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Etape du Tour Cycling Vacation

Prepare for Legendary. Ride the full Stage 2 of the Tour de France.

Tackle sprocket-list climbs like Col de Colmiane, Col de Turini and Col d'Èze. The best part? You’ll be doing it just a few days after the pros.

Ride a stage of the Tour de France. Each year a lucky few get the unique opportunity to experience those dreams in all their glory by taking part in the Etape du Tour. An epic ride 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 2 of Le Tour, traveling a loop of 110 miles from and back to Nice. A breathtaking stage in the Alpes-Maritimes, the ride features two mountain passes, a climb up to Col d'Èze, and some spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea before crossing the finish line in Nice. 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 just a kilometer ride from the start and finish lines. 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 2020.
Official Tour Operator of the Tour de France

From:
$5799 Per Person
Duration:
7 Days & 6 Nights
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Official Tour Operator of the Etape du Tour
Guaranteed Entry to the world-famous event
Ride the Col de la Madone and Col d'Èze a few days before the race
Stay at a perfectly located 4-star hotel in Nice, close to the race start & finish lines
Strategically located, private rest stops on the race course
Truly appreciated being able to ride in the Etape du Tour without having to worry about any of the logistics of the event itself or the trip logistics.
-Linos

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Welcome to Nice and the Alps-Maritimes, one of the most picturesque destinations in the south of France and the start location of this year's 107th Tour de France. Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Nice Train Station (Gare de Nice-Ville, Avenue Thiers, 06008 Nice, France) at 11:30 AM on the first day of the trip. After a brief transfer to your hotel in Vence and initial introductions, you will enjoy lunch at the hotel. Afterward, your guides will familiarize you with your Trek bike and ensure a perfect fit, before a scenic loop ride on winding roads to the small village of Châteauneuf-Grasse. You can also choose to make yourself comfortable at the hotel as you prepare for the week ahead and watch the Tour stage on TV. This evening, you’ll become better acquainted with your travel companions over cocktails and a delectable first night’s meal. This will be an incredible week!

Today's Ride:

Cantemerle to Chateauneuf-Grasse Loop
Approximately 25 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Cantemerle

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Rise and shine for your first full day in French paradise. Start your day with a café au lait before heading out for a ride that boasts spectacular roads and sprawling vistas. Our route starts up the Col du Vence, with a gentle 5% grade that warms up the legs and prepares you for the Alpes-Maritimes ahead. Enjoy a well-deserved descent and follow the Esteron River to Roquestéron-Grasse, a charming medieval village perched in the mountains. Explore the winding streets to find the lunch of your choice before we spin back to the hotel. Or, feel free to hop aboard the van for a quick shuttle back. This evening we'll shuttle into Vence to explore its historic center that dates back to the 13th-century. We'll enjoy dinner together at a charming local bistro and toast another successful day.

Today's Ride:

Cantermerle to Roquestéron-Grasse
Approximately 31 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Cantermerle to Roquestéron-Grasse return
Approximately 62 miles with 8,000 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Cantemerle

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

Today's ride starts with an hour-long shuttle to Menton and the base of the Col de la Madone, made famous by Trek Bikes when they named their bike the ‘Madone” after it. The climb starts at sea level in the seaside town of Menton before paralleling the Italian border and heading west at the small village of Sainte-Agnès. As the road narrows, the views are spectacular all the way to the top. Pause for a snack and take in the panorama before descending towards Nice and our second col of the day: the Col d’Èze. Enjoy a preview of this final climb of the Etape du Tour race route and stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea before looping back to Menton and returning to the hotel to catch today's stage of le Tour on TV. Watch the action, trade updates on the day's stage, and swap insights on Tour predictions before savoring a group dinner at the hotel.

Today's Ride:

Menton to Col de la Madone and Col D'Èze Loop
Approximately 46 miles with 6,100 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Ride the Col d'Èze just days before the race

Hotel:

Cantemerle

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

We'll enjoy more stunning riding today as we tackle the Col de l'Ecre, regularly featured in the Nice Ironman. This climb will be sure to catch your attention! Enjoy the views as the road ascends 8 miles before summiting and the thrilling descent back to Gourdon. Continue riding to the Cascades du Sault de Loup, one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the region. We'll stop for a sandwich and walk to the gorge to view this resplendent waterfall. This evening, a short shuttle takes you once again into Vence where you are free to enjoy dinner at the restaurant of your choice, equipped with suggestions from your guides. Tomorrow brings a lot of excitement leading into the Etape, so be sure to rest up!

