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Classic Climbs: Alps One

Legendary Climbs in the Alps

When is a road more than a road? When it's a climb. And when is a climb even more unique than your regular, run-of-the-mill local climb? When it's one of the Tour's hallowed, historic and magical climbs. This trip is a love poem to those; a trip through time and space to the very altar of cycling in the northern Alps. Join us as we make the tiny town of Les Deuxs Alps our homebase, from one hotel, and spend our days writing new history on these old roads. It starts, of course, with a visit to where it all begins; Alpe d'Huez, where 21 switchbacks beckon and challenge you in the spirit of the sport's biggest champions, and Sarenne, the backside of this famous climb. Then, we switch gears and head to the monstrous Galibier, visited regularly by the Tour for its high ascent, long grind and sheer intimacy. Feeling tough? You can also tackle the adjacent Télegraph, with its cycling sculptures and ski-town feel, before tackling some smaller, less-well-known-but-still-gorgeous local climbs. Finally, we slice off a piece of the Marmotte, a local cycling challenge, with a launch up the Cols du Glandon and Croix de Fer. With each turn of the pedals, you'll feel the peace, beauty, serenity and sheer historicity of riding "the originals." In between we'll refuel with the best local food of the Savoie region. So when is a ride more than just a ride? When it's you, Trek Travel, and the giants of our sport.
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Ride the best climbs in the world including Alpe d'Huez, Col du Galibier, Col du Télégraphe, and Col du Glandon
Fuel your day with traditional Alpine favorites, Tartiflette, raclette and fondue
Imagine leading the peloton as you ride over the names of your favorite riders painted on the road, and hear the echoes of fans cheering you on
One hotel, no transfers, just enjoyment in the Alps
Ride confidently, comfortably and longer on the best-in-class Trek Domane SL 7
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Best day of cycling of my life. The climbs were hors catégorie, but the trip was also hors catégorie. Without a doubt, the best day of cycling of my life was on this trip…Trek Travel absolutely nailed this trip.
-Larry

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Welcome to the northern Alps! This is the Tour de France's favorite mountain range, with historic climbs such as Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, Lautaret and so many more. Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Grenoble train station at 9:00 AM and you will take a one-hour shuttle to the quaint mountain village of Venosc in the heart of the Alps. Get professionally fit to your Trek Domane before setting out for an introductory ride along the untouched Bérarde Valley, shrouded by soaring peaks. We're on our way to the tiny shepherd’s hamlet of St. Christophe, nestled at the foot of the stout Massif des Écrins. Enjoy a satisfying lunch, then if you'd like to spin some more, keep riding to our hotel in Les Deux Alpes, or opt for a quintessential Alps experience by ascending via cable car. Les Deux Alpes is your port-of-call for the next five nights and where you’ll find Chalet Mounier, our mountain lodging. Once at the chalet, you’ll enjoy a warm family welcome and incredible views of the mountains that surround you. This evening we’ll toast to the week ahead and enjoy a meal fit for kings.

Today's Ride:

Le Bourg d'Arud to St. Christophe to Venosc with Cable Car
Approximately 26 miles with 4,100 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Le Bourg d'Arud to St. Berarde to Venosc with Cable Car
Approximately 17 miles with 3,100 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Le Bourg d'Arud to St. Berarde to Les Deux Alpes
Approximately 39 miles with 6,790 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Chalet Mounier

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Are you ready to inscribe your legs in the history books? After a hearty breakfast, today's ride begins with a descent down into the valley to the base of the mythic Alpe d’Huez. Each of the 21 switchback is named after a winner of this climb in the Tour de France, each one baiting you to ride to the next. After ascending to the summit of the historic pass, snap some photos then fuel up over lunch while you bask in the afterglow of your conquest and savor the astounding views. If you’re eager for more, continue up and over the mountain to attack Col de Sarenne. This quiet road is popular with locals as an understated, less-traveled and equally difficult challenge that culminates at the top of the mountain from the opposite side of the Alp. After an exhilarating descent, choose to shuttle or ride back to Les Deux Alpes. Tonight, we’ll share typical Savoie fare when we gather for a dinner and celebrate a successful day spent conquering one of the most famous mountains of France.

Today's Ride:

Les Deux Alpes to Alpe d'Huez Loop via Col de Sarenne
Approximately 45 miles with 7,800 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Chalet Mounier

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

An unforgettable “King/Queen of the Mountains” challenge is on tap as you tackle three of the Alps’ most celebrated passes. Up first is the lofty Col du Lautaret which is sure to get your heart pounding. Next you’ll climb up nearly 8,600 feet above sea level as you top the daunting and iconic Col du Galibier, just as the pros did over 100 years ago when this climb debuted in the Tour. This is one of the region's tallest climbs, reminiscent of the high peaks of Colorado, and truly on top of the world. If you seek an even bigger challenge, tackle the adjacent Col du Télégraphe down the other side of Galibier, passing cycling's memorial to famous rider Marco Pantani, before heading back down to enjoy lunch at your leisure in Valloire. Your attentive guides will support you as you meet today’s challenge head on with all the determination of a pro cyclist with water, snacks, rest and general Tour-de-France-style cheers. After the ride, enjoy a relaxing afternoon and an evening to yourself. Dinner this evening is on your own.

