French Alps cycling holidays

Published by Lyn on 11 June 2014

Browse our listings to find guided or self-guided cycling holidays in the French Alps to suit your budget and your ability.

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3 Lakes: Geneva, Bourget, Annecy

Cycle in the French Alps without climbing any mountains

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights/ 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €625

Cycloundo Three Lake CyclingExperience the magic of the Alps without having to struggle up its famous mountains on this self-guided cycling holiday linking Lake Geneva, Lake Bourget and Lake Annecy. Follow paths and back-roads along the Rhone and Isere rivers, take in historic villages and stop to admire those famous cols from a comfortable distance. Daily distance: 48km-68km. Choice of either hotel or B&B/guesthouse accommodation. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, detailed maps and route notes, a Garmin GPS (subject to availability). Bike rental can be arranged on request. If you would like to take on the climbs, a more challenging version of the same tour can be organized. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

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5 classic alpine climbs near Bourg St Maurice

Ride some of the best big cols in the Alps on this good-value holiday

Offered by:
Alpine Velo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 26 80 77 67

Tour length:
3 to 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging

Price:
£355 to £595, depending on length

Cycle from the door and onto some of the epic climbs of the Tour de France from your valley base near Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Mix and match ride lengths, altitudes and gradients according to your appetite and stamina. There are 14 different climbs within striking distance of this fixed base holiday – including four often in the Tour de France: Col du Petit St Bernard, the Iseran, Cormet de Roseland and the Madeleine. Price includes ensuite accommodation in a dedicated cycling chalet with breakfast, dinner and return airport transfers. Plus there's stacks of local cycling advice on hand – choose your own routes or ask the Alpine Velo guys to help you plan your day's adventures. This self-guided tour is organised BY cyclists FOR cyclists.

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A Female Riders' Week in the Alps

Explore the Alps and relax in the mountains

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£645

This female-only tour is a 7-night catered and guided road cycling holiday in one of the most popular and beautiful cycling areas of the French Alps. After being collected from Geneva airport, you'll be taken straight to your chalet accommodation in the heart of the 3 Valleys. Spend then evening relaxing (or making last-minute bike preparations) before hitting the roads the next day on a fully guided ride on iconic local roads. Finish the day with an afternoon tea of fresh cake or pasta to refuel before relaxing for dinner. Daily rides can be tailored to meet the needs of the group and the route can also be tailored to take in cols of your choice. The price includes return Geneva airport transfers, local transport, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full on-road bike and vehicle support.

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A Northern Alps Weekend

Alpine weekend road cycling package out of Geneva

Offered by:
Bike Weekender

Phone number:
+44 (0)845 557 5983

Tour length:
4 days, 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £395 per person

Just an hour from Geneva airport and you're into one of the world's true cyclists' playgrounds. This weekend break is based in the beautiful Aravis mountain range, home to the Tour de France cols of Aravis, Colombière, and Croix Fry. This is an area of incredible climbs, spectacular views and breath-taking descents. For gentler rides, the roads around Lake Annecy are second to none. This package provides an easy, convenient long weekend of road cycling that can be tailored to your legs. Offered guided or self-guided. All you need to do it turn up in Geneva and enjoy.

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Alpe d’Huez to Mont Ventoux

Tackle two of the most iconic climbs in France in one trip

Offered by:
Velovation

Phone number:
+44 (0)7954 812043 or +33 (0)7 71 04 04 29

Tour length:
5 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £1100

This is a superb five-day trip that combines two of the most iconic climbs in cycling history in three days of stunning riding. Starting in the high Alps on the rugged slopes of the Romanche Valley, follow in the pedal strokes of the Tour’s greatest legends and conquer all 21 infamous switchbacks. From here, make your way over the Col d’Ornon and into the lesser known but equally breathtaking cycling terrain of the Vercors on the way to the lavender fields of Provence. This is a challenging and exhilarating ride that ends with a final, epic ascent of Mont Ventoux, a monster of a climb. Price includes airport transfers, accommodation and meals, minibus-supported riding, lead rider, professionally qualified mechanics, breakfasts, water and soft drinks (on rides), GPS files and a high resolution photo package. If you prefer you can also hire bikes through Velovation too.

