Available Months June to September
Nights Available 4 Nights
Classic Climbs of the Alps: South France The Tour’s Most Iconic Climbs

The Tour’s Most Iconic Climbs

4 nights moving each night over some of the most famous climbs in cycling. Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, Glandon, Izoard - check, check, check, check. Add in some secret spots and you have some of the best riding on the planet.

4 nights in 3* hotels
Return airport transfers
Daily group guided rides
All breakfast & dinners
Support van & mechanic
Optional Extras Bike Rental Available
Classic Climbs of the Alps: South by Sportive Breaks
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Ride Notes

The Southern Alps are home to some of the most famous and beautiful cycling climbs in the world. Alpe d’Huez, the Izoard, Galibier & Glandon are the most iconic but the region is packed with spectacular rides that few areas can rival. This four night break is a loop from Alpe d'Huez over the Glandon to the Telegraph / Galibier before heading south to the Izoard and a stage finish in beautiful St Veran. The final day brings us back to Alpe d'Huez to finish 4 days of world class riding.

Real Rider Reviews

Stephen, Tour of Flanders, 2017: "Organisation was perfect and marshalling superb. Hotel was great, staff were brilliant - definitely the right move to stay in Oudernaarde and will go back. "

Ride Highlights

  • Ride the stunning Col d'Izoard

    One of the great climbs world cycling. We ride both sides of the Izoard (because, why not) taking in some incredible scenery including the Casse Déserte and passed the monuments of Coppi & Bobet.

  • Soar the heights of the Galibier

    The original climb of the tour. The Galibier is a legend that more than lives up to it's name. This stunning climb rolls all the way to our highest point at 2,645m

  • Discover St Veran

    This trip is packed with bucket list climbs but we always have an eye for the new. The 10km climb up to Saint Veran is a real stunner and is our base on night three. This mountain village is as remote as it gets with views to take your breathe away.

  • Clock your time on Alpe d'Huez

    Before Strava, one of the main ways to cut your teeth was your time on Alpe d'Huez. 37 minutes gets you on par with Lance Armstrong. 1 hour 29 puts you level with his ex, Sheryl Crow. Anywhere in between is respectful.

Trip Summary

  • 4 nights (Wed to Sun)
  • Moving hotels each night in a loop from Bourg d'Oisans
  • Riding the classic climbs of this part of the Alps
  • Pricing from £749
Routes Details

Route Overview

This long weekend of classic climbs takes in three main stages. We move host towns each night, our team will collect your bags from reception and they will be in the new hotel for your arrival. Our road guide and support van will be there every step of the way on the road. Our stages are:
Stage One: Bourg d'Oisans to Valloire - 95km, 2900m taking in the Col du Glandon, Lacets & Telegraph
Stage Two: Valloire to Saint Veran - 93km, 3100m taking in the Galibier, Izoard & St Veran
Stage Three: Saint Veran to Alpe d'Huez - 118km, 2900m taking in the Izoard & Alpe d'Huez

Climbs at Classic Climbs of the Alps: South

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

Alpe d'Huez

One of the most famous climbs in the world, the 21 hairpins from Bourg d'Oisans to Alpe d'Huez. A relentless climb averaging 7-9% the whole way.

Ride Distance 13.2km
Elevation Gain 8.1%
KOM  42 mins 18 secs

Classic Climbs of the Alps: South Cycling Itinerary

Our four night break starts on Wednesday and the main rides are Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We move hotels each day, our team will take your bags from reception and they will be in the next hotel before you arrive.


Day One Wednesday

Bourg d'Oisans

Arrival day. We depart Geneva at 5pm getting to Bourg d'Oisans at 7pm in time for dinner and time for our mechanics to build bikes before the start tomorrow.

Day Two Thursday

Bourg d'Oisans to Valloire

We roll out at 9am with some flat (don't get used to it) before hitting the mighty Col du Glandon. From here we descend to La Chambre before scaling the Lacets de Montvernier with 17 hairpins in 2.5km and then roll down the valley to the final climb of the day, the Col du Telegraph which ends in our stage town of Valloire.

Ride Distance 95 km.
Elevation Gain 2900 m.

Day Three Friday

Valloire to Saint Veran

Three climbs today featuring two of the most famous mountain passes in cycling. From Valloire we are straight onto the Galibier reaching our highest point of the tour before the long descent all the way to Briancon. The next climb awaits and it's a beauty. The Col d'Izoard is spectacular and another above 2,000m. After lunch we roll down and take on the final climb of the day, the stunning 10km ascent to our stage town of Saint Veran.

Ride Distance 93 km.
Elevation Gain 3100 m.

Day Four Saturday

Saint Veran to Bourg d'Oisans

We start with a descent out of Saint Veran

Ride Distance 118 km.
Elevation Gain 2900 m.

Day Five Sunday

Bourg d'Oisans

Departure day. We pack up bikes the previous evening so you can enjoy a slow morning before jumping in the van back to Geneva for 11am.

Airport Transfers

Our team will be in arrivals waiting for you. We run transfers on Wednesday and Sunday from Lyon to Bourg d'Oisans.


The transfer from Geneva takes around 2 hours. We get into Bourg d'Oisans early evening where our mechanics will build your bikes ready for the first ride.

Arrival Airport
Transfer Times
Geneva (GVA)
Transfer leaves Geneva at 5pm, please book flights that arrive before 4.30pm


We get back to Geneva for 11am in time for the early afternoon flights home.

Departure Airport
Transfer Times
Geneva (GVA)
Depart after 1pm (transfer arrives at 11am)
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Our four night breaks include return airport transfers, accommodation, breakfast, dinners and all your ride support. Our average group size is 8-12 and we have a road guide and mechanic in a support van to guide you on all the rides. Choose between a single room or twin / double package for two people.

Date Hotel Name Room Type Price  

Classic Climbs of the Alps: South
June to September

4 nights

Single Room £849
Twin Room £749
  • Return airport transfers
  • 4 nights in 3* hotels
  • All breakfast & dinners
  • Mechanics, support vehicles & ride nutrition
  • Daily guided rides
  • Flights
  • Lunches, drinks with dinner
  • Insurance, bike rental