Last modified (date)26 Nov 2018
Trip titleCycle the French Alps: Road Cycling
ValidityValidity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019
IntroductionWelcome to road cycling – the Intrepid way. This trip takes you from the Jura Mountains to the mighty French Alps as you ride through the same terrain as the Tour de France. Earn your bragging rights as you conquer the legendary climbs of the Croix de Fer, Col d’Izoard and the true legends of the Col du Galibier and the iconic 21 hairpins of the Alpe d'Huez. This is a trip to test your cycling ski... Read more
Physical preparationThis is an active trip, requiring a reasonable level of physical fitness. While there is flexibility in the distance you can elect to cycle each day, the cycling on this trip can be challenging at times, with the terrain and weather adding to the physical effort.
As a general rule, the more preparation you can do for this type of trip, the more you will enjoy it. Prepare for the trip by doing aer... Read more
Joining pointHotel Bristol
Joining point descriptionHotel Bristol is well located in the centre of Aix-les-Bains. Each room is equipped with private ensuite facilities, and wifi is available in the hotel common areas. You will find plenty of shops and cafes within easy walking distance from the hotel.
Joining point instructionsAix-les-Bains can be easily accessed by train from either Paris or Geneva.
FROM GENEVA: take the TER96642 (towards Valence-Ville) from Geneva's main Cornavin train station and get off at Gare d'Aix les Bains-Le Revard. This journey takes approximately 1hr and has no changes. See http://www.sncf.com/en/passengers for further details.
FROM PARIS: The quickest option is the fast TGV train from Par... Read more
Finish pointHotel des Princes
Finish point descriptionHotel des Princes is located in Chambery's Old Town, near the le Château des Ducs de Savoie. It offers air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV and free WiFi.
Finish point instructionsTO GENEVA - TRAIN: There are direct trains (TER 96613) to Geneva's centrally located Cornavin Station that take approx. 1hr 20mins. A second class ticket should cost you around EUR28.
To book, see https://en.voyages-sncf.com/en
From here you can either take a train (7mins, EUR7) or bus #5 (25mins, CHF3) to the airport.
TO GENEVA - BUS: Aerocar bus lines operate a direct coach service from Chamber... Read more
Group leaderAll Intrepid cycling group trips are accompanied by one of our cycling leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other g... Read more
SafetyWe take safety seriously on all our trips, but cycling tours deserve a few special considerations.
Helmets are compulsory and we do not allow anyone to ride without one (including our own staff!). You can bring your own, or purchase one that meets international safety standards on the ground. Your leader can assist with this.
For safety reasons we strongly recommend that you w... Read more
VisasVisas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with ... Read more
Why we love itExperience the sublime Lacets de Montvernier – often described as one of the most beautiful roads in professional cycling
Is this trip right for youAlthough this is a group trip, the differing levels of cycling fitness are more pronounced in the mountains. There will be times when you are likely to be riding on your own (but safe in the knowledge that the support vehicle and group leader are never too far away). We provide downloadable files for your GPS device to make sure you never get lost.
While the cycling distances on this trip vary in... Read more
HealthAll Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themsel... Read more
Money mattersThe Euro (EUR) is the official currency in the following destinations: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain. All other European countries still have their own national currencies.
The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire mon... Read more
What to takePACKING
On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. S... Read more
A couple of rulesEveryone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden.
Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol... Read more
FeedbackAfter your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.
Emergency contactIn the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Europe Operations Team can be reached on the number listed below:
For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/
While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Shou... Read more
Responsible travelAs part of our commitment to responsible travel a portion of your trip cost will be donated to Bicycles for Humanity – a not-for-profit, volunteer run, grass roots charity organisation focused on the alleviation of poverty through sustainable transport – in the form of a bicycle.
In the developing world a bicycle is life changing, allowing access to health care, education, economic opportunity an... Read more
The Intrepid FoundationHelp us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world.
The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed mo... Read more
Accommodation notesOCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
TWIN SHARE / MULTI SHARE BASIS
Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multisha... Read more
Transport notesINCLUDED BIKES
Due to the specialist nature of this trip bikes are not included on this itinerary. You can either hire a bike through us or bring your own.
HIRING A BIKE THROUGH INTREPID:
Bike hire can be arranged at an extra cost, please ask your agent at the time of booking. We ask for your height in order to ensure we can get the appropriately sized bike for you. If you ride regularly we str... Read more
Travel insuranceTravel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more
Your fellow travellersAs you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit... Read more
Itinerary disclaimerOccasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Essential Trip Information a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes th... Read more
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