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Annecy to Alpe d'Huez

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Annecy to Alpe d'Huez

Classic Climbs of the Alps

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There are mountains, and then there are the Alps.

This is where cycling mythology was born, from Eddy Merckx's dominance of five Tours, to Pantani's record-breaking ascent up Alpe d'Huez, to today's champions like Contador, Quintana and Froome battling it out in the mist and haze of Europe's high peaks. We'll tackle climbs like Col de la Colombiere, Col du Glandon, Col de la Madeleine and more while we bask in the gorgeous hues of crystal-clear Lake Annecy (Europe's cleanest lake) and the sights from Mont Blanc, a must-stop on any Alps tour. We'll refuel with Savoyard cuisine and recover in some of the most charming and central hotels. If you've ever had a desire to conquer the monsters of France, this is your trip. Learn more about our typical day in Alps»
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Annecy, France | Grenoble, France


Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Col de Croix Fry and Col des Aravis Loop
Approximately 35 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing.

Description:

Welcome to the Alps! A short drive through the bustling heart of Annecy leads you and your new traveling companions around Lake Annecy and up into the mountains to your hotel. After some initial introductions and a thorough bike fitting, your guides will take you on a short spin through the alpine hills and over the Col de la Croix Fry. The perfect warm up ride, this climb has been featured in the Tour de France four times, most recently in 2013. We'll stop at a local bistro to take in the views over lunch, and if you're up for it, you can make a quick jaunt up Col des Aravis for a chance to sneak a peek at Mont Blanc in the distance. A quick descent will bring you to your home for the next three nights in La Clusaz. This evening you’ll gather with the group for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel.

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Hotel:

Hotel Beauregard
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Grand Bornand and Col de la Colombiere Loop
Approximately 42 miles with 5,600 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Col de la Colombiere Return
Approximately 22 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Col de la Colombiere Loop with Col du Collet
Approximately 65 miles with 9,000 feet of climbing

Description:

Enjoy incredible riding today over some of the iconic climbs of the Tour de France. Start your day with a plentiful breakfast before heading out for a loop ride that offers spectacular roads and sprawling vistas. You'll first spin up and over the 12-kilometer climb to Col de la Colombiere, just as the pro peloton has done some 20 times since the Tour began. Today you will climb the "easier" side from Le Grand Bornand, equally important in the Tour's history with numerous stage finishes. You'll complete the loop through Petit Bornand before circling back to the idyllic hotel where you can relax at the pool or maybe catch up on a well deserved nap. Tonight you are on your own to explore the local culture and enjoy a meal showcasing the best of Savoyard cuisine.

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Hotel:

Hotel Beauregard
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Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day

3

Today's Ride:

Lake Annecy Loop
Approximately 55 miles with 4,500 feet of climbing

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Lake Annecy with Col de Leschaux
Approximately 68 miles with 6,500 feet of climbing

Description:

Today it's your choice to ride, relax, or something in between. Spin around the quiet shores of Lake Annecy, the cleanest lake in all of Europe, through quaint neighborhoods in the shadows of the alpine backdrop or, if it's another climb you're after, pedal up Col de Leschaux and experience the sweeping views of the crystal clear lake far below. Soak up the panorama at the top before a lightning fast descent back to the water’s edge. Lunch is on your own today in Annecy, where you can take your time to explore the local bistros, or take a stroll around the cobbled streets of old town Annecy before climbing your way back up to the village of Clusaz. This afternoon and evening we'll enjoy a hearty Savoyard meal at our favorite local place. Tomorrow brings a lot of excitement leading into Alpe d'Huez, so be sure to rest up!

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Hotel:

Hotel Beauregard
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

4

Today's Ride:

Col de la Madeleine to Alpe d'Huez
Approximately 71 miles with 15,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

St. Etienne de Cuines to Alpe d'Huez with shuttle
Approximately 40 miles with 9,400 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning we'll hop on a 1-hour shuttle from La Clusaz, making a beeline straight for Alpe d'Huez. We'll begin our adventure via the hors categorie (beyond category) 25 km Col de la Madeleine, featured in the Tour de France 24 times, and the grand Col du Glandon with an average gradient of 6.9%. Feel the energy resurge as you make your way up along the side of Alpe d'Huez. You'll make your approach from the western side before hitting the last few switchbacks to the top. Tomorrow you'll make a full ascent from the classic route, and you will have experienced some of the most breathtaking scenery the Alps has to offer from the saddle of your Trek bicycle in signature Trek Travel fashion. Tonight, you're free to explore the lively mountain ski town known as Alpe d'Huez. Grab a quick pizza at a local brew pub, indulge in a hearty Raclette, or saddle up to some pasta. There's plenty of variety to be found tonight and your guides are more than happy to help you choose.

