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  • Belgium
  • Bretagne
  • Loire region
  • Savoie
  • Vaucluse
  • Pyrénées Ariégeoises
  • Les Hautes Pyrénées
  • Bordeaux
  • Paris
  • Belgium

Has driving to/ cycling part of the Tour de France locations been on your bucket list ever since you can remember? Or better yet, have you always wanted to experience the tour rides? See if you could conquer Mont Ventoux notorious slopes? The Tourmalet? No better base to work from and relax in than your Connections Campervan, your own boutique hotel on wheels equipped with a Thule bicycle rack you can take up to 3 bicycles too.
The 2021 Tour de France starts in Brittany and goes via the Loire region to the Alps in Savoie to continue via the Vaucluse and the legendary Mont Ventoux to the Pyrenees and Andorra. The Tour will conclude in Bordeaux and of course the final tournament is settled on the word-famous Champs-Élysées. An astonishing route and exciting prospect not only for the cycling involved but also for the exploration of fascinating France.

  • If you follow the actual Tour De France (TDF) you must book the campsites well ahead of time.
  • Do you prefer to explore the sites prior to or after the Tour de France, then June, August or September are perfect.
  • Feel free to omit the first or last week at will and enjoy a 2 or 3 week getaway in La Douce France.
Individual

Day 1 > 4 - Belgium > Brittany

Today you pick up the Connections campervan! For those who follow the actual Tour de France (TDF), the tour offically start on June 25. Your pick-up point and time is this morning in our depot in either Brussels or Antwerp. The Connections crew and Ford employees will give you a thorough briefing on the correct use of the vehicle. Then you leave for Brittany for the following 4 nights!
Would you prefer to do less kilometres on day 1 and/or would you like to experience the team presentation on 24 June in Brest? Then book your campervan from 21 June and stay 3 nights in Normandy (400 km) plus 1 additional night in Brittany.

You can follow the first three legs of the tour perfectly from your base and chosen campsite. 
TDF Leg 1 on Saturday 26 June: Brest > Landerneau 
TDF Leg 2 on Sunday 27 June: Perros-Guirec > Mûr-de-Bretagne > Guerlédan
TDF Leg 3 on Monday 28 June: Lorient > Pontivy

Highly recommended in the vicinity:
Côte de Granit Rose, a nuure phenomenon anyone should see.
The city of Brest and its impressive theme park Océanopolis
Château de Kerjaen, the former residence of Louis XIII

Suggestions where to stay
La Pointe Camping: a simple yet well-kept camping in Chateaulin. The ideal base for the next 3 legs of the Tour. 
Camping Sandaya Les Deux Fontaines: This camping spot comes with a fully equipped water park and is located in Nevez next to the Atlantic Ocean. 

Day 5 > 7 - Brittany > The Loire region (442 km)

You exchange Brittany for the stunning region of The loire. En-route you can pick up on TDF Leg 4, Redon > Fougères. Stops in the historic cities of Dinan and Vitré come highly recommended. You will stay 3 nights in the beautiful Loire. You wil come easy to attend the next 2 legs from your chosen campsite. Leg 5 will require a short return upon your steps so it is perhaps one of those ideal days to get outthe bikes and discover the stunning Valley of The Loire cycling.

You can follow the first two legs of the tour perfectly from your base and chosen campsite.
TDF Leg 5 on Wednesday 30 June: Changé > Laval (time trial)
TDF Leg 6 on Thursday 1 July: Tours > Chateauroux

Highly recommended in the vicinity:
- The beautiful city of Tours and the impressive collection in Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours
- Regional Parc Loire-Anjou: numerous hiking trails and cycling routes allow you to explore this park
- Visit one of the beautiful wineries. The cellars of Chateau Bouvet-Ladubay are so big that you can visit them by vintage bicycle!

Suggestions where to stay in the Loire region
Camping l'isle verte: this campsite is located on the banks of the Loire in the heart of the Regional Parc Loire-Anjou-Touraine. An ideal base for two explore the next two legs of the tour.
Camping du Port Caroline: this bike-friendly camping is located near Angers on The Loire Valley Bike Trail. perfect for an exploring the region at your own pace and guided by your interests.

Day 8 > 11 - Region of The Loire > Savoie (678km)

After this short intermezzo in the Loire region, you will drive today towards the Savoie region in the Alps. Along the way you can enjoy the longest stage of the tour: TDF Leg 7 on Friday July 2, Vierzon to Le Creusot. A stop at the beautiful Château de Chenonceau is on your way and an absolute must-see! You will stay 4 nights in Savoie.

You will find it easy to attend the next 2 legs and day of rest from your chosen campsite.
TDF Leg 8: Saturday 3 July: Oyonnax > Grand Bornand
TDF Leg 9: Sunday 4 July: Cluses > Tignes
TDF Day of rest on Monday 5 July in Tignes

Highly recommended in the vicinity:
- Are you traveling with kids? A visit to "Parc de Merlet" animal park is a fun outing!
- Looking for a challenge? Take the cable car from Chamonix to Aiguille du Midi. The views from the top is reserved for the brave of heart!
- Choose from the wide range of hikes in this region

Suggestions where to stay in The Savoie
Camping Les Domes de Miage: this campsite has an incredibly impressive location in the heart of Savoie and offers stunning views of Mont Blanc.
Camping De la Fôret: awesomely situated at an altitude of 1750 m in La Rosière. Ideal location for both tour legs but especially for the leg towards Tignes.

Day 12 > 14 - Savoie > Vaucluse (463km)

You continue from the beautiful Savoie region to the Vaucluse. TDF Leg 10 on Tuesday July 6, Alberville > Valence, can be easily attended along the way. Cycling buffs who love a good challenge can try to conquer Col de la Croix-de-Fer, a classic in the Tour de France which will be ignored this year around.

You will find it easy to attend the next 2 legs from your chosen campsite.
TDF Leg 11 on Wednesday July 7: Sorgues > Malaucène (Mont Ventoux)
TDF Leg 12 on Thursday July 8: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux > Nîmes

Highly recommended in the vicinity:
- Conquering the legendary Mont Ventoux, simply a must of course be on your programme!
- A walk through the Gorges du Toulourenc: ideal family trek. prepare to get wet, appropriate attire is provided.
- Visit the Gallo-Roman city of Vaison-la-Romaine, the largest archaeological site in France.

Suggestions where to stay in The Vaucluse
Aire Camping-Car Park Malaucene: this simple camping offers basic facilities but has a prime location at the foot of Mont Ventoux central to the finish line. (will be fully booked quickly)
Camping Le Pastory: this campsite offers beautiful views of Mont Ventoux. Perfect base for those who wish to ascent Mont Ventoux themselves before or after the Tour has passed.

Day 15 > 19 - Vaucluse > Ariege Pyrenees (429km)

On your programme today? A trip to the French Pyrenees! TDF Leg 13 on Friday July 9, Nîmes > Carcassonne, can be attended en-route. You will stay 5 nights in the Pyrénées Ariégeoises.

Actually you will find it easy to attend the next 3 legs from your chosen campsite. There is also a Tour day of rest during this stay.
TDF Leg 14 on Saturday July 10: Carcassonne > Quillan
TDF Leg 15 on Sunday July 11: Céret > Andorra
TDF Day of rest on Monday July 12 in Andorra
TDF Stage 16 on Tuesday, July 13: Pas de la Case > Saint-Gaudens

Highly recommended in the vicinity:
- Explore the Mas d’Azil Caves and marvel at the murals
- Go on one of the amazing hikes in this area such as to the waterfalls Cascade d'Ars
- Climb to the top of Château de Montségur, a castle from the Middle Ages
- A small detour, but definitely worth it: a visit to the Romanesque abbey of Sant Miquel de Cuixà

Suggestions where to stay in The Pyrénées Ariégeoises
Camping Ascou La Forge: this small campsite is located amidst the peaks of the French Pyrenees alongside a brook. Perfect location for legs 14-16.
Camping l'Azaïgouat: this real nature campsite takes you into the Wild! You are bound to enjoy the tranquillity, nature and the stunning company of the Pyrenees mountains.

Day 20 > 21 - Ariège Pyrenees > The Pyrenees High Route (234 km)

Today you explore the French Pyrenees even deeper. TDF Leg 17 on Wednesday 14 July, Muret > Saint-Lary > Soulan Col du Portet , lies along your route so you can decide to stop on the way or at the finish line. From there it is an hour's drive to the region south of Lourdes where you will stay the next 2 nights. TDF Leg 18 on Thursday, July 15: Pau> Luz Ardiden. This leg of the Tour passes as good as in front of the campsite. A major advantage!

Highly recommended in the vicinity:
Culture lovers should definitely take a look at the pilgrimage site of Lourdes. For the more adventurous among us, visit Chloro'fil for adrenaline-pumping experiences such as rafting, canyoning ...

Suggestions where to stay in Les Hautes Pyrénées
Camping Le Rural: This cozy campsite is quietly located and offers fabulous views of the valley. Ideal to stay there for 2 nights after stage 17 and to take part in stage 18.
Camping Du lac: this campsite is located on the beautiful Lac D'Azun. All around you have a beautiful view of the mountains.

