This summer sees some fantastic sporting events happening around the world, including the FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Tour de France, and a wide range of disciplines in the first ever European Championships that will take place in Glasgow and Berlin. So why not take the opportunity to combine the thrill of watching some live sporting action, with a chance to explore their destinations.
What: 2018 FIFA World Cup
When: 14 June – 15 July
The FIFA World Cup is possibly one of the most greatly anticipated sporting events, second only to the Olympics. This year, Russia takes the mantle with matches scheduled in numerous host cities across the country. Its complex past and vast geographical expanse make it a fascinating place to visit. From the imperial grandeur and art of St Petersburg, to the iconic political establishments and performing arts of Moscow, and the ancient history of Kazan – each city offers something different. Travelling between them by land will also give you a glimpse into some of Russia’s beautiful wilderness.
If you’re looking to travel to Russia during the World Cup, we recommend familiarising yourself with guidance and tips from the Travelling to Russia guide provided by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
What: Tour de France
When: 7 – 29 July
The best thing about going to see the Tour de France is choosing which part of the route most takes your fancy. This year’s Grand Depart follows the idyllic coastline of the Vendée region, often dowsed in sunshine during the month of July. The Tour also passes through the Alps and the Pyrenees. A particularly good place to stop is the town of Annecy with its rather stunning lake and alpine scenery, and makes for an ideal base to watch some of the mountain stages.
What: The Open Championship
Where: Carnoustie, Scotland
When: 19 – 22 July
The Open Championship is the oldest major championship in professional golf, and the only one to be held outside of the United States. This year it is being held at the Carnoustie Golf Links course in Angus, on the east coast of Scotland. The area itself is an idyllic mix of rolling hills and glens, white sandy beaches with plenty to see and do. The Angus Glens offer excellent walks with the chance to spot ospreys and eagles.
What: European Championships
Where: Glasgow & Berlin
When: 2 – 12 August
This August will welcome a new addition to the sporting calendar: the first ever multi-sport European Championships. A mix of athletics, aquatics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon will be split between the two hosting cities of Glasgow and Berlin.
As the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow has seen huge regeneration in recent years and has a lot to offer in the ways of history and culture. Berlin too, is a world away from its divided past and has become a hub of creativity and forward-thinking architecture.
What: Ryder Cup
Where: Paris, France
When: 25 – 30 September
Another big fixture for golf fans could take you on a trip to Paris for this year’s Ryder Cup. The tournament itself is being held at the rather impressive Albatros course at Le Golf National, which is in the town of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines – just south-west of Paris. It’s right on the doorstep of the scenic Haute Vallée de Chevreuse Natural Regional Park and less than an hour’s drive into the city centre, giving the best of both worlds with some top golfing in between.