Created in France by two rival sports newspapers, the first official Tour de France was held in 1903 and began as only a five stage race. While the route changes each year, the format of the race stays the same and now consists of 21 stages covering both flat and mountainous terrain…
The Tour de France has long been regarded as one of the most demanding endurance events in sporting history. It covers approximately 3,500 kilometres with the appearance of time trials, the passage through breathtaking mountains of the Pyrenees and the Alps and a spectacular ending in France’s capital city.
It is now the third most watched sports event in the world after the FIFA World Cup and summer Olympic Games. Each year the race is broadcast over 188 countries attracting a worldwide television audience of 3.5 billion people and there are an astonishing 12 million spectators along the route in a typical year’s race!
Winner highlights: ? French cyclist Maurice Garin was the first gentleman to win the Tour de France back in 1903. Bernard Hinault has won the most races, first in 1978 then again in 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1985! Bradley Wiggins was the first British rider to win the Tour de France in 2012 followed by a second British winner, Chris Froome, in 2013.
This year the 103rd Tour de France will visit three neighbouring countries: Spain, Andorra and Switzerland and cyclists will pass through well-known ski and summer holiday resorts. The infamous Mont Blanc will offer a stunning backdrop to final mountain stages in Megève, Saint-Gervais-Mont Blanc and Morzine before the final showdown which is always on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
If you would like to plan a unique summer holiday and experience this iconic sporting event, we have a selection of stunning luxury summer chalets available to rent in both Megeve and Morzine!
?? Chalet Zibline, Megeve (sleeps 8) ??
Chalet Zibline is located in a quiet area of Megeve, but still only a short walk into the town centre. Set on the edge of rolling meadows, it benefits from stunning views onto Chemin du Calvaire leading to Mont d’Arbois and there is a quaint chapel at the top of the hill which can be admired from the sunny terrace. It really does reflect a scene from a fairy tale and with the sound of cow bells chiming lazily outside, guests staying in Zibline will easily be enticed into staying for their entire summer holiday!
Available w/c 16th – 23rd July at €9,900 EUR for exclusive use on a self-catered basis.
?? Chalet Tanniere, Megeve (sleeps 10) ??
The position of Chalet Tanniere could not be better if you want to be in the heart of the Tour de France buzz! Right in the centre of Megeve town but still in a quiet cul de sac, Tanniere has a beautiful garden that extends down to a small mountain stream. There is an outdoor heated pool with jet stream and jacuzzi, plus some of the five en-suite bedrooms open directly onto the garden.
Available w/c 17th – 24th July at €7,760 EUR on a self-catered basis.
?? Chalet De Glisse, Megeve (sleeps 10-12) ??
Chalet De Glisse is a light and elegantly furnished family-friendly chalet situated only five minutes drive from the centre of Megeve. There is a home cinema, massage room with two tables, a sauna and steam room as well as an outdoor Jacuzzi. There is also a large outside terrace, perfect for soaking up the sun and admiring the stunning surrounding mountains.
Available w/c 17th – 24th July at €9,700 EUR on a self-catered basis.
?? White Valley Lodge, Morzine (sleeps 10-12) ??
Located at an elevated position overlooking the stunning Vallee de La Manche, White Valley Lodge guests can enjoy beautiful views over mountain pastures and lush green forests in tranquility. Although on the outskirts of the village, it is an easy walk into the centre of Morzine and bustling mountain life. Facilities include a private outside jacuzzi and wrap around balcony, ideal for lazy summer afternoons!
Available at a price of £200 per room per night for the Tour de France weekend on a bed & breakfast basis. Guests looking to stay either side can extend at a cost of £125 and there is also a fully catered option available, please enquire for more information.
?? Chalet M, Morzine (sleeps 10-14) ??
Less than a kilometre from the town centre and sitting high on the sunny side of Morzine, Chalet M boasts one of the most enviable locations in resort. The outdoor jacuzzi is positioned on the edge of a large south-facing terrace and provides guests with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains plus an ideal spot for sunbathing! Other facilities include a sauna with drench shower, a cinema and games room for children and a massage room which can booked with in-chalet massage therapists.
Tour de France week offered at €7,900 EUR on a self-catered basis. Includes a luxury welcome Hamper, Concierge Service, Daily Housekeeping and a daily bread and croissant delivery.
?? Chalet Twenty26, Morzine (sleeps 12-14) ??
Twenty26 is a unique chalet with a modern boutique twist on traditional alpine style with facilities including a divine spa area as shown above, with views up and down the Valley de la Manche. This season celebrates the addition of a 6 metre outdoor swimming pool with counter current.
During the summer Chalet Twenty26 operates as a Boutique Spa Hotel with guests able to book individual rooms or reserve the entire property for exclusive use. There is a delicious restaurant open for lunch and dinner reservations where guests may choose to dine in the main dining room or on one of the balconies or terraces.
Tour de France week Classic Room: €185 / Luxury Room: €205 / Junior Suite: €229
Prices are per night based on two people sharing on a Bed and Breakfast basis. Please note there is a 2 night minimum stay required.
We have a great selection of luxury chalets on offer in both resorts and also neighbouring in mountain resorts of Chamonix and Les Gets. Please just contact the Ski In Luxury team for more information on +44(0)1202 203650 or email us.