Route des Grandes Alpes

In 2023 we are delighted to offer you the chance to ride the classic cycling trip to the Alps – The Route des Grandes Alpes. Trip dates are Friday 23 June until Saturday 1 July.

Starting on the shores of Lake Geneva and crossing the Alps from north to south, passing through beautiful Provence, we will arrive in Menton on the Mediterranean coast a week later.

The journey embraces the entire French Alps. The winding road crosses spectacular mountain landscapes, and in the valleys you’ll find local cultural features and gastronomic specialities.

The Route des Grandes Alpes is a fabulous mountain road. The (almost) 700km km between Thonon-les-Bains and Menton include 16 passes that are among the highest in the Alps. It’s an exceptional natural and cultural environment.

We will take in some of the most famous mountain passes in the Alps, such as the Col de L’Iseran at 2770m, Col du Galibier at 2650m, Col d’Izoard at 2360m and the Col de Vars at 2120m to name but a few.

Altogether we will cross 16 major cols and climb over 18500m in 7 days. The total distance ridden will be 696km. Most days we will ride approx. 100km and climb approx. 2500m apart from the final day which contains 3000m of climbing.

Overnight accommodation will be in good quality hotels, serving excellent food. Rooms can be taken on a shared or single basis.

The trip will last 8 days, with 6 days cycling the route plus a day at each end for travel.

View the gallery from the 2019 trip