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Etape du Tour

Ride Stage 10 of the Tour de France

Watching the Tour is one thing. But riding an entire stage of the race with thousands of other cycling crazies on closed roads days before the actual peloton rolls through? That is an unimaginable experience. This is what's in store for you with Trek Travel's Etape du Tour cycling adventure. We'll bed down at one of the region's finest hotels and enjoy premium accommodations, all leading up to the big show: a ride on the course in the heart of the Alps. This year's route takes us on some of the area's more well-known imposing beasts, like the Col de la Croix Fry and Col de la Colombière, but also some undiscovered gems like the Col du Marais and the intimate Leschaux. The whole time you can attack the climbs with confidence, as Trek Travel's world-class support crew will be there when you need us, with a snack, a seat or a cheer along the way. We are now taking reservations for the 2019 Etape du Tour. These trips sell out every year so give us a call at 866 464 8735 or fill out the form below to reserve your spot. Reserve your spot in 2019 Experience Trek Travel's One Collection where you stay in one luxurious hotel during your trip

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Bike Included:
Trek Domane SL 7 More options available
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Etape du Tour is the hottest ticket in France, and this is your guaranteed entry
Stop for support in style at Trek Travel rest stops strategically located throughout the route and reserved for Trek Travel guests
Ride like a pro with a fully-fitted, race-worthy Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike and Di2 electronic shifting
Ride epic climbs of the Alps including Col de la Colombière, Col de la Croix Fry, Col du Marais, Col des Aravis and Col de Leschaux
Stay at a luxury Relais & Châteaux hotel in La Clusaz, Au Coeur du Village, for ultimate pampering in between epic riding
Watch the Experience
There may be other tour operators providing Etape entries, but I highly doubt they can boast guest starting positions anywhere equal to that of Trek Travel's.
-Peter

Dates & Prices

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  • 10+ Guests Price as advertised*
  • 8-9 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
  • 6-7 Guests +$1,000 per person to trip price*
  • 4-5 Guests +$1,500 per person to trip price*
  • 2-3 Guests +$2,500 per person to trip price*
*Pricing, availability and guest minimums are all subject to change at any time. Certain dates have a minimum number of guests required, please contact us for details. Private pricing is not available on Ride Camp, Race, Special Edition or Cross Country style trips.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Annecy train station at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a short, private shuttle to the banks of Lake Annecy and a brief round of introductions, your guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips for riding in the French Alps before familiarizing you with your Trek bicycle and ensuring a comfortable fit. Enjoy your first spin in the region by climbing your first two cols of the week: Col du Marais and Col de la Croix Fry. Croix Fry is a local favorite in the region, used in the Tour four times, and has an average grade of 6%. It is also featured in this year’s Etape, so you’ll get a taste of things to come! Once you've conquered your first cols, head back to the hotel and get to know your new riding partners over lunch. Then, it's time to kick your feet up and relax before the group reconvenes for social hour. Your guides will introduce the week ahead over drinks and light appetizers before walking over to a favorite local bistro. Tonight you'll get your first taste of some of the region's famous dishes and hospitality.

Today's Ride:

Annecy to La Clusaz via Col du Marais and Col de la Croix Fry
Approximately 34 miles with 5,020 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Au Coeur du Village

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Rise and shine, because it's time to climb! Today we'll mount our bikes early for a solid day in the saddle along some of the region's most picturesque roads. Be prepared to be amazed, as this route will introduce you to imposing peaks under a banner of blue sky as a backdrop, with ribbons of perfect asphalt underneath. Once you reach the summit of Col des Aravis, take in the views of the sublime Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. Enjoy the descent to Megève and feel free to stop at a cafe along the way for a quick espresso or sandwich for lunch, and then continue on our route to tackle the Col de la Colombière. You'll have the privilege of pre-riding this climb before you ride it on the Etape day. Return back to our hotel to recover at the spa, or take a gorgeous walk through the small winding streets of of La Clusaz. Tonight, we'll walk to a restaurant known for its sweeping views of the village and Aravis mountains as we dine under the stars as a group.

Today's Ride:

La Clusaz to Col des Aravis, Megève, Col de La Colombière Loop
Approximately 60 miles with 7,500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

La Clusaz to Col des Aravis and Col de la Colombière Return
Approximately 39 miles with 6,600

Hotel:

Hotel Au Coeur du Village

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

Today we get to know the sparkling Lake Annecy more intimately, with a ride that circumnavigates it's blue waters before we climb out of town again. Lake Annecy is Europe's cleanest lake, and it serves as a gorgeous background for cyclists and runners alike. If you're feeling spry, continue on to Col de Leschaux today, a nice, middling climb of 12KM and average grade of 4%. As you ascend, Annecy unfurls majestically beneath you. Head down to Annecy for lunch and take some time to explore the medieval center if you'd like, before spinning back to La Clusaz for an afternoon of free time and dinner on your own.

