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Annecy classic bike tours 2014

 

Annecy Classic Bike Tours, France, April - October 2014 5 Nights/6 Days

Looking for the perfect bike tour with the balance between the 'Challenge' and 'Relaxation' exactly what most of us strive for...this is it!
It's why we call it the Annecy "Classic" Bike Tour, with proven routes, and a skilled, knowledgeable team this cycling experience cannot be beaten...
an unforgettable time on the Bike Tour that made Practice Bicycle Tours famous around the world.

Every day of the Annecy Classic Bike Tour is packed with new cycling routes and new places to see and visit. We pride ourselves on showing you the very best cycling in the world!  If it's more of a 'French Alps Challenge' and less of the relaxation that your looking for take a look at the 20 French Alps Tour de France Cols!
In addition feel like a local cyclist on and off the bike, see beyond what any guide book will show you!  An opportunity not too be missed!

Your 'Annecy classic Bike Tour' includes:

  • 5 nights apartment/hotel accommodation in Annecy Centre Ville
  • 5 continental buffet breakfasts each morning French style
  • 5 guided rides in the French Alps designed & tailored to the individual
  • Highly experienced French Alps professional cycling guide
  • Haute Savoie support team & vehicle & 'on the go' mechanical assistance
  • Sports drinks & bike food for each ride
  • Welcome Aperitif & Dinner in one of Annecy's finest Gastronomique Restaurants
  • 4 Auberge/Restaurant dinners each evening
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off at Geneva International Airport, Switzerland and short transfer to Annecy, France (Tour midday arrival & departure days)

Plus, as our valued guest you will also receive: 

  • A Practice Bicycle Tour Gift Pack
  • 15 years French Alps experience & meticulous tour planning
  • Small group & camaraderie
  • 1st class Service
  • Unique experience & lots of FUN!
  • Memories of a Lifetime!

Wake Up In Comfort

Annecy Classic Bike Tours = everything taken care of Tour...even the finest cafe stops!Start your day with a delicious continental breakfast.  Then join your small group and your local host for a few minutes chat about the planned bike ride for the day.  At this time you are also welcome to pack anything you want (additional clothing, personal items etc.) in the support vehicle for the ride.  The support vehicle is also available for anyone who would prefer to take it easy and enjoy the tour from the comfort of the vehicle.  Be sure to take your camera and a few euros to enjoy the cafe, patisserie or lunch stops on route each day.  A coffee and a mouth-watering "Pain au chocolate" or "Citron tart" are never far away to keep the legs turning. 

Spectacular Guided Cycling

Annecy Classic Bike Tours - For everyone who loves to ride!The stunning bike ride for the day will begin with your professional highly experienced local guides by your side; as you head off to explore one of the most beautiful places in the world, the French Alps – Cycling Paradise.  Each cycling route during your Annecy Classic will be tailored specifically for your bike riding ability and experience, you can have a challenging ride or a comfortable ride the choice is yours! Sports drinks and nutritional supplies are always on hand to keep the legs turning as well as mechanical and first-aid support for any unforeseen occasion.  The Practice Bicycle team have a world of cycling experience available to you, allowing each ride to be perfectly paced so you can appreciate the scenery, take some photos or if you wish to be challenged take on another climb or two!  Time is precious experience all this with an Annecy Week End Bike Tour.


Relax and Explore in the Evening

Annecy Classic Bike Tours - tastes like never before!After the amazing bike tour for the day in the French Alps you will arrive back in the beautiful French town of Annecy between midday and mid-afternoon giving you plenty of time to relax and explore, why not explore more with the France Explorer Bike Tour. You may choose to wander the enchanting streets, do some shopping or just sit by the lake and admire the spectacular views and watch French life pass you by.  The Team can assist you in choosing from the many superb restaurants, bars and salon du teas in the home of PRACTICEBICYCLE Annecy.  Spend your evening enjoying a lovely meal just like a local, ready for your next day full of new sights, adventures and opportunities in the French Alps. Bon soiree! 

Available rides during your Annecy classic Bike Tour

The Annecy Classic Bike Tour gives you a tailored selection from an extraordinary 100 choice routes that the team at PRACTICEBICYCLE have developed with over 15 years cycling in the Rhone-Alps of France. It's why Annecy is a cyclists paradise with an amazing variety of spectacular cycling routes and you'll get to experience the best of them with this first-class guided cycling tour. The cycling routes can be tailored to meet your riding requirements and abilities, only possible with the local knowledge of the professionals in this mecca of cycling the French Alps - Lake Annecy.

Check out a selection of some of the great rides also available as an Lake Annecy Day Tour.

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Annecy Classic Rides Only Tours = Perfect option if only interested in the guided Bike Riding component of the Tour 

If your looking for Classic French Cycling and don't wish to have any add-ons, your not the all inclusive bike rider... then our RIDES ONLY option is perfect for you!
In fact you prefer to choose and organise all your own details, accommodation, restaurants, travel and enjoy the adventure of the unknown a strange place at a strange time...but don't want the heart ache of getting lost and it would be just perfect to have that added security, safety and the ultimate cycling then discover the best cycling in the world with those who live it?

We have the answer with our designed and proven, quality fully guided rides with a Annecy based RIDES ONLY bike tour

This package is designed so that you can experience an amazing 5 rides with your Annecy Classic Rides Only with the ultimate flexibility for you to organise all the other details of your cycling vacation or holiday yourself.

Your Annecy Classic - Rides Only includes:

  • 5 of the very best guided rides (Sat – Wed) in the French Alps, tailored for your enjoyment
  • Highly experienced French Alps professional cycling guide
  • Spectacular and breathtaking scenery each day from a variety of different geographical locations around Annecy, Rhone-Alps region of France.
  • Support team & vehicle
  • Mechanical 'on the go' assistance and a selection of sports drinks & nutritional bars.
  • Convenient and ideally placed cultural café stops on route
  • Don't get lost but lose yourself!

Join your cycling Guides and Small Group

Join your small group and your professional French Alps cycling guide each morning for a few minutes to discuss the planned bike ride for the day into the French Alps.  Sometimes easy & sometimes challenging routes available each day, but all extremely memorable & FUN!   At this time you are also welcome to pack additional clothing, personal items etc. in the support vehicle for the ride. Be sure to take your camera and a few euros to not miss out on the cafe, patisserie or lunch stops on route during the stunning days in the French Alps. A coffee and a mouth watering "Pain au chocolate" or "Citron tart" are never far away to keep the legs turning.


Available rides during your Annecy classic - RIDEs ONLY Tour

The Annecy Classic - Rides Only tour gives you a tailored selection from the extra ordinary100 choice routes that the team at PRACTICEBICYCLE have developed with over 15 years cycling in the Rhone-Alps of France. It's why Annecy is a cyclists paradise with an amazing variety of spectacular cycling routes and you'll get to experience the best of them with this first-class guided cycling tour. The cycling routes can be tailored to meet your riding requirements and abilities, only possible with the local knowledge of the professionals in this mecca of cycling the French Alps - Lake Annecy

Check out a selection of some of the great rides on the Itinerary tab above.

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One of the many selections of choice rides available in Cycling Paradise with the Annecy Classic Bike Tour


Saturday - Day 1
ARRIVAL TIME:  12:00pm
PLANNED RIDE OPTION*

Planned bike ride: 40km approx ride time 2-3hrs route Lake Annecy
Our first ride together and what a ride it is, the breathtaking lap of Lake Annecy, the cleanest Lake in Europe, surrounded by the Forrest mountain of Semnoz on the west and the massive La Tournette (2351m) and the Grand Alps to the east.   The perfect way to begin the most exhilarating week of riding with Practicebicycle Tours in Annecy the French Alps!
Leaving Annecy Centre Ville at a leisurely pace, it’s not long before we are following the contour of the Lake.  Exploring the tiny labyrinth of streets and passing homes from medieval times, contrasting spectacular views every few minutes as we head to the southern end of the lake.  It’s easy to see why we like to take in this gentle ride…..so much to see in such a short period of time!
Stopping for a café and patisserie at one of our favourite patisseries or bars on route and immersing yourself in the slow pace of French life.
This evening we invite you to join us for a Welcome Aperitif and Dinner (compliments of PRACTICEBICYCLE) at one of Annecy’s finest Restaurants to experience local Haute Savoie cuisine!


