2022 Tour de France Private Chalet Trip
Experience the 2022 Tour de France in the French Alps.
Ride, Eat, Sleep and Repeat will be our agenda for 9 days as we traverse many climbs of the French Alps.
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, France
PopularAT A GLANCE
- 9 Days
- Social to Experienced
- All Breakfasts, 6 Dinners
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- Support Vehicle
- Mechanical Assistance
- Alpe d'Huez Summit finish
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, France, July 9, 2022
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, France, July 17, 2022
Group Size: Private Group (13 guests)
Rides: We are staying in the French Alps, so most rides involve climbing, but we also have several roads that take advantage of gravity and follow the valleys. Dedicated van support is available on all rides.
Challenge Rating: Each day we have two ride options, our main ride targets iconic climbs, scenic locations, but we also have extensions to that ride involving more climbing.
Accommodation: We are staying in private chalets in the French Alps. Chalets will be 3 or 4-star rated, have their own equipped kitchen and stocked pantry for your breakfast, as well as a fresh bakery delivery each day. In some cases, the group may be split into two separate chalets, close to each other – this will depend on the final group composition.
Social Riding and Leisure: We understand that your cycling holiday is a HOLIDAY! You may not normally ride every day at home. Our ride routes allow you to cherry-pick the sort of riding that you’d like to do. Choose the days you want to climb, the days to ride flat, and days to rest.
Experienced Riders: Your cycling holiday is actually about the bike! Our epic and challenge ride options seek more vertical metres and longer miles. Choose your rest days or recovery rides, or just ride, and ride, and ride.
All breakfasts in a catering style. Fully equipped kitchens. Dinners are provided on 6 nights, with some catered within the chalet, and others at local restaurants.
Accommodation and Transport
- Transport throughout custom van or luxury coach
- Transport for your bike with professional bike carriers
- 8 nights accommodation in 3 to 4-star Chalets
- Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport
- Schedule departure transfer to Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport
- Catered breakfast daily, fresh cereals, fruits, bakery and use of fully equipped kitchen
- 3-course evening meals on 6 nights
- Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
Professional Ride Support
- Hosted by our experienced tour guides and professional drivers
- Mechanical assistance with your bike
- Ride support vehicle when you need it most
- Navigation assistance on all guided rides
- Sports powders, water and bars during your ride
Why we Love this Tour
- A private Tour de France experience
- Ride the French Alps including Alpe d’Huez and Col de Joux Plane
- See big mountain stages of the 2022 Tour de France in the French Alps
- Visit Annecy, a spectacular village on Europes cleanest lake, at the foot of the mountains
- Explore the adventure playground of Portes du Soleil
- Visit the most beautiful village of Sixt-Fer-a-Chavel and the dramatic waterfalls of Cirque-Fer-a-Chavel
- See the Alpe d’Huez stage finish on Fete Nationale
- Ride the famous Tour de France climbs, including the mythical Alpe d’Huez
- Tier 1 – $6000 based on 8 nights single share (3 spots only)
- Tier 2 – $5300 based on 4 nights single share and 4 nights twin share (4 spots only)
- Tier 3 – $5000 based on 8 nights twin share (6 spots only)
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. Room composition may vary when staying in Private Chalets as mostChalets are based on double bed configuration.
Note: It is a requirement of Bikestyle Tours that you have Travel Insurance for your trip. Please take out Travel Insurance at your earliest convenience. We recommend at the same time as paying your deposit.
Many guests find it convenient to hire one of our professionally prepared quality hire bikes.
- Hire a bike so that you’re not lugging a bike around on your extended European holiday
- Hire a bike and mitigate damage or delays during international transit
Bike Hire ChargesBike Hire: AUD $528 Note: Renters of our hire bikes are liable for damages to their hire bike during the period of hire, treat it like you own for the rental period. Bikes are set up to your measurements before your arrival and are fully serviced by our professional mechanic.
Watch and ride mountain stages of the 2022 Tour de France
Experience the Tour de France in the French Alps with a carefully planned itinerary. We have focussed on two locations to maximise your race viewing opportunities. Ride the mystical Alpe d’Huez and see what it is like to ride the tough French mountain stages in the Tour de France.
Our private French Alps chalet trip to the Tour de France experiences the fanfare that goes with the Tour de France and allows some days for you to chase your own cycling goals. Our accommodation is set in the Portes du Soleil area and in the Isere valley home to the most famous Tour de France climbs. Our French Alps cycling holiday takes you to some great touristic areas, quiet country villages, and allows you to experience French culture.
