TDF Alps to Paris Iconic Climbs Bike Tour

  • Region: France
  • Destination: Alps
  • Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Level: Four
  • Price From: $5995
  • Single Supplement: $650


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Let’s face it, we all watch the TDF to see the riders suffer and the suffering is at its peak on the final mountain stages in the Alps. This is where heroes are crowned, pretenders fade, and a rider on an epic breakaway will have his face transmitted to TV screens around the world. Of course, you can’t watch without wondering how you’d fare on these same grades, so we’ve designed a trip where you can put your musings to rest. Ride the big boys: Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Col du Glandon and Col d’Izoard, watch 3 mountain stages of the TDF up close, and relax like a pro at the top Alpine hotels. Then follow the peloton to Paris to watch the final stage on the Champs-Élysées with the best seats in the house thanks to our VIP passes.


Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to the Alps
Your guides will meet you at the Grenoble train station where your TDF adventure begins! After a light lunch, bike fitting, safety talk, and map review at the beautiful hotel Chalet Mounier, it is time to hop on our bikes and start pedaling. While the pros enjoy the end of the flat stages, we will set out to conquer a Col on a ride where the scenery will blow you away. Head towards Alpe d’Huez and turn onto a tiny road barely big enough to fit our van. Hugging the mountainside, you will have plenty of photo moments as you enjoy the most amazing valley views. Tonight, dine at our hotel’s Michelin Star restaurant and salut the TDF, the riders, and the epic Cols waiting to be conquered!

Meals: Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Unnamed Col
Accomplished: 29.3 miles / 47.2 km, elevation gain: 1770 meters (Tougher options available)
Accommodations: Chalet Mounier

Day Two: TDF Stage 17 and the Galibier
It is TDF time and the pros are in for a tough day. The Col on everyone’s mind is the beast of the Col du Galibier. It was first made crossable for military purposes in 1879 and given the creative name: “Routes des Grands Communication #14”. Cycle up this legendary mountain with thousands of fans and experience the spectacle of the TDF. We’ll pass camper vans, the devil himself, and a Dutch corner with plenty of beer. Watch the pros fight it out to gain valuable seconds on each steep incline. Climb back to the top and descend all the way to the Lautaret where you can take the van back to our hotel or opt for an extra challenge on your bike. Dinner is in town at our favorite Alpine restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Col du Galibier, Col du Lautaret
Accomplished: 36.1 miles / 73.1 km, elevation gain: 2313 meters (Longer option: 57 miles / 92.8 km, elevation gain: 3538 meters)
Accommodations: Chalet Mounier

Day Three: TDF Stage 18 and Col d’Izoard
We start the day with an early-morning transfer to the top of the Lautaret, where we will begin our ride with a descent all the way to Briancon before heading towards our destination—the Col d’Izoard. Today we will watch the epic mountaintop finish on the Col d’Izoard, a climb that is not only incredibly long and steep, but woven into the lore of the TDF; the site of legendary battles between Coppi and Bobet. As the last climb of the TDF this year, it promises to test the legs of the yellow jersey. Will history be rewritten between Froome and Quintana? Or will a new rider emerge? Descend back to Briancon where we will transfer to Chalet Mounier. Tonight we dine at our hotel’s bistro where the chef is French and the sommelier Italian, an unlikely combination only to be found in the Alps!

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Col d’Izoard
Accomplished: 53.4 miles / 73.1 km, elevation gain: 1686 meters (Tougher and easier options available)
Accommodations: Chalet Mounier

Day Four: Alpe d’Huez and Col du Glandon
Today we conquer the 21 legendary switchbacks of Alp d’Huez! There will not be any beer for you on the Dutch corner, but we do offer a beverage on top of the mountain. We make our way towards Col du Glandon; another legendary ride where the road curves its way up the valley. If you are an overachiever and want to conquer a third Col, the sign post for the Criox de Fer is only one mile away. Or, choose to descend down La Chambre, where the van will be waiting to take you to Chambery. Our hotel is the boutique-style Petit Confidentiel right in the center of town. Dinner is at our guides’ favorite restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Alpe d’Huez, Col du Glandon
Accomplished: 57.1 miles / 92.8 km, elevation gain: 2937 meters (Easier options available)
Accommodations: Petit Hotel Confidentiel

Day Five: Col du Granier and Col des Egaux
It is often the undiscovered, hidden passes that blow you away. Today we will tackle Col du Granier and descend into the Entremont-le-Vieux Valley where you will find yourself surrounded by mountains and stunning views. From here we take the tiny road via Col de La Cluse before looping back to Chambery. If you would like to do more miles, we offer optional extra rides around Lac du Bourget. We will make sure to be back at the hotel in time to sit back, grab a cold beer and watch the screening of the final Time Trial in Marseille. Salut to another perfect day! Tonight is a free night to explore the town of Chambery.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Col du Granier, Col des Egaux, Cul de La Cluse
Accomplished: 34 miles / 55 km, elevation gain: 1606 meters (Tougher options available)
Accommodations: Petit Hotel Confidentiel

Day Six: TDF Stage 21 VIP Finish, Champs-Élysées, Paris
Bright and early we will hop on the TGV train to Paris and settle in to our VIP Grand Stand seats. The City of Lights will take on a new meaning today when the TDF crosses the ultimate finish line on the Champs-Élysées. We’ll be front and center, with our VIP passes, to witness the world’s greatest sprinters fight for one last shot at glory and watch the wearer of the maillot jaune toast his victory with a glass of champagne. Tonight we will celebrate the accomplishment of our own journey over the Alps at one of the famed fine dining destinations in Paris. It will truly be a night to remember!

Meals: Breakfast / Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Paris, the Champs-Élysées
Accommodations: Bel Ami Paris

Day Seven: Au Revoir
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and reflect on all the spectacular moments from the past week of the TDF Alps to Paris Iconic Climbs Bike Tour. Our guides will make sure your transportation is arranged to leave from the hotel for your next destination.