The first section of this tour is a climbers paradise with no less than 5 major climbs of the Tour de France on the menu. There is no cycling destination to compare with the French Alps and these climbs are balanced from some stunning accompanying rides.

The second part of the tour takes us to Alsace and a much easier set of rides ( though we can easily add a climb or two in the Vosges Mountains which will be at our backs in Alsace.

Then finally on to the beautiful City of Paris where you can enjoy all that this amazing City has to offer.

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DAY 1 | Arrive Lyon & St Michaels Mount

Our staff will meet you in Lyon, France, where you will be transferred to our accommodation.

On arrival at our accommodation time to unpack, and assemble bikes before a short ride to test the bikes and your travel weary legs.

  • Distance: 16km (one way)
  • Total Vertical Climb: 435m
  • Max slope: 14.6%
  • Estimated Time: 3hrs 30mins
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Moderate

The hairpins above Challes Les Eaux give this relatively short ride a surprisingly mountainous character. The perfect ride to unwind those travel legs.(Great second and third time around as well if you are looking for more kms.)

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Day 2 |  Col Du Marocaz

  • Distance: 56km (one way)
  • Total Vertical Climb: 863m
  • Max slope: 8.65%
  • Estimated Time: 3hrs 30mins
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Moderate

From Challes we climb to the pinnacle of Mount Cruet taking a brief detour for a coffee stop at La Thule. Then we press on for the descent from the pass to the Combe de Savoie where the views in a word, are fabulous. Then through gently rolling farmland and hillside Vineyards to our home base

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DAY 3 | Plainpalais

  • Distance: 61kms
  • Total Vertical Climb; 1470m
  • Max slope: 9.32%
  • Estimated Time: 4 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Moderate

This Circuit of the Grand Massif offers some amazing alpine scenery.

DAY 4 | Col de Galibier & Alpes Dhuez       

  • Distance: 95km
  • Total Vertical Climb: 3824m
  • Max slope: 25.26%
  • Estimated Time: 4 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Difficult          

An old favourite with an added twist!!!  If the pros can do two majors in one day so can we. We are Coached to the village of St Michel de Maurienne where our ride begins. Then up to Valloire on the ever upward climb which is attained at around 35kms at a height of around 2600m. Time for repose and celebration, and then the lovely descent toward Bourgs D’Oisans before again facing the mountain – this time the magnificent Alpes Dhuez.

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Day 5 | Rest Day

A day to discover the beautiful local region on a self guided tour, band up with some fellow travellers and hit the local markets or join us on one of our scheduled activities which may include, gliding, golfing, cooking classes, wine tasting or simply a day by the pool.

DAY 6 | Vineyard Spin

  • Distance: 71kms
  • Total Vertical Climb; 1381m
  • Max slope: 8.02%
  • Estimated Time: 4 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Moderate

Todays ride gives us an opportunity to explore the many small wineries on the hillsides and in the valleys surrounding our Hotel. More a meander than a ride we just go where the whim takes us allowing time for scenic breaks and photos, coffee, brunch and maybe even wines before returning to the Hotel for a restful afternoon by the pool or a hectic last minute shopping frenzy in Chambery.

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DAY 7 | Col de Croix de Fer, France

  • Distance: 79km
  • Total Vertical Climb: 2104m
  • Max slope: 12.93%%
  • Estimated Time: 5 hrs 30 mins
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Difficult     

One of the mythical Tour de France rides and climbs. We are Coached to the village of St Jean de Maurienne where our circuit begins. Then on to St Colomban where we take stock and prepare for the climbs ahead. The last few kms are at 10% plus but the panorama of the Aiguilles d,Arves from the Croix de Fer is stunning.

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DAY 8 | Annecy Loop (with 3 great climbs)

  • Distance: 83m
  • Total Vertical Climb: 2174m
  • Max slope: 19.43%%
  • Estimated Time: 5 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Difficult   

You will be coached to Annecy this morning for todays adventure. The opportunity is there to drop one of the Climbs from this amazingly scenic loop. Bring a change of clothes as we will lunch in Annecy and then spend the afternoon in the beautiful Lakeside Community before catching the Coach home later in the day.

