Sports Tours International secures vacations ringside
Every summer the world’s cycling elite jostle for positions in the three top European professional cycling events of the calendar. The final race, 2018 Vuelta a España, is scheduled Aug. 25-Sept. 16.
The 73rd edition of this race in Spain, like Italy’s Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, is a three-week nail biter during which cyclists devour diverse landscapes in time frames called stages. Each stage performs like a mini start and finish, with drama and ceremonial flourishes that provide fans up-close opportunities to witness and cheer on their favorite cyclists.
Thanks to Sports Tours International, a UK-based, officially sanctioned tour operator for this event, fans of cycling can vacation in Spain while the Vuelta is in progress. This company makes all of the arrangements for race packages that combine among others:
- ringside views of thrills and probable spills at one or more of the stages
- opportunities to cycle the same routes as the pros and to share in VIP and celebratory events related to the races, including riding the last section of a course a few hours before the peloton, crossing the finish line in front of cheering fans and then standing on the winner’s podium for photo opps
- accommodations accessible to various stages of the races
- transportation to and from the stages
“These cycling events never lack drama, and it’s a sure bet that the final hours of this endurance contest can pump up spectator adrenalin,” said Ross Litherland, Sports Tours International spokesperson. “With Sports Tours International’s experienced staff on hand to guide our guests every step or pedal-stroke along the way, visiting spectators are at ease to enjoy the very best of what the 2018 Vuelta has to offer.”
Following are examples of race packages that Sports Tours International offers in Spain for the 2018 Vuelta:
Aug. 24-30, 2018 Vuelta a España – Málaga and Granada. Over this long weekend guests see and ride the first five stages that include the first mountain top finish on stage 4 with a new Vuelta climb, La Alfaguara.
- Stage 1 – Saturday 25 August, 2018 – Málaga – Málaga 8 km ITT
- Stage 2 – Sunday 26 August – Marbella – Caminito del Rey – uphill finish
- Stage 3 – Monday 27 August, 2018 – Mijas – Alhaurín de la Torre – mid-mountain stage
- Stage 4 – Tuesday 28 August – Vélez Málaga – Sierra de la Alfaguara – mountain finish
- Stage 5 – Wednesday 29 August – Granada – Roquetas del Mar mid-mountain stage
The per person double rate is £975 (£325 single supplement) which includes three exclusive VIP hospitality experiences: the cross-the-finish line experience on stage 3, VIP start Village on Stage 5 and VIP finish hospitality on Stage 1; accommodation and hotel taxes for 4 nights at Hotel Barcelo in Malaga city center and for 2 nights in Granada at the Melia Granada; 2 dinners; exclusive “la Vuelta” gift and Sports Tours International jersey made by Santini; airport transfers, transport to and from the stages and bike and luggage transport; detailed day by day itinerary with maps and all event information; daily guided bike rides and stage access for spectators by vehicle and support vehicle and services of our experienced drivers and bike guides. Guests have the option to rent Orbea bikes. For details see https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/2018-vuelta-a-espana-malaga-and-granada/.
Sept. 6-16, 2018 Vuelta a España – Asturias to Andorra. This 11-day vacation package focuses on the stages that will decide the General Classification. Spend three days in the Asturias region with stages peppered with climbs and mountain top finishes before having a rest day. After an individual time trial and visiting the Basque country, there is more climbing with a high altitude visit to the principality of Andorra before the traditional finish in Madrid. The per person double rate is £1425 (£550 single supplement). Hotels in the best locations of Gijon, Bilbao, and Andorra are included, as are daily breakfasts and seven dinners, together with daily guided rides, transport to the stages and the services of bike guides and drivers. There is the option to add bike rental as well as an extra night in Madrid to watch the finish. Exclusive VIP access is included on various stages to make this tour extra special. For details see https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/2018-vuelta-a-espana-the-final-11-days/.
For an overview of Sports Tours International’s commitment to this event, please see https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/sports-tours-international-launch-2018-vuelta-espana-tours/.
“We are the only international tour operator who has official partnerships with the three Cycling Grand Tours and the five Monuments of Cycling. We provide an unrivaled offering of travel options to provide sports fans as well as the travelling amateur cyclist access to a whole host of amazing events throughout the year,” said Sports Tours International’s Head of Product and Operations Alex de Waard (https://www.sportstoursinternational.com).
Sports Tours International suggests booking event-viewing packages early to guarantee being in the heart of the action. For more information, available packages, space availability and reservations please visit online: www.sportstoursinternational.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call: (+44) 161 703 8161.
Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Fanatical about Sport, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling events and triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality.