Our tour begins in Lyon where you will be met by our staff for the Coach transfer to  our Hotel just a few kilometres from the trendy City of Chambery. Beautifully located in the heart of the French Alps, our accommodation has received some of our highest ratings from our previous guests.

From here we discover the picturesque rides of the French Savoy together with the iconic climbs of Alpe D’Huez and Galibier.

On arrival at the Chateau we will build bikes and take a short ride over St Michaels Mount to get the blood flowing after the journey.

Then, after 10 enchanting evenings and 9 sensational days of cycling, we sadly say goodbye to this beautiful part of the World as we again board our private Coach which will take us to the Seaside Village of St Jean de Luz on the stunning Cote Basque.

A cycle program that criss crosses the French Spanish border, with rides along stunning coastline and across beautiful mountains is complemented by the chance to revel in the French Beach Atmosphere, take in the chic shopping of Biarritz or visit the Guggenheim in Bilbao.

Then it’s off for four fabulous nights in the world of Gaudi, the vibrant City of Barcelona, before the Group takes its final Coach trip to Barcelona International Airport for our return home.


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. (Great second and third time around as well if you are looking for more kms.)

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

This ride is great in both directions! The hairpins above Challes Les Eaux give this relatively short ride a surprisingly mountainous character. The perfect ride to unwind those travel legs.

DAY 2 | Col Du Granier

  • Distance: 68km
  • Total Vertical Climb: 1728m
  • Max slope: 17.7%
  • Estimated Time: 4 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Difficult

This ride begins with a relative easy passage of 8kms to La Monet where the Climb begins. A long steady climb of around 9kms to the summit of Col De Granier. Climbing legs essential but be assured the climb is worth every breathtaking moment. A time to reflect at the summit and then your climbing efforts are rewarded with around 23kms of sometimes fast descent ,through Mountain Tunnels before reaching the Valley floor at St Christophe (where you may fancy a short detour to the Grotto of St Christophe). A shortish climb before around 17kms of rolling country  on a slightly busier road but still with ample cycling room into Chambery for a short stop before returning to our Hotel..


DAY 3 | Isiere Flat & Easy

  • Distance: 71km
  • Total Vertical Climb: 833m
  • Max slope: 14.8%
  • Estimated Time: 4 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Easy                    

A snappy ride to get the heart rate up. Mostly flat with a climb of around 5kms to a paltry height of just 489 metres. Will be fast and one to clear the cobwebs.

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.

Day 5 | Rest Day

Time for a well earned rest. Visit the bustling Chambery, take in local village markets, go gliding or simply chill by the pool.

No schedules to be met today.

Day 6 |  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.

 DAY 7 | Annecy

  • Distance: 43km (one way)
  • Total Vertical Climb: 882m
  • Max slope: 16.96%
  • Estimated Time: 3hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Moderate/dIFFICULT

The beautiful Village of Annecy returns to the 2009 ride stable. A Valley ride to Annecy for a lakeside lunch and a shopping sojourn followed by an afternoon return.

DAY 8 | 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 9 | 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.


DAY 10 | Le Revard

  • 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 60km circuit of the Massif with a mid point high of around 1600metres with spectacular views of Frances largest natural Lake Le Lac Bourget.                                                                       

Beginning with a sedate 10kms from Challes to St.Alban Leysse where once again 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 and then on back to our Hotel where it is time to pack bikes in readiness fro our transfer to the Coate Basque tomorrow.

DAY 11 | Coach Transfer to St Jean de Luz

Breakfast from 6.00am - Coach Dep 8.00am

Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs

DAY 12 | St Jean de Luz - Biarritz

  • Distance: 63kms
  • Total Vertical Climb; 715m
  • Max slope: 6.5%
  • Estimated Time: 3 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Moderate

Breakfast from 6.00am - Ride Departure 8.00am

This is a sensational entry ride to discover the Basque country. Leaving St Jean, we head inland toward the quaint village of Ascain and then on to St Pee and Cambo les Bains before heading back toward the Coast and into the famous French Resort of Biarritz where we will take time out for food and people watching. Then the delightful ride home along the Coast to St.Jean.

DAY 13 | St Jean - Col St Ignace

  • Distance: 57kms
  • Total Vertical Climb; 849m
  • Max slope: 9.52%
  • Estimated Time: 3 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Moderate

Todays ride takes us across the border into Spain but not before some short, steep climbs over the Col St Ignace. Then down to the bustling seaside Village of Hondaribbia before the beautiful Cliffside ride back to St. Jean.

DAY 14 | St Jean - Monte Jaikibel

  • Distance: 61kms
  • Total Vertical Climb; 952m
  • Max slope: 13.45%
  • Estimated Time: 3 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Moderate/Difficult

Today we venture back into Spain in search of the only sizeable hill in the region. Jaizkibel has featured as a Stage of the Vuelta and though it only rises to just over 600 metres, patches of the ascent are quite testing. What makes the ride truly spectacular is its location right beside the Atlantic.

DAY 15 | Rest Day

So much to do and see! A quiet day beach side in St.Jean, an upmarket fashion spree in Biarritz, an active white water raft or a push into the Spanish ports of San Sebastian and on to Bilbao for the culture at the Guggenheim? A lot will be learned about your fellow travellers this day!!!!

Day 16 | St Jean De Luz - St Jean Pied de Port

  • Distance: 119kms
  • Total Vertical Climb; 1566m
  • Max slope: 12.66%
  • Estimated Time: 3 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Moderate/Difficult

The longest of our Basque country rides, also incorporates two climbs rising to around 700 metres before our arrival in the beautiful Village of St Jean Pied de Por t(St John at the foot of the Mountain) A famous and important stop on the pilgrims trail on the Camino de Santiago, St Jean Pied de Port is a busy and interesting town. We lunch here before the great descents and beautiful ride back to the other St Jean.

DAY 17  Coach Transfer to Barcelona

The Cycling done we now head to Barcelona where we have have 3 final days left together. Dedicated to  rest, relaxation and simple tourism, this is an opportunity to wine, dine, shop and do and see all the fabulous things on offer in fabulous Barcelona.

DAY 17-20 | Barcelona

DAY 21 | Depart Barcelona

Coach transfer to Barcelona International Airport

Adfios  Amigos