Alps & Mont Ventoux

This cycling tour let you experience the most legendary climbs of the Tour de France: conquer the Col de la Croix de Fer, cycle to the top of Alpe d’Huez, climb the Col du Galibier and finish up by riding the world famous Mont Ventoux!
Along the way you will enjoy the beauty of the spectacular French Alps, as well as exploring the charming Provencal villages.
If you are an experienced and passionate cyclist looking for the ultimate challenge, then this French Alps & Mont Ventoux cycling vacation is definitely for you!

Price from : 1990 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Alpes
Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Level : Pro
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :  

ARRIVE IN FRENEY D’OISANS

Travel by bus or private transfer from Grenoble to the hotel in Freney d'Oisans where the welcome meeting, orientation and bike setup will take place. Stay in a charming hotel in Freney d'Oisans.

Day 2 :  

Loop ride to Col du Glandon et Croix de Fer

Distance 1 : 69 Miles - 111 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 3426 Meters 

The first climbs of the tour : Le Glandon and La Croix-de-Fer. It's a very long and irregular col. When you reach the crossroad with the Glandon, you can make a small detour of 1,5 km to reach the top of the Croix the Fer and to enjoy the view. This pass has been included in the Tour de France 14 times, the first time in 1947, and most recently in 2006.

Day 3 :  

Loop ride to Alpe d’Huez

Option 1 : 30 Miles - 49 Km  Option 2 : 43 Miles - 69 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 1752 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 2372 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 distancee would be 69km (37mi). Stay in the same hotel in Freney d'Oisans from the previous day.

Day 4 :  

Loop ride to Col du Galibier or Col de la Berarde

Option 1 : 46 Miles - 74 Km  Option 2 : 42 Miles - 67 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 2206 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 2083 Meters 

Option 1: Two tough by rewarding climbs in the Alps: the Col du Lautaret and the Col du Galibier.You will climb the Col du Lautaret (40kms - 25 miles) from the village of Le Bourg d'Oisans, with a vertical climb of 1.400m (4.666 feet) and an average gradient of 3.8 % (max 9%). And if that was not enough, you will then tackle the climb to the Galibier ( 8.5 km -5.3 miles) with a vertical climb of 585m (1.950 feet) and an average gradient of 6.9 % (12% max).

Option 2: Ride today to the nice Vénéon Valley, a charming valley and then to the Col de la Berarde.

Day 5 :  

Leave the french Alps for Bedoin

Departure from the Alps after breakfast with a 10am transfer to the village of Bedoin at the foot of Mont Ventoux. Allow 4 hours travel time. In Bedoin, you have free time to explore the village or relax for the rides ahead.

Day 6 :  

Loop ride to Mont Ventoux

Option 1 : 44 Miles - 71 Km  Option 2 : 47 Miles - 76 Km  Option 3 : 55 Miles - 89 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 990 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 1515 Meters  Elevation gain 3 : 1985 Meters 

Conquer Mont Ventoux. This itinerary begins with a warm-up ride between the vineyards of Bédoin, followed by the challenging climb and descent of Mont Ventoux. Climbing the Mon Ventoux is an experience that will stay with you for a long time. Stay in the same hotel in Bedoin from the previous day.

Day 7 :  

Loop to Beaume de Venise

Distance 1 : 43 Miles - 69 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 1096 Meters 

A beautiful tour warm-up ride through the vineyards of Ventoux and Rhône valley. You will pass through the wine villages of Beaumes-de-Venise, Vacqueyras, Gigondas and the more famous Rhône wine villages in Upper-Vaucluse before returning to Bedoin.

Day 8 :  

Departure Day

Departure after breakfast; transfer to Avignon included.

Average / Day :
Distance : 75.00 Km / 46.56 Miles - Elevation gain : 1936.11 Meters

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Day : 1, 2, 3, 4

Rob and Dirk invite you to Hotel Le Cassini in the hearth of the French Alps, an ideal operating base for your mountain holidays. Hotel Le Cassini is a charming hotel with ten rooms. All the rooms are en-suite with bath or shower and their own toilet. For breakfast your hosts will serve you a real buffet to start off your day. At night you will be served a four course dinner in our pleasant restaurant.In the bar of the Hotel you can have a little rest with tea or coffee, a cool beer or a pleasant chat.


Day : 5, 6, 7

Blue, green, white... Mont Ventoux towers skyward watching over the hills and vineyards. At the foot of Ventoux is the hotel Les Pins, a provencal guest establishment with the charm of yesteryear... swimming pool, pond, waterlilies, garden, romantic rooms with a medley of love-at-first-sight furnishings. Savours, aromas... The cuisine at L'esprit Jardin , crafted with the marvels of taste and freshness gleaned from nearby Provencal markets, croons with a delectable local accent. Dine indoors or on the outdoor terrace under the pine trees.


Day : Post-tour Night

Situated in a historical building dating back to the XVIth century, Hotel Cloitre Saint Louis Avignon offers an extremely quiet and serene environment.Initially a religious school for Jesuits, the Cloister saw its function changed over the centuries to a military hospital, and a home for the elderly.After a thorough renovation in 1990, the building is now a prominent cultural center and a four star hotel. Rooms and facilities are found both in the ancient cloister, and in the splendid modern extension designed by the famous French achitect from Nouvel.


Day : 1, 2, 3, 4

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 : 5, 6, 7

The Chateau de Mazan has plenty of history and was built around 1720, during France's early Regency Period. The most notorious individual in the Chateau's past is, without a doubt, the Marquis de Sade. The Chateau has since been renovated and is now a charming four star hotel with a gourmet restaurant.


Day : Post-tour Night

Situated in a historical building dating back to the XVIth century, Hotel Cloitre Saint Louis Avignon offers an extremely quiet and serene environment.Initially a religious school for Jesuits, the Cloister saw its function changed over the centuries to a military hospital, and a home for the elderly.After a thorough renovation in 1990, the building is now a prominent cultural center and a four star hotel. Rooms and facilities are found both in the ancient cloister, and in the splendid modern extension designed by the famous French achitect from Nouvel.

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

  • 7 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 7 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 1990 € 280 € 2900 €
    Post-tour Night ** ** **
Upgraded 2190 € 510 € 3290 €
    Post-tour Night ** ** **

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 90 €
    Premium 150 €
Tandem Bike Rental 45 €


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

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