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:
    Twin/double: £ 623 $ 1,068 780 NOK 7475 kr 6900 $ 897 Single supplement: £ 184 $ 315 230 NOK 2204 kr 2035 $ 265
    Option A plus:
    Twin/double: £ 795 $ 1,362 995 NOK 9535 kr 8802 $ 1,144 Single supplement: £ 303 $ 520 380 NOK 3642 kr 3362 $ 437

    extra options

    Full carbon road bike rental: £ 72 $ 123 90 NOK 863 kr 796 $ 104

    Electric bike rental: £ 76 $ 130 95 NOK 910 kr 840 $ 109

    Extra Nights

     Option AOption A +
    Geneva (or surrounding) £ 44 $ 75 55 NOK 527 kr 487 $ 63 £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115
    Single £ 68 $ 116 85 NOK 815 kr 752 $ 98 £ 145 $ 249 182 NOK 1744 kr 1610 $ 209
    Seyssel (with dinner) £ 56 $ 96 70 NOK 671 kr 619 $ 81 £ 56 $ 96 70 NOK 671 kr 619 $ 81
    Single £ 68 $ 116 85 NOK 815 kr 752 $ 98 £ 68 $ 116 85 NOK 815 kr 752 $ 98
    Aix-les-Bains £ 32 $ 55 40 NOK 383 kr 354 $ 46 £ 68 $ 116 85 NOK 815 kr 752 $ 98
    Single £ 52 $ 89 65 NOK 623 kr 575 $ 75 £ 52 $ 89 65 NOK 623 kr 575 $ 75

    Sainte - Helene-sur-Isère
    (with dinner)

    £ 52 $ 89 65 NOK 623 kr 575 $ 75    _
    Single £ 64 $ 110 80 NOK 767 kr 708 $ 92   _
    Pierre-d'Albigny
    (with dinner)
      _ £ 104 $ 178 130 NOK 1246 kr 1150 $ 150
    Single  _ £ 132 $ 226 165 NOK 1581 kr 1460 $ 190
    Annecy £ 49 $ 84 61 NOK 585 kr 540 $ 70 £ 70 $ 120 88 NOK 843 kr 778 $ 101
    Single £ 84 $ 144 105 NOK 1006 kr 929 $ 121 £ 128 $ 219 160 NOK 1533 kr 1415 $ 184

    please note

    Electric and full-carbon bikes are available upon request!

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • 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.

    Climate

    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: weatherbase.com. 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

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

OPTION A PLUS
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

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length6 days
From780 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019 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

You can request daily elevation for Option A and elevation graphs for both options.

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Customer Feedback

  • Brenda A. 3 months ago

    Thoroughly enjoyed! Hotel staff were a wealth of knowledge and so friendly!

  • Deborah F. 1 year 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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