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Alpine Cols Intro Weekend

Gear up to make your first Alpine ascent

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
Weekend break

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£475

This ia a superb weekend for beginners or less experienced cyclists who are keen to stretch their legs and challenge themselves on some of the famous cols of the French Alps. This is a NOT a competitive weekend but a fully supported and guided break designed to help introduce riders to the joys of cycling in the Alps. It is comes complete with local advice and vehicle support. The price of this tour includes return Geneva airport transfers, local transport, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas with pasta or freshly baked cake, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full on-road support.

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Alpine Cycling Intro Tour

Riding the breathtaking Alps at your own pace

Offered by:
45 Degrees North

Phone number:
+44 (0)79 3330 9238

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
From £495

This week-long trip based in Morzine is as much about taking the time to enjoy the serenity as it is about the riding. Whether you're relatively new to cycling or an old hand who just prefers a more leisurely pace that doesn’t involve conquering a col every day, this week may be for you. You decide on the level of challenge you're willing to try and the 45 Degrees North team will be there to provide as much help as you want and need. Price includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner for 6 nights, plus the comforts of a luxury chalet to unwind and relax in at the end of each day. This is the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful Haute Savoie. Available guided and self-guided.

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Alpine Experience

Camp and ride the Tour de France's most famous cols

Offered by:
Cyclochef

Phone number:
+31 (0)6 44 19 20 78

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging / Very challenging

Price:
From €395

This is a six-stage tour over some of the most famous cols in the French Alps, such as Alpe d’Huez, Glandon, Iseran and Galibier, and dipping down into the Provence region for Puy Saint Vincent and the Izoard. Throughout the rides you'll be fully supported as you cover about 60 miles (100km) a day (can be adjusted for riders of differing abilities). The tour is based around small campsites in stunning areas with views over the mountains and lakes. This is a small, personalised tour run by Dutcho-born cyclist Matthijs, a professional chef who works and cycles in the Alps. He's branching out to share the best bits with the rest of us. The tour price includes includes campsite fees, support, GPX files, luggage transport, bars, powder and a lunch break. A contribution of €25 per day ensures you get fuelled up with a good breakfast and dinner.

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Alpine Sportives

Test yourself on the roads of France with an Alpine sportive

Offered by:
Buzz Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 42 50 40 12

Tour length:
Flexible

Level of difficulty:
Moderate, challenging or very challenging

Price:
€795

Combine a cycling holiday in France with a cycling challenge to remember. This week-long sportive break allows you to join an Alpine sportive during your stay. There are sportives throughout summer in the Alps – choose one to match your energy levels and legs. There are several options in Morzine – the Buzz Cycling base – or within easy reach. This gives you an immediate advantage with stacks of local knowledge and support in hand. The guys recommend the following events to get a real taste of the area:
Cyclotour Leman - May 21 
Grand Trophee Megeve Mt Blanc - June 4 
Grand Trophee Morzine - June 18 
Gruyere Cycling Tour - September 3
 

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Alpine Vista Cycling Tours

Enjoy cycling in the Alps whatever your ability

Offered by:
Alpine Vista Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)7793 813 823 or +33 (0)6 65 47 67 74

Tour length:
From 3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate, challenging or very challenging (routes based on your fitness levels and interests)

Price:
From £275

Test yourself against classic Tour de France climbs such as the Col de l’Iseran, Col du Petit St Bernard, Col de la Madeleine and the Cormet de Roseland on this fixed base cycling holiday set in the valley just outside Bourg-St-Maurice. Cyclists Ben and Maddison specialise in catered, self-guided cycling holidays for all abilities – test your fitness and cycling prowess by day and relax in luxury by night. You'll have sole occupancy of their 5 bedroom chalet and grounds throughout your stay – ideal for groups of between 4 and 10 riders. The Savoie region of the French Alps is a real hot spot for road cycling and their chalet is located right in the heart of it. Whether you're looking to test yourself up some of the incredible climbs, or have a gentle cycle through the valley, you can do it straight from the door. Ben will help you plan your itinerary to match you interests and fitness level.

