Le Tour de France ~ 2014
Travel Packages, RV Hire, Hotels & More
Dates: 5 July – 27 July | Leeds – Paris |
The Tour de France is arguably the greatest sporting event on the planet. It first started in 1903, as a method of increasing paper sales for L’Auto magazine. Ever since, this sporting event has been at the forefront of cycling and easily its most prestigious event. The Tour has seen unsuppressed fluctuations of controversy in the public and media, primarily over doping allegations. More recently the event and entire sport was subject to media scrutiny over the doping scandal behind Lance Armstrong, one of the tours most celebrated winners and the man behind the Livestrong cancer foundation. The Tour annually draws millions of spectators, who travel from all around the world to line the route the cyclists take from the start to the very end. Spectators are in for a treat as this 3 week long event winds its way around France and other European countries enabling spectators to choose their own routes and combine their sports experience with tours, sights and their own favourite and must-see destinations.
We will get you there in 2014 for the best cycling event on the planet
Schedule & Route | Tour de France 2014
The tour will begin on the 5th of July and finish 21 days later on the 27th of July. The cyclists will cover 3,656 km’s (before ratification).
The 21 stages will consist of:
- 9 flat stages
- 5 hill stages
- 6 mountain stages with 5 altitude finishes
- 1 individual time trial stage
- 2 rest days
Beyond the borders
After taking off from the United Kingdom for a 20th Grand Départ abroad, the Tour de France will also go through Belgium and Spain.
A taste of Paris-Roubaix
Before crossing the finishing line of the fifth stage in Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, the riders will have covered 15.4 kilometres of cobbled-stone sectors that are on the course of the Queen of Classics every spring.
- Leeds (start of stage 1)
- Harrogate (finish of stage 1)
- York (start of stage 2)
- Sheffield (finish of stage 2)
- Cambridge (start of stage 3)
- Ypres (finish of stage 5)
- Oyonnax (finish of stage 11)
- Risoul (finish of stage 14)
- Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour(start of stage 19)
|STAGE||DATE||START AND FINISH||DISTANCE|
|Saturday, July 5th||Leeds > Harrogate||191 km|
|Sunday, July 6th||York > Sheffield||198 km|
|Monday, July 7th||Cambridge > Londres||159 km|
|Tuesday, July 8th||Le Touquet-Paris-Plage > Lille||164 km|
|Wednesday, July 9th||Ypres > Arenberg Porte du Hainaut||156 km|
|Thursday, July 10th||Arras > Reims||194 km|
|Friday, July 11th||Épernay > Nancy||233 km|
|Saturday, July 12th||Tomblaine > Gérardmer La Mauselaine||161 km|
|Sunday, July 13th||Gérardmer > Mulhouse||166 km|
|Monday, July 14th||Mulhouse > La Planche des Belles Filles||161 km|
|Tuesday, July 15th||Besançon|
|Wednesday, July 16th||Besançon > Oyonnax||186 km|
|Thursday, July 17th||Bourg-en-Bresse > Saint-Étienne||183 km|
|Friday, July 18th||Saint-Étienne > Chamrousse||200 km|
|Saturday, July 19th||Grenoble > Risoul||177 km|
|Sunday, July 20th||Tallard > Nîmes||222 km|
|Monday, July 21st||Carcassonne|
|Tuesday, July 22nd||Carcassonne > Bagnères-de-Luchon||237 km|
|Wednesday, July 23rd||Saint-Gaudens > Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet||125 km|
|Thursday, July 24th||Pau > Hautacam||145 km|
|Friday, July 25th||Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour > Bergerac||208 km|
|Saturday, July 26th||Bergerac > Périgueux||54 km|
|Sunday, July 27th||Évry > Paris Champs-Élysées||136 km|
This years tour will be incredible !
Tour de France Packages | 2014
We can create custom packages for you.
- Flights from all cities at competitive prices
- Accommodation at your choice of 3, 4 or 5-star properties
- Bike boxes if air travel is required.
- Rental cars, RV’s or other vehicles
- You can choose which stages you wish to view and we can organise your tour around those stages and the must-see destinations in France/Europe
- Paris Accommodation
- Paris Grandstand Tickets
- Hospitality Passes to the Final Stage
- Add-on travel, Sight Seeing Tours and Tickets throughout France, Europe and the UK
- Events Worldwide Official Merchandise
- Travel Insurance with a 15% discount for Events Worldwide Customers
- GST and fees all inclusive in final price
We have 3 categories of packages we can create for you.
