5/5 (7)
7 nights | 53 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 2050
Rider Level: Enthusiast
5/5 (7)

7 nights | 53 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 2050

Rider Level: Enthusiast

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  • French Alpes Tour

    7 night self guided bike tour in France

    This cycling tour let you experience the most legendary climbs of the Tour de France: conquer the Col de la Croix de Fer, cycle to the top of Alpe d'Huez, climb the Col du Galibier, and finish up by riding the world famous Mont Ventoux!

    Along the way you will enjoy the beauty of the spectacular French Alps, as well as exploring the charming Provencal villages.

    If you are an experienced and passionate cyclist looking for the ultimate challenge, then this French Alps and Mont Ventoux cycling vacation is definitely for you!

    Highlights

    • Col du Lautaret
    • L’Alpe d’Huez
    • Ride on Tour de France routes
    • Le Col du Galibier
    • Challenging climbs

    Learn More

    Learn more about self-guided tours.

  • Traveler photos

    • Croix de Fer (photo by mdoyler)
    • Team Bubba (photo by Hillbilly)
  • Daily program

    Day 1: Arrival
    Travel from Grenoble to the hotel in Freney d'Oisans where the welcome meeting, orientation, and bike setup will take place. Stay in a charming hotel in Freney d'Oisans.
    Overnight in Le Freney-d’Oisans

    Day 2: Loop ride to Col du Glandon et Croix-de-Fer (68 miles/110 km; elevation gain 11,880 feet/3621m)
    The first climbs of the tour: Le Glandon and La Croix-de-Fer. It's a very long and irregular col. When you reach the crossroad with the Glandon, you can make a small detour of 1 mile (1.5km) to reach the top of the Croix the Fer and to enjoy the view. This pass has been included in the Tour de France 14 times, the first time in 1947, and most recently in 2006. Total ascent 11,880 feet/3621m.
    Overnight in Freney d'Oisans

    Day 3: Loop ride to Alpe d’Huez (option: 30 miles/49 km; elevation gain 5,748 feet/1752m or 43 miles/69 km; elevation gain 7034 feet/2144m)
    A legendary day. This vertical climb of 3,733 feet (1,120m), 9 miles long (14 km), gradients between 7.7% and 12% and 21 switchbacks is one of the most historical and heroic ones in the history of the Tour de France. The ride is 49km but you have the option to climb les deux alpes as well. Total distance would be 37 miles/69km. Stay in the same hotel in Freney d'Oisans from the previous day.
    Overnight in Freney d'Oisans

    Day 4: Loop ride to Col du Galibier (42 miles/67 km; elevation gain 6,677 feet/2035m)
    Two tough by rewarding climbs in the Alps: the Col du Lautaret and the Col du Galibier. You will climb the Col du Lautaret (25 feet/40kms) from the village of Le Bourg d'Oisans, with a vertical climb of 4,593 feet/1400m and an average gradient of 3.8 % (max 9%). And if that was not enough, you will then tackle the climb to the Galibier (5.3 miles/8.5 km) with a vertical climb of 1,950 feet/585m and an average gradient of 6.9 % (12% max).
    Overnight in Freney d'Oisans

    Day 5: Bedoin and Mount Ventoux
    Departure from the Alps after breakfast with a 10:00am transfer to the village of Bedoin at the foot of Mont Ventoux. Allow 4 hours travel time. In Bedoin, you have free time to explore the village or relax for the rides ahead.
    Overnight in Bedoin

    Day 6: Loop ride to Mont Ventoux (options: 40 miles/64 km, elevation gain 3,550 feet/1082m; 45 miles/73 km, elevation gain 4,944 feet/1507m; or 55 miles/89 km, elevation gain 6,496feet/1980m)
    Conquer Mont Ventoux. This itinerary begins with a warm-up ride between the vineyards of Bédoin, followed by the challenging climb and descent of Mont Ventoux. Climbing the Mon Ventoux is an experience that will stay with you for a long time. Total ascent: 6,496 feet/1980m (if you choose the 55-mile ride).
    Overnight in Bedoin

    Day 7: Loop ride to Beaume de Venise (55 miles/89 km)
    A beautiful tour warm-up ride through the vineyards of Ventoux and Rhône valley. You will pass through the wine villages of Beaumes-de-Venise, Vacqueyras, Gigondas and the more famous Rhône wine villages in Upper-Vaucluse before returning to Bedoin.
    Overnight in Bedoin

    Day 8: Transfer to Avignon – Departure
    Departure after breakfast. Transfer to Avignon included.

    Surface and terrain

    The proposed climbs have an elevation between 2,397 feet (719m) and 8,520 feet (2,556m), gradients vary between between 3.8% and 12%.


    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

    3-star hotels

    Hotel Cassini, Freney d'Oisans
    www.hotel-cassini.com

    Hotel Les Pins, Bedoin
    www.hotel-des-pins.fr

    Note: upgraded hotel options are possible; please inquire for pricing.

    Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


    How to get there

    Tour start
    Nearest airport: Turin (TRN)
    Nearest train station: Grenoble

    Tour end
    Nearest airport: Avignon (AVN)
    Nearest train station: Avignon

    Local bus service from Grenoble is regular to Freney or we can arrange a private transfer for an additional fee. Please inquire at the time of booking. Return transfer to Avignon at the end of the tour is included.

  • Dates

    Daily: Jun 1-Sep 15, 2022

    Prices

    Tour package

    Per person, double occupancy € 2050
    Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) € 290
    Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party) € 940

    Bike Rentals

    Tandem bike € 45

    Included services

    • 7 nights accommodations in 3-star hotels
    • 7 dinners and breakfasts
    • All luggage transfers
    • Detailed road book, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets and comprehensive trip literature
    • Technical and emergency support available at all times
    • Orientation via telephone
    • Road bike rental
    • Transfer from Freney d'Oisans to Bedoin and Mont Ventoux (on Day 5 of program)
    • Garmin GPS OREGON (1 per 3 persons)

    Bike rentals

    Bikes available and included in the tour cost (must be booked in advance):

    • Road bikes

    Equipment included:

    • Saddlebag containing toolkit, tire levers, patch kit, 2 spare tubes
    • Helmet
    • Odometer
    • Lock

    Additional details about the road bikes:

    Model: Canondale, Synapse Carbon 105 6
    Cannondale's carbon construction method uses precisely placed high stiffness fibers over a base of high tensile strength fibers and high impact resins to deliver extreme light weight and perfectly tuned stiffness, without sacrificing strength. Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL

    • Frame: Synapse, BallisTec Carbon, Di2 ready, SAVE PLUS, BB30A
    • Fork: Synapse SAVE PLUS, BallisTec Carbon, 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" tapered steerer Headset: Synapse Si, 1-1/4" lower bearing, 25mm top cap
    • Chain ring & crank arms: Shimano 105; 50/34 for front. Rear is 11-speed , 11/32 Brakes: Shimano 105
    • Stem: Cannondale C4 Alloy, 31.8, 6 deg.
    • Saddle: Cannondale Stage Ergo w/ Crmo Rails
    • Seat post: Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 25.4x300mm (48-51) 350mm (54-61) Tires: Schwalbe Lugano, 700x25c

    Tandem bikes are available to rent for an additional fee.

    Pedals:
    The bikes will have flat pedals. If you bring your own pedals, be sure to bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.

    Helmets:
    Helmet rental is available on this tour; however, we recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.


    Tour Company

    • mdoyler September 5, 2019

      Once in a lifetime

      What an amazing trip. My wife and I will be talking about these rides for the rest of our lives. The accommodations were great, and the meals were an absolute delight. Don't be afraid to do an unguided trip such as this, it was incredibly safe and easy to navigate

      What was the date of your tour?
      8/22 - 8/29
      How many tours have you completed?
      0
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Croix de Fer (photo by mdoyler)
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • oldjoe June 19, 2018

      Fantastic scenery!

      A great mix of Alpine and Provence scenery. Wonderful small hotels with charming hosts and gourmet food! Challenging but not intimidating terrain with easy navigation. Would love to go back!

      What was the date of your tour?
      6/1-7/18
      How many tours have you completed?
      5
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Romeo July 29, 2016

      Bubba Goes to France

      Guides were Fantastic! The Accomodations were great! The food was Tremendous! The guides were able to adjust our rides on the "fly" to accommodate our hunger for more suffering. They made it so easy for us. The all inclusive aspect of this, meant we could focus on our riding only without worry about eating, transferring from place to place, etc. I can't wait for Bubba France 2!

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 2016
      How many tours have you completed?
      This is my First
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Hillbilly July 8, 2016

      Bubba Goes to France

      After many months of training, our local group, Team Bubba, went to France to take on the Alps and Ventoux. I can't say enough good things about the local guides and the hospitality they showed us, as well as our wives, who went with us. Having local guides was definitely a distinct advantage. We are already planning our next trip to the Pyrenees.

      What was the date of your tour?
      6/19-6/25
      How many tours have you completed?
      0
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Team Bubba (photo by Hillbilly)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Garmin July 5, 2016

      Outstanding

      Trip was personalized to everyone's needs. Guides were excellent!

      What was the date of your tour?
      6/25/16
      How many tours have you completed?
      1
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      No
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Doktar July 2, 2016

      What was the date of your tour?
      6/25
      How many tours have you completed?
      1st one
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Greg3904 June 30, 2016

      Best Vacation Ever!

      My wife and I were blown away with the trip. We had never been to Europe and had no idea what to expect. Our expectations were exceeded beyond belief. It was a fantastic experience!

      What was the date of your tour?
      6/18/2016
      How many tours have you completed?
      First time
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Much easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)