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Border-hopping around Mont-Blanc

Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in the French Alps Self-guided tour: On June 10th. Any day between June and September for groups of 6 or more.
5 nights/6 days
Average daily mileage: 110 km (70 miles)
Starts from Geneva and ends in Geneva.
Level 4
Accommodations in 2- and 3-star properties
From 740 euros per person sharing a room.

Border-hopping around Mont-Blanc: A self-guided cycling tour

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Chances are that you’ll enjoy magnificent views when climbing the Grand-Saint-Bernard in June
 
The itinerary will take you on some of the most mythic climbs in Europe: Petit-Saint-Bernard, Grand Saint-Bernard, Cormet de Roselend, etc…
  For those who believe their strength and endurance know no bounds, we offer the ultimate test: cycling 330 kilometers across three national borders in the Alpine region surrounding Mont Blanc. Experienced riders willing to undertake our extreme challenge will be rewarded with mythic climbs (over 8,000 meters total!) and spectacular vistas. Nothing can beat the thrill of propelling yourself up a mountain only to descend into a different country! Traversing France and the French-speaking regions of Switzerland and Italy, you will find a common culture of hospitality, not to mention amazing comfort food such as fondue, raclette, and pasta – the perfect fuel for cyclists.
 
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Geneva. Transfer to Combloux.

Flying into Geneva, you’ll have birds’-eye views of the mountains whose great heights you’ll soon be climbing. We will transfer you to Combloux, France, a village situated in the heart of French ski country. You may consider making a visit to Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, a nearby resort town famed for its thermal baths and charming architecture. If time allows, take a moment to relax before your journey with a spa treatment. Make sure you eat an energizing meal and get plenty of rest at your comfortable 2-star chalet in Combloux!
Day 2: Combloux to Verbier - about 104 km (64 miles)

Ease into the first leg of your trans-national expedition on descending roads through the Valley of Arly. You will meet your first challenge riding on busy highways towards Chamonix, the most famous of all French ski stations. Once you pass Chamonix, traffic calms down, though the gorgeous peaks of the Aiguilles du Midi and the Aiguille Verte might overwhelm you! Postcard-perfect backdrops surround you on every side as you ascend the first mountain pass, the Col des Montets (1461 m). Cross into Switzerland as you make your way to the Col de la Forclaz (1526 m), after which you will coast towards Martigny and the vineyards at the foot of Mont Blanc. Celebrate your success with a traditional Valaisanne meal of sumptuous breads, meats, and cheeses at your 3-star, chalet-style hotel in Verbier.
Day 3: Verbier to Pré-Saint-Didier – about 130 km (80 miles)

The second stage of your expedition starts off with a ride through stunning gorges and a twelve-kilometer ascent to the Col de Champex (1498 m). Enjoy scenes of quaint mountain villages and clear lakes before you descend towards Orsières. You will need to keep your guard up as the route takes you along major motorways and through tunnels - it’s the only way to cross some of these enormous mountains. Prepare yourself for an epic climb to the Col du Grand Saint Bernard (2469 m); traveled by ancient Romans and Napoleon alike, this historic pass lies right on the Swiss border with Italy. Take a moment to rest and visit the Great Saint Bernard Hospice, home to the legendary rescue dogs of the same name. Look out for the dogs sunning themselves on the slopes as you roll towards the walled city of Aosta. At last you will reach Pré-Saint-Didier, where hearty Italian dishes await you at your welcoming 3-star hotel.
Day 4: Pré-Saint-Didier to Combloux – about 135 km (84 miles)

The last and most beautiful stage of your adventure is no less of a challenge than the preceding stages. Your day begins with an ascent of 27 km to the Col du Petit Saint-Bernard, which sits at an astonishing 3100 m. The views, not the route, are breathtaking; the regular, rolling roads mean you will not be switching gears or breaking your rhythm often. Panoramas of the Vanoise National Park await you on your 30 km plunge into France. At Bourg-Saint-Maurice, the winding road rises again to one of the most beautiful passes in all of France, the famous Cormet de Roselend (1967 m). We recommend a picnic rest by the dam to reclaim your strength before your climb to the Col de Meraillet (1605 m). The road slopes in the direction of Beaufort, and you will head towards Hauteluce and your final test, the Col des Saisies (1657 m), near where the 1992 Winter Olympics were held. Prepare for your victory lap along a magnificent route taken by other great cyclists in the Time-Megève-Mont-Blanc cyclosportive event. Triumphantly return to the comforts of Combloux for dinner and plenty of rest.
Day 5: Departure

After breakfast, we will transfer you back to Geneva. As we drive away from the French Alps, stretch your legs and look back at those towering giants with pride!
Booking & Pricing

SELF-GUIDED: 740 euros per person (double occupancy on a self-guided basis. Single supplement is 150 euros.

The following date is when this tour is offered on a self-guided basis:

  • June 10th, 2014

The tour can be organized for private groups on any other dates (minimum size: 6 people).


The self-guided version includes:

  • 4-night accommodations in 2- and 3-star properties
  • Daily breakfast (4)
  • Daily dinners (4)
  • Detailed marked maps and/or cue sheets
  • Garmin GPS (subject to availability)
  • Transfers from Geneva to Combloux on Day 1
  • Transfer from Combloux to Geneva on Day 5
  • Luggage transfers
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

In addition, trips WITH SUPPORT VEHICLE include (only available for groups of 8 or more):

  • Chauffeur-driven support vehicle
  • Water stops (snacks, fruits, water, etc.)


These prices do not include:

  • Drinks
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Aluminium racing bikes (Giant Defy 1) are available at the rate of 115 euros per bike. Full-carbon racing bikes (Scott CR1 Team or Wilier Izoard XP) are available at the rate of 150 euros per bike.
For further information or reservations:
Please book online or contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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