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Tour de France Mythic Climbs

We invite you to discover the battleground where attacks have been waged, battles have been won, and wars have been lost! This is the epic terrain which has determined Tour de France champions.

  • Half board hotel
  • French Alps —Alpe D'Huez > Alpe D'Huez
  • Activity Type
    • Route advice only
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 8
  • Features
    • Ensuite rooms

Service

These prices include:

  • 4 nights’ accommodation (4 nights in a 2-star property)
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Grenoble to Alpe d’Huez (on Day 1)
  • Transfer from Alpe d’Huez to Grenoble (on Day 5)
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Full-carbon racing bikes are available at the price of 170 euros per bike. This price includes the 20-euro delivery and drop-off fee.

For 4 riders or more: 720 euros per person sharing a double room. Single supplement is 190 euros.

For 2 riders: 955 euros per person sharing a double room. Single supplement is 190 euros

Note that this tour can be done with a support vehicle for groups of 6 or more (price on request)

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Grenoble. Transfer to Alpe d’Huez. Optional loop from Alpe d’Huez (49 km/31 miles, 1800 meters/5,900 ft. of climbing)

Arrive in Grenoble at the time of your choice. Meet with our local correspondent in Grenoble to go over your itinerary. Transfer to Alpe d’Huez where you’ll dine and overnight. Note that if you wish to do some riding on arrival day, we’ll transfer you to Alpe d’Huez or nearby.

Day 2: Loop from Alpe d’Huez (various options, 43 km/27 miles, 1375 meters/4,515 ft. of climbing)

You will be provided with a few suggestions for today’s tour. Our favorite will take you on quiet roads with breathtaking views over the Oisans area and the nearby mountain peaks. This short loop will allow you to gauge yourself before riding the giant passes of the coming days. Longer rides can be suggested if you wish to cover more ground.

Day 3: Alpe d’Huez (or nearby) — Valloire (112 km/70 miles, 4,290 meters/14,070 ft. of climbing)

After breakfast, barrel down from your hotel all the way to the valley floor before attacking the Col de la Croix de Fer (2,067 m or 6,200 ft.), which is rated “HC” (“Hors Catégorie” meaning “beyond category”) by the Tour de France organizers. The Col du Télégraphe (1,566 m or 4,700 ft. rated as a second category climb) will take you to Valloire at the bottom of Galibier.

Day 4: Valloire — Alpe d’Huez (77 km/48 miles, 3,175 meters/10,415 ft. of climbing)

Your route will take you to Col du Galibier (2645 m or 7,900 ft rated “HC”) before going down the Col du Lautaret all the way to Bourg d’Oisans. From there, the 16-km climb to Alpe d’Huez (1,850 m or 5,550 ft.) is your mission. The time to beat: 37‘35”, a record held by Marco Pantani since 1995.

Day 5: Departure

After breakfast, depart at the time of your choice. Private transfers to Geneva can be organized (price is on request).

Accommodation

4 nights’ accommodation (4 nights in a 2-star property)

Location

The mountain passes in this area are among the toughest you can find in the French Alps. They provide numerous opportunities to test your climbing limits and admire the spectacular alpine landscapes.

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