Explore spectacular bike rides in Annecy in all directions

Itinerary Villages of France

Comfortable bike rides in Annecy each day of 40 km/25 miles suitable for all cycling abilities at a leisurely pace.
Arrival Day Route des ‘Les Vergers’
Comfortable Ride Route:
Distance 45km/28mi
Ascent 460m/1500ft
INCLUSIONS: Airport Pick Up, Welcome Drinks & Dinner

Welcome to Lake Annecy nestled in the French Alps. Your Practice Bicycle private transfer will collect you from Geneva International Airport (Switzerland) and assist you with your Annecy Hotel check-in.
This afternoon remove the effects of your travels and escape away from our blue paradise home with a welcome ride into the heart of the French 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 the perfect introduction to your villages of France cycling
This patchwork quilt is just as spectacular as the Grand Alps but in its’ own unique and different way, passing by the rock of La Mandallaz as we roll across some of Frances best fruit growing country for apples and pears. Looping back in the direction of Annecy and panoramic views of the Crêt de Châtillon 1699m towering over Lake Annecy.
This evening we will meet you at your Hotel and welcome you to your Annecy cycling experience with an Aperitif and Dinner at one of Annecy’s finest Restaurants to experience local Haute-Savoie cuisine!

Turquoise Waters of Lake Annecy
Comfortable Ride Route:
Distance 40km/25mi
Ascent 210m/690ft
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Lunch by the Lake

No visit to Annecy would be complete without a breathtaking loop around Lake Annecy, the cleanest Lake in Europe. The ‘Pearl in the box ‘surrounded by the Forrest mountain of Semnoz on the west and the massive La Tournette (2351m) and the Grand Alps to the east.
Leaving Annecy Centre Ville at a leisurely pace and enjoying every pedal stroke as we take advantage of the amazing bike path, this converted railway line makes for the perfect ride and photo opportunities on route, it’s not long before we are following the contour of this beautiful Lake. Exploring the tiny labyrinth of streets and passing homes from medieval times, with contrasting spectacular views every few minutes as we head to the south side of the lake. It’s easy to understand why we like to include the Turquoise Waters of Lake Annecy route in your Annecy Bike Trip – Villages of France, so much to see in such a short period of time!
Why not slow life down in true French style and take a break by the side of Lake Annecy with a restaurant lunch experience to remember. One of the many pleasures experienced with a Practice Bicycle Tour, relax and enjoy wonderful food with spectacular views that will stay in your memory forever.

Comfortable Ride Route:
Distance 45km/28mi
Ascent 490m/1600ft
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Restaurant Lunch in the Medieval Village

One of the many pleasures of your bike rides in Annecy is the opportunity to explore in all directions.
Our pick of the rides today is the tranquility of the French country lanes as we explore to the West of Annecy as our ride passes traditional tiny villages and away from the Grand Alps. The perfect ride route for discovering the most charming and historic villages of France, each building and monument telling a story from history and the flowers and pride in each village unique to French culture.
There’s always time for a wonderful lunch stop with your Annecy Bike Trip and with the Practice Bicycle team’s local knowledge including over 20 years riding these roads makes for your premium cycling holiday and hidden lunch spots. One of their favorite restaurants is never too far away, with this rare find in the medieval village of Alby-sur-Cheran. This historic village looks like the clock stopped many years ago and this is also where the first bridge was built across the River Cheran between the main trading routes of Chambery and Annecy.
Time to return to the present as we return to the most beautiful town in France, Annecy the “Baby Paris”.

Park Masif des Bauges
Comfortable Ride Route:
Distance 50km/31mi
Ascent 530m/1700ft
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Lunch in the Bauges

One of our favorite 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 sites and panoramic views.
Enjoy cycling at its very best with your Villages of France ride routes and work up an appetite for a lunch stop in our favorite village ‘local’. This might be your favorite also after you’ve tasted Mark’s chocolate éclair or tarte aux fraise. If you have a more savory palate then don’t miss out on tasting Tome des Bauges, this unique cheese which name comes from the local dialect ‘toma’ meaning cheese made in mountain pastures, produced in this Regional Natural Park of the Bauges Mountain.
Surrounded by the huge mountain backdrop and listening to the sounds of village life, whether it’s the church bells ringing, or the passing farmer’s tractor immerse yourself in rural life of France for just a moment more.
Our ride home is a beautiful gentle descent back into Annecy with amazing views of Lake Annecy and the French Alps around each corner, the most perfect photo opportunity!

Green Fields of France Bike Tour
Comfortable Route:
40km/31miles
Ascent 400m/1800ft
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Menu d’Jour on the Terrace

We have had a truly remarkable cycling week with your Villages of France adventures so let’s finish the week in true French style with our last ride together into the Haute-Savoie farming country. This perfect ride show cases the rolling green fields of France with the Semnoz Mountain Forrest and the spectacular jagged silhouette of the French Alps the spectacular backdrop to the day. You may think we have saved the best for last as these roads are truly breathtaking whether it’s the tiny lanes to the hidden Chateau de Montrottier, the idyllic villages we pass by or the hidden gem restaurant lunch in the country.
Today’s hidden gem is a refreshing break in a picture postcard setting during your Villages of France cycling adventures. Celebrate together with a classic French “menu d’jour” midday lunch on the terrace in the country with this special restaurant with fantastic cuisine, It’s just around the corner with Practice Bicycle Bike Tours.

What an ideal way to spend the day cycling from Lake Annecy in the French Alps with the best guided riding in the world stress free!

Departure Day from Annecy
DEPARTURE TIME: 10:00am
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Geneva Airport Drop-off

Departure Day and Its unfortunately time for your Annecy Bike Trip – Villages of France adventures to draw to an end and so must the dream as we transfer you to Geneva Airport (Switzerland) for your onward travels.

Practice Bicycle Bike Tours wish you ‘Bon Voyage’, safe cycling until we PRACTICE BICYCLE together again

The area surrounding Lake Annecy is covered with amazing roads waiting to be explored by bike.  The Practice Bicycle Team discovered this dream cycling location in 1996 and now with a staggering 100 bike rides in Annecy available to you its why we call it your ‘Cycling Paradise’.

Each of the bike rides in Annecy are designed specifically for your bike riding ability and experience, all offering amazing sights and delights around Lake Annecy and the mountains you can have a comfortable ride or a challenging ride, the choice is yours!

The Practice Bicycle team have a world of cycling experience and a unique skill set, 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!

Our signature Annecy Bike Trip is an unparalleled cycling adventure take a look at both the ‘Villages of France’ itinerary for all cycling abilities and the ‘Taste of the Mountains’ itinerary tailored to the regular bike rider. Custom Annecy bike trips are also available for you or your group looking for that bespoke cycling vacation.

These are just some of the 100+ exclusive bike rides in Annecy available to you during your bike trip!

Annecy Bike Trips
Our Annecy Bike Trip includes spectacular rides of 40 – 80 km including hidden gem restaurant lunch each day. Discover the perfect balance of riding and relaxation in a true cycling paradise.
French Alps Bike Tours
Summer Training in Annecy a combination of 80 – 120km challenging tailored rides. Including the ultimate challenge of ride routes based on the Alpine stages of the Tour de France past and present

Itinerary Taste of the Mountains

Challenging bike rides in Annecy each day of 65 km/40 miles suitable for regular riders with moderate climbs of 900m/3000ft altitude.
Arrival Day in Annecy - Col de Tamie (907m)
Challenging Ride Route:
Distance 75km/47mi
Ascent 510m/1700ft
ARRIVAL TIME: Midday
INCLUSIONS: Geneva Airport Pick Up, Welcome Drinks & Dinner

Welcome to Lake Annecy and your Annecy Bike Trip cycling vacation. Your Practice Bicycle private transfer will collect you from Geneva International Airport (Switzerland) and assist you with your Annecy Hotel check-in.
This afternoon remove the effects of your travels and start your Taste of the Mountains cycling along the shore of the spectacular turquoise waters of Lake Annecy, one of the most exhilarating pedaling experiences in the world.
Our first ride of the tour is the Col de Tamie (907m, 10km @ Average 3.9%) this delightful gentle climb is for everyone and not considered particularly high from an Alpine perspective. The lower slopes wind up past the Château de Faverges before the route flattens into this glacial valley making it the perfect introduction to the Alps.
The gradual terrain gives you plenty of time to enjoy the forest views and the sound of the river on its way to the Grotte et Cascade de Seythenex. Once at the summit get your breath back and enjoy the isolation of your first day in the Mountains and the impressive Abbaye Notre-Dame de Tamié.
Take in the breathtaking views as we begin to descend back towards your wonderful home for the week, returning to Annecy by the excellent bike path.
This evening we will meet you at your Hotel and welcome you to your Annecy cycling experience with an Aperitif and Dinner at one of Annecy’s finest Restaurants to experience local Haute-Savoie cuisine!