Today's Ride:

Les Deux Alpes to Col du Galibier Return
Approximately 54 miles 8,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Les Deux Alpes to Col du Galibier and Col du Télégraphe Return
Approximately 84 miles 12,600 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Chalet Mounier

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Today you'll have the chance recover a bit on some beautiful rides that are among our guides' favorites. We'll head down toward Le Bourg d'Oisans before meandering up the road to the Col d'Ornon, one of the area's lesser known but no-less-beautiful climbs. After enjoying the descent into the valley, you'll have a chance to explore Le Bourg d'Oisans for lunch. This quaint little town is cycling-crazy, and you'll notice it in the artwork that speckles the village. Afterward, opt to head up to Venosc and take a Gondola back to Les Deux Alpes or if you're after a bit more riding, climb part of Alpe d'Huez from a little known balcony road before heading back. Balcony roads are famous in France, dramatically carved out rock on the side of mountains, and a unique experience for any rider. This afternoon, take some time to enjoy the spa or take a stroll in the village. Tonight, you'll gather for drinks with your travel companions before sharing a lively meal of traditional local fare at one of our favorite spots.

Today's Ride:

Les Deux Alpes to Col d'Ornon to Venosc
Approximately 37 miles with 3,800 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Les Deux Alpes to Col d'Ornon to L2A via Balcony Road
Approximately 48 miles 7,800 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Chalet Mounier

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

Prepare yourself for an epic ride today as we tackle one of the Giants of the Alps: the mighty Col du Glandon. After fueling up on a hearty breakfast, we'll warm up on quiet meandering roads skirting Alpe d'Huez. Today, we follow a portion of the famous "Marmotte" route, with an ascent up the Col du Glandon and Croix de Fer. These juxtaposed climbs have made and broken champions in the history of the Tour, with extended steep pitches and long, open climbs begging for a follow helicopter, but every rider is rewarded with unique views of the valley, mountains, and green countryside. It's truly an epic experience and so quintessentially France. After tackling one or both climbs, savor a well-deserved lunch and spin back to Les Deux Alpes. Take a break and savor in your accomplishments, before gathering tonight for a toast to celebrate a week riding with newfound friends, and a dinner to remember. You'll emerge as a champion of Tour history, of the northern Alps, and of cycling's most hallowed roads.

Today's Ride:

Les Deux Alpes to Col du Glandon to Col de la Croix de Fer Return
Approximately 74 miles with 10,500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Chalet Mounier

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

It's hard to believe that our adventure has concluded. The morning is yours to recover after an epic week of cycling. You'll have time for a short spin to loosen the legs, or choose to sleep in for a full recovery. A private Trek Travel shuttle will take you to the Grenoble train station this morning for travel to your final destination. You'll say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the hotel. Please do not schedule a train out of the Grenoble station before 12:30 PM.

Today's Ride:

Les Deux Alpes to Le Chambon Loop
Approximately 18 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Chalet Mounier

Les Deux Alpes, France

Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice hotel winner Unpack once at our home for the week. With amazing views of the surrounding area, this upscale 4-star chalet-style hotel features a spa and two pools so you can relax and recover from the week's epic riding. Please note: This is a luxury-level property.

What's Included

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Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

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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
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 2 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles 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)
  • 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 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • 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.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle 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:
55 miles
TOTAL MILES:
327 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
8,665 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
51,990 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. Alps One is best suited for our Type 4 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 3 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van.
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:
  • Provence
  • Tuscany
  • Tour de France

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)
MEETING TIME:
9:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Grenoble Train Station, Grenoble, France

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Paris (CDG)
DEPARTING TIME:
12:15 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Grenoble Train Station, Grenoble, France

Arriving

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). Paris (CDG) Trains depart Paris’s Gare de Lyon daily for Grenoble with a travel time of 3-4 hours. Please consult www.SNCF.com or speak with our travel agent representative for current train schedules.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Grenoble Train Station (1 Place de la Gare, 38000 Grenoble, France) at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. A 1-hour shuttle through the bustling city of Grenoble will bring you to your ride start in Le Bourg d'Arud. 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 start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Chalet Mounier (+33 (0)4 76 80 56 90), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. You may take a taxi from the train station to your first hotel for approximately $125.

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Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Chalet Mounier. You’ll then travel by shuttle to Grenoble Train Station, arriving at around 12:15 PM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate any possible traffic delays.

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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: Grenoble, France

Grenoble offers 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 Rhone-Alpes town is a ride on the téléphérique: 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 pre-trip hotel:

after

After: Paris, France

Paris is home to many of the world’s best-known monuments and museums. A backdrop of many famous photos, the Arc de Triomphe sits majestically at the top end of the Champs-Elysées. You can go to the observation deck for an expansive view down the world-famous boulevard from Napoléon’s huge triumphal arch—the largest in the world.The Arc isn’t the only site that offers a great view of the city, however. Other monuments with impressive vistas include the view from the white dome of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, or from atop the 56 floors of the Tour Montparnasse, and of course at the summit of the most famous monument in Paris—la Tour Eiffel. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

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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.

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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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