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Grands Cols - Self-Guided or Supported Road Cycling Tour

"Elite" Grade 3 - Grands Cols (Geneva to Alpe d'Huez)

This tour covers famous and popular routes from Geneva to Alpe d'Huez. Take on some of the French Alps' most memorable Cols, including Colombiere, Aravis, Saisies and Madeleine. The early part of the tour takes place on the classic Route des Grandes Alpes, a mountain route that links Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean. Enjoy unobstructed panoramic views of nearby mountains then zip downhill on the twisty 20-km to the Maurienne Valley. The finish at Alpe d'Huez includes a legendary mammoth climb with graffiti from past Tours reminding you of the race's history since 1911.

Travel details:

  • 5 nights/6 days road cycling tour
  • Self-guided tours depart 15th July, 13th August and 3rd September 2016
  • Supported tour departs 25th June 2016
  • 1 person minimum (departure dates for 6 person groups on request)

Grands Cols Self-Guided Tour - Prices Summer 2016:

Departure 15th July, 13th August, 3rd Sept 2016
From £699 per person sharing a twin/double room. Single supplement: £179
3 nights in 3-star hotels and 2 nights in a 2-star hotel

Price is per person, in £s Sterling, including a standard mid-week ferry crossing with P&O from Dover to Calais. Based on 2 per car minimum. Other operators, including Eurotunnel, and weekend travel, available at a supplement. Please click here for all ferry & tunnel details. 3rd & 4th adult sharing the same car, deduct £65 per person from twin/double price and then add single supplement where applicable. Arrival day: see travel details above. 

Grands Cols Self-Guided Tour - Price includes:

  • standard mid-week ferry crossing (see conditions above)
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners (excluding drinks)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Orientation meeting with our local specialist team
  • Marked maps and road book
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Repair kit
  • Helpline for assistance if needed.
  • Transfer from Geneva to Anthy (see itinerary) or from/to car park if self-driving.

Grands Cols Self-Guided Tour Price does not include:

  • Bike hire: a choice of hybrid bikes, full carbon racing bikes and electric bikes. See details
  • Racing bike pedals can be provided at extra cost. Please note cycling shoes are not available for hire
  • Lunch arrangements are at client's discretion. Packed lunches can be arranged upon request with some of our accommodations
  • Car parking - if self-driving - can be arranged on request at a supplement.
  • Transfer from Alpe d'Huez to Geneva (see itinerary) or from/to car park if self-driving - can be arranged on request for a supplement.
  • Travel insurance

Grands Cols Supported Tour - Prices Summer 2016:

Departure 25th June 2016
From £999 per person sharing a twin/double room. Single supplement: £249
3 nights in 3-star hotels and 2 nights in a 2-star hotel

Price is per person, in £s Sterling, including a standard mid-week ferry crossing with P&O from Dover to Calais. Based on 2 per car minimum. Other operators, including Eurotunnel, and weekend travel, available at a supplement. Please click here for all ferry & tunnel details. 3rd & 4th adult sharing the same car, deduct £65 per person from twin/double price and then add single supplement where applicable. Arrival day: see itinerary.  

Grands Cols supported cycling tour is also available on request (minimum 6 participants).

Please contact our friendly team to discuss your Supported Cycling Holiday Itinerary & Quote

Grands Cols Supported Tour - Price includes:

  • standard mid-week ferry crossing (see conditions above)
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Full support through vehicle with driver
  • Feed stations with water, energy drinks, snacks and fruit
  • Marked maps and road book
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Repair kit
  • Transfer from Geneva to Anthy (see itinerary) or from/to car park if self-driving.
  • Transfer from Alpe d'Huez to Geneva (see itinerary) or from/to car park if self-driving.

Grands Cols Supported Tour - Price does not include:

  • Bike hire: a choice of hybrid bikes, full carbon racing bikes and electric bikes. See details
  • Racing bike pedals can be provided at extra cost. Please note cycling shoes are not available for hire
  • Lunch arrangements are at client's discretion. Packed lunches can be arranged on request at some of our accommodations
  • Car parking - if self-driving - can be arranged on request at a supplement.
  • Travel insurance

Grands cols Cycling Tour - Itinerary Snapshot

Grands Cols Cycling Tour Photo Gallery

Grands Cols Cycling Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

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 taken lakeside.

Day 2: Anthy or Yvoire — Le Grand-Bornand

Today’s destination is Le Grand Bornand, in the heart of the Aravis, home of the famous Reblochon cheese (the locals' Powerbar!). On your journey to the Aravis, 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 accommodation are provided in Le Grand Bornand.

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 the 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 for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Albertville — Valloire

Another classic day! You’ll conquer the Col de la Madeleine; one of the most classic and legendary 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 barrelling 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

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 magical: 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.


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To make a booking or for more information on road cycling holidays, call our friendly team on 0844 576 0170 or email reservations@peakretreats.co.uk.

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