Everything you need to know about the 2018 Ryder Cup in France
This year, France will be the second country in Continental Europe to host the prestigious Ryder Cup. This provides an excellent and unique opportunity for golf lovers to witness the ultimate golfing tournament and also to explore some of France’s most beautiful regions.
The Ryder cup will take place from the 25-30 September of 2018 at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, a suburb of Paris. The convenient location of the tournament means that visitors are ideally placed not only to explore Paris but also to take France’s TGV (high-speed train) from the capital to other parts of the country. From Paris, travellers are able to easily access Bordeaux, the Dordogne, Normandy and even the French Riviera.
The TGV travelling through the French countryside
You might want to stick to Paris, and we don’t blame you. There is plenty to see and do in France’s romantic capital. Admire some of the most famous artwork in the world at the Louvre before indulging in a bit of shopping along the Champs d’Elysées or strolling through the Jardin de Tuileries in the city centre.
But, there is a whole lot more to France than just the bustling city of Paris. A couple of days in the capital are more than enough to see the best of what the city has to offer. After that, we recommend you head to the countryside to experience a completely different side of the country.
The Champs-Elysées in Paris
Those travellers who like to take complete control might want to opt for one of our self-drive tours. We will work with you to carefully concoct a bespoke itinerary based on your preferences. You will then be able to use this to independently explore whichever regions have taken your fancy.
The benefit of doing a self-drive tour is that it offers you complete freedom to explore the country in exactly the way you want. You may stop as often or as little as you like and discover secret gems off the beaten path at your leisure.
If you are planning on travelling before the Ryder Cup, early to mid-September is the perfect time to enjoy the final vestiges of good weather. Take advantage of the remaining sunshine by filling your days with France’s finest nature spots. From the stunning, rugged cliffs of the Gorges du Verdon, surrounded by the Alps, to the pristine beaches found along the Côte d’Azur, there’s no shortage of natural beauty in France.
The beautiful Gorges du Verdon
Don’t have time to travel before the tournament starts but might have a bit of free time when it ends? The beginning of October is just as good for travelling around France but we recommend you head down to the South where the weather is still mild. Explore the quaint villages in the Basque region or visit the vineyards of Bordeaux as you drive through magnificent landscapes that will take your breath away.
For more information on how to organise either a self-drive or guided tour through France, don’t hesitate to contact us for information and let us help you make your dream of exploring France a reality.