Paris to Nice

Nice to Albertville

Les Alpes



TdF Route

Trip to France.. July 12 - July 30, 2001

In the first part of our trip we will visit the French Riviera, where we hope to see Monaco (the French Monaco, not Munich!), Nice and Cannes, and where Phil plans to enjoy all the people sunbathing on the sandy(?) beaches. We then travel to Albertville and become Tour de France groupies for 12 days. We'll see two stages, and will climb many of the climbs in the tour. From there, we'll head back to Paris for three days to see a few of the sites and the finish of the TdF (TIOOYK) on the Champs Elysee.

While in the Alpes, we'll be on a tour sponsored by the Bicycle Outfitter, our local bike shop, and led by Dick and Marilyn Powell, the owners. It's a supported tour, similar in structure to the tour we went on in Italy. For those who want to follow the itinerary of the Tour de France, their web site is quite good.

For the rest of the time, we'll be traveling by train. I'll be able to compare the French and Italian rail systems when the tour is done.

July 12 Leave for Paris --
July 13 Paris to Villefranche-sur-mer Hotel Welcome
July 14 French Riviera Hotel Welcome
July 15 French Riviera Hotel Welcome
July 16 Nice and travel to Albertville Hotel Million
July 17 Albertville/L'Alpe d'Huez stage Hotel Million
July 18 Albertville/Grenoble TT stage

Hotel Million

July 19 St. Francois-Longchamp (via Col de la Madeleine) Hotel Cheval Noir
July 20 Valloire (via Col du Telegraphe) Hotel Setaz
July 21 Briancon (via Col du Galibier) Hotel Cristol
July 22 Briancon/Sestriere loop Hotel Cristol
July 23 L'Alpe d'Huez (via Col du Lautaret) Hotel Dome
July 24 L'Alpe d'Huez Hotel Dome
July 25 St. Sorlin-d'Arves (via Cols du Glandon et de la Croix de Fer) Hotel Beausoleil
July 26 Albertville and travel to Paris Hotel des Grands Hommes
July 27 Paris

Hotel des Grands Hommes

July 28 Paris Hotel des Grands Hommes
July 29 Paris Hotel des Grands Hommes
July 30 Paris/travel home home!