BEAUX VOYAGES Tour the Alps 2007
What does it feel like to climb the Alpe d’Huez, Col du Galibier and other famous climbs?
ANSWER- It’s FABULOUS! What a rush of excitement and accomplishment when you reach the top! And we know how to get you there.
Is the race fun to watch in person?
Dates: 13-18 July
Price: $3,195 pp
Maximum 12 guests
Reserve your spot:
"For me everything on the tour was great, better than I was expecting, the
hotel and food and even the staff at the hotel were excellent. The biking in the
alps could not have been better, and viewing the tour, what a thrill. You and
Jay, what a great host and guide, every morning bikes always in great shape
and ready to go. As you can tell I had a great time and would gladly do it again.
Thank you and the family.” Mark Field Sr.
|Don’t take our word for it- listen to one of our recent guests:
Mark Field Sr.
ANSWER- It’s FABULOUS! The spectacle you see in person can’t be captured on TV. And we know how to get you to the right places.
Will the food and wine be good?
ANSWER- It’s FABULOUS! You won’t believe the gourmet culinary creations in our superb hotels.
What about the scenery?
ANSWER- It’s FABULOUS! Glaciers and waterfalls are everywhere. You’ve never cycled anywhere like this! And, again, we know how to get you there.
Daily rides will generally be in the range of 30-60 miles, depending on your cycling ability and how far you wish to ride. Be
aware that cycling in the French alps is not for beginners. Here’s your fabulous itinerary:
Day 1, July 13- Our Tour the Alps adventure starts in Albertville at 1:49pm where we will meet the group at the train station.
We’ll transfer to Megeve and check into our alpine chalet hotel before doing bike fitting and a short orientation ride to get
the feel of riding a bike in the French alps. Later we’ll start the evening with a complementary welcome cocktail, followed
by an excellent dinner at our hotel.
“You guys are great hosts and the other guests will be etched into
my memory forever. I will never forget soaring down Alpe D’Huez
with the others. I told them on the way down that I would remember
that experience in the darkest hours of my life.” Jim Musto
Jim Musto and daughter Maxine
at Galibier summit.
Day 3, July 15- Today is stage 8, and the serious contenders for a top finish in Paris will make their
way to the front to challenge the uphill finish in Tignes. Our group will tackle the first major climb of the
day, the Cormet de Roselend, which tops out at almost 2000 meters of elevation. The top of this col is
66 km from the finish, so after the last competitors pass our viewing positions, we’ll head back down
the mountain and watch the day’s exciting finish on TV in a café. You’ll be own your own tonight for
dinner and will have the opportunity to sample another fine restaurant in Megeve of your choosing.
Day 4, July 16- Today is a rest day for the competitors, and we’ll be heading south and making a transfer to our next locale, the beautiful ski
village of Les Deux Alpes. Enjoy the fabulous views of nearby glaciers, but get ready for an awesome experience that most cyclists can only
dream of, climbing the Alpe d’Huez. We’ll head downhill from the hotel and ride to cycling’s most legendary climb where you can tackle the
famous 21 switchbacks to the top. If you can climb the 13 km ascent in anything close to an hour, you are a top notch cyclist. After having
conquered cycling’s most hallowed ground, we’ll head back to our hotel where splendid French cuisine awaits and will have been well
Day 5, July 17- Another literally awesome day of cycling is in store. We’ll shoot down the steep hill from Les Deux Alpes and start the long
climb towards another of the Tour’s most demanding and famous rides, the Col du Galibier, which tops out at 2645 meters of elevation.
The racers will be coming from the other direction, so you’ll want to make your way to the other side of the summit to see them climbing to
the top. They will have climbed about 6,000 vertical feet on just this climb by then (more than a vertical mile!), with the final stretch at a
grade of 12%. From there it’s downhill to the finish in Briancon for the competitors. We’ll gather to watch the day’s finish on TV at the Col
du Lauteret before the ride back to Les Deux Alpes. If the Galibier climb isn’t enough, you can also choose to tackle the hill up to Les Deux
Alpes. This was also a Tour stage finish in 2002, and it’s a good challenge in and of itself. Our farewell dinner will be well-earned tonight,
and everyone will certainly sleep well. You probably won’t even hear the chiming of the bells from the cows grazing on the nearby ski
slopes when you hit the pillow after this truly unforgettable day.
Day 6, 18 July- The Tour riders head south to more level ground today, and we shuttle to Grenoble and the train station there. Thus ends
our Tour the Alps adventure, and it will be an experience you’ll never forget, and that’s for certain!
You read it right folks, 12% grade
INCLUDES: 6 Days, 5 Nights, 4 Dinners and Breakfasts, 1 or more picnic lunches
DIFFICULTY- Intermediate to Difficult (choice is yours- you can ride in support van if difficulty is too much)
NUMBER OF RACE VIEWING DAYS: 3
NUMBER OF CYCLING DAYS: 5
- View three decisive stages in the Alps.
- Climb famous ascents like Alpe d'Huez, Col du Galibier, Col de la Colombiere, and the Cormet de Roselend .
- Top notch chalet hotels in Megeve and Les Deux Alpes
- Small group atmosphere- maximum of 12 in group
- Superb French cuisine and wine
- Free bike rental (or bring your own bike)
Day 2, July 14- Today is stage 7 of the big race and the first mountain stage in this year’s competition. The biggest climb
of the day is the Col de la Colombiere which comes near the end of the stage, only 14 km from the finish in Le-Grand
Bornand. You can also ride this climb before the riders do and get the feel of a serious climb in the French alps. Find a
good bend and watch the riders as they work their way up this climb and try to position themselves for the downhill run to
the finish. We’ll collect the group after all the riders go by and make our way back to our hotel and another fabulous
French dining experience.
DEPOSIT: $400 per person- due upon booking
2007 PRICES: $3,195 per person Double Occupancy
(Single Supplement- $500)
Call 877-362-0045 and book your space today! Only
12 slots total available.
- Accommodations in high-end 3 star hotel
- All breakfasts and most dinners as indicated on specific tour itineraries, including superb French dining.
- One or more picnic lunches (Where and when is TBD)
- Bike rental- Entrance fees to historical attractions visited, time permitting.
- Support vehicle which sweeps the daily routes, provides snacks, picks up daily purchases, offers a lift to the weary.
- All transfers from rendezvous point to final drop-off.
- All gratuities for hotels and included meals.- Knowledgeable, bilingual, American guides who know France like the backs of their
hands. Superb service.
- Welcome cocktail on first night- Intimate small group atmosphere- Maximum 12 people.
- Cycling nutrition bars and food, etc.
- Lunches, except 1 or more picnics (TBD)- Alcoholic beverages at meals
- Flights from North America to Europe and return.
- Train tickets to and from rendezvous locations.
- Travel and other personal insurance (available as an option)
Call 877-362-0045 and book your space today! Only 12 spots available!
Beaux Voyages, Inc. reserves the right to change hotels to another of equal level depending on availability. Beaux Voyages, Inc.
reserves the right to cancel this tour if a sufficient number of people do not book.
"Hotels... Excellent...great food...comfortable rooms and
beds...delicious pain au chocolat and an abundance of
cheese!! Overall we really enjoyed ourselves...wonderful
group...great experience...enjoyed the extra touches like the
"fruit in the helmet" and wine on the first day."
Richard and Barb Davies- on the right of adjacent photo.