Week in the Alpes

2013 Week in the Alpes Trip

One of our most popular trips based in one location near Alpe d’Huez. See the race – ride the classic cols.
Bikestyle Tours and Alpscycles have again combined to bring you one of the most popular, cyclists only trips of the Tour de France, The Week in the Alpes.

TRIP DETAILS:

Duration: 8 days (7 nights)
Dates: Saturday, 13 July to Saturday, 20 July 2013
Start: Lyon Airport Finish: Lyon Airport
Accommodation: Fully Catered Chalet
Cost: AUD$3900.00 – Single Supplement Not Available
Deposit: AUD $1000.00
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room.

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Inclusions

Optional Extras:

Travel Insurance and Car Rental.
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Highlights:

  • Experience the historic 100th edition of the Tour de France
  • Ride the biggest stages of the tour in the Alpes including Alpe d’Huez
  • 7 nights in a comfortable private chalet at Alpe d’Huez
  • Challenge yourself on the famous cols of Col du Galibier, Les 2 Alpes, Col du Glandon, Alpe d’Huez

Who is this trip for?

Designed for the cyclist who wants to challenge themselves on the famous climbs of the Alpes, as well as experiencing some of the biggest stages of the 2013 Tour de France. The trip is based for the week in fully catered chalet accommodation at Alpe d’Huez. Each day you will have a choice of rides led by our experienced guides, returning to the chalet to relax at the end of each day. Note that this is a riding focused trip, so while you do not have to be an elite athlete, it is not suitable for novices.

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. To enjoy our trips you don’t need to be an athlete, but do need to be someone who cycles regularly and in good health.

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 course ahead of the race. As with all of our tours you’ll be guided by our expert team of ride leaders, drivers and guides.

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Itinerary

Saturday, 13 July 2013: Bienvenue

The start of your stay with alpcycles.com and an exciting week based on the mythical Alpe d’Huez climb. There will be 4 guided ride days to make the most of your time in this area, followed by 2 stage days, so it will be a trip to remember for all our guests.

This is a real cyclist holiday, so if you want to get some great road cycling done, as well as watch the greatest show on earth, this is the trip for you.

You will be collected from Gate 17 of Lyon International Airport (LYS) at 1pm and transported to your chalet on the Alpe. On arrival, you will meet the team, discuss the week ahead and get settled in. There is no guiding today, but you may want to go on a quick spin to check your bike (and your legs) are all in working order!

Inclusions today are afternoon tea, a welcome meeting and a 3 Course Dinner & wine in the evening at the chalet.

Overnight: Alpe d’Huez
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Sunday, 14 July 2013: Col d’Ornon and Alpe d’Huez via the 21 switchbacks

Today we will descend the Alpe and take a little spin down the valley to ride the Cols d’Ornon. This is a great little 13km local climb to get the legs working, taking you to 1367m. We then head up the famous 21 switch backs of Alpe d’Huez and back to the chalet. The route up to the 1850 meter Alpe d’Huez via the 21 switchbacks is only 13.5 km, with the first few kilometres being the toughest, but it’s an achievable ride for most people.

In the afternoon we can return to the chalet, put our feet up and watch today’s stage of the race on Ventoux live on TV.

It’s a Chalet night off, so you are free to eat out in the Alpe d’Huez old town, or up in the resort.

Inclusions today are Breakfast, Afternoon tea/pasta

Overnight: Alpe d’Huez
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Monday, 15 July 2013: Col de Glandon

Today is a Big Ride Day, Col de Glandon. Today is a rest day for the pros of the Tour de France, but it’s not for us. We head down the mountain and turn towards Grenoble to the end of the valley and ascend the famous Col de Glandon. At 29km and 1924m this will be quite a challenge for all our roadies and on the way home we will climb the lesser know “back road” to Alpe d’Huez via Villard Reculas. Approx 85km

Inclusions today are Breakfast, Afternoon tea/pasta and a 3 Course Dinner & wine in the evening at the chalet.

Overnight: Alpe d’Huez
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Tuesday, 16 July 2013: Les Deux Alpes

Today’s stage of the Tour de France is from Vaison la Romaine to Gap, a route that’s been travelled many times in the Tour de France. After a day of rest the riders will be re-energised and this is about the last opportunities for those that aren’t pure climbers to make their mark on the race.

The last big ride day before the race hits town! After a steady climb up the lower part of the Col de Lautaret, we will take a right turn and climb to Les Deux Alpes. From Bourg d’Oisans, this will give you a 24km climb, topping out at 1645m, so a great one to add to your itinerary of col bagging this week! Approx 78km

This afternoon we can take in the views and catch up with the Tour live on TV. It’s our second chalet night off, so another chance for you to eat out locally.

