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Southern Giants - Ventoux, Galibier, Alpe d'Huez

The steep sides give way to some spectacular views as hair pin turns wind their way up and down these incredible and legendary rides.

  • Half board hotel
  • French Alps —Bédoin > Vaujany
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 20
  • Features
    • Ensuite rooms


This particular trip hits all the French Alps highlights you could possibly want in a cycling holiday. In this trip we predominately tour the Southern Alps and cover the routes of some epic climbing battles, the famous rides that have entered the history books. At Polka Dot Cycling Holidays we know that these trips are not just about the rides, it is about the whole experience and so we make it one of our top priorities to give you charming hotels and wonderful views with a good drink and great company. Join us on this week that lets you take on the legends!


  • Transfers - pickup from the airport and transfer to your first night’s accommodation. At the end the holiday we will drop you off at the airport for your return journey. Please note the Pick Up and Drop Off airports relevant to this holiday. If you wish to travel by train or drive, please remember to contact us at least 4 weeks in advance of your departure.
  • Luggage Transfers - we will transport your luggage to the next hotel each day and it will be waiting for you in your room on your arrival. No lugging bags at the end of a long day in the saddle!
  • Full Support - Mechanical support, including inner tubes, tyres, spare wheels etc. and a minibus on hand to ensure you have enough drinks and snacks
  • Accommodation - we use mainly 3 accommodation in beautiful Alpine resorts and towns. If there isn’t a 3 option we then use the best available 2* hotels. Please note all prices quoted are based on two people sharing a room. We can of course arrange single occupancy at an extra cost of £250/person.
  • Buffet style breakfasts.
  • Day/Ride Food - On our trips you eat like the pros! With the constant use of energy we know that the best way for people to be comfortable and keep their energy up; they must eat “little and often”. This means no bloating, discomfort and loosing energy. We carry a full range of snacks and energy drinks (Your Sports Fuel) suitable for cyclists along with quiches, baguettes, fruit, cakes, sweets (like the infamous Haribo!), cereal bars, nuts, crisps and more. For most of our clients this means all they need to purchase is their evening meal.
  • Evening Meals - For a supplement of £175 we can include all your 7 evening meals which will consist of a three course meal at the hotel or local restaurant. For most of our clients, this means all of their food is paid for. However if you wish to eat less in the evening or to go a la carte then please choose our standard option and pay for your meals separately. (If you want to take this option please make a note in the Special Requests Box on the booking form.)
  • Guides - Experienced guides, who have ridden these types of events before and have a vast experience of the French Alps.
  • Information Pack - with full holiday details including, routes, maps and advice on riding in the Alps as well as full contact details.
  • Garmin Downloads - daily Garmin routes available
  • Polka Dot Cycling water bottles

Not included

  • Bicycles - most of our customer prefer to bring their own trusty steed that they know and love, however if you would prefer to hire a bicycle please contact us and we can arrange this for you. Please see our Bike Hire section on our website for more information on the bikes available.
  • Evening Meals - “Ride Food” is provided during the day, but we understand that after a day’s riding people have different needs from dinner; whether it be something light or a banquet, you can now choose your own. Each evening we will recommend some great places to stop and take in the local French cuisine. We will also reserve a table for the whole group but you don’t have to use it. For more details see FAQs.
  • Drinks or minibar costs (including beers, soft drinks and coffees).
  • Flights - flights are not included in the price of the holiday.
  • Travel Insurance - travel insurance is not included, but is a condition of our booking terms and conditions. We partner Cyclosure for the provision of specialist cycling travel insurance


Ventoux, Galibier, Alpe D’Huez is really the ultimate checklist for any keen cyclist. And if the pros use them religiously, why not everyone else? We at Polka Dot Cycling Holidays know that tackling something like this can be daunting without the right help and that is what we do; making sure you have all the help, support and guidance you need to reach the peak.

Arrival Day – “You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.“ We will meet you at Nice airport to transfer you to your first night’s accommodation in Bedoin area. Please note that arrivals must on or before 1.00pm so that there is enough time to transfer across to Bedoin. Help will be on hand if you require assistance to build your bike and if time permits, we can suggest a suitable gentle route to stretch your legs and check your bike, if you wish. Please note the transfer to Bedoin takes approximately 2 and a half hours. We will inform you well before the trip commences of when your transfers times will be.