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Alps - Weekend Road Cycling Camps in Morzine

A weekend dedicated to improving your riding

Offered by:
Yellovelo Tours

Tour length:
3 days' riding / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
From £299 camp only, £740 full package including 4 nights' half-board accommodation

Whether you're new to road biking, distance riding, cycling in the Alps or simply a seasoned rider keen to push your limits, these camps will help you gain the knowledge and confidence to reach your potential. Meet other riders, and learn to improve and enjoy your cycling in a new and exciting environment. Ride with experienced and competitive Alpine cyclists, who will share tips on bike and cleat fitting, how to choose the right bike for you and set it up, gear-changing, on-the-bike techniques for drinking, eating and pedalling, how to ride in a group, plus slipstream riding, relaying, and pacing. There's also an introduction to climbing and training, on-road repairs and punctures, choosing clothing, kit, food, drinks, plus hydration and recovery. And much more! Distances range from 40-150km a day depending on your ability. This is a great way to spend a few days with new friends (or old) amid the breathtaking scenery of the Morzine area of the Alps.

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Alps and Pyrenees Icons Tour

They're all here: Ventoux, Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, Telegraphe, Izoard

Offered by:
Forever Cycle Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3289 6100

Tour length:
8 days, 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£1695

The ultimate French cols experience: demolish cycling's hit list in just 6 days of cycling. Conquer 10 of France's most iconic climbs at your own pace. They're all here: Ventoux, Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, Telegraphe, Izoard, Bonette, Madeleine, Glandon, Colombiere and Joux Plane. That's 400km of riding with 13,500m of climbing (including the podium on Alpe d'Huez). Scale European highest paved road across the Bonette before spending your final day on top of Ventoux. It doesn't get much better than that. Price includes half-board accommodation, transfers, and full support team. Bike hire optional extra. This is a popular tour – book early.
2018 dates:
 Jul 29- Aug 5, Aug 20-27 sold out, Aug 26 - Sep 2

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Alps Challenge: Geneva to Alpe d'Huez

6 famous cols en route to the Alpe – are you up for the challenge?

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From €825 self-guided or €1395 with a support vehicle

Cyclomundo Geneva to Alpe d'Huez mapVoted Outside Magazine's 'Trip of the Year', this tour starting in Cyclomundo's own backyard in Geneva can be taken as a guided or self-guided option. From the shores of Lake Geneva you'll ride to the switchbacks of Alpe d'Huez, climbing some of France's most famous cols en route: the Colombiere, Aravis, Saisies, Madeleine, Telegraphe and the mighty Galibier are all here. This tour can be booked as a self-guided ride or organised for cycling clubs and private groups. Itineraries and support can be tailored to your fitness levels. This tour can be combined with cyclosportives such as La Marmotte, Etape du Tour and the Time-Megeve-Mont-Blanc. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 4 dinners, luggage transfers, transfer from Geneva to start of day 1, marked maps and route notes, a GPS unit (subject to availability). Full carbon road bike hire available on request.

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Alps Long Weekend

A long weekend to remember climbing iconic Alpine climbs

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
4 days / 3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging or very challenging

Price:
£595

Your chance to cycle the Lautaret, Galibier, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Telegraphe, Ornon, Izoard and many other iconic cols of the Alps. You ride while La Vie en Velo takes care of the logistics. Included in the price is full on-road support from Angus and his van and trailer (he can also bring your bike and bags from the UK for you to save you the hassle of bike/plane or bike/train logistics). All rides and routes can be tailored to your preferences each day – ride as much or as little as you want. Maximum group size of only 8, so this is ideal for families with non-cyclists, as well as small corporate groups, cycling clubs or charity rides. Price includes transfer of bikes and bags from/to SE UK (or Paris for long-haul arrivals); 3 nights’ accommodation in a great little bike-friendly hotel near the Col du Galibier. Bike hire can be arranged.

