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TDF Alps to Paris Bike Tour

Chasing the Yellow Jersey: Alpe d’Huez to the Champs-Élysées

6 days / 5 nights Level: 4Price From: $5,995Collection: Challenge

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle the three HC climbs of the Alps, including the 21 switchbacks of the iconic Alpe d’Huez, the Col du Galibier, and the Col du Glandon
  • Celebrate with the entire cycling world on the Col du Galibier as the pros battle it out on one of the hardest stages of this year’s race
  • Enjoy VIP access to the race village in Albertville and rub shoulders with the pros as they prepare to ride the final stage
  • Take a front row seat to the TDF’s grand finale with VIP passes in Paris
  • Benefit from a guaranteed small group size of 14 guests maximum, led by guides who know pro cycling, history, and French culture like the backs of their hands

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

    Bienvenue!

    Your guides will meet you mid-morning at the Grenoble TGV station for a short transfer to our first alpine hotel, the acclaimed Chalet Mounier. After a light lunch and bike fitting, it’s time to saddle up and start riding. On today’s agenda is a one-lane road clinging to the edge of the Romanche valley, a true hidden gem with no cars in sight (except for our support van). Warm up your legs for the week to come during a final climb up to Les Deux Alpes. Like all famous cols in the Alps, every corner provides a glimpse into your future, so don’t worry when you see the 11%—at the top, it flattens out into an average gradient of 6.5%. Wander into this ski town and dine at a corner bistro, where we’ll raise a glass to the TDF and the epic cols just waiting to be conquered!

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Les Deux Alpes
    Accomplished: 30 miles / 48 km, elevation gain: 1,802 meters
    AccommodationChalet Mounier

  • Day 2

    TDF on Galibier: Stage 18

    One of the most exciting stages of the TDF is on the menu today: the pros will take the Col de Vars as an appetizer, followed by the daunting Col d’Izoard for the main course, then rounding out the meal with the Col du Galibier. The Galibier, a former military road, has been used more than 57 times in the history of the TDF—in fact, it was first paved in 1911 for the race to cross the mountain. We’ll get our own riding done in the morning, and Galibier is where we’ll wait for the peloton as they pass. As the pros desperately vie for a few extra seconds on their rivals, the mountain will erupt with thousands of celebrating spectators. After all, it’s not just a celebration of the TDF, but of cycling itself—so you may find yourself sharing a Belgian beer with a stranger, running into Borat around the corner, or watching some Smurfs as they pass on a tandem. All in a day’s work at the TDF! Get a few extra miles on the ride back to our hotel, or treat yourself to a lift back in the van. Tonight, dine at the hotel’s scenic restaurant overlooking the mountains.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: La Grave
    Accomplished: 39 miles / 63 km, elevation gain: 1,890 meters
    Longer Option: 55 miles / 89 km, elevation gain: 2,901 meters
    AccommodationChalet Mounier

  • Day 3

    Double Trouble: Alpe d'Huez and Col du Glandon

    Today we conquer two of the greatest mountains in the Alps. Start with the most famous of them all: the Alpe d’Huez and its 21 iconic switchbacks. This climb has changed the outcome of the TDF many times, and the history of cycling is written on its roads (quite literally—the words “Allez!” can still be seen, encouraging the pros to keep pedaling). At the top, take a coffee break before a delightful descent en route to a town called Oz—though we’re sorry to say the road is not paved in yellow brick. The Col du Glandon is up next and it’s known for its beauty and sweeping curves, but don’t let the average gradient of 4.8% over 24 kilometers fool you into a false sense of security. This evening we’ll stay at the elegant Château des Allues, where our hosts welcome us like long-lost friends with a home-cooked meal featuring produce from the garden on the grounds. Bon appétit!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Oz, La Chambre
    Accomplished: 87 miles / 140 km, elevation gain: 3,120 meters
    Shorter Option: 62 miles / 101 km, elevation gain: 2,850 meters
    Accommodation: Château des Allues

  • Day 4

    VIP Passes in Albertville: Stage 20

    The last Alpine stage will be a grande première, never before seen in the history of the TDF: it’s the third finish above an altitude of 2,000 meters. On this major day, one mishap could end years of hard work and training for the pros. We’ll ride to the race village in Albertville and use our VIP passes to brush with cycling fame, mingling with the pros before they face the nail-biting drama on the final mountain stage: a 33-kilometer climb to Val Thorens. Bike to the point where this climb begins, and after the peloton passes, descend back to our château and enjoy a night on your own. Your guides are glad to make some suggestions for dinner in the area.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Albertville, Moûtiers
    Accomplished: 66 miles / 104 km, elevation gain: 1,503 meters
    AccommodationChâteau des Allues

  • Day 5

    VIP Finish in Paris: Stage 21

    This morning, board a high-speed train to Paris and settle into our grandstand seats. The City of Light is the center of the cycling world as the TDF crosses the ultimate finish line on the Champs-Élysées. We’ll be front and center with VIP passes to witness the world’s greatest sprinters duke it out for one last shot at glory and watch the maillot jaune-wearer sip a glass of champagne as he spins to victory. Tonight, we celebrate our own victories in the Alps with a memorable only-in-Paris dining experience.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Paris
    AccommodationHôtel Bel Ami

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir Paris

    Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and reflect on all the spectacular moments from the past week of the TDF. Our guides will make sure your transportation is arranged to head off to your next destination from the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast

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



Arrival Details

Airport City: Paris or Lyon, France Pick-Up Location: Grenoble Pick-Up Time: 11:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Paris, France Drop-Off Location: Hotel Bel Ami, Paris Drop-Off Time: 12:00 pm
Travelers Take Note

Due to the unpredictability of road closures surrounding the TDF, day-of logistical changes may be required.

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

2019Single Supplement From: $850

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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 4 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

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

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
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Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra Di2

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road