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Along the Rhone River from Geneva to Lyon

New for 2020!

New for 2020!

New for 2020!

New for 2020!

New for 2020!
  • 5 nights | 45 miles/day
  • Self-guided from: €860
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  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

Ancient navigators first spurred the development of the Rhône river valley, bringing new ideas to a quiet region of fierce natural beauty. Over the centuries, some communities along its banks grew rapidly — into sophisticated cities like Lyon and Geneva, who still attract visitors in droves — while others never quite progressed beyond sleepy little outposts. Today, traffic is diverted to highways and railways, leaving the riverbanks in peace and quiet... for cyclists!

The “Via Rhona” project is a bicycle path connecting Lake Léman (Geneva) to France’s Mediterranean

beaches. The project is still a work in progress, but it is a huge accomplishment for France — and an incredible boon for the people who love France (and French Switzerland, of course). If you’re dreaming of la bonne vie but are short on time, our five-day cycling itinerary is the perfect fit!

Enjoy plenty of time to visit two incredible cultural capitals, Lyon and Geneva, and lead your own way on our cycling journey between them. The route we’ve carefully planned 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 and flower-filled fields. You’re free to stop wherever and whenever you choose — even the smallest hamlets along the Rhône possess nuggets of history, timeless beauty, and a hint of magic.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival in Geneva
Geneva is easily accessible by car, train, and air — many low-cost carriers stop at the city’s manageably sized airport. 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 miles/63 km, elevation gain 2,733 ft/833 m, descent 3,179 ft/910 m)
We will outfit you with bikes and provide your itinerary briefing after breakfast, so you’ll be ready to jump on your bikes and ride! This is the toughest day of cycling during the whole tour; with rolling hills, you’ll climb your highest ascent – but the good news is you’ll get to enjoy plenty of downhill riding (nearly 800 meters/2,625 feet)! 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.

Day 3: Seyssel — Champagneux (Short Option: 34 miles/54 km, elevation gain 1,647 ft/502 m, descent 1,585 ft/483 m; Long Option via Bugey 48 miles/77 km, elevation gain 2,418 ft/737 m, descent 2,372 ft/723 m)
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. Or, 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, make 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.

Day 4: Champagneux — Pérouges (Short option: 42 miles/68 km, elevation gain 1,637 ft/499 m, descent 1,604 feet/489 m; Long option: 55 miles/88 km, elevation gain 1,906 ft/581 m; descent 1,873 ft/571 m)
The Rhône River will show you the way through small villages and quiet countryside...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 Perouges. This is where you’ll stay overnight.

Day 5: Pérouges — Lyon (Short Option 27 miles/43 km, elevation gain 984 ft/300 m, descent: 1,220 ft/372 m; Long Option 37 miles/59 km, elevation gain 1,647 ft/502 m, descent 1,857 ft/566 m)
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.

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

Dates

Sundays, Apr 5-Oct 25, 2020 (minimum 2 participants; starting other days except Fridays are possible upon request with 4 or more participants)
Low season: Apr 01, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 , Oct 01, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020
Shoulder season: May 01, 2020 - Jun 30, 2020 , