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Trek Etape du Tour

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. 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 to ride a stage of the Tour de France. 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 short distance 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.
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Official Tour Operator of the Etape du Tour
Guaranteed entry to the world-famous event
Stay at two 5-star hotels in Grasse and Nice, situated close to the race finish line
Strategically located, private rest stops on the race course
Ride a race-ready Trek Domane SL7 Disc with Di2 electronic shifting
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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 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. After a brief transfer to your hotel in Grasse and initial introductions, you will enjoy lunch at the hotel. Afterward, our guides will familiarize you with your Trek bike and ensure a perfect fit, before a loop ride on winding roads over the Col du Ferrier and Col de l’Êcre and with a stunning descent into Gourdon, nicknamed "nid d’aigle” which means “Eagle's nest" for its spectacular, panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. This evening, you’ll become better acquainted with your travel companions over cocktails and a delectable first night’s meal.

Today's Ride:

Grasse to Col de l'Ecre Loop
Approximately 33 miles with 3,700 feet of climbing

Hotel:

La Bastide Saint-Antoine

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 a ride that boasts spectacular roads and sprawling vistas. Our route heads east towards the Col de Vence, often featured in the Nice Ironman, its exposed, barren landscapes are almost like a mini Ventoux, but with expansive views all the way to Nice and Cannes. After the summit, continue onto the picturesque village of Gréolières and lunch in a local bistro before a well-deserved descent back to our 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 dinner together at a local pizzeria and toast to another successful day.

Today's Ride:

Grasse to Gréolières Loop
Approximately 39 miles with 5,100 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Grasse to Gréolières with Pas de Tous Vents
Approximately 57 miles with 7,000 feet of climbing

Hotel:

La Bastide Saint-Antoine

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

We'll enjoy more stunning riding today as we climb through the Gorges de la Siagne and up to the beautiful medieval village of Mons. Built on a high plateau, in an area occupied since prehistoric times, this beautiful little Provençal village still stands proudly on a rocky spur, where the remains of the feudal castle and its defensive wall can still be seen. Continue your climb up to the Col de Valferrière and stop for lunch in the small village of Escragnolles before a breathtaking descent on the Route Napoleon back to our hotel. This road follows the route taken by Napoleon on his march from Elba to Grenoble in 1815. Enjoy a dip in the pool this afternoon and the excitement of the Tour stage finish on Mont Aigoual before dinner at the hotel.

Today's Ride:

Grasse to Mons and Col de Valferrière Loop
Approximately 52 miles with 5,800 feet of climbing

Hotel:

La Bastide Saint-Antoine

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Our route starts with a descent south toward the Lac de Saint Cezaire. Leaving the charming village of Grasse behind, you'll climb up to the town of Tanneron and enjoy a 360-degree view. Ride onwards across the lake and onto a stunning balcony road that winds above the gorge of the river Siagne. Enjoy a picnic lunch Trek Travel style, boasting delicious Provençal specialties before a short ride back to the hotel to relax and catch the finish of the Tour de France Stage 7 on TV. This evening, a short shuttle takes you into Grasse to explore its 13th-century historic center and another delicious dinner. Tomorrow brings a lot of excitement leading into the Etape, so be sure to rest up!

Today's Ride:

Grasse to Lac de Saint Cassien Loop
Approximately 43 miles with 5,070 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Grasse to Lac de Saint Cassien Loop with short cut
Approximately 29 miles with 3,400 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Avid Grasse to Lac de Saint Cassien Loop
Approximately 46 miles with 5,400 feet of climbing

La Bastide Saint-Antoine

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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. 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 15 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée

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 moral 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, 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.

Etape Race Day:

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

Hotel:

Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

It's hard to believe that our adventure has concluded. The morning is yours to recover after your assault on yesterday's stage and sleep in. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 9:30 AM at the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée, with a 12:00 PM checkout. Your guides will help make your arrangements to the airport, train station, or other destination of your choice.

Today's Activity:

Departure

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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La Bastide Saint-Antoine

Grasse, France

To be a member of the Relais & Châteaux fellowship is no small feat – it means that La Bastide Saint-Antoine has elevated the acts of dining and relaxing to rare arts. Here, luxury abounds in every corner, from the new flavors at the gourmet restaurant to its beautiful gardens and elegant rooms and suites. This perfectly situated gem is simply magical.
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Hyatt Regency Nice

Nice, France

This beautifully-appointed luxury property in the heart of Nice boasts all the creature comforts you've come to expect, including spacious rooms, excellent amenities, and incredible dining options, along with an ideal location only a short distance from the Tour de France start and finish lines and just a few steps from the Mediterranean Sea.

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.

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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

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides, and transportation during your trip
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • Guaranteed Etape race entry
  • Six nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area's best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Etape du Tour trip, you will stay at a 5-star Relais & Châteaux property. This hotel will welcome you with its chic atmosphere. Nestled just outside the village of Grasse, it's perfectly placed to explore by bike. Afterward, take a dip in the heated pool to recover
  • Daily breakfast, six lunches, two social hours, six dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Etape du Tour trip you'll be experiencing a variety of regional French cuisine, noted for its commitment to cheeses. Meals are discovered over a number of courses and the portions are smaller to enable you to enjoy each course. Breakfast is always served at the hotel, buffet style
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Private Trek Travel rest stops and support on the Etape du Tour route

GEAR

  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 Disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting
  • The use of a GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Complimentary Bontrager merchandise
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks

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.
  • 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.

More Information

Rider Level: 4 - Avid?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
52 miles
TOTAL MILES:
313 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
5,767 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
34,600 feet
TERRAIN: MOUNTAINOUS
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:

    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.

    On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Etape du Tour trip is best suited for our Type 4 Riders. Type 4+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. 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.

    Travel Details

    How to Get There

    FLY INTO:
    Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE)
    MEETING TIME:
    Travel Dependent
    MEETING LOCATION:
    Nice Airport or Train Station

    Say Farewell

    FLY OUT OF:
    Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE)
    DEPARTING TIME:
    9:30 AM
    DEPARTING LOCATION:
    Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée

    Arriving

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

    Trek Travel will coordinate pick up times at the Nice airport or train station based on travel schedules. Please note that Nice airport to the hotel in Grasse is approximately 45 minutes by taxi. Please have your first day’s riding gear handy and separate from your other luggage to facilitate the bike fitting and ride.

    View our pre hotel recommendations

    Leaving

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

    View our post hotel recommendations

    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: Grenoble

    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 accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

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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:

    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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