High Passes Tour


2019 date Please contact us


Have you ever dreamed of riding some of the Alps most famous passes and climbs ridden regularly during the Tour de France? Do you want to lose yourself for more than a week in the breathtaking countryside of some of the world's most challenging and scenic areas known to cyclists? Do you want to refuel yourself with decadent high mountain treats like raclette and tartiflette? Here is your chance do all of the above. This 8 day 7 night trip will take you from Annecy to Grenoble on some of the most stunning passes in the world.

High Pass Tour
Tour de France 2013 Stage 19

Day 1: Meet Up

We all meet in T Jorioz (50 minutes from the Geneva Airport) at our hotel where we will spend the first 2 nights. We will put our bikes and gear together and go for a short afternoon ride around the lake. (45 km of mostly flats.)

Day 2: Annecy to Annecy 130 km (with many shorter options) 3000m vertical gain

We will ride the loop around Annecy that the Tour de France 2013 followed.

Day 3: Annecy to St Jean de Maurienne: 118 km 1900m vertical gain

Our day will start quite pleasantly following the mostly flat bike pass from Annecy to Albertville. We will be lunching in Albertville and will then ride a few more km of flats until we start our very challenging climb toward Col de la Madeline. This 25 km and 1600 meter climb will test your strength but will reward you with spectacular alpine scenery and the satisfaction of having made the climb. After summiting the pass, we will ride down to St Jean de Maurienne to our hotel. We will spend 2 nights there.

Day 4: St Jean de Maurienne loop:

Today you will be able to choose your ride. The Col du Glandon and Col de La Croix de Fer makes a wonderful choice (80km, 1900 meters vertical gain) and is one of many options. These two passes are regularly on the Tour de France itinerary.

Day 5 : St Jean de Maurienne to Briancon: 80km 2500m vertical gain

Today is the day to ride one of the most emblematic passes in the Alps; 35km of climbing and 2000meters of vertical make the Col du Galibier a true test for any cyclist. After the summit our ride will take us downhill to Briancon where we will spend the night.

Day�6 :Briancon to La Grave:

96 km 2000meters vertical gain. Our day will start with a gentle downhill to Briancon where we will start the first climb of the day. It will take us to the famous Col de L�Izoard. We will return to Briancon and after lunch ride the long but not steep Col du Lautaret and down to La Grave, where we will spend the night.

Day 7: La Grave to Bourg d�Oisans:

High Pass Tour
High Pass Tour

80km 1700meters vertical gain Our day will start with a downhill to Bourg d'Oisans . From there, our last day of riding will tackle the amazing climb of Alpes d'Huez, the most recognized climb in the world of road biking. We will return via the Col de Sarenne. This pass was used by the tour de France 2013 for the first time. The pro riders went over Alpes d'Huez on their way to climb Col de Sarenne and then back over Apls d �Huez a second time. (I am thinking once a day will be enough, but since the hotel is at the base of the climb you can always do it a second time on your own!) We will spend our last night in Bourg d'Oisans.

Day 8: Return to Annecy by car

Our Team
Our 2013 Team

Tour Difficulty:

Very challenging, many long climbs. To enjoy this tour you should be in excellent biking shape. (But there is always the van.)

Number of Riders

7 riders

Dates and Prices:

Dates: Please contact us

Cost per person: $3300 double occupancy



High Pass Tour






Included in the price:

*7 nights lodging in 2 or 3 star hotels

*7 breakfasts

*6 lunches

*7 dinners

*Support vehicle with a driver

*Luggage transfers

*Bike (if you do not want to travel with your own)

Not included:

* Personal insurance

*Alcoholic beverages


Here are a few comments from our 2015 riders:

For me this was one of the best adventure experience ever, the people, the climbs, the view and you Bertrand. you were as terrific mix of capable tour operator, amazing biker, concern and attentive guide/mentor and above all a really good guy.

Herb, Cleveland

The tour and the rides really exceeded all our expectations...

Jeff, Cleveland



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