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  • START | END

    Lyon Airport or Grenoble TGV Train Station, France | Zurich Airport, Switzerland

  • DURATION

    10 Days | 9 Nights
    May – October

  • LOCATION

    France | Switzerland

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$750 reserves your spot for a Bespoke Haute Alps, Switzerland – France Tour. 

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Welcome to the Haute Alps and Lakes of Switzerland | France

We’ve designed our sample itinerary for our French – Swiss Alps Tour, to give you inspiration, ideas and suggestions of what’s possible for Bespoke/Custom or DIY Tours in Europe. The sample itinerary listed below is a combination of various tours we’ve hosted for groups over the years.

Whether you’d like your Bespoke trip to take in parts of Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany or Switzerland, just to name a few, we’ve got you covered.

We can design your dream cycling holiday with specialist non-cycling programs included as well, all you need to do is have five or more of your riding and or non-riding buddies sign up, we’ll take care of the rest.

We’ll use all of our experience to design the perfect itinerary for on and off the bike to suit your needs, we can provide as much or as little cycling as you need, plus if you require vehicles, drivers, rider support vehicles, non-cycling program, ride routes, hotels, cycling guides, restaurants and just about anything you can imagine to make your dream trip come true. [read on for Alps | Switzerland | France Tour]

Sample Itinerary: Arrive into Lyon or Grenoble France.

First up we ride the local Alps foothills and explore our local region. We’ll take a walk around and explore the gorgeously preserved old town of Grenoble. You’ll instantly warm to the pure mountain air, incredibly clean freshwater, the thermal spa’s are an ideal way to relax into the journey ahead.

The spectacular Alps form a natural border between Switzerland, France and parts of Italy. We’ll ride the legendary Cols of Glandon/ Croix de Fer, Telegraph/Galibier, Alpe d’Huez and many more of the climbs and cycling routes made famous by the Tour de France.

Once into Switzerland, we’ll experience the Swiss way of life and visit many beautiful and remote Alpine area’s. Did we mention en route we’ll sample the finest French and Swiss cuisine.

Tour Highlights

French and Swiss Alps Tour

French Alps including yet not limited to Alpe d’Huez, Col du Glandon/ Croix de Fer, Col du Telegraph/Galibier, Lacettes du Montvernier
Swiss Alps including Rhone river ride, visit UCI cycling center, Gotthard Pass, Furka Pass, The Matterhorn, Interlaken and Lucern

Our Tour – Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Airport pick up: 8am Lyon
Trip start: 9.30am Grenoble Area Hotel. Assemble bikes
Ride: 11am. 50km Local Loop
Non-Cycling: Morning – Explore the local area or prepare for the trip ahead. Afternoon, scenic drive to explore the foothills of the Alps or visit the local Thermal baths/spa.
Overnight: Grenoble Area, French Alps
Meals: Welcome Dinner and drinks

Day 2

Ride: Alpe D’Huez – Col du Sarenne Loop plus secret balcony roads loop 80Km-2000m climbing, optional return ride to hotel add 40km. Ride options include 35km-120km rides.
Non Cycling: Explore the region and fabulous landscapes of Alpe D’Huez and it’s villages. Optional active programs can include walking/ running trails, or join the group on a scenic Alpine drive.
Overnight: French Alps
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 3

Ride:  Col d Croix du Fur – Glandon, St Jean du Marienne. 30km/70km/80km/100km
Additional Ride Options: Catch the van up to Col du Glandon following our ride route – ride Glandon to Croix du Fer 5km descend 25km to St J d Maurienne: 30km
Non Cycling: Scenic drive high into the French Alps, pause for scenic photo stops on Col du Glandon and Croix du Fer visit the lovely village of St John de Maurienne.
Overnight: French Alps
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 4

Ride: Col du Telegraph – Galibier – Col du Lautaret – Briancon 40km/80km/2500m climbing or 40km 1500m descent.
Non Cycling: Scenic drive and visit the villages of Valloire and Briancon, enroute stop off on the scenic Col’s du Telegraph and Galibier. Bring your camera for the stunning mountain landscape photos.
Overnight: French Alps
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 5

Ride: French – Swiss Transfer day. Lacettes du Montvernier, Col de la Madeleine. 30km – 70km /2000m
Non Cycling: Explore local villages, take an Alpine drive over some of the finest landscapes in the French Alps.
Afternoon Transfer: Take a scenic transfer from France into Switzerland to our new base in the Swiss Alps. 2.5 hours
Overnight: Swiss Alps.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 6

Ride: Active recovery day, Rhone river ride, Lake Geneva. 45km/200m. Optional Climb back to our hotel 15km
Non Cycling: Explore our new Swiss Village, visit Rhone River, UCI cycling center, Lake Geneva
Overnight: Swiss Alps, Valais
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 7

Ride: Nufenen and Gottard Passes to hotel. 35km-70km /2000m
Non Cycling: Beautiful scenic drive through the remote Swiss Alps to our new Alpine hotel
Overnight: Swiss Alps
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 8