Start, Stage or Finish Packages.
Read the tabs below for more info on each.
Please explore the tabs to see our packages options for 2014.
Start Packages | Tour de France
2 nights in Leeds - on request
The 2014 Tour starts in Leeds on the 5th of July.
We can get you to the start with 2 nights accommodation in Leeds.
Hotels on request + optional extras as above
3 nights in London + oyster card + tours - on request
As the tour travels through some of the iconic landmarks in London you should be there to experience it all – this will be a magical part of the 2014 Tour!
Ask us for a minimum 3 nights in any standard hotel to suit your needs – or ask us for our recommendations according to which quality hotel you would like (3, 4 or 5-star).
We will include a complimentary £20 London Oyster card to get you around!
Hotels on request + optional extras as above
Stage Packages | Tour de France
Hotel & Route Packages – Self Drive - on request
Let us know which stages you want to see + where you want to start & end
We can then customize you a package with accommodation along the route.
As the stages can get busy, the best way of driving is hire cars.
RV Hire Packages - on request
Let us know where you want to start and end and we can organise RV Hire at the possible best rates.
RV Hire is a recommended option as it reduces the cost of expensive hotels and gives you the freedom to experience the French countryside at your own leisure. Follow the Tour route closely, or drift off and do day trips at your leisure – find the hidden gems throughout France. RV Hire is all about freedom. You can even drop your RV in Paris and continue on to a hotel with us to watch the end of the tour with our End Packages.
The majority of RV’s can be hired for a minimum of 14 days and prices vary depending on the type of RV – see the RV Hire tab for more information.
If you want to hire RV’s for less then 14 days we must make a special request – so contact us with your enquiry for shorter hire.
Finish Packages | Tour de France
The Grande Finale in Paris is one stage not to be missed. Lining the streets with the International and Parisian crowd is a sight all cycling fans should see at least once in their lifetime. The atmosphere and energy is unsurpassed. You can line the streets of the Champs Elysée on the 27th of July to see the Peloton roll in and watch the celebrations begin.
“Finishing Line Package” - available
- 3 Nights in Paris at the Hyatt Regency Etoile^
- Staying from the 25th to the 28th of July, 2014
- Buffet Breakfast Daily
- Reserved Grandstand Seating on the Champs Elysees*
- Complimentary Soft Drink refreshments
- Souvenir Tour de France Gift
- EWT Ticket Holder and Lanyard
- All optional extra’s at your discretion
Twin share per person AUD $1298
Standard King or Twin rooms (2 singles)
^ Hotel is a 15 minute walk to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees. All rooms have fantastic views of Paris.
* Uncovered seats
The Finishing Line Package can be upgraded to different grandstand seats:
1. Covered Grandstand Seat $198
2. Geo Lefevre with lunch $275
- Includes covered grandstand seats on the finish line
- Bigscreen viewing of the race approaching
- A Glass of Champagne
- Soft drinks
- Lunch Box
3. Rive Droite Michelin Star Package $875
- Includes a gourmet lunch at the Michelin Star Le Laurent restaurant in the Champs Elysee
- An aperitif and open bar with Champagne
- Grandstand seats in the Elysee Stand just after the finishing line
- Extra nights and other items available on request.
RV Hire | Tour de France 2014
RV hire is one of the best ways to see the Tour de France. It gives you the ability to travel under your own steam and to where you want. Follow the tour route or plan and map out your own route.
Minimum hire is 14 nights – under 14 nights on request only.
Benefits of RV hire;
- Reduced cost (much cheaper then hotels and it’s easier to find availability)
- Sleep 1-7 people in 1 RV with showers, Fridges, TV’s and more!
- Reduce the cost of your trip by sharing a comfortable space with your friends
- Adventure out on your own whenever you want – you’re not stuck on pre-planned Tour de France tour routes that aren’t exactly what you want.
4, 5, 6 and 7 Berth Vehicles
- 2.3L+ Diesel
- Bike Racks
- 4+ certified seats – there’s always a seat for each passenger
- Sleep 4 – 7 in comfort
- Cruise Control
- Air-Bags + safety features
- 2+ burner gas stove
- Power steering
- 80L tanks + heaps more options
2 berth available on request.
Download/print/read the RV Specs
Note: RV’s may be similar or have a different layout. The specs should be used as a guide only.
