TOUR DE FRANCE 2014
Le Grand Depart - The Yorkshire Stages
3rd to 7th July 2014
This travel package to the start of the 2014 Tour de France will be based at the Yorkshire market town of Harrogate for 4 nights. Harrogate is a fantastic place to be based with good access to the first 2 stages of the 2014 Tour de France with numerous non-cycling activities on offer as well as a quaint old town to visit.
Please note that if you want to join us for the next stages of the 2014 Tour de France after you have seen the UK stages, you can join us in France on Tuesday the 8th of July for the rest of the 2014 Tour de France. Details will be available in November 2013.
Thursday the 3rd of July
Please arrange your own flight to Leeds Bradford airport. We are running airport shuttles to the hotel in Harrogate. At the time of booking, please let us know your arrival time. Alternatively, please make your own arrangements and come and meet us at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate.
The Tour de France team presentation takes place today and we will offer an optional evening excursion from Harrogate over to Leeds for this event. This transfer will take 20 minutes approximately. Please note that this is likely to be a ticketed event so an extra charge to attend this event will need to be paid for separately.
Friday the 4th of July
After breakfast today will be a free day to explore the surrounding area either by foot or on your bike. Our bike guides will offer you the opportunity to accompany them on guided bike rides round this beautiful area of the UK.
Evening meal at the hotel.
Saturday the 5th of July - Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate - 190km
The 101st edition of the Tour de France will start today from the city of Leeds. The first stage of the 2014 Tour will be a 190km stage from Leeds to Harrogate. From our location in Harrogate we will travel the short distance to see the stage start. Those with bikes will be able to take part in our group ride to a vantage point along the route.
We will be in place to watch the stage finish in Harrogate and we will stroll back to our hotel to have dinner in the evening.
Sunday the 6th of July - Stage 2: York to Sheffield - 200km
The second stage of the 2014 Tour de France will be a difficult stage of 200km. From our base in Harrogate we will travel to see the the stage pass through this mountaineous area of the UK. The riders will need their climbing legs today. There will be 1050m of ascent in the final 60 kilometers. The last climb of the day is only 5km from the finish. The climbs today include Cragg Vale, the longest continuous ascent in England. Also featuring is Holme Moss.
Those with bikes will be able to take our guided group ride to the main climb of the day. For those who don't want to ride this distance, we can take you part of the way in the support vehicle and ride the rest. Those without bikes will be driven.
After seeing the stage we will make our way back to the hotel.
Monday the 7th of July - Departure day
After breakfast we will run shuttles back to Leeds Bradford airport to connect with your flights. Alternatively you can check out of the hotel in Harrogate and depart if you have made your own arrangements.
£769 per person, based on two people sharing a room with twin beds or with a double bed
£259 per person, single supplement for the sole occupancy of a twin or double room
- 4 nights at the Crown Hotel Harrogate on a half board basis
- Bike storage at the hotel
- In-resort transfers for you and your bike
- Daily transport to watch the various Tour de France stages in strategic locations
- Various pre-mapped riding options with GPX files and maps
- The services of our local Sports Tours guides
What's not included:
- Your flights to and from Leeds Bradford or making your own way to the hotel in Harrogate
- Any other meals and drinks to what is included above
- Travel insurance (Very important)
- Bike hire (Available at £100 for the trip) - Click for details of our bikes
Twin to share:
If you would like to join us as a single traveller but 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. Simply click on the green button and select the twin to share option.
HOW TO BOOK:
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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.
For travellers from the EU, visas are not required to enter the UK. You need a passport to enter the UK or a European identity card. All non-UK passport holders must check their own country's entry requirements for the UK. General Travel Information is also available.
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