Sunday - Day 2
PLANNED RIDE OPTION*
Planned bike ride: 85km approx ride time 3-4hrs route Park Massif des Bauges
One of our favourite areas awaits you today and one that we could spend all week exploring together, popular in winter with the skiing fraternity, just as breathtakingly peaceful in summer by bike.  We head South out of Annecy and into the Park Massif des Bauges region, this area has a wonderful network and choice of quiet valley roads available to you, all with amazing different scenery.
We will head down one of the beautiful valley roads and work up an appetite for a café and patisserie or lunch stop in our ‘local’!
A must try is Mark’s chocolate éclair or if you have a more savoury palate…Tome des Bauges Fromage – A unique cheese which comes from local dialect ‘toma’ meaning cheese made in mountain pastures, produced in the Regional Natural Park of the Bauges Mountain.   It’s then a beautiful gentle descent back into Annecy with amazing views of the lake and Alps around each corner, the perfect photo opportunity!
This afternoon and early evening you may wish to enjoy the water of Lake Annecy, it is the cleanest in Europe and a great way to enjoy its natural beauty is with a leisurely boat trip, you will discover unique and splendid views of the French Alps and the town of Annecy as seen from the lake.


Monday - Day 3
PLANNED RIDE OPTION*
Planned bike ride: 100km approx ride time 3-4hrs route Aix-les-Bains
After yesterday’s entree into the Alps, today we show you the contrast of this cycling paradise as we explore some of the flatter roads to the West of Annecy and away from the Alps and passing over one of France’s main rivers the Rhone.
After a gentle climb out of town it’s not long before we are into the picture postcard undulating French countryside and heading into the next valley dotted with local vineyards.  A local café stop is never far away on route as we enjoy the open quite roads with views all the way!
In this neighbouring valley the huge water catchment of Lac Bourget can be found and tranquillity of its adjoining Canals ideal for a relaxing lunch time refreshment.
For the more adventurous amongst us a little detour for that additional challenge is available on the way home, should you wish!
Tonight, a perfect evening promenade would be to stroll through the “Jardins de l’europe”, the “Pont des Amours” continuing along the famous “Avenue d’Albigny” for an aperitif on the terrace of the “Imperial Palace”


Tuesday - Day 4
PLANNED RIDE OPTION*
Planned bike ride: 80km approx ride time 3-4hrs route des Aravis Chain
RETURN ANNECY: 3:00pm
After many years living, preparing for major races and riding from the home of PRACTICEBICYCLE here in Annecy, we are always spoilt for choice when it comes to picking and tailoring your great ride routes in and around the French Alps during your stay with us.
This is one of the Teams local challenges into the Grand Alps, we have many Col’s of varying difficulties and durations accessible from Annecy and the clear blue waters of the edge of the Lake, but the Aravis Mountain range is one of the most spectacular and on a clear day you will see Mt Blanc (4810m) the White Mountain and highest peak in Europe.
It’s a challenging ride but the spectacular views and sense of achievement as you reach the summit of the Col des Aravis (19km @ Average 5%, 1498m Altitude) make it well worthwhile.  As with all our planned rides you have the option, to relax and enjoy the views from the comfort of the support vehicle if you wish.
Passing through the world renowned Reblochon cheese production area, before we start our long gradual climb deep into the high Alps amongst the shimmering peaks and the fresh mountain air, with breathtaking scenery every pedal stroke of the way.


Wednesday - Day 5
PLANNED RIDE OPTION*
Planned bike ride: 70km approx ride time 2-3hrs route Cruseilles
We have had a truly remarkable cycling experience so let’s finish the tour in true French style with an adventure into traditional farming country.
There is always a little surprise on the roads when leaving beautiful Lake Annecy and why the local folk call Annecy the “Pearl in the Box”!
Today is no different as we wind our way up and away from our blue paradise home and head into the heart of France and true agricultural country.  This area between Annecy and Geneva is dotted with tiny villages and farming communities with quiet tranquil roads waiting to be explored by bike.
There is always the perfect opportunity for a refreshing break in a picture postcard setting as we roll across some of Frances best fruit growing country, especially for apples and pears.  This patchwork quilt is just as spectacular as the Grand Alps but in an unique and different way, as we pick our route and head back in the direction of Annecy.


