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Etape du Tour Cycling Vacation 2023

Ride the incredible course of the full Stage 14 of the 2023 Tour de France

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Do you want to know what it truly feels like to be a pro rider in the Tour de France? Each year a lucky few get the unique opportunity to experience the Etape du Tour and ride a full stage of the Tour de France mere days before the pros tackle the very same route. It is an epic event 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 14, traveling 94 miles and gaining 13,450 feet of elevation climbing over three Category-1 climbs of the Col de Cou, Col du Feu, and Col de la Ramaz, saving the best for last with the Hors Categorie climb of the Col de Joux Plane just before a downhill finish into the chic ski village of Morzine. With Trek Travel you can enjoy the race on a Trek Domane SL7 Disc with Di2 electronic shifting, refresh yourself throughout the race at private Trek Travel rest stops, and stay at a perfectly located hotel close to the finish line. 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 2023. Book your trip with confidence»
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Etape du Tour Cycling Vacation 2023
My Etape experience was exceptional and I enjoyed every mile. Chapeau to the guides. For the Avid bike rider, Trek Travel trips are a wonderful choice. A particular strength is their ability to provide unique access to events such as the Etape.
-Dan, Trek Travel Guest

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Welcome to the Chablais Alps, the western mountain range between Lake Geneva and the Mont Blanc Massif and the arena for the first Alpine stage this year. Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Annecy train station at 11:00 AM and you will take a 90-minute shuttle to chic ski town of Morzine and the finish village for this year’s Etape. Enjoy a light lunch and a thorough bike fitting on your Trek Domane before setting out for an introductory ride up to Avoriaz. We're on our way to the heart of Portes du Soleil and the surrounding peaks. At the top, pause to take in the majestic alpine views before a descent on forested roads past the breathtaking Lac de Montriond and its waterfalls then back to our hotel in Morzine. La Bergerie, our tasteful mountain lodge is where you'll call home for the next five nights. 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 L'Etape du Tour.

Today's Ride:

Morzine to Avoriaz Loop
Approximately 19 mi | 30 km and 3,300 ft | 1,006 m

Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 5: Pau to Laruns

Hotel:

Hotel La Bergerie

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

We have a spectacular ride planned today, and you will have the option to tackle one or both of the Etape du Tour’s Category 1 climbs before race day. You’ll descend into the valley this morning to warm up your legs in the cool mountain air. First, you can choose to tackle the Col de Feu, a short and steep three and a half mile climb which is sure to get your heart pounding. Alternatively, bypass this col and ride directly to Col de Jambaz which is a great warm up with an average gradient of 2.5%. Descend to Saint-Jeoire and stop at a mountain bistro to refuel before your attack on the Col de la Ramaz. Last featured in the Tour in 2016, this climb packs a punch with an elevation gain of over 3,000 feet and gradients of up to 12%. Take in the majestic mountain views from the top and descend into the valley before hitting the final climb through Les Gets back to Morzine. Your guides will support you as you meet today’s challenge with all the determination of a pro cyclist by providing water, snacks, rest opportunities, and Tour-de-France-style cheers. This afternoon, catch today's Stage 6 of the Tour on TV and their ascent on Col du Tourmalet. Tonight, we’ll explore Morzine and enjoy dinner together before more stunning climbs tomorrow!

Today's Ride:

Morzine to Col de Jambaz and Col de la Ramaz Loop
Approximately 49 mi | 79 km and 6,280 ft | 1,914 m

Avid Option:

Morzine to Col de Feu to Col de Jambaz and Col de la Ramaz Loop
Approximately 53 mi | 86 km and 7,306 ft | 2,257 m

Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 6: Tarbes to Cauterets-Cambasque

Hotel:

