Overlooking Perouges, France and the Ain River valley. Photo via Flickr:Dmitry Dzhus

Biking from Chanaz to Belley in France on the Via Rhone bike route.

Geneva to Lyon

Switzerland, France Bike Tours

Bike the Via Rhôna

  • 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.

    Highlights:

    • Geneva
    • Lyon - world famous cuisine
    • Views of Mont- Blanc
    • River side cycling
    • Charming villages, vineyards, sunflowers

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  • Twin/double: £ 851 $ 1,458 980 NOK 10208 kr 9423 $ 1,225 Single supplement: £ 260 $ 446 300 NOK 3125 kr 2885 $ 375

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 87 $ 149 100 NOK 1042 kr 962 $ 125 Extra nights (pricing varies according to time of booking):
    Geneva Area, from:
    Twin/double: £ 100 $ 171 115 NOK 1198 kr 1106 $ 144 Single room: £ 165 $ 283 190 NOK 1979 kr 1827 $ 238 Seyssel (with dinner), from:
    Twin/double: £ 61 $ 104 70 NOK 729 kr 673 $ 88 Single room: £ 91 $ 156 105 NOK 1094 kr 1010 $ 131 Champagneux (with dinner), from:
    Twin/double: £ 65 $ 112 75 NOK 781 kr 721 $ 94 Single room: £ 91 $ 156 105 NOK 1094 kr 1010 $ 131 Pérouges (with dinner), from:
    Twin/double: £ 113 $ 193 130 NOK 1354 kr 1250 $ 163 Single room: £ 130 $ 223 150 NOK 1563 kr 1442 $ 188 Lyon, from:
    Twin/double: £ 52 $ 89 60 NOK 625 kr 577 $ 75 Single room: £ 87 $ 149 100 NOK 1042 kr 962 $ 125

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Closest international airport is Geneva.

    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. 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.

    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.


Where You’ll Stay

On this tour you will be accommodated on 4 nights in 3-star hotels and 1 night in a 2-star hotel. Sample hotel list can be provided on request. Due note that final accommodations are based on availability at time of booking.

What’s Included

  • 5 nights' accommodations (4 nights in 3-star hotels; 1 night in a 2-star hotel)
  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with local representative on Monday morning
  • Bike rental (Giant CRS Aluminum frame), 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)
  • Hot line
  • All tax and service charges

What’s Not Included

  • Meals other than those included
  • Lunches
  • Any drinks with included dinners

Extra Stay

Recommended, of course!

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length6 days
From980 Rates
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Tour Dates

Sundays from April through October 2018. Minimum of 2 people is required. Solo traveller pricing on request.

Skill Level

This self guided tour is rated easy to moderate with daily mileage from 42 to 68 km. Please refer to each day’s detailed itinerary in which the elevation gain is provided.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Geneva
Day 2: Geneva — Seyssel, 38 mi./62 km
Day 3: Seyssel — Champagneux, 47 mi./76 km, Shorter option: 35 mi./56 km
Day 4: Champagneux — Pérouges, 42 mi./68 km
Day 5: Pérouges — Lyon, 37 mi./59 km. Short Option: 26 mi./42 km
Day 6: Departure

All distances are approximate.

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.

Day 2: Geneva — Seyssel, 38 mi./62 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. 776 m of climbing/910 m descent (2545 ft. of climbing/2985 ft. descent)

Day 3: Seyssel — Champagneux, 47 mi./76 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 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. 772 m of climbing/750 m descent (2,533 ft. of climbing/2460 ft. descent). Shorter option: 35 mi./56 km, 325 m of climbing/325 m descent (1,066 ft of climbing/1066 ft descent)

Day 4: Champagneux — Pérouges, 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. 380 m of climbing/370 m descent (1250 ft of climbing/1215 descent) 

Day 5: Pérouges — Lyon, 37 mi./59 km, Short Option: 26 mi./42 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. 380 m of climbing/425 m descent (1250 ft. of climbing/1400 ft. descent).  Short Option:270 m of climbing/315 m descent (885 ft of climbing/1035 ft descent)

Day 6: Departure
After breakfast, depart at the time of your choice

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