Thursday - Day 6
Sadly today is your departure day and it’s time to pack your bike ready for your onward journey from Annecy.  PRACTICEBICYCLE wish you a “Bon Voyage”, safe cycling until we Practicebicycle together again.

       TOUR DATES
 April - October 2014    
BIKE TOUR
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Bike Tour      
Rides Only
Non-Cycling   

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April 26th - May 1st *
May 23rd - 28th *
June 24th - 29th
July 5th - 10th
July 26th - 31st
Aug 12th - 17th
Aug 30th - Sept 4th *
Sept 22nd - 27th * 
      * Spring/Autumn     


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OPTIONAL EXTRAS

       

   


Single Person/Room Supplement
       
AUD $620


4 **** Accommodation Upgrade

                             


AUD $738

Bike Hire              AUD $400

Annecy Classic Non-Cycling Packages....you will experience local delights like never before!The perfect tour package so you can join your wife/husband/partner on the world renowned Annecy Classic Bike Tour in the French Alps on Lake Annecy but you would prefer less energetic sightseeing from the comfort of a vehicle rather than on a bike.

This tour package is designed so that you can experience the entire premium experience on offer during the Annecy Classic Tour.  In fact, you will enjoy all the same benefits as your wife/husband/partner with this outstanding package only your choice is to leave the riding to your partner while you join in the French Alps sightseeing from the comfort of the support vehicle.Annecy Classic Non-Cycling Tours - it's not just about the Bike!

Each day you will explore this wonderful part of France with new sights and sounds around every corner beyond what any guide book will show you. All with the full support of your own local guide with regular stops on route to catch up with your cycling partner.

 
Your Annecy Classic - Non Cycling Tour Includes

  • 5 nights apartment/hotel accommodation in Annecy Centre Ville
  • 5 continental buffet breakfasts each morning French style
  • 5 days of guided sightseeing in the French Alps through some of the world's most beautiful places
  • Welcome Aperitif & Dinner in one of Annecy's finest Gastronomique Restaurants
  • 4 Auberge/Restaurant dinners each evening
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off at Geneva International Airport, Switzerland and short transfer to Annecy, France (tour midday arrival & departure days)Annecy Classic Non-Cycling Tours, taste the best local produce

Plus as a bonus for our Non Cycling Guest:

  • A Practice Bicycle Tours Gift Pack
  • Admire your cycling partner on the roads of the Alps
  • Local village discoveries
  • French cultural experience
  • 1st class Service
  • Relaxed & tranquil pace
  • Shared memories of a Lifetime!

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Annecy Cycling Day Tours, French Alps, Personalised Dates available, Guided by Local Professional Cyclists, France, April - October 2014, Easy, Challenging and Difficult Ride Route Options, Bike Hire available  

Spectacular Day Tours cycling from the beautiful French town of Annecy.
Are you an experienced cyclist wishing to have your own personalised guide for the day in cycling paradise?  Are you the adventurous holiday maker who would love to just jump on a bike and see a little bit more of the spectacular French Alps?

Enjoy a day of world class guided cycling with a Day Tour from PRACTICEBICYCLE Tours.

Contact us with your chosen dates to discuss your ride options


Annecy Day Tours

   


AUD $231 (single person rate)
AUD $130 (2 person rate)
AUD $90 (3 person rate)
AUD $70 (4+ person rate)

Bike Hire

   

AUD $100

Professional guides living and riding on the roads of Annecy the French Alps for over 17 years, today offering you a range of proven and exciting day tours between April to October. You can also enjoy all of these rides and many others as part of the amazing Annecy Classic Bike Tour Week.  Here's just a small selection of the endless choice of bike routes available to you.  See below

