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The Tour de France 2014

The annual Tour de France begins on Saturday 5th July and will cover over 3,600 kilometres before finishing on 27th July. The Tour will encompass 21 stages, covering parts of the UK and France, including 6 mountain routes with 5 finishes at altitude, and only 2 rest days.

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Although the Tour de France is an extreme version of competitive cycling, it always serves as a reminder of how fantastic cycling is – not just for health and fitness, but also for allowing you to truly explore when travelling abroad and in the UK.

During the televised footage of the tour, you will see some breath-taking views and fantastic locations, ranging from mountains to cities. This type of experience would not be possible in a car, as you would probably zoom through without a second glance.

If you’re considering a cycling holiday abroad, here are our top tips to consider before you book;

  1.  If you’re planning to take your own bike abroad, will it be allowed onto the plane, or will you need to pay extra? (Do you have suitable cover in place to protect your bike against loss, damage or delay?)
  2. If renting a bike abroad, have you found a reputable company with decent bikes and good customer service reviews? (Do you have correct cover in place in case your accidentally damage the bike?)
  3. If booking with a tour operator, do they get good feedback from previous customers?
  4. Are the routes suitable, e.g. do you want to tour through small towns and avoid hilly terrain or do some adventurous biking in the mountains?

Make sure you have asked yourself these questions before handing over any money.

Please note, Holidaysafe's online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.
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