The eyes of the cycling world will turn to the 2016 Tour de France throughout July, as defending champion Chris Froome bids to become the first man to win back-to-back Tours for more than a decade.
More than 10,000,000 spectators are expected at the roadside to watch the peloton race by, with one in five of last year’s fans coming from outside of France.
If you fancy joining the fun, and sampling the Tour’s unique atmosphere for yourself – with 170 vehicles in the publicity caravan before the peloton whizzes by, and no shortage of great vantage points to watch the action unfold – where should you be heading?
It’s not too late to book an organised package to take in the best the Tour de France has to offer. Sports Tours International have a number of last-minute packages available – from the Grand Depart to the finale in Paris – to take the hard work out of your trip.
Here are five of the best places to head this year.