• START | END

    Geneva Airport, Switzerland | Avignon City or TGV Train Station, France

  • DURATION

    10 Days | 9 Nights
    August/September

  • LOCATION

    Switzerland | France

Advance bookings are open!

$750 reserves your spot for the 2018 Haute Alps, Switzerland | France Tour. 

$750.00 AUD

Our Tour Highlights

2018 HAUTE Alps – Geneva, Switzerland | Avignon, France Tour

French Alps, Alpe d’Huez, Glandon/ Croix de Fer, Telegraph/Galibier, Izoard,  Cime de la Bonette at 2802m | Provence, Gorges de la Nesque, Mont Ventoux

Welcome to the Haute Alps Switzerland | France

We’ve designed our Haute Alps and Haute Pyrenees Tours, to give you ideas and suggestions of whats possible for Bespoke Trips in Europe. Whether you’d like your Bespoke trip to take in parts of Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany or Switzerland, just to name a few, we’ve got you covered.

We can design your dream cycling and non-cycling holiday, all you need to do is have five or more of your riding and or non-riding buddies sign up, we’ll take care of the rest.

We’ll use all of our experience to design the perfect itinerary for your needs, provide the vehicles, drivers, rider support, non-cycling program, ride routes, hotels, restaurants and just about anything you can imagine to make your dream trip come true. [read on for Haute Alps | Switzerland | France Tour]

Arrive into beautiful, Lake Geneva, Switzerland.

First up we ride from Lake Geneva to the stunning turquoise waters of Lake Annecy. We’ll take a walk around and explore the gorgeously preserved old town of Lake Annecy.
Due to the warm climate, pure mountain air, incredibly clean fresh water, this stunning part of the world is also ex-pat home to many of the worlds best endurance, thrill-seeking mountaineering and triathlon athletes.

The spectacular Alps form a natural border between Switzerland, France and parts of Italy. We’ll ride the legendary Cols of Glandon/ Croix de Fer, Telegraph/Galibier, Izoard, up to the highest paved pass in Europe the Cime de la Bonette at 2802m and many more of the climbs and cycling routes made famous by the Tour de France.

In the south of France, Provence, we’ll ride undulating roads through the fragrant lavender fields, along gorge roads carved out of solid rock by centuries of water flow and pause in villages that time forgot. While in the region we’ll ride the ‘Giant of Provence”, Mont Ventoux and stop for obligatory photo’s and marvel at the lunar-like landscape at the 1902m summit.

Our Tour

Day 1

Airport pick up: 8am Geneva
Trip start: 9.30am Geneva Airport Hotel. Assemble bikes
Ride: 11am. Geneva – Lake Annecy 50km.
Non-Cycling: Morning – Explore the local area or prepare for the trip ahead. Afternoon, scenic drive to Lake Annecy, Explore old town Annecy.
Afternoon Transfer: Lake Annecy – Le Bourg-d’Oisans 200km – 2.5hours
Overnight: Le Bourg-d’Oisans / Alpe D’Huez
Meals: Welcome Dinner.

Day 2

Ride: Alpe D’Huez – Col du Sarenne Loop 55Km-2300mVert (+ optional Les Deux Alpes 45km) = 55km/100km
Non Cycling: Scenic chairlift ride Alpe d’Huez, explore Alpe D’Huez Village and walking trails. Scenic drive following the ride routes.
Overnight: Bourge d’Osians / Alpe D’Huez
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 3

Ride: Hotel – Huez – Col d Croix du Fur – Glandon – St Jean du Marienne Km. (Optional Lacettes du Montvervier loop) 30km/70km/80km/100km
Ride Options: Catch the van up to Col du Glandon following ride route – ride Glandon to Croix du Fer 5km descend 25km to St J d Maurienne 30km
Non Cycling: Scenic drive along Alpe d’Huez’s jaw dropping balcony roads, Visit the Alps, pause for scenic photo stops on Col du Glandon and Croix du Fer.
Overnight: St Jean du Marienne
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 4