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Alps Weekend Riding Holiday

Supported rides over Col de Joux Plane and lots more

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£475 per person

This tour is a great chance to experience some wonderful climbing in the Alps over 4 days, a perfect long weekend. Running from Wednesday to Sunday, you'll tackle some of the most famous climbs in the region, including Col de Joux Plane, Col des Aravis, Col de Joux Verte, Col de la Ramaz and the Col de la Colombiere, all with a guide and vehicle support. The price includes chalet accommodation, breakfast, afternoon tea, two-course evening meals with wine, and transfers to and from Geneva airport.

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Alps – The Big One

Challenge yourself against the highest mountain passes in the Alps

Offered by:
Velovation

Phone number:
+44 (0)7954 812043 or +33(0)7 71 04 04 29

Tour length:
5 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From £1100

This is an immense five-day trip with three incredible days of riding. After arriving in Geneva, you'll be met by the Velovation team and taken to Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise where the tour starts. You'll enjoy a meal at your hotel and talk through the next few days' riding. Over the course of the trip, you'll climb the Iseran, the Galibier, the Glandon, the Madeleine and, if that's not enough, the Alpe d’Huez as well. The price includes airport transfers, accommodation and meals, full vehicle support, professionally qualified mechanics, all breakfasts, picnic lunches, water and soft drinks (on rides), GPS files and a high resolution photo package. If you prefer you can also hire bikes through Velovation too.

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August Bank Holiday Weekend in Morzine

A bank holiday weekend with a difference in the high Alps

Offered by:
Velovation

Phone number:
+44 (0)7954 812043 or +33(0)7 71 04 04 29

Tour length:
4 days, 3 nights with an option to stay over on Monday night

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£650

Make the most of your UK Bank Holiday Weekend with three days of superb Alpine riding around Morzine. This package includes Velovation's favourite local rides plus some hidden back roads routes (think stunning scenery, classic Tour de France climbs, velvet descents, medieval towns and great food and accommodation). Arrive on August 25 for three days of fully supported riding. There's no need to take any time off work as the guys will return you to the airport for an evening flight on Monday the 28th – in time for work on Tuesday. The weekend is based in a specialist bike chalet with large secure bike garage, tools and work stands. There's also a large garden and hot tub for relaxing in after your day's ride. Price includes airport transfers, 3 nights' accommodation, 3 days' supported riding, professionally qualified mechanics, breakfasts, picnic lunches, evening meals (with wine), water and soft drinks (on ride), GPS files and a high resolution photo package. Bike hire can also be arranged.

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Bank Holiday Fun in the French Alps

Why not spend the next Bank Holiday cycling in the Alps?

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£475

Jet off to France for a Bank Holiday Weekend with this 4-night fully catered and guided road cycling holiday in one of the most popular cycling areas of the French Alps. This weekender is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to enjoy a weekend of riding in France. The price of this supported tour includes return Geneva airport transfers, local transport, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas with pasta or freshly baked cake, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full on-road support.

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Bespoke Cycling Tours in the Alps and Provence

Flexible cycling options for fixed base and point-to-point riding

Offered by:
Cycle the Alps of Provence

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 78 11 91 85

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
Tailored for you

Ray at Cycle the Alpes of Provence can tailor a trip just for you and your group. Why not take on the Route des Grandes Alpes, the Alpes de Haute Provence or a RAID Pyrenees? Or try seven days in Corsica or a trip over the southern Cols from Nice. Ventoux and Alpe d'Huez trips (either individually or together) are also possible. Tick off the classics or explore lakes, rivers, gorges and cols from a fixed base. Prices and itineraries designed for you. British Cycling Level 3 coaching also available.

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Big Cols Week

Explore the upper altitudes of the Alps

Offered by:
TAG Rides

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£645

If you're an experienced rider looking for a cycling holiday in the French Alps where you can push yourself and explore new challenges, then this tour could be a for you. It's the perfect chance to spend a week on the big cols with support and guidance on hand to help you get the most out of the trip. The price of the holiday includes return Geneva airport transfers, local transport, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas with pasta or freshly baked cake, 3-course evening meals with wine, and cycle and vehicle support.

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