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The Ultimate Alpine Climbs of the Tour de France Cycling Holiday

23rd June to 1st July 2018

Fully supported tour of the best French Alpine Cols from Sunday 23 June until Saturday 1 July. Over 7 spectacular stages and 700km you will experience some of the best road climbing the French and Italian Alps have to offer.
This is your chance to experience first hand the climbs made famous and negotiated  so effortlessly by the polka dot jersey or blue jersey holders of the Tour de France and Giro respectively.

Tick off an impressive selection of great alpine climbs in just one week of cycling. This cycling holiday lets you join our group of riders and together we will tackle many of the big name cols and ascents made famous by the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia.

You will conquer close to 19,000m worth of climbing over the 7 stages and you will be rewarded with some truly magnificent mountain scenery as the route snakes its way from classic climb to classic climb. We will stay in hospitable 3*** hotels in France and Italy. Good rooms and good food guaranteed.

This is a special journey across the famous mountain roads of the northern French and Italian Alps. Included in the route are 7 Cols over 2000 meters that have featured numerous times in recent editions of the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia.

The climbs include:

  • Col de la Colombière (1618 m)
  • Col de la Joux-Plane (1700 m)
  • Col du Corbier (1230 m)
  • Pas de Morgins (1369 m)
  • Col du Petit St Bernard (2188 m)
  • Col de l’Iseran (2770 m)
  • Colle delle Finestre (2176 m)
  • Col du Montgenèvre (1855 m)
  • Col du Lautaret (2058 m)
  • Col du Galibier (2642 m)
  • Lacets de Montvernier
  • Col de Chaussy (1533 m)
  • Col de la Madeleine (2000 m)
  • Col de la Croix-Fry (1477 m)


La Clusaz hotel

Aosta Hotel


St Jean de Maurienne

Planned itinerary:

Saturday 23rd June, 2018 - Arrival in La Clusaz:
Please make your own way to the Alpine resort of La Clusaz which is within easy reach of Geneva airport. We will return to La Clusaz at the end of the tour so you have the option to drive and leave your car here for the week if you wish.
This evening we will have our first evening meal together and you will enjoy the fresh mountain air.

Sunday 24th June, 2018 - La Clusaz to Abondance 110km, +2800m, Colombiere, Joux-Plane:
After breakfast, we load the trailer with luggage and start our tour. First is the Col de la Colombière (1618 m) and after a lunch stop the Col de la Joux-Plane (1700 m) awaits with a magnificent view on Mont Blanc. The Col du Corbier (1230 m) is the last hurdle on the way to Abondance.

Monday 25th June, 2018 - Abondance to Aosta 125km, +2700m, Morgins, Grand St Bernard:
The second riding day opens with the climb of the Pas de Morgins (1369 m) on the Swiss border. We will leave Switzerland again via the immense Col de Grand Saint Bernard (2473 m). Arrival and overnight stay in Aosta.

Tuesday 26th June, 2018 - Aosta to Val d’Isère, 110km, +2700m, Petit St. Bernard:
On Tuesday we will follow the valley of the Dora to the foot of the steady Col du Petit St Bernard (2188 m). At the halfway point we turn left and head to Val d’Isère.

Wednesday 27th June, 2018 - Val d’Isère to Susa, 100km, +2000m, Iseran, Mont Cenis:
During the 4th day’s riding we reach the summit of the week, the Col de l’Iseran (2770 m). After a seemingly endless descent through Alpine scenery, decorated with solid looking churches and shepherd’s chapels, the climb to the Mont Cenis (2083 m) follows. We stay in Susa in the Italian Piemonte region.

Thursday 28th June, 2018 - Susa to Briançon* 90 km, +2800m, Finestre, Montgenèvre:
Thursday gives us a serious challenge, the spectacular Colle delle Finestre (2176 m), 18 km of ascent with about 50% on unsurfaced roads and an average of 9,3%. If that’s too much for you then you can ride to Cesana Torinese rijden and just do the Col de l’Echelle (1762 m). Arrival and stay in Briançon.

Friday 29th June, 2018 - Briançon to St Jean de Maurienne 105km, +2200 Lautaret, Galibier, Montvernier:
The 6th stage of our journey through the Alps leads us northwards again. We start gradually with the Col du Lautaret (2058 m), followed by the tough Col du Galibier (2642 m). Via the Col du Télégraphe we end up in the Vallee d’ Arc, where the finish lies in St Jean de Maurienne. Who wants to today can tackle the Lacets de Montvernier and the  Col de Chaussy (1533 m) (Tour de France 2015).

Saturday 30th June, 2018 - St Jean de Maurienne to La Clusaz, 125km, +3000m,  Madeleine, Croix-Fry:
Our final ride takes us across the tough Col de la Madeleine (2000 m). A long descent takes us to Albertville in the Isere valley. Via the final serious climb, the Col de la Croix-Fry (1477 m) we make our way back to La Clusaz in the Haute Savoie.

Sunday 1st July - Departure from La Clusaz:
Today please make your own arrangements to leave La Clusaz.

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2018 Prices:
£969 per person based on sharing a room with 2 single beds
£189 supplement for the sole occupancy of a room

What’s included:

  • Accommodation in good quality Guest Houses and 2*/3* hotels in twin / triple rooms, usually with shower and toilet
  • Daily route guidance and technical assistance
  • Daily luggage transport
  • Packed lunches on riding days, fruit and energy cookies
  • All hotel taxes
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Evening meals
  • Directions (on paper and as a gps file)

Also available:

  • Travel Insurance – do not travel without insurance and don’t forget to insure your bike. Please visit our insurance page

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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit, plus full payment of the stadium seat ticket fee, which is non refundable. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.

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Important Information:

Medical certificate:
A medical certificate is not required for this event.

Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another traveller (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.

General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page.General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.

Travel Insurance:
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in cycling events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.



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