Spectators gathered at a stage viewing in the French Alps during the Tour de France race
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TDF Alps to Paris Bike Tour

Chasing the Yellow Jersey: Epic Cols to the Champs-Élysées

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

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle three HC climbs of the Alps, including the Col de la Madeleine, Cole de la Loze, and Grand Colombier—all featured in the TDF route
  • Celebrate with the entire cycling world on the stage 17 grande première of the Col de la Loze
  • Enjoy VIP access to three live stage viewings and stay in Méribel, the epicenter of the transition between stage 17 and 18
  • 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


Nourishing and satisfying Alpine fare to fuel our epic rides, including tartiflette, fondues, and fresh Alpine lake fish; Reblochon cheese in the Savoie region; Alsatian classics like schupfnudel dumplings


World-famous dry Rieslings and Gewürztraminers from Alsace, delicate Pinot Noir from Savoie, and French craft beers

As featured in:
Fireworks over the Eiffel Tower on July 14, 2011
Two cyclists riding on a mountain road in the French Alps
Cyclist posing at the Tour de France podium after completing the Alpe d’Huez ride
Two DuVine cyclists riding a col in the French Alps
Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Bienvenue: It’s Bastille Day!

    Your guides will meet you at your hotel in Chambéry early this morning for a short transfer to the start of our ride. After a bike fitting and safety review, it’s time to warm up and head straight for the Col de la Madeleine. We’re here a day ahead of Stage 17, but we’ll tackle the same 19 kilometers at an average of 8% that the pros will be riding tomorrow. Lunch is waiting for us at the top, followed by a descent into the Isère Valley. Reserve your energy for the rest of the week or keep riding with a last push up to our mountain resort (and the hub for all the stage comings and goings over the next few days). Over dinner in the charming ski town of Méribel, we raise a glass to the TDF and the epic cols just waiting to be conquered!

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Col de la Madeleine, Méribel
    Accomplished: 48 miles / 78 km, elevation gain: 9,952 feet / 3,034 meters
    AccommodationHotel Chaudanne

  • Day 2

    TDF on the Col de la Loze: Stage 17

    One of the most exciting stages of the TDF is on the menu today: the pros will take the Col de la Madeleine as an appetizer, followed by the intermediate climbs of Stage 17, then rounding out the meal with an unprecedented summit finish at Col de la Loze in the mountains above Méribel—a mere 10 km from our hotel. This section is new to the TDF: until June, the pass wasn’t suited to carry the yellow caravan, but six newly paved kilometers were just the ticket for including this new addition to the stage. We’ll get our own riding done in the morning, mapping out the final 22 kilometers before the stage finish where we’ll wait for the peloton. The mountain will erupt with celebrating spectators, and you may share Belgian beer with a stranger or catch a few fanatics in funny costumes. After all, it’s not just a celebration of the TDF, but of cycling itself.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Col de la Loze, Méribel
    Accomplished: 35 miles / 57 km, elevation gain: 7,124 feet / 2,172 meters
    Accommodation: Hotel Chaudanne

  • Day 3

    Double Trouble and VIP Departure Village: Stage 18

    From the moment we wake up we’ll be in the buzz of Stage 18’s departure village in Albertville, using our VIP passes to brush with cycling fame and mingle with the pros before they face the toughest stage of this year’s race. Take in all the nail-biting nerves as the caravan departs and the peloton gets rolling behind it, then saddle up for our own epic ride to Annecy. We’ll be conquering a pair of cols today: first up is the Collet de Tamiè, followed by the Col de la Forclaz de Montmin (and its excellent views over Annecy Lake). Our five-star hotel is right on its shores, and you’ll have time to rest your legs before an evening stroll into Annecy for dinner on your own.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Albertville, Annecy
    Accomplished: 59 miles / 95 km, elevation gain: 7,131 feet / 2,174 meters
    Accommodation: Le Palace De Menthon

  • Day 4

    The Col du Grand Colombier

    The day begins with breakfast on the hotel terrace, letting the lake views sink in as we fuel up for today’s ride into the Alpine region of Savoie. It’s not long before we come face-to-face with the Grand Colombier—a col that featured in the summit finish of Stage 15 just a few days ago—and we’ll do as the pros did, grinding up its Hors Catégorie grade. Sweet relief comes in the form of a transfer to our next hotel in Alsace, where we’ll meet the TDF once again for time trials. The pros may have been in high gear as they competed for a few extra seconds on their rivals, but we’ll be at our most relaxed following an afternoon at the hotel spa or soaking away sore legs at the pool. Tonight we have our first taste of Alsatian cuisine during dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Grand Colombier, Alsace
    Accomplished: 69 miles / 111 km, elevation gain: 8,039 feet / 2,451 meters
    Accommodation: Les Violettes Hotel & Spa

  • Day 5

    VIP Passes at La Planche Des Belles Filles: Stage 20

    We’ve arrived in Alsace! This region is a brave new world of vineyards amidst the Vosges mountains, but our destination is La Planche Des Belles Filles. Our ride to this off-season ski station finishes with a climb on some compact gravel just as a final individual time trial begins, revealing who will wear this year’s yellow jersey. Our VIP passes put us in the front row as the pros cross the finish line—so close you can feel their sense of accomplishment. Back at the hotel, we’re truly in for a treat: the personal chef to former French president Jacques Chirac is preparing our dinner tonight. Bon appétit!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: La Planche Des Belles Filles, Alsace
    Accomplished: 50 miles / 81 km, elevation gain: 7,177 feet / 2,188 meters
    Accommodation: Les Violettes Hotel & Spa

  • Day 6

    VIP Finish in Paris: Stage 21

    If you’re up for it, take one last ride through the Alsatian countryside—perhaps you’d like to climb the Col De Grand Ballon before breakfast? Later in the 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 7

    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, France Pick-Up Location: Train station or Petit Hôtel Confidentiel in Chambéry, France Pick-Up Time: 8:30 am
Departure Details

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

In order to follow the race stages, this itinerary includes a three- to four-hour van transfer on Day 4, and a three-hour transfer by train on Day 6. Due to the unpredictability of road closures surrounding the TDF, day-of logistical changes may be required.

Please note that electric assist is not available on this tour.

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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