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Tour du Dauphiné

Monuments and secret tips in the French Alps – 22/07-29/07/2017

The Dauphiné - best known from the Critérium du Dauphiné pro tour - is a region in the French Alps, located between Savoy in the north and Provence in the south, in the middle of the range, as it were. So much of the French High Alps, with classics that we know from the Tour de France, such as the Galibier, Izoard and Croix de Fer, belong to the Dauphiné, and you can discover them with us. But another special highlight are the fairly undiscovered foothills of the Alps, such as the Vercors with its incredible gorges, and the part-wild, part-lovely Dévoluy.

So the trip falls somewhere between mainstream and secret tips. Are you keen to do the world-famous 21 hairpins up to Alpe d'Huez? Or do you fancy bagging the completely unknown Col du Noyer? Based in Isère's capital Grenoble you'll get to know both these sides of the French Alps over seven stages.

Explore the contrasts.


The Guides

Rainer – The Leader

quäldich-Guide Rainer Hartmann

His training terrain is Franconian Switzerland with its notorious ramps, but he also enjoys the long climbs in the Alps. Always talking and almost never knackered. His one big weakness: pastries.

Paul – The Pilot

quäldich-Guide Paul Velten

A friendly, cheerful Dortmunder and a huge believer in the dolce vita. Totally devoted to looking after his flock and, once on the road, it's diesel to the top and jet fuel to the bottom.

Ricarda – The Newcomer


As a veteran of the Flensburg-Garmisch and Garmisch-Florence, Ricarda never missed an opportunity to swim in a lake. Now she's shaping up to be the Guide Discovery of 2017. How to recognise her: pink fingernails.

Thomas – The Provisions Guy

quäldich-Guide Thomas Bonde

Being a real Dortmund lad and a Chamber of Commerce-certified beer ambassador, he might be waiting for you at the pass with a refreshing mountaintop beer. In 2016 Thomas made a successful début driving the support vehicle on a Pyrenean double feature, and he is always ready to hear what you want or need, and he'll do his best to get it for you.

Getting there

Our base hotel is located on the southern edge of Grenoble.

Cars may be left free of charge all week in the hotel car park.

From northern Germany and Northern Europe via Frankfurt or Stuttgart - Karlsruhe - Mulhouse - Lyons on France's A48 to Grenoble. On the southern ring (N87) take exit 7 (Échirolles).

From Western Europe via Paris or Luxembourg - Dijon - Lyons on France's A48.

From southern Germany, Central and Eastern Europe via Munich or Innsbruck - Zurich - Geneva - Chambéry on France's A41 to Grenoble.
From Austria it could also be a good idea to drive Milan - Turin - Fréjus Tunnel.

We recommend you use our internal forum to organise car-sharing.

The nearest airports are Lyons and Geneva, which have direct flights from many European airports. From there, take a regional train to Grenoble.

By long-distance train to Geneva or Lyon-Part-Dieu, then by regional train to Grenoble.
There are also a few high-speed trains (TVG) from Paris direct to Grenoble.

The Itinerary

Guided Bike Tour 22/07-29/07/2017

  • Saturday, 22nd July 2017
    Travel to Grenoble. Evening meal in the hotel at 8pm.
  • Sunday, 23rd July 2017
    Start of first stage (Grenoble - Die) at 9am.
  • Monday, 24th July 2017
    Second stage Die - Ancelle
  • Tuesday, 25th July 2017
    Third stage Ancelle - Briançon
  • Wednesday, 26th July 2017
    Fourth stage
    Briançon - Alpe d'Huez
  • Thursday, 27th July 2017
    Fifth stage Alpe d'Huez - Valloire
  • Friday, 28th July 2017
    Sixth stage Valloire - Alpe d'Huez
  • Saturday, 29th July 2017
    Seventh stage Alpe d'Huez - Grenoble. Arrive there between 1pm and 3pm. Then depart (or stay another night)

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