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The Lakes - Self-Guided or Supported Road Cycling Tour

"Leisure" Grade 1 - The Lakes Cycling (Geneva, Bourget & Annecy)

This unique road cycling tour enables riders of all levels to experience some of the most spectacular routes of the French Alps without any concerns of steep hill climbs. The region’s 3 main lakes (Geneva, Bourget and Annecy) define the stunning backdrop for this route, which follows rivers. Historic villages, lush meadows and Alpine valleys are all showcased on this tour. Options include a "challenging" Grade 2 itinerary.

Travel details:

  • 5 nights/6 days road cycling tour
  • Departing Fridays and Sundays
  • April to October
  • Minimum 2 persons (1 person on request)
  • Starting point - 2 options: either the centre of Geneva or 5 miles from the city centre, on the French side of the border. Please specify at time of booking.

The Lakes Self-Guided Tour - Prices Summer 2016:

£549 per person sharing a twin/double room. Single supplement: £169
Stay 4 nights in 2-star hotels and 1 night in a 3-star hotel

Or

£749 per person sharing a twin/double room. Single supplement: £279
Stay 3 nights in 3-star hotels, 1 night in a guest house and 1 night 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.

The Lakes Self-Guided Tour - Price includes:

  • standard mid-week ferry crossing (see condition above)
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners (excluding drinks)*
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers from day 2 to day 4
  • 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.

* We do not include dinner at stopovers in towns such as Aix-les-Bains and Annecy, as they offer such a wide range of restaurants.

The Lakes 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: these 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 at some of our accommodations
  • Transfer from Geneva airport to first accommodation. We recommend use of public transport, although a private transfer may be arranged on request at a supplement.
  • One–way transfer from Annecy to Geneva. (we recommend use of public transport, although a private transfer may be arranged on request at a supplement)
  • Car parking - if self-driving - can be arranged on request at a supplement.
  • Travel insurance.

The Lakes Supported Tour Prices Summer 2016:

This supported cycling tour is available on request (minimum 6 participants).

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

The Lakes Supported Tour Price includes:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Dinners (excluding drinks)*
  • 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
  • One–way transfer from Annecy to Geneva.

* We do not include dinner at stopovers in towns such as Aix-les-Bains and Annecy, as they offer such a wide range of restaurants.

The Lakes 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 rental.
  • Lunch arrangements are at client's discretion. Packed lunches can be arranged on request at some of our accommodations
  • Transfer from Geneva airport to first accommodation. We recommend use of public transport, although a private transfer can be arranged upon request at a supplement.
  • Car parking - if self-driving - can be arranged on request at a supplement.
  • Travel insurance

The Lakes Cycling Tour - Itinerary Snapshot

The Lakes Cycling Tour - Photo Gallery

The Lakes Cycling Tour - Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Geneva at leisure and check in at your hotel. Time to explore this delightful, stylish city, a happy amalgam of the old and new, and a major hub of international institutions, finance and culture. Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) provides a multitude of photo opportunities. Dinner is at your leisure. Geneva being the culinary capital of Switzerland, offers a variety of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets.

Day 2: Geneva - Seyssel

Meet our local rep in the morning for briefing and bike outfitting. The highlights of your route include the famous River Rhône, where you can admire the views over the charming wine-making villages of Dardagny and Satigny and their impressive forts. Conquer the westernmost point of Switzerland by bike at the village of Chancy and then cross the border into France. Do not miss the Fort de l’Ecluse, an elevated stronghold founded by the Duke of Savoy. Built into an impressive rock formation, the fort forms a natural gateway to France’s Rhône Valley. Your home for the night is Seyssel, a small “double-town” on the Rhône, in both the Haute-Savoie (Upper Savoy) and the Ain departments.

Day 3: Seyssel - Aix-les-Bains

The views on today’s ride provide some of the major highlights of the tour. Sheer cliffs soar  majestically from the water and you are completely surrounded by mountains. Lake Bourget (Lac du Bourget) is the largest natural lake of glacial origin and also France’s deepest. It was home to the now extinct Bezoule, a freshwater whitefish that fed at muddy depths of 70 - 80m, but which reportedly disappeared in the 1960’s. Cycle past the impressive site of the medieval Château de Montverran in Culoz, which was built in 1316 on a prominent rock and, in more recent times, provided inspiration for the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. Pedal on to the spa town of Aix-les-Bains, which has been famous for its healing baths since Roman times. Discover the numerous Roman ruins here.

Day 4: Aix-les-Bains - Sainte-Hélène-sur-Isère or Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny

You’ll pedal through the heart of Savoy to Chambéry, a town of art and history, located in a wide valley between the mountain ranges of the Bauges and Chartreuse, at the crossroads of ancient trade routes. The town’s old quarter is one of the country’s most remarkable and picturesque. Along the way, take in the ruins of the 10th century fortress of the Château de Miolans, overlooking the rich wine-growing region of the Combe de Savoie valley. The River Isère guides you along the route towards Grésy-sur-Isère, a largely agricultural community that has been inhabited since the Neolithic Age.

Day 5: Sainte-Hélène-sur-Isère or Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny - Annecy

Roll your way to Grésy-sur-Isère by way of Albertville, situated on the River Arly close to the confluence with the Isère. Albertville hosted the 1992 Winter Olympics and has become an important centre of industry, but it also encompasses the beautiful medieval town of Conflans, whose buildings date back to the 14th century. You will be entranced by the Beaufortain and Bauges ranges as you cycle to stunning Lake Annecy (Lac d’Annecy). Known as Europe’s cleanest lake, Lac d’Annecy enjoys the spectacular backdrop of the stunning Aravis mountains, whose heights are famous for the steep hairpin bends included in the Tour de France. The magnificent town of Annecy, nestling on the northern tip of Lake Annecy, might remind you of Venice, with its canals cutting through sections of this historic Alpine-style village. Strolling around, you’ll encounter the Palais de l’Isle (a 12th Century prison on an island and the symbol of the town), the Château d’Annecy, the 16th century Cathedral of Saint-Pierre and the 20th century Pont des Amours (Lover’s Bridge).

Day 6

Departure. After a relaxing breakfast, enjoy more of the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Annecy and depart at your leisure. Or feel free to extend your stay in this extraordinary town and make the most of its wonderful setting.


Road Cycling | Self-Guided Tours | Supported Tours

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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