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Etape du Tour Cycling Vacation

Prepare for Legendary. Ride the full Stage 12 of the 2022 Tour de France.

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 12, traveling 104 miles, and features the king of all climbs: Alp d’Huez! This highly celebrated and coveted climb is the grand finale of a breathtaking stage in the Alps; the course also includes the famous Col du Galibier, this year’s highest point of the Tour de France at 8,668 feet. 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. 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 2022.Official Tour Operator of the Tour de France
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$6499 Per Person
Duration:
7 Days & 6 Nights
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Experience the Etape du Tour with Trek Travel, an Official Tour Operator
Guaranteed entry to this world-famous event
Ride the mythical Alpe d'Huez and Col du Galibier a few days before the pros
Strategically located, private rest stops on the race course for unrivalled support
Ride a race-ready Trek Domane SL7 Disc with Di2 electronic shifting, the best in the industry
Ride the Etape du Tour with Trek Travel cycling vacations
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 northern Alps! This is the Tour de France's favorite mountain range, with historic climbs such as Alpe d'Huez, Col du Galibier, and so many more. Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Grenoble train station at 11:00 AM and you will take a 90-minute shuttle to Venosc in the heart of the Alps. Enjoy a light lunch and a thorough bike fitting for 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. Berarde, nestled at the foot of the stout Massif des Écrins. At the top, pause to take in the majestic alpine views before a breathtaking descent back to the valley floor. Opt for a quintessential alpine experience by ascending to our hotel via cable car or choose to tackle the final climb. Les Deux Alpes is your port-of-call for the next five nights and where you’ll find Chalet Mounier, our chic 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.

Today's Ride:

Venosc to St Berarde Return
Approximately 25 miles with 3,830 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Venosc to St Berarde to Les Deux Alpes
Approximately 37 miles with 7,000 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Chalet Mounier

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

An unforgettable “King or Queen of the Mountains” challenge is on tap as you tackle two 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 to nearly 8,600 feet above sea level as you top the iconic Col du Galibier, just as you will on Sunday’s Etape du Tour and just as the pros did over 100 years ago when this climb debuted in the Tour. Breathe in the majestic mountain views from the top and descend back down to enjoy lunch. 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 up on the fifth stage of this year’s Tour de France and its first stage on the cobbles. Tonight, we’ll explore Les Deux Alpes to dine at a great restaurant before more stunning climbs tomorrow!

Today's Ride:

Les Deux Alpes to Col du Galibier return
Approximately 55 miles with 9,275 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Chalet Mounier

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today you'll have the chance to ride three little-known alpine balcony roads, which are the Trek Travel guides' best-loved stretches of road. First up is the balcony descent from Les Deux Alpes, followed by a breathtaking climb towards Villard Notre-Dame and over the Col d'Ornon. Pause for lunch and enjoy the spectacular views at a family run bistro before you head down toward Le Bourg d'Oisans and the base of Alpe d'Huez. You'll ascend the first few switchbacks to a small road carved into the rock walls. Admire the breathtaking views as the valley stretches out below you and winds you back to the Lac du Chambon where you can choose to shuttle or tackle the final switchbacks back up to Les Deux Alps and our hotel. This evening, take a stroll in the village before tonight's lively meal of traditional alpine fare at one of our favorite spots.

Today's Ride:

Les Deux Alpes to Venosc
Approximately 40 miles with 5,770 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Les Deux Alpes to le Freney d'Oisans
Approximately 63 miles with 7,400 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Chalet Mounier

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

After a hearty breakfast, today's ride begins with a descent down into the valley to the base of the mythic Alpe d’Huez, which will be the final climb of this year’s Etape du Tour and Stage 12 of the Tour. Each of the 21 switchbacks 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 the Col de Sarenne. This quiet road is popular with locals as an understated, less traveled, and equally difficult challenge. 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're free to explore this quaint alpine village. Grab a quick pizza at a local 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:

Les Deux Alpes to Alpe d'Huez to Venosc
Approximately 39 miles with 5,200 feet of climbing

Avid option

Les Deux Alpes to Alpe d'Huez with the Col de Sarenne
Approximately 35 miles with 5,300 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Chalet Mounier

Included Meals:

Breakfast

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 and the opportunity to loosen your legs or skip the ride and opt for rest and relaxation at the hotel. Then, it's time for the race expo. A short shuttle will take you to Briançon 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-fueled for tomorrow.

Today's Ride:

Short spin
Approximately 23 miles with 4,390 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Chalet Mounier

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 with a hearty breakfast, and shuttle 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 both nourishment and strong encouragement. This much-needed support will keep you fueled and motivated (and out of the long lines of the official race stops!). From the start in Briançon, prepare to do battle against the most famous of cycling’s opponents. You’ll first ascend the Col du Lautaret, followed by the epic hors catégorie climb, Col du Galibier, taking you to the highest point of the Tour de France. Prepare for a gorgeous descent into Valloire before attacking the Col du Télégraphe. Then, spin your legs along the valley and begin the epic ascent to Col de la Croix de Fer. Take time to appreciate the views as you gradually ascend for 18 miles with an average gradient of 5.2%. At the top, get ready for a breathtaking descent over the Col du Glandon and to the base of the beast, Alpe d'Huez. This final climb takes you up the famous 21 switchbacks to the top. By the time you cross the finish line at the summit, you’ll have done battle in spectacular fashion like the heroes of cycling. 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 ice-cold beverages. Relax and recover at our exclusive post-ride celebration before a shuttle back to the hotel for a meal worthy of champions.

Today's Ride:

Briançon to Alpe d'Huez
Approximately 104 miles with 15,800 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Chalet Mounier

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 Chalet Mounier when a private shuttle will transfer you back to the Grenoble train station, arriving around 11:00 AM. Please do not book a departing train before 11:30 AM 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.

Today's Activity:

Departure

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Chalet Mounier

Les Deux Alpes, France

Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice hotel winnerLuxury Accommodation | With amazing views of the surrounding area, this upscale 4-star chalet-style hotel features a spa and two pools so you can relax and recover from the week's epic riding.

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 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. In 2019, we upgraded 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. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Six 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, four lunches and five dinners
  • Two 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 Segafredo Pro Race cycling 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, 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)
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmets
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts, and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized digital photobook 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 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 and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200, subject to availability)
  • 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

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:
50 miles
TOTAL MILES:
265 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
8,000 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
49,300 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:
  • Tour de France
  • Provence
  • Paris Finale Viewing Event

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 Lyon (LYS)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Grenoble Train Station, Grenoble, France

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Paris (CDG) or Lyon (LYS)
DEPARTING TIME:
12:30
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Grenoble Train Station, Grenoble, 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 Lyon (LYS).

Trains depart Paris’s Gare de Lyon or the Lyon airport daily for Grenoble with a travel time of three to four hours.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip at the Grenoble TGV train station (1 Place de la Gare, 38000 Grenoble, France). A shuttle through the bustling city of Grenoble will bring you to your ride start in Saint Christophe-en-Oisans. 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 starts with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Chalet Mounier (+33 4 76 80 56 90) 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 100 USD.

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Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 9:30 AM at Chalet Mounier. You will arrive by 11:00 AM at the Grenoble 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 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.

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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 & After: 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 Rhône-Alpes town is a ride on the téléphérique: egg-shaped cable cars, les bulles, take you across the Isere 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:

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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