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Geneva to Alpe d'Huez

Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in the French Alps

Self-guided trip: July 15th and August 26th, 2017
With Support Vehicle: June 25th (in conjunction with the Marmotte cyclosportive)
5 nights/6 days
Daily mileage: From 75 km (47 miles) to 106 km (66 miles)
Geneva is serviced by train from Paris and low-cost airlines such as EasyJet or Darwin Airline
Accommodation in 2- and 3-star properties
Level: 5 (Very Strenuous)
From 825 euros per person sharing a double room

   

Geneva to Alpe d'Huez — 5 nights/6 days

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"Geneva to Alpe d'Huez" was Outside Magazine's "2011 Trip of the Year"
 
On this cycling tour, you will ride some of France’s most famous passes
 
Alpe d’Huez and its world-famous climb is your final destination
  This trip was voted Outside Magazine's "2011 Trip of the Year"

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.


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.

This tour is offered in one of two options:
 
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival 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.  
Day 2: Anthy or Yvoire — Le Grand-Bornand (Short Option: 95 km/59 miles, 2,766 meters/9,075 ft of climbing; Long Option: 99 km/62 miles, 2,950 meters/9,680 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
Day 3: Le Grand-Bornand — Albertville (74 km/46 miles, 1,738 meters/5,702 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. 
Day 4: Albertville — Valloire (106 km/66 miles, 3,271 meters/10,732 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.    
Day 5: Valloire — 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.   
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. 
Booking & Pricing
From 825 euros per person sharing a double room.

Two options are available for this trip:


SELF-GUIDED: From 825 euros per person sharing a double room (double occupancy on a self-guided basis). Single supplement is 220 euros.

Offered on the following dates in 2017:
  • July 15th
  • August 26th

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

WITH SUPPORT VEHICLE: From 1,335 euros per person sharing a double room (double occupancy on a guided basis). Single supplement is 330 euros.

The price for the self-guided version (July 15th and August 26th) includes:

  • 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 25th) 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


NB: 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 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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