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Etape du Tour

Ride a stage of the Tour de France

We are now taking reservations for the 2017 Etape du Tour. These trips sell out every year so give us a call at 866 464 8735 today!

Cycling fans have dreamt of riding the routes of their heroes since the first true mountain stage of the Tour de France in 1910. Each year a lucky few get the unique opportunity to experience those dreams in all their glory by taking part in the Etape du Tour--designed to celebrate the challenge of the famed routes and share in the passion that surrounds the Tour de France. This year's route covers Stage 20 of Le Tour, traveling 146km from Megève to Morzine. A breathtaking alpen stage, the ride features four mountain passes including the mythic Col de la Colombiére. As an Official Tour Operator for both the Etape du Tour and the Tour De France, we are proud to welcome you to ‘Team Trek Travel Etape’ and to guarantee your place for 2016 - courtesy of our unique relationship with official Etape sponsor Trek Bicycles.

Trip Wows:

  • Official Tour Operator of the Etape du Tour
  • Guaranteed Entry to the world-famous event
  • Stay at a 5-star hotel in Megève, this year's Etape start village
  • Strategically located, private rest stops on the race course
  • Ride a race-ready Trek Domane 5.9 with Di2 electronic shifting
  • Private support from our professional mechanics and guide team
  • Celebrate in style at our private finish party

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Annecy, France


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Today's Ride:

Megève to Aérodrome loop
Approximately 11 miles with 1,835 feet of climbing


Welcome to world-famous Annecy, one of the most picturesque destinations in the high Alps. Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Annecy Train Station (Place de la Gare, 74000 Annecy, France) at 2:15 PM on the first day of the trip. After a brief transfer to your hotel in Megève and initial introductions, your guides will familiarize you with your Trek bike and ensure a perfect fit. If time allows, take your bike for a spin to the aérodrome of Mégève and back through winding, alpine roads. If you'd rather, make yourself comfortable at the hotel as you prepare for the week ahead and watch the Tour's mountainous stage on TV. This evening, you’ll become better acquainted with your travel companions over cocktails and a delectable first night’s meal in the Alps.



Le Fer à Cheval
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Included Meals:

Social Hour | Dinner



Today's Ride:

Megève to Col des Saisies
Approximately 30 miles with 4,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Megève to Villard-sur-Doron to Col des Saisies
Approximately 50 miles with 8,500 feet of climbing


Start your day with an extensive and typically European breakfast before heading out for a loop ride that includes spectacular roads and sprawling vistas. Your ride today includes sections of stage 19 in this year's Tour de France! You'll ride to the popular ski resort of Col des Saisies, before electing to pedal down to the sleepy village of Villard-sur-Doron for a few extra miles if you'd like. After a lunch of your choice on the Col des Saisies, we'll spin back to the hotel to relax and catch the day's Tour de France stage finish on TV. If you'd like, take some time to explore Megève this afternoon. The town has been one of the world's best ski resort towns since the 1950's, and still attracts French aristocracy and other A-listers from around the world with its blend of 13th century architecture, excellent restaurants, and charming boutiques. Tonight we'll gather together to explore the local culture and enjoy a meal showcasing the best of Savoyard cuisine.


Le Fer à Cheval
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner



Today's Ride:

Megève to Col des Aravis
Approximately 27 miles with 3,600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Megève to La Clusaz to Col des Aravis
Approximately 36 miles with 8,250 feet of climbing


Enjoy some stunning alpine riding today over one of the iconic climbs of the Tour de France. Catch views of the majestic Mont Blanc as you climb to the summit of Col des Aravis, used 39 times since 1949 in the history of the Tour. You'll have the advantage of pre-riding this climb before you tackle it during the Etape. Take it all in at the summit or head down to La Clusaz if you'd like to climb the col from the other side. Relax with a satisfying lunch at the top, perhaps include some dessert and coffee, and then spin back down to Megeve for a TV viewing of Le Tour. Take a little stroll through town, trade updates on the day's stage and insights on Tour predictions before savoring dinner at the restaurant of your choice this evening. Tomorrow brings a lot of excitement leading into the Etape, so be sure to rest up!


Le Fer à Cheval
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch



Today's Ride:

Megève to les Houchettes
Approximately 25 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Race Expo


As always with Trek Travel, today is yours to spend as you choose: prepare for the challenges of tomorrow's full mountain stage of the Tour de France with a short morning spin and the opportunity to loosen your legs, or skip the ride and opt for rest and relaxation at the hotel. Then, it's time to get ready, as this afternoon you’ll visit the race expo to mingle with fellow riders and pick up your race number at the official event check-in. Soak up the atmosphere and browse the expo area with cyclists from all over the world. This evening, discuss strategy and review the course profile with your guides and riding companions as you gather your courage for race day. Tonight’s meal will be a hearty, energy-packed feast that’ll ensure you’re well-fueled for tomorrow.


