French Alps


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Day 1 Zurich to Bassersdorf.

Arrive in Zurich, Switzerland and be transferred via the Alpine Cycle Tours mini bus to Bassersdorf in time for our first tour group dinner which is at our expense.

Day 2 Bassersdorf to Veyrier du Lac (France)

Transit to Bischofszell to collect hired bikes (if required) then make way toward Lake Annecy where we stop overnight at Veyrier du Lac.

Day 3 Veyrier du Lac to Bourg St Maurice

We set out on the bikes to the top of the Cormet d Roseland and after the descent we spend the night in Bourg St Maurice.

Day 4 Bourg St Maurice to Le Bourg D’Oisans

We transit to the base of the Col de la Madeleine and ride over the top and down the other side and then if feeling strong can do the same over the Col du Glandon before stopping in Le Bourg D’Oisans.

Day 5 Le Bourg D’Oisans to St Michel de Maurienne

We set out on the bikes straight away for an ascent and descent of Alp d’Huez then transit to the top of the Col du Galibier where we will hop on the bikes again and descend the other side and take on the Col du Telegraph before stopping in St Michel de Maurienne.

Day 6 St Michel de Maurienne to Pre St Didier (Italy)

We transit from St Michel de Maurienne through to Bourg St Maurice either via Albertville or, if the pass is open, the Col de L’Iseran. Because if the height of the L’Iseran its opening date varies according to the climatic conditions of the season. Either way we ride the bikes through the Petit St Bernard and stay the night in Pre St Didier in Italy at the base of Mont Blanc.

Day 7 Pre St Didier to Simplon Pass (Switzerland)

This morning we pedal off down the Battea River Valley toward Aosta and then turn up toward Martigny in Switzerland through the Grand St Bernard and the transit to the top of the Simplon Pass for our overnight stay.

Day 8 Simplon Pass to Ascona

We race down through the Simplon Pass toward the Italian border through an incredibly exciting and varied valley toward Domodossola. We transit through the built up areas and then hop back on the bikes for a leisurely downhill run through the very quaint and quiet Centovalli Valley and into Ascona

Day 9 Ascona to Platta

Ascona is an idyllic Swiss Ticino town on the shores of Lake Maggiore with scores of cafes and ice cream vendors lining the lake boardwalk. It’s a cool and invigorating dip for the brave, even in the middle of summer! We leave Ascona this morning and head toward the Lumanier Pass and descend about halfway down the pass and stop in this ancient little town with views down the valley to Disentis.

Day 10 Platta to Lauterbrunnen

This is the biggest day of climbing if you want it! After completing the descent of the Lukmanier and turning right at Disentis, the Oberalp Pass awaits us. We descend the Oberalp, have morning tea in Andermatt and move on to the Furkha and have lunch in view of the Rhone Glacier. Then for the strong, the Grimsel Pass is the only thing between us and a couple of days in Lauterbrunnen at the base of the mighty Jungfrau group of mountains.

Day 11 Lauterbrunnen (Rest day)

There are many options available here including taking the highest railway in Europe to the Jungfrau and walking on the glaciers and exploring ice caves, white water rafting, helicopter flights or simply a walk to take in the stunning mountain scenery.

Day 12 Lauterbrunnen to Schaefler

We transit most of the day to the bottom of the cable car we need to get us to get us most of the way to our mountain chateau, Schaefler. A short alpine walk brings us to our mountain chateau which offers us absolutely indescribable views of the Austrian Vorarlbergs, Lake Constance, Bavaria, Liechtenstein and the Swiss Alps! Here we enjoy the hospitality of the local Swiss mountaineers in this cosy mountain chateau built over a hundred years ago!

Day 13 Schaefler to Zurich

The tour is nearly over as we transit back to Zurich for onward connections.