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Incredible Race Access with Legendary Climbs

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Witness the drama, excitement and action of the world’s most historic cycling event while riding some of Le Tour’s most magnificent climbs with Trek Travel.

Le Tour lives in the hearts and minds of cycling fans everywhere as the pinnacle of bike racing for the world’s best pros. Our Tour de France Epic Climbs cycling vacation takes you to the heart of this year’s exhilarating race and to ascend the Col de la Croix de la Fer, Alpe d'Huez and the unforgettable Cols du Galibier/Telegraph double. Then it’s on to the Giant of Provence, famous Mont Ventoux, before you arrive into the Pyrenees to witness the final mountain stages. Here you and the peloton will test your skills atop the hulking giants of this region: Cols du Tourmalet, Solour and Aubisque. Enjoy live race viewings on Alpe d'Huez and the final mountain stage 19 in the Pyrenees. Combining classic rides, superb Trek bikes and professional support, there’s no better way to celebrate the passion and spectacle of this exhilarating event. Trek Travel—as close as you can get to the action without joining the peloton!

VIP Race Access

  • Trek Travel live race viewing of Stage 12 & Stage 19
  • Official VIP Race Access Passes to ride across the departure line of Stage 19 in Lourdes

Featured Climbs

  • Alpe d’Huez
  • cols du Tourmalet
  • Col du Solour
  • Col du Aubisque
  • Col du Galibier
  • Col du Télégraphe
  • Mont Ventoux
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Official Tour Operator of the Tour de France

Dates:


Day
1
Day
1

Today's Ride:

Vensoc to Berarde to les Deux Alpes to La Grave
Approximately 38 miles with 3,700 feet of climbing

Description:

Welcome to the northern Alps! This is the Tour de France's favorite mountain range, with historic climbs such as Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, Telegraphe and so many more. Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Grenoble train station at 10:30 AM and you will take a one-hour shuttle to the quaint mountain village of Venosc in the heart of the Alps. Enjoy a light lunch and a thorough fitting 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. On your return, opt for a quintessential Alps experience by ascending to Les Deux Alpes via cable car before the final ascent to our hotel Auberge Edelweiss in La Grave. 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 days ahead and enjoy your first taste of Haute Savoie cuisine.

Hotel:

Auberge Edelweiss
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Today's Stage of the Tour:

Stage 11: Albertville – La Rosière

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

La Grave to Alpe d'Huez to Le Freney d'Oisans
Approximately 41 miles with 6,700 feet of climbing

Avid Option

La Grave to Alpe d'Huez to Col du Sarenne Loop
Approximately 50 miles with 8,100 feet of climbing

Today's Race Access:

Live race viewing of Stage 12 on Alpe d'Huez

Description:

We'll begin today with a descent to the base of Alpe d'Huez in the cool morning air followed by the classic ascent of the most revered mountaintop finish in France. With an average grade of 8% and 21 hairpin bends, this lion of a climb will grab all your attention. Words can’t do justice to the scene, as hundreds of people line the roads to see cycling history unfold and the road will be sticky with freshly painted names of the fans’ favorite cyclists. After you summit, enjoy a relaxing lunch and live TV coverage of the race as the pros approach the dramatic mountaintop finish. Find your own 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, choose to ride back over the Col du Sarenne, featured in the 2013 Tour, to the ascent of Alpe d'Huez, or descend and shuttle back to the hotel. Tonight, you are free to relax and explore this enchanting town for dinner.

Hotel:

Auberge Edelweiss
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Today's Stage of the Tour:

Stage 12: Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs – Alpe d’Huez

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride:

La Grave to Col du Galibier and Col du Telegraphe return
Approximately 53 miles with 8,800 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Le Grave to Col du Galibier to Col de Telegraph double return
Approximately 70 miles with 11,700 feet of climbing

Description:

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. If you seek an even bigger challenge, tackle the adjacent Col du Télégraphe double, passing cycling's memorial to famous rider Marco Pantani, before heading back down to enjoy lunch at your leisure in Valloire. Your guides will support you as you meet today’s challenge head on with all the determination of a pro cyclist with water, snacks, rest and general Tour-de-France-style cheers. After the ride, enjoy a relaxing afternoon and another alpine feast at our hotel.

