European ambiance and savoir-vivre, this 6-day bike tour from Switzerland to France highlights both. Between two incredible cultural capitals, Geneva and Lyon, this route, through an area of unsurpassed beauty, will introduce you to Pérouges, Chanaz, and Seyssel, to name a few of France’s best-kept secrets!
You pedal from towering forts and Roman ruins to shimmering lakes, through flower-filled fields, and sleepy outposts. You’re free to stop wherever and whenever you choose. Even the smallest hamlets along the Rhône are magical.
The Via Rhona project, a bicycle path connecting Lake Léman (Geneva) to France’s Mediterranean beaches, though still a work in progress, provides lovely cycling, away from the noise and distraction of traffic.
- Pérouges, Chanaz, and Seyssel
- Lyon - world-famous cuisine
- The picturesque wine region of Rhône-Alpes, France
- Riverside cycling on the Via Rhôna or Rhone Cycle Path
- Charming villages, vineyards, sunflowers
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Day 1: Arrival in Geneva
Day 2: Geneva - Seyssel, 39 mi. (63 km)
Day 3: Seyssel - Champagneux, 48 mi. (77 km), Shorter option: 34 mi. (54 km)
Day 4: Champagneux - Pérouges, 55 mi. (88 km), Shorter option: 41 mi. (66 km)
Day 5: Pérouges - Lyon, 37 mi. (60 km). Shorter Option: 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 6: Departure
Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen.
On most days, you will be offered a shorter and longer route to choose from.
Day 1: Arrival in Geneva
Geneva is easily accessible by car, train, and air. 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.
Accommodation: Hotel Jade, 3 star
Day 2: Geneva - Seyssel, 39 mi./63 km
You will be outfitted with bikes and provided an itinerary briefing after breakfast. This is the toughest day of cycling during the whole tour, featuring rolling hills. You will climb your highest ascent, but the good news is you’ll get to enjoy plenty of downhill riding, more than 800 meters! 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.
710 m of total climbing | 840 m descent (2330 ft. of climbing | 2755 ft. descent)
Accommodation: Hotel Beau Séjour, 2 star
Day 3: Seyssel - Champagneux, 48 mi./77 km, shorter option: 34 mi. (54 km)
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. If you are content to add some extra kilometers to the journey, you can also head just off the route to enjoy lunch in one of the ancestral wineries on the banks of Lac du Bourget. Whatever you choose, be 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.
Long option: 680 m of total climbing | 680 m descent (2280 ft. of total climbing | 2280 ft. descent)
Shorter option: 430 m of total climbing | 420 m descent (1410 ft of climbing | 1380 ft descent)
Accommodation: Hotel Les Bergeronnettes, 3 star
Day 4: Champagneux - Pérouges, 55 mi. (88 km), shorter option: 42 mi. (68 km)
The Rhone river will show you the way through small villages and quiet countryside and 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 Pérouges.
Long option: 380 m of total climbing | 360 m descent (1235 ft of total climbing | 1180 ft. descent
Shorter Option: 330 m of total climbing | 320 descent (1080 ft. of total climbing | 1050 descent
Accommodation: Hostellerie de Pérouges, 3 star
Day 5: Pérouges - Lyon, 37 mi./60 km, Shorter Option: 27 mi. (43 km)
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.
Long option: 320 m of total climbing | 400 m descent (1050 ft. of climbing | 1310 ft. descent)
Shorter option: 170 m of total climbing | 250 m descent (560 ft of climbing | 820 ft descent)
Accommodation: Résidence Belambra Villemanzy, 3 star
Day 6: Departure
After breakfast, depart at the time of your choice
*You can ask us for an altitude profile for this tour!
Hotels & Bikes
Accommodations in 4 nights in 3-star hotels and 1 night in a 2-star hotel. In each day’s details, you will find the name of the preferred hotel but your final hotel list will be based on availability. If the preferred hotel is not available, you will be accommodated in an establishment of equal standard.
