From Stunning Scenery To Cycling Action: Here’s Where To Stay During Tour de France

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By Lottie Woodrow | 27th June 2022

Avid cyclists will already have their diaries marked but for those who need a little reminding, this Friday marks the start of the 109th edition of the Tour de France. Running for three weeks, from Friday 1st until Sunday 24th July, a select group of the world’s top cyclists will embark on the 3,328 kilometre journey through Europe’s stunning terrain. 

This year’s route will see the cyclists journey through north, south and central France, as well as cycling through Denmark and quickly whizzing through Switzerland and Belgium. 

If you fancy following the route in person, lastminute.com, the proud travel sponsor of Tour de France, has crafted a list of the must-visit stop off points along the way, from the bike-friendly city of Copenhagen to the coast of Lake Geneva. You can #Tourlikeapro this year when you book a break from their collection of summer holidays, carefully curated by the BRAND travel experts, you’ll find fantastic deals on all kinds of summer trips – from city breaks to luxury getaways – plus you can enjoy even more savings with their Travel Extra Pack, and spread the cost with their flexible payment schemes.

Read on to find out how you can #tourlikeapro this Tour de France…

Denmark

Starting the race on a great foot (or should we say bike), Denmark is set to become the 10th country to host the Grand Depart for the Tour de France. 

The first stage will depart from the bike-friendly city of Copenhagen on Friday 1st, while Stage 2, on Saturday 2nd, will kick off in the historic city of Roskilde and finish in Nyborg. The final Denmark stage on Sunday 3rd is the Veige to Sønderborg stretch, where racers will whip past some of Denmark’s sandy beaches and architectural landmarks. 

If you’re looking to explore Denmark yourself, these are the deals lastminute.com recommends snatching up…

Copenhagen 

From its picturesque colourful houses along the canal to its legendary amusement park, Copenhagen is a European city that’s perfect for all. The city is best explored by bike, making it perfect for cycling enthusiasts and cultural lovers alike. Lose yourself in the magic of the museums, take a boat tour along the canals and grab a bottle of beer at one of the city’s lively bars.

4 nights + flights from £329pp 

Aalborg 

A vibrant spot for exploring, Aalborg is a city in Jutland and is home to some brilliant architectural spots, including the House of Music, Utzon Center and the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art. Or perhaps you’d rather step back in time and visit the city’s old town, with buildings dating back to the 1600s. 

3 nights + flights from £299pp  

Odense

Another popular city in Denmark is Odense, known more famously as being the hometown of the children’s author, Hans Christian Andersen. See where the author became inspired as you wander the streets and the dedicated museum to his fairy tales.

2 nights + flights from £289pp

France

It isn’t called Tour de France just for nothing… Much of the cycling route will be journeying through the country’s beautiful countryside, coastal cities and the Alps. After a rest day, the journey restarts in Dunkirk and Calais (5th July) and Lille (6th July). As well as three days in the Alps (12th – 14th July) and the Pyrenees (19th – 21st July). The tour will come to a close in the country’s capital of Paris (24th July), and lastminute.com has some great deals worth snapping up for the Parisian finale… Below are some other great spots to visit while you watch the race.

Lille

Bordering Belgium, Lille is famous for its bustling markets, old quarter and cultural hot spots. Make sure you soak up the best of its cultural scene, from the Modern Art Museum to the Museum of Natural History, before stopping off for a late lunch at one of the city’s traditional cafes or brasseries. 

2 nights + trains from £239pp

Briancon 

Best known for its ski resorts, Briancon is a beautiful little city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur région, and is well worth visiting if you’re looking to explore the surrounding countryside, from the Le Fort des Salettes to the epic hiking trails.

4 nights + flights from £339pp 

Carcassonne 

Take a step back in time and visit the mediaeval fortress town of Carcassonne. Spend your time pretending you’re a royal at the old fortress, grab a bike and cycle along the Canal du Midi or tuck into traditional fare at one of the independent eateries.  

2 nights + flights from £169pp

Belgium & Switzerland

The Tour de France will be making a whistle-stop tour through Belgium and Switzerland during the middle of the race, passing through the city of Binche (7th July), Lake Geneva, Lausanne (9th July) and the 183km Alpine stretch between Aigle and Châtel (10th July).

Discover lastminute.com’s great deals if you’re looking to visit the two countries along the Tour de France… 

Bruges

You may have visited this city over the Christmas period when it’s dressed in twinkling lights and home to festive markets, but Bruges is also a beautiful European city break in the summer too. Look forward to walking around the historic centre and canals, along the old cobbled streets and grabbing a pint at one of their breweries.

2 nights + flights from £249pp

Zurich

Venture to Switzerland and roam the beautiful lake city of Zurich. Spend your days wandering around Lake Zurich or venture into the old town, along the Bahnhofstrasse and shops or sample Swiss chocolates along the way.

2 nights + flights from £279pp 

Geneva 

For a picturesque retreat, Geneva is home to one of the most beautiful lakes in the world – it’s actually the largest body of water in Switzerland too! Expect a stunning backdrop of the Alps, mediaeval villages and postcard-ready views around every corner.

2 nights + flights from £269pp


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