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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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 €370

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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Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
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If you want to cycle in France but you're not sure where to go or how to sort it – maybe you're strugglng to find accommodation or the right self-guided or guided ride for you – then this service is for you. It's my own bespoke service that matches your holiday wishlist to the right tour operator or accommodation option for you. This is for riders who need a little support on the road – anything and everything from accommodation advice and route planning to hiring bikes and luggage transfers. I'm working with a network of cycling specialists across France to offer you the best cycling holidays possible – and tailored just for you, your dates and your cycling ability. Hit the brown button below or see this link for details.

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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:
5 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
£815

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

Incredible alpine experience from the mountains to the sea

Offered by:
Buzz Cycling Holidays

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

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
€1150 per person

Both cyclists and non-cyclists are welcome on this mightly tour – or you might like to do a little of each. This trans-Alps crossing is one of the most scenic in cycling – it's manageable but challenging. Expect lots of scenic spots (and photos) plus great coffee along the way. Starting in Morzine, it winds its way over the Col de la Colombiére and Col des Aravis before climbing Col de la Madeleine and the fabulous Lacets de Montvernier. From there it's on to the Saint Jean de Maurienne for the Télégraphe and the Galibier before tackling the Izoard and Col de Vars. But that's not all: Col de la Bonette, Col Saint Martin, Col de Turini and Col du Castillon are all also on the menu. Price includes accommodation, all breakfasts, lunches and coffee stops, snacks and drinks for on the bike, logistics, bike support and on the road van support, photo pack from throughout the trip, experienced domestiques, and evening ride briefings and cycling advice.
Dates for 2019: August 4-10 (please enquire about other bespoke dates)

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Supported Rides 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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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 €430

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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