Classic Climbs of the Tour



Classic Climbs of the Tour

Dramatic French Alps and Pyrenees

Cycle most famous climbs featured in the biggest cycling race in the world, the Tour de France, on our 9-day adventure which spans the French Pyrenees, Mont Ventoux and the Alps.

Ride the famous dramatic climbs of the the Tour de France, on our 10-day adventure through the French Alps and Pyrenees. Greet each day with new challenges riding cols including Aubisque, Galibier, and the mythic Ventoux. Feel like a legend as you revel in the scenery from the seat of a Trek bike. Test yourself against the gruelling ascent of Alpe d'Huez. This Classic Climbs trip offers scenic beauty, spectacular riding and the trip of a lifetime in classic Trek Travel style.



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Lourdes, France | Grenoble, France



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Today's Ride:

Lourdes to Soulor Loop
Approximately 53 miles with 4,090 feet of climbing

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Lourdes to Soulor Loop with Col d’Aubisque
Approximately 65 miles with 5,500 feet of climbing


Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Gallia & Londres (26 Avenue Bernadette Soubirous- BP83 Lourdes) at 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip. In 2012 the Tour de France featured the legendary ride that first began the race’s love affair with the climbs of the Pyrenees. 100 years ago, unsupported cyclists braved gravel roads on steel bikes, wary of attack by eagles and bears, pitting themselves against nature, each other and their own endurance.This morning you’ll appreciate the true grit and sheer determination of the Pros as you climb to Col du Soulor - beginning with a gentle ascent which soon ratchets up to a severe 9% grade.Take a break for lunch at the summit at a local bistro, or continue on to summit Col d’Aubisque, from where you can enjoy a well-earned sweeping descent and scenic ride all

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Today's Ride:

Lourdes to Col du Tourmalet & Col d’Aspin to Saint Lary
Approximately 70 miles with 9,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Lourdes to Col du Tourmalet & Col d’Aspin to Saint Lary with Pla d’Adet
Approximately 83 miles with 12,200 feet of climbing


Today you confront one of the Pyrenees’ legendary mountain passes —the mighty Col du Tourmalet. Cruise 12.5 miles along the valley floor following the river to Pierrefitte-Nestalas before climbing gently through the Gorges de Luz.With dramatic jagged cliffs above and a lively bubbling stream below, this section of the ride is incredibly picturesque.AscendTourmalet from the Barèges side - the same side the Pros approached in 2012 - and where Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador confronted each other and the fog in 2010’s deciding mountaintop finish. From here you’ll descend to ride over the Col d’Aspin to the town of Saint Lary-Soulan. Or, if you still have power in your legs, ride one more climb up the Pla d’Adet, which has areas with grades reaching up to12%.


Mercure Saint Lary Sensoria
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Today's Ride:

Mazan to Blauvac Loop
Approximately 22 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

Shuttle Pyrenees to Provence


This morning you’ll rise early, bidding ‘adieu’ to the mountains of the Pyrenees to transfer to Provence and the home of le MontVentoux. Take some time to rest and relax and watch the scenery change from the Pyrenean mountain landscapes to the vibrant lavender fields of Provence.This afternoon, withVentoux as your backdrop, you’ll ride through the vineyard covered hillsides from one sleepy village to another. If you’d rather take a day off the bike to linger in one of Provence’s quaint villages or take a dip in the pool, your guides are always there to accommodate.Tonight your home will be the historic Château de Mazan, once the residence of the notorious Marquis de Sade, where you and your traveling companions will be treated to a your first Provençal meal at the hotel’s excellent restaurant.


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Today's Ride:

Mazan to MtVentoux loop
Approximately 44 miles with 6,100 feet of climbing


Prepare yourself for epic scenery and legendary riding today!The challenge is the mighty MontVentoux, and 13.42 miles of climbing with no flat sections and an average grade of 10% through the middle 6.2 miles before you hit the moonscape.What makes this climb challenging is not just the ride itself, but also the weather. Intense winds or scorching heat can make this climb seem a hundred times more difficult than those found in the Alps.Your day will start early to give you the best opportunity to have a stellar climb. After taking a picture at the top to memorialize achieving this feat, you’ll descend to Malaucène to enjoy a bistro lunch of your choice.This afternoon spin back to the hotel and relax before this evening when you and your travel companions can explore the small village of Mazan to dine in the bistro of your choice.


Château de Mazan
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Today's Ride:

La Chambre to La Grave with Col du Télégraphe and Col du Galibier
Approximately 52 miles with 8,400 feet of climbing

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La Chambre to Col de La Madeleine to La Grave with Col du Télégraphe and Col du Galibier
Approximately 72 miles with 13,000 feet of climbing

Shuttle Provence to Alps


This morning you’ll rise early and say “à plus” to the lavender fields of Provence to focus on your next destination - the majestic Alps. After a scenic 3.5 hour transfer, you’ll gear up to tackle the next classic climbs,Télégraphe and Galibier. 2011’s Tour de France celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the first crossing of Galibier by the peloton, the Tour’s most visited mountain pass.Take on the route the Pros did in previous years and understand just what makes the double ascent so tough! Challenging and beautiful, this is one of the great rides of the French Alps.After cresting the top of Galibier, you have a beautiful and fast descent to the town of La Grave, and our hotel for the night, Hotel-Edelweiss.This evening you’ll be treated to a cycling-friendly dinner so you can retreat to your bed in time to rest up for tomorrow’s special day.


