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.

  • Pickup Lyon or Grenoble and transfer to Les Petites Sources
  • Checkin to Les Petites Sources, your home for the next 7 days
  • We’ll head into the village of Bourg d’Oisans where you can explore the village, find a bakery or a cafe or both.
  • Welcome to the French Alps – pre dinner drinks and dinner at Les Petites Sources

Day 2 – Monday

Let the fun begin, we may as well start with the most famous climb in the French Alps, the 21 hairpins of Alpe d’huez.

  • Breakfast at Les Petites Sources
  • Ride the 21 hairpins of Alpe d’huez, stopping for a coffee and cake at the summit. Then its down as far as Huez village where we will turn off and traverse the spectacular balcon to Villard Reculas before descending into Allemont. Then we have a lovely ride along a dedicated cycle path along the river back into Bour d’Oisans. Lunch will be at Allemont or Bourg d’oisans depending on timing, we’re in no hurry though, it’s all about taking in the views and mountain air.
  • Free time to enjoy Bourg d’oisans and make your own way back to Les Petites Sources.
  • Optional drinks with the locals at Cafe de Paris.
  • Apertif followed by dinner (inclusive of wine)  in the garden at Les Petites Sources

Day 3 – Tuesday

Today we will explore the balcon on the opposite side of Alpe d’huez, which believe it or not is even more spectacular than yesterday’s route.

  • Breakfast at Les Petites Sources
  • Climb the first 6 hairpins of Alpe d’huez to La Garde, here we take a right turn and ride along one of the most spectacular balcons you will ever ride along, passing through tunnels cut into the rock on the side of the mountain as we overlook Bourg d’oisans and entire Oisans valley. Photo opportunities a plenty.
  • We then descend into Le Freney where we will stop for lunch.
  • After lunch we finish the loop with a mostly downhill ride home passing through some more tunnels along the way.
  • Afternoon at leisure and then optional happy hour at Cafe de Paris
  • Apertif followed by dinner (inclusive of wine)  in the garden at Les Petites Sources
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Day 4 – Wednesday

Distance – 102kms Climbing – 2354m
At 2645m, Col du Galibier is on of the highest summits climbed on the TDF.

  • Breakfast at Les Petites Sources
  • We will climb high to the 2645m of the Col du Galibier via Col du Lautaret, 45km’s of descending on the way home is just reward for your big climb. Please note that this ride will be weather dependent as it can get very cold at that altitude, we will look at the weather and schedule for the best possible day. This is an amazing ride, especially on a day with clear blue skies.
  • Lunch will be a picnic beside one of the beautiful lakes during our hike. Think baguette, cheese, pastries, okay and maybe some fruit.
  • Afternoon at leisure and then optional happy hour at Cafe de Paris
  • Apertif followed by dinner (inclusive of wine)  in the garden at Les Petites Sources

Day 5 – Thursday

Today we head to yet another valley to La Berarde riding between some spectacular summits on the way.

  • Breakfast at Les Petites Sources
  • A flat ride from our home base before we turn right for a steady climb to Venosc, from here it gets a little steep until we make it to the picturesque village of Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans. Then a steady and breathtakingly beautiful ride to La Berarde.
  • Crepes are a bit of a specialty of La Berarde, this will be your opportunity to partake in this local specialty.
  • It’s time to enjoy the downhill and flat all the way home.
  • Afternoon at leisure and then optional happy hour at Cafe de Paris
  • Apertif followed by dinner (inclusive of wine)  in the garden at Les Petites Sources

Day 6 – Friday

Today we will ride up to what is said be one of the most beautiful villages in France, Besse. Featuring buildings with characteristics of yesteryear, country stone houses, roofs with a low slope, narrow streets paved with “calades”, all of which earned it the inscription in the inventory of the Buildings of France.

  • Breakfast at Les Petites Sources
  • We ride up to Lac du Chambon before turning off for a bit of a steep climb (no problem on an e-bike) into Mizeon, a great place to stop for photos overlooking the lake. Then we continue to Besse, where we will find a coffee and cake stop.
  • A nice descent back to the dam, we then have an option to do another balcon on the way home, we’ll see how everyone is travelling.
  • Friday night with the locals – drinks at Cafe de Paris with dinner at your leisure (own expense)

Day 7 – Saturday

Saturday is Market Day in Bourg d’Oisans, a big day for the locals. We will head straight to the markets after breakfast to enjoy the produce and atmosphere of a French local market.

Then in the afternoon we’ll make our way up one of my favourite local rides, experiencing the long dark tunnels of Villard Notre Dame as we climb above and see our village from another angle.

  • Breakfast at Les Petites Sources
  • Morning at the Bourg d’Oisans local market
  • Lunch (own expense) at leisure at markets
  • Back on the bikes and onwards to long dark tunnels of Villard Notre Dame that overlooks our home at Le Vert, we will continue up and across to Villard Reymond for an afternoon coffee, then descend down the other side into the Ornon valley all the way home.
  • Pre dinner drinks and farewell dinner at Les Petites Sources

Day 8 – Sunday

Sadly all good things must come to an end, it’s time to go home or continue your European adventure.

  • Breakfast at Les Petites Sources
  • Pack and checkout
  • Departure transfer to Grenoble or Lyon

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE A WEEK IN THE ALPS 2020 PACKAGE?

The all inclusive package includes:

  • Group transfer from Lyon airport or Grenoble train station to our French Alps base.
  • 7 nights twin share accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners (includes pre dinner aperitif and wine with dinner), 1 picnic lunch (during hike)
  • 6 fully guided and supported bike rides
  • Group departure transfer to Grenoble or Lyon.
  • An amazing experience that you will never forget.

NOT included in the package:

  • Airfares and taxes
  • Transfers outside of programmed group transfers
  • Travel Insurance (please note travel insurance is mandatory)
  • Any meals not included in the program and any items of a personal nature.

All Inclusive Package Price

$1995.00/person twin share

There is a limit of 8 places per package

Add-ons

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

Payment terms

Within 7 days of booking – $1000.00 pp non refundable deposit due

On or before 30th April, 2020 – balance of total package

*All payments are non-refundable

Terms and conditions

FAQ’s

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.

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