alpine cycling holidays

 Our location makes a great base for road cycling holidays in the Alps. We’re a short flat ride along the valley from the start of some of the legendary climbs of the Tour de France and Bourg St Maurice, often a stage in the Tour, is just 7km from the house.


Whatever kind of riding you enjoy, whether a flat cycle through lush meadows on the 25km riverside cycle path, or a gruelling climb with fanastic mountain scenery – we’ve got easy access to it all, without the added pain of a hard climb back at the end of the day!

Wind your way up country roads past rural hamlets and quaint villages, stop off at a country café or bar for a relaxed lunch or cold drink, and soak up the stunning views of forests, snow capped mountains and crystalline lakes.

There’s something for everyone – circular or out-and-back half or whole day rides, challenging climbs, and valley rambles. All finished off with an easy return along the valley back to the farmhouse.

Facilities

For cycling holidays in Maison Caramel, our facilities include:

  • a sunny garden and deck for relaxing and unwinding
  • lockable bike store and small workshop area
  • jet wash and paved area for cleaning your bike and making repairs
  • infrared sauna, WIFI internet and satellite TV
  • laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and drying lines
  • ensuite bedrooms with heated towel rails and hooks for drying your things
  • delicious packed lunches
  • route suggestions and maps
  • help with arranging bike hire and repairs
  • option for supported rides if you’re travelling in a group

Cols and climbs accessible from the farmhouse

  • Cormet de Roseland: altitude 1968 m, vertical climb 1158 m.
    • A beautiful climb crossing from the Tarentaise to the Beaufortain valley. The road from Bourg St Maurice opens into a wild valley with stunning views of the Mont Blanc.
  • Col de l'Iseran: altitude 2770 m, vertical climb 1960 m
    • A long climb taking you through the ski resorts of Tignes and Val D’Isere before the final 16km to the summit of the Col.
  • Col du Petit St Bernard: altitude 2188m, vertical climb 1378m
    • Another long climb, this time up into Italy. Amazing views changing from flower-filled meadows to bleak high mountain scenery. There’s often still snow lying on the ground late in summer.
  • Les Arcs: altitude 2060 m, vertical climb 584 m
    • This climb was made famous in the 1996 Tour de France when Indurain lost after being dropped from the leading group on the final climb to Les Arcs.

Prices

We are flexible about your arrival day/date and length of stay. Prices start from 225€pp for a 3 night short break, to 495€pp for 7 nights.

Prices include accommodation, breakfast, picnic lunch, and three-course evening meal with wine and are based on a minimum of two people sharing a room. There’s a 50% supplement for single room occupancy, unless you are willing to share with others.

We offer free transfers from the train stations in Aime, Landry and Bourg St Maurice (all served by local trains from Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble, and the TGV from Paris). Airport transfers are available from 75€ return. See find us for more travel information.