Geneva to Alpe d'Huez

Tour length: 5 nights/6 days

Fitness Level:

This award-winning Alpe d’Huez cycling tour (one of our favorites) takes place in our playground — we’re based right across the border from Geneva, in France!

Our extraordinary journey will take you from the shores of Lake Geneva to the world-famous alpine resort of Alpe d’Huez. In between, you’ll climb some of France’s most famous cols: Colombiere, Aravis, Saisies, Madeleine, Telegraphe, Galibier, and Alpe d’Huez.

We offer this tour on a self-guided basis on select dates for 2020. We have one tour scheduled on a supported basis that may be combined with the Marmotte cyclosportive event. Please note that this tour can also be organized for cycling clubs and private groups on a request basis. For these requests, we will tailor the itinerary and provide appropriate support based on the group’s fitness level.

Trip begins in Geneva and ends in Alpe d'Huez. Geneva is well-served by a wide variety of premier and budget airlines.

Self-guided or supported tour available June through September 2020. Starts any day of the week.

Daily cycling distance ranges from 75 to 112 km with steep climbs.

Accommodation in 3-star properties.

Starting at 805 euros per person sharing a double room.

Itinerary

Arrive at Geneva International Airport. We will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel, which is located in Yvoire (or Anthy) by Lake Geneva. Dinner will also be right by the lake.  

Today’s destination is Le Grand Bornand, home of the Reblochon cheese (the locals’ Powerbar!). On your way to the heart of the Aravis mountain range, you will ride through the very scenic Chablais region (our office is nearby!) The ride includes one major climb: Col de la Colombière (1,613 m/5,290 ft). Dinner and accommodations are in Le Grand Bornand.

 

You’ll leave the very picturesque Le Grand Bornand and get on the classic “Route des Grandes Alpes,” a mountain route that links Lake Geneva (Thonon-les-Bains) to the Mediterranean Sea (Menton).  After climbing Col des Aravis (1,486 m/4,460 ft.), you’ll plunge down to the valley before attacking the second climb of the day: Col des Saisies (1,657 m/4,970 ft.). Gravity will take you down to Albertville, where you’ll dine and stay overnight.

Another classic day!  You’ll conquer Col de la Madeleine; one of the most mythic and classic mountain passes featured in the Tour de France. The top culminates at an impressive 2,000 m/6,000 ft, the highest so far… until tomorrow! The northern side is a very enjoyable, long and steady climb that has its reward: an unobstructed panoramic view of the nearby mountains.  Make sure you enjoy it while at the top… sightseeing might be the last thing on your mind when barreling down the twisty 20-km downhill to the Maurienne Valley.

After a flat section when you reach the base of the valley, you’ll ascend the easy Col du Télégraphe (1,566 m/4,700 ft.) and reach the beautiful resort of Valloire.

Valloire is located at the foot of the Galibier pass (2,642 m/7,926 ft.), the mammoth climb of the day. Riding this legendary climb is magic — graffiti from past Tours will remind you that this road has seen many showdowns since it was first featured in the 1911 Tour de France.  You’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Meije glacier and a memorable 40-km (25 miles) descent to Bourg d’Oisans, before charging up the 13-km (8 miles) climb to Alpe d’Huez. The time to beat: 37’35”, a record held by Marco Pantani since 1995.  

After breakfast, depart Alpe d’Huez at the time of your choice (self-guided version). Note that transfers to Grenoble or Geneva can be arranged on request. 

Cycle tour itinerary from Geneva to Alpe d'Huez via some famous climbs

Pricing

These are special group rates for parties of 6 or more. For smaller parties, please refer to cyclomundo.com

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Self Guided

5 nights in 3-star hotels

From 805 euros per person sharing a room (single supplement is 245 euros)

Supported

5 nights in 3-star hotels

Prices on request

Can be combined with the Marmotte Cyclosportive on July 5th, 2020

Includes support vehicle

 

  • 5 nights’ accommodation in 3-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with one of our staff members
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Geneva to Yvoire on Day 1
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability) or GPX files
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

 

In addition, the price for the trip WITH SUPPORT VEHICLE includes:

 

  • Chauffeur-driven support vehicle
  • Feed stations: water, energy drinks, snacks, fruit, etc.
  • Transfer from Alpe d’Huez to Geneva on Day 6
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfer from Alpe d’Huez to Geneva or Grenoble is on request for the self-guided version
  • Bicycle rentals. Full-carbon racing bikes are available at the price of 190 euros per bike. This price includes the drop-off fee for the bike’s return to Geneva.