The French Alps & Mount Ventoux 2024

Aug 20 - 30, 2024

Highlights of your bike trip

Ride the Tour de France Classic climbs of the Alps: Alpe d’ Huez, Col du Galibier, Col d’ Izoard, Semnoz, Mount Ventoux + few more climbs
Visit Annecy and Alpe d’ Huez towns in the French Alps, Carpentras in the Provence region, and enjoy local traditional food of both very different regions
Stay in selected very high-quality hotels, most days several nights one place

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Trip at a glance

StartsLyon airport
EndsMarseille airport
Distance605 km / 375 miles
Elevation14300 m / 46900 feet
PricePrivate trip

About this trip

This is a Private & Custom 11-day / 10-night guided and SAG van supported French Alps & Mt. Ventoux cycling tour planned and supported by HC Bike Tours.


We have created a custom itinerary for this trip with all the best routes and sightseeing based on our local knowledge. All the riders have to do is arrive at Lyon airport and the trip can begin – we will take care of the rest.


HC Bike Tours team will take care of airport transfers, luggage transportation, and delivery of rental bikes.


As this is a private tour guests can ride as much or as little as they wish, and even change the itinerary – HC Bike Tours will be there to support them throughout the trip.


What’s included:

♦ All-inclusive 11-day / 10-night Guided & SAG vans supported tour
♦ Transfers from/to the airport
♦ Ground transportation including luggage & bikes
All accommodation fees
All breakfasts
On-road picnic lunches & sports nutrition
♦ Our SAG vans at your disposal anytime during your tour
Four HC Bike Tours staff:

Two SAG van drivers
Two Ride Leaders – including HC Bike Tours founder Aigars Paegle

♦ Services of HC Bike Tours: mechanic assistance, guidance, concierge services, suggestions, advice, coaching
♦ Welcome pack including two water bottles and HC Bike Tours design apparel
♦ Pre-departure information
♦ Photos of your tour
♦ We welcome non-riders & family members of riders


What’s not included:

♦ Airfare
♦ Travel and personal insurance (recommended)
♦ Additional personal expenses, i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, drinks, gratuities, laundry, coffee stops
♦ Rental bikes (tailor made in Italy Sarto bikes available for an additional fee)
♦ Dinners (we will make reservations at selected restaurants for you)



♦ Single supplement – add $US 900
♦ Non-riders – $US 500 discount
♦ Sarto Veneto SL hand-made in Italy road bikes for rent – add $US 500 / $US 650 if with power meter
♦ E-Bike rental also available – TBC
♦ Sports massages – TBC
♦ Professional photographer – TBC


Considering a bicycle trip to French Alps? Read about our previous bicycle trips in the Stories on our website.


Request your Custom & Private bicycle trip offer here > Custom tours.

Trip itinerary



Welcome to French Alps

August 20th, 2024


Fly to the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS) where HC team will be meeting you to drive you to the hotel in Albertville ~1 hour 30 min drive. We will organize a warmup ride in the afternoon if possible, and the pre-tour meeting in the evening.



Annecy > Semnoz > Albertville

August 21st, 2024

90 km / 55 miles

HC team will organize a transfer to visit Annecy town in the morning.
Those who are on the bikes, you will ride back to the hotel via Semnoz climb, or there might be also an alternative easier ride for second group. Non-cyclists will be able to stay in Annecy longer and will be transported back later in the afternoon.



Albertville > Col du Glandon > Alpe d'Huez (less popular side)

August 22nd, 2024

114 km / 70 miles

There are two big the Tour de France (TdF) climbs planned for the day with a finish and stay overnight in the famous village Alpe d’Huez. Non-cyclists will travel in the van.



Alpe D' Huez > Col de Sarenne + Alpe D' Huez (the classic climb)

August 23rd, 2024

50 km / 31 miles

The Alpe d’Huez is the most popular Tour de France climb, we’re riding the classic side on the day. Non-cyclists can travel in the van or explore the village.



Rest day or Hiking

August 24th, 2024


Rest day or HC team will be glad to take you for a beautiful hiking in the mountains or, for those who are interested, we can take you also on a bike ride.



Alpe D' Huez > Col du Galibier > Briançon

August 25th, 2024

95 km / 59 miles

On the way to Briançon today via one of the most scenic climbs of the French Apls – Col du Galibier. Non-cyclists will travel in the van.



Briançon > Col d' Izoard > Col du Vars > Barcelonnette

August 26th, 2024

100 km / 62 miles

Two Epic long climbs, the incredible scenery will keep you going.
Non-cyclists will travel in the van.



Day off / Transfer day

August 27th, 2024


HC team will load the bikes and your luggage in the vans, and we are ready to travel out of the Alps to the region of Provence ~3 hours drive.



Carpentras > Les Gorges de la Nesque > Carpentras

August 28th, 2024

80 km / 49 miles

Les Gorges de la Nesque is an unique road, certainly must ride.
Non-cyclists can travel in the van, or explore the village, or HC team can take you on an excursion.



Carpentras > Mount Ventoux > Carpentras

August 29th, 2024

75 km / 46 miles

The Mount Ventoux is one of the most mythical Tour de France climbs, it’s special because it is very open, you can see far away, and it’s also windy most time of the year.
Non-cyclists can travel in the van, or explore the village, or HC team can take you on an excursion.



Departure day

August 30th, 2024


Bye, bye France…
Transfer to the Marseille airport in the morning, it is ~1 hour 20 min drive, and we are looking forward to seeing you again on a tour next year.