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DAY 9 | Rest Day

A day to discover the beautiful local region on a self guided tour, band up with some fellow travellers and hit the local markets or join us on one of our scheduled activities which may include, gliding, golfing, cooking classes, wine tasting or simply a day by the pool.

DAY 10 | Le Revard, France

  • Distance: 61kms
  • Total Vertical Climb; 1492m
  • Max slope: 11.48%
  • Estimated Time: 4 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Moderate/Difficult

Possibly the most rewarding ride of the entire Tour. A  circuit of the Massif with a mid point high of around 1600 metres and spectacular views.

Beginning with a sedate 10kms to St. Alban Leysse where  the climb begins. Approx 13 kms of steady climb and switchbacks past the Ski facilities of La Feclaz and on to Le Revard where the view extends over the largest natural lake in France Lac du Bourget. A break here to appreciate your efforts before approx 20kms of wonderful descent to the Lakeside community of Aix Les Bains.

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DAY 11 | Col de la Madeline

  • Distance: 52 kms
  • Total Vertical Climb; 1724m
  • Max slope: 15.44%
  • Estimated Time: 5 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Difficult

Our last day in the French Alps and yet another iconic climb to add to your list of achievements. We are coached to Fissoinet and returned from La Chambre. An afternoon to pack bikes and prepare luggage for pour departure to Milan tomorrow.

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DAY 12 | Transfer to Alsace

Settle back for a scenic coach tour through the French and Swiss Alps en route to our next home in Alsace.

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DAY 13 | Colmar & Riquewihr

  • Distance: 38 kms
  • Total Vertical Climb; 391m
  • Max slope: 7.61%
  • Estimated Time: 3 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Easy

This ride takes us through beautiful wine country to the lively village of Colmar with a brief stop for a small wine sample in beautiful Riquewihr. Bring a change of clothes, take some time to browse the shops and discover the back lanes of Colmar.

Then dine at one of the many Restaurants on the Lauch before we head for home arriving in time for you to savour the delights of our home village.

DAY 14 | Selestat

  • Distance: 45 kms
  • Total Vertical Climb; 181m
  • Max slope: 1.97%
  • Estimated Time: 2 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Easy

A beautiful circuit through the foothills of the Vosges, be ready for some early climbing then a delightful descent to Selestat for a coffee break and wander around followed by a peaceful (and very flat) ride home.

DAY 15 | Foothills Spin

  • Distance: 45 kms
  • Total Vertical Climb; 815m
  • Max slope: 7.89%
  • Estimated Time: 2 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Easy

Again some climbs into the Forrest of the Tanez followed by a sweet descent all the way down to your accommodation.

DAY 16 | Rest Day

Perhaps a journey to Strasbourg or Mullhouse. Both destinations are worthy of a train ride. On the other hand, a wine tour, a day at the spa or maybe a Canoe ride are all other possibilities.

DAY 17 | Across The Rhine

  • Distance: 100 kms
  • Total Vertical Climb; 257m
  • Max slope: 2.02%
  • Estimated Time: 2 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Easy

The easiest day of the entire tour allows us time to reflect on what has been the perfect cycling tour for you. A beautiful ending through flat farmland and following the banks of the Rhine, you will cross briefly into Germany before returning home to Ribeauville where we sadly need to gather our posessions and redy ourselves for a transfer tomorrow to gay Paris.

DAY 18 | Coach Transfer to Paris

Estimated Travel Time: 6hrs 30mins

Today we leave the beautiful Alsace Region bound for the City of Lights, Paris. Todays' scenic journey takes through rich farmland and  through the Champagne region and the City of Reims so settle back and enjoy the trip. Remember though that we also skirt the Western front where many of the worst battles in human history were fought in WW1

DAY 18 -21 | Paris

 

 

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