Inclusions today are Breakfast, Afternoon tea/pasta

Overnight: Alpe d’Huez
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Wednesday, 17 July 2013: Col de Galibier

Big Ride Day, Col de Lautaret & Col de Galibier. We will climb the 39km of the Col de Lauteret, at 2058m and  if you’ve got the legs for it, climb to the summit of Col de Galibier at 2642m.

This morning we will leave Alpe d’Huez and ride down to the valley before we start to climb up to the Col du Lautaret (2058 metres), passing the pretty village of La Grave along the way. It isn’t too steep but the length can more than make up any lack of gradient. The views of the glaciers on the Ecrins Massif are among the most spectacular in the Alps. From here we begin the final climb to the Col du Galibier. The Col du Galibier tops the charts with a 2645 metre summit putting it amongst the highest roads in Europe. It’s almost 2200 metres of climbing in total so it’s a climb to be tackled with some respect! Don’t forget to take a photo at the memorial to the Tour de France founder, Henri Desgrange. Although the Tour riders won’t be climbing it this year, the achievement and veiws will be worth every pedal stroke. Approx 125km. After photos we will return to Alpe d’Huez.

Inclusions today are Breakfast and a 3 Course Dinner & wine in the evening at the chalet.

Overnight: Alpe d’Huez
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Thursday, 18 July 2013: Double Trouble, twice up Alpe d’Huez

So here it is…..the big day on the Alpe and you are in the best place to see the greatest show on earth.

This is the day that many race fans have been waiting for, the double ascent of Alpe d’Huez. Although this famous climb has featured many times before as a stage finish and even a time trial, it has never been ascended twice before in the one stage. After the first ascent up the traditional route from Le Bourg d’Oisans the race will descend down the small road that over the Col de Sarenne and back to Le Bourg d’Oisans. The race will then climb the 21 switchbacks a second time before crossing the finish line at the top of Alpe d’Huez.

The atmosphere is sure to be amazing and our chalets are so well placed that the action will quite literally be on your doorstep. The riders will have already covered 104km when they take on Alpe d’Huez for the first time, then after heading over the Col de Sarenne they will descend to tackle it for a second time. Enjoy every second!

Tonight you might like to check out a few team hotels and see the mechanics cleaning bikes and see the daily ritual of a pro team at the Tour de France.

Inclusions today are Breakfast, Canapes and a 3 Course Dinner & wine in the evening at the chalet.

Overnight: Alpe d’Huez
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Friday, 19 July 2013: The Start

Our last day in the Alpes and today’s stage will start from Le Bourg d’Oisans at the bottom of Alpe d’Huez and head across the mountains to a finish at the ski resort of Le Grand Bornand.

After an epic day yesterday, we will head down to Bourg d’Oisans to watch the start of Stage 19. It’s time to get up close to the riders, check out the team buses and soak up the carnival atmosphere, as well as pick up souvenirs and snap some more pics! A great way to end a fantastic week in the Alpes.

Tonight is our last night together so we’ll host our official “farewell” dinner tonight and celebrate the end of a great week of riding and the Tour de France in the Alpes.

Overnight: Alpe d’Huez
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Saturday, 20 July 2013: Au Revoir

After a memorable week with our team, you will be leaving at 1000am and heading back to Lyon Saint Exupery Airport (LYS) and so we say “farewell” to all our guests and hope you leave with some great memories and tired (but happy) legs. You can fly out to Paris and many other European destinations directly from Lyon Saint Exupery airport. Inside the airport buildings there is also a TGV station, with regular high speed TGV trains north to Paris city, Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and south to Provence.

*Please note, you will arrive at LYS Gate 17 at 12noon approx. so please ensure all flights are scheduled to leave no earlier than 2pm, or trains no earlier than 1.00 pm.

For those who would like to continue onto Paris we have created the option of a 2 Night Paris Extension that will provide you with a TGV transfer on to Paris, arriving late this afternoon and including a transfer to our hotel for 2 nights. For details of the Paris option please scroll down.

Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:
-Services of the Alps Cycles experienced tour guides
-7 night’s accommodation, in a Fully Catered Chalet (with private facilities)
-Buffet breakfast daily
-3 course evening meals on 5 nights
-Transfers on Saturday, 13 July from Lyon International Airport to chalet
-Transfer on Saturday, 20 July to Lyon International Airport
-Mechanical assistance with your bike
-Bikestyle Tours cycling jersey, cap and musette bag

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Week in the Alpes Paris Extension

Extend your Week in the Alpes trip with 2 nights in Paris to see the final stage of the 2013 Tour de France.

TRIP DETAILS:

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Dates: Saturday 20 July 2013 to Monday 22 July 2013
Start: Lyon St Expury Finish: Paris
Accommodation: 4 star Paris hotel
Cost: AUD$790.00 – Single Supplement AUD$1060.00
Deposit: Full Payment
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room.

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Inclusions

Highlights:

  • See the arrival of the historic final stage of the 2013 Tour de France in Paris
  • The chance to ride through the streets of Paris and along the Champs Elysees on the morning of the race

Who is this trip for?

