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 Bike 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.

    Highlights

    • Lake Geneva, Lake Bourget, and Lake Annecy
    • The Rhône and Isère rivers paths
    • Historic villages
    • Stunning natural scenery

    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: $ 1327 £ 691 $ 1,204 805 $ 1381 kr 8613 $ 908 Single supplement: $ 396 £ 206 $ 359 240 $ 412 kr 2568 $ 271
    Option A Plus:
    Twin/double: $ 1657 £ 863 $ 1,503 1005 $ 1724 kr 10753 $ 1,133 Single supplement: $ 635 £ 331 $ 576 385 $ 661 kr 4119 $ 434

    extra options

    Full carbon road bike rental: $ 132 £ 69 $ 120 80 $ 137 kr 856 $ 90

    Electric bike rental: $ 140 £ 73 $ 127 85 $ 146 kr 909 $ 96

    Extra Nights*

     Option AOption A +
    Geneva (or surrounding) $ 91 £ 47 $ 82 55 $ 94 kr 588 $ 62 $ 165 £ 86 $ 150 100 $ 172 kr 1070 $ 113
    Single $ 157 £ 82 $ 142 95 $ 163 kr 1016 $ 107 $ 288 £ 150 $ 262 175 $ 300 kr 1872 $ 197
    Annecy $ 107 £ 56 $ 97 65 $ 112 kr 695 $ 73 $ 140 £ 73 $ 127 85 $ 146 kr 909 $ 96
    Single $ 165 £ 86 $ 150 100 $ 172 kr 1070 $ 113 $ 256 £ 133 $ 232 155 $ 266 kr 1658 $ 175

    *Pricing subject to change depending on dates and category of room available.

    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
3 nights in 2-star hotels, 1 night in a comfortable guesthouse & 1 night in a 3-star hotel (3-star hotel in Gaillard, just 7 kilometers/4 miles from the center of Geneva)
OPTION A PLUS
3 nights in 3-star hotels, 1 night in a guesthouse of charm & 1 night in a 2-star hotel (2-star hotel in Seyssel)

What’s Included

  • Accommodations as described
  • Hybrid bike rental (Giant Escape 2 2017 or similar) 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, drinks not included)
  • 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

  • Remaining meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Road bike rental upgrade (Wilier GTR Team or similar)
  • Electric bike rental upgrade (Cube Hybrid Pro 500WH Red’n’Grey)
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length6 days
From805 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020 

Starts any Friday or Sunday from April through October (must be 4 or more at time of booking and departure).

Alternate start days possible for groups only! 

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 Map

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

Option A+:

Day 1: Arrival in Geneva or Gaillard
Day 2: Geneva/Gaillard - Seyssel, 39 miles (63 km)
Day 3: Seyssel - Aix-les-Bains, 29 miles (46 km)
Day 4: Aix-les-Bains - Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny, 29 miles (47 km)
Day 5: Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny - Annecy, 43 miles (69 km)
Day 6: Departure from Annecy

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Geneva or Gaillard
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/Gaillard - Seyssel, 39 miles (63 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: 2,733 ft (833 m) Total descent: 3,179 ft (910 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: 1,500 ft (460 m) Total descent: 1,562 ft (476 m)

Day 4: Aix-les-Bains - Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny, 29 miles (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: 1,952 ft (595 m) Total descent: 1,404 ft (428 m)

Day 5: Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny - Annecy, 43 miles (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: 2,260 ft (689 m) Total descent: 2,090 ft (637 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), total climb 2,871 ft (875 m)
Day 3: Seyssel - Aix-les-Bains, 29 mi. (46 km), total climb 1,500 ft (460 m) 
Day 4: Aix-les-Bains - Tournon, 41 mi. (65 km), total climb 2,963 ft (903 m)
Day 5: Tournon - Annecy, 34 mi. (55 km), total climb 1,362 ft (415 m)
Day 6: Departure

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  • Brenda A. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

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

  • Deborah F. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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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