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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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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Cycling the Alps near Bourg-Saint-Maurice

Tackle the Petit St Bernard, Iseran and Madeleine and many more

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-£595, depending on the length of tour

Explore some of the quieter cols of the Alps on this tailormade self-guided holiday based at the Alpine Velo chalet near Bourg-Saint-Maurice. This is a flexible holiday option – choose from three or seven nights – allowing you to take in the roads around the Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Tarentaise and Tignes areas of the French Alps. Price includes ensuite accommodation in a dedicated cycling chalet with breakfast, dinner and return airport transfers. The chalet is based in the valley, so there’s an easy start and end to each day. Nearby cols include Petit St Bernard, Courmet de Roseland, Col de l’Iseran, Col de la Madeleine, La Plagne and Notre dame du Pré. Many other cols – including Alpe d'Huez – are 1 or 2 hours drive away by car, and the guys at the chalet can help with pickups and dropoffs. Plan your own routes or chose from the dozens already mapped out (and tested) by the guys at Alpine Velo. 

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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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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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