Discover Alpine Charm in Switzerland and France

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5 nights
43 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 1035
Bike tour in France and Switzerland
Rider Level: Enthusiast Electric bike tours

Discover Alpine Charm in Switzerland and France

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Rider Level: Enthusiast Electric bike tours

5 nights
43 miles/day

Self guided from EUR € 1035
Bike tour in France and Switzerland

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  • Gravel bike along scenic routes in Savoy and the French Alps from Geneva

    Get ready for a cycling adventure through the stunning Savoy region, nestled in the majestic French Alps! This renowned area blends picturesque landscapes—featuring snow-capped peaks, serene lakes, and lush vineyards—with quaint villages.

    Amidst this stunning beauty lies a challenge awaiting gravel biking enthusiasts. The rugged, off-road routes through Savoy demand not only physical stamina but also an adventurous spirit. As you cycle through the scenic countryside and historic towns, you'll discover the beauty and rich culture that Savoy has to offer. Don't miss the chance to explore ancient thermal baths, medieval castles, and vineyard-covered hillsides, all while enjoying delicious Savoyard cuisine.

    Gravel biking in Savoy reveals hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path destinations, offering a one-of-a-kind adventure and ensuring an unforgettable experience!

    • Lemon Pistachio Cake in France's Savoie region. Davedawggy@Flickr
    • Thiou River in Annecy, France. CC:Chrissgg382000
    • Rosé wines from France. CC:Menerbes
    • Geneva along Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Carlita Benazito@Unsplash
    • Fondue Savoyarde is a favorite from the French region of Savoie. CC:Juliano Mendes
    • Lake Bourget in Savoie, France. Jacques Dillies@Unsplash
    • Thiou River through Annecy, France. CC:Dmitry A. Mottl
    • Geneva, Switzerland. Pablov Elasquez@Unsplash

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    Highlights

    • Geneva
    • Annecy: the "Venice of the Alps"
    • Aix-les-Bains: thermal spa town
    • 3 gorgeous Lakes: Lake Geneva, Lake Annecy & Lake Bourget
    • Scenic countryside
    • Historic towns
    • Savoyarde cuisine: Cheese Fondue, Croziflette, Raclette & Tartiflette


  • Discover Alpine Charm in Switzerland and France

     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

    Day 1: Geneva
    Geneva, nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva, is renowned for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, picturesque Old Town, and stunning natural beauty. Upon arrival, you can explore iconic landmarks like the Jet d'Eau and Old Town, or consider a leisurely boat cruise on Lake. In the evening, you may want to head to Carouge for its bohemian atmosphere and vibrant nightlife.

    Day 2: Geneva - Annecy (35 mi / 57 km)
    Starting by tracing the Swiss/French border southwards towards Annecy, you'll be greeted by the scenic Mont Salève, often referred to as Geneva's balcony. The route offers a delightful mix of short single trails, unpaved roads, and tranquil country lanes. The day's highest point at Croix de Vin (850m), provides breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Descend into the charming town of Copponex before a brief ascent to Allonzier-la-Caille. Conclude the ride with a gentle descent into Annecy.

    This evening, take a stroll through the charming Old Town or relax by the shores of Lake Annecy. Explore boutiques and cafes, visit the Château d'Annecy, or enjoy some delicious Savoyard cuisine at local restaurants.

    Elevation: +950m
    Surface: 30% gravel and poorly paved greenway

    Day 3: Annecy - Montmélian (45 mi / 73 km)
    Today's route is a cycler’s paradise, tracing the west bank of Lake Annecy with breathtaking lake views. Departing from Doussard, brace yourself for the main ascent of the day along a stunning forest trail to Col du Mont Cherel, offering sweeping vistas of the Aravis and Belledonne mountains. The rewarding descent into Jarsy follows, and en route to Montmélian, you'll pass through the wine-producing "Combe de Savoie'' near the Massif du Bauges, designated as a UNESCO World Geopark for its geographical significance.

    This evening in Montmélian, dinner is included! Dine in the restaurant adjacent to the hotel on refined cuisine that prioritizes freshness and authenticity and blends Savoy and Piedmont flavors. Following dinner, explore the charming historic center or enjoy a scenic stroll along the Isère River.

