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Geneva to Alpe d’Huez

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!

  • Half board hotel
  • French Alps —Messery > Alpe D'Huez
  • Activity Type
    • Route advice only
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 12
  • Features
    • Ensuite rooms


Two options are offered for this trip:

Self guided: From 790 euros per person sharing a double room (double occupancy on a self-guided basis). Single supplement is 220 euros.

The following dates are when this tour is offered on a Self-Guided basis:

  • July 15th
  • August 13th
  • September 3rd

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

Self guided with support vehicle: From 1,210 euros per person sharing a double room (double occupancy on a guided basis). Single supplement is 320 euros.

June 25th - This trip can be combined with La Marmotte Gran Fondo, which will be held on July 2th, 2016.

The price for the self-guided version (July 15th, August 13th and September 3rd) 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 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.

NB: This tour can be arranged on other dates by request from June through September:

  • Self-guided for groups of 6 or more
  • Self-guided with support vehicle for groups of 8 or more


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 by Lake Geneva. Dinner will also be right by the lake.

Day 2: Anthy or Yvoire — Le Grand-Bornand (Short option: 97 km/60 miles, 2735 meters/8,975 ft. of climbing; Long option: 99 km/62 miles, 2950 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 mountain 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 5,290 ft). Dinner and accommodations are in Le Grand-Bornand.

Day 3: Le Grand-Bornand — Albertville (75 km/47 miles, 1930 meters/6,330 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, 3500 meters/11,500 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, 2870 meters/9,410 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.


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


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.