Spring Classics Spectator Tour

Spring Classics Spectator Tour

Spring brings new life and new adventures! A unique Classics experience for cycling fans

Prestigious monuments of cycling in Belgium and France. An action packed 11 days, seeing 3 races live, visiting spectacular areas, travelling alongside our cycling trip, with your dedicated spectator/non rider guide.

Overview

Details

Departure

March 29th 2024

From

USD $5,575

Duration

11 days / 10 nights

Overview

Experience the excitement of the Spring Classics with LIVE race viewing of the key moments of the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and the Scheldeprijs.  Along with the Thomson cycling guests, we will experience these famous Classics and get right amongst the atmosphere, which is mind blowing! On non race days, as they cycle, we’ll hang out at the Roubaix Velodrome, tour the famous Flanders museum, visit the cities of Lille in France, Bruges in Belgium, Maastricht in Holland and Aachen in Germany ! A brilliant 11 days for Spectators offering the best up close race experiences plus all that Belgium, France, Holland & Germany have to offer!

Live Race Viewing

Tour of Flanders

Tour of Flanders

Scheldeprijs

Scheldeprijs

Paris-Roubaix

Paris-Roubaix



Exclusive VIP Access

You won’t get closer to the races unless you join a World Tour team

LIVE Flanders View on Oude Kwaremont

Live like a local as we pitch camp on the Oude Kwaremont at the fan village. With access to food, drink and live screens, it's an unbeatable day!

VIP Finish-Line Tribune Schelderprijs

Experience the finish of Scheldeprijs from the VIP Tribune. Situated 200m from the Finish Line, the tribune offers VIP hospitality, a 4 course gourmet meal and unparalleled viewing of the men's and women's stage finishes.

Insider Access

Meet the riders and Tour celebrities in the Departure Village before the start of Paris-Roubaix. Mix and mingle in the team area with Team Paddock access — a Spectator favorite!

The famous Roubaix Velodrome

Unparalleled access to the finish of Paris-Roubaix. You'll have access to the VIP area in the middle of the Velodrome! Snacks, beer and champagne and as the race approaches, you can see the Finish Line for a unique viewing experience.

A Passionate Team

Our passionate and knowledgable Spectator team are dedicated to providing you with a truly exceptional time at major Pro Tour bike races. The infectious personality of our team add an extra dimension to an unrivalled VIP experience. Simply the most fun you can have at a bike race.

Itinerary

Day Headline Description Hotel
01 Welcome to the Classics Hotel Mercure Lille Marcq Baroeul
02 Visit Bruges Hotel Mercure Lille Marcq Baroeul
03 LIVE Tour of Flanders Viewing Hotel Mercure Lille Marcq Baroeul
04 Into The Ardennes Van der Valk Hotel Verviers
05 Into Holland Van der Valk Hotel Verviers
06 LIVE VIEWING Scheldeprijs Van der Valk Hotel Verviers
07 Into Germany Van der Valk Hotel Verviers
08 Roubaix Velodrome Recon Hotel Mercure Lille Marcq Baroeul
09 Flanders Museum and Roubaix Grand Fondo Hotel Mercure Lille Marcq Baroeul
10 LIVE VIEWING Paris-Roubaix Hotel Mercure Lille Marcq Baroeul
11 Until next time…
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Itinerary Detail

Day 1


Welcome to the Classics

Your guide Jacinta will meet you at Lille Europe Train Station and we’ll head to our Hotel in Lille by private transfer. A welcome lunch will give you the chance to meet your fellow cycling fans and we’ll run through the plans for the next exciting 10 days. After lunch you will have free time to explore Lille, as the tram leaves from outside the Hotel. Founded in the 11th century and influenced by several cultures over the centuries before at last becoming French. See the evidence the Flemish, Burgundian and Spanish left on the city in Lille’s varied architectural styles, including the old city, the Grand Palace, the Town Hall and belfry and the Fine Arts Museum.

