We start at the rooftop bar in the Spanish coastal seaport of Bilbao overlooking the city skyline at twilight. You may make some time on your arrival to visit the 2nd of the famous Guggenheim Museums. From Bilbao, we begin our journey to France along the rugged Basque coastline through small fishing villages to arrive at the iconic seaside town of San Sebastian for Tapas and Sangria in the old town. Our green route inland toward the Pyrenees is carefully chosen for smooth quiet roads all the way with the option to bag the trophy climb of Col d’Aubisque on arrival to Lourdes.
This route was chosen to offer exceptional landscape and cultural experiences on a route that is not too challenging.
San Sebastian Old Town
Col d’Aubisque, Col du Soulour
Coastal Roads and views
5th June 2020
Fly into Madrid or Barcelona then fly or fast train to Bilbao. We suggest arriving a day early to recover and to visit the Museum.
11th June 2020
if not continuing: Fly from Pau or Tarbes or train from Lourdes to Toulouse or Paris airport.
10 days / 9 nights
Price: $550/day (twin-share)
What better way to start a tour of the northern Alpes than from the gateway to the Alpes surrounded by the most famous climbs that have helped make the Tour de France the iconic cycling event. We have chosen Grenoble for easy access from Paris, Geneva or Nice by fast train. From being greeted at the train station by our staff through the Northern Alpes to Annecy, you will be in awe of the size and beauty of the majestic landscape.
As we head up into the mountains, the names will seem familiar, Galibier, Croix de Fer, Glandon and Isere, to name a few. We will be exploring the department of Savoie in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, popping into Italy for a coffee before riding close to the Swiss border while skirting Mont Blanc. This tour is not all-conquering familiar climbs for the trophy cabinet; we keep a good secret, we take you to the places that may not be familiar, our little treasures discovered over the last 17 years of touring the region.
We will make our way out, up and around, to eventually arrive at the beautiful little town of Annecy, nicknamed the “Venice of the Alps”. Upon arrival, we will make sure to check out the great shopping but not without adding a day to our tour for a celebration of a famous loop of Annecy Lake. Annecy is another highlight and a functional place to depart from either Geneva or Paris by train.
Select any date below the overall tour map below to view each days route individually.
A challenging little warm-up ride to the summit 19th-century mountaintop: Fort du Saint-Eynard, with a cafe & panoramas of the mountains curtaining Grenoble to blow out the cobwebs.
2 days gentle riding along the mountainside of Le Haut-Bréda, very quiet roads with spectacular views with constant breathtaking views to Maurienne
before we tick of a few icons, including:
Col du Galibier
Col du Télégraphe
Col du Lauteret via Valloire
Col du Cenis
Col d'Isère / Col de l'Iseran
Cormet de Roselend
Col de la Forclaz
9th August 2022
Fly into Paris (CDG) or Lyon (LYS) and train to Grenoble
19th August 2022
If not continuing: Train to Geneva Airport (GVA)