2018 ETAPE DU TOUR
AN ODYSSEY in THE ALPS!
Of all the recent versions of the Etape du Tour, the 2018 version features a lot of our favorites! To begin, it's a cycling odyssey through the French Alps with a downhill finish. Secondly, it's based in our favorite town in France, Annecy, the "Venice of the North!" Third, we have secured rooms at our favorite hotel in France, the four-star Imperial Palace (where we have been bringing guests since 2000)with it's unforgettable views of Lac Annecy and the surrounding peaks. Finally, the 101-mile stage features some gravel riding on the 11% grades of the Plateau de Glieres! Thus, the stage has been set for you to experience a magical time in France as you attempt to ride a complete mountain stage of the Tour de France while experiencing some of its finest scenery, hospitality and cuisine!
Along with all of the world-class cycling and accommodations, our program features daily cultural day-trips for our non-cycling guests, two private rest stops on the route in addition to those provided by the organizers, and an experienced staff who have all completed the Etape and knows what it takes to get to the finish and earn that coveted medal! We have been hosting award-winning trips to the Etape du Tour since 2005 and we fully understand its demands both physically and mentally. So make your plans today to join us in gorgeous Annecy and experience what it takes to be a "Giant of the Road" at the Tour de France!
Dates: July 5-9, 2018
Length: 5 days / 4 nights
Price: $4,899.00 pp in double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,100.00
Point of Arrival: Geneva Intl Airport
Point of Departure: Geneva Intl Airport or Annecy Train Station
July 5 - Welcome to France!
Following your arrival into Geneva Intl Airport, we will transfer you to nearby Annecy (45 minute transfer) to our favorite hotel in France, the four-star Imperial Palace! The views here of the "lac" and the surrounding Alps is truly breathtaking! Following check-in for the next four nights, build up your bike with the assistance of our professional mechanics before our "Welcome Meeting and Dinner" this evening at the hotel!
July 6 - Lac Annecy Ride / Col de Leschaux Option.
Enjoy breakfast on the outdoor terrasse before loosening up with one of our all-time favorite rides, a tour around Lac Annecy! The views are truly magical and the terrain is rolling to flat. If you want to get some climbing in, then you have the option to ride up the gentle grades of the Col de Leschaux as much or as little as you like. This afternoon following lunch, we'll visit the Etape du Tour Expo Village where you will register and visit all of the event's sponsors. This is a great time to buy jerseys and souvenirs! This evening, explore the brasseries of the "Venice of the North" for dinner on your own.
July 7 - Chateau de Menthon-Saint Bernard Loop / Final Preparations.
Today's goal is to keep your legs loose, make sure your bike is working correctly, and then to rest up as much as possible. Our route this morning will feature a rolling loop featuring the Chateau de Menthon-Saint Bernard on the Col de Bluffy. Following a fun descent back into town, enjoy an afternoon dip in the lake, the purest in Europe, or watch the start of the 2018 Tour! This evening, we'll have a group dinner to go over the plan for tomorrow and to make sure everyone is ready to go!
July 8 - 2018 Etape du Tour!
Today is time to live your dream! Following the "Grand Depart," you'll experience what it is like to ride a complete mountain stage through some of the most beautiful countryside in the world! During the course of your odyssey, you'll be challenged by 5 climbs before the well-deserved descent to the finish in Le Grand Bornand. Along the way, we'll see you on the road at our two private rest stops where you will be able to refuel and see your loved ones. This evening, we'll have a festive "Farewell Dinner" to celebrate your accomplishment! Au chapeau!
July 9 - 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!
- Four nights in the four-star Imperial Palace Hotel in Annecy with rooms overlooking the lake!
- All breakfasts.
- All dinners with wine.
- All transfers to-and-from Geneva Intl Airport and to Annecy Train Station.
- International, bi-lingual professional staff with over 20 years of experience.
- Professional mechanics to assist you with setting up your bike and helping with daily maintenance.
- Professional guides to lead you on rides prior to the Etape.
- Daily cultural excursions for our non-riding guests.
- Two private feed zones on the day of the Etape du Tour (please bring your own goodies for refueling!)
- Velo Echappe' jersey
- Pre-Tour Info Packet.