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.
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Geneva to Lyon Bike Tour

Switzerland, France Bike Tours

Bike the Via Rhôna

  • 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.


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

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  • Twin/double: $ 1832 £ 912 $ 1,559 985 $ 1860 kr 11009 $ 1,108 Single supplement: $ 558 £ 278 $ 475 300 $ 567 kr 3353 $ 337

    extra options

    Electric bike (Cube Hybrid Pro with Bosch PowerPack 500Wh):  $ 158 £ 79 $ 134 85 $ 161 kr 950 $ 96

    • Bosch drive unit Performace CX Generation 4
    • Weight: 21 kg

    Carbon road bike (Wilier GTR Team or similar): $ 149 £ 74 $ 127 80 $ 151 kr 894 $ 90

    Extra nights (pricing varies according to time of booking):
    Geneva Area:
    Twin/double: $ 214 £ 106 $ 182 115 $ 217 kr 1285 $ 129 Single room: $ 348 £ 173 $ 296 187 $ 353 kr 2090 $ 210 *Seyssel (with dinner):
    Twin/double: $ 152 £ 76 $ 130 82 $ 155 kr 916 $ 92 Single room: $ 184 £ 92 $ 157 99 $ 187 kr 1106 $ 111 *Champagneux (with dinner):
    Twin/double: $ 152 £ 76 $ 130 82 $ 155 kr 916 $ 92 Single room: $ 225 £ 112 $ 191 121 $ 228 kr 1352 $ 136 *Pérouges (with dinner): 
    Twin/double: $ 266 £ 132 $ 226 143 $ 270 kr 1598 $ 161 Single room: $ 316 £ 157 $ 269 170 $ 321 kr 1900 $ 191 Lyon:
    Twin/double: $ 123 £ 61 $ 104 66 $ 125 kr 738 $ 74 Single room: $ 186 £ 93 $ 158 100 $ 189 kr 1118 $ 112

    *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.

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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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.


    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.


    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) 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.

Skill Level

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 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.

Where You’ll Stay

On this tour you will be accommodated in 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 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)
  • Hot line
  • Support available in emergency situations
  • All tax and service charges

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Recommended, of course!

TypeSelf Guided
Length6 days
From985 Rates
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Tour Dates

Sundays from April through October 2020. Minimum of 2 people is required. Solo traveler pricing on request.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Geneva to Lyon Map

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.

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)

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 option502 m of total climbing | 483 m descent (1,647 ft of climbing | 1585 ft descent)

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

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)

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

*You can ask us for an altitude profile for this tour!

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  • Ginny S. 6 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    It was all beautiful, but Pérouges was a real highlight. A well preserved medieval town, the accommodations and spectacular food reflected the history of this special place.

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