and return to Lourdes on the coach after the stage finish.
Non-riders will be taken to St Lary Soulon base of the climb to Pla d'Adet from where you can visit this charming Pyrenean town in the morning and then watch the stage in the afternoon. Alternatively we will propose some excursions at a supplement as well. Please see below for more information.
Thursday 24th July:
Our location in Lourdes could not be better for accessing this stage as we are located only 15km from the base of the Hautacam climb. Those with bikes can ride from the hotel to Hautacam or the Tourmalet and return to the hotel afetrwards. There may also be the possibility to ride the Col du Soulor/ Aubisque prior or for the stronger riders the last 110km of the stage taking in the Tourmalet and Hautacam. You would have to be on your bike very early to do this.
Those without bikes will be taken the short distance from Lourdes to the base of the Hautacam climb from where you can walk onto the lower slopes to watch the stage. After the stage, we will re-group at the coach and return to Lourdes.
Friday 25th July:
We have many options to watch this stage. We can either go to watch the stage start in Maubourguet or go to the intermediate sprint of to the feed station. Once the final stage details are released we will make a decision on where to see the stage. Bike rides will be organised according to where we decide to watch the stage.
After the stage we travel to the city of Bordeaux where we spend 2 nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 3 star Ibis Bordeaux centre. Our location in Bordeaux allows us good access to tomorrow's time trial.
Saturday 26th July:
After breakfast we travel to the outskirts of Bordeaux. From here you can ride to the town of Bergerac through the beautiful countryside of the Bordeaux wine region. This is about 70km. The coach will then either go to the start in Bergerac or to an intermediate point. Tonight we stay a second night in Bordeaux.
Sunday 27th July:
On arrival in Paris our coaches will take you to the Champs Elysees to watch the finale of the 2014 Tour de France. After the final stage finishes, we will transport you back to the Mercure Porte Versailles.
Monday 28th July:
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