Today's Ride:

Cantermerle to Cascades du Sault Loop
Approximately 54 miles with 8,400 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Cantermerle to Cascades du Sault Loop with Col de l'Ecre
Approximately 63 miles with 7,400 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Cantemerle

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 and the opportunity to loosen your legs, or skip the ride and opt for rest and relaxation at the hotel. Then, it's time to transfer to Nice, where the race expo awaits. 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. Trek Travel has secured a prime hotel located in the heart of the action and 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 15 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Hotel:

AC Hotel Nice by Marriott

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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 ride 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 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 ascend the Col de Colmiane, then prepare for a gorgeous descent into La Bollène-Vésubie before attacking the next climb Col de Turini, made famous as a stage of the Monte Carlo Rally and one of the most scenic roads in France. Hold on tight for a long descent into Nice and the final climb of the day up the Col d'Èze in the closing miles of the course. By the time you cross the finish line in Nice, you’ll have done battle 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 a short ride back to the hotel for a meal worthy of champions.

Today's Ride:

Nice to Nice
Approximately 110 miles with 11,700 feet of climbing

Hotel:

AC Hotel Nice by Marriott

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

It's hard to believe that our adventure 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 AC Marriott, with a 12:00 PM checkout. Please make your own travel arrangements to the airport, train station, or other destination of your choice.

Today's Activity:

Departure

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Hotel Le Cantemerle

Vence, France

The Hotel Le Cantemerle is nestled on a wooded hillside close to the village of Vence and boasts a gorgeous pool, spa, villa, and incredible restaurant. The private estate features hundred-year-old pines and blackbirds often sing around the property, hence the name cante (song) – merle (blackbird). Vence is situated only 15 minutes from Nice airport and is ideal for accessing the area's best cycling routes.
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AC Hotel Nice by Marriott

Nice, France

This Marriott property was designed to showcase the best in Provençal life and the Cote d'Azur. Ideally situated on the beach, just a few steps from the iconic Promenade des Anglais, the hotel is also a prime location extremely close to the Etape du Tour finish line. The property features well-appointed rooms and all the luxuries you've come to expect from Marriott.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dream. 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

  • 6 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, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
  • 2 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
  • 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 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 and socks 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)
  • 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:
58 miles
TOTAL MILES:
347 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
6,800 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
40,600 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
  • 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:
Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE)
MEETING TIME:
11:30 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Nice Train Station, Nice, France

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE)
DEPARTING TIME:
9:30 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
AC Hotel Nice by Marriott

Arriving

Buses and trams depart the Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE) regularly for the city centre with a travel time of 20 mins. You can also take a taxi for approximately 30 euros.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Nice Train Station (Gare de Nice-Ville, Avenue Thiers, 06008 Nice, France) at 11:30 AM on the first day of the trip. A shuttle through the bustling city of Nice will bring you to your ride start in Vence. 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, Cantemerle (+33 (0)4 93 58 08 18), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi can take you from the Nice Côte d'Azur Airport to the Cantemerle for approximately 100 Euros.

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Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 9:30 AM at AC Hotel Nice with a 12:00 PM checkout. Please make your own travel arrangements to the airport, train station, or other destination of your choice.

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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: Nice, France

If you have the time, consider staying in Nice at the beginning or end of your trip to further explore the diverse activities this French town offers. Nice is positively chic and fabulous all in one. This charming city on the banks of the Cote d'Azur is a world-class destination that beckons vacationers and the leisure class from all over the world. Artists like Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall have also found inspiration on its white sandy beaches, with year-round sunshine and total opulence. Visit the Promenade des Anglais and walk the four kilometers of beachfront property, keeping an eye out for architectural marvels. Or, visit one of its many museums devoted to modern art, Chagall, or Matisse. The Cours Saleya Markets are perfect for a stroll and shop, or the Parc du Chateau offers the best views in town. 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 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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