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Geneva to Alpe d'Huez

Organized on a self-guided or guided basis, this cycling tour will let you experience challenging climbs and thrilling downhills 6
Enjoy the view while riding up Col de la Colombière pass to win your polka-dotted jersey Some of the Tour de France's most difficult climbs are featured in this challenging cycling tour Tackle the Col de la Madeleine on your Geneva to Alpe d'Huez cycling adventure Organized on a self-guided or guided basis, this cycling tour will let you experience challenging climbs and thrilling downhills The village of Le Reposoir before Col de la Colombière's top Galibier, mythic climb of le Tour de France, is one of the hightlights of this cycling tour
Organized on a self-guided or guided basis, this cycling tour will let you experience challenging climbs and thrilling downhills

Geneva to Alpe d'Huez

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  • PriceFrom 845 euros
  • DAY5 nights / 6 days

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Description

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

This 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 2019. 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, we will tailor the itinerary and provide appropriate support based on the group's fitness level.

This tour can also be combined with some of the cyclo-sportives and gran fondo in this region such as La Marmotte or l'Etape du Tour.

The combo trip with the Marmotte is visible here.

This tour is offered in one of two options:

  • With Support Vehicle
  • Self-Guided

This tour can be arranged on other dates by request from June through September
        -   Self-guided for groups of 6 or more
        -   With support vehicle for groups of 8 or more

 

For travel and cycling tips to the French Alps, visit our "Travel and cycling tips" section.

Itinerary

D1Arrival in Geneva, Transfer to Anthy or Yvoire

 

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

D2Anthy or Yvoire — Le Grand-Bornand Short Option: 108 km/67 miles, 2,759 meters/9,052 ft of climbing; Long Option: 112 km/69,5 miles, 3,103 meters/10,180 ft of climbing

 

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

D3Le Grand-Bornand — Albertville 75 km/47 miles, 1,913 meters/6,276 ft of climbing

 

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 or 4,460 ft.), you’ll plunge down to the valley before attacking the second climb of the day: Col des Saisies(1,657 m or 4,970 ft.).
Gravity will take you down to
 Albertville, where you’ll dine and stay overnight. 

D4Albertville — Valloire 106 km/66 miles, 3,499 meters/11,480 ft of climbing

 

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 or 6,000 ft, the highest so far… until tomorrow! 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 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 or 4,700 ft.) and reach the beautiful resort of Valloire.    

D5Valloire — Alpe d'Huez or Huez 78 km/49 miles, 2,869 meters/9,413 ft of climbing

 

Valloire is located at the foot of the Galibier pass (2,642 m or 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.   

D6Departure

 

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. 

Booking & Pricing

  • Self-Guided
  • Offered on the following dates in 2019: 

    • June 1st
    • July 18th

    A self-guided tour can be organized for groups of 6 or more on any other dates from June through September.

  • 845 euros. Single supplement is 230 euros
  • With Support Vehicule
  • June 30th - This trip can be combined with La Marmotte Gran Fondo, which will be held on July 7th, 2019.

  • 1,395 euros. Single supplement is 340 euros

These prices include:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation (3 nights in 3-star hotels and 2 nights in a 2-star hotel)
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative on the first day
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Geneva to Anthy or Yvoire on Day 1
  • 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 cell/mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

In addition, the price for the trip WITH SUPPORT VEHICLE (June 30th) includes:

  • Chauffeur-driven support vehicle
  • Feed stations: water, energy drinks, snacks, fruits, etc.
  • Transfer from Alpe d'Huez to Geneva on Day 6

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance  
  • Transfer from Alpe d’Huez to Geneva or Grenoble  (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 20-euro drop-off fee for the bike's return to Geneva

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