Day 1 – Day 6 – Riding Days. The French Alps are beautiful and majestic with some of the most famous climbs and passes in the world. And often the most commonly named routes are Ventoux, Galibier and Alpe D’Huez. These famous giants of the Southern Alps have, quite rightly, earned infamy for their challenging heights and, also, because they are on the Tour De France roster nearly every year. These are climbs every cyclist has on their list of must do’s, now is a chance for you to tick it as done.

The week’s riding will be structured as below:

  • Sunday’s Film Quote is “Great men are not born great, they grow great.”2 – approx.. 5-6 hours in the saddle – today you will be climbing the first of the giants, Mont Ventoux and we will be following in the wheel tracks of the many pro cyclists competing in the Tour De France. Going to Peyrius. Ventoux = 115km, 2060m climb.
  • Monday’s Film Quote is “Don’t tell me I can’t do it; don’t tell me it can’t be done!”3– approx.. 5-6 hours in the saddle - today we ride through the luscious lavender fields and pass into the Southern Alps before climbing the Col D’Allos; the first of the famous “Allos, Vars, Izoard Triple” we will be ascending over the next three days . Going to Jausiers. Allos = 134km, 2620m climb.
  • Tuesday’s Film Quote is “It ain’t about how hard you hit … it’s how much you can take and keep moving forward.”4 – approx.. 3.5-4.5 hours in the saddle – we will be beginning today with a beautiful ride up the valley to the start of Col Du Vars, a fairly short climb that packs a punch, and then there is the optional second ride to climb to the ski station at Risoul, a stage finish in the 2014 Tour De France and a popular route in the Criterium De Dauphine. Going to Guillestre. Vars & Ski Station = 78km, 1920m climb.
  • Wednesday’s Film Quote is “Do, or do not. There is no try.”5 – approx.. 5-6 hours in the saddle – today is a cycling hat-trick with the Col D’Izoard, Col Du Lauteret and the Col Du Galibier and your chance to complete the monuments to the Tour De France; your very own “Queen Stage”. Going to Valloire. Izoard, Lauteret & Galibier = 102km, 2976m climb.
  • Thursday’s Film Quote is “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”6 – approx.. 4-5 hours in the saddle – after the three major climbs of the day before we have the opportunity to take it slightly easier and enjoy the chance to cycle on the Col Du Telegraphe before then trying the Col Du Glandon, probably one of the steepest climbs in the Alps, used in the 2012 Tour and also the Etape Du Tour for that year. Going to Vaujany. Telegraphe & Glandon = 84km, 1920m climb.
  • Friday’s Film Quote is “It’s not the years, honey. It’s the mileage.”7 – approx.. 1.5-2.5 hours in the saddle – No week’s cycling in the Alps would be complete without tackling the infamous 21 hairpins of Alpe D’Huez, arguably the most famous Tour De France climb, if not the most famous climb in the world! Tonight you will enjoy a celebratory meal to say well done for completing the trip. Alpe D’Huez = 56km, 1665m climb.

Departure Day – “Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.”8 Today we all say farewell, with lots of memories and a great sense of achievement. After breakfast, we will transfer you to Geneva airport for your return journey. Please note that flight departures need to be after 2.00pm to allow us to transfer you in time for your flight. If you decide to get a late flight, Geneva airport has a good left luggage facility, at Swiss Railways airport station, and it is only a short 10 min train hop from the airport into the centre of Geneva if you wish to get some site seeing in before you leave..


Accommodation - we use mainly 3 accommodation in beautiful Alpine resorts and towns. If there isn’t a 3 option we then use the best available 2* hotels. Please note all prices quoted are based on two people sharing a room. We can of course arrange single occupancy at an extra cost of £250/person.


Main Climbs: Mont Ventoux, Allos, Vars, Izoard, Lauteret, Galibier, Glandon, Alpe d’Huez

Cycling Highlights

  • The legendary Mont Ventoux
  • The infamous 21 hairpins of Alpe d’Huez
  • Over 100 years of history with the Tour, the Galibier
  • Amazing views from Risoul
  • The unusual Casse Déserte at the top of the Izoard
  • Napoleonic Forts at the top of the climbs