The Tour de France is the biggest and the most famous cycling race in the world. The Tour has run every year since its first edition in 1903, except during World War 1 and 2.
In the beginning, the Grand Boucle started and finished in Paris, making sure to follow scrupulously the borders of the Hexagon. However, very early on, the organisers changed the drawing of the route to combine their ambition of growing its international audience with the desire to explore the heart of France and visit neighbouring countries. The route of each edition goes through towns, countryside and mountains.
The 2016 edition of the Tour de France, running from the 2nd July to 24th July, will comprise 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,519 kilometres. If you happen to be on one of our cruises this July, be sure to jump on shore and go to the following places as 5 of the stages start or finish close to our bases: