La Vuelta 2020 GRAND DEPARTUTRECHT, HOLLAND - VIP RACE VIEWING PACKAGE
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
4 days / 3 nights, VIP Experience
4 star Hotel
2020 VUELTA A ESPAÑA – UTRECHT LONG WEEKEND
See The Gran Salida of the 2020 Vuelta a España in Utrecht, the Netherlands – La Vuelta Holanda
The 75th edition of the Vuelta a España will start outside of Spain, in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on Friday 14th August 2020, and it will be our 13th year running this amazing Tour of Spain.
Utrecht hosted the Grand Depart of the 2015 Tour de France and also a Giro d’Italia stage in 2010, so it will be the first and only city to have hosted all 3 Grand Tours, with 2 stages scheduled to take place there, one of them being the opening Team Time Trial. (A 3rd stage is nearby in Breda).
As official Tour Operators for the 2020 Vuelta a España we are offering an exclusive VIP package to see the Grand Depart (Gran Salida) in Holland. This is a sightseeing and race experience package (not a cycling tour), giving any race fan the chance to see La Vuelta live.
Be there for the first stages of the 2020 Vuelta a Espana with superb hospitality and VIP experiences in Utrecht.
The Grand Depart of La Vuelta a España – La Vuelta in Holland – your chance to see a Grand Tour in the Netherlands!
This is a hotel and VIP race package to enjoy the La Vuelta from your base in Utrecht.
Please enquire about the possibility of upgrading to follow the race by an official race car or helicopter!
The itinerary has the option to add on visiting the 3rd stage in Breda. Again please ask!
Day 1. Arrival in Utrecht (Utrecht)
Thursday, 13 August 2020
Arrive at the impressive Anthony Hotel, in the heart of Utrecht. This 4 star hotel is situated in a former monastery and centrally located for the race and the sights. Utrecht is an easy 30 minute train journey from Amersterdam (Schipool) International airport and the hotel is near to the train station.
Spend the afternoon enjoying the city of Utrecht and its historic centre. A beautiful city built around canals, waterways and old wharf buildings. Sample the café culture and be sure to visit the cathedral with its magnificent Dom tower for a fantastic view over the town.
The town will be alive with the cycling fans, press and pro team entourages all being located near the start where your hotel is located.
Day 2. Grand Depart Vuelta Stage 1 – VIP Time Trial (Utrecht)
Friday, 14 August 2020
La Vuelta 2020 kicks off today with an exciting Team Time Trial of 23.3 km.
You will have access to the VIP depart village where you can see the sign on of the arriving teams and their warm up area. Admire the newest bikes on show, and the futuristic looking time trial bikes.
To Explain – The Vuelta Depart Village is an added perk of our VIP hospitality package. Each day the teams must sign on to start the day in a presentation, but prior this, the riders are warming up, giving interviews, signing autographs and prepping their bikes. As well, a presentation area of local businesses and sponsors have stands where we can get nibbles, drinks, gifts and as well enjoy the friendly Vuelta family atmosphere.
Head to the start line and see the first team depart from the ramps. From here head to the VIP finish line and hospitality area where you will have the best views (beating the crowds) and a free bar and snacks. Enjoy the podium presentations and see the first leader of La Vuelta put on the coveted red jersey.
To Explain – the VIP Hospitality Area – This is an exclusive part of our La Vuelta tour packages, where you have access with personalized accreditation given on a lanyard at the start of the tour. Here, enjoy just metres from the Meta Finish line,a viewing zone to see the riders finishing the stage, and preview the entire race before hand via large plasma TVs. The place to be at La Vuelta! Also included is an open bar and tapas / local snacks for a real Spanish and Dutch experience.
Day 3. Vuelta Stage 2 – Hertogenbosch > Utrecht (Utrecht)
Saturday, 15 August 2020
After a buffet breakfast, take time to explore Utrecht before heading to the VIP zone at the finish line. Come early as we have planned for you a special insider’s tour of the behind the scenes workings of La Vuelta. Learn about the race, see the press area, doping control, and walk across the finish line. Then have your chance to have your photos taken standing on the winner’s podium!
