2017 Alpe d’Huez to Paris 8 Days

This popular 8 day trip has a focus on exploring the famous climbs of the Alps and experiencing the Tour de France as it enters the decisive final week of racing. This trip finishes in style with the final Time Trial before taking the TGV to Paris to see the final stage on the Champs Elysees.

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TRIP DETAILS: 

Duration: 8 days (7 nights)
Dates: Monday, 17 July to Monday, 24 July, 2017
Start: Lyon  Finish: Paris
Accommodation: 4 star hotels
Group Size: Maximum 30 people (5 Staff)
Suitable For: Cyclists and Non Cyclists
Trip Type: Classique Trip Find out more…
Cost: A$5290.00 (US$3810.00)
Deposit: A$1000.00 (US$720.00)
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively you may choose to have a room of your own by paying the single supplement.
Single Supplement: A$780.00 (US$560.00)

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Highlights:

  •  Follow the drama of the last week of the 2017 Tour de France
  • Ride the famous climbs of the Tour including Alpe d’Huez and Col d’Izoard
  • See it live! 4 Tour de France stages
  • See the final time trial in Marseille
  • Feel like the pro-rider and recline in your luxury coach after a refreshing shower at the end of your ride
  • Travel to Paris on the high speed TGV to catch the final stage on Champs Elysees.
  • Finish of final stage

Who is this trip for?

This popular 8-day trip has a focus on experiencing the Tour de France as it enters the decisive final week of racing and riding some of the most famous climbs. After seeing 4 of the biggest stages of the final week in the Alps we move on and give you the chance to ride Alpe d’Huez before finishing in style as we see the final Time Trial before taking the TGV to Paris to see the final stage on the Champs Elysees. It’s one of our most popular trips with something for everyone!

This is a trip that will suit cyclists and non-cycling partners and friends.Our trips are geared to suit anyone with an interest in Cycling who wants to see the biggest of the Grand Tours, the Tour de France. This (and riding our bikes) is our main focus for the trip although this trip will incorporate some tourist days as well. We cater for cyclists of all abilities by providing riding options each day.

Each day we’ll have options for rides to suit people who feel like a challenge, or an easy day enjoying the scenery. We ride on quiet scenic roads and where possible we ride on the race route. As with all of our tours you’ll be guided by our expert team of ride leaders, drivers and guides.

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Monday 17 July, 2017: Bienvenue
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The first day of your trip starts with our staff meeting you at Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport at 11.00 am. Lyon airport is easily reached by international and domestic European flights. The airport also has its own TGV station with frequent services from Paris and other main French cities.

This afternoon after our guests have arrived we’ll assist you to assemble your bikes, or introduce you to your rental bike, then head off for a short warm up ride from our hotel in the outskirts of Grenoble.  There is a wide variety of rides for us to choose from, but we will take it easy as some of you will be a bit tired from travelling.

Tonight we’ll have our welcome dinner at our 4 star spa-hotel where you can meet your fellow travellers and have our staff answer all your questions about what’s in store for the next 8 days at the Tour de France.

Overnight: Eybens (Isere)
Meals: Dinner

Tuesday 18 July, 2017: Alpe d’Huez

Today we’ll take the opportunity to experience what is perhaps the most famous of the Tour de France climbs, Alpe d’Huez. We will drive down the valley to just before Alpe d’Huez for a bit of a warm up before the climb up the 21 switchbacks of l’Alpe d’Huez.

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The route up the 1850 meter Alpe d’Huez is only 13.5km, with the first few kilometres being the toughest, but it’s an achievable ride for most people. Don’t forget to smile and make it look easy for the photographer who is there each day to record your efforts. Once at the top you can have your photo taken on the podium, have some lunch then ride down to Le Bourg d’Oisans for lunch in one of the pleasant outdoor cafes. You can also make a visit to one of the local bike shops that service the huge number of cyclists that transform this normally quiet little town during the summer months and pick up a compulsory souvenir jersey. If you feel up to it, you will also have the opportunity to ride back to the hotel which is mostly downhill and can be a fun ride in a small group. But if the winds are blowing up the valley, as they can, you’ll hope others will take their turn. Later this afternoon we will drive back to our hotel in Eybens, in time to enjoy some of its facilities.

