Geneva - Alpe D'huez

Outside magazine's '2011 trip of the year', this fantastic bike tour with guided and self guided options, takes in some of the most famous Col's from the Tour de France as well as taking in the stunning scenery of the French Alps.Outside magazine's '2011 trip of the year', this fantastic bike tour with guided and self guided options, takes in some of the most famous Col's from the Tour de France as well as taking in the stunning scenery of the French Alps.

Still a great tour - full itinerary below

Getting here: we can collect you from Geneva airport

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Geneva - transfer to Anthy

    Arrive at Geneva International Airport. We will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel located in Anthy by Lake Geneva. Dinner will be by the lakeside.

  • Day 2 - Anthy to Le Grand Bornand (97km)

    Today's destination is Le Grand Bornand (situated in the heart of the Aravis range), home of Reblochon cheese, where you will dine and stay. On your way you will ride through the scenic Chablais region. The ride includes one major climb, Col de la Colombiere (1613m). Dinner and accommodation is in Le Grand Bornand.

  • Day 3 - Le Grand Bornand to Albertville (75km)

    Leaving the picturesque Le Grand Bornand, you'll join the classic Route des Grandes Alpes, a mountain route that links Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean Sea. After climbing the Col des Aravis (1486m) you'll plunge down to the valley before attacking the second climb of the day, Col des Saises (1657m). Gravity will take you down to Albertville, where youll dine and stay overnight.

  • Day 4 - Albertville to Valloire (106km)

    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 2000m; the highest so far. The northern side is a very enjoyable, long and steady climb that has its rewards - an unobstructed panoramic view of the nearby mountains. Make sure you enjoy the views as you are likely to keep your eyes on the road whilst descending the twisty 20km down to the Maurienne Valley. After a flat section where you reach the base of the valley, you'll ascend the easy Col du Telegraphe (1566m) and reach the beautiful resort of Valloire.

  • Day 5 - Valloire - Alpe dHuez or Oz-en-Oisans (78km)

    Valloire is located at the foot of the Galiber pass (2642m), 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 used by Tour de France riders in 1911. You'll be rewarded with stunning views of the Meije glacier and with a memorable 40km descent to Bourg d'Oisans, before charging up the 13km, 21 hairpin bend to Alpe d'Huez. The time to beat, an incredible, 37'35", a record held by Marco Pantani since 1995.

  • Day 6 - Departure

    After breakfast, depart Alpe d'Huez at the time of your choice or you can combine this tour with the Alpe d'Huez to Nice tour. This tour is available both as a guided tour, departing on the 25th June, or as a self guided tour departing on the 15th July, 13th August and 3rd September. It is also possible to organise this tour for cycling clubs and private groups on a request basis at other times.

There is nothing available. Please contact us for an enquiry.
  • Meet & greet

    Meet & greet No need to struggle with heavy luggage or equipment and no need to take a shuttle bus - Simply drive to the terminal forecourt where you will be met by a uniformed driver who will take all the stress away from you.

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Whats included

  • 5 nights accommodation in 2 or 3 star properties, based on double occupancy (single occupancy supplement payable)
  • Breakfast and dinner (drinks at dinner not included)
  • Transfer from Geneva to Anthy (day 1)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and or cue sheets and route notes
  • Garmin GPS 705 (subject to availability)
  • Assistance if necessary

What we like

  • Great route
  • Incredible views, hairpin bends and tough but rewarding climbs!
  • Easy to get to with transfer included from Geneva

Other things to consider

  • Bike hire
  • Flights
  • Lunches
  • Tax de sejour

Holiday insurance

Holiday insurance is a requirement when booking our holidays

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