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Etape du Tour

SAMPLE 2014 ITINERARY

With the Etape du Tour you can experience a day in the life of a pro and ride an entire stage of the Tour de France.

With Trek Travel as an Official Tour Operator for the Etape du Tour you can experience a day in the life of a pro and ride an entire stage of the Tour de France. In 2014 the route went from Pau to Hautacam. Our partnership with Trek Bikes, an official sponsor of the race, puts Trek Travel in a unique position to deliver the industry's best support along the route. All you have to do is ride and leave the rest to us! This trip consistently sells out, so reserve your space today by contacting us. 2015 information will be available in November.

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$3999PP

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4

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Pau, France

Dates

2014
Jul

Daily Itinerary

Sample 2014 Itinerary


Day

1

Welcome & Bike Fit


Today's Ride:

Oloron to Jurancon Loop
Approximately 25 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Pau Train Station (64000 Pau, France) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Ease into the Etape du Tour weekend with a delicious lunch

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Hotel:

Alysson Hôtel
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Day

2

Today's Ride:

Oloron to Aramits Loop
Approximately 38 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing

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Oloron to La Pierre Loop
Approximately 60 miles with 3,100 feet of climbing

Description:

Enjoy some spectacular local riding today—at whatever pace you choose. Start your day with a plentiful breakfast before heading out for a pleasant loop ride that offers wonderful roads and delightful vistas. Travel west through the Bois de Josbaig, crisscrossing over the Gave d’Oloron, where low hills with climbs with a maximum 4% grade characterize the terrain. Along the way, your guides will choose the ideal spot for a signature Trek Travel picnic lunch of regional specialties. If you are keen to spin your legs on a more substantial climb, your guides can recommend a range of further options and will be happy to set you on the right course. The loop finally circles back to the idyllic Hotel Alysson where you can relax at the pool or maybe catch up with all the day’s Tour news on TV. Tonight Marie St Oloron is yours to explore and indulge in a dinner of your choice at one of it’s excellent eateries.

Hotel:

Alysson Hôtel
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Day

3

Today's Ride:

Oloron to Lucq de Bearn Loop
Approximately 21 miles with 600 feet of climbing

Pick-Up Race Package & Race Expo

Description:

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 alternatively skip the ride and opt for rest and relaxation

Hotel:

Alysson Hôtel
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Day

4

Today's Ride:

Etape du Tour: Pau to Annecy Hautacam
Approximately 92 miles

Description:

Your date with destiny has arrived! After a plentiful breakfast an early transfer takes you to the start of the Etape to join the other cyclists gathered for today’s courageous endeavor. With strategically located, private rest stops free of the queues of the official 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 30 miles

Hotel:

Alysson Hôtel
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Day

5

Au Revoir


Description:

This morning is yours to sleep in and enjoy some much deserved rest before a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 9:30 AM at the Alysson Hôtel. You’ll then shuttle 1 hour to the Pau train station, arriving at approximately 10:30 AM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate any possible traffic delays.

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Dates & Pricing

2015 pricing and dates available in mid-November.

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Hotels

SAMPLE 2014 hotels

Alysson Hotel on our Etape du Tour bike trip

Alysson Hôtel 

Marie-Sainte-Oloron, France

Ideally located in the heart of the Béarn region, close to the Pyrénées mountains, Hôtel Alysson offers high-standard accommodations in a cozy environment. Enjoy a dip in the enchanting pool and relax in the rejuvenating spa.

What's Included

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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
  • 4 nights of accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 2 social hours, 3 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Etape du Tour trip, you’ll be offered a range of seasonal delights from the Pyrénées, featuring a range of hearty meals full of the warmth and character typical of the people of this wonderful area. “Paysan” meals feature pork and lamb, as well as garlic accompanied by aligot (mashed potatoes with garlic). French meals are cooked with a great sense of pride and attention to both presentation and quality. While we always try to provide an authentic taste of the local region, we have also made some adjustments to this traditional fare to ensure meals are appropriate for our riders. 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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 | 50
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 1,100

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. Type 4+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

The summer months in the Pyrénées are typically warm with daily temperatures ranging from the mid 60s to low 80s, dropping to the mid 50s to mid 60s in the evenings. When traveling in the mountains, it is best to be prepared for variable conditions as weather can change very quickly. We recommend always traveling with rain gear as well as breathable layers to provide warmth should the weather turn and 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 Explorer
  • Costa Brava.

We work with Vision Quest Training to give you that little boost before your Trek Travel bike trip. Vision Quest offers custom training plans that will get you ready to tackle your trip with confidence. The coaches consider the amount of hours you can train per week, what you need to focus on based on your goals and milestones you need to hit in order to achieve them. They develop a detailed write up and training plan just for you!

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.

Travel Services

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). Direct flights to Pau are available from Paris (CDG or ORY). There is an hourly bus service from the airport to the center of Pau, or alternatively take a taxi which will cost between 25 and 50 euros. Or you may find direct service from Paris to the center of Pau on high-speed TGV trains more convenient. For tickets and schedules see www.sncf.fr.

Pau Train Station | Pau, France

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Pau Train Station (64000 Pau, France) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a 60 minute private shuttle you will arrive at the Alysson Hôtel.

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, Alysson Hôtel (+33 (0)5 59 39 70 70), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from Pau train station to our hotel will take about 45 minutes and cost approximately $150.

Pau train station | Pau, France

You will say farewell to your guides at 9:30 AM at the Alysson Hôtel. You’ll then shuttle 1 hour to the Pau train station, arriving at approximately 10:30 AM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate any possible traffic delays.

Before: PAU

If you have the time, consider staying in Pau at the beginning or end of your trip. Pau, the capital of the Pyrénées-Atlantique, is situated near the border of Spain, between Toulouse and the Côte Basque. It offers spellbinding views of both rolling hills and snow capped mountains. Don’t miss the Pau Castle, the birth place of King Henry IV, and the fortress of the Viscounts of Bearn, a royal residence during the renaissance. Parts of the castle look quite austere, but the main entrance is lovely. You’ll find exceptional museums, including the Bernadotte Museum and the Musée des Beaux-Art, which house works by Rubens and Dégas among many others. Pau-Pyrénées also has the best shops in the Bearn region. From antiques dealers to souvenirs and from bars to restaurants to haute-couture, this region offers it all. Plus, enticing markets with lively, colorful and varied selections that are sure to please the senses. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

Parc Beaumont

This sleek modern hotel is architecturally interesting and offers expanses of glass for inviting natural light. You’ll enjoy the warm and inviting relaxation area, as much as the comfortably appointed rooms with gleaming hardwoods.

1, Avenue Edouard VII | +33 (0)5 59 11 84 00 | www.Hotel-Parc-Beaumont. com | ~$280

Hôtel le Gramont

This charming hotel is located just steps away from the castle in Pau and boasts original facades from the early 20th century. Elegant common areas and old English decor lend an air of quiet reserve.

3 Place Gramont | +33 (0)5 59 27 84 04 | www.HotelGramont.com | ~$180

Hôtel Eden Park Pau

The Eden Park is very centrally located just five minutes from downtown, the train station and Pau-Pyrénées airport. Boasting clean, modern styling and friendly, attentive staff it also offers a fitness center and swimming pool to help guests relax.

2 rue de l’Aubisque - 64320 Bizanos | +33 (0)5 59 40 64 64 | www. Hotel-Pau.fr | ~$200


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

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