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TOUR DE FRANCE 2014
Two Alpine Stages
16th to 20th July 2014
This tour is for those people who have a limited amount of time to watch the Tour de France, but want to see some of the most exciting and dramatic stages.
The first high mountain stages of the 2014 Tour de France will take place in the Alps and both of them will be very hard stages with difficult summit finishes.
You will see the 200km long stage from St Etienne to the ski station of Chamrousse which is situated at 1730mts high above the city of Grenoble, followed by the Grenoble to Risoul stage that takes in the Col du Lauteret (2058mts) and Col d’Izoard (2360mts and the highest point of the 2014 TDF).
For those bringing bikes you will have the opportunity to ride the famous climbs that feature on the 2014 Route du Tour, Chamrousse, Lauteret, Izoard along with other Alpine climbs like the famous L’Alpe d’Huez & Galibier as well as others...
You can arrange your own flight to Geneva airport, where our reps will meet you, and take you to our hotel in the famous ski resort of L’Alpe d’Huez, where we shall spend 4 nights on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at the excellent Chalet Bruyeres.
From the UK there are numerous budget airlines that fly into Geneva airport (book early to take advantage of cheap flights). The following airlines fly from the UK into Geneva:
Also British Airways, Air France, Aer Lingus, Lufthansa, Swiss Air airlines operate flights to Geneva.
Our planned itinerary for this trip of the 2014 Tour de France - please note, this is the intended itinerary at this stage but things may change between now and the actual time of the Tour.
Wednesday 16th July:
Arrange your own flight into Geneva airport, where we shall meet you. At 17.00hrs we shall leave Geneva airport and take you to the High Alps and the ski station of L’Alpe d’Huez, where we shall spend 4 nights on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis at the excellent Chalet Bruyeres.
Apart from being located on one of the most famous cycling climbs in the world, L’Alpe d’Huez offers excellent access to both Alpine stages of the 2014 Tour de France.
Thursday 17th July:
1. Leave L’Alpe d’Huez from the Altiport, descend the Col de Sarrene (as the TDF did last year) to Bourg d’Oisans and climb the 21 hairpin bends of L’Alpe d’Huez
2. Ride to the famous Col du Galibier and return to L’Alpe d’Huez
3. Ride the classic route of the L’Alpe d’Huez Triathlon taking in the climbs of Grand Serre, Ornon and finally L’Alpe d’Huez
Friday 18th July:
After breakfast we shall leave L’Alpe d’Huez on the bus and travel to Uriage les Bians (base of Chamrousse climb) to see the stage. Those with bikes will be able to ride to Chamrousse from L’Alpe d’Huez (50km descent!!!). Alternatively, travel on the bus to Uriage les Bains and ride the climb of Chamrousse.
Those without bikes will be taken to the base of the climb and will be able to walk onto the lower slopes to see the stage. At an extra supplement, we are able to offer helicopter travel to see the stage. You will be escorted to the Heliport in L’Alpe d’Huez and flown over the high alps to the ski station of Chamrousse to see the finish. After seeing the stage you will be flown back over the high alps to L’Alpe d’Huez heliport from where you will be able to walk back to your hotel.
After seeing the stage we shall regroup at the base of the climb, reload the bikes and return to L’Alpe d’Huez, ready for tomorrow’s mountain stage to Risoul.
Saturday 19th July:
Our location in L’Alpe d’Huez is excellent for accessing the stage, as the stage passes through the town of Bourg d’Oisans (base of L’Alpe d’Huez) as it starts the climb of the Col du Lauteret. It offers those with bikes numerous options of bike rides and where to see the stage.
1. Ride the famous Col du Galibier in the morning and then see the stage on the Lauteret in the afternoon.
2. Ride the TDF route from L’Alpe d’Huez to the Col de L’Izoard to see the stage taking in the climbs of Lauteret and Izoard. After seeing the stage return to L’Alpe d’Huez on the bus.
3. Ride from L’Alpe d’Huez to Risoul via the Lauteret but missing the Izoard. After seeing the stage return to L’Alpe d’Huez on the bus.
Those without bikes will be taken on the bus to Guillestre and will be able to walk onto the lower slopes of the final climb to Risoul.
Once again we shall be offering the Helicopter package, that includes flight to Risoul for the stage finish and return flight back to L’Alpe d’Huez. See separate supplement.
Sunday 20th July:
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