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.
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.
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.
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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