Ventoux – Alpe d’Huez Day Trip
Dream big and climb two of the Tour’s most legendary mountains…in one day!
What Cycling Dreams are Made of
You’d be hard pressed to think of two more epic Tour de France climbs to conquer on the same day. While Alpe d’Huez sits among other giants in the French Alps, Mont Ventoux has a majestic perch right in the middle of Provence, in sunny southern France.
Although they are not neighbors, it is only a relatively short 3.5 hour transfer between them, making a day trip not only possible, but nearly essential for that cycling Bucket List we all have!
If you are in Provence and want the ultimate one-day cycling experience, just let us know. Prices start at €275 per person (for two riders). See the Day-to-Day tab for what your day might look like or contact us if you have any questions.
- Pick-up /drop-off at your hotel in Provence (Nimes/Avignon/Ventoux area)
- Vehicle support on both climbs
- Transfer to Alpe d’Huez and back
- Expert advice / overview of climbs
- Nutrition bars, gels and powder
- Lots of great photos to take back home with you
- Rental bike
- Transportation to France
- Meals (except bars/gels on the bike)
*This epic day trip can be made part of one of our short-stay BreakAway tours, either in Provence (Luberon Valley) or near Mont Ventoux. Check out our Ventoux BreakAway Tour page or contact us for more details.
A Monumental Day
We’ll pick you up from your hotel for an early morning attack of Mont Ventoux. After a ’briefing’ on what to expect on your climb, you’ll hit the road. 44|5 will be waiting every few kilometers on the climb to offer support, encouragement, water and food. After a successful Mont Ventoux climb, we’ll be at the summit with warm clothes for the descent, and of course, a few photos at that famous sign!
After descending the mountain, you’ll do a quick change, grab some lunch and hop in our vehicle for the transfer to the Alps. From Le Bourg d’Oisans, on the valley floor, you’ll start climbing those famous 21 turns, right to the top of the Alpe d’Huez ski resort and across the official TDF finish line. Following a well-deserved celebratory drink overlooking the vast Alpine valley you left behind a short while ago, you’ll change back into your street clothes for the return drive to Provence, just in time for dinner!
There are 3 routes up to the summit of Mont Ventoux (1911 meters), but if it’s the route of the Tour de France you’d like to attempt, then you’ll be starting from the village of Bédoin. The northern route (pictured to the left), which starts in Malaucène, is every bit as hard, and offers outstanding views of the French Alps. The third route is from the lavender-scented village of Sault, and has less elevation gain and a gentler overall gradient. You are welcome to climb Mont Ventoux from any side (or all!).
For a detailed look at all three route, check out our Climbing Mont Ventoux page.
It may not be the hardest climb, or the most beautiful, but Alpe d’Huez is without too much doubt the most famous cycling climb in the world. Every time it is used in the Tour de France (every 2 years or so) a million or more fans descend on this unassuming ski-resort access road to create one of the most awesome spectacles in sport.
For pro riders, a win on The Alpe can literally make a career and turn a lucky domestique from a breakaway into a household name. Each of The Alpe’s 21 turns (there are actually more than that, so keep a lookout!) has a plaque commemorating one or more of the many winners on this mountain, since it was first used in 1952.