Hotel La Bergerie

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social hour | Dinner

After a hearty breakfast, today's ride begins with a descent down to the centuries-old town of Taninges, which provides plenty of time to spin your legs along the valley floor before reaching Samoens and the base of Col de Joux Plane, the penultimate climb of this year's Etape du Tour. This Hors catégorie (HC) col has been featured in the Tour de France 12 times and sets the stage for a fight for yellow in Stage 14 of this year’s race. Remember to look up and enjoy the panoramic views as you ascend just over seven miles with an average gradient of 8.5% to reach the summit. Pause a while to snap some photos and refuel with a picnic lunch from the support van before a breathtaking descent back in to Morzine. With Trek Travel there is always an opportunity for more miles, so if you are eager for more climbing, add in an extra ride to the Cirque du Fer-à-Cheval which is the largest mountain cirque in the Alps, ringed by towering cliffs, and thousands of beautiful waterfalls rushing down from the hills. It is sure to leave you in absolute awe. Tonight, you're free to explore your quaint alpine village. Choose to dine at a local pizzeria or brewpub, indulge in a hearty raclette, or sidle up to a plate of pasta. There's plenty of variety to be found tonight and your guides are more than happy to help you choose.

Today's Ride:

Morzine to Col de Joux Plane Loop
Approximately 32 mi | 51 km and 4,705 ft | 1,434 m

Avid Option:

Morzine to Col de Joux Plane with Cirque du Fer-à-Cheval Loop
Approximately 47 mi | 76 km and 6,119 ft | 1,865 m

Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 7: Mont-de-Marsan to Bordeaux

Hotel:

Hotel La Bergerie

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

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 to loosen your legs or skip the ride and relax at the hotel, taking full advantage of their pool and sauna. Then, it's time for the race expo. A short shuttle will take you to Annemasse where you can 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-nourished for tomorrow. Amidst all the excitement, try to get a good night's sleep to be fully rested and ready for the main event!

Today's Ride:

Morzine to Refuge Chardonairre Return
Approximately 10 mi | 16 km and 1,486 ft | 453 m

Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 8: Libourne to Limoges

Hotel:

Hotel La Bergerie

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, fuel up, and shuttle to the start line to take your place among thousands of other riders who are all there to chase history together. Your Trek Travel support team will be available at private rest stops to provide you with both encouragement and nourishment. These rest stops will keep you fueled (and out of the long lines of the official race stops!). Today, you will first ascend the Col de Saxel, swiftly followed by the short but steep Cols de Cou and du Feu within the first 30 miles. Enjoy the gorgeous alpine vistas on the mellow Col de Jambas then catch your breath on a welcome descent to Saint-Jeoire where you can spin your legs along the valley floor to Mieussy. Now get ready for the epic ascent up the last Category 1 climb of Col de la Ramaz where you’ll gain 3,000 feet in just under nine miles. Relish the thrill of a gorgeous descent into Taninges before attacking the final climb up to Col de Joux Plane. This Hors Categorie col is regularly featured in the Tour and Marco Pantani still holds the record ascent of 32 minutes and 50 seconds set in 1997. The climb is 6.7 miles long with an average gradient of 6.5%, but be sure to keep fuel in the tank for the last three-mile push as pitches reach up to 11% before your final descent into Morzine Les Portes du Soleil. After your triumphant ride, the group will gather at the finish village where your Trek Travel guides will welcome you with a satisfying buffet of food and copious amounts of ice-cold beverages. Relax and recover at our exclusive post-ride celebration then stroll back to our hotel for a meal worthy of champions.

Today's Ride:

Annemasse to Morzine Les Portes du Soleil
Approximately 94 mi | 152 km and 13,451 ft | 4,100 m

Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 9: Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat to Puy de Dôme

Hotel:

Hotel La Bergerie

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social hour | Dinner

It's hard to believe that our Etape du Tour cycling vacation has concluded. The morning is yours to sleep in and recover after your assault on yesterday's stage. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 9:30 AM at the Hotel Le Bergerie when a private shuttle will transfer you back to the Annecy train station, arriving around 11:00 AM. Please do not book a departing train before 11:30 AM on this day.