Ride: Hotel – Col du Telegraph – Galibier – Col du Lautaret – Briancon 40km/80km/2500mVert or 40km 1500m descent.
Non Cycling: Scenic drive and visit the villages of Valloire and Briancon, enroute stop off on the scenic Col’s du Telegraph and Galibier. Bring your camera for the mountain landscape photos.
Overnight: Briancon
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 5

Ride: Hotel – Col du Izoard – Risoul/Guilestre 50km – Col du Vars – Jausiers 90km 2600mVert Km.
Non Cycling: Scenic drive, stop off at the village of Risoul and the remote scenic Col’s: du Izoard and Vars.
Overnight: Jausiers.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 6

Ride: Hotel – Cime de la Bonette 25Km climb 1700m vert to 2802m the highest pass in Europe, Up and back down. 40km/ 65km
Non Cycling: Relaxing morning in the hotel and village of Jausiers.
Transfer: afternoon 4hour transfer to Provence – Mazan
Overnight: Mazan
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 7

Ride: Gorges de la Nesque – Sault – Sault to Chalet Reynard Mazan 45km/65km/100Km. Mont Ventoux loop tomorrow.
Non Cycling: Beautiful scenic drive through the Gorge roads, Lavender fields, explore the quaint provincial village of Sault.
Overnight: Mazan
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 8

Ride: Hotel – Mont Ventoux Loop – Mazan 40km/60Km/80km/120km. (option for Double ascent of Mont Ventoux 120km option)
Non Cycling: Scenic drive of Mont Ventoux Loop and visit the villages and markets of Bedoin, Maulecene.
Overnight: Mazan
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 9

Ride: Hotel Mazan – Avignon, via scenic route Mazan – Orange – Chateau neuf du Pape – Avignon
or Mazan – Chateau Neuf – Pont du Gard – Avinon. 30km/50km/70km/100Km
Non Cycling: Visit the villages of the Cote du Rhone and city of Avignon
Overnight: Avignon
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 10

Ride: Km. Hotel – Pont du Gard Aqueduct – Saint remy de Provence – Avignon loop 30km/70km/100Km.
Non Cycling: Explore Avignon city and take a trip to visit the stunning Pont du Gard Aqueduct and beautiful village of Saint Remy du Provence.
Meals: Breakfast.
End of Tour.  Avignon City or Avignon TGV Train Station (2.40mins to Paris)

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 2018 Haute Alps |Switzerland | France Tour.

Ciao Pat and Grace

10

Years of Experience

63

Tours Completed

1,384

Trip Guests

32,926km

Cycled on Tour

238

Hotels Visited

What Makes Us

Première Classe

Experience, Since 2007

We’ve been on the ground running tours for over a decade and have long graduated from the School of Rookie Mistakes. We’ve accumulated thousands of kilometres in knowledge that goes into planning our itineraries and running our trips. When you’re with us, we’ve got your back. We want to see you achieve what you came here for. That’s why we build in contingencies for our contingencies so no matter what challenges the race, road or rain throws at us, we have a solution that will bring a satisfied smile to your face at the end of each day.

Trips Guaranteed To Run

We believe that our trip numbers should never be your problem. Whether our group size is 3 or 33, we run all of our trips to the same premium standard. We value your trust in us and understand how excited you must be. Once you’ve booked your spot on any of our trips, that’s it – you’re coming. So confirm your annual leave, book your flights and start packing!

More Ride Options

We understand that this is your cycling holiday and that you have your own goals and desires. We get to know you and give you a minimum of 3 ride options every day, so you can tailor your trip and manifest your dreams. Our goal is to have you achieve and experience everything you’ve set out to – and more. As corny as it sounds, there is nothing more rewarding for us than your smile at the end of each day. Oh, and hugs. We love hugs, especially after you’ve achieved something so meaningful to you.

Ride More, Transfer Less

We know you’d much rather be sitting on your bike than in a vehicle, so we design our itineraries to ride more and transfer less. There’s a great sense of satisfaction that comes with riding point to point so, whenever possible, we build this into our itineraries. Riding more and transferring less is also achieved by multiple nights stay in strategically located hotels, so there’ll be times throughout the trip where you can unpack your bags and call your room home for a few days.