Head back to the VIP zone and enjoy the race on the big screens until waiting for the riders to arrive across the finish line. Being a flat stage today we expect a fast and furious sprint finish. Enjoy the spectacle at the finish line before seeing the podium presentations. Utrecht will be packed, being a Saturday, with passionate Dutch cycling, adding a great atmosphere to this special day out.
Have an evening out in Utrecht to explore the thriving restaurant scene.
Day 4. Onward Journeys
Sunday 16 August 2020
After breakfast, it’s time to head out for onward journeys with memories of a great Vuelta weekend in Holland (transfers can be arranged to Amsterdam airport).
Or stay for an extra day and ask about seeing stage 3 as a VIP that begins and ends in nearby Breda – please ask!
Route: Based in Utrecht, the Netherlands
Type: Non cycling tour
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights – 2 Live Stage days, VIP entrances and Stage Village Departs
Specially chosen quality 4 star hotel – all bedrooms are en-suite
- Cycling Country is one of the very few official Tour Operators in the world designated to run this tour and we are proud to do so.
- VIP access to STAGE FINISHES and stage village DEPART. Including private race viewing area at finish line with complimentary drinks and tapas.
- We have access to the podium for your own photo, plus a behind the scenes tour. We enter areas that are off bounds to most and work with La Vuelta organisers ensuring your VIP experience is unique.
- Complimentary Cycling Country gifts, bags, luggage tags, Vuelta t-shirt and cycling caps
- Tour guide book of your route and Official Vuelta 2020 race book (a great souvenir)
This hotel in Utrecht is centrally located to all La Vuelta action. The bright, modern spacious interior is very comfortable and the rooms have pretty views.
The Anthony is actually a former monastery dating from 1908 that belonged to the St. Antonius church which is opposite it so your nights will be filled with tranquility.
“We returned to Andalucia for the 2018 La Vuelta having enjoyed the la Vuelta 2017 tour so much with Cycling Country.
We expected to repeat that enjoyment and we were not disappointed.
Great riding, great viewing, the best of hotels and food and an interesting and challenging group of cyclists.
Geoff and Maggi, our hosts, dedicated themselves 100% to our pleasure and comfort and were ably assisted by the two bike guides, Dean and Javi.
All participants have their own priorities. For some their own cycling, for others watching the professionals really close up and intimate.
For us it was a combination of those two, plus staying in such lovely hotels, you couldn’t find better, where we rubbed shoulders with the teams from Trek, Sky and Bahrain.
From the modern sophistication of our 4 star hotel in Malaga and the 5 star hotel in Granada to the stunning beauty of the Parador hotels in Ronda and Nerja.
The riding was hard and hot and, for the most part, great fun.
Anyone who says the last km of the 2540m Sierra Nevada climb is ‘fun’ doesn’t inhabit the same planet.
Nice climbs and even more spectacular descents, particularly the Puerto de Leon.
We look forward to next year’s tour with anticipation knowing that whatever the route, whatever the composition and size of the group, we will have fun.”
J & P. Sharman, London, UK – La Vuelta 2018
“La Vuelta’s epic climbs – a truly spectacular and special cycling week with Cycling Country. Even in a country blessed with great places to ride, Andalusia stands out as a truly spectacular region. La Vuelta offers climbs that legends are made of. It offers beauty, brutality, drama and this year a piece of cycling history with Contador’s Angliru ending I would like to thank Cycling Country (CC) for the enthusiasm and vision in creating an outstanding week, and for their impeccable support with logistics. I love the accessibility and closeness CC provides to La Vuelta. You are never too far away from the pros. Meeting a former road racing cyclist provided enormous insight in the running of La Vuelta. Having the group stay in the same hotels as the professional teams provided the opportunity to meet mechanics, support people and also the professionals. As an Italian supporting Vincenzo Nibali I was excited to know I was staying in the same hotel as the Bahrain-Merida team. Although following La Vuelta so closely I still managed to go out and enjoy the local custom. In Almeria I went really local by having a couple of drinks at Cafe Bar Nevada and dined at Cafe Puga. I think I was the only non-Spanish so you could not have found a more local place. I found similar places in Granada. Additionally the delightful place we stayed at in Zuheros was special – probably one of prettiest villages and scenery in Andalusia.The cycling was superb. Given that the whole area can become swamped by cyclists during the Vuelta I thought CC did a fantastic job to keep everyone on target. It is clear that this is a family run business with great knowledge of the area. The guides are all local and provide enormous support and valuable insight. A true pleasure to be able to spend time with them. Geoff and Maggie, the owners, should be immensely proud for how they contribute to La Vuelta and how they run CC. Their tours contribute towards establishing the Vuelta as one of the most dramatic tours. Hasta Luego!!!”
