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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Buzz, Bike and Brews

Beer and cycling ... two of life's simple pleasures in one holiday

Offered by:
Buzz Cycling Holidays

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

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
€715

Buzz Bikes & Beers holiday combines the love of cycling and ales. Nothing beats a nice cold beer after a tough day on the bike! The team have selected the best climbs in the Alps and matched them with great beers for this unique cycling holiday. Cycle Tour de France classics as well as some hidden gems and taste award-winning local beers. The stay includes luxury accommodation, a daily guided ride, cooked morning breakfast and 5 evening dinners. It also includes a visit to 6 different local micro-breweries and establishments that will enhance your love of a nice brew. We think this could be a popular one.

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Criterium de Dauphine

Combine riding with watching the pros warm up for the TDF

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£725

The Criterium du Dauphine presents the perfect opportunity for a road cycling holiday. Watch the very best riders from the pro peloton while cycling some of the same roads. This French cycling holiday combines daily rides with an opportunity to stop and watch the professionals in the 2018 event. The price of this tour includes return Geneva airport transfers, transport to and from the event, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas with pasta or freshly baked cake, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full vehicle support.
Dates for 2018: June 4-10

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Custom Cycling Holidays in France

Tailored support for your group cycling holiday in France

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
£480 per day for staffed and fully equipped van and custom-fitted box trailer.

La Vie en Velo can support your trip to anywhere in France. This year they already have custom trips planned in the Pyrenees, the Alps, as well as London-Paris. Their service is ideal for groups and can be tailored to your group size – prices include full van support, bike and baggage transfers and stacks of bikey knowledge. Angus can plan your accommodation for you and also arrange bike hire if you're not bringing your own (he can bring your bike and luggage for you from the UK). Routes can be tailored for you. The La Vie en Velo team specialises in taking cyclists to ride wherever they want using a van and custom-fitted box trailer for your bikes. Ideal for family groups, charity rides, cycling clubs and corporate events.

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Custom Guided Road Cycling Tours

Choose your own adventure with a tailormade tour anywhere in France

Offered by:
HC Bike Tours

Phone number:
+37 1 26306180 (Europe) / +1 650 319 8824 (US)

Tour length:
You decide

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
Varies

Tailor your own dream cycling adventure. HC Bike Tours specialise in custom tours taking you anywhere in Europe. Just tell them where you want to go and how challenging you want your ride to be and they'll work out the best routes, sort logistics, book hotels and make all the other arrangements to ensure you have a hassle-free holiday. They can cater for small groups of between 1 and 14 riders, and can take care of cyclists of all abilities as well as non-cycling partners. Start by filling out the booking form on their site with your basics and you'll be on your way to build the perfect itinerary.

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Custom Tours in the Alps

Take the stress out of organising your Alpine tour

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored, but generally challenging

Price:
Tailored

Ride the great Tour de France cols whilst La Vie en Velo take care of everything else for you. Your bikes and bags don’t even have to go near a plane. If you are coming from the UK, they can bring them with them in their fully-equipped van. You just concentrate on turning those pedals and looking at that view. The Lautaret, Galibier, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Telegraphe, Ornon, Izoard and many others are all possible and routes can be tailored to your preferences. Tours are adaptable and can be tailored to your group size. The tour tailoring service can include transfer of bikes and bags from/to the UK (or from French airports); assistance with flights from/to London; and accommodation – La Vie en Velo have a strong relationship with a great little bike-friendly hotel near the Col du Galibier, and this provides a super base. Bike hire can be arranged.

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Cycling + French Lessons in the Alps

Learn French while riding in the Alps – a perfect combination

Offered by:
Alpine French School

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 79 08 38

Tour length:
6 nights (5 half-days and one full day free for cycling, 5 half-day French classes – longer courses available)

Level of difficulty:
Challenging but flexible

Price:
From €799

Learn French while indulging in a French cycling holiday in the Alps. This French language course – tailored especially for cyclists – includes three hours a day of intensive French lessons over five days. When you're not in the classroom you'll be out on the bike in the Morzine area climbing Joux Plane, Avoriaz, Ramaz and much more. The cycling – over five half-days and one full day – is unguided, so ride as much or as little as you like. Helen (an avid rider herself) and her team will be on hand to help with local route advice and maps. The price includes self-catered accommodation in a shared apartment or lodgings with a local host family. Ask Helen about options if you'd like to take a longer package of French lessons, or if you need more time on the bike.

