Annecy Cycling: Cycling Tour from Annecy to Galibier
Program Category: Cycling
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Dates: Example of bespoke program on demand – Program currently not available for booking
Program Highlights: Climb the mythical passes of the Alps and enjoy French Gastronomy at its best…
Start & Finish: Geneva International Airport
The highlights of the package
- Stay in exclusive 4* and 3* hotels and enjoy French cuisine / way of life
- Climb the mythical mountain passes of the Alps: Co du Télégraphe & Col du Galibier
- Enjoy French Cuisine at its best at a Michelin starred restaurant
- Relax on the shores of the lake in Annecy, also called the “Venice of the Alps”
Please arrange your flights into the following airport: Geneva International Airport (http://www.gva.ch/en/DesktopDefault.aspx)
Airport pick up from Geneva and transfer to hotel in Albertville
Climb the Col du Télégraphe and the Col du Galibier
Ride around the lake
Transfer from the hotel to Airport
Group: Airport pick up from Geneva and transfer to hotel in Albertville
Hotel: 3* hotel Le Million in Albertville
Welcome to the Alps!
Our guide will meet you at Geneva Airport upon your arrival and a private coach will then take you to your 3* Le Million in Albertville (http://www.hotelmillion.com/). The ride from the airport to the hotel will take about one hour 1/2 (91 kms).
The modern city of Albertville was formed in 1836 by King Charles Albert of Sardinia, who merged the medieval town of Conflans, which has buildings dating back to the 14th century, with the town of L’Hôpital. Since then, Albertville has developed trade between France, Italy and Switzerland. Industries such as paper mills and hydroelectricity can be found along its river.
The 1992 Winter Olympics were organized in the Savoie region, with Albertville hosting it. Some of the sports venues were later adapted for other uses. Some sports venues still remain such as the ice rink designed by the architect Jacques Kalisz, although the town is more industrial than touristic.
In 2003, the town was labeled a “Town of art and history”.
Once you have checked in into your room, you will have time, if you wish to go for an easy ride that will give you a taste of the delights that are in store for the next days. In the evening, you will gather over a welcoming cocktail with your travelling companions before enjoying your first meal.
A proud, beautiful abode several hundred years of age, Le Million (http://www.hotelmillion.com/) was taken over in 1999 by Jose de Anacleto (former student of Philippe Million) and his wife Su-Chen, who share a passion for welcoming and pleasing guests.
Worthy successor to Philippe Million, under whom he studied his craft, Chef José de Anacleto, a native of Portugal, keenly plays the card of Savoyard tradition without forgetting the great classics of French gastronomy. At the whim of his imagination and the day’s market offerings: timbale of crayfish tails and snails in the garlic butter, veal sweetbreads braised in Madeira wine with split peas, fillet of grilled whitefish from Lake Geneva with Sichuan pepper juice… all to be enjoyed in the comfort of the cosy dining room or on the terrace on sunny days. The restaurant Le Million has one star in the Michelin guide.
“Distinguished and felted, here is a delicate table of tradition. Delicious sauces, perfectly reduced juice, noble products, etc… The chef reminds us that the beautiful work is the condition to delicacy and pleasure. Classic frame in unison.” – Guide Michelin’s inspector
Group: Climb the Col du Télégraphe and the Col du Galibier
Hotel: 4* Imperial Palace in Annecy
After breakfast, you will leave the hotel by coach to head for Saint Jean de Maurienne, form where today’s bike ride will start. The transfer from Albertville to Saint Jean de Maurienne will take approximately 45 min. (62 km). From Saint Jean de Maurienne, we will take the direction of the Col du Télégraphe through Saint Michel de Maurienne. The idea of today’s ride is to ride part of the last mountain stage of the Tour de France 2015.
The Col du Télégraphe (7, 3%, 11.8km, 1 566 m) was first used in the Tour de France in 1911; the first rider over the summit was Emile Georget. Since 1947, the Col du Télégraphe has been crossed 29 times by the Tour de France. On several of those occasions it has not been ranked for points in the King of the Mountains competition, being treated as part of the descent from the Col du Galibier, and has been ranked for points only 18 times.
After the Col du Télégraphe, we will ride down to Valloire on the way to Col du Galibier.
The Col du Galibier (5, 5%, 34.9km, 2 642 meters) was also first used in the Tour de France in 1911. Emile Georget was here also the first rider over the summit. Together with Paul Duboc and Gustave Garrigou, they were the only riders not to walk.
Le Col du Télégraphe
Le Col du Télégraphe
Le Col du Galibier
The original summit was at 2556 m.; while the tunnel was closed from 1976 until 2002, the tour route went only over the pass closer to the mountain peak at 2645 m. In 2011, the Tour de France went through the tunnel for the first time during the 19th stage from Modane Valfréjus to L’Alpe d’Huez.