Spectators Welcome

Whether you’re a fan of Pro Cycling, or your partner is a cyclist – you are welcome and encouraged to join our trips. Taking care of spectators is a specialty of ours. We give you plenty of options throughout the tour. Whether you want to experience the beauty of the ride routes by vehicle and join up with your cycling partner en route, cheer the pro-riders at race viewing points or spend time wondering the beautiful villages and cities we visit – the choice is yours. We ensure you have as much fun and adventure as the cyclists each day.

We Are "Details" Nerds

There really is no other way to put it. We. Love. Details. We consider every inch of your holiday from the pre-tour organising and planning to the on-tour running of it all. Every decision we make is about giving you the best possible experience. We want you to switch off and enjoy the ride. We know what it’s like to work hard for something, and we love to make you feel rewarded for your efforts. Let us handle the details, so all you have to focus on is having the best time and creating lasting memories.

Pro Bike Mechanic & Rider Support

Each trip has a professional bike mechanic and rider support vehicle. We carry a pro-team work stand, extensive toolbox, essential parts, hydration and nutrition aboard our dedicated support vehicle. Should anything occur en route, we’ll have you sorted and back on your bike in no time.

Bike Security

We take the security of your bike and belongings very seriously when you entrust them into our care. We go the extra mile by implementing a number of security measures and only choose hotels that supply us with secure storage options. We are proud to say that since our first tour in 2007, we have never experienced any problems with personal belongings or bike security on any of our trips.

Fabulous Accommodation

We believe accommodation is more than just a bed for the night. It’s a place to call home when you’re living out of a suitcase. We choose a variety of comfortable, characterful and quality accommodation styles to give you a complete experience. From city chic to family run chalets and everything in between.

Global & Local Experience

When you travel across the globe to be with us, we get excited. We love sharing everything we know and love about the people and places we visit. We ride the secret backroads, reveal the best hidden cafés, introduce you to incredible regional produce and have you feeling like one of the locals sooner than you can say bonjour, buongiorno and hola.

Local Lingo

Travelling to a country where the locals don’t speak your language, can be daunting. So that’s where our local lingo can help alleviate your apprehension. We’ll give you some basic tips on how to interact with the locals so you get the most out of your experience. You don’t have to be an expert, just have a go and remember to pack your sense of humour as there’ll be lots of laughing along the way.

Safety & Skills Coaching

We want you to go home to your family in better condition than when you left, so we place importance on your safety and skills. We’ll infuse you with tips, tricks and customs of riding in the countries we visit to give you the best cycling experience in the safest, most enjoyable way. As part of our service, we offer complimentary skills coaching en route for those wanting to hone any area of their biking. Expert skills coaching has been a unique area of our business for over 20-years, having fine-tuned the skills of pro-cyclists, Olympians, national and world champions.

Travel Tips

We’ve learnt a lot about travelling over the years. Once you’ve booked your trip with us, we can advise you on tips and tricks that will help make your travel experience more enjoyable, less stressful and have you well rested and ready to start your trip in optimum form.

Friendships

One thing you may not have considered when booking your future holiday is the opportunity for friendships. We pride ourselves on creating a group culture with great camaraderie that support and cheer for each other. It’s quite common for our trip participants to become lifelong friends (with us and with each other). Friendships that span the globe is one thing that really gives us a warm fuzzy feeling.

Your Goals Matter

Booking a cycling trip is a great motivator to set health, fitness, riding and travel goals. We are here to cheer you on and guide you through your preparation and link you up to other tour participants upon request. On tour, we do everything we can to see you achieve your goals and celebrate those milestones with you. Our flexible yet organised approach means that we’ve never cancelled a landmark ride in our 10+ year history. Your goals matter and we love seeing you reach them.

We Bring Out The Best

This is our philosophy – our heart and soul. At any given time, we bring out the best of that moment. We’ll show you where to stop and smell the roses, take in the most spectacular views, capture the best selfies and drink the best coffees. We are about savouring the moments and reminding you that you are in the best place at the best time.

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