Aix-les-Bains, locally called Aix, is a commune in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in South-Eastern France.
Rising from the shores of the largest natural lake of glacial origin in France – the Lac du Bourget – this resort is one of the most important French spa towns, and has the largest fresh water marina in France.
Annecy is the largest city of Haute-Savoie department in the same region of Aix. It lies on the Northern tip of Lake Annency, 35 kilometers South of Geneva. The nickname of this city is the “Pearl of French Alps”.
After cycling along the lake towards Bourget, we will climb the Col of the Chat for 5 km to reach the other side of the mountain, to discover a different landscape with many vineyards which produce a very good white wine of Savoy called Jongieux. Then we arrive in Chanaz before climbing the next and very steep 5 kms…difficult but with a beautiful view of the lake. The last kilometer is the most challenging one but we will have a superb view of the lake, the mountains of Savoie and the Mont Blanc!
Today we will be heading to the Massif des Bauges along very nice quiet roads. We will stop at the suspended Pont de l’ Abime, 96 m. high. Then after crossing the Bauges mountain’s breathtaking scenery, we will cycle up to the Col du Frêne, and then on an easy descent to St. Pierre d’Albigny.
We then return to Aix-Les-Bains passing by Chambery, the capital of Savoie.
Today we will cycle towards Chambery – Côte de Montagnole, where in 1989 Greg Lemond won the World Cycling Championship, and, once at the top, towards Col du Granier, often a stage of the Tour de France and Dauphine Libere.
We arrive in the Massif de la Charteuse with beautiful landscapes and waterfalls, and will return through Corbel.
Another beautiful mountain stage! We will cross another slope of the Bauges. We will pass through the village of Chatelard, capital of the Bauges, to the Aillons, family ski resorts and Col des Près fast descent, before climbing up Plainpalais, La Ferclaz, cross-country skiing station with more than 180 kms of slopes and Le Revard, 1550 m. with a breathtaking view of Aix-Les-Bains.
Today will be a recovery day on the Col du Sappenay, an easy and beautiful climb of 8 kms with a descent towards Rumilly and return along quiet roads offering impressive scenery landscapes.
This was the first Queen Stage of the Tour de France 2017.
We will climb the Col du Semnoz by Quintal, which saw the victory of Quintana at the Tour de France. We will stop at the summit for another amazing view of the Lake d’Annency, enjoying the pirouetting paragliders in the distance.
During the descent to Lescheraine we can stop to visit the factory of the famous cheese La Tome de Savoye.
Unfortunately, our bike tour has come to an end.
We hope to welcome you back again for some new adventurous cycling tours.
Today will drop you off at Milan Malpensa Airport.
Have a safe return home!