This 2 night package has been designed to give our Week in the Alpes clients the chance to extend their trip to include the final stage of the 2013 Tour de France in Paris. We’ll make it easy for you and transfer you and your bike directly from Lyon Airport all the way through to the front door of your Paris hotel. On Sunday morning in Paris there will be the option of a special experience – taking a ride along the Champs Elysees and through the heart of Paris before the race arrives.

Saturday, July 20, 2013: Travel to Paris

After a memorable week with our team, you will be leaving at 10.00am and heading back to Lyon Saint Exupery Airport (LYS) and so we say “farewell” to all our guests and hope you leave with some great memories and tired (but happy) legs.

From the airport terminal it’s a short walk to the Train Station for your included direct TGV train to Paris, arriving late this afternoon. On arrival in Paris we will meet you and transfer you to our hotel.

We will check in to our very comfortable modern 4 star hotel in the La Defense area of Paris where we spend the next two nights.  Close to the hotel is a metro station that in minutes will take you to the Champs Elysees and the heart of Paris. This evening will be free for you to explore and enjoy the delights of Paris.

Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

Sunday, July 21, 2013: The Finale in the City of Lights

This morning we have a special treat in store. We are going to ride through the streets of Paris taking in some of the famous sights such as the Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde.

We will leave our hotel nice and early to give ourselves the best possible chance of completing a lap of the famous Champs Elysees before they close the road. You will be surprised by the difficulty of the cobbles on the Champs Elysees and the steepness of the climb up to the Arc de Triomphe. It will give you an even greater respect for the riders when you see them almost gliding over the cobbles later this afternoon. You will be able to see the preparations for the finale this afternoon, take photos and soak up this great city in a way not many people get the opportunity to do.

Eventually we will return to the hotel for breakfast and to pack our bikes (if necessary). Then you will have the rest of the day free to explore Paris before heading down to the Champs Elysees in the early evening to see what should be a spectacular finish. A little afternoon (or nana) nap might be a good idea as we will be out late into the evening!

The final stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France will come to a close on the Champs-Elysees as night falls, with the stage finish in Paris set for 9:45pm. If the race timing follows as other years the riders will arrive at the Champs Elysees around 7.30pm but the caravan will be there to entertain you from around 6.00pm.

In another first the peloton will go all the way to the top of the Champs-Elysees and around the Arc de Triomphe as part of the finishing circuit, as Paris showcases itself as the City of Lights. After the presentation a fireworks display is expected to follow and also of course the traditional lap of honour by the teams so don’t expect to be in bed till very late and don’t book an early flight on Monday morning!

The last stage 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. Once the race gets into Paris, the Yellow jersey and his team lead the peloton onto the Champs-Elysees for what is a big criterium in the centre of the French Capital or in the case of 2013 we can use another French term, nocturne as it will be set in the twilight.

Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

Monday, July 22, 2013: Au Revoir

Its farewell as your time with us in Paris comes to an end this morning. During your time with us you’ve experienced the excitement of the Tour de France up close, challenged yourself on the famous cols of the Alpes and followed the race through to it’s finale in Paris. We hope you enjoyed your trip and to see you again one day.

For those flying out today from Paris we will have scheduled transfers available to take you and your bike to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:

– High speed TGV train from Lyon to Paris Gare de Lyon
– Transfer from Paris Gare de Lyon station to your hotel
– Transport for your bike case from Lyon to Paris
– 2 nights accommodation in 4 star Paris hotel close to Champs Elysees.
– Full buffet breakfast daily
– Ride through the streets of Paris
– Scheduled departure transfer on July 22 from hotel to Paris CDG airport.

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2013 Week in the Alpes Trip ($1000pp)
Week in the Alpes Paris Extension Twin Share $790.00
Week in the Alpes Paris Extension Single Supplement $1060.00
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  • * We charge for our trips in Australian Dollars (AUD) and prices shown in other currencies are only approximate. We advise that you check the exchange rate before booking.

If you have any further enquiries please email us at tours@bikestyletours.com

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If you wish to pay by Bank Deposit or Cheque please tick the box below to go to our Bank Details

Prior to paying a deposit it is advisable to confirm a place is available by sending an email to our Office Manager Michelle Knibbs, michelle@bikestyletours.com or telephone our office on 1300 882494.

Tick the box to accept the Bikestyle Waiver and Reservation Conditions. If renting a bicycle you also agree to our Bicycle rental Conditions

  • By paying a deposit you are deemed to have accepted our Waiver and Reservation Conditions. If you have any further enquiries please email us at tours@bikestyletours.com.
  • Don’t forget it is a requirement of Bikestyle Tours that you have Travel Insurance for your trip.Purchase your International Travel Insurance here.
  • * We charge for our trips in Australian Dollars (AUD) and prices shown in other currencies are only approximate. We advise that you check the exchange rate before booking.

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