I have a plan next year to go to the Alps with my son. He'll be 15 then and is pretty fit. So we need to get the two of us plus luggage and bikes to somewhere near Alpe d'Huez for a week. Accommodation is sorted (if you haven't stayed with Helyn and Guy then you should). Having a car there would be handy in case we want to go further afield.
I went last year with some clubmates and took the ferry and drove. With the péage and fuel and stuff, plus the time it takes (and the fact that spending that much time in a car with anyone can get irritating) it didn't seem so much fun. Also my son is too young to share the driving.
I was thinking: fly to Grenoble (I can borrow bike boxes) and rent a car. Probably something mid sized to get bikes in. The thing is, I've not done this before. Has anyone got any tips on airlines, who to book through, whether to book car hire separately etc?
Oh, and Gatwick is closest but Heathrow could work.