Etape du Tour

Cycle one stage of the greatest race in the world.

Etape du Tour: Cycle Tour Package 1 – 3* Campanile – Annecy / 2* Les Glaïeuls – Le Grand Bornand

Program Category: Cyclosportive
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Dates: 07/06/2018 – 07/09/2019
Program Highlights: Hotels right at the start and finish of the race means no transfer by bus before the start or after the finish – guaranteed entry (to be purchased separately – not included in package price) – experienced and dedicated bilingual staff – former pro teams’ mechanics – private feed stop – welcome kit (T-shirt, Jersey-Model Maratona from Castelli, bottles, energy products)

Start & Finish: Geneva / Geneva
Rates: €755/person Twin or Double Room, €885 Single Room, €390 Non-competing Roommate

Live the legend of the Tour de France, riding on the same routes and under the same conditions as the professionals: this is the promise that L‘Etape du Tour has kept since 1993.

Every year, we invite you to ride one of the mountain stages of the Tour de France: the same stage towns, the same routes, the same mythical climbs but also, and above all, the same race conditions as on the Tour. As the result of a significant amount of work carried out in partnership with the police, local organizations and local authorities, L ‘Etape du Tour is the only cyclosportive to offer routes which are entirely closed to traffic. With 27 editions under its belt and a peloton of 15,000 participants, L ‘Etape du Tour is now Europe’s benchmark cyclosportive event.

The time has come again. The reference race for cyclosportive riders from around the world, L’Etape du Tour, will take place on July 8th, 2018. The 28th edition will take you from Annecy to Le Grand Bornand. We booked for you the 3* Campanile Cran Gevrier on half board basis (bed, breakfast and dinner – wine and water included). You will be only a short distance from the village and the start.  Not only you will be able to ride to the starting line, but you will also be able to ride back to your hotel room once you cross the finish line, as we booked one of the few hotels in Le Grand Bornand.

The highlights of the package

  • 3* & 2* Hotels ideally located at the start and finish in Annecy and Le Grand Bornand
  • Hotels booked on half board (room, breakfast, dinner – water & wine included)
  • Airport pickups from/to Geneva International airport
  • Transfer of your luggage from the start to the finish
  • Assistance during your entire stay of our experienced and trained bilingual (English / French) staff and pro teams’ mechanics
  • Rental bikes available upon request
  • Access to our priate feed stop
  • Welcome kit (T-shirt, Jersey-Model Maratona from Castelli, energy products, bottles)

Please arrange your own flights into Geneva international airport (

Flights are going to be in very high demand and there will be limited space for bikes on each flight. We recommend booking early in order to secure your seat and get the best fares. Don’t forget to secure, at time of your booking the spot for your bike on the flight.

Our guides will meet you at the airport and will accompany you on the ride to your hotel.

When booking your flight, please take into consideration that you may need up to one hour to get your luggage from the baggage carousel. Therefore we kindly ask you to book flights arriving at least one hour before our buses are scheduled to leave.

Geneva Airport (Switzerland) – Annecy(France): 44km / approx. 1 h : leaving approx. 12:30pm and 5:30pm (exact pick up times will be confirmed later)

Trip Summary:

Day 1:
Transfer From Geneva International Airport To Your Hotel

Day 2:
Day off, visit of the village, pick up of your bib number

Day 3:
D-Day: L’Etape du Tour

Day 4:
Transfer from your hotel to Geneva International Airport

Day 1: Friday July 6th

Group: Bus transfer from Geneva airport to your hotel in Briançon
Hotel: 3* hotel Campanile in Annecy for 2 nights

Our representatives will welcome you at the airport in Geneva and will stay with you throughout your entire stay with us.

We will operate several transfers:

Geneva Airport (Switzerland) – Annecy (France): 447km / 1 h (depending on traffic): leaving approx. 12:30pm and 5:30pm (exact pick up times will be confirmed later)

Please note that participants arriving after 5:30pm will be asked to organize their own transfer to their hotel.

The site of Annecy and Annecy Lake is internationally known for the beauty of its harmonious landscape but also for the quality of the water of the lake which, thanks to efforts of protection for more than 50 years makes it the purest lake in Europe.

For the first two nights, we have booked for you the 3* Campanile Cran Gevrier ( in Annecy. You will be accommodated on half board (room, breakfast, dinner including wine and water).

Campanile Annecy – Cran Gevrier is 4 km from Annecy Town Centre. It offers rooms with free WiFi, a courtesy tray with an electric kettle and a private bathroom with a bath or shower and a hairdryer. You will enjoy traditional and family-style cuisine in the on-site restaurant.

After you’ve checked in, you will be free to make any adjustment on your bike and become acclimated with the area. If you need any help with your bike, our mechanics will be happy to assist you. You may also have the time to start warming-up for the big day or relax at the hotel. In the evening, you will have your first dinner with the group at the hotel’s restaurant.