Col du Marais Cycling Day TOUR

Guided Cycling in Annecy France, Annecy Day Tours by Bike April - October 2014Be introduced to the French Alps with a moderately challenging bike ride to the East of Annecy heading towards the Grand Alps. Enjoy a break at a magic little café in the beautiful town of Thones, a central town for ‘Roblechon’ cheese production. Now soak up the scenery as it is time to climb the gentle slopes of the Col du Marais (843m) before descending into Faverges, stopping for lunch or patisserie.
Bike tour distance:  70km    Approx ride time: 3hrs

Lake Annecy Cycling Day TOURs

Cycling Day Tours in Annecy France, Available from April - OctoberThis cycling tour is certain to be a real highlight of your holiday. The ride is relaxing and not challenging so that you can soak up the beauty of Lake Annecy and the surrounding Alps from the comfort of your bike. Come and witness the beauty of Lake Annecy and see why it has a reputation as the most beautiful and cleanest lake in Europe.
Bike tour distance:  40km    Approx ride time: 2hrs

Col des Saisies & Col des Aravis Cycling Day Tours

Guided Annecy Cycling Day Tours, Personalised rides, Start and finish in Annecy!For those who wish to feel like a Tour de France rider for the day, then this day tour is for you! Leaving Annecy by the flat valley roads is a great way to start any superb day in the French Alps, as the road subtly changes direction we arrive in Albertville. A great cafe stop and the best macaroons in the world. It's not long before we start climbing gently and experience counts in the Beaufortain valley, before we officially start climbing the Saisies and superb picture postcard views of the massive Mt Blanc. This long cycling day is worth every second and with your experienced guides the summit of the Aravis is in sight. The long descent into Annecy makes this ride one you will never forget.
Bike tour distance: 145km Approx ride time: 6.30hrs

Aix-Les-Bains Cycling Day Tour

Explore some of the flatter roads to the east of Annecy and away from the Grand Alps.  Firstly you will take in a gentle climb out of town before entering the French countryside and heading into a delightful valley of small vineyards.  Here you can enjoy the scenic flatter roads as you pass alongside Lake Bourget and into the thermal spa town of Aix-les-Bains for a well deserved cafe or lunch stop.  Then it's time to ride along the edge of the incredible massive Bauges National Park before a pleasant descent back into Annecy.
Bike Tour Distance:  100km Approx ride time:  4.30hrs

Cret de Chatillon Cycling Day Tours

Although this ride does not venture far from Annecy, it open up some spectacular panoramic views as we climb to Cret de Chatillon at 1699m.  You will ride in to the Regional Park Massif des Bauges, which is frequently used by the International Bike Race, Criterium du Dauphine and the Tour de France.  The ride includes the gentle and enjoyable climb of Col de Leschaux (900m), followed by the mountain itself.  From here you will have a great opportunity to take in spectacular panoramic views from what seems to be the 'top of the world'.  On a perfectly clear day you will see into the Grand Alps and Mt Blanc.
Bike Tour Distance: 60km  Approx Ride Time:  3hrs

Montagney-les-Lanches Cycling Day Tours

One of the less challenging rides exploring wonderful, twisting country roads of France.  Following the contours of this marvellous landscape made for the cyclist, passing villages and farms that are only seen in the movies.  It's not long before the roads become less technical and you view this rural country at its very best as we head towards the town of Rumilly and the Cheran river.  The leg back to Annecy passes by the Gorges du Fier, and at one brief point we ride along the side of the super fast train (TGV) rail line and if you're lucky it may pass you by!  Finally we descend into Annecy with spectacular views of the Lake and surrounding Alps.
Bike Tour Distance: 50km  Approx Ride Time:  2.30hrs

Col de la Colombiere Cycling Day Tours

Explore the roads to the North of Annecy along the ridge of the Alps and into the village of Thorens Glieres a strong hold of the French Resistance Movement.  Then it's time to climb the Col des Fleuries (932m) and enter the valley of Le Petit Bornand, heading deep into the Grand Alps.  You may recognise these roads and Cols that are made famous by the Tour de France and seen on TV each year in July.  There will always be the opportunity to take a cafe or lunch stop amongst the Alps at one of the most beautiful locations in France, as you take in the splendour of this magnificent region.
Bike Tour Distance:  90km  Approx Ride Time:  5hrs

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