    Elevation: +1480m
    Surface: 22% gravel

    Day 4: Montmélian - Aix-les-Bains (26 mi / 42 km)
    Aix-les-Bains holds the esteemed title of 'City of Art and History' bestowed by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Before reaching this charming city, you'll pass through Chambéry, the former capital of Savoy. Here, don't miss the Elephant Fountain and the historic Château de Chambéry. Enjoy a leisurely ride along the "Avenue Verte," a popular cycle path, leading you to Aix-les-Bains along the scenic east bank of Lake Bourget. Take in the stunning lake views and perhaps pause for photos or a quick swim along the way.

    This evening in Aix-les-Bains, stroll along the lakefront promenade, enjoy dinner at a lakeside restaurant, or relax with a visit to the thermal baths or spa.

    Elevation: +320m
    Surface: 4% gravel and 38% greenway

    Day 5: Aix-les-Bains - Geneva (64 mi /103 km)
    On your way to Geneva, you'll pass through Seyssel, a charming town divided by a river between the Ain and Haute Savoie departments. You'll also discover the picturesque commune of Chancy, Switzerland's westernmost point, and the idyllic wine-making village of Russin. Upon arrival in Geneva, feel free to return your rental bikes and spend the remainder of the day exploring the city at your leisure.

    Elevation: +1170m
    Surface: 20% gravel

    Day 6: Geneva
    Today marks the end of your tour. If time allows, consider adding additional nights here to explore this beautiful city.

    Surface and terrain

    This demanding route offers varied terrain, encompassing gravel roads, rocky paths, and significant inclines and declines. Cyclists cover distances ranging from 26 to 64 miles daily, with about 20 to 40 percent of the route consisting of gravel and poorly paved greenways.


    Hotels

    Geneva: Hotel Jade

    Annecy: Splendid Hotel

    Montmelian: Hotel La Clé des Champs

    Aix-les-Bains: Hotel Aquakub


    How to get there

    Tour start and end-
    The most convenient airport for arrival and departure is Geneva Cointrin International Airport (GVA)


    Discover Alpine Charm in Switzerland and France

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  • Dates

    Daily Departures May 15 - Oct 15, 2024

    Prices

    Tour Package

    Per Person, double occupancy €1035
    Single-use, 1 person / 1 room €1530

    Bike Rental

    Gravel Bike €130
    Touring Bike €115
    Electrically-Assisted Bike €190

    Extra Nights- Geneva

    Per Person, double occupancy €105
    Single-use, 1 person / 1 room €180

    Included services

    • 5 nights accommodation
    • Breakfasts
    • Dinner on day 3 (drinks are not included)
    • Welcome meeting
    • Luggage transfers
    • Roadbook provided as an app (when used as a GPS, no data plan is necessary)
    • Assistance if necessary
    • All tax and service charges

    Bike rentals

    Bikes available for rent on this tour:

    Gravel Bike

    • Available Model: Trek Checkpoint ALR 4 (or similar)
    • Frame: 300 Series Alpha Aluminum
    • Front / Rear Derailleur: Shimano GRX RX400
    • Brakes: Shimano GRX hydraulic disc
    • Tires: Bontrager GR1 Comp, 700x40C

    Touring Bike

    • Available Model: Trek FX2 (or similar)
    • Frame: Cadre ESCAPE Aluxx Aluminium
    • Front Derailleur: Shimano M191
    • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus
    • Brakes: Tektro, linear pull
    • Tires: Giant S-X3, 700x32, puncture protect

    Electrically-Assisted Bike

    • Available Model: Raymon Tourray E 5.0 (or similar)
    • Frame: Alloy 6061
    • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore, RD-M4120, Shadow, 10-speed
    • Brakes: Tektro HD-T275, Hydr. Disc
    • Tires: Continental Contact Plus City, Safety Plus Breaker, Reflex, 55-584, 27.5x2.20
    • Battery: Yamaha EX500, 36V, 14Ah
    • Engine: Yamaha PW-ST, 250W, 70Nm

    Pedals:
    The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.

    Helmets:
    Helmets are included. However, for safety and hygiene reasons, you may also bring your own helmet.

    Bike Protection:
    Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE.


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