Ride: Susten Pass Loop. Options range from 35km-120km /3800m
Non Cycling: Explore our local mountain village, take a scenic alpine drive to visit some of Switzerland’s most beautiful landscapes.
Overnight: Swiss Alps
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 9

Ride: Scheidegg Loop to Lake Interlaken. 35-80km / 1650m
Non Cycling: Visit the villages/towns of Grindelwald & Lake Interlaken. Take in the vistas of the Eiger mountain
Overnight: Swiss Lakes
Meals: Breakfast, final dinner and drinks

Day 10 – Departure Day

Ride: Morning lake – recovery ride 30km
Non Cycling: Relax over our farewell breakfast, explore our local village/ town, prepare for your onward journey.
Meals: Breakfast.
End of Tour. Includes transfers to Zurich airport.

We are looking forward to welcoming you on your French – Swiss Alps Tour.

Ciao the team from Ride International

Advance Bookings:

We open up our Advance Reservations for trips so you can book well ahead. Guarantee your position by booking up to 12 months prior.

If you’d like to organise and book your trip more than 12 months prior, contact us via email or phone, we’ll arrange everything so you can make an advanced early booking.

An advance booking, accompanied by a fully refundable $750 AUD (Australian Dollar) ensures priority booking status when the trip details are announced. Note, an advance booking is not considered final until payment is received.

Once specific trip itinerary details are finalized, we’ll contact everyone on the advance reservation list via email, we’ll include the itinerary and offer a priority booking position before opening up bookings to the wider community.

If a trip fills – as it often does in the advance bookings, we create a waiting list and then offer reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis (based on the date the advance reservation was made) once our advanced booking guest have finalised.

To cancel an advance reservation a cancellation request must be submitted in writing/ via email within 14 days of the trip details being published. The (AUD) $750 advance reservation payment will be immediately refunded for any cancellation received within this 14-day period.

Final Payments:

The balance of your trip payment is due no later than 120 days prior to your trip departure date, we will forward via email your final payment invoice. You can choose to make full payment earlier if you prefer to finalise your trip payment early, contact us and we will arrange for an invoice to be sent.

What if I have to transfer, change or cancel my trip:
We understand you may not be able to go on your trip, cancel, change or transfer due to personal or medical reasons. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to transfer to another trip that has places available. If you have a question give us a call or email.

Due to the high demand, limited hotel availability and the advance payments expected by our hotels and restaurants we use, the following cancellation conditions apply to all of our trips.

AFTER BOOKING, IF YOU CANCEL:

120 – 91 days prior to departure 50% cancellation fee of the trip price
90 – 61 days prior to departure 75% cancellation fee of the trip price
60 days and less prior to departure 100% cancellation fee of the trip price
11

Years of Experience

67

Tours Completed

1,423

Trip Guests

36,122km

Cycled on Tour

267

Hotels Visited

Advance Bookings:

We open up our Advance Reservations for trips early so you can book and plan well ahead. We guarantee your position by booking prior. If you’d like to organise and book your trip further out than the dates/years we have listed on our website, please contact us via email, phone, & or video call and we’ll arrange everything so you can place an advanced booking.

An advance booking, accompanied by a fully refundable $750 AUD (Australian Dollar) ensures priority booking status when the trip details are announced. Note, an advance booking is not considered final until payment is received.

Once specific trip itinerary details are finalized, we’ll contact everyone on the advance reservation list via email, we’ll include the itinerary and offer a priority booking position before opening up bookings to the wider community.

If a trip fills – as it often does in the advance bookings, we create a waiting list and then offer reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis (based on the date the advance reservation was made) once our advanced booking guest have finalised.

To cancel an advance reservation a cancellation request must be submitted in writing/ via email within 14 days of the trip details being published. The (AUD) $750 advance reservation payment will be immediately refunded for any cancellation received within this 14-day period.

Final Payments:

The balance of your trip payment is due no later than 120 days prior to your trip departure date, we will forward via email your final payment invoice. You can choose to make full payment earlier if you prefer to finalise your trip payment early, contact us and we will arrange for an invoice to be sent.

What if I have to transfer, change or cancel my trip:
We understand you may not be able to go on your trip, cancel, change or transfer due to personal or medical reasons. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to transfer to another trip that has places available. If you have a question give us a call or email.

Due to the high demand, limited hotel availability and the advance payments expected by our hotels and restaurants we use, the following cancellation conditions apply to all of our trips.

* PLEASE NOTE: For Phil Anderson to attend this tour, there needs to be a minimum of 4 guests booked. In the event that Phil does not attend this tour, our experienced, professional team of Australian and local on and off-bike guides will host your tour.

AFTER BOOKING, IF YOU CANCEL:

120 – 91 days prior to departure 50% cancellation fee of the trip price
90 – 61 days prior to departure 75% cancellation fee of the trip price
60 days and less prior to departure 100% cancellation fee of the trip price
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