Hotel:

Auberge Edelweiss
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Today's Stage of the Tour:

Stage 13: Bourg d’Oisans – Valence

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

La Grave to Col du Glandon to Allemond with shuttle
Approximately 57 miles with 6,700 feet of climbing

Avid Option

La Grave to Col du Glandon to Col de la Croix de Fer to Allemond with shuttle
Approximately 60 miles with 7,300 feet of climbing

Description:

Welcome to another day of thigh burning climbs and rapid descents with a relentless climb over Col du Glandon, first featured in the 1947 Tour and summited by the race 4 times in 2017. The base of the col is at the Lac du Verney which often hosts the swim of the Alpe d’Huez triathlon and ascends 3,700 feet over 15 miles “enjoying” a 10% grade over the last 1.8 miles. At the top savor the fresh alpine air and dramatic mountain views this remote area offers during the short time the road is open (from June to October). As always, your Trek Travel guides will have water and snacks available for you to rest and refuel. If you have the legs, continue up the 1.5 miles to the summit of nearby Col de la Croix de Fer, featured in this year’s epic Stage 12 finishing on Alpe d'Huez. After a satisfying mountain lunch enjoy a lightning fast descent to Allemond where we'll take a private shuttle back to our hotel. Tonight, explore one of our many guide favorite restaurants in La Grave and refuel before our transfer to Provence and Mont Ventoux tomorrow!

Hotel:

Auberge Edelweiss
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Today's Stage of the Tour:

Stage 14: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Mende

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

Malaucene to Col du Suzette Loop
Approximately 18 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Shuttle to Provence

Description:

This morning you’ll rise early, bidding ‘adieu’ to the Alps and a day's transfer to Provence and the home of Mont Ventoux. Take some time to rest, relax and watch the scenery change from the alpine mountain landscapes to the vibrant lavender fields of Provence. This afternoon, with Ventoux as your backdrop, you’ll ride through the vineyard covered hillsides from one sleepy village to another. If you’d rather take a day off the bike to linger in one of Provence’s quaint villages or take a dip in the pool, your guides are always there to accommodate. Tonight your home will be the historic Domaine des Tilleuls, where you and your travel companions will be treated to your first Provençal meal at an excellent local restaurant.

Hotel:

Domaine des Tilleuls
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Today's Stage of the Tour:

Stage 15: Millau – Carcassonne

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Ride:

Malaucene to Mont Ventoux Loop
Approximately 30 miles with 5800 ft feet of climbing

Description:

Prepare yourself for epic scenery and legendary riding today! The challenge is the mighty Mont Ventoux, and 13.42 miles of climbing with no flat sections and an average grade of 10% through the middle 6.2 miles before you hit the moonscape. What makes this climb challenging is not just the ride itself, but also the weather. Intense winds or scorching heat can make this climb seem a hundred times more difficult than those found in the Alps. Your day will start early to give you the best opportunity to have a stellar climb. On reaching the top, congratulate yourself on climbing one of history's most formidable challenges, and get your photo on the summit before the magnificent descent to Malaucène. Here you can relax and refuel with lunch in a small bistro and enjoy the afternoon in the Provencal countryside. This evening you and your travel companions can explore this charming medieval village to dine in the restaurant of your choice.

Hotel:

Domaine des Tilleuls
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Today's Stage of the Tour:

Rest Day

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day
7
Day
7

Today's Ride:

Lourdes to Astuge Loop
Approximately 23 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning you’ll rise early and say "à plus" to the lavender fields of Provence to focus on your next destination - the mountains of the Pyrenees. With Le Tour and the yellow jersey also arriving into the Pyrenees today the air will be charged with anticipation of the peloton and the final mountain finishes to come. This afternoon’s ride is a short loop through the foothills of the Pyrenees where narrow, forested roads lead from one mountain village to the next. It is the perfect way to shake out your travel legs, before a traditional meal at one of our favorite local bistros.

Hotel:

Hotel Galia & Londres

Today's Stage of the Tour:

Stage 16: Carcassonne – Bagnères-de-Luchon

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
8
Day
8

Today's Ride:

Lourdes to Col du Solour Loop
Approximately 52 miles with 5,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Lourdes to Col du Solour to Col d'Aubisque Loop
Approximately 65 miles with 7,600 feet of climbing

Description:

We'll live the pro Tour-de-France lifestyle today, complete with a ride on the race course just 48 hours before the peloton powers through! After a hearty alpine breakfast, the Col de Bordères awaits which is sure to get your heart pounding. A category 2 climb with beautiful, quiet roads that climb up to a summit of 3,800 ft. Next up is the Col du Solour, where you’ll soon appreciate the true grit and sheer determination of the pros as the gentle start quickly ratchets up to a severe 9% grade. Take a break for lunch at the alpine bistro at the top, or continue to summit the final Hors Categorie climb of Stage 19 the epic Col d’Aubisque crossed over 70 times since 1910 by the Tour. From the top, enjoy a well-earned sweeping descent and scenic ride all the way back to Lourdes. Tonight, you’re free to explore Lourdes for dinner at one of its colorful bistros.