Day 2: Saturday, July 7th

Group: Day off / Visit of the village
Hotel: 3* Campanile Cran Gevrier in Annecy

Today, no particular obligation except the traditional visit to the village (unless you had the time to do it yesterday after your arrival at the hotel)!

Besides getting your bib number, you will have the possibility of visiting the numerous exhibitors’ stands, checking the different animations such as the testing track, etc…
Today will be a good day to explore the first kilometers of the race and if necessary make the final adjustments to your bike in order to optimize your efforts tomorrow.

Breakfast and dinner have been reserved at the restaurant; however you will be free to have lunch on your own.

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Day 3: Sunday, July 8th

Group: D-day – the Etape du Tour
Hotel: 2* hotel Les Glaïeuls in Le Grand Bornand

Today is the day! This is your opportunity to live up to the same challenge as the professionals. The race’s start time is 7.00am but you will be required to be on the starting line by 6:30 am.

You will be able to ride to the starting line in just a few minutes and get a quick warm up.

As we did in the past years, we will have our private feeding station on the route of the Etape. Our staff members will be present at the finish line to congratulate you.

As in the past, the traditional pasta party will help you regain strengths (location to be determined).You will have the advantage to be able to go back to your hotel at your convenience, while thousands of other participants will need, afterwards to wait for their transfer back to their hotel. In the evening, you will gather at the restaurant with your fellow riders over dinner.

During the day, our staff will have taken care of the transfer of your personal items from your hotel at the start to your hotel at the finish: 2* Les Glaïeuls in Le Grand Bornand.

Situated at the heart of the Aravis Mountains, at the resort of Le Grand-Bornand, the hotel Les Glaïeuls offers you rooms with a real “Mountain” atmosphere, some of them having a breathtaking view of the Aravis mountain range (balconies or terraces). you direct access to many activities. With their Chef and their staff, the hotel’s crew will do its best to ensure that your stay is comfortable.

Day 4: Monday, July 9th

Group: Transfer back to Geneva International airport

After breakfast, it will be time to go back to the airport to Geneva.

When booking your return flight, please take into consideration that you will need to register for boarding between 1 hour to 1½ hour before departure and that your transfer to the airport will take approximately: 1 hour.

We will operate several airport transfers:

Le Grand Bornand– Geneva: 65 km / 1h

The bus schedules will be announced later on, but we kindly you to book a return flight that departs after 12pm.

We hope you enjoyed your stay with us and wish you a nice and safe trip back home!

4 days / 3 nights

Half board / 3* Campanile -Annecy / 2* Les Glaïeuls – Le Grand Bornand
Room sharing in twin or double

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4 days / 3 nights

Half board / 3* Campanile – Annecy / 2* Les Glaïeuls – Le Grand Bornand
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4 days / 3 nights

Half board / 3* Campanile – Annecy / 2* Les Glaïeuls – Le Grand Bornand
Non competing roommate

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The price includes:

  • Accommodation: 2 nights in a 3* hotel in Annecy and 1 night in a 2* hotel in Le Grand Bornand: rooms with private bathroom including toilets, a tub and/or a shower,
  • 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners, drinks (wine and water) included,
  • Private Ronan Pensec Travel feeding station
  • Transfers in a private coach from/to Geneva International Airport
  • Box trailer / van for the safekeeping and transport of your bike in your bike bags/boxes,
  • Ronan Pensec Travel welcome package incl. Ronan Pensec Travel jersey (Castelli – Model Maratona) and T-shirt, (except for non-competing participants)
  • Local taxes,
  • Service of our bilingual (English / French) support staff and mechanics,

The price does not include:

  • Entry to the Etape du Tour
  • Lunches
  • Personal hotel expenses, mini bar, telephone, room service,
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Airfare
  • Rental bike

(1) Please note that if you are travelling by yourself but are willing to share your room with another single participant, we will do our best to find you a roommate. Should we not be in a position to do so and you end up therefore staying in a room by yourself, we will have to charge you the single room rate.
(2) The entry is not included in this program, and has to be purchased separately. If you have not been able to buy it from ASO, we can secure it for you. Don’t hesitate to ask us.
(3) Ronan Pensec Travel reserves the right to withdraw or modify tours, itineraries, programs, sports activities or facilities at anytime without notice and without liability. In the event of force majeure, including but not limited to strikes, lockouts, riots, weather conditions, technical difficulties or for any other reason whatsoever, Ronan Pensec Travel and the operators may at anytime and without prior notice, cancel, advance, postpone or deviate from any vacation package and shall not be obliged for any loss whatsoever to any member by reason of such cancellation, advancement, postponement, deviation or substitution.