Day 2


Visit Bruges

Today we head into Belgium to visit its most stunning city – Bruges. This is Belgium’s most perfectly preserved medieval town, and it’s jaw-dropping, beautiful architecture attracts more than two million visitors a year. With its wealth of interesting old buildings and canals, Bruges still retains a distinct medieval air. Take a walk through the narrow streets or a boat trip on the canal and fall under its spell, charmed by the atmosphere of what many consider the most delightful city of Flanders.

Day 3


LIVE Tour of Flanders Viewing

Today will be an epic day as you get to experience the Tour of Flanders! We’ll head over to the course early morning, before the roads close. The race brings to area to a halt with its thousands of fans waving their flags, lining many of the tiny farm roads and cobbled sections, waiting in anticipation for the riders! We will head to the fan zone on Oude Kwaremont, a walk of approximately 1.5km along the route, joining hordes of fans in an unbelievable atmosphere! Bars, local food, music, flags, excitement, we will get our spot for the viewing. In the race build up you can even stroll to the Paterberg to see the famous climb, before heading back to our spot. The women’s race tackles this section once, with the men’s passing three times! A real locals day out!

Day 4


Into The Ardennes

After a whopper day yesterday, today is a rest day.  We are heading off to our next hotel in  Verviers, in the heart of the Ardennes. Verviers is a city known for its fountains and the river De Weser that crosses the entire city. An easy afternoon of free time  to explore the local town and then a visit to the local Chocolate factory, to recharge the batteries for the 6 days ahead!

Day 5


Into Holland

Today we’ll visit Holland and the beautiful town of Maastricht. It has become well known through the Maastricht treaty and as the birth place of the euro. It has 1,677 national heritage buildings, the second highest number in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam. You will have free time to enjoy a self guided short walking tour of 3km, taking in all the important sights of this quaint little town, or simply enjoy sitting in one of the many street cafes. We’ll head back to Verviers mid afternoon

Day 6


LIVE VIEWING Scheldeprijs

We’re back on the race circuit and heading to watch the Scheldeprijs! The oldest of the Flanders classics is gradually gaining more recognition. Teams taking part in Flanders and Paris Roubaix will be taking part in this race too. We’ll head over to Schoten early morning and watch the start of the Women’s race, which also finishes here. Then its over to our VIP area for a Welcome Reception. Champagne and Oysters before we settle down to a culinary 4 course lunch on our personalised VIP table. A live broadcast will allow us to follow the races until we see both the Women’s and Men’s race finishes, as they lap 3 times, sprinting to the finish line!  A fantastic day out in this beautiful municipality of Antwerp.

Day 7


Into Germany

When you’re able to visit 4 countries in one trip, then why not?! A short trip over the border brings us to Aachen. Some people say that the special feature of Aachen is its location in the border triangle Germany – the Netherlands – Belgium. Other people think it is Aachen Cathedral that attracts numerous visitors to the city. We say it is both – and many things more. But find out yourself what makes the most western metropolis in Germany so special

Day 8


Roubaix Velodrome Recon

Today we head back to our first hotel and after lunch we’ll take a trip to Roubaix. We’ll visit the famous velodrome and get access to the showers, where many a legend have sealed their win. You can also visit the gift shop to buy any memorabilia, including your own piece of cobble and other Roubaix goodies. It will be great to see the empty velodrome before we head back in 2 days for a very different experience!

Day 9


Flanders Museum and Roubaix Grand Fondo

We’ll visit the famous Flanders museum in Oudenaarde, the town where the Tour of Flanders finished on Sunday!  The entrance hall has each winner’s name displayed on its own cobblestone, an excellent gift shop and is steeped in history. Explaining bikes through the ages, how they were used in the war, a tour through the decades – it’s a must for cycling fans!  After lunch in the peloton café and a short stop in Oudenaarde we will head to the cobbles and Carrefour de l’Arbre and enjoy the amazing atmosphere as thousands of amateur cyclists complete the Paris-Roubaix Gran Fondo. We’ll see if we can catch the Thomson Cyclists on their way past!

