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Le Tour de France is the the world's largest bicycle race first held in 1903.  This annual event features 21 stages in 23 days and usually spans a distance of 2200 miles (3500 km).  The route changes every years, and traverses most of France and its neighboring countries.  Various stages cross alpine and flat open terrain to play to the advantage of different types of riders.

The Tour is a lot of fun to visit, as it features a day-long parade of automobiles (throwing out free goods, Mardi Gras style) which precede the actual cyclists. 

You can take your pick -- big city or alpine town -- as far as what kind of scenery you want for your post-race partying.  Be assured that each destination town on the Tour de France will be packed with cycling and party enthusiasts alike.  It is really one giant festival.

Alpine towns feature jaw-dropping scenery and small roads that allow you to get within an arms distance of the racers.  We recommend you position yourself on an incline, which will make it easier to see the slowly climbing cyclists as they pass by (on a downhill, all you will see is the blur of cyclists whizzing past). 

While it's easier to feel the influx of thousands of tourists in a small alpine town, big cities will have more distractions should you tire of the cycling crowd.  Either way, you are bound to have a good time visiting the Tour.

The final stage, on the Champs Elysees in Paris, is perhaps the most crowded stage

Crowds along the narrow roads along the Tour de France Motorcycle riders announce the coming cyclists
Tour de France cyclists climbing the Alps Tour de France cyclists riding through a French alpine town
T-Mobile rides during a Tour de France mountain stage Tour de France riders through Les Gets, France
Parade of cars preceding the cyclists Alpine Tour de France destination town of Les Gets, France
Crowds watch the peloton go by in the Tour de France Cyclists on the Champs Elysees final stage in Paris
Cyclists along the Champs Elysees in France Flag waving fans on the Champs Elysees in Paris
Final Paris stage of the Tour de France Cyclists on final stage of the Tour de France
Peloton cyclists in the final stage of the Tour de France Crowds of fans watching the Tour de France final stage in Paris
Parade of cars precede the peloton Lance Armstrong fan in Paris
US fan watching Lance Armstrong's record run in Paris USPS Cycling Team fans supporting Lance Armstrong in France
Vehicles throw out gifts to the crowd Crowds line the streets along the Tour de France route

 

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Take a stroll along Venice's world famous canals and view the magnificent works of art in the city's many art museums and historic cathedrals.

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Munich (München) is well known for its Oktoberfest festivities and for its delicious yeast-wheat beers (Hefeweizen).  But the capital of Bavaria has much to offer tourists not just in October, but all year round.

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