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Highlights

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.

To see

Col de la Croix de Fer, Col d'Izoard

Gastronomy

Caillette, pogne, rissole, blue cheese of Briançon

Wine

Isère white wine, Isère rosé, Isère red wine

Testimonials

PROGRAM

J-1

Arrival in Alpe d'Huez


Travel from Grenoble to your hotel in the town of Alpe d'Huez where you will have your welcome meeting, bike delivery and program orientation conducted by phone by one of our knowledgeable local staff.


Accommodation : Grandes Rousses Hotel & Spa***** - Alpe d'Huez show
Included : Emergency support,concierge service,phone not provided,mobile guidance application,roadbook,travelbook,Orientation with a local guide,luggage transfer,bedroom and breakfast,dinner (no drinks)

J-2

From Alpe d'Huez LOOP to les 2 Alpes


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. Return to Alpe d'Huez.

Distances : 49 or 69 Km (30 or 40 mi).

Elevation : x or 2180 m.


Accommodation : Grandes Rousses Hotel & Spa***** - Alpe d'Huez show
Included : bedroom and breakfast

J-3

From Alpe d'Huez to St Jean-de-Maurienne


A though ride day from L'Alpe d'Huez to Saint 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 la Sarenne and the Col de Croix de Fer, first introduced to the Tour de France in 1947.

Distance : 83 Km (52 mi).

Elevation : 1909 m.


Accommodation : Hotel du Nord** - st Jean de Maurienne show
Included : luggage transfer,Itinerary (no cue sheets),bedroom and breakfast

J-4

From St Jean de Maurienne to Briancon via Col du Telegraph, du Lautaret & Galibier


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 Briançon where you will spend the night.

Distance : 85 Km (52 mi).

Elevation : 2319 m.


Accommodation : Hotel Auberge de la Paix*** - Briancon show
Included : luggage transfer,bedroom and breakfast

J-5

From Briancon LOOP to Col d'Izoard


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.

Distances : 40 or 85 Km (24 or 53 mi).

Elevation : 1216 or 1917 m.


Accommodation : Hotel Auberge de la Paix*** - Briancon show
Included : bedroom and breakfast

J-6

Departure from Briançon


Today is departure day, you can take your time getting started in the morning, have breakfast and depart at your leisure. Transfer on your own to Grenoble's TGV station by bus from Briançon. We can arrange a private transfer for an additional fee.


Included : breakfast

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES

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.

TGV trains are available from Grenoble to Paris (Gare de Lyon). From Alpe d'Huez 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.

BIKES


included

Road Bike - Standard

More info

Bike rental description :

The SCOTT ROAD BIKE ADDICT 30 Disc (Standard) (or equivalent)

With a new geometry that focuses more on endurance. The SCOTT ADDICT 30 Disc will become your preferred choice for long distance travel.

Available sizes : XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

Availability: This type of bike has limited availability, and is likely to move very quickly.

Included with your bike rental :

  • Front pannier containing:
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Patch kit
  • 2 spare tubes
  • 1 hand pump
  • Rear pannier
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • 2 souvenir water bottles
  • Pedals (flat or cages on request). You can bring your own pedals to clip in but remember to bring a pedal wrench to take them off at the end of the tour.

Note: "Please note that any bike change during the trip may incur an extra fee."


optional

Road Bike - Excellence

More info

Bike rental description :

PINARELLO Pinarello X3 - 105/Di2 (Excellence) (or equivalent)

Equipped with a Shimano 105 Di2 12 speed drivetrain and a brand new carbon frame, the Pinarello X3 is designed to go the distance thanks to its ability to filter vibrations and absorb the shocks present on your next

road.

Sizes available: XXS,XS,S, M, L, XL,XXL

Availability: This type of bike has limited availability, and is likely to move very quickly.



Included with your bike rental :

  • Front pannier containing:
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Patch kit
  • 2 spare tubes
  • 1 hand pump.
  • Helmet
  • 2 souvenir water bottles
  • Pedals (flat or cages on request). You can bring your own pedals to clip in but remember to bring a pedal wrench to take them off at the end of the tour.

Note: "’Please note that any bike change during the trip may incur an extra fee."


optional

Road Bike - Premium

More info

Bike rental description :

TREK Emonda SLR 7 (Premium) (or equivalent)

The all-new TREK Emonda SLR 7 is the lightest model of the American Brand. Equipped with the Shimano Ultegra Di2 transmission, the gear shift is faster and more precise.

Available sizes : XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL

Availability: This type of bike has limited availability, and is likely to move very quickly.

Included with your bike rental :



  • Front pannier containing:
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Patch kit
  • 2 spare tubes
  • 1 hand pump
  • Helmet
  • 2 souvenir water bottles
  • Pedals (flat or cages on request). You can bring your own pedals to clip in but remember to bring a pedal wrench to take them off at the end of the tour.

Note: "’Please note that any bike change during the trip may incur an extra fee."

Details

Included


ACCOMODATIONS

- 5 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath

MEALS

- Daily breakfast at each hotel
-1 dinners included

BIKES

- Road bike rental included

GEAR

- Complimentary Discover France Gear (including water bottle, drawstering bag)
- Guidance Application (phone not provided)

SUPPORT

- Orientation by telephone
- Detailed ROAD BOOK, including detailed maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
- Comprehensive trip literature
- Technical and emergency support available at all times
- Concierge service available to assist you for your requests during your trip (taxi transfer, restaurant, activities...)

TRANSFER

- All luggage transfers

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.
- Multirisk travel insurance

Other questions?

See our FAQs page for answers to common questions.

FAQ

Rates

Tour rates vary based on hotel availability and specific start date

PRICE FROM / PER PERSON
STANDARD HOTEL ACCOMODATION
Double occupancy *
1980 €
Single supplement **
205 €
Solo traveler ***
2565 €

* Please contact us for triple hotel rates. ** Traveling with a group. *** Traveling alone.

Upgrade your bike

From / Per person

Road Bike - Excellence
120€
Road Bike - Premium
175€

CANCELLATION INSURANCE

Cancellation insurance 6%

STANDARD HOTEL ACCOMODATION FROM

Grandes Rousses Hotel & Spa***** - Alpe d'Huez

Located near the center of Alpe d'Huez, at the foot of the ski slopes and ski lifts, the Grandes Rousses Hotel & Spa offers an indoor pool and a spa with sauna and jacuzzi. All rooms feature satellite TV and en suite facilities. Some have balconies overlooking the mountains and resort. During your stay, you can enjoy a bar, a wine bar and a restaurant serving land and sea cuisine. Every morning, you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet.
https://www.hotelgrandesrousses.com/fr/

Grandes Rousses Hotel & Spa***** - Alpe d'Huez

Located near the center of Alpe d'Huez, at the foot of the ski slopes and ski lifts, the Grandes Rousses Hotel & Spa offers an indoor pool and a spa with sauna and jacuzzi. All rooms feature satellite TV and en suite facilities. Some have balconies overlooking the mountains and resort. During your stay, you can enjoy a bar, a wine bar and a restaurant serving land and sea cuisine. Every morning, you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet.
https://www.hotelgrandesrousses.com/fr/

Hotel du Nord** - st Jean de Maurienne

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.
http://www.hoteldunord.net/

Hotel Auberge de la Paix*** - Briancon


https://www.hotel-aubergedelapaix.com/

Hotel Auberge de la Paix*** - Briancon


https://www.hotel-aubergedelapaix.com/