Riders from around the world compete in the annual three-week long Tour de France bike race. Each day contains its own stage of the race, which include long flat stretches of road to challenging hill climbs across the mountains. The race dates back to 1903 and has become increasingly popular ever since. While the ride is a race across France, ending in the Parisian capital, a number of years have seen the ride start in neighbouring countries. The first stage of 2017 is set in Dusseldorf, Germany. The finishing line along the historic boulevard of the Champs-Elysees in Paris, as per tradition.
Getting to the Tour de France depends on where you wish to take up the action. If you are wanting to see the final stage, then fly into the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. The early stages in Germany are reachable from Dusseldorf International. Other key locations include Marseille in the south of France, along with the mountain stages through the French Alps. Watching the race is free, although some parts of the route are more practical for spectators than others. With around 180 to 200 competitors taking part, wherever you watch the Tour de France allow all day to see the leaders through to those battling it out in last place.
Those wishing to attend the start of the race, be mindful it isn’t in France when booking flights and accommodation. The final stages are in Paris, a popular tourist destination during July. If you are looking to go elsewhere, review the route and choose which stage to visit and make a holiday of it. If you’re following the tour through more than one stage, then check it is easy to get from one to the other. If you’re not familiar with how the tour works, read up on the points system and the allocation of the winning jerseys.
Choose from rental properties such as houses, chalets, flats, studios, rental apartments or Bed and Breakfast along the route. Whether you are looking to rent towards the end of the tour in Paris, or elsewhere in France it is easy to get around via public transport. Check our accommodation in France.
It of course depends where on the route you are staying, but France has plenty to see and do. Paris features the Eifel Tower and the Notre-dame, while there are beautiful views up in the mountain stages. If you’re at the start in Dusseldorf, then the German city has the Rhine Tower and much more.
For further information including: the race, the route, videos and photos, the history of the Tour de France, official merchandise, the latest news, results, leader board and further updates visit the official website.
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