Europe this Summer and the Tour de France


Summer is coming in the Northern Hemisphere and people around the world are already planning their holidays in the sun.  Europe this summer is not all about beaches, museums or famous cities. People traveling to Europe also go to festivals and special events. For example, millions of tourist are getting ready to travel to France in July for the legendary Tour de France.

The Tour de France starts in the city of Dusseldorf (Germany) on the 1st of July and ends on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, on the 27th of July. This cycling event is perhaps the toughest sports challenge of all. Each year, millions of people follow the route and travel to the many destinations along the way to see the cycling champions whizz past.

Just how big of an event is the Tour de France? Here are some numbers for you to consider:

  • 1200 hotel rooms are reserved each night exclusively for the teams, staff, press and tour personnel, for the entire month of July.
  • Some 2000 journalists attend and report on the Tour event.
  • About 15 million people watch the Tour de France take place live each year
  • About 3.5 billion people tune into this big event on TV.

And, another example.  When the U.K. hosted the Tour in 2007, almost two million people turned out over two days. Furthermore, the Tour contributed an estimated £88 million to the British economy. Those are very impressive numbers!

So if you are thinking of attending the Tour de France sporting event this July and perhaps following the path of the Tour, you’ll need both transportation and hotels along the way.

We’ve got some recommended popular hotels for the Tour de France event.  Some will fit your pocketbook, large or small.  Whether you decide to follow the entire path or just a few cities along the way, check out these recommended and popular hotels along the way.

At the first stop in Dusseldorf, the best price on a hotel room can be found at the Am Spichernplatz, Dusseldorf, Germany.  It’s three star and hotel rooms start at $51 a night.

For the hotels in France, we would suggest the following hotels.  In Chambrey, we recommend the four star Best Western Alexander Park, Chambery, France.  This hotel in Chambrey offers hotel accommodation starting at $56. per night.

In Dijon, the best price for a hotel with a three star rating is the Hotel F1 with prices beginning at just $37.

At the final destination in Paris, you’ll pay a lot more for a hotel in this popular European destination.  The best price for a five star hotel in Paris at the Arc de Triomphe location is the The Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe, 08. Champs-Elysees, Paris, France where prices for these hotel suites start at $356 a night.

For about half the price of the Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe, check out the rooms available at the four star Hotel Francois 1er, 08. Champs-Elysees, Paris, France.  Hotel suites in this four star hotel start at $172.

The Campanile Toulouse Nord – Sesquieres, Toulouse, France at Toulouse stop has hotel rooms starting at $43 per night.

Can’t find a hotel room available at one of these hotels? Use our search box to find something else to suit your tastes and travel dates:

We’ve posted this Tour de France map of the route where you can take a closer look at the stops along the way:


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