Available Months Jun to Sep
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Alps Week France Annecy to Nice Over the Best Climbs in the Alps

Annecy to Nice Over the Best Climbs in the Alps

Seven days riding from the shores of Lake Annecy in the northern Alps over some of the most famous climbs in cycling including the Roseland, Iseran, Galibier, Izoard & Bonnette. We finish on the coast in Nice after a truly epic week of riding.

6 nights in 3 & 4* hotels
Return airport transfers
All breakfast, dinners & ride nutrition
Daily guided rides with mechanical support
Optional Extras Bike rental available
Alps Week by Sportive Breaks
Routes Details
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Ride Notes

The most famous cycling terrain on the planet, the Alps is home to the biggest stages of the Tour de France every year and dozens of climbs are steeped in cycling history. Over this week we ride from Annecy to Nice taking in classic climbs and some great local routes. We start over the beautiful Cormet de Roseland before hitting the long Col de l'Iseran. Next up comes the Telegraph / Galibier before the legendary Col d'Izoard. In the Southern Alps we tackle the Vars, Bonette & Col du Turini before finishing on the coast in Nice. As cycling weeks go, it doens't get much bigger than this.

Real Rider Reviews

Mark, Sportive Breaks Rider, 2017: "Sportive Breaks' attention to detail and communication are spot on! Will be back next year. "

Ride Highlights

  • Relax in Lake Annecy

    We start the week on the shores of Lake Annecy, one of the most amazing places in France. Surrounded by mountains, this Lake is the place to gather your thoughts before a massive week of riding.

  • Climb the Galibier

    Stage Four starts with with one of the world's best climbs, the Col du Galibier from Valloire. Ride this beauty with fresh legs, arriving at the summit by 9am and take in this amazing place.

  • Ride the Casse Deserte on the Izoard

    From the Galibier we descend to Briancon and then climb the incredible Col d'Izoard. Near the summit is the unique landscape of the casse deserte, an unforgettable place to ride.

Trip Summary

  • 7 day / 6 night breaks
  • Monday to Sunday from June to Sept
  • Avg Distance: 111km
  • Avg Elevation: 2,891m
  • Prices from £999
  • Bucket List Climbs: Roseland, Iseran, Galibier, Izoard, Bonnette
Routes Details

Route Overview

Five big rides averaging just over 100km per day, each filled with bucket list climbs. Every ride is led by our expert guide with our mechanic in the support van either at the back of the group or going ahead to set up regular feed stops.

Stage One

Stage One

From Talloires to Bourg St Maurice

Ride Distance 101
Elevation Gain 2700

Climbs at Alps Week

Col du Galibier

One of the highest paved passes in Europe at over 2,600m. This is a glorious, varied climb with hugh views in all directions. Enjoy!

Ride Distance 17.6km
Elevation Gain 7%
KOM  48 mins 30 secs

Col d'Izoard

One of our favourite climbs in world cycling. Starting with the gauge ride from Giullestre, the climb proper starts as you turn left off the main road and gets more and more beautiful. As you get close to the top you see the famous memorials to Coppi and Bobet as you ride through cliffs with amazing views down the valley.

Ride Distance 14.1km
Elevation Gain 990m
KOM  46min16secs

Alps Week Cycling Itinerary

Our Alps Week start on Monday with a transfer from Geneva to Annecy. We then ride Tues to Sat, 5 big stages covering over 500km through the heart of the Alps finishing in Nice on Saturday evening.


Day One Monday


Arrival day. Our transfer is at 2.30pm and we should get to the hotel for 3.30pm. James is on hand to help build bikes and we will go for a quick spin before dinner.

Day Two Tuesday

Annecy to Bourg St Maurice

Our first stage takes us over the incredible Cormet de Roseland to Bourg St Maurice. This is one of the most beautiful climbs in the Alps and a fitting start to the trip.

Ride Distance 101 km.
Elevation Gain 2714 m.

Day Three Wednesday

Bourg St Maurice to Valloire

We are now in the heart of the Alps and today's stage takes us over two classic climbs, the long and high Col de l'Iseran at over 2,700m and the Telegraph before finishing in Valloire.

Ride Distance 123 km.
Elevation Gain 2978 m.

Day Four Thursday

Valloire to Giullestre

One of the great rides in Europe, today's stage takes us over the Galibier before descending the Lauteret to the base of the Col d'Izoard before a classic descend down the gorges to Giullestre.

Ride Distance 106 km.
Elevation Gain 2799 m.

Day Five Friday

Giullestre to Auron

We start with the delightful climb of the Col de Vars before hitting the Col de Bonette, another monster over 2,700m. We finish at the picturesque mountain town of Auron.

Ride Distance 95 km.
Elevation Gain 3243 m.

Day Six Saturday

Auron to Nice

Our final ride is a stunner in the southern Alps with the main climb of the Col du Turini. The whole day is lumpy before a final descent to the beach in Nice.

Ride Distance 132 km.
Elevation Gain 2755 m.

Day Seven Sunday


Departure day. A lazy morning with time to pack bikes before a transfer to Nice airport.

Airport Transfers

Fly into Geneva and out of Nice. Our team will meet you in arrivals in Geneva and all transfers include bike boxes. We drive bike boxes down to Nice and drop off all day on Sunday for your return flight.


Fly into Geneva for a 1hr transfer to Annecy.

Arrival Airport
Transfer Times
Geneva (GVA)
Arrive before 2pm for 2.30pm transfer


Fly out of Nice (NCE) which is close to our hotel.

Departure Airport
Transfer Times
Nice (NCE)
Depart after 1pm (transfer arrives at 11am)
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7 day, 6 night packages including return airport transfers, 6 nights accommodation and fully supported rides.

Date Hotel Name Room Type Price  

Summer 2020

8 - 14th Jun 2020 Hôtel l'Ecureuil Single Room £1199 Book Now
Twin Room £1999 Book Now
6 - 12th Jul 2020 Hôtel l'Ecureuil Single Room £1199 Book Now
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17 - 23rd Aug 2020 Hôtel l'Ecureuil Single Room £1199 Book Now
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Alps Week
Jun to Sep

6 nights

Single Room £1199
Twin Room £999
  • 6 nights in 3 & 4* hotels
  • All breakfasts, dinners & ride nutrition
  • Return airport transfers
  • Mechanical support
  • Daily guided rides with expert guides & support vehicle
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Lunch (budget for €10 per day) and drinks with dinner.