Bike Tour France Alpes Near Lake Annecy
Bike Tour France Alpes Near Lake Annecy
Bike Tour France Alpes Near Lake Annecy
Bike Tour France Alpes Near Lake Annecy
Bike Tour France Alpes Near Lake Annecy
Bike Tour France Alpes Near Lake Annecy

France - Alpes Bike Tour of the Lakes

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A leisurely cycling trip in the Alps linking the two major lakes of Upper Savoy (Lake Bourget, and Lake Annecy), the cycling routes essentially follow river paths, such as along the Rhône and Isère rivers, taking in historic villages, stunning natural scenery, lush meadows and valleys, and picturesque peaks along ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Fit: 3/5
  • Tour Type
    Self Guided Hybrid or Road Tour (Level 3/5)
  • Availability
    Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday departures from April to October
  • Duration
    5 nights / 6 days
  • Distance
    44 km/day avg plus 69km

DAY 1 | Arrival in Annecy

Arriving in Annecy this afternoon you can use some free time to explore this gorgeous city by the lake, one of the most pristine waters in all of Europe! Take some time to walk the pedestrian streets and alleys to really explore the old center. You can reach Annecy by TGV from Paris, or by shuttle from Geneva. We can assist with pre-trip nights in Paris and train info. Free night out for dinner and then we will meet you for your orientation next morning.

Hotel Splendid


Annecy Rhone-Alpes

Hotel Splendid

Just in front of the lake of Annecy and in the heart of the historic and commercial part of the city, the situation of our hotel is one of the best in the whole town. Relaxing week-ends, holidays, lunch or dinner cocktails, our establishment can satisfy all your expectations thanks to its numerous possibilities.

Bike Tour France Alpes Near Lake Annecy

Bike Tour France Alpes Near Lake Annecy

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DAY 2 | Annecy to Seyssel (38km)

(To Seyssel: 38km/24 miles, 553m/1814ft. of climbing)
Your first ride day! Have breakfast at your leisure, but we will be there at the hotel at 9am to begin your orientation to discuss the route book, GPS, do bike set up and answer any questions before you roll out on your ride. The ride today to Seyssel takes you away from Annecy and the lake, but is a gentle net elevation loss ride over a moderate 38km. We move your luggage for you and when you arrive you can enjoy some free time to explore this charming mountain village.

Hotel Beau Sejour


Seyssel

Hotel Beau Sejour

Located on the banks of the Rhone, in a natural setting in which is good to live, the Hotel Beau Séjour welcomes you throughout the year, in a cheerful and friendly atmosphere. The hotel has been completely renovated and has 10 individually designed rooms, and comfort care (elevator, telephone, WiFi, LCD TV, shower, solarium, large quiet park 50 meters from the hotel ...). The team will do everything to make your stay unforgettable. Also enjoy our restaurant, Le Fil de L'Eau, where we propose you some fresh and quality food. The property is fully equipped for disabled guests Seyssel is a small peaceful village of Haute-Savoie which is the limit of the Ain, Savoie and Jura. The different shops will allow you to decorate and spend a pleasant stay in our village. Annecy is 25 km, Aix les Bains, 35 kms. You can enjoy the lakes and ponds, but also the mountain. You can also stroll, walking, biking or rollerblading along the banks of the Rhone, visiting wineries and vineyards ....

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Bike Tour France Alpes Near Lake Annecy

Bike Tour France Alpes Near Lake Annecy

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DAY 3 | Seyssel to Aix-les-Bains (44km)

(To Aix-Les-Bains) 44 km/28 miles, 370 meters/1,214 ft. of climbing)
The views on today’s ride – the 14 summits of the Bauges mountain range on one side, as well as Mont de la Charvaz and Col-du-Chat on the other – are some of the major highlights of this tour. Sheer cliffs seem to spring up magically from the water and the mountains surround you in protective peacefulness. Lake Bourget (Lac du Bourget) is the largest natural lake of glacial origin and the deepest entirely within France. It was the only home to the now extinct Bezoule, a freshwater whitefish that fed at muddy depths of 70 to 80 meters (230 - 260 ft) and reportedly disappeared in the 1960s. Cycle past the impressive site of the medieval Château de Montverran in Culoz, which was built on a rock in 1316 and, in more recent times, inspired the likes of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. Pedal on to the spa town of Aix-les-Bains, which was known for its baths as far back as the Roman Empire. You can discover the numerous Roman ruins that remain.

Hotel Aquakub


Aix-les-Bains Rhone-Alpes

Hotel Aquakub

Hotel Aquakub is a brand new and modern hotel located on the shores of the Lac du Bourget in Aix-les-Bains. The hotel has a pool, jaccuzzi, sauna and exercise room to promote a healthy lifestyle. It is also an official environment friendly hotel. You can also have dinner on the roof of the hotel, giving you an amazing view of the lake and the mountains.

