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Etape du Tour



Etape du Tour

Ride Stage 18 of the Tour de France

L'Etape du Tour isn’t just a ride. It’s a proving ground with your name scribbled in chalk.

For as long as you've been a cyclist, you've compared yourself to the pros. You've wondered what it feels like to ride up those storied French climbs, and contemplated how hard the Tour de France really is. This year is your chance to live out your dreams, by taking part in the Etape du Tour-- a Gran Fondo-style event designed to celebrate the challenge of the famed routes and share in the passion that surrounds the Tour de France. As an Official Tour Operator for both the Etape du Tour and the Tour De France, we are proud to welcome you to this historic event and to guarantee your place for 2017 - courtesy of our unique relationship with official Etape sponsor Trek Bicycles. You’ve been riding your entire life for a day like this. Don’t just do it. Go at it like the champion you always knew you were. Are you ready? View our Race Trip Difference»
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Today's Ride:

Le Bourg d'Arud to St. Christophe to Venosc
Approximately 24 miles with 3,380 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Le Bourg d'Arud to St. Christophe to Les Deux Alpes
Approximately 37 miles with 6,790 feet of climbing


Welcome to the northern Alps! This is the Tour de France's favorite mountain range, with historic climbs such as Galibier, Télégraphe, Lautaret and so many more. Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Grenoble train station at 10:00 AM and you will take a one-hour shuttle to the quaint mountain village of Venosc in the heart of the Alps. Enjoy a satisfying lunch and 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. Here, choose to continue with the remainder of the climb 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 l'Etape du Tour.


Chalet Mounier
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Today's Ride:

Les Deux Alpes to Col du Galibier Return
Approximately 54 miles 8,635 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Les Deux Alpes to Col du Télégraphe Return via Col du Galibier
Approximately 98 miles 15,626 feet of climbing


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. Last looms the Col du Télégraphe, first crested by Tour rider Emile Georget in 1911. If you seek an even bigger challenge, coast down Col du Télégraphe to St. Michel de Maurienne, where you can enjoy a quick snack before beginning your attack of the fearsome Télégraphe/Galibier duo from the other side. Your attentive guides will support you as you meet today’s challenge head on with all the determination of a pro cyclist. Tonight, we’ll share typical Savoie fare when we gather for a dinner and celebrate a successful day spent conquering the most infamous cols of France.


Chalet Mounier
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Today's Ride:

Les Deux Alpes to Alpe d'Huez Loop via Col de Sarenne
Approximately 40 miles with 7,882 feet of climbing


After a hearty breakfast, today's ride begins with a descent down 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, you're free to fuel up with a lunch of your choice 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 to enjoy a relaxing afternoon and an evening to yourself. Dinner this evening is on your own.


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Today's Ride:

Les Deux Alpes to La Grave Return
Approximately 31 miles with 4,860 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Les Deux Alpes to La Grave Return to Le Chazelet
Approximately 40 miles with 6,533 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Etape Race Expo


As always with Trek Travel, today is yours to spend as you choose: loosen your legs for tomorrow with a short morning spin, or opt for rest and relaxation at the hotel. This afternoon you’ll visit the race expo to 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-fueled for tomorrow.


Chalet Mounier
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Etape Race Day:

L'Etape du Tour
Approximately 110 miles and 11,580 feet of climbing


Today is the day you finally experience what it's like to be a pro. You’ll rise early this morning, fuel up with a hearty breakfast, and transfer to the start line to take your place among thousands of other riders who will all chase history together. Your Trek Travel support team will be available at strategically-located private rest stops to provide you with tasty nourishment and moral encouragement. This much-needed support will keep you motivated and fueled for your ride and out of the long lines at the official race stops. First you’ll climb 3,200 feet over 20 miles as you ascend Col de Vars. Then prepare for a gorgeous descent into Guillestre before attacking the Izoard. Although previously featured 34 times in the Tour, this will be the first summit finish on Col d’Izoard. By the time you roll into the summit, you’ll have done battle in the Alps in spectacular fashion like the heroes of cycling.

After your historic ride, the group will gather at the finish village where your Trek Travel guides will welcome you with a satisfying buffet of food and ice cold beverages. Relax and recover at our exclusive post-ride celebration before shuttling back to the hotel for a meal worthy of champions.


Chalet Mounier
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Today's Activity:



It's hard to believe that our adventure has concluded. The morning is yours to recover after your assault on yesterday's stage. You'll have time for a short spin to loosen the legs, or choose to sleep in for a full recovery. Whichever you choose, your final day will be well-spent. A private shuttle will take you to the Grenoble train station this morning for travel to your final destination.

