France, Italy and Switzerland – take a deep breath as you pedal and plunge into one of Europe’s most outstanding mountain vistas. The Tour du Mont Blanc is all about mountains on top of mountains. not only will you perfect your bike riding stride as you embrace Mont Blanc, but you will also be privy to pedaling other greats such as Grand Combin, Monte Rossa, and Gran Paradiso. As one of the Epic Climbs in the Alps, this is one of the best bike tours in Europe.
The Holy Grail of Cycling
The statistics speak for themselves on this grand epic cycling adventure covering climbs from the best Tour de France stages. Boasting a short circuit of 330km and with ascents soaring to 8000m, or many longer options depending on personal time and style, the 5 to 12-day Tour du Mont Blanc is the holy grail for those wanting to experience some of the best cycling destinations in the world.
Stay in Magnetic Mountain Towns
This intrepid cycling tour adventure could start and finish in the world-famous mountain town of Chamonix, sitting pretty at the foot of the soaring Mont Blanc where mountains loom in every direction. The magnetic town is famed on the après-ski scene for its laudable restaurants, exquisite hotels, and happening nightlife. Another hub to start and finish an amazing Mt-Blanc mountain tour is the pleasing French mountain ski-town of Les Saisies.
Breathe in Bucket List Views
Celebrate a different ride of your life in style, with the option to take a day break from the saddle and to take the lift to the grand panoramas of Aiguille du Midi. Sitting heftily at 3842m and offering beautiful bucket list views out across the stunning symmetrical peaks of the Matterhorn and the cathedral like spires of Mont Blanc, the lift to Aiguille du Midi is truly considered a once in a lifetime experience.
Ten Challenging Climbs
On a seven-day cycling tour of France, Italy and Switzerland you can tackle ten major and challenging climbs, combining Tour du France routes with the rare passes of the Giro d’Italia. From the snaking green roads of the Cols du Petit-St-Bernard to the narrow Swiss cycling pass of the Great-Saint-Bernard, the dark fir forest lined routes of the Col de la Forclaz, the serene sights of the Cormet de Roseland, and the Italian challenge of the iconic and truly amazing Epic Giro climb of Finestre. These are just a few names that make the Tour de Mont Blanc one of the best bike tours in Europe.
The Heart of the Alps
One of the veritable highlights of this sky-high cycling tour is the day loop of Italy’s Aosta Valley. Lovingly known as the Heart of the Alps, the glacial valley embraces an extraordinary hybrid of Northern Italian and French Provencal culture set against a splendid backdrop that looks straight out of the pages of a fairytale. Of the three valleys that frame Mt-Blanc is the Swiss style Grand-St-Bernard climb – a bucket list feature on many cyclists lists. The Beaufort Valley will also feature on this tour – a land famed for its precious cows, pungent cheese, rolling Haute-Savoie pastoral scenes, and rural finery.
Tours to Match Your Cycling Style
As with all VeloTopo tours, our amazing Tour de Mont Blanc is completely custom-made. Cyclists can choose the number of days they want to tour, pick their speed and signature passes to suit their own cycling style. For those who want to reach new heights you can also add on a day to climb the Cols du Telegraph and Galibier from their lesser known sides or other iconic French, Swiss and Italian climbs.