Col des Fleuries (932m) Bike Tour
Challenging Ride Route:
Distance 65km/40mi
Ascent 900m/3000ft
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Restaurant Lunch

We are always spoilt for choice when it comes to picking and tailoring your Taste of the Mountains great ride routes with so many Cols around Annecy some famous others not so well known. It’s also more interesting to see these amazing sights, delights and challenges in every direction, today we are heading North and following the edge of the Alps and the sheer rock face of the Tete du Parmelan.
These impressive panoramas of the mountains are part of your daily ride routine with Practice Bicycle Tours, today is no exception as we climb through the forest of the Col de Frettallaz (670m) and all the splendor of Alpine views. These secret country roads have everything from Chateaux’s to Plateau’s perfect to escape and appreciate all the pleasures from great riding in the Mountains.
This historic area was a strong hold of the French Resistance during World War 2 and the Plateau Glieres has an impressive National Monument to the Resistance.
The climb of the Col des Fleuries (932m, 5.6km @ average 5%) is your taste of the Mountains challenge enjoy the peace and tranquility of this Alpine region and the views of Switzerland in the distance.

Mont Prince (650m) Bike Tour
Challenging Ride Route:
Distance 75km/47mi
Ascent 850m/2800ft
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Lunch in the Chateau

After yesterday’s ride to the North of Lake Annecy, today we show you the contrast of this ‘Cycling Paradise’ as we explore some of the undulating roads to the West of Annecy, away from the Grand Alps and to one of France’s main rivers the Rhone.
Gently winding away from Annecy we are on the very best cycling roads in the world and what feels like slightly downhill all the way as we are heading into the next valley dotted with local vineyards and amazing views. Its only the vertical over hanging rocks of the valley road that separates you from the Rhone River and with the natural site of the Val du Fier we’re in a totally different landscape and depart of France L’Ain.
The Rhone is an impressive river system with changes in currents and colours a reflexion of the hydro-electric power systems nearby. More impressive are the green shrouded mountains either side, referred to as the pre-Alps and often on the Tour de France routes, your Taste of the Mountains Col is one of these the Cote du Mont-des-Prince (696m 6km @ average 6.2%)
Take a break from your climbing with a wonderfully unique lunch in the Medieval Chateau Clement, before returning to Lake Annecy with panoramic views all the way.

Col du Marais (843m) Bike Tour
Challenging Ride Route:
Distance 65km/40mi
Ascent 540m/1800ft
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Restaurant Lunch

Today we have chosen one of the Practice Bicycle teams favorite climbs the Col du Marais, this challenge with its constant grade and relatively short duration makes it a French Alps pleasure for all!

This route like many of these amazing rides can be ridden from a variety of directions, we will head south down the valley following the side of Lake Annecy. Ready to take on your own mountain at your pace with the slopes of the Col du Marais (10km @ Average 4%, 843m Altitude), the air is fresh and the views are magnificent and you can experience for yourself why the French Alps are world famous!
Your little taste of the grandeur of the Alps continues descending through the village of Thones, a beautiful town and the center of the famous local “Reblochon” cheese production industry.
With all this cycling effort there is always a reward and today is no different at one of our star restaurants surrounding Lake Annecy as we enjoy lunch together overlooking the medieval castle of Chateau de Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Cote de Puget (796m) Bike Tour
Challenging Ride Route:
Distance 65km/40mi
Ascent 850m/2800ft
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Restaurant Lunch
Some of your bike rides in Annecy include Cols that have been included in the famous Tour de France bike race. We’re not leaving the best until last although your ride route today starts with the Cote de Puget (796m, 5.4km @ average 5.9%) which was the first climb included in an epic final stage of the 2013 TDF which had a staggering 6 Cols finishing at the summit of the nearby giant of Semnoz.
Enjoy these scenic slopes and the incredible vista offered of Lake Annecy as the road winds its way upwards, it’s a challenge and welcome relief to arrive at the farm village summit. Get your breath back quickly as you have a second Col fast approaching the Col de Leschaux (944m, 3.6km @ average 6.1%). This Col can also be climbed from several other directions and just another reason why Annecy is ‘Cycling Paradise’.
Lunch in the village of Chatlard is the ideal spot on today’s ride to celebrate your Taste of the Mountains and reflect on which taste was your favorite?
It is a fantastic experience and at the same time over whelming riding these famous Cols, climbing together one last time to cap off a great week of cycling in Lake Annecy.
Departure Day from Annecy
DEPARTURE TIME: 10:00am
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Geneva Airport Drop-off

Departure Day and Its unfortunately time for your Annecy Bike Trip – Taste of the Mountains climbing adventures to draw to an end and so must the dream as we transfer you to Geneva Airport (Switzerland) for your onward travels.

Practice Bicycle Bike Tours wish you ‘Bon Voyage’, safe cycling until we PRACTICE BICYCLE together again