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The Upper French Alps: Geneva to Geneva

Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in the French Alps Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April through October 2017
4 nights/5 days
Daily mileage: From 50 km (31 miles) to 112 km (70 miles). Three of the five days include ride options (shorter and longer distances)
Geneva is serviced by trains from Paris and low-cost airlines such as Easyjet or Darwin Airline
Accommodation in 2- and  3-star properties and a guesthouse
Level: 4 (Difficult)
From 820 Euros per person sharing a double room

The Upper French Alps: Geneva to Geneva — 4 nights/5 days

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On this cycling tour, you will enjoy breathtaking views over Lake Geneva
 
This cycling tour is ideal for avid riders.
 
This bike trip takes riders to the beautiful village of Le Grand Bornand in the heart of the Aravis mountain known for its Reblochon cheese
 
on the last part of your bike trip, you will enjoy amazing views over Lake Geneva
 

As with many of our tours, this one 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: Col de la Forclaz, Col de la Croix-Fry, Col de la Colombière, Col de la Joux Plane, Col de l'Encrenaz, Col de la Ramaz, Col de la Faucille, Col de la Givrine, and Col du Marchairuz.

This is not an easy bike trip! It is an ideal tour for those who can comfortably handle 100 km per day with 2,000 meters of climbing. If you fit the profile, this is an amazing and rewarding tour: the views are magnificent, the hotels are all in charming villages, and the food is to die for... all in all, an incredible 5-day experience!

If you feel this tour is too challenging, do keep in mind that we also offer leisurely bike tours in the Alps. As an alternative to this trip, you may want to consider our Three-Lake Cycling Tour, which will take you from Lake Geneva to Lake Annecy via Lac du Bourget.

Of course, if your party is made of more than 6 people, we'll gladly customize a tour. This can be guided or self-guided. To get started, just fill out our "a la carte" request form.

 
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Geneva — Transfer to your hotel — Loop ride (50 km/31 miles, 1,230 meters/4,035 ft of climbing)

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.  
Day 2: Cruseilles (or Geneva) — Le Grand Bornand (Long Option: 105 km/65 miles, 3,015 meters/9,895 ft of climbing; Short Option without Col de la Croix-Fry: 50 km/31 miles, 900 meters/2,960 ft of climbing)

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.  
Day 3: Le Grand Bornand — Onnion (Long Option: 112 km/70 miles, 3,730 meters/12,250 ft of climbing; Short Option without Col de l’Encrenaz and Col de la Ramaz: 57 km/35 miles, 1,395 meters/4,575 ft of climbing)

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). 
Day 4: Onnion — Anthy-sur-Léman (66 km/41 miles, 1,040 meters/3,405 ft of climbing)

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.
Day 5: Anthy loop in Le Chablais. Transfer to Geneva and departure (89 km/55 miles, 1,470 meters/4,825 ft of climbing)

This morning, enjoy a scenic loop through Le Chablais. Back in Anthy, we’ll meet you for your transfer to Geneva.
Booking & Pricing
From 820 euros per person sharing a double room. Single supplement is 185 euros.
15% discount for private groups of 4 or more.

This price includes:

  • 4 nights' accommodation (2 nights in 3-star hotels; 1 night in a 2-star hotel of charm, 1 night in an unrated guesthouse)
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers between Geneva airport and your first/last place of stay
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

This price does not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Bicycle rentals. Full-carbon racing bikes are available at the price of 150 euros per bike.

NB: If you wish to add an extra night in Geneva post-tour, we can offer an 80 km/50 miles route from Anthy to Geneva through the scenic part of the Jura region.
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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