Hotel:

Hotel Galia & Londres

Today's Stage of the Tour:

Stage 17: Bagnères-de-Luchon – Saint-Lary-Soulan

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day
9
Day
9

Today's Ride:

Lourdes to Col du Tourmalet return
Approximately 73 miles with 9,800 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

St Lary Soulan to Col du Tourmalet return
Approximately 61 miles with 10,000 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

TV Viewing of the finish of Stage 18 in Pau

Description:

You confront one of the Pyrenees’ legendary mountain passes today: the mighty Col du Tourmalet. Approaching 7,000 feet, this giant is the highest pass in the central Pyrenees and since its debut in 1910, has been featured in the Tour more frequently than any other. We'll first warm up with a 12.5-mile cruise along the valley floor following the river to Pierrefitte-Nestalas before beginning a gentle climb through the Gorges de Luz. With dramatic jagged cliffs above and a lively bubbling stream below, this section of the ride is incredibly picturesque. You will then begin your ascent of Tourmalet from the Barèges side— where Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador dramatically confronted each other and the fog in 2012's decisive mountaintop finish. Once you’ve reached the top, linger for a bit on this famed summit and pay homage to rider Octave Lapize, the first pro to summit this climb in the Tour de France over a century ago. After refueling at the cafe of your choice, descend back into the valley and pause at a local bar to watch the final sprint of Stage 18 into Pau on TV. Enjoy dinner tonight at a local pizzeria in Lourdes but rest up for the exciting race day that awaits tomorrow, when you’ll get another live race action viewing of the Tour in all its glory!

Hotel:

Hotel Galia & Londres

Today's Stage of the Tour:

Stage 18: Trie-sur-Baïse – Pau

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
10
Day
10

Today's Ride:

Lourdes to Col du Solour return
Approximately 38 miles with 2,400 feet of climbing

Today's Race Access:

Official VIP race access passes to ride over departure line in Lourdes

Description:

This morning, after savoring your café au lait, prepare for an exciting day immersed in all the behind-the-scenes action at the start of the last Pyrenean stage of this year's race. With official VIP start line passes, you'll take a photo on the departure line followed by privileged VIP access to ride the first kilometers of the race course. After this exhilarating stage start you’ll exit the race course to make way for the peloton to speed past. This afternoon as the peloton starts its ascent of the Col du Tourmalet, you 'll ride once more towards the Col du Solour to intercept the race course. Enjoy lunch and 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 final mountain stage, with a guaranteed sprint finish which could determine who parades the yellow jersey into Paris. Tonight, gather with your new friends to raise a glass to the Tour, the legendary riding that makes it famous, heroes past and present, and the incredible cycling of these truly epic climbs!

Hotel:

Hotel Galia & Londres

Today's Stage of the Tour:

Stage 19: Lourdes – Laruns

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
11
Day
11

Today's Activity:

Au Revoir

Description:

It has been an amazing trip, and you're sure to return a different cyclist. Enjoy an early stroll before you bid farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Hotel Galia & Londres. You can also purchase the Paris Finishing Package and join Trek Travel in Paris for the final stage and exclusive VIP finale viewing event.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today's Stage of the Tour:

Stage 20: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle – Espelette (ITT)


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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:

RACE SUPPORT & EXPERTISE:

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.

PRO LEVEL EQUIPMENT:

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

SIGNATURE RACE VIEWINGS & ACCESS:

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).

SIGNATURE ACCOMMODATIONS & MEALS:

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.

2018


Jul
18th - 28th / 11 days / 10 nights
$5999 / Person, $750 / Single Occupancy / Week 2 and 3

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 Auberge Edelweiss on a Trek Travel Classic Climbs of the Tour de France bike tour

Auberge Edelweiss

La Grave, France

Located along the route between the Col du Lautaret and Alpe d'Huez, the charming Auberge Edelweiss is run by a family passionate about cycling. Accustomed to housing cyclists - even a Tour stage winner or two - this hotel knows how to cater to active travelers and has the appropriate facilities, including a whirlpool and sauna. Additionally, the hotel's terrace offers the ideal setting to enjoy a cold beverage and spectacular views of the Meije glacier after a great day of cycling.
Stay at Domaine des Tilleuls on a Trek Travel Tour de France bike tour