Day 22 - The Pyrenees High Route > Bordeaux (300 km)

After this tough mountain interlude, it's time to head north. TDF Leg 19 on Friday 16 July, Mourenx > Libourne is easy to experience during today's drive. Stop en-route or head straight for a pitch at the campsite as the finish line of this tour leg is nearby. An overnight stay in Bordeaux makes it easy to reach Paris in time for the final tour ride towards the Champs-Élyseés.

Suggestions where to stay in Bordeaux
Camping Yelloh Village Saint-Emilion: this large 4 * campsite is located in the middle of the vineyards in a unique location in the heart of Saint-Emilion.
France Passion: stay as a guest with your camper at a French winery in Pomerol or Saint-Emilion! The full range can be found on the website: https://www.france-passion.com/.

Day 23 - Bordeaux > Paris (580 km)

What's on your programme today? The time trial through the vineyards of Bordeaux! Is there another huge surprise to be expected? Come and see. You'll experience it from the front row!

TDF Stage 20 on Saturday July 17: Libourne > Saint-Émilion
To get your hands on a good spot along the Champs-Élysées tomorrow, don't linger too long before heading to the French capital of Paris. (It is best to listen to the rest of the reportage via the radio).

Suggestions where to stay in Paris
Camping De Paris: This camping is located on the banks of the river Seine in the 16th arrondissement. The camping's shuttle takes you to metro station Porte Maillot.
Camping Maison Lafitte: the 4* Sandaya camping is located just outside of Parijs on the banks of the river Seine at walking distance from a RER station. one hour is all it takes to arrive at the centre of Paris.

Day 24 - Paris

OMG. Unreal! The last leg of the Tour De France 2021 is about to start TDF Leg 21 on Sunday 18 July, Chatou > Paris. time to head for the centre of Paris in due time and secure a good spot along The Champs-Élysées. Who will cross the finish line first during this mighty and legendary last leg and who will be the winner of the prestigious Tour and its yellow jersey?

Day 25 > 29 - Paris > Belgium

Linger as long as your heart's desires in Paris and surroundings, drive to the Champagne area or stopover in the Belgian Ardennes. As long as you drop off the campervan on Friday 23 July! How and where you round off this spectacular road trip is all up to you.

What's included?

  • Rental of a Ford Nugget Plus year 2021 2.0 EcoBlue 135 HP, Euro 6.2 standard
  • Pick up / drop off in the Antwerp or Brussels region on Mondays and Fridays during low season (April/May/June/September/October) and on Fridays only during high season (July/August)
  • 350 km/day (= 2450 km / week)
  • Full-comprehensive insurance with a limited excess of € 700
  • Vehicle equipment: rear view camera, cruise control, blind spot monitoring, navigation system, DAB, Bluetooth, Auxiliary parking heater, tinted rear windows
  • Outside equipment: side awning, rear privacy tent, outdoor mat, outdoor lamp, BBQ, table and chairs
  • Equipment inside: table, built-in toilet & basin, cooler box, kitchen sink, 2-burner stove, storage spaces and wardrobes
  • Dining equipment, kitchen utensils, cleaning kit and towels, sheets and blankets
  • Thule bicycle rack for up to 3 bikes
  • Extensive professional briefing by Connections & Ford employees
  • Extensive cleaning and disinfection before the start of each rental period
  • 7/7 assistance with technical issues within Europe
  • Parking for your personal car during duration of your campervan trip

What's not included?

  • Booking costs and confirmation print-outs of pitches
  • Additional mileage on top of the included 350 km/day (rate: € 0,25 / km)
  • Deposit (blocked on Credit card) : € 700

Good to Know

NEWSFLASH: your Connections Campervan is equipped with a Thule bicycle rack fitted for 3 bicycles. Ideal for sports enthusiasts who also want to stretch their legs in these inspiring landscapes or for cycling from your campsite to the city center. The Connections Campanion campervan is equipped like a true boutique hotel on wheels with all the necessary amenities and options in order for your comfort to be assured! In addition Connections rentals are free from hidden costs and surcharges!

LOW SEASON = April/May//October >
pick-up & drop off possible on Mondays and Fridays 
SHOULDER SEASON = June/September
> pick-up & drop off possible on Mondays and Fridays
HIGH SEASON = July/August >
pick-up & drop off EXCLUSIVELY possible on Fridays

France is camper-friendly. We gladly extend some camping tips, but you are free to park in the wild or where you deem it suitable and allowed 😊 Please note: wild camping is prohibited in protected nature areas, in water abstraction areas, on the beach or within 500 meters of monuments.

Optional original camping tips:
www.homecamper.com: stay at people's parking lots, in their garden or an empty piece of land.
www.france-passion.com: stay as a guest with your camper at a French winery, local fruit grower, cheese farmer ...

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