Lake Bourget in department of Savoie, France. Photo via Flickr:Michael Bourgeois

Lovely town of Annecy in Haute Savoie, France. Photo via Flickr:Jean Balczesak
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French Alps Lake Tour

Switzerland, France Bike Tours

Cycling from Geneva into France: Lake Geneva, Lake Bourget, and Lake Annecy

  • Biking in the French Alps? Beyond your ability? This unique bicycle tour makes it possible for leisure riders to experience the captivating cycling of the Alps without the hill hassle.

    Linking the three major lakes of the area (Lake Geneva, Lake Bourget, and Lake Annecy), the cycling routes essentially follow the paths of the Rhône and Isère rivers, taking in historic villages, stunning natural scenery, lush meadows, valleys, and picturesque peaks along the way.

    Pack your swimsuit in case you can’t resist the call of the lake (or all three lakes)! A refreshing swim is the best way to cool off after a day of biking.

    Come and cycle the entrancing Alps and capture some Alpine magic along the way!

    Don't forget to check out our other bike tours in France!

  • Option A: £ 759 $ 1,138 765 NOK 7969 kr 7356 $ 956 Single supplement: £ 228 $ 342 230 NOK 2396 kr 2212 $ 288 Triple: £ 739 $ 1,109 745 NOK 7760 kr 7163 $ 931

    Option A plus: £ 987 $ 1,481 995 NOK 10365 kr 9567 $ 1,244 Single supplement: £ 377 $ 565 380 NOK 3958 kr 3654 $ 475 Triple: £ 967 $ 1,451 975 NOK 10156 kr 9375 $ 1,219

    extra options

    Full carbon road bike rental: £ 89 $ 134 90 NOK 938 kr 865 $ 113 Electric bike rental: £ 79 $ 119 80 NOK 833 kr 769 $ 100

    Extra Nights

     Option AOption A +
    Geneva (or surrounding) £ 45 $ 67 45 NOK 469 kr 433 $ 56 £ 114 $ 171 115 NOK 1198 kr 1106 $ 144
    Single £ 84 $ 126 85 NOK 885 kr 817 $ 106 £ 188 $ 283 190 NOK 1979 kr 1827 $ 238
    Seyssel (with dinner) £ 69 $ 104 70 NOK 729 kr 673 $ 88 £ 69 $ 104 70 NOK 729 kr 673 $ 88
    Single £ 84 $ 126 85 NOK 885 kr 817 $ 106 £ 84 $ 126 85 NOK 885 kr 817 $ 106
    Aix-les-Bains £ 40 $ 60 40 NOK 417 kr 385 $ 50 £ 84 $ 126 85 NOK 885 kr 817 $ 106
    Single £ 64 $ 97 65 NOK 677 kr 625 $ 81 £ 64 $ 97 65 NOK 677 kr 625 $ 81

    Sainte - Helene-sur-Isère
    (with dinner)

    £ 64 $ 97 65 NOK 677 kr 625 $ 81    _
    Single £ 79 $ 119 80 NOK 833 kr 769 $ 100   _
    (with dinner)
      _ £ 129 $ 193 130 NOK 1354 kr 1250 $ 163
    Single  _ £ 164 $ 246 165 NOK 1719 kr 1587 $ 206
    Annecy £ 64 $ 97 65 NOK 677 kr 625 $ 81 £ 94 $ 141 95 NOK 990 kr 913 $ 119
    Single £ 104 $ 156 105 NOK 1094 kr 1010 $ 131 £ 149 $ 223 150 NOK 1563 kr 1442 $ 188

    please note

    Electric and full-carbon bikes are available upon request!

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Geneva International Airport

    Local Travel

    The city center is located 4 km from the airport and is easily accessible by train or by bus. If by train, travel to the city center is 6 minutes. Trains leave every 12 minutes during peak hours. There are numerous busses that leave the airport as well. You can access busses at check in level or beside the train station. You can pick up a free ticket for public transportation from the machine in the baggage collection area at the Arrival level. This Unireso ticket, offered by Genève Aéroport, allows you to use public transportation in Geneva free for a period of 80 minutes. We will provide details regarding how to arrive to your first hotel. Due note that if you book Option A, you will be accommodated outside Geneva center in Gaillard. If you prefer not to use public transportation, you can ake a taxi which costs between 30 and 35 CHF, depending on the time of day.


    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to use to explore regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is: Average high/low temperatures in °F: April 59/40, May 68/48, June 74/54, July 80/58, Aug 78/57, Sept 70/51, Oct 59/45

Where You’ll Stay

4 nights in 2 star hotels and 1 night in a 3 star hotel (in Gaillard, 7 km from the center of Geneva)

3 nights in 3 star hotels, 1 night in a charming guesthouse, and 1 night in a 2 star hotel (in Seyssel)

What’s Included

  • Accommodations as described
  • Hybrid bike rental with helmet, lock, pump, water bottle, tool kit, spare tube, and Co2 cartridge
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meeting with local representative on the morning of Day 2
  • 2 dinners (Seyssel and Sainte-Hélène-sur-Isère or Saint Pierre d'Albigny)
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Emergency number
  • All tax and service charges

What’s Not Included

TypeSelf Guided
Length6 days
From765 Rates
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Tour Dates

Arrivals possible on Fridays or Sundays, April through October. Starting on another weekday possible for groups (must be 4 or more at time of booking and departure.) 

Skill Level

Average daily distance is 35 miles with some moderate ascents. Elevation graphs can be provided upon request!

Day-To-Day Itinerary

French Alps Lake Tour Map

Two options available for overnights and itinerary varies slightly between the two.

