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“Great Explorations provided a truly amazing once in a lifetime experience of the Tour de France. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it did. Again and again!”


- Brenda and Bruce T.,

Vancouver, BC


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Trip Dates:

Etape du Tour:
July 4-8, 2013

Custom trips also available. Call or email for details.

Total Days:

5 days/ 4 nights




Splendid*** This hotel is the top Trip Advisor rated hotel in Annecy. Located close to the historical center and steps to the start line for the 2013 Etape.


Land Cost per person (current year):

US$1650 pp before Dec 31; US$1950 after Jan 1
Sing. Supp.: US$400

Bike Rental: US$140

Our racing bikes are Cannondale CAAD 5 with triples and Van Nicholas titanium Mistral bikes with compact double. Photos and specs are on our web site.

Includes 4 nights hotels, breakfast and dinner each day, routes and maps and guide support etc.


Etape du Tour 2013,

Annecy to Semnoz

L'Etape du Tour is an annual event held in conjunction with the Tour de France and is an actual stage of the Tour, held in advance of the pros stage and with all of the support and prestige of the Tour (motorcade, closed roads etc.). In 2013, the Etape will feature a 130 km stage from Annecy featuring Côte de Puget (5,4 km at 5.8%); Col de Leschaux (3,6km at 6.2%); Côte de Aillon-le-Vieux (6,4 km at 4%), Col des Prés (3,5 % at 6.5%), col Du Mont-Revard (16 km at 5.4%) and Montée de Semnoz (11 km at 8.34%). It will be just over 3000 m of climbing!


Great Explorations's experience at the Tour is unrivalled. Combined with our 28 years designing and leading tours throughout France give us an edge when managing logistics around an event such as this. In 2013, we will have a limited allotment of registrations and these spaces will sell out quickly.


Arriving to Annecy

Arrive to Annecy; you can fly into Paris-Charles de Gaulle and take the train, or alternatively, fly into Geneva.



July 4: Annecy
We’ll meet at the 3-star Hotel Splendid, Annecy at 4:00 pm for bike fit. We’ll have time for a short warm-up ride and then enjoy dinner in the historical center.

July 5: Annecy
There is lots of variety in the riding here, from flat and fast lakeside paved routes to nearby cols that have been featured on recent Tour routes. We’ve scouted out routes of 40 km, 60 km, and 80 km if you can take yourself away from the lakeside setting of Annecy.

July 6: Annecy
We will pick-up bibs and race packages and enjoy the day, perhaps on the lake or take an easy lake-side spin.

July 7: Etape du Tour
With our superb hotel location just meters from the start line, you will be in an ideal position to self-seed yourself in the corrals. It will be a fabulous day with epic climbs, race support and lots of crowds along the route cheering you on. Whatever your time, you'll never forget the elation of crossing the finish line. We've got a fabulous dinner and festivities planned after the race!

July 8 : Depart
Depart at your leisure (or stay on and consider one of our Tour trips)

Please note: We have currently booked Hotel Splendid, the top hotel in Annecy. We think you'll appreciate the comfort of this hotel both before (and after) your Etape!

If you have any questions about this trip, please consult our Travel Advisors.

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What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?


  • Guaranteed entry into the Etape
  • Services of one or more Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
  • Lodging as per final itinerary
  • All breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Detailed map and cue sheets
  • Travelogue
  • Pre-departure Trip Planner with tips on what to bring and general information about traveling in France
  • All tips in hotels, restaurants etc. (excludes discretionary tips for guides)

    Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at or by telephone at 604.730.1247




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