HighRoad Alpe d’Huez-Ventoux
44|5’s Most Iconic Cycling Tour
8 Days / 7 Nights
The Perfect Cycling Balance
You would be hard pressed to find two more epic Tour de France climbs than Alpe d’Huez and Mont Ventoux in the same cycling tour, given their distinct personalities. Alpe d’Huez is in the middle of the high Alps, surrounded by other famous (and beautiful) cols. It is high-mountain riding at its best. Contrasted to this, Mont Ventoux is located in sun-kissed Provence, with its lavender fields, lovely laid-back villages, and endless vineyard roads. The combination makes a perfect cycling experience that allows you to enjoy two of France’s most stunning and varied areas to ride.
Your HighRoad Alpe d’Huez – Mont Ventoux Tour has two ‘bases’: one on top of Alpe d’Huez and the other at the foot of Mont Ventoux, in comfortable 3 and 4 star hotels perfectly positioned for the best riding the areas have to offer.
- Double occupancy: €3150
- Single Supplement: €500
- Deposit: €500 per person
Accommodation and Dining
- 7 nights accommodation
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners (including wine)
- Energy bars, gels, snacks and water on your rides
- Pick-up at Lyon Airport; drop-ff at Marseilles Airport
- All baggage transfers
- Owner-operator guides to see to your needs
- Maps and elevation profiles of each day’s route
- Support van that will be on the road with you, offering assistance, encouragement, and nutrition
- 44|5 Cycling Tours jersey
- Transportation to France
- Alcohol outside meals
- Hotels before and after your tour
- Personal expenses, such as mini-bars, telephone or souvenir purchases
- Bikes (we can arrange for rentals)
Transfer to Hotel and Afternoon Ride
We will pick you up at Lyon airport and transport you to Les Grandes Rousses, our 4-star hotel on Alpe d’Huez. After setting up your bikes and taking a “shake-out” spin, we will have a ‘welcome dinner’ in the hotel restaurant and talk about the amazing rides to come.
Col de la Croix de Fer / Col du Glandon. Approximately 76 km and 1800 m of ascent.
Our first ride takes us across the quiet ‘balcony road’ to the west of Alpe d’Huez before descending to the Barrage du Verney, where we begin to climb our first big col. The ride up to the Col de la Croix de Fer is long, with some steep stretches, but the views that hit you once you exit into the high alpine meadows near the top are more than worth the effort. The Col du Glandon is a short jog off the main climb, with magnificent views down into the Maurienne Valley.
Alpe d'Huez. Approximately 50 km and 1800 m of ascent.
A Tour de France victory on Alpe d’Huez immortalizes a pro cyclist, as is evidenced by the names of its conquerors on each and every 21 hairpin turn. You will be following in the pedal strokes of Fausto Coppi, Bernard Hinault and Iban Mayo on The Alpe, but before we get to it you have a wonderfully-scenic ride along the ‘eastern balcony’, before descending down to the valley floor where the climb of Alpe d’Huez begins.
Col du Lautaret, Col du Galibier. Approximately 108 km and 2300 m of ascent.
Today’s ride takes you deep into the history of the Tour de France, climbing two cols that have been mainstays of Le Tour since 1911. The Col du Galibier is also one of the highest passes in the Alps (2645 m) and the highest ever stage finish in the Tour de France (in 2011).
Transfer to Provence and Afternoon Ride. Approximately km and m of ascent.
After transferring from the Alps to our charming Provençal hotel in Malaucène, we’ll head into the hills north of Mont Ventoux. Here you’ll experience real backcountry riding on deserted roads that lead to hidden villages. Often overlooked, this area will have you begging to come back and explore further.
Mont Ventoux. Approximately 74 km and 2000 m of ascent.
After a scenic warm-up ride through the picturesque Dentelles Mountains we will attack Mont Ventoux from the cycling-mad village of Bédoin, just like the Tour de France pros do. This monumental climb is everything you will have hoped for and more.
Le Geant Loop. Approximately 100 km and 1600 m of ascent.
On our shortlist of favorite rides in the area, this long loop around the base of Mont Ventoux is one of the most varied hundred kilometers you will ever ride. Highlights include stunning gorges, lush lavender fields, hilltop villages and stunning perspectives of Le Geant de Provence from all sides. A perfect way to finish off a fantastic tour.
Morning transfers to Marseilles Airport for your connection home.
44|5 has chosen your accommodation for the best mix of comfort, cycling services and ride availability. You’re always within walking distance of village centers, restaurants, bike shops and other necessities. Additional services such as massages can be easily arranged.
Les Grandes Rousses – Alpe d’Huez
Named after the rocky massif situated behind the hotel, the views of the surrounding summits are jaw-dropping. Recent stylish renovations have led to its 4-star rating, but alpine charm pervades in both summer and winter. The hotel also offers an on-site restaurant, in-door pool, sauna and Jacuzzi to help your legs recover.
Domaine des Tilleuls – Ventoux
This former silk farm is situated at the beginning of the northern climb of Mont Ventoux, on the edge of the village of Malaucène. Charming on the inside as well as the outside, the hotel grounds include a beautiful garden with shade trees and relaxing outdoor pool area. Domaine des Tilleuls has welcomed many cycling legends over the years, including Eddy Merckx.
All our HighRoad tours have plenty of elevation included and your Alpe d’Huez-Ventoux tour is no exception. Below is a list of the most notable climbs we’ll be doing.
Arguably the most famous climb in the Tour de France, The Alpe is certainly its most iconic, with its 21 hairpins that every self-respecting cyclist has on their bucket list.
The climb is 13.2 km long, with an elevation gain of 1071 meters. The average grade is 8.1%.
This Hors Catégorie (HC) climb is long, with some steep stretches. It is also one of most scenic and natural of the big Tour de France climbs in the area, with mile after mile of high alpine meadows, towering peaks and cascading waterfalls.
The climb is 27.5 km long, with an elevation gain of 1292 meters. The average grade is 4.7%.
One of the passes that separate the Northern Alps from the Southern Alps, the Col du Lautaret is also a rare Tour de France col that is open all year round (it is part of a major transportation route linking France and Italy). Like Galibier below, the Lautaret was first climbed in the Tour de France in 1911.
The climb is 35 km long, with an elevation gain of 1400 meters. The average grade is less than 4%.
We climb the Galibier from the shorter southern route, but when combined with the Col du Lautaret (above) it is a big effort! These 8.5 kilometers are some of most scenic in the Alps, with amazing views down the long Guisane Valley towards Briançon and Italy beyond.
The climb is 8.5 km long, with an elevation gain of 585 meters. The average grade is 6.9%, with a maximum of 12% near the top.
We hardly think Le Geant de Provence needs an introduction, but if you’d care for a very detailed one, here is our take on Mont Ventoux.
The climb is nearly 22 km long, with an elevation gain of 1639 meters. The average grade is 7.6%.
Climbed on our last day on the bike together, this is possibly the most enjoyable ascent in Provence. Although you gain over 400 meters on this climb, it seems nearly effortless, perhaps because the gorge you are riding through is so breathtakingly beautiful!
The climb is 20 km long, with an elevation gain of 416 meters. The average grade is 2%.