C. Salinardi, London, UK – La Vuelta 2017
“With Cycling Country we made our first cycling trip to Europe. Geoff, Dean, Javi and the rest of the crew made our rides and stay really happy. Balbino took care of my mom and showed her Spain while me and my brothers went riding, then we met at the finish line of La Vuelta stages. It was a terrific Trip and we will for sure do it again!!!”
D. Botero, Medalin, Columbia – La Vuelta 2017
“Awesome Vuelta a España tour, amazing VIP access, up close & personal with the riders! We recently did a Vuelta a Espana tour with Cycling Country, and had an amazing time. The tour was well-organized and thought out, with rider enjoyment in mind, both from the perspective of riding and spectating. The Spanish-based company clearly has a very close relationship with the race organizers, which is to the benefit of Cycling Country’s clients. The VIP access to starts and finishes, as well as the podium, were unbelievable. Because the race is smaller, it is also much more intimate, enabling access to the riders. The behind-the-scenes access and perspective was very interesting, as was the talk from a retired rider. This was our third time doing a trip with Cycling Country, and the reason we chose them for our Vuelta shadow tour. Previously we have done self-guided tours or fixed-stay trips, and have been very impressed and pleased with the company and the service it provides. Geoff and Maggi are wonderful people and it shows in their dealings with clients. We would definitely recommend Cycling Country for any of its tours, but especially the Vuelta a Espana tour!” A.Sauve & Tim, Coburg, Ontario – La Vuelta 2017
“The Vuelta tour was probably the best bike tour I have ever done. Ok the days were long, but your team gave us the best access I have ever had to a Grand Tour. The routes you designed to ride the best climbs and see the stage finishes were exceptional. Chapeau!” ” John, Ontario, Canada – La Vuelta 2016
“Let me write a few lines of thank you. I just can’t believe what a trip you gave us all! It was truly a cycling tour that I will never forget. Well done to all of the Cycling Country crew and thank you again for the good times. The Vuelta was the ride of my life.”
Steve, Sydney, Australia – La Vuelta 2015
“The Vuelta Tour 1 (Andalucia 2014) was memorable! The VIP access was exceptional, beyond my expectations. Cycling Country beautifully handled different levels of cycling abilities in the group in the smoothest way, the coordination among them was very professional and efficient, providing to the group an ongoing feeling of safety, support and fun. I will highly recommend them to all my friends and they honestly deserve to run such a successful business. Muchas Gracias for the extraordinary experience! “
Luisa, Colorado, USA – La Vuelta 2014
“Rob and I would like to take the opportunity to send you a big thank you for everything you organized for the tour. We had an amazing time. The ride routes where spectacular and the VIP access was fantastic. Dean and Javi were both lovely, very helpful and encouraging. We had the best time and keep reminiscing about the week wishing we were still in Andalusia. It definitely exceeded all our expectations and hopefully will see you at next years tour. Thank you again”
K. and R. Garland, Australia – La Vuelta 2014
Testimonials from previous cyclists are always available and we enjoy receiving the feedback after tours. It helps us improve our services and offer you an even better experience. Please feel free to contact us if you would like a reference to talk to. Others have also posted reviews on the independent travel website .
DATES & RATES
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Single supplement: €345
Price includes all local taxes. Please note we transact in Euros.
- Watch LIVE 2 race stages of La Vuelta a España 2020
- VIP Access to stage finishes (drinks, tapas, big screen tvs at finish) and depart village
- See the Team Time Trial
- Tour of the media, doping control and technical areas
- Your own podium photos
THE CC ADVANTAGE
VIP status for your special weekend
Fantastic and centrally located hotel accommodation
Local Spanish company with the best connections to La Vuelta!
“The Vuelta tour was probably the best bike tour I have ever done. Ok the days were long, but your team gave us the best access I have ever had to a Grand Tour. The routes you designed to ride the best climbs and see the stage finishes were exceptional. Chapeau!”John
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