Private Jet Charter to the Tour de France
The Tour de France is often heralded as the greatest show of endurance on earth. In 23 days, riders wind through four countries, hundreds of bucolic French towns and all five of the country’s major mountain chains. The Tour is something of a national celebration, and brings about real fervor in France. It’s also the largest spectator event on earth: millions of fans line the streets to catch a glimpse of the riders. It’s an electric event to be a part of, but it can be a challenge to reach the small villages where the race takes place. We can arrange a private jet to make your arrival both seamless and luxurious.
How to Get to the Tour de France
The 2017 Tour runs from Saturday 1st July to Sunday 23rd July. The race is made up of 21 stages covering a total distance of 3,521 kilometres. Whether you’d like to catch one stop of the tour or follow the entire race, chartering a private jet is the best way to get to the Tour de France. Most of the races start and end in remote locations that lack major airports. Visit our private jet charter prices guide for help estimating the price to fly to the location of your choice. Or, contact us to get an exact quote personally tailored to your journey. We’ve included the full race schedule below.
Tour de France 2017 Schedule
Saturday, 1st July: Düsseldorf - Düsseldorf 14 km)
Sunday, 2nd July: Düsseldorf - Liège (206 km)
Monday, 3rd July: Verviers - Longwy (202 km)
Tuesday, 4th July: Mondorf-les-Bains - Vittel (203 km)
Wednesday, 5th July: Vittel - La planche des belles filles (160 km)
Thursday, 6th July: Vesoul - Troyes (216 km)
Friday, 7th July: Troyes - Nuits-Saint-Georges (214 km)
Saturday, 8th July: Dole - Station des rousses (187 km)
Sunday, 9th July: Nantua - Chambéry (181 km)
Monday, 10th July: Rest day in Dordogne
Tuesday, 11th July: Périgueux - Bergerac (178 km)
Wednesday, 12th July: Eymet - Pau (202 km)
Thursday, 13th July: Pau - Peyragudes (214 km)
Friday, 14th July: Saint-Girons - Foix (100 km)
Saturday, 15th July: Blagnac - Rodez (181 km)
Sunday, 16th July: Laissac-Sévérac l'Église - Le Puy-en-Velay (189 km)
Monday, 17th July: Rest day in Le Puy-en-Velay
Tuesday, 18th July: Le Puy-en-Velay - Romans-sur-Isère (165 km)
Wednesday, 19th July: La Mure - Serre-Chevalier (183 km)
Thursday, 20th July: Briançon - Izoard (178 km)
Friday, 21st July: Embrun - Salon-de-Provence (220 km)
Saturday, 22nd July: Marseille - Marseille (23 km)
Sunday, 23rd July: Montgeron - Paris Champs-Élysées (105 km)
What You Need to Know About the Tour de France
The race first began in 1903 with less than 80 entrants, some of whom were professionals and others who were just seeking adventure. Now, the Tour is the most elite race in the sport, with around 200 athletes competing in teams for the lowest cumulative time.
This year, the race starts in Düsseldorf, Germany and dips into Belgium as the riders race to Liège. From there, the riders make their way to Verviers, Belgium, where they start the stage that will bring them into France. The first finish line in France is in the small town of Longwy, which promises to be a thrilling moment. From there, the race heads to Mondorf-les-Bains in Luxembourg, a commune that is home to the only casino in the country. After that, the remainder of the race is in France.
For the first time in over two decades, the route includes all five of the major mountain ranges in the country. The first summit finish of the race is during Stage 5 on the top of La Planche des Belles Filles. Cycling fans expect this to be one of the most pivotal moments of the race that could predict the winner of the yellow jersey.
Another thrilling moment is expected in Stage 13, which takes place in the beautiful Pyrenees mountains. The stage includes three climbs in a relatively short distance so riders are expected to kick it into high gear. It’s also on 14th July, Bastille Day, so there’s no better day to celebrate France.
Fans are also looking forward to Stage 20, which takes place in Marseille. Marseille will host the 23-kilometer time trial, which begins in the city streets and ends in the city’s famous velodrome. Marseille has hosted a stage of the Tour 35 times in the past, but this is its first time hosting a time trial.
Of course, the grand finale takes the riders down the famous Champs-Élysées in Paris on Sunday, 23rd July for one of the most electrifying moments of all.
You don’t need tickets to watch the tour, but you should arrive a few hours early to avoid the road closures and get a good spot.
Once you decide which stages of the race you’d like to catch, contact us to book your private jet charter. We’ll help you arrange an itinerary for your own personal Tour de France, just with far less effort on your part.