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Cycling from Mont Ventoux to Alpe d'Huez

A guided or self-guided ride conquering two of France's icons

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 87 21 09

Tour length:
5 nights/ 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From €845

Forget watching the Tour de France on television – experience some of the most famous climbs in south-western France for yourself on this 6-day journey from Mont Ventoux to Alpe d’Huez. Cycle up the 'Giant of Provence' – twice if you want! – and follow Cyclomundo's tried-and-tested Alps itinerary. Encounter mind-boggling vistas, gorgeous gorges, and the charming towns of Sault, Orpierre, Guillestre, and Briançon, among others. This is a challenging self-guided tour passing over such legendary cols as the Izoard and climbing the famous 21 hairpin bends to Alpe d’Huez. The amazing views are an added bonus. Available self-guided or fully guided with on-road vehicle support. Price includes 5 nights' accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, marked maps and route notes, a Garmin GPS unit (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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Cycling Gorges and Gentle Cols on the Alps/Provence border

Ride quiet backroads, gorges or Ventoux on this tailored holiday

Offered by:
Serre Des Ormes Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 92 58 04 55 or +33(0)6 59 27 16 43

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Tailor made

Price:
€540

During the week that you spend with Serre Des Ormes, you'll explore historic towns, discover perched villages and enjoy the magnificent scenery of dramatic gorges and vibrant lavender fields. This is wonderful but relatively undiscovered cycling country nestled in between the southern Alps and the Luberon. The climax of the week is a pilgrimage to Mont Ventoux, which can either be climbed from the historic village of Sault or from the more challenging Bedoin side. But you can cycle as little or as much as you want here. Cycling holidays at Serre Des Ormes are tailored for your legs. You'll be taken care of with healthy, nutritious breakfast, homemade cakes, and plenty of R&R by the pool after a day on the bike. Delicious evening meals are made with local produce and served with French wine. This break includes 7 nights' B&B, evening meals with wine, aperitif and hors d'oeuvres, plus route guidance and GPX files for a week on the roads. Bike hire and airport transfers can be arranged. 

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Cycling in the Alps

Get you photo at the top of a col whatever your ability

Offered by:
Buzz Cycling Holidays

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

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
€795

With vast experience of the Alpine area, Joe and Amelia at Buzz can create an itinerary and cycling schedule to suit you, with great care taken to ensure that each schedule is planned and adjusted to suit all ablities, especially useful for those not used to cycling in the high mountains. The guys can take you on endurance rides taking in amazing mountain scenery, provide cycling sessions with a focus of improving skills, strength and stamina, all while ticking the boxes of famous Tour de France climbs – and with coffee and cake stops en route. The chance to chat with experienced coaches on varied cycling topics also provides something a little extra. The tour price includes accommodation, daily breakfasts and afternoon tea, evening dinners (6 out of 7 nights) and local transport and logistics.

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Cycling in the Drome River Valley

Ride the quiet backroads of the undiscovered Diois

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 58 14 04 35

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy, moderate and challenging options

Price:
From €585

Ride the backroads of the beautiful Diois area of the Drôme Provençale. The area is a superb mix of the Alps and Provence, full of orchards, vineyards and sunflower fields, plus rolling hills of boxwood, pine and lavender. You'll ride alongside clear rivers and streams, with plenty of opportunities to stop for picnics and swims, or stop in a sleepy hamlet or village for a coffee in a shaded café terrace. The Diois is also a major wine producing area, famous for the sparkling Clairette de Die. (Don't worry – you'll have plenty of opportunities for wine tasting). Price includes B&B accommodation, most evening meals, baggage transfer, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. Available guided or unguided.

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Cycling Morzine Self-Guided

Explore the cols and valleys of the Northern French Alps at your own pace

Offered by:
Forever Cycle Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3289 6100

Tour length:
You choose

Level of difficulty:
Moderate or challenging – you decide!

