Annecy to Alpe d'Huez - VIP Official Race Access



Annecy to Alpe d'Huez - VIP Official Race Access

Meet Jens Voigt & Incredible Race Access


The Alps are the heart and soul of the Tour de France, with epic climbs and breathtaking views. Combine luxurious perfectly located hotels, exclusive race access and an evening with Jens Voigt for an intimate race experience in the Alps.

Trek Travel proudly presents the ultimate in luxury with the Tour de France 2018 experience! It doesn't get any better than this. As Official Tour Operator for the Tour de France, we have an exclusive VIP trip staying at 2 luxurious boutique hotels perfectly located at the heart of the world’s premier cycling race in the Alps. Whether it’s the classically beautiful Col de la Croix de Fer or the thrilling mountaintop finish on the Alpe d'Huez, we will take you to where the yellow jersey will be snatched and lost and won again, while you'll rest your head every night in the region's most stunning accommodations. Enjoy an evening with Jens Voigt himself for an insider look at the Tour, the suffering and the strategies. With first class, professional support, a wealth of local knowledge, exclusive hotels and the best bikes in the business, there’s no better way to celebrate the passion and drama of this exhilarating event. Trek Travel—as close as you can get to the action without joining the peloton!

VIP Race Access

  • Official VIP Race Access passes to Departure of Stage 10 in Annecy
  • Official VIP Race Access Passes to ride over finish line of Stage 12 on Alpe d'Huez

Featured Climbs

  • Alpe d'Huez
  • Col de la Croix Fry
  • Col du Galibier
  • Col du Télégraphe
Official Tour Operator of the Tour de France



Today's Ride:

Veryier du Lac to Col du Forclaz Montmin Loop
Approximately 26 miles with 3,100 feet of climbing

Today's Activity

Meet the legendary Jens Voigt with exclusive evening cocktails and Q&A.


Welcome to the Alps! Lake Annecy is one of the most beautiful destinations in the alps, with crystal-blue waters, a shoreline dotted with exclusive chateaus and is considered one of the most elite vacations spots for wealthy Europeans. A short drive crosses historic old town, a maze of local artisans and medieval architecture to the start of your adventure. Enjoy a light lunch and a thorough bike fitting, before you take to the road for a spin in the alpine hills. After a beautiful climb up the Col de la Forclaz de Montmin, with a bird’s eye view of the lake and surrounding mountains, you’ll descend to arrive at our luxurious 5-star country residence situated alongside the spectacular Lake Annecy with ample time to relax, unpack or even go for a swim in the pristine waters of the lake. Tonight, we'll gather for a welcome reception and an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes with a special private event that includes Jens Voigt in the flesh. You'll enjoy an informal cocktail hour and Q&A session with this cycling legend before a delicious dinner and resting up for exciting day of race action tomorrow.


Yoann Conte
Visit Website

Today's Stage of the Tour:

Rest Day

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Today's Ride:

Annecy Lake Loop
Approximately 24 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

Avid Option

Annecy Lake Loop with Col de Leschaux
Approximately 37 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

Today's Race Access:

Official VIP Race Access Passes to Deaprture Village of Stage 10


Savor your café au lait and pain au chocolat this morning before a private boat cruise across the lake for a one-of-a-kind VIP experience at the Stage 17 start. We have your coveted VIP passes to the official departure village where you'll be able to snap a photo of the pros as they prepare for today’s stage. Position yourself to watch the start of the race and cheer on riders as they begin their first stage in the Alps. Once the race has departed, explore the old town of Annecy Le Vieux, named the Venice of the Alps for the small canals that wind through its enchanting center. Enjoy a crêpe or plate of moules-frites for lunch before deciding on one of many spectacular riding options this afternoon. Cruise around the pristine waters of Lake Annecy and follow traffic-free bike lanes that circumnavigate this alpine lake. Tackle the remote and quiet Col de Leschaux or continue on the bike path through quaint neighborhoods that bring you back to the hotel. Tonight, as the sun sinks down between the mountains and reflects off the lake, you'll enjoy a sumptuous gourmet dinner at the foot of the shore, and toast your first full day of adventure and racing action.


Yoann Conte
Visit Website

Today's Stage of the Tour:

Stage 10: Annecy – Le Grand-Bornand

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Today's Ride:

Saint Jean de Maurienne to Col de La Croix de Fer to Allemond w/shuttle to hotel.
Approximately 41 miles with 7,600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Saint Jean de Maurienne to Col de La Croix de Fer to Allemond to Alpe d'Huez
Approximately 52 miles with 11,500 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Transfer to Alpe d'Huez


We'll live the pro, Tour-de-France lifestyle today, complete with a ride on the race course just 24 hours before the peloton takes it on! After a hearty alpine breakfast, your day starts with a private shuttle to Saint Jean de Maurienne where your bikes await, prepped and ready to ride part of tomorrow's race route. The ascent of the day is the hors catégorie Col de la Croix de Fer, tomorrow's penultimate climb with an ascent of 18 miles and 5000 ft of climbing. These juxtaposed climbs have made and broken champions in the history of the Tour, with extended steep pitches and long, open ramps begging for a follow helicopter, every rider is rewarded with unique views of these spectacular mountains. Pause for lunch and to stretch your legs before the long descent of the Col du Glandon followed by a cruise along the valley to Allemond. Shuttle up to the hotel or climb your way up the western side of Alpe d'Huez. Our luxury mountain lodging, Chamois d'Or, is one of the most exclusive hotels on the Alpe and perfectly located just a short stroll from tomorrow’s mountain top finish line. Here you’ll be warmly greeted by our friend and hotel owner Thibaut before we'll gather for dinner this evening. Rest well and get ready for the excitement of the live race action on Alpe d'Huez tomorrow!


