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TDF Alps Bike Tour

Chasing the Yellow Jersey: Cols to the Alpe d'Huez

6 days / 5 nights Level: 4Price from: $5,495Collection: Challenge

Tour Highlights

  • Ride the essential cols of the Alps, including the Col de Croix de Fer, Signal de Bisanne, Col du Glandon, and Alpe d’Huez
  • Pedal up Plaine-Joux and revel in unbelievable views of Mont Blanc
  • Watch the pros face a hairy plateau on the gravel road of the Montée du Plateau des Glières
  • Spend an entire day celebrating on the front lines during an epic stage on the Alpe d’Huez
  • Benefit from access to riders with VIP passes at stage 10

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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Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Bienvenue!

    Your guides will meet you at the Albertville train station and whisk you to the beautiful Lodge Park to begin an unforgettable TDF adventure. After a light lunch, bike fitting, safety talk, and route review, it’s time to saddle up our bikes and start pedaling. While the pros fight for survival on the cobblestones in Roubaix, we’ll be warming up our legs on Plaine-Joux with spectacular views of Mont Blanc. After our descent, choose to return to the hotel or continue climbing over the Côte de Domancy—where Bernard Hinault won the World Championships in 1980. Back at Park Megève, admire mountain vistas as you soak in the pool and dine at the hotel’s restaurant, where we toast to the TDF and the epic cols waiting to be conquered!

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Plaine-Joux, Côte de Domancy
    Accomplished: 35 miles / 56 km, elevation gain: 1,200 meters
    Accommodations: Lodge Park Megève

  • Day 2

    Col du Pré and Cormet de Roselend

    Today the pros are taking a rest, but we’re heading out for an Alpine ride that will have you grinning even when the roads hit 13%. After a few kilometers of loosening up our legs, we turn onto a gorgeous, plum road traveled only by locals. First up is the Col de la Forclaz de Queige, followed by the mythical Signal de Bisanne, one of the hardest climbs in the Northen Alps. The 360-degree views on top are your reward, and they’re nothing short of spectacular. Our last climb of the day goes over Col des Saisies, then it’s back towards Megève for dinner at our favorite local restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Beaufort, Villard-Sur-Doron
    Accomplished: 49 miles / 80 km, elevation gain: 1,816 meters
    Accommodations: Lodge Park Megève

  • Day 3

    TDF Goes Strade Bianche: Stage 10

    Our first day in the mountains begins early in the morning. We’ll cycle towards the Montée du Plateau des Glières, a gravel section of stage 10 where the road conditions will make for some serious drama. As the peloton winds its way north, then east, and finally south over the Col de Romme and the Col de la Colombière, we take a shortcut into Le Grand-Bornand to catch the end of the stage. With our VIP passes, we’ll be cheering for the new leader in yellow as they sprint to the finish—the jersey is sure to change shoulders. After the excitement, ride back to our hotel or rest your legs with a lift in the van.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Montée du Plateau des Glières, Le Grand-Bornand
    Accomplished: 40 miles / 64 km, elevation gain: 1,224 meters
    Accommodations: Lodge Park Megève

  • Day 4

    Going South

    An early morning wake-up call is in the cards as we make our way south to meet the famous Alpe d’Huez. Our route to reach it is the same one the pros will be tackling during stage 12: start in La Chambre and head up the Col du Glandon and Col de Croix le Fer, almost 23 kilometers at an average grade of 7% between them. It’s two climbs in one (the signs for the Cols are only a couple kilometers apart) and pure cycling hairpin heaven, beloved by the pros. Last but not least is Les Deux Alpes, a mere nine kilometers at 6% to reach our hotel. Refuel with this evening’s dinner in a charming local bistro.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Oz, Les Deux Alpes
    Accomplished: 47 miles / 75 km, elevation gain: 2,172 meters
    Accommodations: Chalet Mounier

  • Day 5

    Alpe d’Huez: Stage 12

    Seeing the TDF live is an obvious bucket list item, but cheering on the race from the Alpe d’Huez is altogether epic. Wake early and head towards this famous mountain to join the thousands of fans who have spent weeks camping here to reserve the perfect spectator spot. The 21 switchbacks of the Alpe d’Huez are a true test for the front runners on the queen stage of 175 kilometers with 5,000 meters of climbing—more or less. Have a beer with orange-clad Dutchies at Dutch Corner, or take a selfie with the devil; there’s a crazy celebration at every bend in the road. With today’s stage in the books, we descend back to our hotel for a final dinner together and drink to the drama of the 2018 TDF.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Alpe d’Huez
    Accomplished: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 973 meters
    Accommodations: Chalet Mounier

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir Alps

    Sleep in, enjoy a last leisurely morning, and bid the Alps adieu. Your guides will transfer you to the Grenoble train station, whether you’re returning to reality or sticking around France for the final stages.

    Meals: Breakfast

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

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Paris or Lyon, France
Pick-Up Location: 11:00am at the Albertville TGV Train Station

Depart

Airport City: Paris or Lyon, France
Drop-Off Location: 12:00pm at the Grenoble TGV Train Station

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

2018Single Supplement: $600

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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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SuperSix EVO SRAM Red

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road