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Upper French Alps: Geneva to Geneva

With Lake Geneva and Mont-Blanc as a backdrop, your daily rides snake through the Chablais mountainous area and skirt the southern shore of Lake Geneva.

  • Half board hotel
  • French Alps —Genève > Anthy-sur-Léman
  • Activity Type
    • Route advice only
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 8
  • Features
    • Ensuite rooms


This is not an easy bike trip! It is an ideal tour for those who can comfortably handle 100 km per day with 2,000 meters of climbing. If you fit the profile, this is an amazing and rewarding tour: the views are magnificent, the hotels are all in charming villages, and the food is to die for… all in all, an incredible 5-day experience!

You’ll conquer some of this area’s most famous climbs: Col de la Forclaz, Col de la Croix-Fry, Col de la Colombière, Col de la Joux Plane, Col de l’Encrenaz, Col de la Ramaz, Col de la Faucille, Col de la Givrine, Col du Marchairuz.

These prices include:

  • Four nights’ accommodation (Two nights in 3-star hotels; One night in a 2-star hotel of charm, One night in an unrated guesthouse)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Two dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers between Geneva airport and your first/last place of stay
  • 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

This price does not include:

  • Expenses of personal nature.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Bicycle rentals.

Full-carbon racing bikes are available at the price of 150 euros per bike.


Day 1: Arrive in Geneva - Loop ride 50 km 1230 meters of climbing

You will be greeted at the airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Based on your preferences, we can accommodate you in Geneva (should you wish to stay in a “city environment”) or in Cruseilles (a countryside setting). In either case, we will provide you with a loop that will take you up our local mountain (Mont Salève) the “easy way” (from Cruseilles or Annemasse depending of your place of stay). Needless to say, the views from the top are breathtaking.

Day 2: Cruseilles (or Geneva) — Le Grand Bornand - 105 km + 3015 metersf climbing

Our route will take you around the visually stunning Annecy Lake and over two “classic” climbs: Col de la Forclaz and Col de la Croix-Fry. You will lodge in the pretty village of Le Grand Bornand. Please note that if you choose to stay in Geneva, we recommend you take a morning train (trains are equipped with special areas for bikes) and start your ride from La Roche-sur-Foron.

Short option without Col de la Croix-Fry: 50 km, 900 meters of climbing

Day 3: Le Grand Bornand — Onnion -112 km + 3730 meters of climbing

Another day of rewarding climbs. Stay aerobic and save some breath for the views! From Le Grand Bornand, you will climb the classic Col de la Colombière (the easy side!). From Cluses on the Arve valley floor, your ride will take you up to Les Gets via Col de la Joux Plane before reaching Morzine. Although our short option allows you to freewheel to your destination, we highly recommend our long option which will take you by Mont-Chéry before riding down to Onnion, your day’s destination. Did we forget to mention the long option’s fun climbs? Col de l’Encrenaz (1,433 m) and Col de la Ramaz (1,559 m).

Short option without Col de l’Encrenaz and Col de la Ramaz: 57 km + 1395 meters of climbing)**

Day 4: Onnion — Anthy-sur-Léman - 66 km + 1040 meters of climbing

The area known as “Le Chablais” will be your day’s riding grounds, with Lake Geneva as a backdrop! Le Chablais is so popular with cyclists that the World Cycling Centre (Centre mondial du cyclisme) and the International Cyclist Union (Union Cycliste Internationale) have their headquarters here. Easier climbs will take you from one valley to the next before heading towards Lake Geneva. The last few miles will take place along the Lake all the way to your hotel, a few steps from the waterfront.

Day 5: Anthy loop in Le Chablais - 89 km + 1470 meters of climbing

This morning, enjoy a scenic loop through Le Chablais. Back in Anthy, we’ll meet you for your transfer to Geneva.


Accommodations in 3- and 2-star properties and a guesthouse.


With Lake Geneva and Mont-Blanc as a backdrop, your daily rides snake through the Chablais mountainous area and skirt the southern shore of Lake Geneva, one of the few spots in the world that can cause blisters from excessive photo taking. Finally, on your last day, you’ll cross the lake in Yvoire, an impossibly photogenic Medieval village that extends into the lake on a striking peninsula, and ride through the Swiss Jura.