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Welcome to the Alps! A short drive through the bustling heart of Annecy leads you and your new traveling companions around Lake Annecy, the cleanest lake in all of Europe, to the start of your adventure. After some initial introductions and a thorough bike fitting, your guides will take you on a challenging ride through the alpine hills and over the Col du Marais and Col de la Croix Fry. The perfect warm up ride, the Croix Fry climb has been featured in the Tour de France four times, most recently in 2013. We'll roll into our hotel in La Clusaz in time for a leisurely lunch, and you'll have time to relax and unpack before reconvening later in the day. This evening you’ll gather with the group for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel.
Annecy to La Clusaz via Col du Marais and Col de la Croix Fry
Approximately 34 miles with 5,020 feet of climbing
Hotel au Coeur du Village
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
Enjoy incredible riding today over some of the iconic climbs of the Tour de France. Start your day with a plentiful breakfast before heading out for a loop ride that offers spectacular roads and sprawling vistas. You'll first spin up and over the 7-kilometer climb to Col des Aravis, just as the pro peloton has done some 40 times since the Tour began. Today you will climb the "easier" side from La Clusaz before heading through Megève, Europe's jet set ski resort village of choice. Continue on our loop through Sallanches, then pace yourself up the 16 km climb with an average 7% grade up the Col de la Colombière. Enjoy a bistro lunch on the Col if you choose or at the base of the mountain in Le Grand Bornand. After we return to our idyllic hotel, relax at the pool or maybe catch up on a well deserved nap. Tonight you are on your own to explore the local culture and enjoy a meal of your choice in the village.
La Clusaz to Col des Aravis, Megève, and Col de la Colombière Loop
Approximately 60 miles with 7,520 feet of climbing
Hotel au Coeur du Village
Today prepare yourself for a gorgeous loop with classic sweeping views of the Alps. You'll start with a descent out of town, head into the steady 7km climb of the Col du Marais, followed by a 12 km climb with a 6% average grade up l'Arpettaz. Choose to have lunch on your own on the Col or after you descend into the village of Flumet. After lunch, you'll tackle the more challenging side of the Col des Aravis at almost 12km long with an average grade of 5%. Once at the top, enjoy views all the way to the Mont Blanc if the sky is clear, before a lightning fast descent to the village of la Clusaz. If you are up for more climbing, you can climb the Col de la Colombière as well. This evening you'll share a meal showcasing the best of Savoyard cuisine with your newfound friends. Tomorrow brings a lot of excitement leading into Alpe d'Huez, so be sure to rest up!
La Clusaz to Col du Marais, l'Arpettaz, and Aravis Loop
Approximately 50 miles with 6,200 feet of climbing
La Clusaz to Col du Marais, l'Arpettaz, Aravis, and Colombiere Loop
Approximately 71 miles with 9,300 feet of climbing
Hotel au Coeur du Village
Breakfast | Dinner
We'll begin our adventure via the 21km climb of Col du Glandon with an average gradient of 6.9% and featured in the Tour de France 14 times. Just because we can, take a little jaunt to the summit of the Croix de Fer before starting the long descent of Glandon. 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 two 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. Tonight, you're free to explore the lively mountain ski town known as Les Deux Alpes. Grab a quick pizza at a local brewpub, indulge in a hearty Raclette, or saddle up to some pasta. There's plenty of variety to be found tonight and your guides are more than happy to help you choose.
La Chambre to Col du Glandon to Col de la Croix de Fer to Venosc
Approximately 47 miles with 7,300 feet of climbing
La Chambre to Col du Glandon to Col de la Croix de Fer to Les deux Alpes
Approximately 52 miles with 9,900 feet of climbing
Breakfast | Lunch
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 ride back to Les Deux Alpes directly or opt for a shuttle and enjoy the gorgeous spa of the hotel. Tonight, you’ll meet for drinks with a striking view of the mountains before you savor a hearty, well-earned Savoyard dinner with your mountain goat companions, reliving all the great climbs and descents you've tackled together.
Alpe d’Huez to Col de Sarenne to Les Deux Alpes
Approximately 42 miles with 7,675 feet of climbing
Breakfast | 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 to 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.
Les Deux Alpes to Lac du Chambon
Approximately 18 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing
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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 Geneva (GVA). From Paris’ Gare de Lyon, trains depart daily for Annecy with a travel time of 4-5 hours. The train journey from Geneva to Annecy takes 1-1/2 to 2 hours. However, train options and times are somewhat limited to and from Geneva and can sometimes present more logistical challenges. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the Geneva airport to Annecy for approximately 100 euros or a bus for 20 euros. Please consult www.SNCF.com or speak with our travel agent for current train schedules.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Annecy Train Station (Place de la Gare, 74000 Annecy, France) at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. A shuttle through the bustling city of Annecy will bring you to your ride start. 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, Hotel Au Coeur du Village (+33 4 50 01 50 01), 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 11:00 AM at Chalet Mounier. You will arrive by 12:30 PM at the Grenoble train station. Please do not book a departing train before 1:00 PM on this day. We recommend booking your return flight from Paris (CDG) or Lyon (LYS). Trains run from Grenoble to both Paris and Lyon. For all train travel, feel free to confirm train times on the posted timetable at France’s rail site, www.SNCF.com.View our post hotel recommendations
The summer months in the Alps 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 Alps, it is best to be prepared for variable conditions, as weather can change very quickly. 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 when the temperature drops. Packing List
Gorgeous Annecy! 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-trip hotel:
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 post-trip hotel:
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