Le Fer à Cheval
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Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner



Etape Race Day:

Megève to Morzine
Approximately 142km or 91 miles


Your date with destiny has arrived! After a filling breakfast, make your way to the start of the big race. With strategically located, private rest stops, Trek Travel support teams are ready along the route with nourishment and encouragement to speed you on your way—and let you just concentrate on the epic riding. The first few miles out of Megève begin gently--the perfect warm-up as you ride into Flumet. The next 11.5km rise with an average 5% gradient, climbing to the top of Col des Aravis. Spin your legs and recover on the descent to Le Grand Bornand before ascending the 11.7km Col de la Colombiere, averaging 5.9%. Descend to the valley before heading back up the 3rd col of the day, Col de la Ramaz, which is 16km long at an average of 6.1%. After a nice long descent begin your final climb of the day up to the hors catégorie Col de Joux Plane, an 11.6km climb at 8.5% average. Then enjoy the descent down to Morzine and the finish. Feel like a pro as the crowd cheers you onward and upward, pushing you toward the finish line. Soak in the pagentry and majesty as you cross the line of an official Tour stage. Congratulations! Celebrate your achievement and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow riders in the finish village while you enjoy a Trek Travel-provided buffet with refreshing drinks at your private finale picnic. Later, you’ll shuttle back to the hotel to continue the festivities over a celebratory dinner to toast your new friends and today’s epic accomplishment!


Le Fer à Cheval
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner



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It's hard to believe that our adventure has concluded. The morning is yours to recover after your assault on yesterday's stage. You'll have time for a little stroll through town to loosen the legs, or choose to sleep in for a full recovery. Whichever you choose, your final day will be well-spent. A private shuttle will take you to the Annecy Train Station this morning for travel to your final destination.


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What does "Single Occupancy" mean?

We understand that some guests find it more convenient and comfortable to have a private room while on vacation. And that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The supplemental charge guarantees a private room without a roommate.


Le Fer à Cheval Hotel on Trek Travels Etape du Tour Cycling Vacation

Le Fer à Cheval

Megève, France

Le Fer à Cheval, a 5-star luxury boutique hotel, features a fantastic spa with indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzi, sauna, and hammam. Located in Megève, an authentic mountain village right next to Mont Blanc, Le Fer à Cheval has become a haven for lovers of nature, landscape and fine dining.

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.

  • Guaranteed Etape race entry
  • 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 Etape du Tour trip, you will stay in a 5-star luxury hotel in Megève, an authentic mountain village right next to Mont Blanc and the start town of the 2016 Etape du Tour. Nothing, from décor to services, has been left to chance at Le Fer à Cheval as they aim to make your stay a memorable experience.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 3 social hours, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Etape du Tour trip, you’ll be experiencing a variety of regional cuisine. On our Etape du Tour trip, you’ll be exploring a variety of regional Rhone Alps cuisine, which is noted for its decadent, cheese-based recipes. This is the home of fondue, raclette and gratin dauphinois. We’ve made some adjustments to this traditional fare to ensure meals are appropriate for our riders. The food is savored over a number of courses and the portions are smaller to enable you to enjoy each course. Breakfast is always served at the hotel, buffet-style.

Trek Travel trips include unique and delicious dining locations, and we also usually leave at least one meal for you to explore on your own. If you have any special dietary preferences, be sure that you have informed your Trek Travel Trip Consultant before you leave for your trip. We will do our best to accommodate your dietary requests.

  • Private Trek Travel rest stops and support on the Etape du Tour route
  • 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
  • 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
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks

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.


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
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Etape Course Distance | 146 km (91 miles)
  • Etape Course Climbs | Col des Aravis, Col de la Colombiére, Col de la Ramaz, and Col de Joux Plane

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. Etape du Tour is best suited for our Type 4 Riders. The terrain is challenging, with stunning views and quiet roads. You will be invigorated by the fresh mountain air and will take in wonderful vistas. See day by day 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:

  • Tour de France Paris Finish Package
  • Tour de France Paris Viewing
  • Tour de France Alpe d'Huez to Paris

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.

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.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

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.

Want to learn more about our race trip difference? Check out our Race FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that pertain to our race trips.

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).

Trains depart Paris’s Gare de Lyon (CDG) daily for Annecy, with a travel time of 4-5 hours. Alternatively, the train journey from Geneva to Annecy takes 1.5 to 2 hours. However, train options and times are somewhat limited to and from Geneva and can sometimes present more logistical challenges. You can also take a taxi from the Geneva airport to Annecy for approximately 100 euros or a bus for 20 euros. Please consult 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 2:15 PM on the first day of the trip. A shuttle through the bustling city of Annecy will bring you to your ride start in Megève. 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, Le Fer à Cheval (+33 4 50 21 30 39), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Annecy Train Station | Annecy, France

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at Le Fer à Cheval Hotel. You’ll then travel by shuttle to Annecy Train Station, arriving at around 11:30 AM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate any possible traffic delays.

Before & After: Annecy, France

If you have the time, consider staying in Annecy at the beginning or end of your trip to further explore the diverse activities this French town offers. 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- or post-trip hotel:

L'Imperial 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 | | ~$315

Les Tresoms

This is residence-style hotel dates back to 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 | | ~$300

Hotel Splendid

This recently renovated hotel is ideally located between the lake and the mountains. The Hotel Splendid 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 | | ~$160

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

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