2018 TDF ALPS
from annecy to l'alpe d'Huez!
Make your plans today to join us in the legendary French Alps for an unforgettable week at the 2018 TDF as you cheer on the Yellow Jersey while cycling some of the greatest roads on the planet! Your vacation will begin in our favorite French town, Annecy, where you'll be in the heart of the Tour's atmosphere. Along the way, you'll feel the presence of all the Tour greats like Anquetil, Coppi, Merckx, Hinault and Lemond as you ride the same roads where history has been made for decades. In addition, you'll experience all the craziness of the Race Caravan, the pageantry of the morning Sign-In, and the sheer passion of the Tour when it hits the switchbacks of L'Alpe d'Huez!
Along the way, you'll be guided by an international bi-lingual staff that has decades of experience and who know how to navigate around the Tour. In addition, you can look forward to relaxing in our luxury and deluxe hotels where you can savor the day's adventure in style while refueling with the region's Savoyard cuisine and award-winning wines from the nearby Rhone Valley. Join us this July for our 22nd year on the mythical roads of the Alps and, in the process, create a new legend to call your own!
Dates: July 15 - 20, 2018
Length: 6 days / 5 nights
Price: $5,599.00 pp in double occupancy / $1299 Single Supplement
Point of Arrival: Lyon Airport
Point of Departure: Grenoble Train Station, Grenoble, France
WOW Factor: Round-trip helicopter flights for non-riders for L'Alpe d'Huez stage!
July 15 - Welcome to France!
Following your arrival into Lyon Regional Airport, we will transfer you to our four-star palace hotel in Annecy, the "Venice of the North!" Following check-in for the night two nights, assemble your bike with the assistance of our professional mechanics before our "Welcome Meeting and Dinner" this evening!
July 16 - Lake Annecy Tour and Col de Leschaux / Rest Day for the Pros
This morning following breakfast, we'll enjoy a beautiful tour around Lac Annecy, the purest lake in Europe, before climbing the Col de Leschaux, one of our all-time favorites, with the option to continue to the Cret de Chatillon. After lunch, explore town and get photos of the pros, team cars and buses since today is a Rest Day for the peloton. This evening, explore the brasseries of Annecy for dinner on your own.
July 17 - TDF Stage 10 Start / Col de Chaussy and the Col de Glandon
Grab your Sharpie and get a front-row seat to the Sign-In for today's Stage 10 Start since it occurs at the end of the driveway of our hotel! After the peloton leaves Annecy, you'll ride the serpentine switchbacks of the Col de Chaussy before tackling the "beyond category" Col de Glandon. Reward yourself with the swift descent before a final transfer to our deluxe hotel in Les Deux Alpes. Following check-in for the next three nights, we'll enjoy a group dinner at the hotel.
July 18 - Le Berarde Loop.
Without question, this is our favorite ride in the region! Begin with a relaxing warm-up on rolling roads before climbing into some of the best scenery of the entire trip as we ride through the back country of the Alps on little-known roads that take us into the Ecrins National Park and the little village of La Berarde. Following lunch in town, ride back to Les Deux Alpes before relaxing with a dip in the pool or watch all of the excitement of Stage 12 on TV. This evening, enjoy exploring the local restaurants of Les Deux Alpes for dinner on our own. We know the best places to go!
July 19 - L'Alpe d'Huez and TDF Stage 12!
Welcome to "the Super Bowl of Cycling!" There is nothing quite like riding up L'Alpe d'Huez on the same day as the Tour! Following breakfast, we'll descend to the valley road before riding up the most famous 21 switchbacks in cycling! Today will be one of the greatest days in your life on the bike! For our non-riding guests, they will be flown over from Les Deux Alpes to L'Alpe d'Huez via helicopter! Following lunch in town, get ready to cheer on the Yellow Jersey and your other favorites from our viewing suite as they race up through a cheering gauntlet of fans! This evening, we'll celebrate your accomplishment and the Yellow Jersey with our group dinner!
July 20 - TDF Stage 13 Start / Transfer to Grenoble Train Station
This morning, enjoy your final breakfast in the Alps before a transfer to Bourg d'Oisans, the village at the base of L'Alpe d'Huez, where you'll experience the tradition and pageantry of the "Sign In" for today's Stage 14. Be sure to bring your pen for autographs! After the departure of the Tour, we'll transfer you to the Grenoble Train Station or stay in the region for a few extra days and continue your vacation!
- Five nights in our selected deluxe and luxury hotels in the Alps.
- All breakfasts.
- Three group dinners.
- Live viewing of three TDF stages (Stages 10,12,13).
- Transfers from Lyon Regional Airport.
- Transfer to Grenoble Train Station.
- International, bi-lingual professional staff with over 20 years of experience.
- WOW!! Helicopter Transfer for non-riding guests for L'Alpe d'Huez stage!
- Professional mechanics to assist you with setting up your bike and helping with daily maintenance.
- Guided rides as set out in the itinerary.
- Daily cultural excursions for our non-riding guests.
- Pre-Tour Info Packet.