Price:
From £425 for 4 nights (longer stays are available - please ask)

Choose your own adventure as you explore the iconic cols and valleys of the Northern French Alps on this self-guided cycling option. Select your own program drawing on the knowledge and experience of local experts. Paul knows these roads intimately (he's ridden them all countless times), so you'll be sure to find the best routes in the region that match to your ability. Cols and Alpine vistas in every direction, plus home-away-from-home chalet accommodation tailored for cyclists in the town centre (complete with hot tub!) Dinners and camaraderie await you every night so you can share your day's adventures with other riders. Price includes half-board accommodation, transfers plus loads of expert local advice. Bike hire an optional extra. 
2018 dates: Jun 6-10, Jun 14-18

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Cyclosportive - Time Megeve

Ride one of the most popular Alpine sportives

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£525

This four-night break provides the chance to enjoy some fantastic Alpine road cycling while also participating in a well organised local sportive, the Time Megeve. The event is extremely popular and is also perfectly timed in the season to provide great preparation for events later in the summer, such as the Etape du Tour, and there are different route options so it allows riders of differing abilities to choose a distance that suits them. The price of this tour includes return Geneva airport transfers, transport to and from the event, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas with pasta or freshly baked cake, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full vehicle support.
2018 dates: May 31-June 4

 

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Etape de Tour 2018

Take part in the world's most famous cycling sportive

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
£525

The 2018 Etape du Tour will take place in the Alps on Sunday, July 8, starting in beautiful lakeside  Annecy and finishing some 169km and 4100m of climbing later at the ski resort of Le Grand Bornand. This four-night stay gives you the chance to combine some fantastic Alpine road cycling with watching or participating in this extremely popular event. Entry to the event is not included, but the price does include return Geneva airport transfers, transport to and from event, chalet accommodation, breakfast, afternoon tea with pasta or freshly baked cake, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full vehicle support.
Dates for 2018: July 5-9

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French Classes + Mountain Biking

Learn French while mountain biking in Morzine – a perfect combination

Offered by:
Alpine French School

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 79 08 38

Tour length:
6 nights' accommodation (4 half-day biking sessions, 5 half-day French classes – longer courses available)

Level of difficulty:
You decide!

Price:
From €899

Combine mountain biking in the incredible Alps with intensive French lessons. This course – tailored for mountain bikers new and old – includes three hours a day of intensive French lessons over five days. When you're not in the classroom you'll be out on the bike, exploring the Morzine, Châtel and Les Gets trails in the High Alps. This is prime mountain bike country with a plethora of cross-country and downhill routes on offer (more than 650km of marked trails in total). Your mountain biking can be guided or unguided, and routes can be tailored to your experience and ability. The price includes self-catered accommodation in a shared apartment or lodgings with a local host family. Ask Helen about options if you'd like to take a longer package of French lessons.

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Galibier, Alpe d’Huez and the Joux Plane – An Alpine Tour

Incredible alpine experience

Offered by:
Buzz Cycling Holidays

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

Tour length:
13 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging but can be tailored

Price:
€1650

Join Buzz for 13 nights of pure cycling and sightseeing bliss. With 5 years’ experience hosting cyclists and their families in the Alps, Joe and Amelia will show you the Alps that only the locals know. The best cafés, the most breath-taking views, famous climbs and hidden gems. 5-star experience, 5-star accommodation and 5-star food! Along with famous climbs such as Galibier, Alpe d’Huez, the Joux Plane, Ramaz, Lacets du Montvernier and more. You'll be pampered in luxurious accommodation, plus local  transfers and all logistics are covered. Daily breakfasts (cooked option most days), evening dinners (11 nights), vehicle support on daily rides and day trips, mechanical support and supplies, full daily ride brief and experienced domestiques all included..

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Geneva to Annecy: Famous climbs and lesser-known passes

A self-guided tour around lakes and over mountains for serious cyclists

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From €625

Cyclomundo Geneva to Annecy mapDesigned for serious cyclists, this self-guided tour links three of Europe's most beautiful lakes: Geneva, Bourget and Annecy. Follow in the tracks of the Tour de France as you climb thrilling mountain passes and cruise through picturesque Alpine villages with stunning mountain scenery shadowing you the entire way. The ride takes you into the heart of the Savoie wine region, and through wine-growing villages such as Apremont, Abymes and Chignin, famous for light, crisp whites that carry the scent of Alpine flowers. Daily distances range from 95-111km. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, detailed maps and route notes, a GPS unit (subject to availability) plus luggage transfers between hotels. A more leisurely option along a similar route is also available on request. Full carbon road bike hire available on request.