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Dates & Pricing


We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book your price and date are guaranteed.


12th - 17th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4699 / Person, $900 / Single Occupancy

What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.


Stay at Chalet Mounier on a Trek Travel Etape du Tour trip

Chalet Mounier

Les Deux Alpes, France

This property is situated in the prime location to ride the most prestigious cols of France including this year’s Etape du Tour (Stage 18). Enjoy incredible views of the Alps at a top-rated, chalet-style hotel featuring a spa and two pools so you can relax and recover from the week's epic riding.

What's Included

We Include More

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.

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • Cable car entry
  • Guaranteed Etape race entry
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Etape du Tour trip, you will stay in a top-rated chalet-style hotel featuring a spa and two pools so you can relax and recover from the week's epic riding.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 social hours, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Etape du Tour trip, you’ll be exploring a variety of regional Rhone Alps cuisine, which is noted for its decadent, cheese-based recipes. This is the home of fondue, raclette and gratin dauphinois. We’ve made some adjustments to this traditional fare to ensure meals are appropriate for our riders.The food is savored over a number of courses and the portions are smaller to enable you to enjoy each course. Breakfast is always served at the hotel, buffet-style.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Private Trek Travel rest stops and support on the Etape du Tour route
  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting (limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Complimentary Bontrager merchandise
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 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.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.


Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and 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.

  • Rider Type | 4
  • Average Daily Mileage | 65
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 9,680 ft.

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. Etape du Tour trip is best suited for our Type 4 Riders. Type 4+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is mountainous and 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.

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
  • Bordeaux

The summer months in France 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.

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

If you’re going we’re going on almost all our trips. Trips with 1 guest booked are guaranteed to run. Select trips like Cross Country, Race and Special Edition trips require a minimum number of guests to run and are not guaranteed until that number is reached. Contact your Trip Consultant for more details.

In the event that a departure has low enrollment, we will notify guests at 60-90 days before departure to give the option to select a different date with more guests booked. Please do not reserve airfare before confirming your Trek Travel trip.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

We want you to be prepared and as comfortable as possible throughout each day of your vacation. See our Packing List for more details on what to pack for your trip.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Want to learn more about our race trip difference? Check out our Race FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that pertain to our race trips.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

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).

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

Grenoble Train Station | Grenoble, France

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Grenoble Train Station (1 Place de la Gare, 38000 Grenoble, France) at 10:00 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 Venosc. 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 to the first night’s hotel for approximately $120 euros.

Chalet Mounier | Les Deux Alpes, France

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Chalet Mounier. You’ll then travel by shuttle to Grenoble Train Station, arriving at around 11:15 AM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate any possible traffic delays.

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:

Park Hotel

Situated adjacent to the Paul Mistral Park in the center of Grenoble, the city’s only 4-star hotel is sure to win you over with its elegance and charm.

10 Place Paul Mistral | +33 (0)4 76 85 81 23 | | ~$150

Le Grand Hotel

A historic hotel built in 1870, the Grand Hotel Grenoble Hyper Centre is located in the heart of the Alps capital. The Bastille cable railway, the Antique dealers district, the Grenoble museum and its theater are less than 5 minutes on foot from the Grand Hotel. Located close to Grenoble’s city center, this 4 star hotel offers you many of the modern comforts you enjoy.

5 rue de la République 38000 Grenoble | +33 (0)4 76 51 22 59 | | ~$150

Best Western Terminus

This Belle Epoque hotel (1906), with modern conveniences, such as air-conditioning and WiFi, is conveniently located just across the street from the Grenoble train station.

10, place de la Gare | +33 (0) 4 76 87 24 33 | | ~$175

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:

Hotel La Demeure

An oasis in the middle of the vibrant Latin Quarter on the left bank, this family-run hotel will make you feel comfortable and at home. 43 rooms.

51 Boulevard Saint Marcel | +33 (0)1 43 37 81 25 | | ~$210

Hotel Louvre Marsollier

In the heart of historic Paris, located on a quiet street in the center of a prestigious neighborhood, this is a stylish hotel where Oscar Wilde lived in 1899. The hotel’s website has some useful information and links to activities.

Opéra 13, rue Marsollier | +33 (0)1 42 96 68 14 | | ~$185

Hotel D'Angleterre

Situated on one of the most famous streets in the world, right in the heart of the Champs-Elysées between the Etoile and Concorde.

91, rue La Boétie | +33 (0)1 43 59 35 45 | | ~$130

* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the full-carbon, ultra smooth Trek Domane 5.9, to the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid–both included in the trip cost, 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.

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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.