A Private Cycling Tour to See the Tour de France in the French Alps
Your cycling holiday to the French Alps coincides with the middle week of the French Grand Tour, the 2022 Tour de France. We get you to see a variety of race situations, a truly immersive experience in the fanfare of the Tour de France. We go to the summit finish on the French and Switzerland border, a stage start, and other interesting locations to watch the race. A highlight will surely be the iconic finish to Alpe d’Huez on Fete Nationale.
See the Tour de France live and ride some of the famous climbs yourself. If you can only spare a week to see the tour, this is a great opportunity to see the Tour de France and ride your bike in the French Alps. Hire a bike from us and travel light, which gives you the best chance to extend your European holiday and still have some magnificent cycling. This is a private trip to share with your own network of friends.
2019 and 2020 were isolating years and we too experienced the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) feeling as we watched our favourite roads being torn up by the peloton – even a stage being taken by an exciting upcoming young Australian. The last 2 years have been nothing short of extraordinary with the emergence of the young tour riders. Escape the FOMO in 2022 and join us as the short stages and punchy climbs capture an international audience in the world’s biggest annual sporting event.
TDF Private Chalet Trip – Daily Itinerary
Bienvenue, Welcome to France
Our base at Portes du Soleil, the convenient start point for an active holiday.
Our staff will meet you at Lyon Saint-Exupery airport at 10 am, a convenient starting point for reaching the French Alps. You may arrive by TGV or plane, with many domestic and international services. Arrive a day early and acclimatise, adjust your clock, and be ready to make the most of your trip with us. Book your flights early and contact our booking team to arrange accommodation at our pre-trip hotel in Lyon.
Your luxury coach and professional staff will transport us to Les Gets, in the Haute Savoie region and the famous Portes du Soleil. There are 12 villages that are recognised making up the Portes du Soleil. Our chalet is based at one of the popular resorts that host a World Cup Mountain Bike event each year. In August 2022, they will host the MTB World Championship. You’ll have time over the next few days to walk through the trails and see some incredible skills and gnarly drops. This area is also a road cyclist’s heaven.
Join us for dinner tonight at a local restaurant as we meet our fellow guests and importantly your guides who will help you maximise your experience with Bikestyle Tours at Tour de France.
- Collection from Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport
- Transfer to Portes du Soleil
- Shake-down ride in the French Alps
Our warm-up ride today features the climb to the ski village of Avoriaz 1800, above Morzine. From Morzine, it is 14km averaging 6%. There have been 7 stage arrivals to Avoriaz since its inaugural inclusion in 1975. It was last raced in 2010, where Cadel Evans wore Yellow.
Summit finish in Portes du Soleil
Watch the summit finish on the French and Switzerland border.
We will set off after breakfast in pursuit of the Tour de France as it meanders its way around the Switzerland border. The stage starts from Aigle which is also the headquarters for UCI.
Our afternoon will be filled with taking in the fanfare of the arrival of the Tour de France on an important summit finish. For those not riding today, you will have all day to enjoy the products of the region – cheese fondue is very much the staple.
Our riders will coast down toward Lake Geneva before riding up another valley toward the final climb to Châtel. After the race we will return by our luxury transport and enjoy dinner together, celebrating an adventurous day seeing the Tour de France live.
After the race, we will return to our chalet for dinner together, with the convenience of a fully equipped kitchen.
- Views of Lake Geneva
- Summit Stage finish in French Alps
We have two ride options today, both will involve climbing to Châtel for the summit finish. Our longer ride option can enjoy a long descent to the shores of Lake Geneva for coffee, but that also means an extended climb to the summit finish.
Col de Joux Plane on the rest day
Rest day for tour riders, but longer rides and tourism options aplenty.
It is custom for the tour rider to head out and ride even on their rest day. Stopping their engines completely makes it difficult to get going again tomorrow. We may be lucky and see one or more of the teams out riding their bikes.
Our options are aplenty today. Our easier ride option will use gravity to our greatest advantage and head for Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval, a magnificent village that is listed as one of the Plus-Beaux Village de France. By far the biggest attraction in the area is the Cirque du Fer à Cheval, where the many waterfalls cascade from the cliffs which form a semicircle. The number of waterfalls varies according to the seasons.
Our longer ride may also include this scenic option but return over one of the toughest climbs that have featured on Tour de France – Col de Joux Plane. You are free to explore the village for yourself this evening and choose one of the restaurants for dinner.
- Touristic sights in the French Alps
- Plus-Beaux Village
- Tour de France famous climb - Col de Joux Plan
Our rides set off from our chalet to the magnificent village of Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval, where we’ll pause and take in the tourist site.
