Alps Journey Bike Tour

Conquer Legendary Cols of the French Alps

7 days / 6 nights Level: 4Price From: $4,595Collection: Challenge

Tour Highlights

  • Ride through the heart of the Alps to conquer France’s greatest, hardest, and most famous climbs, including the Alpe d’Huez, Col du Galibier, Col d’Izoard, and Col de la Bonette
  • Discover the quiet and secluded—but no less stunning—Maritime Alps, where you’ll have perfect ribbons of road all to yourself
  • Immerse yourself in TDF lore, passing over and through some of the most iconic climbs and villages in Tour history
  • Pedal your way from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean Sea, covering dramatically different climatic conditions and landscapes

Eat

Nourishing and satisfying Alpine fare to fuel our epic rides, including raclette cheese, tartiflette, fondues, and fresh Alpine lake fish

Drink

Delicate Pinot Noir from Savoie, craft beers, and the aromatic aperitif génépi

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  • Day 1

    Geneva, Annecy and the Savoy

    Welcome to the adventure. Before we head out to bike across the Alps, you’ll meet your guides and fellow riders on the shores of Lake Geneva for some coffee and a selection of our favorite riding fuel. But there’s no honeymoon ride and the Mediterranean isn’t getting any closer, so we start with 12 kilometers of steady climbing—and this pass doesn’t even rate a name. The name-worthy climbs start with Col de Leschaux (an easy 12 kilometers at 3.7%) followed by the equally approachable Col du Frêne (8 kilometers at 2.7%). It’s a beautiful ride on narrow roads with incredible lake and mountain views. Tonight we’ll rest up at our country château in the heart of the Savoy Region.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lake Geneva, Annecy
    Accomplished: 65 miles / 104 km, elevation gain: 1,550 meters
    Accommodations: Chateau des Allues or Château de la Tour du Puits

  • Day 2

    Glandon and Alpe d’Huez

    Yesterday we climbed some hills; today we climb some mountains. The first 40 kilometers are pretty flat before we take on the slopes of the Col du Glandon, an epic 21-kilometer climb at 6.9% with the final two kilometers over 10%. If you choose the extra climb up the Col de la Croix de Fer, you’re not hallucinating: the town on the other side of the pass really is called Oz, though the road is not paved with yellow brick. We’ll end by pedaling up the most famous Col of them all, the Alpe D’Huez. At switchback 12 we check into our ideally-situated boutique cycling hotel, where people look at you funny if you’re not wearing spandex. Tonight we’re served a home-cooked meal catering especially to hungry cyclists!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Épierre, Allemond, Alpe D’Huez
    Accomplished: 64 miles / 102 km, elevation gain: 2,345 meters
    Accommodations: Chalet Ribot or La Cle Des Bois

  • Day 3

    Lautaret and Galibier

    After a breakfast fit for a professional cyclist, we head east. These are the roads that make the soreness worth it: one lane of crisp asphalt clinging to the edge of the Romanche Valley, and not a car in sight except for the support van. Our first real climb is the Col du Lautaret. Then there’s extra credit for anyone who wants to tag the summit of the Galibier. What’s another eight kilometers at 7% for some serious bragging rights? Descend down the valley towards Briançon, the last town before the Italian border. If you have the energy, visit the French fortified town to walk around and stretch your legs as you head to dinner on your own tonight.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Le Bourg d’Oisans, La Grave, Briançon
    Accomplished: 55 miles / 88 km, elevation gain: 1,920 meters
    Accommodations: Le Bacchu Ber or La Ferme de Belline

  • Day 4

    Hump Day

    We’re halfway through the trip. Your legs are sore. But the hump today is none other than the Col d’Izoard. This climb was the battleground for the epic rivalry between the legendary Italian, Fausto Coppi, and the French great, Louison Bobet, in the 1950s. It is also the highest point of our tour at 2,360 meters. We are heading south into the Maritime Alps where the passes aren’t household names but the riding is out of this world: no cars, just ribbons of pavement winding through pines and mountain pastures. This is exactly what we’ll experience on the Col de Vars before rolling into Villa Morelia for a relaxing afternoon by the pool or a much-needed massage.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Briançon, Guillestre, Jausiers
    Accomplished: 56 miles / 89 km, elevation gain: 2,021 meters
    Accommodations: Villa Morelia

  • Day 5

    Col de la Bonette

    The Col de la Bonette is billed as the highest pass in Europe—which means we have basically no choice but to conquer this gentle (or perhaps not-so-gentle) giant. A one-kilometer warm-up prepares us for the 24-kilometer climb through Mercantour National Park. At its steepest, the gradient hits 15%, but it’s easy to distract yourself with the extraordinary views all around. The flying descent down the other side is equally as memorable: towns begin to look more and more Italian, and we start to feel the hint of a Mediterranean breeze. Tonight, we feast like locals on good, honest food served in an outdoor setting, then rest up for tomorrow’s final push.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Jausiers, Bousieyas, Isola
    Accomplished: 57 miles / 92 km, elevation gain: 1,871 meters
    Accommodations: Chalet Anduebis or Le Grand Chalet

  • Day 6

    Ride to the Sea

    Our last ride is nothing short of spectacular as we slice down one-way roads all the way to Nice. It’s easy to understand why pro riders flock here in droves—the city’s mountainous backyard makes a perfect training ground, and luxurious recovery is within easy reach. Take a victory lap around the harbor, have champagne on the beach, and check into our sea-view hotel. The afternoon is all yours: spend it blissed out on the beach or weaving through the bustling port before we celebrate our last evening like champions. Our journey across the Alps has earned us a platter of fresh fish, veggies, pasta, and olive oil—a culinary reflection of all the ground we’ve covered along the way.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Nice
    Accomplished: 49 miles / 79 km, elevation gain: 1,180 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel la Pérouse

  • Day 7

    Au Revoir

    Enjoy an easy morning and decadent breakfast at our hotel. Your guides will transfer you to the Nice airport or TGV train station as you head to your next destination.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Travelers Take Note

Our Journey tours are designed to reach small towns where hotel options are often limited and/or seasonal. Due to availability and routes, groups may sometimes be split between different properties, which are of the highest standard available in the area.

Arrival + Departure Details

Arrive

Airport City: Geneva, Switzerland
Pick-Up Location: 8:30am at the Fraser Suites in Geneva

Depart

Airport City: Nice, France
Drop-Off Location: 11:00am at the Nice airport or TGV Train Station

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2018Single Supplement From: $700
2019Single Supplement From: $700

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region in ideal riding locations
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, and 5 cyclist-friendly dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Nutritious energy snacks, hydration, and shakes to support endurance and recovery
  • Local wines and beer with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line Cannondale carbon fiber road bike
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS with pre-programmed route maps

Support

  • Expert bilingual guide with extensive cycling experience and local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Laundry service provided mid-week
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

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Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra Di2

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road