Tour de France Cols - A Grand Tour of Mont Blanc
France & Italy & Switzerland, Bike - Road Cycling, 8 days - from £895 (land only) - from €1,075 (land only) - from $1,475 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group's accommodation in Argentiere (near Chamonix). KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: Beginning our "Grand" circumnavigation of Mont Blanc, we cross immediately into Switzerland, descend to Martigny and start the big climb to the Col du Grand St. Bernard (2158m), via the chocolate box village of Champex Lac. We enter Italy and make the long descent to Aosta, overnight hotel.
Day 3: We follow the Aosta Valley north towards Mont Blanc before turning west again for the steep 10km climb to the Colle San Carlo (1950m). Descending to La Thuile, we continue across the Petit St.Bernard (2200m) and descend into the Tarentaise Valley and our hotel in Bourg St-Maurice.
Day 4: Its a 48km and 2000m climb (av 4.1%) through Val D'isere to the Col de L'Iseran (2770m), the highest pass on our tour. We descend to our Hotel in St.Michel de Maurienne and for those with energy to burn, there is the optional 12km climb (av 7.3%) to the Col du Telegraphe (1570m).
Day 5: The Col de la Madeleine, linking Maurienne and Tarentaise Valleys, has become a famous climbs in the French Alps. We bike to La Chambre (471m), for the start of the 19km climb to the Madeleine (1933m) . After a fast 30km descent to Aigueblanche, the afternoon is a gentle climb back to Bourg St Maurice.
Day 6: Continuing on the Route des Grandes Alpes, we cross the famous Cormet de Roseland and smaller Col du Pre before descending to Beaufort. We continue across the Col des Saissies (1662m) and the Col du Arvais (1536m) to our hotel in La Cluzaz.
Day 7: Our final day's ride is perhaps the most enjoyable as we make several climbs and descents, before joining the Mont Blanc Cycle Route that take us through Chamonix and back to our accommodation in Argentiere.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast.