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2014 Tour de France | Alps Exclusive

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Enjoy the drama, excitement and spectacle of the world’s ultimate racing event, and some of Europe’s most magnificent riding with Trek Travel’s cycling vacation of a lifetime to the Tour de France 2014.

Combining classic rides, superb Trek bikes, expert professional support and intimate cultural experiences, this trip is your chance to immerse yourself in the drama and tradition of the world’s greatest cycling race while enjoying the elemental beauty of the Alps and the romance and elegance of France!

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Grenoble, France

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2014
Jul

Daily Itinerary

Sample 2014 Itinerary


Day

1

Welcome & Bike Fit


Today's Ride:

Le Bourg d’Arud to St. Christophe to La Grave
Approximately 44 miles with 6,500 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Grenoble Train Station (Rue Emile Gueymard, 38000 Grenoble, France) at 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Your Trek Travel race adventure begins in the legendary scenery of the Alps where the Pros will battle each other on world famous climbs that have made and shattered champions. After meeting in Grenoble, you’ll shuttle 60 minutes to the heart of the Alps and the quaint mountain village of Venosc. Enjoy a satisfying alpine lunch and a professional bike fit on your high tech Trek Domane before setting out along the nearly untouched Bérarde Valley shrouded by soaring peaks. Settle into your first climb on your way to the tiny shepherd’s hamlet of St Christophe where you are welcome to take some time to recover while soaking in the majestic views of the stout Ecrins Mountains. Ride the rest of the way to your hotel or opt for the quintessential Alps experience by ascending to Les Deux Alpes by cable car before making your way to the picturesque resort town of La Grave, your home for the next 6 days.

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Hotel:

Auberge Edelweiss
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Day

2

Today's Ride:

La Grave to Col du Télégraphe Return
Approximately 52 miles with 8,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

La Grave to Col du Télégraphe
Approximately 54 miles with 7,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

La Grave to St Michel du Maurienne Return
Approximately 65 miles with 11,000 feet of climbing

Description:

An unforgettable “King/Queen of the Mountains” day is on tap as you tackle three of the Alps’ most celebrated passes. Up first is the lofty Col du Lautaret which is sure to get your heart pounding. Next you’ll churn up nearly 8,600 feet above sea level as you top the daunting Col du Galibier just as the the pros did over 100 years ago when this climb debuted in the Tour. Last looms the Col du Télégraphe, first crested by Tour rider Emile Georget in 1911. If you seek an even bigger challenge, coast down Col du Telegraph to St. Michel du Maurienne, where you can grab a snack before beginning your attack of the fearsome Télégraphe/Galibier duo from the other side. Your attentive guides will support you as you meet today’s challenge head on with all the determination of pro cyclist.This evening you’re free to discover the perfect bistro of your choice to celebrate with a meal fit for the King or Queen of the Mountains!

Hotel:

Auberge Edelweiss
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Day

3

Today's Ride:

La Grave to Alpe d’Huez to Mizoën
Approximately 40 miles with 6,700 feet of climbing

Short Option:

La Grave to Alpe d’Huez
Approximately 25 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

La Grave to Alpe d’Huez Return
Approximately 50 miles with 8,200 feet of climbing

Description:

Today’s ride is a cyclist’s dream—ascending Alpe d’Huez, the most revered and famous mountaintop finish. The day begins with an easy 25km downhill warm-up to the base of Alpe d’Huez. After ascending the famed 21 switchbacks to the summit of the imposing pass, fuel up with a lunch of your choice. Like a pro, linger at the top and bask in the afterglow of your conquest of this grueling ascent—savor the astounding views, the support and good cheer of your Trek Travel guides, and the knowledge that you’ve just mastered one of cycling’s most fabled climbs. If this isn’t enough for you, continue on to attack Col de Sarenne, first featured in the 2013 Tour. Known as “the B side of Alpe d’Huez,” this quiet road is popular with locals for its understated, quiet challenge that you’ll experience firsthand today. After an exhilarating descent, choose to shuttle back or, if you have the legs, ride back to La Grave, where you’ll enjoy the best fondue in town when we gather for a dinner of Savoie fare.

Hotel:

Auberge Edelweiss
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Day

4

Live Race Viewing of Stage 13 in Chamrousse


Today's Ride:

Vizelle to Chamrousse Return
Approximately 32 miles with 4,700 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning after a private 90 minute shuttle to Vizille you’ll ride the final climb of today’s stage just hours before the peloton claims the road. Reconvene with your travelling companions to enjoy your first Trek Travel race viewing, where a fresh change of clothes awaits, along with a sumptuous Savoyard lunch. Sip cold drinks and watch all the live race action unfold on TV, as the tension mounts and the racers approach Chamrousse, or maybe mingle with the crowds to soak up the atmosphere and cheer as the caravan arrives. The second and final classified mountain pass of today’s stage, Chamrousse confronts riders with a 12 mile ascent rising a total of 4,055 feet over an average grade of 6.5% so the scene is set for a classic, gruelling mountain top finish! After all the excitement, shuttle back to La Grave to relax and freshen up before rejoining the the group for a hearty dinner in the hotel’s excellent restaurant to discuss the day’s riding and decide how the teams will respond to challenges ahead.

Hotel:

Auberge Edelweiss
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Day

5

Spectacular Trek Travel Live Race viewing


Today's Ride:

La Grave to Col du Lautaret Return
Approximately 20 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

La Grave to Galibier to Col du Lautaret Return
Avid Ride Mileage and Elevation

Description:

Immerse yourself in exceptional Alpine summer beauty this morning as you climb above the village of La Grave to Chazelet to enjoy truly breathtaking views of the tumbling glaciers that form the La Meije massif. Next up is a challenging climb along today’s racecourse to Col du Lautaret, just a few short hours before the pros. Once at the top, if time permits, you may

Hotel:

Auberge Edelweiss
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Day

6

Au Revoir


Description:

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast with sweeping mountain views stretching toward a brilliant blue sky while you contemplate the highlights of your alpine adventure. After bidding farewell to your guides at 9:00 AM at the Auberge Edelweiss, a private shuttle will take you to the train station in Grenoble, ending your Tour de France Alps Mountain Challenge trip! For all train travel, please check France’s rail site www.SNCF.com. Please do not arrange any connecting travel until after 11:30 AM to allow for any unforeseen delays.

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Hotels

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Auberge Edelweiss

La Grave, France

Located along the pass between the Col du Lautaret and Alpe d’Huez, the charming Auberge Edelweiss is run by a family passionate about cycling. Accustomed to hosting cyclists— even a stage winner or two—this hotel knows how to cater for active travelers and has all the appropriate facilities, including a whirlpool and sauna. Additionally, the hotel’s terrace offers the ideal setting to enjoy a cold beverage and spectacular views of the Meije glacier after a great day of cycling.

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  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, some social hours, 5 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day’s ride
  • On our Tour de France trip, you’ll be treated to a variety of classic regional Savoyard cuisine. Particularly renowned for its succulent cheese-based delicacies, this is the home of raclette and tartiflette dishes and of course fondue! Food is presented over a number of courses with smaller portions so you can stretch your appetite to enjoy each and every course to the end. Breakfasts are always served buffet style at the hotel.
  • 5 nights unique accommodations during the Tour de France trip
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Tour de France trip, you will stay in a welcoming hotel oozing charm, offering magnificent views from its terrace, and perfectly situated between Alpe d’Huez and Col du Lautaret.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Trek merchandise
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting(limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks
  • The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • $300 Discount on a 5 or 6 series Trek Domane or Madone, or Project One purchased at your local Trek dealer
  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 5-10% of the trip price which will be divided by your guide team. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

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Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 4
  • Average Daily Mileage | 35
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 5,700

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Tour de France, Leeds to London is best suited for our Type 4 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 3 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 4+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is stunning in France with views, quiet roads and challenging terrain. You'll make an average of 2-3 major climbs per day - invigorated by the fresh mountain air and inspired by the wonderful vistas and the landmarks that surround the routes of France’s most famous race.

Summer in the Alps can bring warm days, ranging from the mid 60s to low 80s, with evenings dropping to the mid 50s to mid 60s. However as with most mountainous regions it is wise to be prepared for variable conditions as weather can change very quickly, and there is always a chance of rain or snow. We recommend always traveling with rain gear as well as breathable layers to provide warmth should the temperature drop.

This destination is best suited to guests who want to cycle every day. Because of the terrain and/or remoteness of the hotels and riding routes, there are few, if any, non-riding options available. If a non-rider wants to accompany a rider guest on this trip, they would need to spend many hours in the van and/or at the hotels on the trip. Due to this, we strongly discourage non-riders from this destination.

