Route des Grandes Alpes
Route des Grandes Alpes (Great Alpine Road)
The Route des Grandes Alpes (Great Alpine Road) is a 658km long route trough the French Alps. This alpine road trip takes you from the Mediterranean to Lake Geneva and includes some of the highest and most beautiful mountain passes in Europe.
The construction of the route started in 1909 by order of the French Touring Club. In that period, the Alps still were an isolated region of France with poor access possibilities. The construction of the route was not only an opening to the outside world for the mountain people, but also an opportunity for the upcoming tourism to discover this area with great cultural and natural heritage. The construction was finished in 1937, with the opening of the Col de l’Iseran. The official road number is D902.
With the opening of the French motorways, the route has lost most of its importance as a traffic connection from north to south, making the Route des Grandes Alpes a spectacular road trip route. To make things even more attractive, some adjustments were made in 1995 to replace the traffic heavy valley of Chamonix with the Col de la Colombière and the Col de Aravis.