Option A +:

Day 1: Arrival in Geneva
Day 2: Geneva - Seyssel, 38 miles (62 km)
Day 3: Seyssel - Aix-les-Bains, 29 miles (46 km)
Day 4: Aix-les-Bains - Sainte-Hélène-sur-Isère/Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny, 42 miles/29 miles (68 km/47 km)
Day 5: Sainte-Hélène-sur-Isère/Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny - Annecy, 36 miles/43 miles (58 km/69 km)
Day 6: Departure from Annecy

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Geneva
Arrive in Geneva at your leisure and check-in to your hotel by the lake. Take time to discover this stylish city on your own. It’s a gem of international organizations, finance, and culture, meshing Old World with New, and is a delight to explore. The crescent-shaped Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) provides a marvelous treat for your eyes. Since Geneva is the culinary capital of Switzerland, you’ll find a variety of restaurants and eateries sure to please every palate.

Day 2: Geneva - Seyssel, 38 miles (62 km)
Today you will meet the local representative for a bike fitting and itinerary briefing. The highlights of your route include cycling along the infamous Rhône River and admiring the views over the charming wine-making villages of Dardagny and Satigny. Conquer the westernmost point of Switzerland by bike at the village of Chancy and then cross the border into France. Do not miss the Fort de l’Ecluse, an elevated fort founded by a Duke of Savoy. He built it out of a striking rock formation, one which forms a natural entrance of the Rhône Valley into France between the Vauche hills and the Jura. Your home for the night is in Seyssel, a small “double-town” in both the Haute-Savoie (Upper Savoy) and the Ain departments on the Rhône River located between two dams.
Total climb: 2,736 ft (834 m) Total descent: 3,153 ft (961 m)

Day 3: Seyssel - Aix-les-Bains, 29 miles (46 km)
The views on today’s ride — the 14 summits of the Bauges mountain range on one side, as well as Mont de la Charvaz and Col-du-Chat on the other — are some of the major highlights of this tour. Sheer cliffs seem to spring up magically from the water and the mountains surround you in protective peacefulness. Lake Bourget (Lac du Bourget) is the largest natural lake of glacial origin and the deepest entirely within France. It was home to the now extinct Bezoule, a freshwater whitefish that fed at muddy depths of 70 to 80 meters (230 - 260 ft) and reportedly disappeared in the 1960s. Cycle past the impressive site of the medieval Château de Montverran in Culoz, which was built on a rock in 1316 and, in more recent times, inspired the likes of the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. Pedal on to the spa town of Aix-les-Bains, which was known for its baths as far back as the Roman Empire. You can discover the numerous Roman ruins that remain. 
Total climb: 1,512 ft (461 m) Total descent: 1,473 ft (449 m)

Day 4: Aix-les-Bains - Sainte-Hélène-sur-Isère/Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny, 42 miles/29 miles (68 km/47 km)
Today you’ll pedal through the heart of Savoy to Chambery, a town of art and history. Located in a wide valley between the Bauges and Chartreuse Mountain ranges, at the crossroads of ancient trade routes, the old-town section of Chambery is one of the most remarkable in France. Along the way, take in the ruins of the 10th century fortress, Chateau de Miolans, which overlook the rich wine-growing region of the Combe de Savoie valley (including the village of Chignin, with remains of the 8th century Sarasin stronghold and its 6 towers). The Isère River guides the route to Grésy-sur-Isère, a largely agricultural community that has been inhabited by man since the Neolithic Age.
Total climb: 2,303 ft (702 m) Total descent: 2,178 ft (664 m)

Day 5: Sainte-Hélène-sur-Isère/Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny - Annecy, 36 miles/43 miles (58 km/69 km)
Roll your way to Grésy-sur-Isère by way of Albertville, situated on the Arly River close to the confluence with the Isere River. Albertville hosted the 1992 Winter Olympics and has become quite an industrial center, but it also encompasses the medieval town of Conflans, whose buildings date back to the 14th century. The Beaufortain and Bauges Mountain ranges will dazzle you as you cycle to the stunning Lake Annecy (Lac d’Annecy). Known as Europe’s cleanest lake, the Aravis mountain range reigns over the lake edge; its heights are famous for the hairpin turns and steep bends in the Tour de France. The magnificent town of Annecy, nestled on the northern tip of Lake Annecy, might remind you of Venice — canals cut through sections of the historic Alpine-style village. Strolling around, you’ll encounter the Palais de l’Isle (12th Century prison on an island, the town’s symbol), the Chateau d’Annecy, the 16th century Cathedral of Saint-Pierre, and the 20th century Pont des Amour (Lover’s Bridge) made of iron.
Total climb: 1,286 ft (392 m) Total descent: 837 ft (255 m)

Day 6: Departure from Annecy
Departure after breakfast or extend your stay in Annecy!

Option A:

Day 1: Arrival in Gaillard (7 km from center of Geneva)
Day 2: Gaillard - Seyssel, 43mi. (69 km) 
Day 3: Seyssel - Aix-les-Bains, 29 mi. (46 km)
Day 4: Aix-les-Bains - Sainte-Hélène-sur-Isère or Saint-Pierre-d'Albigny, 42 mi. (68 km)
Day 5: Sainte-Hélène-sur-Isère or Saint-Pierre-d'Albigny - Annecy, 36 mi. (58 km)
Day 6: Departure

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Customer Feedback

  • Deborah F. 8 months ago

    Aside from the amazing scenery my most memorable experience was the night we stayed in a 12th century farmhouse that had been painstakingly restored to a grand chateaux complete with gardens and guest house.

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