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Route des Grandes Alpes Cycle Ride

It's not a race, it's a journey, enjoy the moments

12 December, 2023

Route des Grandes Alpes Cycle Ride

Gearing up for your next adventure

A cycling trip of a lifetime on the best and highest mountain roads in the French Alps. The Route des Grandes Alpes is a awesome journey full of winding roads and stunning scenery from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean sea.

8 Nights & 7 Ride Days

Route des Grandes Alpes Cycle Ride is a 7 day cycling holiday which crosses the French Alps to the Mediterranean Sea

Ride Stats

A fantastic cycling trip from Geneva to Nice covering 703km and 17500m of climbing through the most beautiful and highest passes in the Alps.

fully Supported rides

A support vehicle will carry energy bars, fresh water and energy drinks to help keep riders performance levels to their maximum. 

Routes des Grandes Alpes

Route des Grandes Alpes Cycle Ride

The idea of this wonder route was conceived by the Touring Club Le France in 1903, with the completion of the Col d’Iseran the Route des Grandes Alpes was opened in 1937.

Described as the “world’s most beautiful road” the Route des Grandes Alpes stretches from the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva, the largest lake in Western Europe, to the bustling resort of Menton on the Côte d’Azur, crossing many of the highest, and most well-known alpine cols along the way.

This once in a lifetime cycling challenge is a must-do for any keen cyclist’s, but it’s not really suited for beginners.

£1590 per person

Book your place today with a £200 non-refundable deposit, price based on a shared twin room. Single rooms are available with a supplement of £200.

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Routes des Grandes Alpes

Legendary Mountain Road

The Route des Grandes Alpes Cycle Ride will include 8 nights accommodation, and 7 days of cycling. During the trip you will cross 16 major mountain passes and climb over 17500m, covering a total distance of 703km.

Each day you will get to ride in spectacular scenery whilst conquering some of the highest and most famous cols like Col de la ColombiereCormet de RoselendCol d’IseranCol du GalibierCol d’IozardCol de VarsCrime de la Bonnette, just name but a few.

Fully Supported Rides

The Route des Grandes Alpes Cycle Ride will be fully supported by knowledgeable guides and a support vehicle.

The support vehicle will carry energy bars, fresh water and energy drinks to help keep your performance levels to their maximum. This vehicle will also carry a range of spare parts and tools in order to assist with any minor mechanical problems.

Base Itinerary

DAY 1 – Meet at Geneva Airport, transfer to Hotel, Assemble Bikes

DAY 2 – Geneva to Megeve – Col de la Colombiere (1613m), Col des Aravis (1487m)

DAY 3 – Megeve to Val d’Isere

DAY 4 – Val d’Isere – Valloire

DAY 5 – Valloire – Guillestre

DAY 6 – Guillestre – Rimplas

Day 7 – Rimplas – Menton

Day 8 – Menton – Nice

Day 9 – Departure, Transfer to Nice Airport for a midday flight


Return Geneva Airport Transfers

Support Vehicle and Guides

8 Nights Accommodation

8 Evening Dinners

8 Continental Style Breakfasts

7 Freshly Made Packed Lunches


Visas (If Required)

Travel Insurance

Personal Injury Insurance

Spare Parts

Medical Cover

Bike Hire

Coffee Stops

Room Service / Mini-Bars

The Route des Grandes Alpes Cycle Ride will involve some long days in the saddle, each day averaging around 100km and 2400m of climbing so a good level of fitness is required. Being in good physical condition will result in a more enjoyable holiday, for this reason we recommend partaking in a achievable fitness program prior to your cycling holiday.

Obviously, the best way to prepare is to get out on your bike and include some long rides in hilly terrain. However, swimming, running and circuit training are also good ways to develop your aerobic fitness and stamina.

You will be accommodated on a shared room basis whilst on the Route des Grandes Alpes Cycle Ride. Individuals travelling alone will be paired up with someone of the same gender. If there is no one of the same gender we will provide you with a single room but there will be a single supplement charge.

If you would prefer a room to yourself then a single supplement charge will be added, please contact us for prices. Please note this option is only available subject to availability.

If you decide not to bring your own bike, we recommend using  “Bcyclet” for your bike hire. They provide a great selection of carbon bikes made by Scott. For your own comfort we recommend bring your own saddle and pedals. For pricing and availability please use the following link: Bcyclet

We recommend you bring at least the following items of clothing and equipment:


Cycling Helmet (This is mandatory, no helmet no riding)

Sunglasses / Eye Protection


Base Layer

Cycling Jersey

Long Sleeved Cycling Jersey (Optional)

Good Padded Cycling Shorts

Lightweight Waterproof Jacket



Arm Warmers

Cycling Gloves

Long Fingered Cycling Gloves (Optional)


Full Length Leg Warmers

Knee Length Leg Warmers


Cycling Shoes

Cycling Overshoes

Cycling Socks


Sun Screen

Bike Bottles

Cycling Computer

Di2 Charger


At Classic Cycling Tours the safety and well-being of our guests is of the upmost importances to us. Unfortunately due to the nature of cycling and the terrain you will be riding in accidents can occur. Therefore, it is mandatory that you have Personal Injury Insurance that covers you in the event of an accident whilst on a cycling holiday. If you do not have any cover we recommend using “Yellow Jersey” cycle protection.


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Steve & Anna, Owners

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