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Tour Details

Duration
8 days / 7 nights
2016 Tour dates
July 27th – August 4th
Start Location
Tour Starts -July 28th after airport pick up in Geneva
Tour ends – August 4th after transfer to Geneva area airport hotel Airport -Geneva
3-4 Star hotels
1 night at airport hotel in Divonne les Bains
3 nights in Albertville
1 nights in Valloire
2 nights in Les Deux Alpes
5 group dinners and all breakfast is included
Price Per Person(Double Occupancy)
$3798
Single Supplement
$700
(Limited Availability)
Difficulty Level ****
Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Daily Ride Averages
30mi-70mi
1,500 – 6,500ft
Terrain
High Mountainous Terrain
Non Rider discount (20%)
Rental Bike
$450 per tour
(Limited sizes and availability)
What’s Included
8 days / 7 nights fully supported and accompanied trip
All breakfasts
5 out of 7 dinners
Pick-up at Geneva Airport
Drop-off at Geneva Airport
All ground transportation
All luggage transfer
Support and services of our expert guides
Support vehicles
Breaking Away Bicycle Tours maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles

What’s Not Included
Airfare
Travel and personal insurance
Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
Lunches

List of climbs
Col de Leschaux
Col du Frene
Col de Tamie
Col du Marais
Col de la Croix Aravis
Col de Saissies
Cormet de Roselend
Col de la Madeleine
Col du Telegraphe
Col du Galibier
Les Deux Alpes
Alpe D’Huez
Col du Sarenne
Col du Glandon
Col de la Croix de Fer

Tour Highlights

Did you ever want to cycle the roads while following the heroic wheel tracks of Tour de France greats in the majestic and mighty passes of the French Alpes? Imagine that, but without the chaos and madness that  is associated with live viewing of the TDF. Cure you post TDF blues by joining us on this tour in the French Alpes that offers epic terrain which has determined many Tour de France champions.  This cycling vacation offers classic climbs, amazing regional cuisine and awe-inspiring scenery.  We invite you to discover and ride with us the Mythical Cols and Historic climbs like Alpe D’ Huez, Col’s du Telegraphe and Galibier, Col de la Madeleine and many more. This French Alps cycling vacation is an epic challenge set with a backdrop of snow- capped peaks, glaciers, sunflower fields and crystal clear alpine lakes. Join us on this magnificent journey through the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe and as always having the legendary top support in the industry supporting and cheering you on all the way.

Daily Itinerary

July 27th: Depart the USA for France
July 28th:  Geneva airport pickup and shuttle to our deluxe hotel just across the border at the base of the Jura mountains in the spa village of Divonne-les-Bains. Enjoy a scenic shakedown ride along Lake Geneva- past vineyards and fields of sunflowers. Tonight you’ll meet your fellow guests at this evening’s “Welcome Meeting/Dinner Party”.
July 29th: Short morning van transfer to Annecy, where you’ll start your ride amidst the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Annecy and the beautiful yellow sunflower fields on your way over the Col de Leschaux and  Col du Frene to the Olympic village of Albertville. Hotel Check in for 3 nights. Open night for dinner.45 mi / 3,750 ft.
July 30th: Today’s options are between choosing a basic loop that includes the Col de Tamie and the Col de la Croix-Fry or add on the Col de la Forclaz, Col des Aravis and the picture perfect Col des Saisies…Both of these Tour de France climbs have unbelievable views of Mt. Blanc in the distance.  Relax after your ride poolside and share stories of todays classic TDF ride with your fellow guests. Group dinner.
40 mi / 5,000 ft or 75mi/ 9,000 ft.
July 31st: After a breakfast of fresh pastries and a buffet of local specialties our out and back route for the day has you taking on the mighty  Cormet de Roselend.  Take in the sublime scenery at the top of a rather desolate and rocky plateau surrounded by still higher peaks before a screaming, twisty  descent to our lunch spot for the day in the historic village of Beaufort which is famous  for its excellent Beaufort cheese. Open night for dinner.
50mi./ 5,500 ft.
August 1st:  After breakfast and hotel check out – Another classic day!  You’ll conquer Col de la Madeleine; one of the most mythic and classic mountain passes featured in the Tour de France. The northern side is of Col de la Madeline is a very enjoyable, long and steady climb that has its rewards of an unobstructed panoramic view of the nearby mountains.  Make sure you enjoy it while at the top… sightseeing might be the last thing on your mind after gravity takes over and you’re flying down the twisty 20-km downhill to the Maurienne Valley.  After a flat section when you reach the base of the valley, you’ll ascend the Col du Télégraphe and reach the charming ski village of Valloire which is set in the shadows of Galibier.  Our group dinner will include local Savoyard specialties and wine from the region.
68 mi /9,500 ft.

August 2nd: Wake up to the smell of  homemade croissants before cycling up the mammoth of the day the majestic Col du Galibier. Riding this legendary climb is magical. Graffiti from past Tours will remind you that this road has seen many key showdowns since it was first used in the 1911 Tour de France. Take in the stunning wide open views from the top of the Meije glacier before a long memorable 40+ km descent to the final challenge of the day the climb up to Les Deux Alpes. Group Dinner.
50mi. / 7,600 ft.
August 3rd: Wake up at our lovely, family run chalet to the sound of cow bells and the smell of freshly baked croissants. The morning is all about the legendary Alpe D’Huez, the scene of much drama over the years. You’ll soak up the atmosphere with many other riders at the
‘Mecca’ of road cycling. Keep something in reserve for the afternoon though as we continue after lunch in Alpe D’Huez  to scale  up Col du Sarenne before the technical and serpentine like descent to the base of Les Deux Alpes. Option to climb up or take a shuttle to our hotel  in Les Deux Alpes. Group dinner.
38mi./ 5,000 ft or 45 mi. /7,000ft.
August 4th: As all good things must come to an end, so does this tour. After breakfast and hotel check out this tour’s final challenge is epic – following the past Tour De France routes over the famous Col du Glandon / Col de la Croix de Fer double with an option to climb Col de la Madeline from La Chambre side.  After lunch, we’ll van transfer back to our Geneva area airport hotel. Our mechanics will assist you in packing your bike for  your flight home that night or choose and stay an “OPTIONAL NIGHT” and depart the next day.
52mi. /4,500 ft or 76 mi./ 9,600 ft.