Biking in France, French ambience, and savoir-vivre; this 6-day bike tour in France highlights both. Between two incredible cultural capitals, Lyon and Geneva, 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!
Along the way, you’ll uncover countless hidden gems, from towering forts and Roman ruins to shimmering lakes, 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.
- Lyon - world-famous cuisine
- Views of Mont- Blanc
- Riverside cycling
- 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: 42 mi./68 km
Day 5: Pérouges — Lyon, 37 mi./59 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 your 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, nearly 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.
833 m of total climbing | 910 m descent (2733 ft. of climbing/3179 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: 737 m of total climbing | 723 m descent (2,418 ft. of total climbing | 2372 ft. descent)
Shorter option: 502 m of total climbing | 483 m descent (1,647 ft of climbing | 1585 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: 581 m of total climbing | 571 m descent (1906 ft of total climbing | 1873 ft. descent
Shorter Option: 499 m of total climbing | 489 descent ((1637 ft. of total climbing | 1604 descent
Accommodation: Hostellerie de Pérouges, 3 star
Day 5: Pérouges — Lyon, 37 mi./59 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: 502 m of total climbing | 425 m descent (1647 ft. of climbing | 1220 ft. descent)
Shorter option: 300 m of total climbing | 372 m descent (8984 ft of climbing/1035 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.
Available Model: Giant Escape 2 2017 or similar
- Fork: Aluxx Aluminium with low-rider rack mounts
- 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
- Stem: Giant Sport
- Handlebar: Giant Connect, Low-rise, 31.8mm
- Seatpost: Giant Sport, 27.2mm
- Seat: Giant Connect Upright
- Weight: 12,50 kg
Carbon road bike
Available model: Trek Checkpoint ALR 4 (or similar)
- Frame: 300 Series Alpha Aluminum
- Fork: Checkpoint carbon
- 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
- Stem: Bontrager Elite, 31.8mm
- Handlebar: Bontrager Elite IsoZone VR-CF
- Seatpost: Bontrager Comp, 27.2mm
- Seat: Bontrager Montrose Comp
Available Model: Cube Hybrid Pro 500WH Red’n’Grey
- 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
- Hotel accommodations for 5 nights (4 nights in 3-star hotels and 1 night in a 2-star hotel)
- Daily breakfast
- 3 dinners (drinks are not included)
- Meeting with local representative on Monday morning
- Hybrid touring bike rental (Aluminum Giant Escape 2 or similar), equipped with rear rack, repair kit with multi-tool and spare tube, water bottle cage, water bottle, and pannier
- Luggage transfer
- Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
- Pre-loaded GPS device(subject to availability)
- Support available in emergency situations
- All tax and 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 October 2021
Minimum of 2 people is required. Solo traveler pricing on request.
April and October: $ 1578 £ 897 $ 1,552 € 990 NZ$ 1700 kr 10201 $ 1,227
Single supplement: $ 470 £ 267 $ 462 € 295 NZ$ 507 kr 3040 $ 366
May, June, and September: $ 1602 £ 910 $ 1,575 € 1005 NZ$ 1726 kr 10356 $ 1,246
Single supplement: $ 478 £ 272 $ 470 € 300 NZ$ 515 kr 3091 $ 372
July and August: $ 1634 £ 928 $ 1,607 € 1025 NZ$ 1760 kr 10562 $ 1,270
Single supplement: $ 502 £ 285 $ 494 € 315 NZ$ 541 kr 3246 $ 390
Electric bike (Cube Hybrid Pro with Bosch PowerPack 500Wh): $ 151 £ 86 $ 149 € 95 NZ$ 163 kr 979 $ 118
Carbon road bike (Wilier GTR Team or similar): $ 128 £ 72 $ 125 € 80 NZ$ 137 kr 824 $ 99
Extra nights (pricing varies according to time of booking):
Twin/double: $ 183 £ 104 $ 180 € 115 NZ$ 197 kr 1185 $ 143 Single room: $ 298 £ 169 $ 293 € 187 NZ$ 321 kr 1927 $ 232 *Seyssel (with dinner):
Twin/double: $ 131 £ 74 $ 129 € 82 NZ$ 141 kr 845 $ 102 Single room: $ 158 £ 90 $ 155 € 99 NZ$ 170 kr 1020 $ 123 *Champagneux (with dinner):
Twin/double: $ 131 £ 74 $ 129 € 82 NZ$ 141 kr 845 $ 102 Single room: $ 193 £ 110 $ 190 € 121 NZ$ 208 kr 1247 $ 150 *Pérouges (with dinner):
Twin/double: $ 228 £ 130 $ 224 € 143 NZ$ 246 kr 1473 $ 177 Single room: $ 271 £ 154 $ 266 € 170 NZ$ 292 kr 1752 $ 211 Lyon:
Twin/double: $ 105 £ 60 $ 103 € 66 NZ$ 113 kr 680 $ 82 Single room: $ 159 £ 91 $ 157 € 100 NZ$ 172 kr 1030 $ 124
*For extra night(s) within the tour, pricing provided is for bookings of 4 or more. If for fewer than 4, supplement will apply as there are extra costs incurred such as luggage transfer on a non contracted day.
Skill Level — Easy–Moderate
This self-guided tour is rated easy to moderate with daily mileage from 42 to 68 km. The Via Rhôna bike path enables cyclists to ride along the bank of the Rhone safely, providing the opportunity to discover the local territories 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.
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. Generally, based on availability, Hotel Jade is used, which is about .7 km from the Geneva train station. You can also take a taxi which costs between 30 and 35 CHF, depending on the time of day.
Please check local conditions before your arrival.
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.
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