This legendary mountain road sits in the French Alps and links Lake Geneva with the French Riviera. Along this stretch of road, you’ll pass by beautiful alpine meadows, peaceful azure lakes, towering jagged peaks and breathtaking Riviera coastline.
The La Route des Grandes Alpes is a 720 km tourist route that crosses the French Alps from north to south via 26 passes, 7 of which are over 2,000 meters above sea level.
It leaves from Thonon-les-Bains (on Lake Geneva) to reach Nice (on the Mediterranean) by accumulating 18,000 meters of elevation.
At the instigation of the Touring Club de France in 1909, the planned tourist route makes it possible to take the Alpine passes to link together the existing valley roads thanks to the strategic sections built from the end of the 19th century and the leisure sections built in the first half of the 20th century.
In the climbs, the lowest altitude pass on the route of the La Route des Grandes-Alpes is the Col d’Èze with an altitude of 507 m, the highest being the Iseran at 2,764 m.