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Welcome to the northern Alps! This is the Tour de France's favorite mountain range, with historic climbs like Galibier, Télégraphe, Alpe d'Huez and so many more. After a two-hour private shuttle from Grenoble to the heart of the Alps, you'll arrive in the charming mountain village of Monêtier-les-Bains. Enjoy a satisfying lunch and professional bike fit on your award-winning Trek Domane before setting out for our first stunning ride along the valley of Serre-Chevalier shrouded by soaring peaks. We're on our way to the Col du Granon which at 7,917 ft, hosted the highest ever mountain-top stage finish in the Tour de France—once only—in 1986 until 2011 when the race finished on top of the Col du Galibier. The mountain hotel-Le Monetier is your home for the next two nights. Once at the hotel, you’ll enjoy a warm family welcome, not to mention the incredible views of the mountains that surround you. This evening we'll gather for a cocktail and learn about the week ahead before indulging in the famous Savoie cuisine of the region.
Le Monêtier-les-Bains to Col du Granon return
Approximately 24 miles with 3,900 feet of climbing
Stage 17: Pont du Gard to Gap
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
You'll rise early today to beat the peloton and for an unforgettable “King/Queen of the Mountain” challenge as you tackle some of the Alps’ most celebrated passes just a few hours before the peloton. Up first is the lofty Col du Lautaret which is sure to get your heart pounding. If the road is still open, churn up nearly 8,600 feet above sea level as you top the daunting Col du Galibier. Words can’t do justice to the scene, as hundreds of people line the roads to see climbers in action today on the final climb of stage 18. First featured in the Tour in 1911, the Col du Galibier is among the highest peaks in the northern Alps, and along the way, you can pick out a small monument to cycling's great climber, Marco Pantani. Trek Travel has selected a perfect roadside viewing location for you to witness the pro’s fly past, charging on towards the finish line in Valloire. Enjoy a delicious alpine lunch and watch the oncoming race on TV. As the caravan approaches, join the locals on the roadside to catch some swag and relish in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be where die-hard fans have camped out for days waiting to cheer on the peloton. Once the race has passed, we'll descend back to Le Monêtier-les-Bains and walk into town to enjoy dinner at a local bistro. Fuel up tonight and be ready for more the epic ascent of Alpe d'Huez tomorrow!
Le Monêtier-les-Bains to Col du Galibier return
Approximately 28 miles with 3,900 feet of climbing
Le Monêtier-les-Bains to Col du Galibier double return
Approximately 43 miles with 6,900 feet of climbing
Stage 18: Embrun to Valloire
Trek Travel live race viewing
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
After a hearty breakfast, today's ride begins with the ascent of Col du Lautaret, followed by a long descent down the valley to the base of the mythic Alpe d’Huez. The morning mountain air will surely be the perfect temperature to ride up the legendary 21 switchbacks. Every switchback is named after a winner of this climb in the Tour de France, each baiting you to ride to the next. With an average grade of 8%, this lion of a climb will grab and hold all your attention. After ascending to the summit of this historic pass, linger at the top and bask in the afterglow of your conquest over lunch and savor the astounding views, the support and good cheer of your Trek Travel guides, and acknowledge that you’ve just mastered one of cycling’s most fabled roads. If this isn’t enough for you, continue up the mountain to attack the Col de Sarenne. Known as “the B-side of Alpe d’Huez,” this quiet road is popular with locals as an understated, less-traveled and equally difficult challenge. This afternoon sit back and rest your legs as you watch the scenery change on a 3-hour shuttle into the Tarentaise Valley and to Val Thorens, the highest ski resort in Europe and the destination of tomorrow's final mountaintop stage finish! Tonight, you're free to explore this chic mountain town for dinner. Rest up and get ready for dramatic live race action tomorrow!
