Alpe d'huez to Briancon

Even better than our 4 night program, this tour offers a few changes of hotels and takes you even further into the region to ride more mountain passes and see more of this beautiful region. You will put your climbing legs to the test on the famous mountains passes (cols) of Croix de Fer, the backside of the Galibier, the Izoard, and of course, the monstrous Alpe d'Huez. If you are an experienced and passionate rider looking for the ultimate challenge, then come experience the cols where cycling legends made their marks.

Upon your arrival in the village of Alpe d'Huez you will get a detailed briefing about the cycling possibilities in the area, the best routes, and organizational tips to get the most out of this great cycling holiday. After your rides, you can relax in comfortable mountain hotels and enjoy hardy alpine dinners to fuel you for your next mountain challenge.

Price from : 1350 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Alpes
Duration : 6 Days / 5 Nights
Level : Pro
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :   Arrival Day

Travel from Grenoble to a 3 star resort in the town of Alpe d'Huez where you will receive your road book and your rental bike. This afternoon you will receive an orientation over the telephone with one of our team members. Dinner included.

Day 2 :   Alpe d'Huez Day

Option 1 : 30 Miles - 49 Km  Option 2 : 43 Miles - 69 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 1752 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 2144 Meters 

Alpe d'Huez is a vertical climb of 1.120m (3.733 feet), 14 km (8.75 miles) long, gradients between 7.7 and 12% and its 21 switchbacks are famous for cracking or elevating cycling legends in the history of the Tour de France. The ride is 49km but you have the option to climb les deux alpes as well. Total distance would be 69km (37mi). Total ascent of 2144m.

Day 3 :   Alpe d'Huez to St Jean-de-Maurienne

Distance 1 : 48 Miles - 77 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 1922 Meters 

A though ride day from L'Alpe d'Huez to St Jean-de-Maurienne. On this day, you will ride approximately half the route of the famous and grueling Marmotte race with lots of climbing and long steep descents. Before reaching St Jean-de-Maurienne, you will pass by the Col de Sarenne and the Col de la Croix de Fer, first introduced to the Tour de France in 1947. Total ascent of 2800m.

Day 4 :   Col du Telegraph, du Lautaret & Galibier

Distance 1 : 52 Miles - 84 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 2319 Meters 

Another challenging day with 3 cols waiting for you: the Col du Telegraph, Col du Lautaret, and then the famous Col du Galibier. You will end this ride with a long descent all the way to Briancon where you will spend the night. Total ascent of 2800m.

Day 5 :   Col d'Izoard

Option 1 : 25 Miles - 40 Km  Option 2 : 53 Miles - 85 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 1216 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 1917 Meters 

We left one of the most difficult mountain passes for the end, the Col d'Izoard. The Izoard is a long climb from Briancon, but worth the arduous effort. There is an option to go to the town of Sestrieres in Italy and back if you still have enough fuel on your legs. Total ascent = 1495m.

Day 6 :   Departure Day

Departure after breakfast. Transfer by bus on your own from Briancon to Grenoble's TGV station is available.

Average / Day :
Distance : 67.33 Km / 41.83 Miles - Elevation gain : 1878.33 Meters

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Day : 1, 2

A 360° view of the village and the mountain. A lively environment where every moment is precious! With its spacious interior and intimate atmosphere, this Alpe d'Huez hotel combines a refined environment with innovative touches to bring you the best accommodation available. The premises were designed to ensure that all the guests can enjoy their perfect atmosphere.


Day : 3

Experience living... in a mellow Savoie home. On the route to the great Alpine mountain passes and Italy, in the heart of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and just steps away from the Cathedral and the Opinel museum... the timeless charm and warm comfort of a former coach house.The 19 renovated and elegantly decorated rooms boast generous spaces and modern amenities: cable TV, direct-dial phone, modem jack, WiFi. Delectable buffet breakfast to start your day off right.


Day : 4, 5

The Bacchu Ber only situated at 500 meters from the Briançon railway station, in the village of Pont-de-Cervières which has conserved all its authenticity, Maria & Georges will be delighted to welcome you to their guest house. The house, having three floors, located in the center of the village was built in the early 18th century and has been restored in the respect of tradition and has kept its charm as evidenced by the magnificent facade. You can relax in a spacious vaulted sitting room around the fireplace, and enjoy a traditional evening meal with a view of the garden. There are five large bedrooms dispatched on the different floors each containing a bed of 160*200, flat screen TV, a bathroom and a separate WC. You will find a family suite on the top floor for 4 with two single beds and a separate double room with a Spa bath.

Bikes available for your tour

Accessories


Hybrid & Electric Assisted Bike rental : Your bike comes with 2 bags (1 rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.
  • Rear pannier containing : Helmet / Lock / Pump / 2 Spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
Road bike :
  • Saddle bag containing : Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit / 2 Spare tubes / 1 Hand pump + Rear pannier
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
  • 2 souvenir water bottles

Roadbooks


Our road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions step by step (Cue-sheet). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.

GPS


GPS are included on all tours Since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
Rates vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.
Contact our sales team for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Included

  • 5 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 1 dinners included
  • Orientation by telephone
  • Road bike rental included
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.

Price from & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Standard 1350 € 130 € 1800 €

This tour is available at any day from the 1st of June to the 15th of September.

*Please contact us for triple room rates

Options per person :
Road Bike Rental
    Standard Included
    Performance 55 €
    Premium 130 €
Tandem Bike Rental 30 €


TGV trains are available from Paris (Gare de Lyon) to Grenoble. From Grenoble a regular bus service is available for a very low cost, or we can arrange a private transfer based on your arrival at the Grenoble train station.