An innovative French touring company, Discover France, for the first time this year is offering one-day, VIP access to festivities surrounding the famous bike race Tour de France from June 30 through July 22, 2012.

This is the first time in its 19-year existence that Discover France has offered a one-day program in conjunction with the race. For 225 euros a guest can access the VIP area in one of the many villages along the route or for 270 euros can board a bus on the finish line and join the festivities with a champagne toast. See:

Discover France Adventures is an Official Tour Operator to the Tour de France; as one of only a handful of sanctioned operators, its guests who are interested in an intimate encounter with the race and competitors will enjoy expert guide services, access to closed areas, vehicle signage and privileged parking access. The company offers a variety of multi-day cycling and non-cycling tours to choose from. See:

Discover France’s one-day VIP access is available at eight locations during the race: July 1, village festivities at Liege and Bus Izoard at Seraing finish; July 3,  village festivities at Orchies; July 5, Bus Izoard at St Quentin; July 6, village festivities at Epernay; July 11, village festivities at Macon; July 13, crossing the finish line in Annonay; July 14 (Bastille Day), village festivities at St Paul les Trois Chateaux in Provence; July 15, Bus Izoard in Foix; and July 20 (Tour de France D Day) village festivities in Brive la Gaillarde.

“We’re excited to be able to now offer anyone traveling in France during Tour de France a day of VIP behind-the-scenes access to the most awe-inspiring legs of the world’s most legendary bike race. It’s a great complement to any France vacation,” said Loren Siekman, Discover France director.

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