Tour de France • VIP access

Grand Depart Belgium & Champagne

July 4th – July 10th, 2019 • non-cycling

Our packages with VIP access let you live the greatest races in cycling from the inside. Imagine riding across the finish line on closed roads with crowds cheering you on, climbing the official podium or taking a selfie with your favorite rider! You've dreamed of a trip to the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia or the Vuelta a España; we can help you make it happen in the comfort of VIP venues!

The 2019 Tour de France will start in Brussels with 2 stages featuring this historic city.  Stage 2 will be very exciting with a team time trial through the streets of Brussels that you will view from our VIP area near the finish line. You will also attend the team presentation, visit team hotels and have VIP access to the start village of the Grand Depart. This trip is designed for both cyclists and non-cyclists, so it is perfect for couples!  This trip will also feature the least challenging cycling of any of our trips in 2019.  We will visit more castles, breweries or champagne tours than we typically are able to do on our other trips.  This trip is an unusual combination of outstanding access to the Tour de France and great sightseeing in Belgium and the Champagne region of northern France!

Trip Highlights

  • VIP viewing of 3 stages + Team Presentation
  • Access to VIP location for Team Time Trial on stage 2
  • Access to partner’s Start Village July 6th for Grand Depart
  • Access to team bus paddock and rider’s enclosure July 6th
  • Visit team hotels on July 5th
  • Visit brewery, Reims Cathedral and champagne house

Team presentation, VIP access to 3 stages, including Team Time Trial

Starting Price

$4095/person View all


July 4th
July 10th


4 stars


7 days, 6 nights


Brussels, Bruges, Champagne region of northern France

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Day 01

Arrival in Brussels

Date Thursday, July 4 Hotel Location Brussels

We will be picking up at the Brussels/Bruxelles Midi train station in the early afternoon.  Before the team presentation, we will explore the town and soak up the excitement. The cyclists will get their bikes fit in preparation for tomorrow’s ride.  We will watch the team presentation, which is always a spectacular show!  Following the presentation, we’ll enjoy our welcome dinner and get to know each other.

You will all receive gifts from Custom Getaways as well as an official road book from the Tour de France. You will also receive a card for 25% off official Tour merchandise.


Day 02

Team interaction

Date Friday, July 5 Hotel Location Brussels

There is always a day between the team presentation and the start of the Tour de France.

The cyclists will have a great ride today to the town of Bruges.  The others will grab our official road books and head out to some of the teams hotels and try to catch the riders as they leave for their practice rides.  This is a great opportunity to see the racers in a more relaxed mood. Team mechanics and officials may give away team water bottles or let us tour the mechanics bus if we’re lucky.

We will meet in Bruges in the afternoon and do a brewery tour together.  You will have the afternoon and evening free to explore the city.

Day 03

VIP access to the start village and Grand Depart

Date Saturday, July 6 Hotel Location Brussels

The first stage of the 2019 Tour de France will begin in Brussels, near where we have been staying.

We are very pleased to have secured VIP access to the start village for the Grand Depart of this year’s Tour. We will be able to walk “behind the lines” in the team bus area and see the team’s bikes lined up to start the race.  We will also have a better view of the sign-in stage!

After the riders depart, you will be able to get some lunch before the cyclists start a ride in the afternoon.  The non-cyclists will be able to relax at the hotel or explore Brussels.  We will all meet back for a group dinner.

Day 04

Team Time Trial in Brussels

Date Sunday, July 7 Hotel Location Brussels

The team time trial will be one of the highlights of this year’s Tour de France!

We have secured VIP access in the “Izoard” venue usually located 50 to 100 yards from the finish line. The Izoard is among the more exclusive areas at stage finishes where drinks and snacks are served while you watch the riders perform live as well as on the big screen TV. Champagne will be served to celebrate the winning team.

You will have free time this evening in the city.

Day 05

Ride/transfer to Champagne region

Date Monday, July 8 Hotel Location Reims

Today will be the longest ride for our cyclists as they ride the rolling hills of the Champagne region to Reims.  The others will have a later check out before making the drive to Reims. Once there, we will meet up with the cyclists and tour one of the famous champagne houses of Reims.

The Romans quarried huge caverns out of the soft chalk soil in the area that the champagne producers still use to store bottles.  These chalk caverns and the way the chalk affects the soil are some of the secrets to producing world class champagne that we will taste.

After the tour, we will check-in to our hotel and you will have the evening free to explore Reims.

Day 06

Race viewing in Relais Etape

Date Tuesday, July 9 Hotel Location Reims

Today will begin with a visit of the Reims Cathedral.  This magnificent structure is where French kings were coronated for many years.  After our visit, we will drive to our final VIP venue called Relais Etape.  This VIP is located along the route and serves an excellent lunch with wine and champagne.

We will see the caravan/parade pass and collect as many prizes as possible as the excitement builds for the race.  The riders will pass right in front of us as we cheer them to victory!

After returning to our hotel, we will enjoy our final dinner together and share memories from the last few days.

Day 07

Au revoir

Date Wednesday, July 10 Hotel Location N/A

Your guides will drop you at the Gare de Reims/Reims Ville train station this morning. Reims offers excellent train service to Paris.  We hope to see you again soon!

What’s Included

  • Transfer from Brussels/Bruxelles Midi train station and to Gare de Reims Ville train station
  • All transfers throughout trip as needed
  • Hotel rooms based on double occupancy (6  nights)
  • All breakfasts at the hotels
  • 3 Dinners
  • Air-conditioned vehicles with on-course accreditations
  • Teams presentation
  • VIP access to Izoard pavilion finish July 7th
  • VIP access to partner’s start village July 6th
  • VIP access to rider’s enclosure July 6th
  • VIP access to Relais Etape venue on July 9th
  • Bi-lingual and bi-cultural group Leader
  • Tour de France welcome package and gift
  • Discount card for Official Tour de France stores
  • Official Tour de France Road Book
  • Memories to last a lifetime!

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