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Cycling Weekends in the French Alps

Our weekend break is designed to give you an amazing short cycling tour in the French Alps that makes the most of your weekend off.

Don’t have the time for a whole week off work or fancy a change of cycling scenery for the weekend? Look no further than this great short break that takes in the best of cycling near Mont Blanc.

This trip includes:

  • Airport transfers from Geneva
  • Half board hotel accommodation based on two people sharing a twin room.
  • Half board - breakfast and a three course evening meal.
  • Lunches provided on rides.
  • Full van support with basic bike repair supplies
  • Mapping including GPS route and route notes
  • Training guidance and cycle coaching by British cycling trained cycle coach - offered on request.
  • Half board hotel
  • French Alps —Chamonix Centre
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Fixed base
  • Features
    • Bar
    • Ensuite rooms


The Plan

We are all busy and have lots of demands on our time. This weekend break is designed to give you an amazing short cycling tour in the Alps that makes the most of your weekend off.

You can choose to arrive on either a Thursday evening or Friday morning, flying into Geneva airport, where you will be met and transferred to your half board beautiful Savoyarde hotel with Mont Blanc as the backdrop.

Here’s the plan:

Day 1 ride - Friday

Warm up with a ride on your bike along the valley, starting at Passy Lake with a cycle up to the Plaine Joux ski domain before return to your hotel for a delicious three course evening meal.

If arriving on Thursday evening a continental breakfast will be served at the hotel on Friday morning.

Day 2 ride - Saturday

Starting the day with a continental breakfast at the hotel you will then enjoy a 125km ride along the valley cycle path to Cluses before climbing the Col de la Columbiere to La Clusaz.

From here climb the Col de Croix Fry and Col des Esserieux to Faverges before descending to Annecy old town for a well deserved ice-cream. From here you will be transported back to the hotel for a three course evening meal.

Day 3 ride - Sunday

A continental breakfast will be served before your final ride of the weekend. Starting in Passy St Gervais you will climb to Megeve and Col des Aravis before finishing in Bonneville at 75km.

From here we will transport you back to the hotel for a quick shower before driving you to the airport for your flight home.


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Why book with Much Better Adventures?

Forget complex planning, we’ve taken care of all the details to maximise your time away - you just need to turn up and be epic. Expect:

  • A unique, handcrafted mini adventure
  • Expert local guides and hosts
  • A hassle-free, all-inclusive package
  • Best price guaranteed
  • Bragging rights in the office on Monday
  • A charity donation made by us via our Foundation.

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?

This weekend trip will take in some of the French Alps’ best routes and cycling climbs, therefore a good level of cycling fitness is required. However with a support vehicle behind you the entire time don’t worry no matter your fitness level you’ll be well looked after.

What’s the weather like?

The weather in summer is beautiful. Expect blue skies and sunshine unless you are unlucky, with temperatures ranging from 25-30C, maybe a little less at the top of the cols.

Which flights should I book?

You should book flights to Geneva Airport. Pick ups/ drop-offs will be between certain times, so please contact us before booking your flights. The chalet is 1 hour from the airport.

What's included in the price?

To maximise convenience we include as much of your travel and logistics in this package, so you just need to turn up and play. In this trip:

  • Three nights chalet accommodation.
  • Half board, breakfasts and three course evening meals, lunches provided on rides.
  • Three guided rides.
  • Full van support with basic bike repair supplies.
  • Vehicle transfers to the best riding routes in the French Alps and beyond!
  • Photography.

What's not included in the price?

  • Flights.
  • Bike hire.
  • Energy bars/nutrition.
  • Travel insurance (compulsory).

What's the food like?

Expect high-quality home made meals on this unforgettable week

Can my dietary requirements be catered to?

Absolutely. Just let us know about your catering preferences when you confirm your booking to ensure any dietary requirements are met.

How many people in the group?

This is a small group trip with a maximum of 14 people. We have 2 support vehicles to look after this number of people.

Can I book on my own?

Sure can! It’s going to be a great week for meeting like minded people - single supplement may apply as rooms are based on a shared basis.

Is there bike hire available?

Of course! There are a lot of excellent bike hire shops close to the chalet and your host will be able to point in the right direction.

Can I bring my own bike?

Sure thing! There is secure bike storage and a maintenance area at the chalet and the van has more than enough space for bikes. Just book it on to your flight.

Are any other activities available?

Yup! There is also an opportunity to mix it up a bit and try some adventurous white water rafting, canyoning or paragliding one day if you fancy. Or you could simply relax and enjoy a restful day supping coffee and strolling in the pretty town of Saint Gervais - we want you to have the holiday to suit you. So whether you’re a rider or simply an admirer of the Tour we’ve got you covered!