View from the Col du Galibier, France. Photo via Flickr:Soumei Baba
Abbey of Valloires, France. Photo via Flickr:Rictor Norton & David Allen

Bike what has always been the favorite for the Tour de France, the Alpe d'Huez. Photo via Flickr:Birgit Bolling

Geneva to Alpe d’Huez

Switzerland, France Bike Tours

Conquer France’s greatest climbs!

  • This extraordinary road bike tour in France will take you through the Alps from the shores of Lake Geneva to the world-famous alpine resort of Alpe d'Huez. Follow the path of Tour de France cyclists through some of France's most famous cols: Colombiere, Aravis, Saisies, Madeleine, Telegraphe, Galibier, and Alpe d'Huez.

    Tackle tough climbs to be rewarded by some of the most breathtaking views France has to offer!

    If this tour seems like too much, check out our full list of bicycle tours in France.

  • Self-Guided  £ 843 $ 1,444 1055 NOK 10110 kr 9333 $ 1,213

    Single supplement: £ 184 $ 315 230 NOK 2204 kr 2035 $ 265

    With Support Vehicle  £ 1282 $ 2,197 1605 NOK 15381 kr 14198 $ 1,846

    Single supplement:  £ 272 $ 465 340 NOK 3258 kr 3008 $ 391

    extra options

    Extra nights (includes half board): 

    Anthy or Yvoire: £ 88 $ 151 110 NOK 1054 kr 973 $ 127

    Single room: £ 110 $ 189 138 NOK 1323 kr 1221 $ 159

    Grand Bornand:  £ 70 $ 120 88 NOK 843 kr 778 $ 101

    Single room: £ 84 $ 144 105 NOK 1006 kr 929 $ 121

    Albertville: £ 84 $ 144 105 NOK 1006 kr 929 $ 121

    Single room: £ 119 $ 204 149 NOK 1428 kr 1318 $ 171

    Valloire: £ 70 $ 120 88 NOK 843 kr 778 $ 101

    Single room: £ 97 $ 166 121 NOK 1160 kr 1070 $ 139

    Alpe d'Huez: £ 66 $ 114 83 NOK 795 kr 734 $ 95

    Single room: £ 88 $ 151 110 NOK 1054 kr 973 $ 127

    Extra night prices are subject to change based on dates and availability.

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Geneva Cointrin International Airport

    Local Travel

    Transfer to your first hotel

    Climate

    Average high/low temperatures in °F: April 59/40, May 68/48, June 74/54, July 80/58, Aug 78/57, Sept 70/51, Oct 59/45

    Remarks

    Electric bikes are available on request!


Tour Dates

Self Guided: June 1 and July 18, 2019*

Supported (with support vehicle): June 30, 2019**

*Additional dates can be arranged for groups of 6 or more June through September

**Additional dates with support vehicle can be arranged for groups of 6 or more June through September

Where You’ll Stay

3 nights in 3-star hotels and 2 night in a 2-star hotel

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 5 nights
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 dinners (not including beverages)
  • Transfer from Geneva to Anthy or Yvoire on Day 1
  • Luggage transfers
  • Carbon road bike rental equipped with helmet, lock, pump, tool kit, bottle cage and water bottle, spare tube, and Co2 Cartridge
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Introductory meeting with tour representative
  • Emergency number
  • All tax and service charges
  • INCLUDED IN SUPPORTED TOUR
  • Chauffeur-driven support vehicle
  • Water stops (snacks, fruits, water, etc.)
  • Transfer from Alpe d'Huez to Geneva on Day 6

What’s Not Included

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TypeSelf Guided
SkillVery Difficult
Length6 days
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Skill Level

To enjoy this route, it goes without saying you need to have a reasonable level of fitness. With the daily climbs averaging 9,000 ft, you should be comfortable with steep and long ascents.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Geneva to Alpe d’Huez Map

Day 1: Arrival in Geneva, transfer to Anthy-sur-Léman or Yvoire
Day 2: Yvoire - Le Grand Bornand, short option, 67 miles (108 km) or longer option, 70 miles (112 km)
Day 3: Le Grand Bornand - Albertville or Saint Pierre d'Albigny, 47 miles (75 km)
Day 4: Albertville or Saint Pierre d'Albigny, - Valloire, 66 miles (106 km)
Day 5: Valloire – Alpe d’Huez, 49 miles (78 km)
Day 6: Departure

*Or optional extension to Nice!

Day 1: Arrival in Geneva, transfer to Anthy-sur-Léman or Yvoire (if all hotels are full, the first night's stay will be in Anthy-sur-Léman)
Arrive at Geneva Cointrin International Airport. A representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your first hotel. 

Day 2: Anthy-sur-Léman or Yvoire - Le Grand Bornand, short option, 67 miles (108 km) or longer option, 70 miles (112 km)
Today’s destination is Le Grand Bornand, home of the Reblochon cheese (the locals' Powerbar!). On your way to the heart of the Aravis mountain range, you will ride through the very scenic Chablais region. The ride includes one major climb: Col de la Colombiere (1,613 m 5,290 ft). Dinner and accommodations are in Le Grand Bornand. 
Total climb: 9,052 ft (2759 m) Total descent: 7,270 ft (2,216 m)

Short option possible via Col de la Colombiere

Day 3: Le Grand Bornand - Albertville or Saint Pierre d'Albigny, 47 miles (75 km)
You’ll leave the picturesque Le Grand Bornand and before beginning 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.
Total climb: 6,276 ft (1,913 m) Total descent: 8,333 ft (2,540 m)

Day 4: Albertville or Saint Pierre d'Albigny - Valloire, 66 miles (106 km)
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 a great reward: 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.
Total climb: 11,480 ft (3,499 m) Total descent: 7,927 ft (2,416 m)

Day 5: Valloire – Alpe d’Huez, 49 miles (78 km)
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.
Total climb: 9,413 ft (2,869 m) Total descent: 8,160 ft (2,487 m)

Day 6: Departure
Departure after breakfast. Transfers can be arranged to Grenoble or Geneva. Ask us about the option extension to Nice!

*Elevation graphs can be provided on request 

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