July is a month that is highlighted in French calendars since the beginning of the 20th century. This is because with the beginning of the summer, France is host to the world-famous Tour de France, which is composed of 21 stages. How would you like to witness this exciting event while getting to know different French locations this summer? Climb aboard one of our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation high-speed trains and we will take you to this cycling event par excellence.
Experiencing the 2018 Tour de France is not just for cycling fans, but rather for anyone seeking to be part of an environment filled with excitement and adrenaline, while discovering new places and landscapes. The 105th edition will start on July 7 at the Pays de la Loire region (due west of the country) and end on July 29 in Paris. It will therefore by a magnificent chance to visit France and take the opportunity to witness one of the races during your trip. Our trains take you directly to several cities in the circuit! These are some of the stages you just can’t miss:
13th stage: Bourg d´Oisans - Valence
A few stages away from the last one, the Tour will go through the beautiful city of Valence. After 169 km (105 mi.), the cyclists will arrive in this city at the shores of the Rhône River. Take the opportunity to visit the urban center, with monuments such as the Saint-Apollinaire cathedral or the Fine Arts Museum. Valence is a quiet destination that also stands out due to its exquisite cuisine, so do not hesitate to spend some of your time tasting their specialties.
15th stage: Millau- Carcassonne
Cyclists during a stage of the Tour
The 15th stage is a bit longer than the previous one (181 km. / 112.5 mi.) and will set off from Millau on July 22. The city of Carcassonne will not only be the finishing point for this stage, but also the starting point of the following one, one of the longest in the Tour de France.
Carcassonne is one of those places where the visitor will feel like being right in the Middle Ages. Located due south of France, it has an amazing medieval citadel and a fortress that is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
21st stage: Houilles-Paris
Break in the first positions
And finally, the most expected – and last – stage, which will reach the French capital on July 29. It will be truly exciting to see how cyclists make one last ditch effort to get to the finish line. The mythical Champs Elysées will be bustling with visitors who will not want to miss the great ending. With the Place de la Concorde as the backdrop, it is a stupendous opportunity to attend this decisive stage, which will put an end to this edition of the Tour.
After this unique moment, enjoy a few days in wonderful Paris – its museums, monuments, wide avenues and its unmatched atmosphere.
As you can see, our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains make it very easy to enjoy the iconic Tour de France.