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The Rhône river cycling: from Geneva to Lyon
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The Rhône river cycling: from Geneva to Lyon

The Rhône river cycling: from Geneva to Lyon

Cycling from the Alps to the Mediterranean

  • Geneva; a `global city´ surrounded by stunning mountain chains
  • Beautiful countryside landscapes dotted with interesting historical towns
  • Old medieval villages, castles, poetry towns...
  • Lyon; a historical city, called the "Capital of Lights" 
  • Tasty regional dishes accompanied by delicious French wines
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Map cycling route Rhône river- from Geneve to Lyon
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Route

Start: Geneva                Finish: Lyon

Day 1: Arrival in Geneva
Day 2: Geneva - Seyssel (or train option) (60 km)
Day 3: Seyssel - Champagneux (58 km)
Day 4: Champagneux - Villebois (65 km )
Day 5: Villebois - Pérouges (54 km )
Day 6: Pérouges - Lyon (46 km )
Day 7: Departure from Lyon

Day 1:    Arrival in Geneva

Arrival in Geneva and installation to your hotel. Take the time to discover this beautiful city of Switzerland, also known as the "capital of peace" with its humanitarian tradition, it will seduce you with its international charm and its old town offering a wide choice of delicious restaurants. Enjoy a pleasant stroll along the Lake Geneva.

Day 2:    Geneva - Seyssel (or train option) (60 km)

Your first bike ride takes you from Switzerland to France along the Rhone, you will discover the "Défilé de l'Écluse" and then the first vineyards between mountains and valleys, while keeping in view the sumptuous mountains of the Alps. This part of the trip will be on some busier roads, but the rest of the week it will be much quieter. You will spend the night in the charming little town of Seyssel, on the banks of the river.

Challenge: 60km, 550m ascent, 673m descent

Day 3:    Seyssel - Champagneux (58 km)

Leave Seyssel and cycle between ridges and plateau on both banks of the Rhone. Arrival in Chanaz, also called "La Petite Venise Savoyarde", enjoy a pleasant break in one of the charming restaurants along the canal of Savières. Continue on towards Culoz and Belley, peaceful small towns with a rich heritage that punctuates the Bugey mountain. Continue your journey, in a surprising nature to arrive in the region of Champagneux.

Challenge: 58km, 132m ascent, 178m descent

Day 4:    Champagneux - Villebois (65 km )

Today you pass through Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers, for the greedy, we advise you to stop there to taste the famous brioche pralines! Further away, a little detour towards the village of Glandieu will allow you to refresh yourself with its majestic waterfall, a wonder of nature.Then you cross Morestel, stroll through the narrow streets of the old town, city of painters, flowered city and city in poetry. A lovely greenway links "La Vallée Bleue" to Villebois, this is where you’ll stay overnight.

Challenge: 65km, 232m ascent, 212m descent

Day 5:    Villebois - Pérouges (54 km )

This ViaRhôna stage takes you through unspoilt countryside of Burgey above the Rhône. You pass lovely villages this morning : Saint-Sorlin-en-Bugey and Sault-Brénaz, and the more secretive La Balme-les-Grottes, with its great caves and picturesque centre. Your destination will soon be in sight as you approach the hilltop medieval village of Pérouges, labeled one of the most beautiful villages in France. 

Challenge: 54km, 164m ascent, 180m descent

Day 6:    Pérouges - Lyon (46 km )

This last cycle day cleverly links the parks and lakes of Greater Lyon, including at Le Grand Large and Miribel-Jonage. Then enjoy the magnificent cycle route through central Lyon, along the Rhône’s banks. At the Rhône’s confluence with the Saône, you come to a brand-new quarter marked by contemporary architecture, the most striking building being the Musée des Confluences. Your options for the rest of the day are endless but you can also reward your soul of cyclist with a delicious meal in a "petit bouchon", typical restaurant in the city.

Challenge: 46km, 61m ascent, 116m descent

Day 7:    Departure from Lyon

End of your trip after breakfast. We advise you to extend your stay in order to take the time to visit the beautiful city of Lyon.

'standard' hotels

All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.

We choose comfortable 2*/3* hotels or B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included.

For more comfort, when it's possible we can upgrade the hotels with 3/4 * category (supplement applied).

Hotel Beau Séjour ** (Seyssel)
Hotel Beau Séjour ** (Seyssel)
B&B Les Vieilles Portes (Champagneux)
B&B Les Vieilles Portes (Champagneux)
Hotel Domaine des Cèdres (Villebois)
Hotel Domaine des Cèdres (Villebois)
Hotel la Bérangère ** (Perouges)
Hotel la Bérangère ** (Perouges)
'Select' hotels
Hôtel Ibis Genève Lac*** (Genève)
Hôtel Ibis Genève Lac*** (Genève)
L'hôtel du Rhône (Seyssel)
L'hôtel du Rhône (Seyssel)
Hôtel les Bergeronnettes*** (Champagneux)
Hôtel les Bergeronnettes*** (Champagneux)
Hôtel Domaine des Cèdres*** (Villebois)
Hôtel Domaine des Cèdres*** (Villebois)
Hôtel Host du Vieux Pérouges (Pérouges)
Hôtel Host du Vieux Pérouges (Pérouges)
Novotel Gerland Musée des Confluences**** (Lyon)
Novotel Gerland Musée des Confluences**** (Lyon)
practical info

Departures on friday, saturday or sunday from  April 5th to 31st October 27th

The international Geneva Airport is served by a large number of scheduled and low cost airlines. Also, possibility of arrival in Lyon Airport. From Lyon you can take a train to Geneva, see below.

You can get to Geneva by train. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SBB

On the end of your trip you can take a train from Lyon. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF.

From Paris to Geneva (approx. 5h15 - 540 km/335 mi) / From Lyon to Geneva (approx. 1h50 - 150 km/93 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.

Parking informations on request

HYBRID RENTAL BIKE 

SCOTT Sub Cross Men/Lady Alloy Frame, 24 Speed  

The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock 

ELECTRIC BIKE RENTAL 

SCOTT E-Sub  

The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock 

GPS tracks are available on request

included

Included

  • 6 nights in selected 2/3* hotels
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Tourist city taxes
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps
  • 24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation
  • Trains, busses or any transport wherever necessary
  • Other Lunches & Dinners
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, additional transfers, etc
  • Hybrid bike rental

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Upgrade Supplement hotels 3/4
  • Additional nights 
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel
  • Transfer back from your last accommodation
  • Hybrid bike rental 
  • E-bike supplement 
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