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Tour de France 2018 Alps and Mont Ventoux Cycling Tour
Seize your chance, grab your bike and cycle through the Alps and tackle parts of the Tour de France 2018 route before the pros put their wheels to the ground. This is no ordinary biking tour; it is a high-class cycling experience of a lifetime. We combine the beauty of the Alps, legendary climbs, and the exclusive opportunity to observe two stages of the 2018 Tour.
- CategoryRoad Cycling
- Duration8 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation5 - Tough
- Distance411.3 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance59 miles
- Day 1Pleasantries in Geneva
Touchdown in Geneva where the tour organizer will meet you. From there you will be transferred to the hotel in the French town of Megeve. Later on, you will be helped in setting up your bicycle to ensure that all is in working order for this challenging trip.
An enjoyable picnic lunch will be served, after which a warm-up ride has been arranged, including climbs up the Col des Saises and Montee de Bisanne.
In the evening, you can explore the delicious local cuisine.
- 49.7 miles
- Day 2The best of Rhône-Alpes
Apart from its majestic views of mountains and canyons, Rhône-Alpes is also home to two stages of Tour de France 2018.
Both sides of Col de Aravis are in the plans today, doubling your encounters with the stunning views of Mont Blanc. Making the day more interesting are the climbs up Col de la Croix-Fry and Col des Glieres which make up half of the climbs of the 2018 Tour’s Stage 10. The Glieres kicks up the riding a notch with its stretches of gravel road.
- 79.5 miles
- Day 3LIVE Tour de France – Stage 10
Breathe the same air and cycle the same roads just mere hours ahead of the pros. Tackle Col de Romme and Col de la Colombiere before the peloton; afterwards, head over to Le Grand-Bornand. Here you will witness cycling history in the making at the finish line of Stage 10.
Once all the excitement has died down, ride through Col des Aravis on your way back to the hotel.
- 60.9 miles
- Day 4Climbing the classics
Have a hearty breakfast and prepare for the legendary climbs you’ll encounter today. You’ll begin with a short transfer to the start of Col de la Madeleine. It’s one of the toughest climbs in the Alps and is included in this year’s Stage 12 of The Tour de France.
With its hairpin bends and 3.4km (2.1mi) climb, your cycling skills will be put to the test on Lacets de Montvernier. It’s not over yet as you take on another classic, Col de la Croix de Fer. Like Col de la Madeleine, this mountain pass has been classified as hors categorie.
Today’s ride is no easy feat so there will be another short transfer to the hotel.
- 74.6 miles
- Day 5LIVE Tour de France at Alpe d’Huez
The Alpe d’Huez is back again! Fast becoming as one of the most well-known climbs of The Tour, today you’ll be able to ride it just a few hours ahead of the peloton. Adding to the festive spirit are the thousands of fans who’ve come to see their Tour favorites. Afterwards, you’ll revisit the Tour de France’s 100th Edition route as you go on Col de Sarenne and Les Deux Alpes.
You deserve a pat on the back with so many incredible experiences under your belt in just one day.
- 41.6 miles
- Day 6Ain’t no mountain high enough
No mountain is high enough to cycle on even if it’s the majestic Col du Galibier. At 2,645m (8,678 ft), it is the highest point of the trip and is often the highest point of the Tour de France.
You’ll be climbing Col du Lautaret as well, which sits next to Galibier and is often included in The Tour.
- 59.7 miles
- Day 7Meeting the infamous Mont Ventoux
It is time to meet your match as you take on the infamous Tour de France climb – Mount Ventoux. You’ll ride Mont Ventoux up its most famous side and go down the other side. If you’ve finished and feel like there’s still energy left in you, then go ahead and do it all over again.
In the evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared to celebrate all your achievements during the trip. You can also explore the town; the hotel is located in Vaison-la-Romain, a place well-known for its Roman ruins and medieval structures.
- 45.4 miles
- Day 8Packing your bags full of memories
A drop off at the Marseille airport has been arranged in the morning. At this point the tour organizer can be asked for assistance with an alternative drop off location, arranging further travel plans in France or elsewhere in Europe.