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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Morzine Bespoke Holidays and Day Rides

Create a cycling holiday in the Alps to suit your needs

Offered by:
Velovation

Phone number:
+44 (0)7954 812 043 or +33 (0)7 71 04 04 29

Tour length:
Bespoke

Level of difficulty:
Bespoke, so tailored for your needs

Price:
From €300 but tailored for you

Morzine is a fantastic base for cycling, with some of the best Alpine riding on your doorstep. If it’s your first time cycling in the Alps, you can start in the foothills and work your way up to the bigger cols. For example, take a point-to-point ride from Morzine to Chamonix or Morzine to Annecy with a return transfer to Morzine. Or use Morzine as a base for day rides. Velovation bespoke trips provide full support, including a minibus fully fitted out for carrying bikes, spares and extra clothing/equipment. Picnic lunches and refreshments also provided. There are rides to suit all abilities, from a gentle trip taking in stunning scenery to long endurance rides with multiple cols. Itineraries can be tailored for groups or solo riders.

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Provence Short Break – Côtes du Rhône

A short but sweet taste of the Côtes du Rhône

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
4 days / 3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From £769

Perfect for a long weekend, this trip into the Côtes du Rhône winelands opens up the natural wonders of Provence. Cruise through ancient villages, historic cities and Roman ruins, and along river trails. And of course there are plenty of opportunities to sample the regions's famous wines! Along the way you'll visit Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the stunning historic village built at the bottom of a fortress and the beautiful hamlet of Loriol du Comtat, complete with its own château and Romanesque church, as well as the thriving markets of Carpentras. The price of this tour includes 3 and 4 star hotel accommodation, flights from the UK (ask about discounts if you're arriving on your own), luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, detailed route maps, and assistance whenever needed. Tandems and electric bikes on request.

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Ride Through the Upper French Alps

Conquer cols with Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc as your backdrop

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
4 nights / 5 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From €840

Cyclomundo, Upper French Alps mapThis is one of Cyclomundo's best-selling trips. With Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc as picture perfect backdrops, ride 50-112km a day through the Chablais mountain area and skirt the southern shore of Lake Geneva. En route, conquer the area's best climbs, including Col de la Forclaz, Col de la Croix-Fry, the Colombiere, Col de Joux-Plane, Col de l'Encrenaz, Col de la Ramaz, Col de la Faucille, Col de la Givrine and Col du Marchairuz. On your last day, cross the Lake in Yvoire – an impossibly photogenic Medieval village – and ride through the Swiss Jura. Price includes transfer between Geneva airport and your first/last place of stay, 4 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfer between hotels, a Garmin GPS (subject to availability) and detailed route maps and notes. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

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Route des Grandes Alpes

The ultimate Alpine adventure for road cyclists

Offered by:
Velovation

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

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From £1900

This is an eight-day trip with six days of some of the toughest but most rewarding riding in the world, taking you the entire length of the French Alps. This epic ride crosses some amazing passes, including the Colombiere, Aravis, Saisies, Iseran, Telegraphe, Vars, and the beautiful slopes of the Izoard. You'll end the ride after a 15km descent into Menton, where it'll be time to relax and rest by the sea. After a pretty punishing week, fly out of Nice or stick around for a few days at the beach. Price includes airport transfers, accommodation and meals, vehicle support, professionally qualified mechanics, 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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Routes des Grandes Alpes

Cross the Alps from Lake Geneva in the north to Nice on the Med

Offered by:
Forever Cycle Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3289 6100

Tour length:
8 nights

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
£1850

If ever the word epic should be used for a cycle tour then this is surely it. Over 9 days, you'll be supported all the way as you climb and descend the entire French Alps from north to south. While this is a serious challenge averaging 95km each day and ascending 2200m, the ethos of Forever Cycle Tours is to ensure that everyone can ride at their own comfortable pace. You'll tackle renowned climbs such as Col d’Iseran, Cormet de Roseland, Col d’Izoard, Col de la Bonette, Mont Cenis, and many others while being supported from well-stocked cars and staff who understand your needs. The tour uses highly-rated hotels where you can recharge and share tales of conquest.
2018 dates: Aug 8 - Aug 26

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ViaRhôna from Vienne to Valence in 4 days

Relaxing bike trip for all abilities (including kids) along the Rhône

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €399

Via Rhona cycling holidaysThe ViaRhôna is a 815km long cycling route connecting Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean. This 4-day stretch between Vienne and Valance passed along the Rhône River with views of the Alpine peaks in the distance (but none of the legwork involved in climbing them!) From Vienne – an old Roman capital– cycle down through traditional villages and steeply terraced vineyards to the orchards of the Rhône Valley. Most of this route follows greenways (voies vertes), making it a flat and easy ride, with you setting the pace. Maximum daily distance 38km. Price includes all accommodation, bike hire, full route notes and maps, plus luggage transfers.

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