From Geneva to Lyon 7 days

Long before rickety railways and rushing roads, the Rhône River connected the region’s most important cities.

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From Geneva to Lyon 7 days

Long before rickety railways and rushing roads, the Rhône River connected the region’s most important cities.

  • Half board hotel
  • French Alps —Genève > Lyon
  • Activity Type
    • Route advice only
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 8
  • Grade
    • Relaxed riding
    • Moderate riding
  • Style
    • Flats
    • Mountain cols
    • Rolling hills
  • Distances
    • 50-75km/day
    • under 50km/day
  • Features
    • Ensuite rooms

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This price includes :

  • 6 nights’ accommodation (4 nights in 3-star hotels; 1 night in a 2-star hotel and 1 night in an unrated hotel of charm)
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative on Monday morning
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

This price does not include:

  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 110 euros per bike. This price includes the 20-euro drop-off fee for the bike’s return to Geneva.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival in Geneva

The first day of the itinerary is the easiest of all — all you have to do is get here! Geneva is a cultured and cosmopolitan city with more than enough attractions to fill a day, so you can check in to the lovely Hotel Jade in the heart of the city then head on out to explore. Whether you want to stroll around the city’s beautiful botanical gardens, go shopping for world famous watches, chocolates, and Swiss knives, or set sail on the sparkling Geneva Lake, it’s up to you.

Day 2 (Monday): Geneva — Seyssel: (60 km/37 miles, 670 meters/2,195 ft. of climbing)

Following breakfast, you will meet our guide, who will brief you on your itinerary and give you all the necessary equipment for your trip. This is where your journey really begins! This is the longest day of cycling during the whole tour; with rolling hills, you’ll climb your highest ascent — but the good news is you’ll get to enjoy plenty of downhill riding (715 meters total)! The route itself winds its way southwest, across the Swiss border at Chancy into the picturesque wine region of Rhône-Alpes, France, where you will spend the remainder of your tour. There are plenty of reasons to stop along the way — stunning panoramas, striking rock formations and historic forts — and you’ll end the day in Seyssel, a sensational small village. Your hotel sits right on the river, providing the perfect spot to give your biking legs a rest.

Day 3 (Tuesday): Seyssel — Champagneux (57 km/35 miles, 350 meters/1,145 ft. of climbing)

Covering a shorter distance, following a nearly straight line, and climbing just 230 meters, this day’s ride will feel like a picnic compared to the previous day. Consider exploring Chanaz — the Little Venice of Savoie — or park the bikes to try the exquisite local cheeses in the Roman town of Belley. Or, if you are content to add some extra kilometers to the journey, you can also head just off route to enjoy lunch in one of the ancestral wineries on the banks of Lac du Bourget. It’s your call — that’s the beauty of a self-guided tour. End with a fine meal, relaxing swim and good night’s rest in Champagneux.

Day 4 (Wednesday): Champagneux — Villebois (41 km/26 miles, 200 meters/665 ft. of climbing)

From Champagneux you can take a small detour and travel southwest to visit Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers to learn the story of Louis Mandrin, the French Robin Hood. Then, as you head north, you can stop in any village(s) you choose. From Morestel, a charming town known for painters and flowers to Briord, a small town with a Roman aqueduct, it’s up to you where and when lunch will be served! Riding adjacent to the Isère, your day will conclude in Villebois.

Day 5 (Thursday): Villebois — Pérouges (54 km/34 miles, 265 meters/870 ft. of climbing)

Today your ride will continue along the Rhône. Early on in your voyage you will have the option to stop at La Balme-les-Grottes, “the caves of Balme”, where you can find the largest variety of bat species in the region! If bats aren’t of particular interest to you, no need to fear boredom as you will be able to see stalactites, stalagmites, an underground lake, and many other unique sights. Enjoy your ride but leave yourself some time to explore your medieval destination, the walled town of Pérouges.

Day 6 (Friday): Pérouges — Lyon (either 59 km/37 miles, 380 meters/1,250 ft. of climbing or 42 km/26 miles, 270 meters/1,040 ft. of climbing)

As Lyon has plenty to keep you busy for days if not weeks, you can bike directly to the city or take a few breaks along the way. If time is not your concern, you can have lunch in the Miribel Jonage Park (one of the largest urban parks in Europe) and enjoy a swim in Lac des Eaux Bleues (Lake Blue Waters). Upon arrival in Lyon, your options for the rest of the day are endless. Trek to the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière for the best view in town, shop, visit a museum, or see the Halles de Lyon Market. Be sure to reward your cycling soul with a delicious meal!

Day 7 (Saturday): Departure

After breakfast, depart at the time of your choice.

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6 nights’ accommodation (4 nights in 3-star hotels; 1 night in a 2-star hotel and 1 night in an unrated hotel of charm)

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Consequently, this dazzling azure artery, stealthily snaking through the Swiss Alps into southern France, is home to a wealth of quaint villages, historic chateaux and spectacular scenic spots. The “Via Rhôna” project is a bicycle path created from Lake Geneva to France’s Mediterranean beaches. The project is still “in progress” but it is a huge accomplishment for France as it currently includes 700 km (435 miles) of cycling path and runs through 12 different French counties.

We happen to think this makes for a perfect cycling tour!

Our seven-day cycling itinerary allows you to take everything in between the Rhône’s two big cities, Geneva in Switzerland and Lyon in France. The tour serves up the very best the Rhône has to offer along the way: from historic forts to glistening lakes, Roman ruins to parkland panoramas. Best of all, the dramatic mountain scenery is enjoyed from a painless route, making it the ideal tour for families and leisure riders.

About French Alps

Picturesque villages and famous cols in the Savoie and Haute Savoie.

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