Dordogne & Paris Spectator Short
VIP access to 3 stages, Tour finish in Paris
The 2022 Tour de France will start in beautiful Copenhagen, Denmark. You will view the Team Presentation and have VIP access at a stage start, along the course and at a stage finish. Stage 1 will be a very exciting individual time trial through the city of Copenhagen. You will also have pictures on the podium and receive gifts from the the Tour de France and Custom Getaways.
This trip is designed for non-cyclists, so it is perfect for anyone who loves pro cycling and wants to experience the start of the Tour de France. While in this part of Denmark, we will also tour some unique sites such as Nyhavn, a Viking Museum, Hans Christian Andersen’s birthplace and your guide, will of course, have interesting bits of facts as you make your way around Denmark. Your guide is a native of Denmark, who speaks Danish (in addition to 7 other languages). This trip is an unusual combination of outstanding access to the Tour de France and great sightseeing in Denmark.
Welcome to Denmark! We will be picking up at the Copenhagen airport (CPH) in the late afternoon. Our scandanavian styled hotel will be home for three nights and is located waterside. In the late afternoon, we will gather to view the team presentation. This is a grand spectacle where the Tour introduces the teams and riders that will participate in this year’s Tour de France.
Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner at Salt, our modern, hotel restaurant, where locals like to frequent. In addition to meeting our fellow travel guests at dinner, we’ll go over the itinerary for our Grand Depart trip. Each guest will receive a gift from Custom Getaways and from Tour de France. You will also receive a discount card for 30% off official le Tour merchandise.
After breakfast we will embark on a leisurely guided stroll to one of the most iconic and picturesque parts of Copenhagen; beautiful Nyhavn – the ‘new harbour’ of Copenhagen. The ‘new’ is relative as the canals and streets, which make up this waterfront district, are lined with brightly colored townhouses dating from the 17th and 18th century. It’s a photographer’s dream which we complete with a boat ride on the canals and under the bridges of the capital – a great way to see the city.
Lunch today is uniquely Danish taken onboard a moored Fiske Kutter – a traditional Danish fishing boat which once trawled the North Sea. This is a great chance to try the freshest fish in a rather unusual setting.
Early afternoon is a great time for a little ‘lur’ – a Danish siesta, or perhaps a stroll along the pedestrian, shop-lined streets of Copenhagen. No visit to Denmark is complete without indulging one’s inner child – and there is no better way to do so than to travel back in time within the world famous Tivoli Gardens. This wonderful amusement park and pleasure garden – the 3rd oldest in thew world – first opened its doors in 1843 and has been delighting visitors ever since.
Dinner is not included tonight, but we strongly recommend staying in Tivoli and opting for one of the many eateries inside the park.
We have kept this morning free for you to use your final chunk of time in the Nation’s capital as you wish; visit Christiansborg Palace – the seat of the government, journey out to the Little Mermaid, stroll ‘Strøget’- perhaps the best shopping street in Scandinavia, check out vikings and history in the National Museum. For those who are interested your guide will escort you to bizarre, alternative, famous, controversial Christiania – a 1970s hippie and free society commune – famous throughout the world.
In the early afternoon, we will head to view today’s race, which happens to be an Individual Time Trial. Our VIP venue is called Relais Etape. This VIP venue is located along the route and serves an excellent 4-course lunch with wine, beer or other drinks. Champagne will be served at the end to toast the stage winner. Each Relais Etape guest will receive a gift from le Tour.
We will see the caravan/parade pass as it will increase the energy and excitement before the racers and pass live in front of us.
You will be on your own for dinner tonight. There are many wonderful restaurants, in Copenhagen, from which to choose.
Vikings helmets never had horns! This is just one for the amazing facts we will learn as we leave the capital today, ahead of the riders. This morning we visit arguably one of the best, most informative and fascinating Viking museums in all of Scandinavia; ‘Vikingeskibsmuseet’ by Rosklide Fjord. The museum is based around the discovery of five viking long boats, deliberately sunk nearby in the year 1070 – the museum is cutting edge, constantly engaging in experimental archaeology.
Denmark is a land of more than 1400 islands, after lunch we leave the biggest, Zealand and cross to Funen, where the finish line for today’s stage is set. To do so we cross the spectacular Great Belt Bridge – a suspension bridge of nearly 7kms, completed in 1998 – a wonderful experience in itself.
Once we arrive in Nyborg, the city of today’s finish, we will tour the official podium and have pictures taken individually and as a group. After the podium, we will view the finish of Stage 2 in the Izoard VIP venue. Usually located near the finish line, this venue has snacks, drinks, beer, champagne, TVs and private restrooms…a great way to see the race!
You’ll be on your own tonight for dinner and then we’ll head south to our next hotel. You’re in for a treat as our next two nights will be at a 14th century castle. The castle is comfortable, with cozy, uniquely decorated room. The temperatures average in the mid-60’s; therefore, the castle is not equipped with air conditioning. No worries though, you’ll sleep tight at the end of this jammed packed day.
After an early breakfast we set off across the island of Funen and another bridge – the Little Belt Bridge, taking us onto Mainland Denmark and Jutland where we find that Start Village of Stage 3. We enjoy VIP access to the Village, where you can enjoy a coffee and snacks. We’ll watch as the racers are announced and line up at the starting line.
This afternoon, on the return journey to our hotel, we take a wonderful detour to the capital of Funen – Odense – where we visit the house of one of Denmark’s most famous sons; Hans Christian Andersen. The house, birthplace of the world famous author, and its garden are now a fabulous museum. This a magical place full of fairytales and a great way to say ‘på gensyn Danmark’ – so long Denmark.
After a very busy day of seeing the racers and the sights, we will enjoy our farewell group dinner in the beautiful dining room of the Broholm Castle.
Your guides will drop you at the Copenhagen airport (CPH) late morning for early afternoon departures.
We hope to see you again soon!
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