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Tour de France Alps Week from Morzine

Watch Stage 20, and get 7 days riding and 7 nights in a B&B chalet, 17th to 24th July.

The unique, unforgettable atmosphere of the Tour finish in Morzine is a ‘must do’. We’ll get you riding the famous cols, roadside for race and enjoying the sunshine from your chalet terrace. Your hassle-free week includes:

  • Seven nights in a beautiful chalet in Morzine
  • Breakfast every morning and a two course evening meal on Friday
  • Group ride over the famous Col de Joux Plan the day before the Tour
  • Road side spot for the stage finish
  • Independent riding on other days, route advice and vehicle rescue as needed
  • Airport transfers

Book your slot now - spaces filling fast. Alternative dates and private trips available.

  • Catered chalet
  • French Alps —Pied de la Plagne
  • Activity Type
    • Route advice only
    • Fixed base
  • Groups up to 26
  • Features
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Music system
    • Private parking
    • Sauna
    • Secure bike storage
    • Steam
    • TV/DVD
    • Wifi

Service

The Week’s Plan

This week has been designed to give you the perfect Tour de France experience. Here’s the plan:

Day 1, Sunday. Get there.

  • Grab a flight to Geneva.
  • You’ll be met for the 1 hour 15 mins transfer to the chalet.
  • Settle in to the chalet, enjoy a sunny drink on the terrace and wander in to town for a drink, a bite to eat and chance to feel the buzz in the air.

Day 2 - 4, Monday - Thursday. Explore the Alps.

  • Enjoy a hearty fresh breakfast every day before setting out into the mountains.
  • Join up with other guests or do your own thing. Route notes and advice will be provided and vehicle rescue pick up if needed.
  • You are free to enjoy the beautiful mountain setting as you wish - hiking, lake swimming and relaxing in the sun all encouraged!

Day 5, Friday. Group ride

  • There will be a group ride for those who want to join, taking in perhaps the most anticipated col on the Tour - Col de Joux Plane (11.5km at 8.5% avg incline (max 12.5%), and 989m vertical ascent).
  • The suggested route is a 53km loop with 1487m vertical from Morzine - up to Les Gets - down to Taninges - along the valley to picturesque Samoens - ascend Col du Joux Plane - descend to Morzine.
  • Longer or shorter easier routes can of course be done as you wish.
  • Return to the chalet and relax in the sun for the afternoon, enjoy lunch in the village square, go for a swim in the outdoor pool.
  • Sociable two course evening meal with wine in the evening.

Day 6, Saturday. Watch the Tour finish.

  • Enjoy another leisurely breakfast, head out for a ride if you wish or savour the building atmosphere around the town.
  • Join the colourful crowds roadside as the tour ascends yesterdays route from Samoens, over the Joux Plane and down to Morzine. Plenty of drama guaranteed as we finally discover who has won this years Tour.
  • Enjoy dinner and party with the rest of the town.

Day 7, Sunday. Head home.

  • After breakfast there is still a whole day ahead of you to enjoy the sunshine or head out on a final ride, perhaps up to Avoriaz, stage finish on previous occasions.
  • Get your transfer back to Geneva to meet your chosen flight home.

Accommodation

You will be based in one of two wonderful Morzine chalets or a centrally located apartment.

One is an attractive, traditionally furnished chalet located in the Pied de la Plagne area of Morzine. The chalet sleeps 10 – 12 in 2 double en-suites, 1 twin en-suite and 2 triple en-suite rooms. The ground floor of the chalet comprises a large entrance hall and one double en-suite bedroom, as well as a large, open plan living and dining area with wood burning stove. All of the remaining bedrooms can be found on the first floor. Accessed via a separate entrance the lower ground floor is the sauna and a large boot room. There is a large terrace at the rear of the chalet which is home to the outdoor hot tub.

The other is an 18th century converted barn located in the majestic Prodains valley and boasts a high quality finish and covered outdoor hot tub on the terrace in which to relax after a long day of enjoying yourself! The chalet has a spacious, open plan lounge/dining room features a large dining table, plenty of comfortable seating and underfloor heating throughout. The kitchen is spacious and extremely well equipped. There are three twin en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor and two large quad en-suite bedrooms on the first floor. The chalet also offers a large secure garage area and on-site parking. Free wifi is available throughout.