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Hotel:

Hotel Grandes Rousses
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Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day

5

Today's Ride:

Col de Sarenne to Alpe d’Huez Loop
Approximately 32 miles with 6,100 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Col de Sarenne to Alpe d’Huez with Col d’Ornon Return
Approximately 49 miles with 8,900 feet of climbing

Description:

Today will be a “King/Queen of the Mountains” day with the opportunity to tackle Alpe d’Huez from its traditional route, much like the pros have done so ferociously Tour after Tour. Don't worry, Trek Travel van support will be available to help fuel your bodies for the time you’ll spend in the saddle, whether you are chasing the hands of time, or marveling at the alpine beauty around you. If the idea of climbing only two cols is not enough, we have a tasty little treat of Col d’Ornon to add to your plate. At approximately 11 kilometers, and offering a mellow 5.8% average gradient, it’s the perfect appetizer for your ascent of Alpe d’Huez. Tonight, you’ll meet for drinks with a striking view of the mountains before you savor a hearty, well-earned Savoyard dinner with your mountain goat companions, reliving all the great climbs and descents you've tackled together.

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Hotel:

Hotel Grandes Rousses
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

6

Today's Ride:

Col de Sarenne
Approximately 12 miles with 1,750 feet of climbing

Description:

After a long week of traversing some of the most magnificent climbs in the Alps, you may not want to turn another pedal stroke! Take the time this morning to stroll around the village of Alpe d'Huez, or sleep in and enjoy a late breakfast. If you’re interested in a farewell climb, make your way behind the village of Alpe d'Huez along a narrow ribbon of road to revisit Col de Sarenne and enjoy five-star views of the stunning mountains and tumbling glaciers from the best seat in the house before returning to the hotel. You'll have some time to freshen up before departing for Grenoble via private shuttle at 11:00 AM.

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Included Meals:

Breakfast



OPTIONAL PARIS ADD-ON PACKAGE


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Explore the city of Paris

3 days | 2 nights

$999 per person

Based on double occupancy.

About:

The ‘City of Light’ has something for everyone. Start with a stroll and spot famous landmarks including the Arc de Triomphe or Notre Dame - take time to visit the Louvre museum or venture to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Discover the height of French gastronomy and admire the couture fashion or shop at the diverse boutiques throughout the city.

Get an insider’s view with a city walking tour led by a local guide, born-and-raised Parisian, who not only knows the Paris Landmarks and neighborhoods intimately, but will also help you make the most of your stay in Paris. Discover the popular areas around the Tuileries gardens, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, before finishing in the Marais district – Parisians’ favorite area for both shopping and people-watching.

Explore Paris independently with the 2-day Paris Museum Pass. Your pass will provide free entry to over 60 of Paris’ museums and attractions including the Louvre and Arc de Triomphe, fast track entry and more!

What's Included:

  • 2 Nights Accommodation at a 4 star property in downtown Paris
  • 1 Trek Travel exclusive city walking tour with a local guide
  • 2-day Museum pass to independently explore area attractions
  • List of hand-picked restaurant recommendations
  • Option to add on travel assistance for flights and rail tickets for an additional fee.

Gratuities for your guides are not included and are at your own expense and at your discretion

How to get there

Choose the Paris add-on package before or after your Bordeaux, Provence, Annecy to Alpe d'Huez or Classic Climbs of the Tour trip package.

Suggested Area Attractions:

  • Louvre Museum
  • Pantheon
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Notre Dame Towers
  • Champs-Élysées
  • Palace of Versailles

Read through our Add On Package FAQs for more information.




Dates & Pricing

THE EARLIER YOU BOOK, THE GREATER THE REWARDS

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book, your price and date are guaranteed.

2016


Jun
5th - 10th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3699 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
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Jun
12th - 17th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3699 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Jun
19th - 24th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3699 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Jul
31st -
Aug
5th
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$3699 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Aug
7th - 12th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3699 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Aug
14th - 19th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3699 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Aug
21st - 26th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3699 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Aug
28th -
Sep
2nd
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$3699 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
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Hotels

Hotel Beauregard on Trek Travel's Tour de France Bike Tour

Hotel Beauregard

La Clusaz, France

Tucked away in the heart of the Aravis mountain range, is this charming and authentic Savoyard village, La Clusaz. The 4-star Hotel Beauregard is one of the most beautiful and notable hotels in La Clusaz. It's an ideal holiday destination for rest, relaxation and the escape of a true natural setting.
Hotel Grandes Rousses on Trek Travel's France Cycling Vacation

Hotel Grandes Rousses

Alpe d'Huez, France

The recently refreshed and refurbished iconic chalet that is Grandes Rousses is the only hotel on Alpe d'Huez to offer a true 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains. The accommodations are tastefully decorated and furnished with all of the amenities like spa, swimming pool and wine and cheese bar that you'll need to relax and rejuvenate in style.

What's Included

We Include More

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories.

  • 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
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Annecy to Alpe d'Huez trip you will stay in two very different and charming hotels. Take in the crisp mountain air at the rustic, chic Hotel Beauregard and enjoy an updated mountain retreat before the iconic mountain top village of Alpe d'Huez presents you with a contemporary mountain style lodge with a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 social hours, 3 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Annecy to Alpe d'Huez trip you’ll be experiencing a variety of regional Savoyard cuisine, noted for its commitment to cheeses. This is the home of the fondue, raclette, and tartiflette dishes, discovered over a number of courses and the portions are smaller to enable you enjoy each course. Breakfast is always served at the hotel, buffet style.
  • 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
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Bontrager 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)
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Trek Bontrager helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • $300 USD off any 2015 5 Series or 6 Series Trek Domane including Project One and the Trek Emonda SL6 and SL8 models.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. 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.

