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Alps - France

French Alps Grande Traversee

8 days | France | €1155

Cross the Fench Alps from Lake Geneva to the Côte d’Azur on this fantastic eight day tour. From the Northern Alps and the Mont Blanc range right to the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea via some of the most mythical cols for road biking.

Distance
770 km

Gain
17,000 m

Temp
17°C

Overview Destination Accommodation Program Essentials
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Overview

Distance

770 km

Gain

17,000 m

Temperature

17°C

ROAD CYCLING DOESN'T GET BETTER THAN THIS

From the heights of the Northern Alps to the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, discover the mythical cols and legendary routes in between. This fantastic eight-day tour offers an experience of a lifetime and provides challenging rides along the way.

With diverse terrain, push your fitness and skill with moderate to high altitude climbs and demanding daily distances. After all, these roads are included on the Tour de France!

Breathtaking and legendary

Highlights of your trip

Ride in the footsteps of the Tour de France

Legendary Tour de France cols and rides are all part of the incredible itinerary. Now that is something to tick off the bucketlist! You will receive full support throughout the trip, including luggage transport so you only have to carry a small daypack.

Diverse Terrain

This tour takes in a huge variety of landscapes, from alpine vistas right down to the glistening waters of the Meditteranean coast. Immerse yourself in the fantastic panoramic views spanning across the entire Alps range. Each day offers two different routes with varying distances and profiles.

Comfortable Hotels

Across the 7 nights and 8 days, you will enjoy comfortable accommodations ideal for resting after long days in the saddle. There will be opportunities to meet non-riders and have a catch-up in the evening at the end of the day's stage. All hotels are a 2* or 3* standard with secure bike storage.

Destination

French Alps

Thundering gorges, rolling valleys, and cloud-topped peaks of mountains - the French Alps are a raw paradise for cyclists and explorers. The terrain is incredibly diverse and offers some challenging routes for the more technical riders who want to push their climbing skills on legendary mountain roads. The French charm oozes into the rich blue skies and continues through to the jaw-dropping backdrops of the Alps and coastal ranges. The region has culture and history beating through the roads and buildings. It doesn't get much better than the French Alps.

Weather

Make sure you pick your season and prepare well. Spring to Autumn offers the best weather conditions for mild riding in the mountains and warm sun on your back as you come further down. Coastal regions are prone to blustery winds coming off the ocean. Winter months are challenging with snowfall blocking the higher cols as early as October.

Terrain

France offers an incredibly diverse range of terrain suitable for almost any level of rider. However, this tour through the Alps is challenging with some intense climbs through the alpine mountains. Be prepared for tackling up to 3000m altitude gains in one day and covering on average 100km daily. The roads themselves are in perfect condition as they are included in the Tour de France circuit.

Culture

France has a strong cycling culture across the country which is highlighted in the Alps with the superb roads and Tour de France influence. Bicycle touring is a popular way to explore the country and welcomed in all of the rural areas. Drivers are courteous and locals are friendly towards tourists.

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There's even more to discover on your trip.

Accommodation

Comfortable 2-3* Hotels

All the hotels along the route are in a comfortable 2-3* range. They are all well-positioned for the start and end of day riding, complete with secure bike storage.

A support vehicle will be assisting you for the entire trip, moving your bags between the locations and ensuring you can fully relax after reaching the next stop.

Accommodation

Meals Included

Breakfasts, picnic lunches, and dinners from a 3 to 4 course menu are included over the 7 nights. All you need to worry about it what you want to drink with each meal.

Program

Day 1

Thonon-les-Bains to La Clusaz

Distance

90 km

Altitude gain

2200 m

Distance

90 km

Altitude gain

2200 m

Meet the team and the rest of the group at 9am at Thonon less Baines SNCF railway station. We will jump straight on the bikes and warm up on the quiet mountain roads of the Col de Jambaz.

Highlights:

  • Ride the beautiful Vallée du Giffre and Val d’Abondance (level 3)
  • Cycle the “Portes du Soleil” area of Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz (level 3)
  • Discover the Diable gorges and bridge (level 3)
  • Views of the Mont Blanc range
  • Col de la Colombiere: the first difficulty of the week, and the first real mountain pass of the Alps
  • Le Grand Bornand, a reputable ski resort

Passes of the day:

  • Col de Jambaz, 1027 m (level 2)
  • Col de Joux Plane, 1712m (level 3)
  • Col de la Colombière, 1613 m

Day 2

La Clusaz - Bourg Saint Maurice

Distance

90 km

Altitude gain

2600 m

Distance

90 km

Altitude gain

2600 m

Day 3

Bourg Saint Maurice - Aussois

Distance

95 km

Altitude gain

2500 m

Distance

95 km

Altitude gain

2500 m

Day 4

Aussois - Briançon

Distance

100 km

Altitude gain

2200 m

Distance

100 km

Altitude gain

2200 m

Day 5

Briançon - Jausiers

Distance

90 km

Altitude gain

1800 m

Distance

90 km

Altitude gain

1800 m

Day 6

Jausiers - Beuil

Distance

90 km

Altitude gain

2200 m

Distance

90 km

Altitude gain

2200 m

Day 7

Beuil - Roquebillière

Distance

85 km

Altitude gain

1700 m

Distance

85 km

Altitude gain

1700 m

Day 8

Roquebillière - Menton

Distance

70 km

Altitude gain

1450 m

Distance

70 km

Altitude gain

1450 m

What’s included in your trip

Guide and Support

Trip leader in support vehicle, luggage transfers, GPS tracks provided

7 Nights Accommodation

7 nights in 2-3* hotels, double room with en-suite facilities (single room available as a supplement)

All Meals

7 breakfasts, 7 picnic lunches, 7 dinners (3 to 4 course menu)

What's not included.

International flights & transfers

Airport transfers are available at an additional cost

Insurance

Please organise suitable travel insurance

Additional excursions

Visits to museums, monuments and sites are not included

Choose when you want to travel

After selecting the date of travel, you will be able to enter the detail of who is traveling and see further options for accomidation and cycle hire, subject to the operator.

Don't see the travel dates you want or have a special request, such as adding a non-rider, please contact us.

  • Personalise your trip to suit you
  • Book with confidence
  • Increased safety and flexibility during COVID

4 September 2021 11 September 2021

€1,155.00

12 September 2021 19 September 2021

€1,155.00

29 August 2021 5 September 2021

€1,155.00

21 August 2021 28 August 2021

€1,155.00