As an alternative, call a Trek Travel Trip Consultant at 866.464.8735 for trip suggestions where more non-rider activities are available, such as:

  • Provence Luxury
  • Tuscany Luxury

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to a race-proven Trek Madone 6.5 with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting for the ultimate riding experience. Upgrades to Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels and Trek Ride Plus electric assist bicycle are also available. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

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How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Paris (CDG) or Lyon (LYS) and take a TGV to Grenoble. This journey is approximately 3 hours from Paris and 1 hour from Lyon and costs approximately 80 euros from Paris. For tickets and schedules see www.sncf.fr. The Grenoble TGV station is in the city center and is connected to other parts of the city by bus, tram or taxi.

The trip ends in Grenoble and we recommend booking your return flight from Paris (CDG) or Lyon (LYS). Trains run regularly from Grenoble to both Paris and Lyon. Please consult www.SNCF.com or speak with our travel agent for current train schedules.

Grenoble Train Station | Grenoble, France

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Grenoble Train Station (Rue Emile Gueymard, 38000 Grenoble, France) at 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You will then shuttle 1 hour to Venosc where we’ll enjoy an alpine lunch. Please have your first day cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage. After lunch your

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Auberge Edelweiss (+33 (0)4 76 79 90 93), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from Grenoble to your first hotel will take about 90 minutes and cost more than 100 euros.

Grenoble, France | Grenoble, France

You will say farewell to your guides at 9:00 AM at the Auberge Edelweiss After bidding farewell to your guides a private shuttle will take you to the main train station in Grenoble. For all train travel, please check France’s rail site www.SNCF.com. Please do not arrange any connecting travel until after 11:30 AM to allow for any unforeseen delays.

GRENOBLE, FRANCE

If you have the time, consider staying in Grenoble at the beginning or end of your trip to further explore the diverse activities and attractions of this romantic and historic French town. Grenoble offers numerous outdoor activities, including via ferrata, a mountain route equipped with fixed cables, ladders, and bridges providing access to otherwise

Park Hôtel

Situated in the center of Grenoble next to the Paul Mistral Park, the city’s only 4-star hotel is sure to win you over with its elegance, charm and excellent service!

10 Place Paul Mistral | +33 (0) 4 76 85 81 23 | www.Park-Hotel-Grenoble.fr | ~$130

Patrick Hôtel

Located close to Grenoble’s city center, the Patrick offers guests modern comforts and conveniences to ensure a pleasant stay.

116, cours de la Libération | 33 (0) 4 76 21 26 63 | www.PatrickHotel- Grenoble.com | ~$110

Hotel Mercure Grenoble President

Situated in the historic heart of Grenoble, this hotel offers easy access to the tram and train station. Bright comfortable guest rooms, charming service and Wi-Fi throughout make this an attractive option.

11 rue General Mangin | 33 (0) 4 76 56 26 56 | www. accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-2947-mercure-grenoble-president/index.html | ~$110

After: PARIS, France


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Hôtel Lancaster

Hôtel Lancaster is a boutique hotel built in 1889, just 100 yards from the Champs- Elysées. It offers a classic and elegant atmosphere and its own Michelin star restaurant. Rooms and suites at the Lancaster are furnished in luxury fabrics and grouped around a central Zen garden. Some rooms have a separate lounge, a private patio or views of the Eiffel Tower. Additional facilities include a 24-hour front desk with free Wi-Fi and a fitness center with a sauna. The hotel also offers a car rental service and private parking on site. The George V Metro Station is a 3 minute walk away and provides direct access to the Louvre museum and the chic Marais district.

7 Rue de Berri Paris | +01 40 76 40 76 | www.Hotel-Lancaster.com | ~$400

Hôtel de l’Abbaye Saint-Germain

In the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, renowned for its abundant cafés, restaurants, clubs and cinemas, the peaceful Hôtel de l’Abbaye offers a pleasant contrast to this famously lively part of Paris. A rare treat in the city center, the enchanting, peaceful atmosphere is an invitation to daydream in the sunshine, far away from the bustling streets of Paris.

10 rue Cassette | +33 (0) 1 43 59 35 45 | www. HotelAbbayeParis.com | ~$275

Hotel Royal Saint-Honoré

In the heart of historical Paris on the trendy and fashionable Rue Saint-Honoré, the Royal Saint Honoré offers a luxurious, comfortable base from which to explore Paris. Close to Place Vendôme,The Louvre and the Tuileries as well as the Opéra Garnier and the Place de la Concorde, this hotel is well-situated for to discover the City of Lights.

221 rue Saint-Honoré | + 33 (0)1 42 60 32 79 | www. leshotelsduroy.com/en/royal-saint-honore | ~$300


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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