Join Barcelona fans at Camp Nou for a game against Real Madrid – you’ll feel connected to the city in a way you wouldn’t have thought possible.
The same can be said of any top-flight sports event, from the Ryder Cup to Rugby’s Six Nations. To see the hallowed turf – where records are broken and reputations made – is to be part of the game itself.
And when joining the action at a smaller event – Siena’s venerable Palio for example, or the Prix de l’arc de Triomphe in Paris – you will get to know locals in a way that many other travellers don’t.
On our exclusive sport holidays, our expert guides will be your introduction. Whether providing tickets or explaining a local custom, they are your passport to seeing a game played well or a race fairly won. In short, you’ll be among the tifosi: part of the action, not just an observer.
Taking an organised tour means you enjoy the glory of the game and none of the admin
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Plan your season in advance, and you can pick and choose some of the world’s greatest sporting spectacles.
Celebrate spring with the arrival of the cycling season: the one-day classics such as Milan-St Remo give way to the three-week tours such as the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.
Golf’s Masters fills the gap before summer and the Grand Slams of the tennis circuit; on clay or grass, Roland Garros and Wimbledon compete for prestige.
The Monaco Grand Prix in May is the pearl of the F1 calendar but speed is not everything: horse racing provides some of the greatest thrills and enduring tradition.
Securing tickets is the common challenge with any sport, not least rugby and football internationals. Taking an organised tour means you enjoy the glory of the game and none of the admin. Best of all, it ties the event to its host city and allows a privileged glimpse of what makes the locals tick. For either side, that’s a win.