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Mont Ventoux to Alpe d'Huez

Self-guided trip: From June 26th to July 1st, 2017; From July 9th to 13th, 2017
This tour can be organized for private groups of 6 or more from June through September 2017
5 nights/6 days
Daily mileage: From 73 km (46 miles) to 118 km (73 miles)
Starts from Mazan at the foot of Ventoux. Ends in Alpe d'Huez.
Avignon is 2 ¾ hours from Paris
Accommodation in 4-, 3- and 2-star properties
Level 4/5 (Difficult/Very Strenuous)
From 835 euros per person sharing a double room

Mont Ventoux to Alpe d'Huez — 5 Nights/6 Days

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climbing Ventoux is optional.  For those who can, this is one of the highlights of this tour
 
You'll enjoy views of Ventoux the first few days of this bike trip
 
Doing this bicycle tour in July will allow you to ride through lavender fields in bloom
 

Forget watching the Tour de France on television — experience some of the most famous climbs in southwestern France for yourself on an extraordinary 6-day journey from Mont Ventoux to Alpe d’Huez. Cycle up the “Giant of Provence” — maybe even twice! — and follow our tried-and-tested itinerary through the majestic Alps.

Along our route, you’ll encounter mind-boggling vistas, gorgeous gorges, and the charming towns of Sault, Orpierre, Guillestre, and Briançon, among others. Make no mistake, though — this tour is not for the faint of heart! You’ll focus on the physical challenges such as cycling over famed mountain passes like the Col d’Izoard and climbing the 21 hairpin bends to Alpe d’Huez. The amazing views are an added bonus.

As we offer a wide selection of bicycle tours in Provence, keep in mind that other (easier) trips cover this area as well, such as our Level 3/4 Upper Provence, Ventoux and Luberon.

For a lavender-themed tour, we recommend our Cycling through Lavender.

Customized bike tours in this area can be organized for groups of 6 and more. To have an idea of what can be done, check out some examples of past custom vacations we've organized in Provence. If you fancy one for party, just fill out our custom tour request form.

 
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Mazan

Welcome to Provence! Your adventure starts in the small village of Mazan, with its old medieval center protected by a circled wall of buildings. If you’re arriving by train, Avignon is the closest city that is serviced by the TGV. In this case, we can arrange a transfer between Avignon and Mazan (please note that the transfer is not part of the package). Avignon is a marvelous place, with tree-lined cobblestone streets leading you to the main square and the “Palais des Papes” (the Pope’s Palace). Take some time and visit the palace and the grounds next to it. Wherever you arrive from, remember to eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow, you ride!
Day 2: Mazan — Orpierre (106 km/67 miles, 3,185 meters/10,455 ft of climbing)

Take on the classic Tour de France ride up Mont Ventoux via Bédoin this morning. The ever-changing gradients will challenge you until you exit the forest — when the exposure to the elements atop the “bald mountain” will keep you on your toes! Stop and pay your respects at the Tom Simpson monument, then push yourself to the summit (1912 m or 6,273 ft). Down through Sault, the ‘scenic route’ includes quintessential Provençal lavender fields. You’ll soon reach the Dauphinés, the pre-Alps where you’ll encounter minor climbs, the Col de l’Homme Mort (1,212 m / 3,976 ft) and the Col de Macuègne (1,068 m / 3,504 ft). Follow the twists and turns along river valleys, the ups and downs of the region until you enter true Alpine territory. Tonight, you’ll rest up in Orpierre, a medieval town nestled against mountain walls.
Day 3: Orpierre — Embrun (118 km/73 miles, 1,936 meters/6,352 ft of climbing)

On today’s long route, you may feel sandwiched between mountains and rows upon rows of vines — not a bad thing! As you pedal on, you’ll wind your way through ravines and follow La Durance river. Once the road starts to rise, glance around for a glimpse of Chateau de Tallard and the dome-topped Ceuse in the background. Hamlets dot the valley ahead, but soon you’ll hug the mountains and pedal uphill. The vistas over Lac de Serre-Ponçon are breathtaking, and you might find it hard to believe it’s a man-made body of water! Stop for a photo op on the Pont des Savines as you cross to the opposite shore. The lake once again becomes La Durance, and you’ll rest in the nearby commune of Embrun.
Day 4: Embrun — Serre-Chevalier (80 km/50 miles, 2,360 meters/7,750 ft of climbing)

Take the path of La Durance where you will pass by the fortified town of Mont-Dauphine. You will be led to Guillestre, an authentic Alpine community where you’ll find flowers and fountains in every square. The elevated slope of Gorges de Guil will push you to climb one of the tour's highlights, the Col d’Izoard, a Tour de France climb that goes "beyond category". Here, you will be required to wind your way up hairpin turns. Views are rewarding at the summit (2,360 m / 7,743 ft). You can opt to make a stop at a small cycling museum that pays tribute to Fausto Coppi, Louison Bobet and other great legends. Riding down is easy; take the road to Briançon, a valley city nestled beneath the protection of Fort Vauban, and stop to explore if you wish — or continue to your accommodation in Serre-Chevalier.
Day 5: Serre-Chevalier — Alpe d’Huez (73 km/46 miles, 2,410 meters/7,900 ft of climbing)

Glaciers hide amid the mountain peaks in this popular skiing destination — but you’re here for other athletic pursuits. Today’s route is technically part of the eastern climb to the Col du Lautaret, but you’ll bypass it and Galibier on your way to Bourg d’Oisans.

Once you reach this unassuming town, muster your energy for the 21 hairpin bends up to Alpe d’Huez (1,860 m/6,102 ft) — let the memories of previous stage winners (whose names appear on each turn) encourage you on your ascent. The only appropriate way to celebrate tonight is with a dinner worthy of champions.
Day 6: Departure

Fill your lungs with fresh mountain air while you can, because today’s the day you’ll descend from Alpe d’Huez and head on to your next adventure.
Booking & Pricing
From 835 euros per person sharing a double room

This price includes:

  • 5 nights' accommodation (1 night in a 4-star hotel, 3 nights in 3-star hotels and 1 night in a 2-star hotel)
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

NOTE: The June 26 trip can be combined with the Marmotte Gran Fondo.


This price does not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Full-carbon racing bikes are available at the rate of 190 euros per bike. This price includes the delivery and drop-off fees.
For further information or reservations:
Please book online or contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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