French Alps cycling holidays

Published by Lyn on 30 October 2018

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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2019 Tour de France Cycling Holiday (Alps)

Immerse yourself in the Tour de France as it races through the Alps

Offered by:
Buzz Cycling Holidays

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

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
€1080 per person

Experience the excitement of the Tour de France during a week of cycling, spectating and supporting. This 2019 Tour takes in 3 mountain stages in the Alps – giving you the chance to not only see the Tour but to ride some of the route as well. Key stages are stage 18 on Thursday, July 25, Embrun to Valloire (Col de Vars, Col d’Izoard and Col du Galibier) and stage 19 on Friday, July 26, which goes from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Tignes and includes Col d’Iseran. Then it's on to stage 20 on Saturday, July 27 from Albertville to Val Thorens (Col du Méraillet and the stunning Cormet de Roselend). Price includes accommodation, breakfasts and afternoon tea each day, evening dinners (6 out of 7 nights), internal transport and logistics, vehicle support and experienced domestiques. Extras available on request include bike hire, airport transfers and nutrition.

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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 645€

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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4-day cycling tour on ViaRhôna from Montélimar to Avignon

Ride from the orchards of the Drôme to the vines in Provence

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €339

Take a short 4-day self-guided biking trip to discover the ViaRhôna from Montélimar – a city famous for its colourful and tasty nougats – to Avignon and its Palais des Papes. Cycle 30km to 50km on three consecutive days with the day off on arrival allowing you to get your equipment and prepare at your leisure. Follow the ViaRhôna bike path to Pont-Saint-Esprit before enjoying small typical roads of Provence. Your ever present companion will be the wild Rhône river snaking through orchards and vineyards. Your trip ends in the gorgeous historical cities of Orange and Avignon. The price of this tour includes bikes, GPS routes, maps and tourist leaflets, accommodation and panniers. Ebikes and luggage transfers if necessary can also be added as extras.

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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 base in the mountains 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. 

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A 8-day bike trip on the ViaRhona from Seyssel to Lyon

Follow the Rhone river as it meanders to magnificent Lyon

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €898

For the vast majority of this ride you will follow the Rhône river on the ViaRhona, exploring by old towpaths and quiet roads. If the river views aren't enough, there's the beautiful mountain bikedrop as well. Discover traditionals hamlets and fishing ports such as Chanaz or Groslée as well as the lively spa town of Aix-les-Bains and its lake of Bourget. Taste local specialities along the way: from Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers and the Cité du Gâteau to the medieval streets of Pérouges (and its sugar pie) to Lyon's famous bouchons, this is a bike ride for foodies, wine enthusiasts, history buffs and nature lovers. The price of this self-guided ride includes bikes, GPS routes, maps and tourist leaflets, accommodation and panniers. Ebikes and luggage transfers can be added on as extras.

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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 Cols of the Tour de France

A guided adventure over the French and Italian Alps

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3797 4933

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£1179

This tour is quite a challenge. Your guided group will start the adventure in the charming Italian town of Cuneo before climbing into France up some of the most iconic climbs in cycling. The first big challenge is the Col de la Bonnette, at 2802m the highest col in Europe. Across the week you soon clock up the climbs as you make your way across the spectacular cols of Vars, Izoard, Galibier and Croix de Fer. If that is not enough, you finish the week by tackling the famous 21 hairpins bends of Alpe d’Huez. You will ride well over 400km during the trip and average 72km daily. The price of your trip includes flights from the UK, transfers, accommodation including breakfast and support vehicle.

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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 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 (can be tailored for you)

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
From £350 camp only - please enquire about prices with accommodation included

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 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 845€ 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.
Please ask about 2019 dates.

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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 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 the Monday – 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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