Auberge Edelweiss
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Today's Ride:

La Grave to Bardonecchia, Italy with Col du Lautaret and Col de l’Echelle
Approximately 42 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

La Grave to Bardonecchia with Col du Lautaret and Col de l’Echelle double
Approximately 84 miles with 8,200 feet of climbing


This morning you begin by cycling one of the Tour’s most famous climbs and descents, the climb up the Col du Lautaret with the descent to Briançon. Cycle this famous route where the likes of pros Alberto Contador and AlexanderVinokourov made famous stage wins in Briançon. Once in Briançon, make your way to theVallée Névache,with its quiet roads and stunning scenery,and after a short climb over Col de l’Echelle you descend into Bardonecchia, Italy for lunch. Enjoy the superb Italian food and coffee, and a fleeting taste of what makes Italy so magical. Later you have the option to tackle both climbs again, or alternatively opt out for a shuttle back to La Grave.Tonight you are free to explore La Grave to find a great restaurant to refuel before more stunning climbs tomorrow!


Auberge Edelweiss
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Today's Ride:

Le Grave to Col du Glandon to Alpe d’Huez
Approximately 68 miles with 9,800 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

La Grave to Col du Glandon to Col de la Croix de Fer to Alpe d’Huez
Approximately 70 miles with 10,700 feet of climbing


Welcome to another day of thigh burning climbs and rapid descents with a relentless climb over Col du Glandon - first featured in the 1947 Tour and showcased again in Stage 19 in 2013. The base of the col is at the Lac duVerney which often hosts the swim of the Alpe d’Huez triathalon and ascends 3700 feet over 15 miles “enjoying” a 10% grade over the last 1.8 miles. At the top savor the fresh alpine air and dramatic mountain views this remote area offers during the short time the road is open (from June to October). As always your Trek Travel guides will have water and snacks available for you to rest and refuel. If you have the legs, continue up the 1.5 miles to the summit of nearby Col de la Croix de Fer, featured in last year’s Tour. After a satisfying mountain lunch enjoy a lightning fast descent and the last climb back to our hotel in Alpe d’Huez .Tonight explore the village of Alpe D’Huez for dinner and celebrate the week’s exploits so far and all you’ve seen and accomplished.


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Today's Ride:

Alpe d’Huez Loop with Col de Sarenne
Approximately 35 miles with 5,500 feet of climbing


The classic ascent of Alpe d’Huez is a Tour de France favorite. In 2011 Pierre Rolland battled the Schleck brothers and Alberto Contador to the top.With an average grade of 8% and 21 hairpin bends, this lion of a climb will be sure to grab and hold all your attention. Together with a route made famous in the 2013 Tour, the Col de Sarenne, today will surely be a ride to remember. Descend down the Sarenne and take in the beauty of the mountains, and imagine the pros descending this small and narrow road, before we reach the final climb of the trip, Alpe d’Huez, the ultimate grand finale ride. Tonight gather with your traveling companions and guides to raise a glass to the Tour, to the legendary riding that makes it famous, to the heroes past and present and the incredible cycling of these truly epic climbs!


Chamois d’Or
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You’ll say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Au Chamois d’Or Boutique Hotel. A private shuttle will take you back to the Grenoble TGV station. Trains run directly to Lyon and Paris, see for schedules. Please do not arrange any connections from the station until after 12:00 PM.

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Hôtel Gallia & Londres on our Classic Climbs of the Tour bike trip

Hôtel Gallia & Londres

Lourdes, France

This 4 star, 17th century-style hotel is located right in the historic heart of Lourdes. Spectacular riding into the Pyrenees and the sights and sounds of this unique city lie right outside your door.
Mercure hotel on our Classic Climbs of the Tour bike trip

Mercure Saint Lary Sensoria

Saint Lary Soulan, France

In the heart of the Pyrenees lies the hotel Mercure Saint Lary Sensoria, offering an exceptional location with excellent access to many of the legendary mountain passes. The hotel has kept its roots and soul in these mountains and has a history of impeccable service.
Château de Mazan hotel on our Classic Climbs of the Tour bike trip

Château de Mazan

Mazan, Francef

A welcoming property with an intimate feel, Le Château de Mazan was built around 1720, and was at one point home to the notorious Marquis de Sade. But have no fear for today it is a much more hospitable place - a warm and welcoming hotel with beautiful rooms and a refreshing swimming pool within riding distance of Mt. Ventoux.

Auberge Edelweiss

Le Grave, France

Located along the route between the Col du Lautaret and Alpe d'Huez, the charming Auberge Edelweiss is run by a family passionate about cycling. Accustomed to housing cyclists - even a stage winner or two - this hotel knows how to cater to active travelers and has 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.