Our ride then returns over Col de Joux Plan, simply put by Lance Armstrong after the stage in 2000, as “the toughest day ever on a bike”. The weather can be humid, just add heat and an inconsistent gradient and you will be searching for gears.
The climb from Samoëns starts off gentle and peaks in the mid-section of the climb. But the variable gradient makes it difficult to find the rhythm.
Stage Start Morzine
Final night in the Haute Savoie, a Stage Start or Stage Finish
You are welcome to choose your preferred option today. If you’d like a bit of time to relax and explore more of the Portes du Soleil area, you can head to Morzine for the stage start and be back at the chalet to watch the finish on television, maybe with a cold beverage. There are many great hiking trails between Morzine and Les Gets also.
We can head off early this morning and get a ride in before the stage start and summit two more Tour de France climbs, Col de la Ramaz and Col de l’Encrenaz. If you’re worried about making the distance and having time at the stage start, there is a shorter option to climb Col de L’Encrenaz on a more direct route.
We’ve left the afternoon available for you to enjoy the village of Morzine or Les Gets this afternoon and return to the chalet at your leisure to prepare for our departure tomorrow.
- Stage 10 Start in Morzine
- Spectacular views of the French Alps, including Mont Blanc
Our main climb today is Col de la Ramaz, it is similar in length to Avoriaz and Alpe d’Huez at 14km in length. The average gradient is 7%, and is consistent. The road steepens before you reach the gallery, where you are rewarded with a spectacular view across the French Alps, it gets a little easier as you approach the summit.
We then have a gradual descent through a number of alpine hamlets and start our climb to L’Encrenaz. We join the climb near the top, so it is more a false flat, than a climb. After our second summit, we can descend into Morzine.
Alpe d’Huez and Dutch corner
Ride Alpe d’Huez at your pace, with the cheering crowds before the race comes through.
We’ve carefully considered your options today and have given you the best chance to experience the famous switchbacks – like a professional. Going up the Alpe with the cheering crowds is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You need not race it today, but take in every aspect of the festival that is growing on each corner and count them down, from 21.
We will return to the base of the climb descending to Col du Sarenne, an extra climb and descent that the Tour used in 2013 to ride a double ascent of the Alpe d’Huez, celebrating the 100th edition of the Tour de France. It has less traffic, to descend this way and will take us more directly to our chalet.
Finish your ride this afternoon in time to watch the race go over the final climbs and finish on the very tough Col du Granon. Today’s finish was made famous by the battle between Greg Lemond and Bernard Hinault in 1986. The Col is long overdue to host another dramatic stage of the Tour de France. We will enjoy dinner together tonight in the village, and prepare ourselves for the exciting day at the Tour tomorrow, on Fete Nationale.
- Ride Alpe d’Huez ahead of the race
- Immerse yourself in the festival of the tour on Alpe d’Huez
Our ride today is up the most famous climb of the Tour de France. It is far from being the hardest climb, but it’s fame probably goes hand in hand with the modernisation of the tour. Alpe d’Huez was made famous when pillions on the moto first broadcast the race live to the world.
Each winner to the summit of Alpe d’Huez is honoured with their name being marked on one of the signs indicating the switchback. Surprisingly, the dutch from the flatlands have been very successful on the Alpe. Bend 7 is known as ‘dutch corner’, but notary for the hordes of orange-clad, booze-fueled dutch playing their loud music welcoming the race with their own multi-day festival. Enjoy the experience today, it’s less about the time that you do, and all about the atmosphere.
Alpe d’Huez and Bastille Day
See the 2022 Tour de France on Alpe d’Huez.
We will set off after breakfast this morning and ride one of the most scenic roads of the area, a balcony road that leads us to the Alpe d’Huez where we can watch the race and join in the festival that stretches the entire length of the mountain.
A stage finish on Alpe d’Huez is one of the biggest sporting spectacles one can witness. This is your day to park your own cycling ambitions and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the 2022 Tour de France. Today is especially important for the French, as it is their national day as they celebrate Fete Nationale – Bastille Day.
Return to the chalet this evening and we will enjoy a dinner together, celebrating a magnificent day following the most iconic stage of the Tour de France.
- See stage 12 stage finish to Alpe d’Huez
- Experience all of the festivals of a Fete Nationale
- Ride a spectacular balcony road
Cycle the dizzying balcony road that hangs above the Isere river. It offers spectacular views and will give us great access to watching the race this afternoon.
