The Upper French Alps: Geneva to Geneva

Tour length: 4 nights/5 days

Fitness Level:

As with many of our tours, this alps cycling tour was originally designed for a private group. It is now on its way to becoming one of our best-selling trips!

You’ll be riding in what we affectionately call “our playground,” since we cycle these roads regularly. Believe us; you’ll be mesmerized by the scenery! With Lake Geneva and Mont-Blanc as a backdrop, your daily rides snake through the Chablais mountainous area and skirt the southern shore of Lake Geneva, one of the few spots in the world that can cause blisters from excessive photo taking. Finally, on your last day, you’ll cross the lake at Yvoire—an impossibly photogenic medieval village that extends into the lake on a striking peninsula—and ride through the Swiss Jura.

In between, you’ll conquer some of this area’s most famous climbs on your Alps bike tour: Col de la Forclaz, Col de la Croix-Fry, Col de la Colombière, Col de Joux Plane, Col de l’Encrenaz, Col de la Ramaz, Col de la Faucille, Col de la Givrine, and Col du Marchairuz.

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

Self-guided tour available June through October 2020. Starts any day of the week.

Daily cycling distance ranges from 49 to 110 km. Three of the five days include shorter or longer alternate rides.

Accommodation in 3- and 4-star hotels and a charming guest house.

Starting at 595 euros per person sharing a double room.

Itinerary

You will be greeted at the airport by a Cyclomundo representative and transferred to your hotel. Based on your preferences, we can accommodate you in Geneva (should you wish to stay in a “city environment”) or in Cruseilles (a countryside setting).

In either case, we will provide you with a loop that will take you up our local mountain (Mont Salève) the “easy way” (from Cruseilles or Annemasse depending on your place of stay). Needless to say, the views from the top are breathtaking.  

Our route will take you around the visually stunning Annecy Lake and over two “classic” climbs: Col de la Forclaz and Col de la Croix-Fry. You will lodge in the pretty village of Le Grand Bornand.

Please note that if you choose to stay in Geneva, we recommend you take a morning train (trains are equipped with special areas for bikes) and start your ride from La Roche-sur-Foron.

Another day of rewarding climbs. Ride steady and save some breath for the views! From Le Grand Bornand, you will climb the classic Col de la Colombière (the easy side!). From Cluses on the Arve valley floor, your ride will take you up to Les Gets via Col de la Joux Plane before reaching Morzine. Although our short option allows you to freewheel to your destination, we highly recommend our long option which will take you by Mont-Chéry before riding down to Onnion, your day’s destination.

Did we forget to mention the long option’s fun climbs? Col de l’Encrenaz (1,433 m) and Col de la Ramaz (1,559 m).

The area known as “Le Chablais” will be your day’s riding grounds, with Lake Geneva as a backdrop! Le Chablais is so popular with cyclists that the World Cycling Centre (Centre mondial du cyclisme) and the International Cyclist Union (Union Cycliste Internationale) have their headquarters here. Easier climbs will take you from one valley to the next before heading towards Lake Geneva.

The last few miles will take place along the Lake all the way to your hotel, a few steps from the waterfront.

This morning, enjoy a scenic loop through Le Chablais.
Back in Anthy, we’ll meet you for your transfer to Geneva.

Map of the Upper French Alps tour

Pricing

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

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Details

1 night in 4-star hotel, 2 nights in 3-star hotels, 1 night in a guest house

From 595 euros per person sharing a room (single supplement is 230 euros)

  • 4 nights’ accommodation (3 nights in 3-star hotels, 1 night in an unrated guesthouse)
  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Orientation meeting with one of our staff members
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers between Geneva airport and your first/last accommodation
  • 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
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance.
  • Bicycle rentals. Full-carbon racing bikes are available at the price of 150 euros per bike.