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Geneva to Lyon on the Via Rhona

Follow the Rhone River between two of Europe's great cities

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
6 day package

Level of difficulty:
Easy to Moderate

Price:
From €845

Cyclomundo Via Rhona mapIf you’re dreaming of "la bonne vie" but are short on time, this 6-day package could be the perfect fit! Meander along the “Via Rhôna”, a new bicycle path that follows the Rhone River as it flows towards the Mediterranean Sea. Ride past farmers' fields, through ancient villages, and around lush vineyards as you make your way at a leisurely pace from Geneva, Switzerland to Lyon, France's third-largest city. Castles, churches, caves and Roman ruins – they are all yours to visit on this self-guided holiday. This tour is tailored for all cycling abilities, with daily rides ranging from 41-68 km (25-42 miles) on mostly gentle terrain. Price includes 5 nights' hotel accommodation, 3 dinners, marked maps and route notes, a GPS device (subject to availability), and luggage transfers between hotels. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

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Geneva-Annecy-Geneva: Rivers, Lakes and Mountains

Cross the Swiss border into France to take in two countries in one trip

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
2 nights/3 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €360

Ride from the Swiss Alps, across the border and into France (and back again), experiencing two great cycling countries in the one trip. Ride from Switzerland's global city, Geneva, along the waterways of the Rhone, across farmlands and through vineyards. This trip can be tailored to your ability – you can tackle more mountains and longer distances, or take easier and shorter routes at your own pace. Distances a day range from 38km to 90km (you decide). On the French side of the border, you'll pass through Seyssel, a picturesque village by the banks of Rhône River, en route to the Fier River and its gorges. Explore medieval Annecy's cobbled streets and canals (it's not called 'the Venice of the Alps' for nothing) before taking in sweeping views of Lake Geneva on your way back to Switzerland. Price includes 2 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 1 dinners, luggage transfers, marked maps and route notes, a Garmin GPS unit (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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Guided Road Cycling Holiday in the Alps - 7 Days

Tackle famous Alpine cols with full on-road support

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)207 191 1120

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£695 per person

If you have ever watched sun-drenched riders on the Tour de France or Dauphine climbing beautiful Alpine stages and fancied experiencing them yourself at your own pace? Then this tour could be perfect for you. It runs from Sunday to Sunday and is a fully guided experience, with vehicle on hand throughout week to help with mechanicals, food, drink and clothing – and, of course, morale support. All you need to do is ride (and take in the scenery). The route features famous Haute Savoie cols including Col de Joux Plane, Col des Aravis, Col de Joux Verte, Col de la Ramaz and Col de la Colombiere. The price includes chalet accomodation, breakfast, afternoon tea, two-course evening meals (with wine) and return transfer to Geneva airport.

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Legendary Cols Tour

Fully supported opportunity to conquer Europe's most prestigious cols

Offered by:
Forever Cycle Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3289 6100

Tour length:
11 days, 12 nights

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From £2750 (discount for non-cycling partners)

Conquer 5 legendary cols in one tour: the Stelvio, Alpe d'Huez, the Galibier, the Ventoux and the Tourmalet, plus many others en route as you ride through the French Alps, the Italian Alps, Provence and the Pyrenees. This is a 10-night fully supported tour starting in Milan and finishing in Toulouse. It's designed to allow the amateur rider the chance to demolish cycling's ultimate bucket list in a holiday of a lifetime (but still climb at your own pace). Highlights include the 48 hairpins of the classic Passo dello Stelvio ascent, standing on the podium at the top of Alpe d'Huez, ethereal vistas from the top of the Galibier, and the chance to take the 3 ascents challenge up Mont Ventoux; finish by conquering the Tourmalet. Price includes 10 nights half-board in quality hotels, meals with plenty of carbs, and overland transfers in a luxury 21-seater coach (pretend you're in Team Sky). Non-cycling partners more than welcome. Bike hire can be arranged too.
2018 dates: Jun 28 - Jul 9

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