Finding accommodation for Tour de France 2017

This summer, Le Tour de France will hold its 104th race from Saturday 1 July to Sunday 23 July. The race will start in Dusseldorf Germany, cross into Belgium and Luxembourg before carrying on into France. It will finish in Paris as always.

The route is perfectly planned to go through scenic areas of France that combine sightseeing with the excitement of the race. It will draw crowds along the entire route so make sure that you book your accommodation beforehand to avoid problems. Donna Sloane at French Connections confirms that the company has some fabulous self-catering accommodation and friendly B&Bs in all areas currently.

We take a look at 5 of the most spectacular areas the Tour de France 2017 will pass through:

Troyes, Champagne

Stage 6 of the Tour de France 2017 ends in beautiful Troyes in the Champagne region. The cork shaped medieval town is intoxicating. Champagne bars (of course), half-timbered houses, cobbled streets and a thriving café culture make for a vibrant visit. There are also several museums, historic buildings galore and lots of shops. Once The Tour has gone by, you’ll be happy to stay here and enjoy the temptations of Troyes.

Donna recommends Les Galets in Mesnil St Pere gite complex for the glorious countryside and proximity to Troyes.

Nuits Saint Georges, Burgundy

After Troyes, the race will head to neighbouring Burgundy and end in Nuits st George, famous for its vineyards. When the circus and riders come through this little town, you can be sure millions of TV viewers will be seriously wowed by the beauty of the area. Head to Beaune nearby and visit the stunning Hospices de Beaune, an ancient hospital where a celebrated wine auction takes place each year.

Donna recommends the Clos de Vougeot B&B in Les Tileuls, just minutes from Nuits St Georges, a comfy auberge with oodles of charm.

Dordogne

The Dordogne will offer a rest day for the weary riders and we don’t blame them for picking this lovely area one bit! Fabulous street markets (Sarlat in particular), magnificent perched villages that are pickled in the past, great gastronomy, chateaux galore and a whole lot more make this one of the most popular places to visit in France.

We reckon The Tour riders would love Donna’s recommendation for B&B at the gorgeous Chateau de Villars in Villars, not far from Brantome “the venice of the Dordogne”.

Bergerac

Stage 10 will end in Bergerac, a town of art and history. Don’t miss the old quarter of this vibrant place with its half-timbered buildings and shaded elegant squares – it’s perfect for relaxing and people watching.

Donna recommends La Crarouille farmhouse holiday rental in St Martin des Combes, not far from Bergerac for an idyllic country break. Or perhaps La Chapelle, a beautifully renovated chapel that is now a gite holiday rental in nearby Loubes Bernac with a cool pool will float your boat…

Marseille

The individual time trial of the Tour de France 2017 will take place in Marseille in the full heat of the southern French sun. This is a town with a big personality, colourful, noisy and teeming with life. Head to the area round the bay to relax at a street café with a light breeze from the Mediterranean Sea.

Why not get out of the city and enjoy the glorious Provencal countryside with a stay at Gite St Sophie in Pertuis says Donna. Chill by the pool, fall in love with the local scenery and chill in style…

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