Chamois d'Or
Visit Website

Today's Stage of the Tour:

Stage 11: Albertville – La Rosière

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Today's Ride:

Alpe d'Huez return
Approximately 18 miles with 3,900 feet of climbing

Avid Option

Alpe d'Huez to Col de Sarenne Loop
Approximately 27 miles with 5,500 feet of climbing

Today's Race Access:

Official VIP race access passes to ride over finish line on Alpe d'Huez


We'll begin today with a descent to the base of Alpe d'Huez in the cool morning air either down the face of the climb or over the Col de Sarenne featured in the Tour's 2013 Alpe d'Huez double ascent. Words can’t do justice to the scene, as hundreds of people line the roads to see this exciting mountain top finish unfold. Once at the base, climb up the legendary 21 switchbacks for a race day ascent like nothing you’ve ever experienced. You will ride the final stretch of the race course with VIP passes accompanied by an official race escort car, just like the pros! Feel the Tour glory as you crest the summit and rocket across the finish, before climbing the Official Tour podium with your fellow Trek Travelers for an unforgettable souvenir photo opportunity. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing lunch and live TV coverage of the race as the pros approach the dramatic finish on the mountain's summit. Take your spot on the roadside as the caravan passes through and the tension builds as the first climber appears around the bend. This is the mountain stage, where attackers come for glory and the winner will forever be etched into the history of this sacred mountain. Will they boast tonight's yellow jersey? Once the race has finished, you are free to relax and explore this enchanting town for dinner.


Chamois d'Or
Visit Website

Today's Stage of the Tour:

Stage 13: Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs - Alpe d'Huez

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Today's Ride:

Alpe d'Huez to Col du Galibier w/shuttle to hotel
Approximately 45 miles with 8,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Alpe d'Huez to Col du Galibier & Col du Télégraphe w/shuttle to hotel
Approximately 70 miles with 12,500 feet of climbing


An unforgettable “King/Queen of the Mountains” challenge is on tap as you tackle three of the Alps’ most celebrated passes. Descend Alpe d'Huez along a little-known balcony road, dramatically carved out of the rock on the side of the Alpe before the ascent of 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. If you seek an even bigger challenge, tackle the adjacent Col du Télégraphe, passing cycling's memorial to famous rider Marco Pantani, before heading back to enjoy lunch at your leisure. Your attentive guides will support you as you meet today’s challenge with water, snacks, rest and Tour-de-France-style cheers. Once back at the hotel gather for drinks as the pros battle their way out of the Alps and witness the stage finish in Valence on TV. Tonight, toast to the Alps, their epic ascents and the riders who conquer them and an unforgettable week at the Tour!


Chamois d'Or
Visit Website

Today's Stage of the Tour:

Stage 14: Le Bourg d'Oisans- Valence

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Today's Ride:

Route des lacs return
Approximately 10 miles with 900 feet of climbing


Rise early for one more spin in the Alps. It’s a quick but beautiful ride up to the alpine lakes that lie high above the ski resort of Alpe d'Huez. 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 then say farewell to your guides at Chamois d'Or. Please do not schedule a train out of Grenoble before 1:00 PM on the last day of the trip to allow plenty of time for any unforeseen delays.

Included Meals:


Today's Stage of the Tour:

Stage 15: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Mende


Pro Rider Access:

Official Tour Operator of the Tour de France

Race Experience:

Experience the race as a VIP

Equipment & Guides:

Ride the best bikes with first-class support

Our Race Difference:


Each of our race trips has a minimum of two First Class Guides. If a group size gets above 20 persons, you will have additional guides to ensure that you always enjoy superior customer service. You never ride alone. We support you both on and off the bike. We always have one guide in our support vehicle and the other cycling alongside you. Our race trip guides have the experience and mechanical skills necessary to keep you riding comfortably at your best in all conditions. They bring years of experience managing the trip logistics of pro race itineraries and stage viewings. They’ll fill up your water bottles, change your tire, shuttle you over the hill, provide you with local insight and make sure everyone is on the right track. Off the bike, your guides are at your service to help you with anything you need—massage appointments, wine suggestions, or finding that special local treat you’re craving.


When it comes to bikes, we set the standard. Included in the price of your trip is the choice to ride one of our unprecedented premium quality Trek bicycles. We have one of the largest selections of bike styles, frame sizes and equipment to ensure that your bike is perfectly fitted to you.