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Tonight, we’ll enjoy another dinner together in our hotel’s restaurant.

Overnight: Eybens (Isere)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Wednesday 19 July, 2017: Stage start and the battle for yellow

The race enters our the Alps today and it will be a small selection of riders that go over today’s final climb on Col du Galibier. This morning we’ll leave Eybens and drive the short distance to the town of La Mure for our race start experience, as the race heads into the Alps.

We will arrive in La Mure in plenty of time to see all the festivities of a Tour de France start. The riders signing on, the departure of the caravane and finally the peloton riding slowly out of town on the “depart fictif”. We think La Mure will be a great place for you to experience a Tour de France stage start as it is in a fairly remote location, meaning the crowds won’t be as big as they can be in larger towns and cities.

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The route of the Chemin de Fer de La Mure was one of the finest tourist railways in Europe with spectacular views over dams, lakes and mountains and ran between La Mure and St-George-des-Commiers. However on October 26, 2010, shortly before the end of the season, a landslide destroyed the Viaduc de la Clapisse and parts of a tunnel entrance.

After seeing today’s start, our big ride today will set off from La Mure by bike, but for the most of us, we’ll make it a little easier for you and drive a little further before jumping on our bikes. Our main ride climbs up to the ski resort of Orcières, which has featured in the Tour de France 4 times. In the 1971 Tour de France the Spaniard Luis Ocaña pulled off the rare feat of beating Eddy Merckx, winning the stage to Orcières-Merlette by almost 9 minutes. We don’t expect to race up to Orcières-Merlette this morning, but instead enjoy the scenery and take our time. If you’re challenging yourself, riding from La Mure it will be 100km and 2000m of climbing. For those wanting some even shorter, we will provide a valley ride.

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We spend the next two nights in the Haute Alps in a charming 3 star hotel with spacious traditional rooms and an indoor heated pool to relax your tired bodies. Ancelle is a pleasant little typical alpine village sitting at 1350 meters above sea level. Each night our hosts will provide us with dinner fit for cyclists.

Overnight: Ancelle (Haute-Alps)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Thursday 20 July, 2017: Col d’Izoard

Today will be a memorable day of watching the tour from one of this year’s highly sought after locations, Col d’Izoard. This is one of the oldest passes used in the Tour de France and you wouldn’t be the first to assume it an Italian climb, as the Giro d’Italia also frequent this mighty climb. We’ll get onto the the climb early giving us the opportunity to reach the summit ahead of the big race. The climb has a little bit of everything, hairpins, forest area and the “Casse Deserte” at the summit where there is a memorial to Fausto Coppi and Louison Bobet. You are rewarded with beautiful views at the top and there is a great coffee stop and a small cycling museum. Several of Tour de France’s more memorable moments have occurred on the Col d’Izoard, particularly the exploits of Fausto Coppi, Bernard Thévenet and Louison Bobet.

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The short stage should be explosive and with the running of the “La Course” women’s event earlier today, it will be a great stage to watch. After our morning ride, we’ll return to the base of the Izoard to follow both the men and women’s races and watch the excitement of the passing publicity caravane.

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After an exciting day at the tour, we’ll return to our bus and drive back to our hotel where dinner will await us.

Overnight: Ancelle (Haute-Alps)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Friday 21 July, 2017: The tour in Lavender fields of the Luberon 

This morning we will leave the Alps and head south to Provence, an area known as the Luberon, made famous by authors Marcel Pagnon (Jean de Florette) and more recently Peter Mayle with his “Year in Provence” series. It is an area of contrasts with crowded towns full of well to do Parisians escaping the city for the simple country life, as well as isolated and rugged gorges and forests with the never ending chirping of the cigales (cicadas) a familiar background noise during the summer heat.