Today's Ride:

La Clusaz to Lake Annecy Loop
Approximately 56 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

La Clusaz to Lake Annecy with Col de Leschaux Loop
Approximately 71 miles with 5,600 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Au Coeur du Village

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

It's the calm before the storm today-our last ride before Etape. Choose to spin easily and open up your legs before race day, or skip it altogether and enjoy a leisurely morning if you prefer. This afternoon head to Etape Village for a taste of the excitement to come. You can check out the sponsor booths, size up the competition or just grab a glass of wine and take it all in. Tonight, we'll re-convene as a group to discuss logistics and ride tactics with cocktails and a satisfying, pre-race dinner to fuel you for the next day.

Today's Ride:

La Clusaz to Les Plans Recovery Loop
Approximately 13 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Au Coeur du Village

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Allez, allez! Today's the day. We'll be up and at 'em for an early breakfast and shuttle to the start of the event. Sure, it's a crowded field of riders, but you'll feel good knowing that we've got your insider's pass to the goods with special Trek Travel aid stops, sports nutrition and service. It starts with a roll out of Annecy and up the Croix Fry once again. Take in the sweeping views of the Aravis mountains as you descend before hitting the steep ramps of Plateau des Glières with an average of 11% gradient. Recover through the valley, and make your way to final leg-breakers of the day, Col de Romme and the foreboding Colombière, with pitches of 14% and more though forested tarmac and open mountain roads. When you've defeated your demons and satisfied the climbing gods, we'll see you at the finish to cheer on your new friends and celebrate with a picnic spread big enough to satisfy even the strongest Etape rouleurs. Enjoy the scene, take in the magic, and then we'll head back to decompress and prepare for your final celebration drinks and dinner. As the Tour rolls through, you'll know in your heart that you overcame the same challenges just a few days before. Maybe you even softened the road for those Grand Tour racers? They might owe you a debt of gratitiude.

Today's Ride:

Etape du Tour
Approximately 105 miles with 13,200 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Au Coeur du Village

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Whew. Did yesterday really happen? Was it all a dream? You'll probably wake up today with a soreness in your legs and soft spot in your heart for cycling's greatest race and its most hallowed grounds. Sadly, today's our final goodbye to La Clusaz and all her charms. Head out one last time up your new favorite, the Col des Aravis, to take in views of Mont Blanc before zipping back down to the village. If you’d rather skip the ride, you are welcome to sleep and enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. A private Trek Travel shuttle will depart from the hotel at 11:00 AM. You’ll say farewell to your guides and drive approximately 45 minutes to the Annecy train station. Please do not schedule a train out of Annecy before 12:30 PM on the last day of the trip to allow plenty of time for any unforeseen delays.

Today's Ride:

La Clusaz to Col des Aravis Return
Approximately 9 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Hotel Au Coeur du Village

La Clusaz, France

Trek Travel hotels awarded the Relaix & Chateaux Au Coeur du Village is a Relais & Châteaux hotel and the only 5-star property in La Clusaz. As its name implies, it is in the heart of this ski village nestled in the French Alps. Enjoy its elegant modern rooms and relax in its exclusive spa and wellness center.

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

Trek’s latest innovation has led to the best bike on the road—a light weight, stable and technologically advanced machine to make even the hardest roads seem easy. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world. Upgrade your bike with carbon wheels for only $200.

Starting in 2019, we’re upgrading 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. Upgrade your bike with carbon wheels for only $200. Learn More

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Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid

Now you never have to miss another view with Trek’s most popular upright hybrid that refuses to sacrifice performance for comfort. You’ll have 10 speeds for any hill, a carbon fork with vibration dampening for any bump in the road, and Shimano components for every advantage. 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, 3 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 and socks 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 and socks 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 prior to your trip.
  • 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:
46 miles
TOTAL MILES:
277 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
5,400 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
32,420 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. Etape du Tour trip 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:
  • 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:
9:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Annecy Train Station, Annecy, France

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Paris (CDG) or Geneva (GVA)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:45 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Annecy Train Station, Annecy, 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 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 (0) 4 50 01 50 01), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

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Leaving

A private Trek Travel shuttle will depart from the hotel at 11:00 AM. You’ll say farewell to your guides and drive approximately 45 minutes to the Annecy train station. Please do not schedule a train out of Annecy before 12:30 PM on the last day of the trip to allow plenty of time for any unforeseen 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: Annecy, France

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:

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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:

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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