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The passes (cols) on the Alps road

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The passes (cols) on the Alps road - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Savoie
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From Menton in the Alpes-Maritimes to Thonon-les-Bains in the Haute-Savoie, the Alps road is a circuit not to be missed during any stay in the mountains, for both the beauty of its landscapes and the picturesque villages and places of interest it passes through. Crossing impressive passes, some of which are at altitudes of over 2,000 metres, the Great Alps Road (Route des Grandes Alpes) offers stunning panoramic views of the alpine landscape.

The route's highest passes are located in the Savoie. Open to cars from June to October, these passes boast breathtaking views of the surrounding wild and unspoiled scenery. The passes not to be missed are the Col de l'Iseran – the highest along the Great Alps Road at an altitude of 2,770 metres and located right in the heart of the Vanoise massif; the Col du Galibier at an altitude of 2,645 metres; and the Col de la Croix-de-Fer at an altitude of 2,068 metres.

Important stages in the Tour de France bicycle race, these alpine passes are a real challenge for all cycling enthusiasts.

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The passes (cols) on the Alps road

Descent Southern Iseran pass to Bonneval-sur-Arc, opposite the upper and glacier Vallonnet Albaron (3637 m)
Descent Southern Iseran pass to Bonneval-sur-Arc, opposite the upper and glacier Vallonnet Albaron (3637 m)
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Panorama on Val d'Isere from the road Iseran (© J.E)
Panorama on Val d'Isere from the road Iseran (© J.E)
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Road South Iseran pass (© Jean Espirat)
Road South Iseran pass (© Jean Espirat)
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The last 3 minutes of the rise of the Izoard pass, just as the light appears and we see the end of this magical way!
The last 3 minutes of the rise of the Izoard pass, just as the light appears and we see the end of this magical way!
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Iseran Pass seen from Lake CEMA (© Jean Espirat)
Iseran Pass seen from Lake CEMA (© Jean Espirat)
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Lautaret seen from the bridge of the Alp (© Jean Espirat)
Lautaret seen from the bridge of the Alp (© Jean Espirat)
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Route du Galibier view of the neck (© Jean Espirat)
Route du Galibier view of the neck (© Jean Espirat)
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Route du Galibier and valley Guisane (© Jean Espirat)
Route du Galibier and valley Guisane (© Jean Espirat)
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Meije view of the Col du Lautaret (© Jean Espirat)
Meije view of the Col du Lautaret (© Jean Espirat)
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Meije view Lautaret (© Jean Espirat)
Meije view Lautaret (© Jean Espirat)
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Col de Vars seen Napoleon refuge (© Jean Espirat)
Col de Vars seen Napoleon refuge (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama from the Col du Lautaret (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama from the Col du Lautaret (© Jean Espirat)
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