Tour length: 5 nights/6 days
This tour is for the avid riders who wish to do some of the most famous climbs in the Upper French Alps. It links three of the Alps’ most beautiful lakes: Geneva, Bourget and Annecy. You will follow the very same roads that your Tour de France heroes have sweated on.
The magic of this tour doesn’t end there! You’ll have plenty of Alpine specialties to taste, including Beaufort and Reblochon cheese, Savoy wines, Lake Geneva perches, and the intensely aromatic Chartreuse and Genepi.
If your party is made up of riders of various fitness levels, we have ways to accommodate everyone. An easier itinerary is available… hence, some of your group can follow the easier option until everyone regroups in the afternoon at the destination. Additionally, we can make the itinerary more accessible by providing e-bikes.
As this tour is highly customizable, we can adapt it by adding extra nights and rides and including other activities. Just e-mail us and let us know your requirements.
Arrive in Geneva at your leisure if you opt for the hotel option A+. The hotel for option A is located near our office, right across the border in France. In both cases, we recommend spending some time exploring Geneva, walking through the old part of town and along the lake.
We’ll meet you in the morning to provide you with your navigation kit (marked maps, roadbook, tourist information, and pre-loaded GPS) and go over the itinerary. By the same token—if you rent bikes from us—we’ll outfit you with bikes. The warm-up section of today’s ride will take you through quaint Swiss villages before crossing the border into France. Slightly further on, you will tackle the passes of Col de Richemond and Col de la Biche, both of which have recently been featured in the Tour de France. The stage ends in the charming town of Seyssel, which straddles the Rhône River.
The highlight of today’s route is the Grand Colombier, one of the most challenging climbs in the Upper French Alps. Making its Tour de France début in 2012, Colombier’s steepest section has a punishing gradient of 10.2%. The route will then take you along the shores of Lake Bourget, France’s largest lake, to the spa town of Aix-les-Bains.
Today’s ride will take you out of Aix-les-Bains and towards your destination through the beautiful Bauges Mountains, one of France’s best cycling playgrounds. Your GPS will take you on very quiet roads where you are bound to experience total silence with views over the nearby Aravis, Chartreuse, and Belledone mountains. The big climb of the day is Mont-Revard, a 21 km/13-mile climb featured in the Tour 5 times. Your ride will end either in the small village of Tournon or Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny, depending on your hotel preference.
The final ride of the tour takes you to Annecy via the Olympic town of Albertville, home of the 1992 Winter Games. On your way, you will ride two of the famous climbs in the Upper French Alps. First up is the challenging Col des Saisies, with an ascent of around 15 km/9 miles and an average gradient of 6.4%. Next is the Col des Aravis, featured in the Tour almost 40 times; it is 12 km/7.5 miles long with an average gradient of 5%. For a truly relaxing end to your holiday, take a dip in Lake Annecy’s turquoise waters or simply sunbathe on its shores.
For groups of 4 or more: other departure dates are possible. As it is a highly customizable cycling tour, we can adapt it based on your requirements. Simply let us know more about dream cycling trip in the Alps and we’ll tell you what can be done.
3 nights in 2-star hotels, 1 night in a comfortable guest house and 1 night in a 3 star hotel (in Gaillard, just 7 km/4 miles from the center of Geneva)
3 nights in 3-star hotels, 1 night in a charming guest house, and 1 night in a 2-star hotel (in Seyssel)
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