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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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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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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Classic Cols of Savoie Mont Blanc

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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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:
£400 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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Cycle the Via Rhona

Experience the Rhone's wilder side

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy-moderate

Price:
£1325

This self-guided tour will take you from Vienne, previously the ancient capital of Roman Gaul, to the nature reserve of L’île au Beurre, via steeply terraced vineyards including the prestigious Côte-Rôtie and onto Montélimar following the River Rhone's cycle ways. This beautiful stage of the 'Via Rhona' will appeal to anyone interested in history, nature or gastronomy. Along the way you will stay in atmospheric 3-star hotels and visit many places of interest, including a vineyard and Roman theatre. Lots of great cuisine available at every stop. The price includes luggage transfers between hotels, detailed route notes, 5 nights' B&B accomodation and some evening meals, and bike hire.

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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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