Day 10


LIVE VIEWING Paris-Roubaix

VIP Start & Velodrome Finish Could you even think of a better final full day than this? You’ve seen them on the cobbles. You’ve seen them battle it out in Schoten and now you’re going to watch the legendary Paris Roubaix! We’ll leave early and drive to the start where we will have breakfast in a VIP lounge and have access to the exclusive team warm-up and sign-on area! Watch the bikes been prepped, the cyclists warming up and passing by inches from you, as crowds stand behind barriers and you’re in the paddock with the teams. A spectators favourite! As the cyclists head off we’ll get in our private vehicle with its VIP sticker, allowing us to drive on closed roads. We’ll have a mid-race stop to watch the cyclists come past on the cobbles, then we’ll head up to the velodrome. In our VIP area, in the middle of the Velodrome, we can watch the race on giant screens, enjoy the free nibble, canapés, and open bar and get ready to see the cyclists as they head into the velodrome. An exhilarating day.

Day 11


Until next time…

Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. Our shuttle will take you to Lille Europe TGV Railway Station. From here you can catch a high-speed train to Paris downtown or to CDG airport. We hope to see you back in the future. Join us at the Giro,  Tour de France or La Vuelta.

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Spring brings new life and new adventures! A unique Classics experience for cycling fans

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Tour of Flanders


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Scheldeprijs


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Spring brings new life and new adventures! A unique Classics experience for cycling fans

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Spring brings new life and new adventures! A unique Classics experience for cycling fans

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Spring brings new life and new adventures! A unique Classics experience for cycling fans

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Paris-Roubaix


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Spring brings new life and new adventures! A unique Classics experience for cycling fans

Spring Classics


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Dates & Prices

Date Booking Status Availability Price / Per Person Single Supplement
2024
Mar 29 - Apr 8
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USD $5,575
USD $950
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    Trip Hotels

    Hotel Mercure Lille Marcq Baroeul

    Van der Valk Hotel Verviers


    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
    • 11 days/10 nights fully accompanied trip
    • LIVE Race viewing of the Tour of Flanders on the Paterberg
    • LIVE Race viewing of the Finish of the Scheldeprijs Classic
    • VIP Start and Finish Race viewing at Paris Roubaix
    • Visit Maastricht
    • Visit Bruges
    • Visit Aachen
    • Tour of Flanders Museum Visit
    • Roubaix Velodrome pre-race Visit
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 2 lunches
    • Pick-up & Drop-off at Lille Europe Train Station (direct train from/to Paris CDG Airport)
    • All ground transportation
    • All luggage transfers
    • Services of our experienced guides
    • Thomson Bike Tours T Shirt, Water Bottle and Lanyard
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Staff Gratuities
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    What's Included
    • 11 days/10 nights fully accompanied trip
    • LIVE Race viewing of the Tour of Flanders on the Paterberg
    • LIVE Race viewing of the Finish of the Scheldeprijs Classic
    • VIP Start and Finish Race viewing at Paris Roubaix
    • Visit Maastricht
    • Visit Bruges
    • Visit Aachen
    • Tour of Flanders Museum Visit
    • Roubaix Velodrome pre-race Visit
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 2 lunches
    • Pick-up & Drop-off at Lille Europe Train Station (direct train from/to Paris CDG Airport)
    • All ground transportation
    • All luggage transfers
    • Services of our experienced guides
    • Thomson Bike Tours T Shirt, Water Bottle and Lanyard
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Staff Gratuities
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Pick-up/Drop-off Info

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Time

    Lille Europe TGV Train Station (direct trains from downtown Paris or CDG station)

    09:30am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Time

    Lille Europe TGV Train Station (direct trains from downtown Paris or CDG station)

    08:00am



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