Le Monêtier-les-Bains to Alpe d'Huez
Approximately 41 miles with 7,100 feet of climbing
Les Deux Alpes to Alpe d'Huez to Col de Sarenne
Approximately 52 miles with 8,600 feet of climbing
Stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Tignes
Today is your VIP day at Le Tour! Savor your café au lait and pain au chocolat this morning before we descend on the race course to Saint-Laurent de la Côte. You'll attack the final climb of today's stage just hours ahead of the peloton and ride the final stretch of the race course with VIP passes accompanied by an official race escort car, just like the pros! Feel the Tour glory as you crest the summit and rocket across the finish line before climbing the Official Tour podium with your fellow Trek Travelers for an unforgettable photo opportunity. Refresh back at the hotel and enjoy lunch as the pros approach the dramatic finish on the mountain's summit. Don’t forget your camera, as we have an exclusive VIP passes to today’s final mountaintop finish of the 106th Tour. You'll watch the arrival of the racers as close to the finish line as the authorities allow, all from a unique vantage point aboard an official VIP open-top bus. This exclusive viewing location is head and shoulders above the crowd and fully equipped with an open bar and plasma screen TVs, so you don’t miss any of the action. You're guaranteed to see the fight for yellow in all its unabashed glory and witness who will be parading the yellow jersey into Paris. Tonight, we’ll toast to an unforgettable day in the Alps over a gourmet feast as you look forward to the finale in Paris tomorrow.
Val Thorens to Saint Laurent de la Cote return
Approximately 36 miles with 5,500 feet of climbing
Ride across the finish line hours before the peloton
Race viewing from the open-top bus at final mountain top finish of stage 20 in Val Thorens
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
This morning you’ll shuttle to Annecy to board a TGV (France’s high-speed train) and head for Paris and the grand finale of this year’s Tour. After you arrive at your luxurious Parisian hotel, your Trek Travel guides will escort you past the security lines to the prestigious Automobile Club de France for your exclusive Trek Travel gala viewing event. We'll savor a celebratory glass of champagne and a buffet of elegant French hors-d'oeuvres. Feel the ripples of anticipation as the racers arrive on the streets of Paris and cheer with the crowds as the passion of the race fills the heart of the city. Enjoy a privileged view from the grand balcony and rooftop terrace overlooking the historic Place de la Concorde or head down to street level to see the race pass by on each of the victory laps. Witness the energy of the peloton as it sweeps past at over 30 miles per hour, catapulting another champion toward the podium. Once the race has finished, grab an autograph and shake hands with the Trek-Segafredo team at an exclusive Q&A with team members, VIPs and sponsors. The fanfare, excitement and energy of the 106th edition of the Tour de France is yours as you celebrate the glory of this epic race. C’est magnifique!
Cocktails and Q&A with Trek-Segafredo team post-race at ACF
Stage 21: Rambouillet to Paris Champs-Élysées
InterContinental Paris Le Grand
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
It's hard to imagine, but your Tour of a lifetime has come to a close. Choose to sleep in today or enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the hotel as you contemplate the lasting memories you’ve made. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 9:30 AM at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand, with a 12:00 PM checkout. Please make your own onward travel arrangements to the airport, train station, or other destination of your choice.
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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.
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 Lyon (LYS).
Trains depart Paris’ Gare de Lyon station daily for Grenoble with a travel time of 3-4 hours. Please consult the SNCF website to review the train schedule and book a ticket ahead of time.
Buses depart Lyon's airport for Grenoble with a travel time of 90 mins. Please consult the Ouibus website to review the bus schedule and book a ticket ahead of time.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip. A shuttle through the bustling city of Grenoble will bring you to your ride start in Le Monêtier-les-Bains. 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 will 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 Monetier (+33 04 92 25 54 90), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.View our pre hotel recommendations
You will say farewell to your guides at 9:30 AM at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand. Check out is at noon. Please make your own onward travel arrangements to the airport, train station, or other destination of your choice.View our post hotel recommendations
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
Grenoble offers numerous outdoor activities, including via ferrata, a mountain route equipped with fixed cables, ladders and bridges providing access to climbers with a variety of skills to otherwise isolated routes. Not to be missed in this Rhone-Alpes town is a ride on the telepherique. Egg-shaped cable cars, also known as les bulles, take you across the Isere 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:
The ‘City of Lights’ 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. We recommend the following for your post-trip accommodations:
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 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.
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.