TOUR DE FRANCE 2014
Le Grand Depart - Yorkshire Stages &
Cambridge to London
2nd to 8th July 2014
Our travel packages to the start of the 2014 Tour de France will be based at the Yorkshire market town of Harrogate for 4 nights followed by 2 nights in London city centre.
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.
Wednesday the 2nd of July:
Please arrange your own flight to London Heathrow airport. Please arrange to be there in time to meet us before our coach leaves at 14h00. We have a designated meeting room at the airport where you can come and meet us, have a drink, freshen up and wait for the coach departure. We will confirm the exact location at a later time.
Our local guides will meet you and at 14h00 we will take you to the market town of Harrogate which is approximately 4 hours from the airport. We will spend 4 days in Harrogate at the 4* Hotel Majestic on a half board basis.
We aim to arrive at the hotel in time for the evening meal.
Thursday the 3rd of July:
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. If the Tour de France team presentation takes place today we will offer an optional day excursion from Harrogate over to Leeds for this event. This transfer will take 20 minutes approximately.
Friday the 4th of July:
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. If the Tour de France team presentation takes place today we will offer an optional day excursion from Harrogate to Leeds for this event. This transfer will take 20 minutes approximately.
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 flat 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 to London so we are in place for tomorrow's stage. Tonight we will stay at the Thistle Marble Arch within walking distance of the Mall where the finish will be tomorrow.
Monday the 7th of July - Stage 2: Cambridge to London:
The third and final stage of the 'Grand depart 2014' in the UK will take the peloton 145km to the centre of London. Some of the 2012 Olympic Games sites will no doubt be visited before finishing on the Mall.
Today we will stay in London and wait for the finish.
Tuesday the 8th of July:
After breakfast you will be taken back to London Heathrow airport in time for your return flight. Please arrange your flight after 14h00.
£999 per person, based on two people sharing a room with twin beds or with a double bed
£469 per person, single supplement for the sole occupancy of a twin or double room
- Designated meeting room with refreshments and shower facilities at London Heathrow on arrival
- 4 nights at the 4 star Majestic Hotel Harrogate on a half board basis
- 2 nights at the 4 star Hotel Thistle Marble Arch
- Bike storage at the hotels
- Transfers for you and your bike to and from the meeting point at Heathrow airport
- 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 London
- Any other meals and drinks to what is included above
- Travel insurance (Very important)
- Bike hire (Available at £150 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.
For details of insurance for the our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.