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Geneva to Alpe d'Huez

in Genève

  • Needless to say, it is an extraordinary trip that will take you from the shore 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.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Geneva - Transfer to Yvoire
    Arrive at Geneva International Airport. We will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel located in Yvoire by Lake Geneva. Dinner will also be right by the lake.

    Day 2: Yvoire to Le-Grand-Bornand
    Today’s destination is Le-Grand-Bornand (in the heart of the Aravis mountain range), home of the Reblochon cheese (locals' Powerbar!) and where you'll dine and stay overnight. On your way, you will ride through the very scenic...
    Day 1: Arrival in Geneva - Transfer to Yvoire
    Arrive at Geneva International Airport. We will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel located in Yvoire by Lake Geneva. Dinner will also be right by the lake.

    Day 2: Yvoire to Le-Grand-Bornand
    Today’s destination is Le-Grand-Bornand (in the heart of the Aravis mountain range), home of the Reblochon cheese (locals' Powerbar!) and where you'll dine and stay overnight. On your way, you will ride through the very scenic Chablais region (our playground; our office is nearby!). The ride includes one major climb: Col de la Colombiere (1,613 m 5,290 ft). Dinner and accommodations are in Le-Grand-Bornand

    Day 3: Le-Grand-Bornand – Albertville
    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.

    Day 4: Albertville – Valloire
    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.

    Day 5: Valloire – Alpe d’Huez
    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 used by Tour de France riders in 1911. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Meije glacier and with 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.

    Day 6: Departure
    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
  • Deals

    This tour comes in two options: SELF-GUIDED: The tour can be organized for private groups on any other dates (minimum size: 6). WITH SUPPORT VEHICLE: The guided tour can be organized for private groups on any other dates (minimum size: 8).
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in 3-star hotels
    Daily breakfast
    4 dinners (drinks are not included)
    Transfer from Geneva to Anthy or Yvoire on Day 1
    Luggage transfers
    Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
    Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
    Assistance if necessary (you will be given one of our mobile numbers)
    All tax and service charges

    In addition, the price for the trip WITH SUPPORT VEHICLE (June 20th) includes:

    Chauffeur-driven support vehicle
    Feed stations: water, energy drinks, snacks, fruit, etc.
    Transfer from Alpe d'Huez to Geneva on Day 6
  • Expenses of personal nature
    Travel insurance
    Transfer from Alpe d’Huez to Geneva or Grenoble is on request for the self-guided version
    Bicycle rentals. Full-carbon bikes are available at the price of 190 euros per bike.
  • Environment

    • In the mountains
    • In the town centre
  • Spoken languages

    • English
  • Documentation

Services
  • Services

    • Breakfast
    • Half-board
    • Equipment hire
Rates

Payment methods

  • Credit card
  • Transfers
  • Rates

    Pricing: From 865 euros per person sharing a double room
    This tour comes in two options:

    SELF-GUIDED: From 865 euros per person sharing a double room (double occupancy on a self-guided basis). Single supplement is 245 euros. Offered on the following dates:
    - September 4

    WITH SUPPORT VEHICLE: From 1,395 euros per person sharing a double room (double occupancy on a guided basis). Single supplement is 345 euros. Offered on the following date:
    - June 20
    Note: The June 20th tour can be combined with La Marmotte Gran Fondo held on June 27, 2021.

    This tour can be organized for groups from 6 people from June through September.
Openings

Openings

  • From June 1, 2021 until June 19, 2021
    Opened Everyday
    * Départs uniquement sur demande pour les groupes de 6 personnes ou plus.
  • From June 20, 2021 until June 25, 2021
    Opened Everyday
    * Départ prévu du 20 au 25 juin 2021 pour une version guidée.
  • From June 26, 2021 until September 3, 2021
    Opened Everyday
    * Départs sur demande uniquement pour les groupes de 6 personnes ou plus.
  • From September 4, 2021 until September 9, 2021
    Opened Everyday
    * Départ prévu du 4 au 9 septembre 2021 pour une version en liberté.
  • From September 10, 2021 until September 30, 2021
    Opened Everyday
    * Départs sur demande uniquement pour les groupes de 6 personnes ou plus.