The Tour de France is one of the world’s most well-known sporting events, bringing people from all over the globe to its legendary peaks as they hope to catch a glimpse of racers flying by. But even if you aren’t a cycling fanatic, the Tour offers something for everyone. Whether it’s sipping wine in one of the centuries-old towns along the route, enjoying a saucisse and a beer with the locals, or exploring the romance of Paris while the peloton blazes across the finish line carried by the cheers of a whole city.
1. THE ENERGY
First, it’s hard not to get at least a little swept up in the energy of the Tour. If you don’t go for the racing, you’ll likely find yourself inspired by the people. The Tour de France has become a source of national pride for the French, a race so deeply rooted in the country’s history it often becomes synonymous with France itself. Some love it as a way to see parts of the country they’ve never been able to visit. Others relish in the opportunity to bond with their neighbors, friends and even visitors over cheese and baguettes while waiting for the peloton. And whether you opt to stay back and explore the villages along the route, or decide to go try and get a glimpse of the action, the Tour and it’s fans will welcome you to France with a warm embrace.
2. THE FOOD
France is known the world over as a staple of fine dining, with cuisine that varies from region to region and features specialty recipes crafted from the local bounty. Indulge in authentic French Alpine cuisine near the mythic Alpe d’Huez. Savor local cheeses and sip the best of French wines in Provence. Or watch the sun rise over Paris with a traditional café au lait and pain au chocolat. No matter which regions along the tour you decide to wander, your taste buds are sure to be satisfied.
3. THE SITES
Whether you watch the race or not, there are plenty of breathtaking sights to see. For the first time since 1992, the Tour will travel through all five main mountain ranges of France. Giving you the chance to explore some of the most beautiful views and villages of the Alps, the Vosges, the Jura, the Pyrenees and the Massif Central. Then board a high-speed TGV train to Paris to see The Thinker at the Rodin Museum, float down the Seine, and finish it all off with a French craft beer at La Fine Mousse.
Experience the best parts of France during Le Tour.