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Etape du Tour

Prepare for Legendary. Ride the full Stage 20 of the Tour de France.

Tackle sprocket-list climbs like Col de Meraillet and Col des Saisies. The best part? You’ll be doing it just a few days before the pros.

Ride a stage of the Tour de France. 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. An epic ride designed to celebrate the challenge of some of the most famed Tour routes and to share in the passion that surrounds the Tour de France. This year's route covers Stage 20 of Le Tour, traveling 81 miles from Albertville to Val Thorens. A breathtaking alpine stage, the ride features two mountain passes including the mythic Cormet du Roseland before a 20-mile climb up to Val Thorens, which at 7,500 feet is the highest ski resort in Europe. 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 2019. Need help training the 2019 Etape du Tour? Join us for a Trek Travel Ride Camp and train where the pros train.

Official Tour Operator of the Tour de France 2019 Experience Trek Travel's One Collection where you stay in one luxurious hotel during your trip

From:
$5099 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
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4 - Avid
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Luxury
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Trip Wows
Official Tour Operator of the Etape du Tour
Guaranteed entry to the world-famous, sold-out event
Stay at one 5 star hotel in Megève
Strategically located, private rest stops on the race course
Ride a race-ready Trek Domane SL7 Disc with Di2 electronic shifting
Truly appreciated being able to ride in the Etape du Tour without having to worry about any of the logistics of the event itself or the trip logistics.
-Linos

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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 2:00 PM on the first day of the trip. After a brief transfer to your luxury 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 up through winding, alpine roads to the altiport in Megeve. 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.

Today's Ride:

Megève to Aérodrome loop
Approximately 10 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Le Fer a Cheval

Included Meals:

Social Hour | Dinner

Start your day with an extensive European breakfast before heading out for a ride that boasts spectacular roads and sprawling vistas. Bonus: Your route today includes sections of Stage 20 in this year's Tour de France. First, you'll ride to the popular ski resort of Col des Saisies, before electing to ride up for a sneak preview of the Col de Meraillet. 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. Considered one of the world's best ski towns since the 1950's, Megève 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.

Today's Ride:

Megève to Col des Saisies
Approximately 31 miles with 3,800 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Megève to Col des Saisies to Col de Meraillet loop
Approximately 70 miles with 10,500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Le Fer a Cheval

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

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. 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, 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!

Today's Ride:

Megève to Col des Aravis
Approximately 33 miles with 3,800 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Megève to La Clusaz to Col des Aravis
Approximately 37 miles with 4,600 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Le Fer a Cheval

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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.

Today's Ride:

Megève to Bettex Loop
Approximately 18 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Le Fer a Cheval

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

Today is the day you finally experience what it's like to be a pro. You’ll rise early this morning, fuel up with a hearty breakfast, and transfer to the start line to take your place among thousands of other riders who will all chase history together. Your Trek Travel support team will be available at strategically-located private rest stops to provide you with tasty nourishment and moral encouragement. This much-needed support will keep you motivated and fueled for your ride and out of the long lines at the official race stops. First, you’ll ascend the Cormet de Roselend, then prepare for a gorgeous descent into Bourg Saint Maurice before attacking the 20-mile ascent from Moutiers up to Val Thorens, which at 7,545 feet is the highest ski resort in Europe. By the time you climb to the summit, you’ll have done battle in the Alps in spectacular fashion like the heroes of cycling. After your historic ride, the group will gather at the finish village where your Trek Travel guides will welcome you with a satisfying buffet of food and ice cold beverages. Relax and recover at our exclusive post-ride celebration before shuttling back to the hotel for a meal worthy of champions.

Today's Ride:

Albertville to Val Thorens
Approximately 82 miles with 15,300 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Le Fer a Cheval

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

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 short spin to loosen the legs, or choose to sleep in for a full recovery. Whichever you choose, your final day will be well-spent. A shuttle will take you to the Annecy train station this morning for travel to your final destination.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Le Fer a Cheval

Megeve, France

This 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 and just a short distance from Albertville, this year's Etape du Tour start village.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

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.

bike

Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. In 2019 we upgraded our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Private Trek Travel rest stops and support on the Etape du Tour route
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 2 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmets
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmet
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% 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.

More Information

Rider Level: 4 - Avid?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
57 miles
TOTAL MILES:
284 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
9,000 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
44,700 feet
TERRAIN: MOUNTAINOUS
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.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
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
  • Provence
  • Tuscany

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. 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. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer 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.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Avid Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Paris (CDG) or Geneva (GVA)
MEETING TIME:
2:00 PM
MEETING LOCATION:
Annecy Train Station, Annecy, France

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Paris (CDG) or Geneva (GVA)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:15 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Annecy Train Station, Annecy, France

Arriving

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 the SNCF website to review the train schedule and book a ticket ahead of time.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Annecy Train Station (Place de la Gare, 74000 Annecy, France) at 2:00 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 starts with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Le Fer a Cheval (+33 4 50 21 30 39), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi can take you from the Geneva Airport to Hotel Au Coeur du Village for approximately 100 Euros.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at le Fer a Cheval. You’ll then travel by shuttle to Annecy Train Station, arriving at around 11:15 AM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate any possible traffic delays.

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

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. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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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 cafe or ice cream parlor surrounded by flowers. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and

Customer Reviews

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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