The apartment is an attractive, traditionally furnished duplex apartment just off the main square in central Morzine. It sleeps 6 – 8 in 2 doubles and 1 twin room. The ground floor of the apartment comprises large open-plan living and dining area. On the first floor are three bedrooms; one double en-suite, one double and a twin which share a family bathroom and additional WC. There is also a large mezzanine seating area with sofa. The large, open plan living area and open fire make a great place to chill out in the evenings, whilst the adjoining balcony looks out over central Morzine.

Location

Morzine is a beautiful, traditional village surrounded by mountains. It’s going to be buzzing with energy over the weekend, and filled with visitors from all corners of the world, bringing colour and excitement to the critical day of this iconic event.

There are a wide range of excellent cafes, bars, bakeries and shops, whether you are looking for a quick bite, a delicious pizza, and fresh salad or a traditional mountain feast.

During the weekend you will have a chance to ride all the best cols of the Northern French Alps. Samoens, at the bottom of the Joux Plane is perhaps one of the most beautiful historic towns in the Alps, and well worth stopping for a quick coffee before you tackle the col above you.

Other excellent cols accessible from days rides include: Route d’Avoriaz (Cat 1), Col de la Joux Verte (Cat 1), Col de la Ramaz (Cat 1), Col de Pierre Carree (Cat 1), Col du Grand Taillet (Team Sky seen training here!), Col d’Encrenaz (Cat 3) and Col du Corbier (Cat 2).

F.A.Q.

Why book with Much Better Adventures?

Forget complex planning, we’ve taken care of all the details to maximise your time away - you just need to turn up and be epic. Expect:

  • A unique, handcrafted mini adventure
  • Expert local guides and hosts
  • A hassle-free, all-inclusive package
  • Best price guaranteed
  • Bragging rights in the office on Monday
  • A charity donation made by us via our Foundation.

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?

No hard and fast rules on this one. The group ride on Friday is optional, you can choose to ride more, less or not at all. You’ll have a chance to meet the others at the start of the week and suss out what you want to do.

What’s the weather like?

The weather in summer is beautiful. Expect blue skies and sunshine unless you are unlucky, with temperatures ranging from 25-30C, maybe a little less at the top of the cols.

Which flights should I book?

Transfers are flexible and can be arranged to meet any flights you choose on arrival and departure days. The chalet is 1.15hours from the airport.

What's included in the price?

To maximise convenience we include as much of your travel and logistics in this package, so you just need to turn up and play. In this trip:

  • 7 nights chalet accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Two course meal with wine on Friday
  • Airport transfers
  • Cycling route advice and on call vehicle support if needed.
  • Mini bus shuttles around town as required.
  • Bed linen, towels, WiFi.

You’ll need to book flights to Geneva, insurance, lunches and dinners on every day except Friday. There are a wide range of restaurant and cafe options to meet all budgets. You can also choose to cook in the chalet.

What's the food like?

Breakfast is continental style and includes; a choice of cereals, porridge and muesli, accompanied by yoghurt, fresh french bread with butter, jams, eggs and cheese.

Dinner is a delicious two course meal, accompanied by complimentary bottled wines. An example menu: Chicken with Goats Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Parmentier Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, followed by Panna Cotta with Muddled Raspberies, or Lamb Tagine with Chickpeas and Apricots, Cous Cous, Honey Glazed Carrots and French Beans, followed by Chocolate Orange Torte.

Can my dietary requirements be catered to?

Absolutely. Just let us know about your catering preferences when you confirm your booking to ensure any dietary requirements are met.

How many people in the group?

This package is available exclusively to us across two chalets in Morzine, one sleeping 14 and the other 12, and an 8 person apartment. There will be the chance to join people from the other chalet for the group ride, watching the tour and at plenty of other times over the week.

Can I book on my own?

Sure can! It’s going to be a great weekend for meeting like minded people. Please note the price is based on sharing a twin room. If you want sole occupancy of a room, please let us know when booking. There will unfortunately be a supplement of £150 to make that work.

Is there bike hire available?

Of course! There are a lot of excellent bike hire shops close to the chalet and your host will be able to point in the right direction.

Can I bring my own bike?

Sure thing! There is secure bike storage and a maintenance area at the chalet. Just book it on to your flight.