Geneva to Alpe dHuez

Geneva to Alpe dHuez 5 nights/6 days

Geneva to Alpe dHuez. 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.

Note that this tour can also be organized for cycling clubs and private groups on a request basis. For these, we will taylor the itinerary and provide the appropriate support based on the group’s fitness level.

The classic stage on La Route des Grandes Alpes!
Riding on the most famous passes:

  • Col de la Colombière – 1613 m
  • Col des Aravis – 1359 m
  • Col des Saisies – 1514 m
  • Col de la Madeleine – 1829 m
  • Col du Télégraphe – 1433 mCol du Galibier – 2415 m

Day 1: Arrival in Geneva. Transfer to Anthy- sur-Léman or Yvoire
Day 2: Anthy-sur-Léman or Yvoire to Grand Bornand
Day 3: Grand Bornand to Albertville
Day 4: Albertville to Valloire
Day 5: Valloire to Alpe d’Huez
Day 6: Departure

Self-guided trip: June 1st and July 18th, 2019
With Support Vehicle: June 30th (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
Accommodation in 2- and 3-star properties
Level5 (Very Strenuous) Seven hours of intense biking. For competitive riders. In some cases a clear bill of health signed by a practitioner is required

What we do

We put together the trip for you: reserve the hotels, transfer the luggage and organise your transfers to the start of your itineraries. Each tour includes a complete Road book with detailed itineraries, information for visits along the way, a detailed map and total peace of mind with our 24-hour local support.

We work with local operators through-out each destination that are passionate about their regions.

We can tailor make this tour, if you want to add an extra rest day, spend a few days relaxing before or after the trip just let us know and we will be happy to provide a quotation.

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 
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.

(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)

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

Mileage: 75 km / 47 miles
Total Climb: 1,915 m / 6,280 ft
Total Descent: 2,540 m / 8,335 ft

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.

Mileage: 106 km / 66 miles
Total Climb: 3,499 m / 11,480 ft
Total Descent: 2,416 m / 7,927 ft

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.

Mileage: 78 km / 49 miles Total Climb: 2,869 m / 9,413 ft Total Descent: 2,487 m / 8,160 ft

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.

From 845 euros per person sharing a double room.

Two options are available for this trip:

SELF-GUIDED: From 845 euros per person sharing a double room (double occupancy on a self-guided basis). Single supplement is 230 euros.

Offered on the following dates in 2019:

  • June 1st
  • July 18th

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

WITH SUPPORT VEHICLE: From 1,395 euros per person sharing a double room (double occupancy on a guided basis). Single supplement is 340 euros.

  • June 30th – This trip can be combined with La Marmotte Gran Fondo, which will be held on July 7th, 2019.
  • 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

NBThis 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

The price for the self-guided version (June 1st and July 18th) 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 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

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

Your Accommodation

  • 5 nights’ accommodation (3 nights in 3-star hotels and 2 nights in a 2-star hotel)

Where you rest your head after an active day is hugely important to us. We go to great lengths to find properties that are unique expressions of the region you are travelling through. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip. 

Whether nestled in the heart of a village or lost in the countryside and surrounded by nature, all accommodations are chosen using a strict criteria of comforthospitality, and authentic charm. We like to use locally run independent small hotels, guest houses and B&Bs instead of the larger “chain” hotels.  All of them are hand-picked, visited, and re-visited by our local partners. On most of our holidays you will be staying in different hotels and their  uniqueness and individual character only adds to the enjoyment of your holiday. You will also benifit with knowledge that your trip is contributing to local economies, and supporting local family run businesses.

You will be welcomed in a double or twin room (2 beds) – based on double occupancy.
All of our rooms have private bathrooms.
Individual rooms are possible upon request when you book; they are subject to availability and incur a supplemental fee.
For biking trips, all of our inns have a safe place to keep bicycles for the night

Fly to Geneva, Transfer from Geneva to Anthy or Yvoire on Day 1

Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will  advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

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