Domaine des Tilleuls

Malaucene, France

Set at the foot of Mont Ventoux in the heart of Malaucène, a typically Provençal village is the delightful hotel the Domaine des Tilleuls. Set in a refurbished 18th century magnanery (silk farm), this hotel is full of warmth and character and is characterized by its conviviality, authenticity and simplicity.
Stay at Hotel Gallia Londres on a Trek Travel Classic Climbs of the Tour de France bike tour

Hotel Gallia & Londres

Lourdes, France

This 4-star, 17th century-style hotel is located right in the historic heart of Lourdes. Spectacular riding into the Pyrenees and the sights and sounds of this unique city lie right outside your door.

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.

  • Official VIP race access passes to ride across the departure line of Stage 19 in Lourdes
  • Trek Travel live race viewing of Stage 12 and 19 as pros race towards the stage finish
  • 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
  • 10 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Tour de France Epic Climbs trip, you will stay in select accommodations with the best access to the climbs. A mix of mountain escapes and quaint village inns.
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, 3 social hours, 6 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Tour de France Epic Climbs trip, you’ll be experiencing a variety of regional cuisine. Lunches will be a bounty of local specialties or packed lunch style, to be taken en route. Dinners vary on this trip from hearty Hautes-Alpes fare to lighter Provençal dishes. We visit delightful local bistros and enjoy unique dining options in each location and we strive to provide our guests with an authentic taste of the very best of each region.
  • 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
  • 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.

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 | 42
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 5,300 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.

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 - Pyrenees to Paris
  • Tour de France - Paris Finish Package
  • Tour de France - Paris Finish Event

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.

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) or Lyon (LYS).

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

Grenoble Train Station | Grenoble, France

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at Grenoble Train Station (1 Place de la Gare, 38000 Grenoble, France) at 10:30 AM on the first day of the trip. A one-hour shuttle through the bustling city of Grenoble will bring you to your ride start in Le Bourg d'Arud. 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, Auberge Edelweiss (+33 (0)4 76 79 90 93) 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 60 minutes and cost around 80 Euros.

Hotel Galia & Londres | Lourdes, France

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at Hotel Galia & Londres. A private shuttle will take you back to the Pau TGV station. Trains run directly to Paris or the airport in Pau (PUF), see www.sncf.fr for schedules. Please do not arrange any connections from the station until after 12:00 PM.

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 telepherique: 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:

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 | www.Park-Hotel-Grenoble.fr | ~$395

Le Grand Hotel

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 | www.Grand-Hotel-Grenoble.fr | ~$425

Best Western Terminus

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

10, place de la Gare | 33 (0) 4 76 87 24 33 | www.Terminus-Hotel- Grenoble.fr | ~$175

After: Pau, France

Pau, the capital of the Pyrénées-Atlantique, is situated near the border of Spain, between Toulouse and the Côte Basque. It offers spellbinding views of both rolling hills and snow capped mountains. Don’t miss the Pau Castle, the birth place of King Henry IV, and the fortress of the Viscounts of Bearn, a royal residence during the renaissance. Parts of the castle look quite austere, but the main entrance is lovely. You’ll find exceptional museums, including the Bernadotte Museum and the Musée des Beaux-Art, which house works by Rubens and Dégas among many others. Pau-Pyrénées also has the best shops in the Bearn region. From antiques dealers to souvenirs and from bars to restaurants to haute-couture, this region offers it all. Plus, enticing markets with lively, colorful and varied selections that are sure to please the senses. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Villa Navarre

This 5-star hotel is a 19th-century villa on lush grounds just outside the center of Pau. It features traditional but modern rooms and an upscale restaurant with mountain views and a terrace.

59 Avenue Trespoey | +33 0 5 59 14 65 65 | www.villanavarre.fr | ~$300

Parc Beaumont

This sleek modern hotel is architecturally interesting and offers expanses of glass for inviting natural light. You’ll enjoy the warm and inviting relaxation area, as much as the comfortably appointed rooms with gleaming hardwoods.

1, Avenue Edouard VI | +33 (0)5 59 11 84 00 | www.Hotel-Parc-Beaumont.com | ~$280

Hôtel le Gramont

This charming hotel is located just steps away from the castle in Pau and boasts original facades from the early 20th century. Elegant common areas and old English decor lend an air of quiet reserve.

3 Place Gramont | +33 (0)5 59 27 84 04 | www.HotelGramont.com | ~$180


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

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