Today's Activity:

Departure

Today's Tour Stage:

Rest day in Clermont-Ferrand

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Hotel La Bergerie

Morzine, France

Explorer Accommodation | Ideally located in the Etape du Tour finish town of Morzine, 4-star chalet-style hotel is the perfect place to relax and recover from the week's spectacular rides. Marullaz-Monné family welcomes you to their warm, inviting hotel that features a heated pool, sauna, and steam room where you can melt away big days on the bike.

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.

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Trek Domane SL 7

Experiencing your cycling vacation of a lifetime is not complete without a world-class bike and the Trek Domane is the best way to enjoy the ride. Trek Bikes has launched the all-new Trek Domane and now you can ride it on our trips. It raises the bar to deliver incredible endurance road bike comfort without sacrificing performance and features highly responsive disc brakes and electronic shifting. This new bike is lighter than ever before, and carbon wheels come standard on every bike. The road-smoothing IsoSpeed technology lets you ride as long as you want with less fatigue. The bike you ride on a biking vacation matters. That is why we provide the newest and best bikes in the business. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Five 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, three lunches, and four dinners
  • Three 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
  • Lidl-Trek pro team kit 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, a flat pack (containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator), 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 digital photo album 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
  • Lidl-Trek pro team kit 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
  • A flat pack containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • 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

Guide gratuities are customary and at your own discretion, to recognize service, hospitality, and the little extras that surprise and delight. For this trip, we suggest a tip for your guides between $300-$360 per guest and, of course, you may choose to give more if your guides made your trip an unforgettable experience. While local currency is preferred, there are other options to make tipping easier. Most guides accept gratuity via PayPal or our staff can help before or after the trip. Gratuities will be divided among the guide team, so feel free to leave your gratuity with whomever you choose at the end of your trip.
  • 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:
72 kilometers / 45 miles
TOTAL MILES:
360 kilometers / 224 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,930 meters / 6,330 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
9,651 meters / 31,663 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:

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks 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:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Geneva Cornavin Train Station, Geneva, France

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Paris (CDG) or Geneva (GVA)
DEPARTING TIME:
10:30 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Geneva Cornavin Train Station, Geneva, 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) or Geneva (GVA).

From Paris’ Gare de Lyon, trains depart daily for Geneva with a travel time of three to four hours. Please consult www.trainline.com or speak with our travel agent for current train schedules.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Geneva Cornavin Train Station (Pl. de Cornavin 7, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. A 90-minute shuttle from Geneva into the Alps 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, La Bergerie (+33 (0)4 50 79 13 69), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from the airport to our meeting place at the hotel will take approximately 90 minutes and cost around 200 euros.

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Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 9:00 AM at Hotel La Bergerie You will arrive by 10:30 AM at the Geneva Cornavin train station. Please do not book a departing train before 11:30 AM on this day. We recommend booking your return flight from Paris (CDG) or Geneva (GVA). Trains run from Geneva to Paris. For all train travel, feel free to confirm train times on the posted timetable at France’s rail site, www.SNCF.com.

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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 F (18-27C), with evenings dropping to the mid 50s to mid 60s F (13-18C).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: Geneva

Geneva, the "Capital of Peace," is a vibrant city on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. It's famous for international diplomacy, hosting organizations like the United Nations. With a rich history, cultural diversity, and natural beauty, Geneva's old town, the "Vieille Ville," is a charming maze of streets with historic buildings, shops, and cafes. Take a stroll along Promenade du Lac for stunning lake views and the iconic Jet d'Eau fountain. Geneva's culinary scene offers a diverse range of international and local cuisines, including must-try dishes like fondue and raclette. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre- and post-trip hotel:

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Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the ultra-smooth Trek Domane SL 7 to the Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, you deserve the best ride on your vacation. Plus, we offer a range upgrade options to take you the extra mile.

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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