At the south portal of the tunnel, at the edge of the road, there is a monument to Henri Desgrange, instigator and first director of the Tour de France. The memorial was inaugurated when the tour passed on 19 July 1949. Whenever the tour crosses the Col du Galibier, a wreath is laid on the memorial. The “Souvenir Henri Desgrange” is awarded to the first rider across the summit of the highest mountain in each year’s tour. Since 1947, the Col de Galibier has been crossed 31 times by the Tour de France. The 2011 Tour climbed the Col du Galibier twice to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of the pass in the Tour de France, including the first ever summit finish. This was the highest ever stage finish in the Tour de France.
After a group photo, you will head down to Valloire, where you will regain our strengths at a local restaurant for lunch.
During the ride, you will be accompanied by three cycling guides. Our mechanic will follow the group with the support vehicle that will transport food/drink supply as well as some of your personal belongings.
The total distance covered by bike today will be approximately 67 kms.
After lunch, you will board our coach to your next destination: Annecy.
The site of Annecy and Annecy Lake is internationally known for the beauty of its harmonious landscape but also for the quality of the water of the lake which, thanks to the efforts of protection for more than 50 years, makes is the purest lake in Europe.
An exceptional hotel in Annecy: the Imperial Palace is situated in the heart of a wooded park on the banks of Lake Annecy.
The exceptional environment of the peninsula and its majestic “Belle Epoque” façade make this 4-star hotel a stunning destination set amid lake and the mountains.Our distinctively charming hotel is ideally situated in the heart of the Alps in Upper Savoy, only 30 minutes from Geneva airport. A symbolic building for the people of Annecy, it is located a few minutes away on foot from the city centre.
The hotel manager and his staff invite you to enjoy an exceptional stay.
Tonight’s dinner will be taken at one of the hotel’s restaurants. With a 3 fork & spoon status in the 2014 Michelin Guide, La Voile gastronomic restaurant offers a cuisine that is “simple, reffined and elegant, based on calssic values with a touch of modernity in order to go beyond traditions to combine harmony and originality”
Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Christophe Ansanay-Alex was born in the Savoy region. He has been given the task to elaborate the new menus of the restaurants of the Imperial and manage the kitchen staff with new ambitions.
Group: Ride around the lake
Hotel: 4* Imperial Palace in Annecy
This morning, after a hearty breakfast, you will take your bike to scout the area around Annecy and the lake. After yesterday’s strenuous ride, today’s ride will be more relaxed and casual. Several itineraries will be available and will be discussed with the support staff before the group opts for one.
In the evening, we will take you to one of the best addresses in the area: the restaurant of Yoann Conte, 2 stars in the Guide Michelin (http://www.yoann-conte.com/uk/hotel-restaurant-annecy-site-officiel.php).
This time, we will leave aside the bikes and the bus, but rather take the boat to reach the gastronomic restaurant on the shores of the lake, just a few kilometers from the Imperial Palace. You will board the boats (2×12 seaters) at the dock in front of the hotel and will disembark at the dock in front of the restaurant.
Since May 2010, Yoann Conte has managed the kitchen of the restaurant founded by Marc Veyrat at the start of the 1990s. He embodies a second generation of chefs, inventive and dynamic, and adopts a new approach to dishes inspired by nature and plants. A commitment which earned the Chef a first Michelin star in March 2011, followed by a second star in February 2013!
“Yoann Conte is writing a new chapter in the story of this Lake Annecy institution. After Marc Veyrat, who made a name for the place, the chef is holding up this superb blue villa as a real stronghold of great cuisine, in symbiosis with products from the lake, herbs and mountain flowers. Inspired work and great quality! Good mod cons in the hotel.” – Guide Michelin’s inspector
After dinner, we will take you back by boat to the Pop Plage, a night club close to the Imperial palace, where you will spend the rest of the evening celebrating your week-end in the French Alps.
After breakfast, our coach will take you to Geneva airport. The transfer should not take too long, about 40 min. Departure time to be determined.
The price includes:
- Accommodation for 2 nights in a 4* hotel and 1 night in a 3* hotel: single rooms with private bathroom
- Welcoming cocktail on Day 1
- 3 breakfasts and 3 gourmet dinners (drinks not included on Day 1: Le Million and Day 2: Imperial Palace)
- Food supply during the rides: water, beer, fruits, cereal bars …
- 3 English speaking and certified support riders who will accompany the group during the whole trip,
- 2 support vehicle with 1 professionally trained mechanic (1 broom wagon / 1 van with food supply and personal belongings)
- Daily travel in a luxury private coach
- Daily luggage transportation
- Local taxes
The price does not include:
- Cancellation, theft of material and luggage insurances
- Personal expenses, aperitifs,
- Rental bikes
- Night club on Day 3