We have a longer alternative ride on a very quiet road, with a little section of gravel, giving you an aerial perspective of the coloured carnival on Alpe d’Huez. This is one of our best-kept secret rides of the area, too narrow and complicated for a race, but the scenery and grandeur of this ride is overwhelming – it may be the best ride you’ve ever done. We will return to the base of the climb to watch the race.
Col de la Croix de Fer and Col du Glandon
Tour departs the French Alps plus a favourite climb, and stage start.
Stage starts are a wonderful fanfare as every rider is required to sign on for the day’s stage. Each rider makes their way from the team bus to the podium to sign on and may be interviewed by the compere. See the riders and bikes up close, watch teams make their final preparations for the stage having settled on their best opportunities for today’s course. Find a position on the road as they roll out in a procession as they ride the ‘depart fictif’, under controlled conditions of the commissaire.
We also have a great ride on offer today, and should you prefer more time for yourself, you can head off before the stage starts. Our ride is the challenging climb to Croix de Fer with a deviation to the Col du Glandon on return, you can collect 2 cols for the day.
Tonight, you are free to arrange dinner at one of the local restaurants, or simply you may like to sit at the local bar enjoying a cold drink and a plat du jour. This is one of the most enjoyable aspects of a summer evening in France.
- Stage start to Tour de France in the French Alps
- Ride famous Tour de France climbs
Our feature ride today is our epic challenge to Col de la Croix de Fer, and the bonus summit of Col du Glandon. La Croix has featured many times in the Tour de France, and ascending from the Isere valley is spectacular as you pass the Lac de Grand Maison before reaching the summit. If you set off early and keep a good pace today, you will make it back to the valley to watch the race depart. Our shorter ride follows a scenic balcony road to the stage start.
Our final climb, the legendary Col du Galibier
limb the legendary French Climb, Col du Galibier.
We will set off after breakfast and make our way carefully down to Lac du Chambon, where the road starts to rise from the valley. We’ll stick to the quieter emergency road that was constructed when the tunnel and the main road was plunged into the lake in a landslip. The route to Col du Lautaret was not accessible for about 2 years, and forced the Tour de France to re-route.
It has since been diverted and reconstructed with more reinforcement. Once we join the main road on the other side of the lake, our climb starts in earnest. It is quite gentle until we reach La Grave and the road starts to steepen. We will pause at Col du Lautaret before the final push on to the summit of Col du Galibier. The race passed over this summit twice this year, and is not uncommon to do so. A famous 2-day sequence in 2011 saw Cadel Evans defend two Schleck brothers, and finally attack the descent to all but secure his overall victory.
We will return the same way where transport can help us with the final climb to our accommodation. Or if you would like to chase those vertical metres, you can ride up to Les Deux Alpes.
This evening we will enjoy our final dinner together, and celebrate the triumphs, challenges and joy of riding our bikes in the French Alps.
- Climb the classic of the French Alps, the legendary Col du Galibier
- Farewell Dinner, including wine
Our climb to Col du Galibier is along one of the preferred ascents. There are 3 possible passages to the summit, we ascend from the Isere valley, the Grenoble approach. It is a steady gradient until we reach La Grave and a couple of switchbacks remind us of the vertical metres that we’ve climbed this week. The gradient maintains near 10% until we reach Col du Lautaret. It will be a little quieter today, as the tour traffic has started its journey west. It is a further 8km to Col du Galibier, and the road rarely goes below 8%. The views are spectacular. We enjoy a final 50km descent back to the valley, where we return to our chalet one last time.
Au Revoir, Farewell and Bon Voyage
Farewell or Bon Continuation
Today we farewell our private guests on our Alps Chalet trip. It is a pleasure to welcome returning guests, and likewise those that have joined us for the first time.
We will depart our chalet shortly after breakfast and take the short journey to Lyon Saint-Exupery airport. We should have you arriving around 11am, which means if you’re booking a domestic European flight make it no earlier than 1pm, and 2pm for any international departures. There is also a TGV station at the airport, remember it is Saint-Exupery station, as there are two stations in Lyon. This station has frequent high speed train services to Paris, Cote d’Azur, and Spain should you look to continue your adventures in Europe.
Consider extending your trip with Bikestyle Tours, and we’ll arrange your transfer to join our Tourmalet to Paris trip starting the following day. It will give you a good chance to relax for an evening in one of our favourite French cities (Toulouse), and start our trip that follows the final week of racing with some strong climbing legs!
- Transfer to Lyon, Saint-Exupery airport and TGV station
- Optional transfer to Tourmalet to Paris trip
- Farewell and departure
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