FAQs

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 | 56
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 9,200 feet

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. Annecy to Alpe d'Huez 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. The terrain is highlighted by stunning views, quiet roads and challenging climbs. We will make an average of 2-3 major climbs per day that combine sustained climbing with several steep sections. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

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
  • Tuscany
  • Bordeaux

The summer months 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. When traveling in the Alps, it is best to be prepared for variable conditions, as weather can change very quickly. There is always the chance of snow and rain. We recommend always traveling with rain gear, as well as plenty of breathable layers to provide warmth when the temperature drops.

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. 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.

Meeting & Departing

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 Geneva (GVA).

From Paris’ Gare de Lyon, trains depart daily for Annecy with a travel time of 4-5 hours. The train journey from Geneva to Annecy takes 1-1/2 to 2 hours. However, train options and times are somewhat limited to and from Geneva and can sometimes present more logistical challenges. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the Geneva airport to Annecy for approximately 100 euros or a bus for 20 euros. Please consult www.SNCF.com or speak with our travel agent for current train schedules.

Annecy Train Station | Annecy, France

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Annecy Train Station (Place de la Gare, 74000 Annecy, France) at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. A shuttle through the bustling city of Annecy will bring you to your ride start in La Clusaz. Please have your first day’s riding gear handy and separate from your other luggage to facilitate the bike fitting and ride.

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, Hotel Beauregard (+33 (0) 450 326 800), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Grenoble Train Station | Grenoble, France

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Grandes Rousses Hotel. You will be arriving by 12:30 PM at the Grenoble train station. Please do not book a departing train before 1:00 PM on this day. We recommend booking your return flight from Paris (CDG) or Lyon (LYS). Trains run from Grenoble to both Paris and Lyon. For all train travel, feel free to confirm train times on the posted timetable at France’s rail site, www.SNCF.com.

Before: ANNECY, FRANCE

Gorgeous Annecy! Guided tours of historic Annecy allow you to discover the medieval aspects of the town and visit buildings dating back to the Renaissance and 12th century. Hiking trails are numerous, covering diverse terrain, offering spectacular views all around, and water activities are bountiful along the lake. Paragliding is world-renowned in Annecy, boasting some of the world’s best and providing, literally, a bird’s eye view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Be sure to lounge in the park by the lake, just across from the town center, or linger at a café or ice cream parlor surrounded by flowers. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

L’Impérial Palace

Located in a park on Lake Annecy, L'Imperial Palace houses the Casino Imperial, as well as one of the most famous convention centers in France. It has been fully remodeled and includes both a fitness and a beauty center with a sauna and steam bath. 98 rooms.

32 Avenue Albigny | +33 (0)4 50 09 30 00 | www.Hotel-Imperial-Palace.com | ~$315

Les Trésoms

This is a residence-style hotel that dates from the early 1900’s, with a shaded terrace overlooking the swimming pool and a beautiful view of the lake. 48 rooms.

3 Boulevard Corniche | +33 (0)4 50 51 43 84 | www.LesTresoms.com | ~$250

Hotel Splendid

This recently renovated hotel is ideally located between the lake and the mountains. The Splendid Hotel sits across from the shores of Lake Annecy, the cleanest lake in all of France, and is perfectly nestled in the heart of the old town.

4, Quai Eustache Chappuis | +33 (0)4 50 45 20 00 | www.Splendidhotel.fr | ~$160

After: GRENOBLE, FRANCE

Grenoble offers numerous outdoor activities, including via ferrata, a mountain route equipped with fixed cables, ladders, and bridges providing access to otherwise isolated routes to climbers with a variety of skills. Not to be missed in this Rhone-Alpes town is a ride on the téléphérique: egg-shaped cable cars, les bulles, take you across the Isère River to the Bastille, a series of ancient fortifications. Enjoy the view from the summit, then wander the many trails leading down to the city. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Park Hotel

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

10 Place Paul Mistral | +33 (0)4 76 85 81 23 | http://www.park-hotel-grenoble.fr/en/ | ~$150

Le Grand Hotel

A historic hotel built in 1870, the Grand Hotel Grenoble Hyper Centre is located in the heart of the Alps capital. The Bastille cable railway, the Antique dealers district, the Grenoble museum and its theater are less than 5 minutes on foot from the Grand Hotel. Located close to Grenoble’s city center, this 4 star hotel offers you many of the modern comforts you enjoy.

5 rue de la République 38000 Grenoble | +33 (0)4 76 51 22 59 | http://www.grand-hotel-grenoble.com | ~$150

Best Western Terminus

This Belle Epoque hotel (1906), with modern conveniences, such as air-conditioning and WiFi, is conveniently located just across the street from the Grenoble train station.

10, place de la Gare | +33 (0) 4 76 87 24 33 | www.Terminus-Hotel-Grenoble.fr | ~$175


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

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