Mountains and winding road in the French Alps

Alps Journey Bike Tour

Conquer Legendary Cols of the French Alps

7 days / 6 nights Level: 4Price From: $5,095Collection: 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
  • Ride like a pro in custom Rapha x DuVine gear: jersey, socks, and cycling cap are complimentary on all Level 4 tours


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


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

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Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Geneva, Annecy, and the Savoy

    Welcome to an epic week of cycling. Before we head out across the Alps, meet your guides on the shores Lake Geneva for a short transfer to our starting point. 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 warrant a name. Today’s name-worthy climb is the Col de Tamié, an approachable 9.7 kilometers at 4% on narrow (but scenic) roads. Rest up at tonight’s hotel in the heart of the Savoy region—the thermal spa makes a soothing soak for sore legs.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Annecy, Albertville
    Accomplished: 73 miles / 117 km, elevation gain: 6,361 feet / 1,939 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Radiana

  • Day 2

    Madeleine and Glandon

    Yesterday we climbed some hills; today we climb some mountains. Our to-do list consists of twin cols, and there are mere moments to warm up before we hit the Col de la Madeline first. It’s a hair-raising way to start the day, with 26 kilometers averaging 6.1%. The descent into La Chambre offers some sweet relief before we tackle the Col du Glandon: a 21-kilometer climb at 6.9% with the final two kilometers over 10%. Get in the zone for the last stretch to tonight’s hotel, where we’ll have a taste of Alpine food and hospitality.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: La Chambre, Vaujany
    Accomplished: 62 miles / 99 km, elevation gain: 12,952 feet / 3,948 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel V de Vaujany

  • Day 3

    4 for 4: Alpe d’Huez to Galibier

    After a breakfast fit for a professional cyclist, we head east on roads that make all the fatigue worthwhile: 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 challenge is the most famous of them all: the Alpe D’Huez and all 21 of its hairpin switchbacks. After that, the Col de Sarenne and Col du Lautaret might as well be considered cool-downs. There’s extra credit for anyone who wants to tag the summit of Galibier—what’s another eight kilometers at 7% for some serious bragging rights? Descend down the valley into Le Monêtier-les-Bains. If you have the energy, take a walk around town and stretch your legs as you head to dinner on your own tonight.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Alpe D’Huez, La Grave
    Accomplished: 68 miles / 110 km, elevation gain: 11,164 feet / 3,403 meters
    Shorter Option: 58 miles / 94 km, elevation gain: 9,281 feet / 2,829 meters
    Accommodations: Le Monêtier

  • 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: 66 miles / 107 km, elevation gain: 8,738 feet / 2,664 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: 60 miles / 96 km, elevation gain: 8,997 feet / 2,743 meters
    Accommodations: Pure Montagne Resort

  • Day 6

    Ride to the Sea

    Our last ride is nothing short of spectacular as we follow one-way roads all the way to Nice, but one more col stands between us and our celebrations: the Col de Turini. 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: 58 miles / 94 km, elevation gain: 6,235 feet / 1,901 meters
    Accommodations: Hôtel 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, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.

Arrival Details

Airport City: Geneva, Switzerland Pick-Up Location: Fraser Suites in Geneva Pick-Up Time: 8:30 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Nice, France Drop-Off Location: Nice airport or TGV train station Drop-Off Time: 11:00 am

Please note that Arrival + Departure Details for 2025 tours could be subject to change.
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.

Upon booking this tour, you will be asked to complete a short form. We use this information to ensure all Level 4 trip participants are adequately prepared for our most difficult riding and have proximate cycling experience to the rest of the group.

Due to altitude, weather can change quickly. Expect anything from peak summer heat to hail and snow in a single day, and pack accordingly. Helpful hints about dressing for all climates can be found on our blog.

Please note that e-bikes cannot be reserved for this tour.

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

2024Single Supplement From: $1,100

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


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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

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Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road

Included in trip price