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There is no doubt that the two most awaited stages of the 2013 Tour de France are the mountain top finishes at Mont Ventoux and at Alpe d’Huez, and that’s exactly what this tour offers you…2 iconic mountains over 6 days, with time in between for riding and relaxing, and with privileged accommodation on Alpe d’Huez…
For those bringing bikes you will be able to ride these two famous climbs that feature on the 2013 Route du Tour, Mont Ventoux and Alpe d’Huez, as well as other iconic climbs like the Col du Galibier, Col du Glandon and Col du Lautaret.
We will spend two nights in the town of Pierrelatte at Hotel du Centre followed by four nights at the ski station of Alpe d’Huez. Having accommodation on Alpe d’Huez for the Tour de France is a real privilege and you will be able to enjoy the unique atmosphere that the Alpe provides during the build up to the 2013 Tour de France arrival, as well as the festivities on race day.
Please arrange your own flight to Geneva airport, where our reps will meet you, and we will run a transfer to Pierrelatte at 15.00hrs. If you can’t make it for 15.00hrs, then please look at flights the day before and stay at one of the Geneva airport hotels would be a possibility.
From the UK there are numerous budget airlines that fly into Geneva airport (book early to take advantage of cheap flights).
Sunday 14th July:
Our location in Pierrelatte is excellent for accessing the stage, and those with bikes will be able to ride from the hotel to Mont Ventoux to see the stage (55km), whilst those without bikes will be taken to the town of Bedoin at the bottom of the climb, from where you will be able to walk onto the lower slopes. Those riders that don’t want to ride from the hotel can travel to Bedoin on the bus and ride the mountain of Mont Ventoux from there.
After seeing the stage we will rejoin the bus in Bedoin and return to our hotel in Pierrelatte.
Monday 15th July:
Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th July:
For those with bikes, there are many ride options available. You can ride to the Col du Galibier and back or to the Col du Glandon. There is also the TDF race circuit loop that the riders will do on the Alpe d’Huez stage, taking in the newly surfaced Col de Sarenne and the climb of Alpe d’Huez (twice).
For the non-cyclists there are numerous activities in Alpe d’Huez like walking in the mountains, the ski lift to the glacier at Pic Blanc, mountain bike hire, indoor sports centre, outdoor swimming pool).
Thursday 18th July:
Our location could not be better for accessing the most popular mountain stage of the 2013 Tour de France. Waking up in Alpe d’Huez only meters from the stage route is a real privilege. Some of our hotels have balconies and terraces that overlook the stage route only 1km from the stage finish. After seeing the stage we will spend the night in Alpe d’Huez along with the teams, race officials and the Tour caravan.
Friday 19th July:
After breakfast we will descend down from Alpe d’Huez to the town of Bourg d’Oisans, where you will see the stage start. Here you will be able to see the riders sign on and start this mammoth stage that crosses the Alps.
After seeing the start we will rejoin the bus and travel to Geneva airport. We aim to arrive at Geneva airport for approx. 14.30hrs to 15.00hrs, for people to take evening flights. Should this be too late for your flight time then you can take an extra night at Geneva airport and fly out the next day, (see supplement below for 1 extra night).
Alternatively, you can spend 2 extra nights at a hotel close to Geneva airport, and on Saturday 20th July see the final mountain stage from Annecy to Col du Semnoz. Geneva airport is only 40mins from Annecy. (See 2 nights extra supplement).
Saturday 20th July:
After breakfast you will be taken the short distance from Geneva airport to Annecy to see today's stage. The penultimate stage of the Tour de France is usually a Time Trial. For the 100th edition, the TDF organizers are breaking with tradition and today’s stage will be a mountain stage that starts in the picturesque town of Annecy and finishes on top of the Col du Semnoz which is a 1700mts mountain that towers above the town of Annecy and Lake Annecy.
We will see the stage start in Annecy and then those will bikes will be able to ride the Col du Semnoz to see the finish of this crucial mountain stage, and the winner of the 100th Tour de France, whilst those without bikes will be able to see the finish on the lower slopes of the Semnoz mountain.
Tonight, we prefer not to advise you to book a flight as we do not know at this stage what time we will be back at Geneva airport. Please call us to discuss if you still want to do this.
Sunday 21st July:
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