Geneva to Annecy

Designed for serious cyclists, this tour links three of Europe's most beautiful lakes: Geneva, Bourget and Annecy.

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Geneva to Annecy

Designed for serious cyclists, this tour links three of Europe's most beautiful lakes: Geneva, Bourget and Annecy.

  • Half board hotel
  • French Alps —Genève > Annecy
  • Activity Type
    • Route advice only
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 8
  • Grade
    • Moderate riding
    • Challenging riding
  • Mountain cols
  • Distances
    • 100-150km/day
    • 75-100km/day
  • Features
    • Ensuite rooms

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Service & Itinerary back to top

Two options are offered for this trip:

Option A: 4 nights in 2-star hotels and 1 night in a 3-star hotel (in Gaillard, just 7 kilometers/4 miles from the center of Geneva) 605 euros per person sharing a double room. Single supplement is 210 euros.

Option A+: 3 nights in 3-star hotels, 1 night in a guesthouse of character, and 1 night in a 2-star hotel (in Seyssel)

855 euros per person sharing a double room. Single supplement is 345 euros.

These prices include:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative on the morning of Day 2
  • Luggage transfers
  • 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 mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Full-carbon racing bikes are available at the rate of 190 euros per bike. This price includes the 20-euro drop-off fee for the bike’s return to Geneva.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Friday or Sunday): Arrive in Geneva

Arrive in Geneva at your leisure. Take time to discover this international city and its alluring lake on your own. In the beautiful old town you’ll find authentic Swiss restaurants; for international fare, plenty of restaurants are located in the Paquis district. Depending on the option you choose, you will lodge in downtown Geneva or across the border in a quiet French suburb.

Day 2 (Saturday or Monday): Geneva — Seyssel via Le Col De Richemond and Le Col De La Biche (90 km/56 miles, 1,969 meters/6,460 ft. of climbing)

In the morning, you will meet our staff and be provided with all the necessary materials (our kit includes marked maps, detailed route notes, tourist information, and a pre-loaded GPS) for the next few days’ adventure.

Today’s itinerary takes you through pretty Swiss villages such as Avully, Cartigny, Russin and Chancy before entering France through the Usses valley. You will then head up into the Jura mountains and the passes of Col de Richemond — included in the 2012 Tour de France — and Col de la Biche. The stage ends in the charming town of Seyssel, which straddles the Rhone river.

Day 3 (Sunday or Tuesday): Seyssel — Aix-Les-Bains via Le Grand Colombier (95 km/60 miles, 2,080 meters/6,760 ft. of climbing)

From Seyssel, you cycle through the wine-growing region of Chautagne before riding through Culoz at the foot of the Col du Grand Colombier, one of France’s most challenging mountain passes. Making its Tour de France début in 2012, Colombier’s steepest section has a punishing gradient of 10.2% — but all that effort will be rewarded with spectacular views of the region.

After visiting the pretty village of Chanaz, the route takes you to the shores of Lake Bourget, whose brilliant blue waters are home to more than 30 species of fish and various rare birds. As France’s largest lake, it’s also a top destination for windsurfing, kayaking, water-skiing, diving and a range of other sports.

The ride ends at the foot of the Alps in Aix-les-Bains, Bourget’s most important town and a popular spa resort. Investigate Roman ruins or ramble through lush gardens before heading to the town’s historic center, where bustling cafés and first-rate restaurants exude Belle Epoque charm.

Day 4 (Monday or Wednesday): Aix-Les-Bains — Sainte-Hélène-sur-Isère or Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny via Les Bauges (98 km/61 miles, 2800 meters/9,185 ft. of climbing; To Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny: 85 km/53 miles, 2600 meters/8,505ft. of climbing)

Today’s ride will take you out of Aix-les-Bains and towards Sainte-Hélène-sur-Isère through the beautiful Bauges mountains, one of France’s best-kept secret area. Your GPS will take you on very quiet roads where you are bound to experience zen-like moments as you ride in total silence with views over the nearby Aravis, Chartreuse, and Belledone mountains.The big climb of the day is Mont-Revard, a 21 km/13 mile climb feature in The Tour 5 times. Your ride will end in either in the picturesque towns of Sainte-Hélène-sur-Isère or Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny, depending on your hotel preference.

Day 5 (Tuesday or Thursday): Sainte-Hélène-sur-Isère/Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny — Annecy via Col des Saisies and Col des Aravis (110 km/68 miles, 3060 meters/10,035 ft. of climbing; From Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny: 119 km/74 miles, 3125 meters/10,255ft. of climbing )

The final ride of the tour first takes you from Sainte-Hélène-sur-Isère or Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny to Annecy via the Olympic town of Albertville, home of the 1992 Winter Games.

On your way, you will ride two famous mountain passes. First up is the challenging Col des Saisies, with an ascent of around 15km and a gradient of 6.4%. Next is the Col des Aravis, featured in the Tour almost 40 times, 12-km climb and an average gradient of 5%.

The ride ends by Lake Annecy, which hosted a time-trial in the 2009 Tour and was featured in the 2013 Tour de France. Canals crisscross the medieval town center — hence its “Venice of the Savoy” nickname — and a medieval castle dominates. For a truly relaxing end to your holiday, take a dip in Lake Annecy’s turquoise waters or simply sunbathe on its shores.

Day 6 (Wednesday or Friday): Departure

You can depart at the time of your choice. We highly recommend spending a few hours strolling through the old part of Annecy, one of France’s prettiest towns.

Accommodation back to top

Option A: 4 nights in 2-star hotels and 1 night in a 3-star hotel (in Gaillard, just 7 kilometers/4 miles from the center of Geneva)

Option A+: 3 nights in 3-star hotels, 1 night in a guesthouse of character, and 1 night in a 2-star hotel (in Seyssel)

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Follow in the tracks of your Tour de France heroes as you cycle thrilling mountain passes, take in stunning panoramas and pass through picturesque Alpine villages.

The tour also takes you into the heart of the Savoy wine region, through notable wine-growing villages such as Apremont, Abymes and Chignin, famed for light, crisp whites that carry the delicate scent of Alpine flowers.

About French Alps

Picturesque villages and famous cols in the Savoie and Haute Savoie.

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  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Route Maps/Gps

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