Details for your RV will be provided when booking, subject to availability of models.
RV rates vary depending on size and the two options below. Pay by KM or Unlimited KM.
- 150 free kms per day with extra km will be charged at euro 0.33 per km, insurances (please see Insurance Terms for details), road assistance (guarantees assistance to the vehicle and the crew both in France and abroad within the limits specified in the policy), VAT, oil, maintenance, mechanical breakdowns not due to negligence or misconduct on the part of the Customer
- Unlimited km, insurances (please see Insurance Terms for details), road assistance (guarantees assistance to the vehicle and the crew both in France and abroad within the limits specified in the policy), VAT, oil, maintenance, mechanical breakdowns not due to negligence or misconduct on the part of the Customer.
Rates for 4 berth RV’s can be as low as $220AUD per night (sleeping 4 adults)
Rates for 7 berth RV’s can be up to $360AUD per night (sleeping 7 adults)
Book your own and customize your own RV holiday – make sure you speak to us for flights, hotels and anything else.
Or let us book it all for you!
Tour de France Package Prices
Package pricing depends on your specific requirements, all services will be provided at the best available prices and available in Australian Dollars.
We issue our own airline tickets and have flights on all airlines and from all major cities. Let us know your required dates and we will be able to provide an exceptional quote.
For the land content we require a deposit within 3 working days and the balance due 30 days prior to travel.
For the air content we require on the day payment to guarantee quoted rates and availability.
Fast Facts | Tour de France 2014
June 29-July 21, 2013 - This was the 100th Tour de France Anniversary – The race was won by Christopher Froome of Great Britain.
June 30-July 22, 2012 - This was the 99th Tour de France won by Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain.
The Tour de France is also known as Le Tour or La Grande Boucle.
There have been four cyclists who have won the tour five or more times:
- Jacques Anquetil of France (1957 and 1961-1964)
- Eddy Merckx of Belgium (1969-1972 and 1974)
- Bernard Hinault of France (1978-1979, 1981-1982, and 1985)
- Miguel Indurain of Spain (1991-1995), the first competitor to win five consecutive races.
Lance Armstrong held the record for most Tour de France wins (seven) but he was stripped of those wins in 2012.
France has had more winners than any other country with (36)
Three Americans have won: Greg LeMond (1986, 1989, 1990), Lance Armstrong (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005) and Floyd Landis (2006). Both Armstrong and Landis have had their titles stripped due to allegations of doping.
The winner of the race is the person with the overall shortest accumulated time.
Beginning in 2013, no time bonuses are given for intermediate sprints and stage finishes. Only the real time counts.
There are two rest days in the tour. 21 stages over a total of 23 days.
What is with the Jerseys?
YELLOW – Overall leader of the race. The yellow jersey was introduced into the race in 1919 as yellow was the color of paper the French newspaper (formerly L’Auto, now L’Equipe) that sponsored the race was printed on.
RED POLKA DOT – Worn by the cyclist with the best accumulated time in the mountain segments.
GREEN – Worn by the cyclist with the most sprinting points, awarded for intermediate and final sprints on flat terrain.
WHITE – Worn by the Tour’s best rider 25 and under.
1903 - Henri Desgrange, a reporter and cyclist, creates the Tour de France.
1903 - Maurice Garin of France is the first cyclist to win the race.
1910 - First time the race goes through the Pyrenees.
1989 - Greg Lemond defeats Laurent Fignon by 8 seconds, the smallest margin of victory so far. (as of 2013 race)
1999-2005 - Lance Armstrong wins seven times in a row.
2003 - 100th Anniversary, but not the 100th race (the race was cancelled 11 times during WWI and WWII)
July 24, 2005 - Lance Armstrong wins his seventh consecutive Tour De France.
September 20, 2007 - Floyd Landis, winner of the 2006 Tour de France, is stripped of his title when an arbitration panel rules in favor of the USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency). Landis, the first Tour de France winner stripped of the title, initially maintained his innocence but later admitted to doping and accused others, including Lance Armstrong, of doing the same.
October 22, 2012 - The International Cycling Union announces that Armstrong is being stripped of his Tour de France titles and is being banned from professional cycling for life.
October 26, 2012 - The International Cycling Union announces that no one will be declared the winner of the Tour de France from 1999-2005, after Lance Armstrong is stripped of his titles.
December 14, 2012 - The organizers of the Tour de France announce that the 2014 Tour de France will start in Leeds, England.