2018 TDF ALPS TO PROVENCE
l'ALPE D'hUEZ TO MONT VENTOUX!
Get ready to live an unforgettable week of cycling and adventure at the 2018 Tour de France as you experience the very best of the French Alps and Provence on one amazing trip! From the very beginning of your adventure, you will be in the center of all the action of "Le Tour" as you feel the presence of past cycling champions like Coppi, Anquetil, Merckx, Hinault, and Lemond as you ride up such famed climbs as the Col de Lautaret and the Col de Galibier before experiencing the "Super Bowl of Cycling" on L'Alpe d'Huez! In addition, you'll be there for all the pageantry and tradition on the Sign-In for Stage 13 in Bourg d'Oisans before transferring to the sunny vineyards, lavender fields, and olive groves of Provence where you'll ride the best routes of the region including Mont Ventoux!
Along the way, you can look forward to being taken care of by an international bi-lingual staff with over 20 years of experience who will help you live your dream of living the Tour de France. In addition, you can look forward to relaxing in our deluxe and luxury accommodations where you'll be able to savor each day's adventure while refueling on the region's finest cuisine and award-winning wines. So make your plans today for a truly memorable cycling vacation where you'll feel like a "Giant of the Road" while riding the legendary roads in two of France's most colorful regions, the Alps and Provence!
Dates: July 16 - July 22, 2018
Length: 7 days / 6 nights
Price: $5,599.00 pp in double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,100.00
Point of Arrival: Lyon Airport
Point of Departure: Avignon TGV Station, Avignon, France
WOW Factor: Includes helicopter flights for non-riders for L'Alpe d'Huez stage!
July 16 - Welcome to France!
Following your arrival into Lyon Regional Airport, we will transfer you to the charming village of Les Deux Alpes. Following check-in for the night four nights into our deluxe hotel, assemble your bike with the assistance of our professional mechanics before our "Welcome Meeting and Dinner" this evening!
July 17 - Col de Lautaret / Col de Galibier.
Enjoy breakfast and a cappuccino overlooking the spectacular peaks of the Alps before beginning your day with a fun descent to the valley below where you'll begin riding up the breathtaking Col de Lautaret with the option to tackle the "beyond category," Col de Galibier! After lunch atop the Lautaret, reward yourself with a fast descent before climbing back to our hotel in Les Deux Alpes or get a friendly shuttle in the van. This evening, have fun exploring the brasseries and restaurants of Les Deux Alpes for dinner on your own.
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, we'll refuel for tomorrow's ride up L'Alpe d'Huez with a group dinner.
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 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 / Welcome to Provence!
This morning, you'll experience the tradition and pageantry of the "Sign In" for today's stage in Bourg d'Oisans. Be sure to bring your pen for autographs! After the departure of the Tour, we'll leave the race behind for the sunny vineyards, olive groves, and lavender fields of Provence! Following our arrival at the four-star Chateau de Mazan, where we'll check-in for two nights, we'll ride through the surrounding countryside that feature some of the most beautiful villages in France such as Venasque, Sault, and Mormoiron. This evening, we'll explore the local restaurants of Mazan for dinner on our own.
July 21 - Mont Ventoux / Gorges de Nesque.
Begin your day with a full breakfast "Provencale" before challenging yourself on the legendary ascent of the "Giant of Provence," Mont Ventoux, or choose to ride the rolling roads of the Gorges de Nesque! This evening, we'll conclude your TDF adventure with a festive "Farewell Dinner" at the Chateau! Au chapeau!
July 22 - Transfer Day.
Savor the views over breakfast before being transferred either to the Geneva Intl Airport for your return flight home or to the nearby Annecy Train Station with the memories and satisfaction of having lived the dream of riding an entire mountain stage of the Tour de France!
- Six nights in our selected deluxe and luxury hotels in the Alps and in Provence.
- All breakfasts.
- Four group dinners.
- Live viewing of two TDF stages (Stages 12,13).
- Transfers from Lyon Regional Airport.
- Transfers to Avignon TGV 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.