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Along the way we’ll stop and take to the bikes and ride towards today’s route. We’ll skip crowds and traffic jams but instead see the race in the beautiful countryside of Provence. We’ll try to get most of our riding out of the way before the heat of the day builds up and relax and find a good place to view the race in one of the local villages.

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After we’ve seen the race this afternoon we’ll transfer to our 3-star hotel in Aix-en-Provence with a terrace overlooking their private garden and restaurant. We will again enjoy dinner together this evening.

Overnight: Aix-en-Provence (Alps)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Saturday 22 July, 2017: Final Time Trial in Marseille

This morning we will ride our bikes from our hotel into Marseille to watch the penultimate stage of this year’s Tour de France. It has been sometime since a final Saturday Time Trial, but if it is close on general classification we could see a change of leaders.

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Today’s 23km time trial is entirely on urban roads and we expect it to be quite technical. Riders will start from and return to the football stadium where the French rugby union team began an impressive run of victories at the stadium in the early 2000s, defeating New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England. It may be the help the French riders will need to overcome Britain’s dominance of the Tour over recent years. We will be able to watch the time trial from multiple vantage points. It is a great spectacle each rider races the clock leaving on regular intervals. The best riders will be the last to take on the course and will be leaving nothing to chance.

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Tonight we’ll head back to our hotel to pack our bikes and prepare for our farewell dinner. Our special dinner is a great way to share your experiences and most memorable moments of your trip with Bikestyle Tours. But is isn’t over yet! Tomorrow we will set off on a very special journey, taking the TGV to Paris and watching the finale on Champs-Élysées.

Overnight: Aix-en-Provence (Alps)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sunday 23 July, 2017: Paris and Champs-Élysées
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This morning we will be up early to take the high speed TGV train to Paris, arriving in the French capital late morning. Travelling at speeds of up to 320 kmh in comfort, the TGV is the only way to travel.  It dramatically reduces the travel time for us to get back to Paris meaning we arrive for our day on the Champs-Élysées feeling refreshed.

Once we have checked in to the hotel we will head down to the Champs-Élysées to enjoy the racing and festivities of this great occasion on what is probably the most famous avenue in the world.

As it has done for the last few years, the women’s one day race, La Course by Le Tour de France will precede the final stage of this year’s Tour.

The last stage of the Tour De France is traditionally a procession until the entrance onto the Champs-Elysees where the racing really starts. Riders traditionally chat, celebrate the final stage, pose for photographs, drink Champagne… sometimes they even dress-up, swap bikes and generally horse around. Traditionally, once the race gets into Paris, the Yellow jersey and his team lead the peloton onto the Champs-Elysees for what is basically a big criterium in the centre of the French Capital. For the third year running the Tour will have the spectacle of an evening finish on the Champs Elysees, with the riders expected to cross the finish line for the last time at about 7.00 pm.

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Tonight after the finish you are free to explore the city of Paris, taking in a show or dining in one of the famous restaurants.

Overnight:Paris
Meals: Breakfast

Monday 24 July, 2017: Au Revoir

It is farewell to your new friends as our Alpe d’Huez to Paris trip comes to an end this morning. Over the past week you’ve experienced the excitement of the Tour de France up close, challenged yourself on some famous climbs and hopefully had an unforgettable holiday with Bikestyle Tours. We hope we see you again one day.

Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:

  • Transport throughout by custom mini vans or luxury coach
  • Services of our experienced tour guides, mechanics and drivers
  • 7 nights accommodation in quality 3 & 4 star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 3 course evening meals on 6 nights
  • Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
  • Mechanical assistance with your bike
  • Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Lyon airport
  • Maps and Bikestyle guide to the 2017 Tour de France
  • Full Bikestyle Tours kit including knicks, cycling jersey, cap and musette bag


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