Alps Journey Bike Tour

Conquer Legendary Cols of the French Alps

7 days / 6 nights Level: 4Price from: $4,395Collection: Challenge

Tour Highlights

  • Ride through the heart of the Alps to conquer France’s greatest, hardest, and most famous climbs, including the Alpe d’Huez, Col du Galibier, and Col d’Izoard
  • Discover the quiet and secluded—but no less stunning—Maritime Alps, where you’ll have perfect ribbons of road all to yourself
  • Immerse yourself in TDF lore, passing over and through some of the most iconic climbs and villages in Tour history
  • Pedal your way from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean Sea, covering dramatically different climatic conditions and landscapes

Eat

Nourishing and satisfying Alpine fare to fuel our epic rides, including raclette cheese, tartiflette, fondues, and fresh Alpine lake fish

Drink

Delicate Pinot Noir from Savoie, craft beers, and the aromatic aperitif génépi

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  • Day 1

    Geneva, Annecy and the Savoy

    Welcome to the adventure. Before we head out to bike across the Alps, you’ll meet your guides and fellow riders on the shores of Lake Geneva for some coffee and a selection of our favorite riding fuel. But there’s no honeymoon ride and the Mediterranean isn’t getting any closer, so we start with 12 kilometers of steady climbing—and this pass doesn’t even rate a name. The name-worthy climbs start with Col de Leschaux (an easy 12 kilometers at 3.7%) followed by the equally approachable Col du Frêne (8 kilometers at 2.7%). It’s a beautiful ride on narrow roads with incredible lake and mountain views. Tonight we’ll rest up at our country château in the heart of the Savoy Region.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lake Geneva, Annecy
    Accomplished: 65 miles / 104 km, elevation gain: 1,550 meters
    Accommodations: Château des Allues

  • Day 2

    Glandon and Alpe d’Huez

    Yesterday we climbed some hills; today we climb some mountains. The first 40 kilometers are pretty flat before we take on the slopes of the Col du Glandon, an epic 21-kilometer climb at 6.9% with the final two kilometers over 10%. If you choose the extra climb up the Col de la Croix de Fer, you’re not hallucinating: the town on the other side of the pass really is called Oz, though the road is not paved with yellow brick. We’ll end by pedaling up the most famous Col of them all, the Alpe D’Huez. At switchback 12 we check into our ideally-situated boutique cycling hotel, where people look at you funny if you’re not wearing spandex. Tonight we’re served a home-cooked meal catering especially to hungry cyclists!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Épierre, Allemond, Alpe D’Huez
    Accomplished: 64 miles / 102 km, elevation gain: 2,345 meters
    Accommodations: Chalet Ribot

  • Day 3

    Lautaret and Galibier

    After a breakfast fit for a professional cyclist, we head east. These are the roads that make the soreness worth it: one lane of crisp asphalt clinging to the edge of the Romanche Valley, and not a car in sight except for the support van. Our first real climb is the Col du Lautaret. Then there’s extra credit for anyone who wants to tag the summit of the Galibier. What’s another eight kilometers at 7% for some serious bragging rights? Descend down the valley towards Briançon, the last town before the Italian border. If you have the energy, visit the French fortified town to walk around and stretch your legs as you head to dinner on your own tonight.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Le Bourg d’Oisans, La Grave, Briançon
    Accomplished: 55 miles / 88 km, elevation gain: 1,920 meters
    Accommodations: Le Bacchu Ber

  • Day 4

    Hump Day

    We’re halfway through the trip. Your legs are sore. But the hump today is none other than the Col d’Izoard. This climb was the battleground for the epic rivalry between the legendary Italian, Fausto Coppi, and the French great, Louison Bobet, in the 1950s. It is also the highest point of our tour at 2,360 meters. We are heading south into the Maritime Alps where the passes aren’t household names but the riding is out of this world: no cars, just ribbons of pavement winding through pines and mountain pastures. This is exactly what we’ll experience on the Col de Vars before rolling into Villa Morelia for a relaxing afternoon by the pool or a much-needed massage.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Briançon, Guillestre, Jausiers
    Accomplished: 56 miles / 89 km, elevation gain: 2,021 meters
    Accommodations: Villa Morelia

  • Day 5

    Col de la What?

    We know that no one has ever heard of Col d’Allos, but we can’t say this enough: the highlight of cycling in this part of the Alps is riding on undiscovered roads, seemingly paved only for the benefit of cyclists. Don’t tell anyone, but Allos is nearly as high as the Izoard, and the 30-kilometer climb to get there is the French government’s gift to cyclists (whether they know it or not). The descent down the other side is pretty memorable too, as the towns start to look more and more Italian. Can you feel the Mediterranean sea breeze? Tonight we dine like locals on good, honest food served in an outdoor setting and rest up for tomorrow’s final push.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Barcelonnette, Vars, Castellane
    Accomplished: 75 miles / 120 km, elevation gain: 1,559 meters
    Accommodations: Hôtel & Spa des Gorges du Verdon

  • Day 6

    Ride to the Sea

    Our ride starts in the spectacular Gorges du Verdon—yes, you may stop to take a photo—and brings us to the glamorous beach town of Saint-Tropez. A Mediterranean climate and nearby mountains make this a popular training destination, so it’s not unusual to see some pro riders here. Take a victory lap around the harbor, have champagne on the beach, check into our sea-view hotel, and then spend the afternoon as you wish, strolling through this vibrant port city or bliss out on the beach. Tonight we celebrate like champions: cycling across the Alps has earned us a platter of fresh fish, veggies, pasta, and olive oil that speaks to the true extent of the journey we’ve made.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Aups, Port Grimaud
    Accomplished: 70 miles / 112 km, elevation gain: 1,096 meters
    Accommodations: Le Suffren

  • Day 7

    Au Revoir

    Enjoy an easy morning and decadent breakfast at our villa. Your guides will transfer you to the Marseille airport or TGV train station as you head to your next destination.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Geneva, Switzerland
Pick-Up Location: 8:30am at the Fraser Suites in Geneva

Depart

Airport City: Marseille, France
Drop-Off Location: 11:00am at the Marseille airport or TGV Train Station

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2018Single Supplement: $700

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region in ideal riding locations
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, and 5 cyclist-friendly dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Nutritious energy snacks, hydration, and shakes to support endurance and recovery
  • Local wines and beer with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line Cannondale carbon fiber road bike
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS with pre-programmed route maps

Support

  • Expert bilingual guide with extensive cycling experience and local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Laundry service provided mid-week
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

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Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road