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Via Rhona: Geneva to Lyon

in Gaillard

  • Ride your bike at your own pace from Geneva to Lyon, along the Via Rhona, and enjoy the charm of these 2 cultural capitals.
    The itinerary will guide you through quintessential villages such as Seyssel, Chanaz, and Perouges.

  • Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival in Geneva
    Geneva is easily accessible by car, train, and air — many low-cost carriers stop at the city’s manageably sized airport. You’ll arrive in a cultured and cosmopolitan city with more than enough attractions to fill a day, so you can check in to your hotel 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...
    Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival in Geneva
    Geneva is easily accessible by car, train, and air — many low-cost carriers stop at the city’s manageably sized airport. You’ll arrive in a cultured and cosmopolitan city with more than enough attractions to fill a day, so you can check in to your hotel 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 sparkling Lake Geneva, it’s up to you.

    Day 2 (Monday): Geneva — Seyssel
    We will outfit you with bikes and provide your itinerary briefing after breakfast, so you’ll be ready to jump on your bikes and ride! This is the toughest 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 (nearly 800 meters/2,625 feet)! 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 intriguing ruins, to name a few. Your hotel in Seyssel sits right on the river, providing the perfect spot to give your biking legs a rest.

    Day 3 (Tuesday): Seyssel — Champagneux
    On more level terrain, today’s ride will feel like a picnic compared to the previous day. Consider exploring Chanaz – the Little Venice of Savoie – or park your 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. Whatever you choose, make sure to save a little energy for the climb up to your hotel in Champagneux. Your extra effort will be entirely worth it when you feast your eyes on the incredible valley view — and a delicious dinner.

    Day 4 (Wednesday): Champagneux — Pérouges
    The Rhône River will show you the way through small villages and quiet countryside…the navigation couldn’t be easier: all you have to do is follow the traffic-free bikeway. From Saint-Sorlin, you’ll leave the Via Rhona and ride on secondary roads through the rural “Bugey.” Your destination will soon be in sight as you approach the hilltop medieval village of Perouges. This is where you’ll stay overnight.

    Day 5 (Thursday): Pérouges — Lyon
    If you just can’t get enough of France’s pretty villages, you’ll want to opt for the longer route we’ve devised. You’ll leave the path of the Rhône River for a while, but trust us, it’s well worth it (and you won’t have to worry about falling in the river when the marvelous scenery steals your attention)! On the other hand, if you’re dreaming of diving right into the food stalls at Les Halles in Lyon, you may follow the Via Rhona directly into the city. Tonight, you’ll retire your wheels in the hilly neighborhood of La Croix Rousse.

    Day 6 (Friday): Departure
    After breakfast, depart at the time of your choice.
    Direct booking form:
    https://www.cyclomundo.com/cycling-tours/reservation/via-rhona--geneva-to-lyon-in-6-days-10.html
  • - 5 nights’ accommodation (4 nights in 3-star hotels; 1 night in a 2-star hotel)
    - Daily breakfast
    - 3 dinners (drinks are not included)
    - Meeting with our local representative
    - 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
  • - Expenses of a personal nature
    - Travel insurance
    - Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 110 euros per bike. Full-carbon racing bikes are available at the rate of 190 euros per bike.
    Electric bikes are available at the rate of 205 euros per bike.
    These prices include the drop-off fee for the bike’s return to Geneva
  • Acces:
    -Geneva airport
    -Geneva Cornavin station
    -Annemasse SNCF station
    -By car
  • Environment

    • In the country
    • In town
  • Spoken languages

    • English
Services
  • Services

    • Luggage porterage
    • Equipment hire
Rates

Payment methods

  • Credit card
  • Transfers
Openings
  • From April 1, 2021
    until October 31, 2021
  • Monday
    8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday
    8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday
    8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday
    8:30 AM - 6:00 PM