From Mont Ventoux to Alpe d'Huez on a road bike

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Road cycling holidays

Duration

7 days

Duration

395Km

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Self-guided

The beauty of this package is in the freedom it offers: without a guide, you are free to decide the timing, pace, and stops of your journey. Travel freely, travel your way!
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5/5 Challenging

Difficult, between 60 and over 100 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 800 and over 2000 meters.

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Linear

The starting point is different from the ending point, with overnight stays in different hotels and daily stages.

Description

Day 1: Mazan
Welcome to Provence! Your road biking adventure begins in the small village of Mazan, with its ancient medieval centre protected by a wall of buildings. If you're arriving by train, Avignon is the nearest city served by the TGV. In this case, a transfer between Avignon and Mazan can be arranged (not included). Avignon is a wonderful place, with tree-lined lanes leading to the main square and the Palais des Papes (the Palace of the Popes). Take some time to visit the palace and the adjacent park.

Day 2: Mazan – Sault (59 km; + 1910m / - 1290m)
This morning with your road bike, you'll tackle one of the classics of the Tour de France: the climb to Mont Ventoux via Bédoin. Various slopes will challenge you until you exit the forest. Push yourself to the summit (1.912 m) and then down, through Sault. The scenic route includes the typically Provençal lavender fields. The end of the route will take place in the "Baronnies" area, the northern part of Mont Ventoux. From here you can enjoy an incredible view of the Ventoux.

Day 3: Sault – Serres (79 km; + 1360m / - 1460m)
Since we believe you cannot leave the Sault area without having experienced the thrilling descent to Montbrun along the Toulourenc Gorges, our itinerary includes an initial zig-zag before tackling the Col Saint-Jean (1.068 m). We will follow the curves and switchbacks of the river valleys, the ups and downs of the region, up to the true alpine territory. This evening you'll rest in the alpine village of Serres.

Day 4: Serres – Embrun (103 km; + 1720m / - 1520m)
Today's stage will take place among mountains and rows of vines. You'll pedal uphill following the La Durance river. Villages dot the valley, but soon you'll be back among mountain peaks: the views over Lake Serre-Ponçon are breathtaking and will reward you for the efforts due to the slope. Overnight in the nearby municipality of Embrun.

Day 5: Embrun – Serre Chevalier (88 km; + 2320m / - 1670m)
Today you'll take the La Durance trail that passes near the fortified city of Mont-Dauphin. Then you'll head to Guillestre, an authentic alpine community where you'll find flowers and fountains in every square. The steep slope of the Gorges de Guil will push you to climb to one of the tour's highlights, the Col d’Izoard, the famous climb of the Tour de France. Once you've reached the summit, you'll enjoy spectacular views (2.360 m). You can choose to stop at the Cycling Museum, which pays tribute to Fausto Coppi, Louison Bobet and other great legends. Going down, you'll pedal along the road to Briançon, nestled in the valley and protected by the Vauban Fortifications, until reaching Serre-Chevalier, where you'll spend the night.

Day 6: Serre-Chevalier – Alpe d’Huez (66 km; + 2020m / - 1730m)
Today's route is technically part of the eastern climb towards the Col du Lautaret, but you'll do it by passing through Galibier, on the way to Bourg d’Oisans. Once you've reached this town, get ready to tackle the 21 switchbacks up to Alpe d’Huez. At the end of the day, reward yourself with a champions' worthy dinner.

Day 7: Alpe d’Huez
After breakfast, end of services.
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✅ What is included in the trip?

  • Travel/Medical Insurance 24/24
  • Overnight stay and breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local telephone assistance 7/7
  • City tax
  • Welcome briefing
  • Detailed description and maps of the itinerary
  • GPS or navigation APP
  • 3 dinners (drinks not included)

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  • Transfers not listed as "Included"
  • Tips
  • Journey to/from the starting point of the tour
  • Meals and drinks not listed as "Included"
  • Bike rental
  • Extras
  • Entrance fees, ferries and anything not listed as "Included"

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  • 25%
  • Up to 7 days before departure
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Minimum non-refundable rate: 25

From Mont Ventoux to Alpe d'Huez on a road bike

  • To give yourself an extraordinary road bike tour in France, from the Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence, to Alpe d'Huez
  • To start the journey in Avignon, the Capital of Provence, and to be transported back in time thanks to its medieval atmosphere, the winding streets of the center and the wonderful Papal Palace
  • To realize one of the great cycling dreams of every road bike enthusiast: to reach the top of Mont Ventoux from the most classic and spectacular route, that from Bédoin, often chosen as a stage of the Tour de France
  • To let yourself be rewarded for the effort by the breathtaking landscapes that surround Lake Serre-Ponçon: a true mountain sea
  • To overcome your limits on one of the most classic and challenging climbs of the Tour de France: the Col d'Izoard, pedaling on a winding and challenging road, but immersed in great, harsh and truly suggestive panoramas
  • To challenge another of the tour de France's holy monsters: the Col du Galibier, whose history goes back to the dawn of the great stage races, in 1911, when the roads to go up were little more than mule tracks
  • To face the 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez, 21 bends, each dedicated to a cycling champion, the most famous of the Tour de France climbs

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