Trek FX 2 or similar
- Frame: Aluxx Aluminium
- Front Derailleur: Shimano M191
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus
- Brakes: Tektro, linear pull
- Tires: Giant S-X3, 700x32, puncture protect
- Cassette: SRAM PG-830 11x32, 8-speed
- Crankset: SHIMANO Acera - 48/38/28
- Seatpost: Giant Sport, 27.2mm
- Seat: Giant Connect Upright
- Weight: 12,50 kg
Cube Hybrid Pro 500WH or similar
- Frame: Aluminium Superlite, Comfort
- Fork: Suntour NEX-E25, 63mm
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore RD-M6000-GS, 10-Speed
- Brakes: Shimano BR-MT200, Hydr. Disc Brake
- Wheels: CUBE ZX20, 36H, Disc, 28”
- Tires : Schwalbe Smart Sam, Active, 44x622,
- Cassette: Shimano Deore CS-HG500, 11-42T
- Crankset: FSA Metropolis Urban AL-8, 15T, 175mm
- Stem: CUBE Performance Stem Pro, 31.8mm
- Handlebar: CUBE Rise Trail Bar, 680mm
- Seatpost: CUBE Performance Post, 27.2mm
- Seat: CUBE Active 1.1
- Battery: Bosch PowerPack 500Wh
- Engine: Bosch Drive Unit Performance CX Generation 4 (75Nm) Cruise (250Watt), 36V
- Weight: 21,4 kg
Trek Checkpoint ALR 4 or similar
• Frame: Alpha Aluminum with carbon forks
• Front Derailleur: Shimano GRX RX400
• Rear Derailleur: Shimano GRX RX400
• Brakes: Shimano GRX hydraulic disc
• Tires: Bontrager GR1 Comp, 700x40C
• Wheels: Bontrager alloy
• Cassette: Shimano Tiagra HG500, 11-34, 10 speed
• Crankset: Shimano GRX RX600, 46/30
• Seatpost: Bontrager Comp, 27.2mm
• Seat: Bontrager Montrose Comp
- Hotel accommodations for 5 nights (4 nights in 3-star hotels and 1 night in a 2-star hotel)
- Daily breakfast
- 2 dinners (drinks are not included)
- Meeting with local representative on Monday morning
- Hybrid touring bike rental (Trek FX 2 or similar), equipped with rear rack, repair kit with multi-tool and spare tube, water bottle cage, water bottle, & pannier
- Luggage transfer
- Marked maps &/or cue sheets and route notes
- Pre-loaded GPS device(subject to availability)
- Support available in emergency situations
- All tax & service charges
What’s Not Included
- Meals other than those included
- Any drinks with included dinners
- Bike protection
- Travel Insurance
Dates & Pricing
Sundays from April through mid-October, 2023
A minimum of 2 people is required to confirm a departure. Solo traveler pricing on request.
Starting on another weekday is possible (except Fridays) for groups of 4 or more.
This tour can be organized with a support vehicle (for groups of 6 or more).
Twin/double $ 1570 £ 900 $ 1,488 € 1005 ₪ 3805 NZ$ 1721 NOK 11022 kr 11471 $ 1,114 Single $ 2085 £ 1196 $ 1,976 € 1335 ₪ 5055 NZ$ 2286 NOK 14641 kr 15237 $ 1,479
Bike rental options
Electric bike (Cube Hybrid Pro with Bosch PowerPack 500Wh or similar): $ 156 £ 90 $ 148 € 100 ₪ 379 NZ$ 171 NOK 1097 kr 1141 $ 111
Gravel bike (Trek FX 2 or similar): $ 86 £ 49 $ 81 € 55 ₪ 208 NZ$ 94 NOK 603 kr 628 $ 61
(pricing may vary according to time of booking):
Twin/double: $ 172 £ 99 $ 163 € 110 ₪ 417 NZ$ 188 NOK 1206 kr 1255 $ 122 Single room: $ 295 £ 169 $ 280 € 189 ₪ 716 NZ$ 324 NOK 2073 kr 2157 $ 209
Twin/double: $ 108 £ 62 $ 102 € 69 ₪ 261 NZ$ 118 NOK 757 kr 788 $ 76 Single room: $ 172 £ 99 $ 163 € 110 ₪ 417 NZ$ 188 NOK 1206 kr 1255 $ 122
Extra nights in other cities on request.
Skill Level — Easy–Moderate
This self-guided tour is rated easy to moderate with daily mileage from 43 to 88 km. The Via Rhôna bike path enables cyclists to ride along the bank of the Rhone safely, providing the opportunity to discover the local region in a new and exciting manner. The path goes through many towns and villages full of well-preserved natural and historical heritage. Please refer to each day’s detailed itinerary in which the elevation gain is provided.
Closest international airport is Geneva International Airport (GVA)
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 with your final travel information. Generally, based on availability, Hotel Jade is used, which is about .7 km from the Geneva train station.
You can also take a taxi from the airport which costs on average 70 CHF, depending on the time of day.
Please check local conditions before your arrival. The climate of Geneva is moderately continental with cold winters and warm summers. The city is located 400 meters (1,300 feet) above sea level, on the shores of Lake Geneva.
Important to know
It is each traveler's responsibility to research travel requirements and to ensure that you are in compliance with the country or countries you plan to visit. This includes and is not limited to passport validity, blank visa pages required for your destination (s), and any other requirement.
US citizens: A good website to research the requirements of the Schengen Agreement and other countries is travel.state.gov.
Non-EU citizens: Please research the requirements of your country of residence for international travel and the destination country.
EU-citizens: (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months from the end of your tour.
*Important note: Please check on the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) status as once implemented, this will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.
Country Entry Requirements
Due to the changing requirements for entry, it is imperative that you stay up to date on requirements set by the country/countries that you are visiting. Please visit our Travel Restrictions Tool page and the country/countries government webpage for this information.
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