Tour de France Interest Gathers Momentum as Travelers Gobble Up Vacation Deals

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The wide open field at the 2006 Tour de France has many enthusiasts more excited than ever, a year after the sport’s biggest figure, Lance Armstrong retired. Vacationers looking to enjoy the event are gobbling up France vacation packages.

The 2006 Tour de France is a wide open race for the first time since Lance Armstrong’s first victory eight years ago. The competitive field and the race to replace Lance has enthusiasts rushing to find France travel deals for this year’s event.

“I am so excited about this years Tour,” Brian Barlow, 37, Pasadena, CA, explains. “It is going to be an awesome Tour and there are so many different guys who can win it, I plan to go to at least three of the stages,” Barlow explains.

Barlow, like many fans has been searching for France vacation packages that correspond with the dates of the Tour de France (July 1st – 23rd). “I found a great deal from Virgin Vacations that includes my plane ticket and a 7 day car rental so I can go to any of the stages I want,” Barlow beams.

Barlow, referring to Virgin Vacations’ popular France travel package called France Fly & Drive will be flying into Paris then traveling around the country in a Hertz car rental for 7 days.

“We love that our customers can enjoy this amazing event. The Tour de France is an opportunity to see the world’s best cyclists while also enjoying all the beautiful and distinct regions of France,” Jeanne DeSmedt, President, Virgin Vacations explains.

France vacation packages are historically among the most popular with vacationers. France vacation deals like Virgin Vacations’ France travel package including a car rental are sure to have travelers racing to this years Tour de France.

Virgin Vacations

Virgin Vacations offers a varied product line, which includes “Exclusively Virgin” vacations to the UK and Europe featuring round-trip air on their award-winning carrier, Virgin Atlantic Airways. Their recently expanded travel menu now includes Europe, Asia, South Africa, the South Pacific, and Central and South America. This additional expansion offers travelers the opportunity to choose complete vacation packages or the option to create their own personalized holiday.

Booking inquiries

Check out all of the online specials and details, and book your next Virgin Vacation at, or through our reservation center by calling 1-888-YES-VIRGIN (1-888-937-8474).



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