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DAY 4 | Aix-les-Bains to Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny (47km)

(To Saint-Pierre-d'Albigny: 47km/29 miles, 500 meters/1,630 ft. of climbing)
Today, you’ll pedal through the heart of Savoy to Chambery, a town of art and history. Located in a wide valley between the Bauges and Chartreuse mountain ranges, at the crossroads of ancient trade routes, the old-town section of Chambery is one of the most remarkable in France. Along the way, take in the ruins of the 10th century fortress, Chateau de Miolans, which overlook the rich wine-growing region of the Combe de Savoie valley (including the village of Chignin, with remains of the 8th century Sarasin stronghold and its 6 towers). The Isère River guides the route to Grésy-sur-Isère, a largely agricultural community that has been inhabited by man since the Neolithic Age.

Chateau des Allues


Sainte Helene sur Isere

Chateau des Allues

Chateau des Allues is a charming guesthouse in Combe en Savoie. Everything at the Chateau is based around Stephane's, the owner, organic garden. You can enjoy local activities, scenery and the open air of the Alpes.

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DAY 5 | Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny to Annecy (69km)

(To Annecy: 69km/43 miles, 525 meters/1,715 ft. of climbing)
Roll your way to Grésy-sur-Isère by way of Albertville, situated on the Arly River close to the confluence with the Isere River. Albertville hosted the 1992 Winter Olympics and has become quite an industrial center, but it also encompasses the medieval town of Conflans, whose buildings date back to the 14th century. The Beaufortain and Bauges mountain ranges will dazzle you as you cycle to the stunning Lake Annecy (Lac d’Annecy). Known as Europe’s cleanest lake, the Aravis mountain range reigns over the lake edge; its heights are famous for the hairpin turns and steep bends in the Tour de France. The magnificent town of Annecy, nestled on the northern tip of Lake Annecy, might remind you of Venice — canals cut through sections of the historic Alpine-style village. Strolling around, you’ll encounter the Palais de l’Isle (12th Century prison on an island, the town’s symbol), the Chateau d’Annecy, the 16th century Cathedral of Saint-Pierre, and the 20th century Pont des Amours (Lover’s Bridge) made of iron.

Hotel Splendid


Annecy Rhone-Alpes

Hotel Splendid

Just in front of the lake of Annecy and in the heart of the historic and commercial part of the city, the situation of our hotel is one of the best in the whole town. Relaxing week-ends, holidays, lunch or dinner cocktails, our establishment can satisfy all your expectations thanks to its numerous possibilities.

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DAY 6 | Departure Day

Have a relaxing breakfast, enjoy more of the sights and sounds and ambience of Annecy, and depart at your leisure. Or, feel free to prolong the pleasure and choose to stay longer in Annecy in order to make the most of this extraordinary town and setting.

Bike Tour France Alpes Near Lake Annecy

Bike Tour France Alpes Near Lake Annecy

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

5 nights accommodation
Daily breakfast
2 dinners (drinks are not included)
Orientation Meeting with our local representative
Luggage transfers
Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
Assistance as necessary
All tax and service charges

Lodging

Standard Price Tour Accommodations: All 3 star hotels and one 2 star in each area of the region and in close proximity of the must see sites! All lodging include private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Standard Hotels included:
- Hotel Splendid*** (first and last nights)
- Hotel Beau Sejour** with dinner included
- Hotel Aquakub***
- Chateau des Allues*** with dinner included

For an upgraded hotel version of this trip; please inquire
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information on each hotel for each day **
Alpes - Tour of the Lakes / 5 nights
 
Self-guided
Guided
Based on 2 participants1153 euros/person Not available
Based on 4 participants1050 euros/person 1690 euros/person
Based on 6 participants954 euros/person 1394 euros/person
Single supplement400 Euros 444 Euros
Hybrid Bike rental 98 Euros 98 Euros
Road Bike rental198 Euros198 Euros

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Tour Details

Alpes tour of the Lakes 5 Nights / 6 days
Tour Highlights:
- Scenic rides around lakes
- Beautiful mountain villages
- Discover wonderful town of Annecy

Need to Know:

- Best time to travel June and September
- Tour starts Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday only. 2 person minimum.
- Fit level riding has one long day on last ride of 69km
Dates -This tour departs Monday/Wednesday/Thursday, April to October.
Level - Level is Fit (3) For regular cyclists; good level of fitness
- Arrive in Annecy by train either from Paris or Geneva (usually with one change); or you can take a bus from Geneva airport to Annecy (about 1.5 hours)

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  • Local Coordinator

    Our local Alps support staff has a real feel for our travelers' expectations when it comes to exploring this region and the best roads to experience the beauty it offers. Our local guides and experts are available by phone to assist during your trip with any kind of emergency, breakdown (except flats), and if due to weather or other reason you need to arrange a transfer. About Self Guided Tours

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    Hybrid and Road Bikes available on this tour:
    Giant Hybrids are ok to use on this tour for those who like an upright riding position and a bike suited for various surfaces and more robust tires as well as carrying capacity. See the Giant hybrid spec sheet.

    Road bikes are also available with the carbon frame Willier Izoard, a bike built for the mountains and named after the famous French col not too far from here! The Willier is a light bike good for the more challenging rides and climbing, equipped with 10 speed Ultegra compact drive train, this bike will get you over the top with less effort. See the Willier spec sheet.

    All bikes come with helmets, flat tire materials, locks, GPS, water bottles. Pedals are available in flat or with cages; you bring your own clipless pedals and shoes if you ride clipless. Note, you will need a pedal wrench to remove your pedals at the tour finish.

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