Chamois d'or

Alpe d'Huez, France

A spectacular mountainside retreat. The cozy duvets, the soothing wood, the warm fabrics and the patina of the furniture will prolong the magic of the mountains even in your dreams. Admire the magnificent panorama of the Oisans glaciers, huddled up in a deckchair on the sunny balcony of your room.

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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. See more

  • 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 luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 8 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Classic Climbs of the Tour trip, you will stay in select accommodations with the best access to the climbs. A mix of mountain escapes and quaint village inns.
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 2 social hours, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Classic Climbs of the Tour trip, lunches will be a bounty of local specialties or packed lunch style, to be taken en route. Dinners vary on this trip from hearty Hautes-Alpes fare to lighter Provençal dishes.We visit delightful local bistros and enjoy unique dining options in each location and we strive to provide our guests with an authentic taste of the very best of each region.
  • 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 t-shirt 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 retailer

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.


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 | 54
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 6,500

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. Classic Climbs of the Tour is best suited for our Type 4 Riders. Type 4+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is mountainous with several mountain passes. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

The summer months 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 mountainous regions of France, it is best to be prepared for variable conditions, as weather can change very quickly, and 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 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
  • Tuscany

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 Pau (PUF) or Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees airport (LDE).There are direct flights to Pau and Tarbes from Paris (CDG or ORY) and some European cities. Air France has several daily options, and early bookers may find cheaper flights with EasyJet although these are less frequent. From the airport you can take a taxi to Lourdes: from Tarbes the taxi is approximately 30 euros and from Pau expect to pay between 70-100 euros.

As the trip ends in Grenoble, we recommend booking your return flight from Lyon (LYS) or Paris Charles de Galle (CDG).You can take a TGV from Grenoble to Paris Gare de Lyon station or Lyon. This journey is approximately 3 hours to Paris and 1 hour to Lyon. For tickets and schedules please check

Hotel Gallia & Londres | Lourdes, France

YourTrekTravel guides will meet you at the Hotel Gallia & Londres (26Avenue Bernadette Soubirous- BP83 Lourdes) at 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip.Your guides will be on hand to welcome you, get you settled in and begin your bike fitting. Once you arrive at the hotel please present yourself at reception and you will be directed to your guides.You also have the option to meet your guides between 3-6pm on the afternoon before your trip starts for your bicycle fitting.

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 Gallia & Londres (+33 (0)5 62 94 35 44), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from the airport to our meeting place at the hotel will take approximately 30 minutes and cost around 40 Euros.

Grenoble TGV station | Grenoble, France

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Au Chamois d’Or Boutique Hotel. and a private shuttle will take you back to the Grenoble TGV station.Trains run directly to Lyon and Paris, see for schedules. Please do not arrange any connections from the station until after 12:00 PM

Before: LOURDES, France

If you have the time, consider staying in Lourdes before your trip to experience this unique town. As the second most visited destination in France after Paris, Lourdes attracts some 5 million people each year and is a place of mass pilgrimage from Europe and other parts of the world.Visit the famous grotto where apparitions of theVirgin Mary are reported to have occurred in 1858.The spring water from the grotto is also believed by some to possess healing properties. Lourdes is a fascinating destination unto itself.We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

Grand Hôtel Moderne

This stately and elegant hotel offers privileged access to the Sanctuaries. Rich in history, it was completely restored in 2008, and the new owners have taken great care to preserve the precious heritage and soul of this Baroque masterpiece.

21, avenue Bernadette Soubirous | +33 (0)5 62 94 12 32 | www. | ~$150

Mercure Lourdes Impérial

Comfortably appointed rooms and an attentive staff will make your stay at this downtown property on the Gave River a pleasure.The hotel features two restaurants and a lounge bar.

3 Avenue du Paradis | +33 (0)5 62 94 06 30 | www.AccorHotels. com | ~$115

Grand Hôtel Gallia & Londres

The Grand Hôtel Gallia & Londres is a 4-star hotel that enjoys an excellent location near the Sanctuaries in Lourdes. The guestrooms feature modern comforts such as en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, satellite channels, phone and balconies. Guests will enjoy free Wi-Fi and high-speed internet connection during their stay at the hotel. The attentive, professional multilingual staff of the Grand Hôtel Gallia & Londres will provide the utmost quality of service to make every stay a memorable moment.

26 Avenue Bernadette Soubirous | +33 05 62 94 35 44 | www. | ~$150

After: GRENOBLE, France

If you have the time, consider staying in Grenoble after your trip to further explore the diverse activities this French town offers. Grenoble has 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 Rhône-Alpes town, is a ride up the télépherique: 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.We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Park Hôtel

Situated adjacent to the Paul Mistral Park in the center of Grenoble, the city’s only 4-star hotel is sure

10 Place Paul Mistral | 33 (0) 4 76 85 81 23 | | ~$395

Patrick Hôtel

Located close to Grenoble’s city center, this hotel offers you many of the modern comforts you enjoy.

116,cours de la Libération | 33 (0) 4 76 21 26 63 | | ~$133

Best Western Terminus

This Belle Epoque hotel (1906), with modern conveniences such as air-conditioning and WiFi Internet access, 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- | ~$175

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

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