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Etape du Tour

Ride Stage 10 of the Tour de France

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Watching the Tour is one thing. But riding an entire stage of the race with thousands of other cycling crazies before the actual peloton rolls through? That's an unimaginable delight.

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.

Featured Climbs:

  • Col de la Colombière
  • Col de la Croix Fry
  • Col du Marais
  • Col des Aravis
  • Col de Leschaux
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Daily Itinerary

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Day
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Day
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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

Description:

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.

Hotel:

Hotel Au Coeur du Village
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

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

Description:

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.

Hotel:

Hotel Au Coeur du Village
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride:

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

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

Description:

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.

Hotel:

Hotel Au Coeur du Village
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

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

Description:

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.

Hotel:

Hotel Au Coeur du Village
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

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

Description:

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.

Hotel:

Hotel Au Coeur du Village
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Ride:

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

Description:

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.

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Dates & Pricing

The earlier you book, the greater the rewards

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

2018


Jul
4th - 9th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4899 / Person, $900 / Single Occupancy / Week 2

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.

Hotels

Stay at Hotel Au Coeur du Village on a Trek Travel Etape bike tour

Hotel Au Coeur du Village

La Clusaz, France

Trek Travel hotels awarded the Relaix & Chateaux Au Coeur du Village Is a Relais Chateaux classed 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

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
  • Guaranteed Etape de Tour 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 at the luxurious Hotel Au Coeur du Village. This 5-star Relais-Chateaux property will welcome you with its chic welcoming atmosphere. Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, it is perfectly placed to explore by bike. Afterward relax in the hotel spa or take a dip in the heated pool to recover.
  • 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 experiencing a variety of regional Savoyard cuisine, noted for its commitment to cheeses. This is the home of the fondue, raclette, and tartiflette dishes, discovered over a number of courses. The portions are smaller to enable you 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 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of 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. 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.
  • 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 7.5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

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 | 48
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 5,800 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. 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.

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

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.

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) 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.

Annecy Train Station | Annecy, France

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.

Annecy Train Station | Annecy, France

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 min 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.

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:

L'Imperial Palace

Located in a park on Lake Annecy, L'Imperial Palace houses the Casino Imperial, as well as one of the most famous convention centers in France. It has been fully remodeled and includes both a fitness and a beauty center with a sauna and steam bath. 98 rooms.

32 Avenue Albigny | +33 (0)4 50 09 30 00 | www.Hotel-Imperial-Palace.com | ~$315

Les Tresoms

This is a residence-style hotel that dates from the early 1900’s, with a shaded terrace overlooking the swimming pool and a beautiful view of the lake. 48 rooms.

3 Boulevard Corniche | +33 (0)4 50 51 43 84 | www.LesTresoms.com | ~$250

Hotel Splendid

This recently renovated hotel is ideally located between the lake and the mountains. The Splendid Hotel sits across from the shores of Lake Annecy, the cleanest lake in all of France, and is perfectly nestled in the heart of the old town.

4, Quai Eustache Chappuis | +33 (0)4 50 45 20 00 | www.Splendidhotel.fr | ~$160

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 | www.Hotel-Paris-Lademeure.com | ~$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 | www.Louvre-Paris-Hotel.com | ~$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 | www.Angleterre-Paris-Hotel.com | ~$130


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

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