Have you ever dreamt about riding a bike in the French Alps ?
Leading small group cycling trips in the French Alps since 2012
Hi, I’m Andy….I’ve been living for up to 3 months in the French Alps every year since 2013. I cycle, hike, hang out with the locals and lead small group cycling trips from there.
I know the French Alps as my second home, my backyard and the local community as my friends. I’ve discovered the rides and hikes that you may not have heard of, some hidden gems.
I’ve been running small group cycle tours in France since 2012, more recently focusing my packages in the place I know the best, the French Alps.
I invite you to join me to ride the French Alps in 2020.
When is it happening?
Sunday 9th August, 2020 to Sunday 16th August, 2020
Limit of 8 riders
Who is A Week in the Alps for?
Anyone that can ride a bike, you don’t need to be an elite cyclist, as long as you can ride a bike and have a reasonable level of fitness this trip is for you.
This is a fully supported experience, you can participate by road bike or e-bike and be supported as you discover the breathtaking French Alps.
Where are we based?
Our base will be Le Vert, a small village at the base of the mountain made famous by the Tour De France, Alpe d’Huez.
We stay in what’s known as a Gîte. It’s an old house from 1750 restored in 1992 by Pauline and Éric. They preserved the ancient appearance by using stone and wood.
The rooms vary in size and outlook, each with its own charm. Simply decorated in provincial style, each one has a private bathroom. Towels and bedlinen are supplied.
There is a lovely dining room, a living room built in unique mountain style for all to share and a beautiful garden where dinner is often served.
A Week in the Alps 2020 Program
This is a fully supported package, inclusive of experienced guide, transfers, 7 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 6 dinners and vehicle support if needed.
The program is flexible to work in with weather conditions and group requests (where possible)
*bike rental is not included
Day 1 – Sunday
Today is arrival and checkin day, you will be collected from Lyon or Grenoble and transferred to Les Petites Sources, your French home for the next 7 days.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE A WEEK IN THE ALPS 2020 PACKAGE?
The all inclusive package includes:
NOT included in the package:
All Inclusive Package Price
$1995.00/person twin share
There is a limit of 8 places per package
Single room supplement – $400.00 total
Additional nights twin share (dinner/bed and breakfast) – $130.00 pp/night
Additional nights single room (dinner/bed and breakfast) – $175.00/night
*Private transfers to/from Grenoble train station (outside group transfers) – $120.00 one way
*Private transfers to/from Lyon airport (outside group transfers) – $300.00 one way
*please note there are bus/train options
The nearest airport is Lyon St Exupery, the nearest train station is Grenoble. We can pick up from either location.
Pickup will be at set time for all participants.
YES. Group transfers are included for the day 1 and day 8 as per the program, from Lyon airport or Grenoble train station at set times. Transfers outside these days/times are at an additional cost available on request.
YES, it is a long way to some for a week and I definitely encourage you to extend your stay. You can either do your own thing or choose to stay on in Le Vert, there is so much to do without the extra effort of travelling.
YES, extra nights are available and encouraged, subject to availability. Please request asap as it is peak season.
NO, you will need to arrange your own flights.
NO, the only way to secure a place is by paying the non refundable deposit.
YES, many of the French speak English, you are encouraged to try and learn some French before you arrive. The French are very patient and like people to at least make an effort.
YES. In fact it is mandatory for all participants. You would be crazy to travel anywhere in the world without travel insurance. We are not liable for personal injury, death, damage to property or other loss whether arising from accident, cancellations, delays or any other matter beyond our control. Participants should insure against all such possibilities. All participants participate at their own risk.
It’s summer but it’s also the mountains. The temperature can range from quite cool to high 30’s. It does get hot but the good news is it mostly cools down at night. It’s the best time of year to be there.
The time zone is GMT +2, 8 hours behind Eastern Australia.
YES, you definitely need a passport. Australian passport holders are currently able to stay in Europe for a period of 90 days without a visa. You are however responsible for making your own arrangements and should check the requirements prior to departure from your home country.
It’s always best to travel with 2 photocopies of your passport photo page as well as saving the details to your phone or in the cloud.
YES, the French love their wine, wine is included with dinner and you will also be treated to some of Erics home made aperitif’s.