  • The use of the brand new Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike
  • The use of a Garmin GPS computer while on your trip
  • Complimentary Trek Travel merchandise, Trek-Segafredo team kit, and customized Road ID (included on race access trips)
  • Bike computer, a map case, and stocked seat pack for use during your trip
  • Two Trek Travel water bottles for you to keep
  • Choice of multiple stem lengths, seat posts, saddles, and helmets for a custom fit


We don’t want you to miss anything. After all, it’s all a part of being exposed to the races and the regions. All of the VIP race access, citizens’ ride entry fees (as applicable), and cultural events that are mentioned in your itinerary are covered in the cost of your trip. Race trip itineraries include at least two live race viewings, sometimes including race-organized VIP stage start or finish access. Guests enjoy prime stage viewing locations complete with front row seating, catered lunches, live TV broadcasts, and pro rider appearances (whenever possible).


Our race trip designer selects hotels with the best locations to get you up close access to the race routes for riding and viewing the stages. Typically, race trip itineraries will feature a mix of 3- and 4-star hotels. On our race trips, the cuisine is fresh and local. Our dinners will range from casual tapas to multi-course dinners. Breakfast is served each morning at the hotel. Lunches will offer a bounty of local specialties, from fabulous picnics to local fare at quaint bistros.

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.


16th - 21st / 6 days / 5 nights
$7499 / Person, $1750 / Single Occupancy / Week 2 / Waitlist Only
Guaranteed *
Sold Out

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 the Relais and Chateau hotel Yoanne Conte on a Trek Travel cycling vacation

Yoann Conte

Veyrier du Lac, France

Trek Travel hotels awarded the Relaix & Chateaux Relaxation is almost impossible to avoid at this Relais & Chateaux hotel, perched on the shores of the spectacular Lake Annecy with stunning views, gourmet dining and an authentic country residence that's sure to delight and enchant.
Stay at Chamois d'Or on a Trek Travel Classic Climbs of the Tour de France bike tour

Chamois d'Or

Alpe d'Huez

A spectacular mountainside retreat located on top of Alpe d'Huez, and a few minutes’ walk from the finish line of stage 12. The warm family welcome, cozy duvets, the alpine wood furniture will prolong the magic of the mountains even in your dreams. Admire the magnificent panorama of the Oisans glaciers, huddled up in a deckchair on the sunny balcony of your room.

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.

  • Exclusive Pro rider access—join Jens Voigt on July 16 for a cocktail hour and Q&A session
  • Official VIP race access passes to Departure of stage 10 in Annecy
  • Official VIP race access passes to ride over finish line of stage 12 on Alpe d'Huez
  • Laundry service for cycling kit (once on trip)
  • Complimentary travel services (contact us for details)
  • 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
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Tour de France Alps trip, you will stay in two beautiful hotels—a 5-star hotel on Lake Annecy and 4-star mountain chalet on Alpe d'Huez
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 social hours, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Tour de France Alps trip, we'll be exploring a variety of regional Savoyard cuisine, known for its fondues, raclette and tartiflette dishes. We’ve made some adjustments to this traditional fare to ensure meals are appropriate for cyclists. The food is discovered over a number of courses and the portions are smaller to enable you to extend your appetite to enjoy each course. Breakfast is always served at the hotel and is 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
  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • The use of GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Trek Bontrager helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • 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
  • Trek-Segafredo team kit

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.


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 | 28
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 3,850 feet

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. The Tour de France 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. The terrain is challenging, with stunning views and quiet roads. We will ride an average of 2-3 major climbs per day. You will be invigorated by the fresh mountain air and will take in wonderful vistas and the landmarks that dot the routes of France’s most famous race. See day by day itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Exclusive Pro —
  • Official VIP race access passes to Departure of stage 10 in Annecy

The summer months in the Alps are typically warm with daily temperatures ranging from the mid 60's to low 80's, and evenings dropping to the mid 50's to mid 60's. When traveling in the Alps it is best to be prepared for variable conditions as weather can change very quickly. We recommend always traveling with rain gear as well as breathable layers to provide warmth when the temperature drops.

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.

Please review our packing list page for more details.

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.

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.

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).

From Paris, take a TGV train to Annecy, either from the TGV station at Charles de Gaulle Airport or from the Gare de Lyon in Paris. Please consult to book your tickets.

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 12:30 PM on the first day of the trip. "We’ll then take a short private shuttle to our lunch spot on the side of Lake Annecy, where your guides will make sure you are perfectly fit to your bike. Please have your first day cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage.

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, Yoann Conte (+33 (0)4 50 09 97 49), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. You may take a taxi from the train station to your first hotel for approximately $40.

Chamois d'Or | Alpe d'Huez, France

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Chamois d'Or. You’ll then travel by shuttle to Grenoble Train Station, arriving at around 12:00 PM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate any possible traffic 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 for your pre-trip accommodations:

L’Impérial 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 | | ~$315

Les Trésoms

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 | | ~$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 | | ~$160

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 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 for your post-trip accommodations:

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 | +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

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

Experience It

Trek Travel Difference

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.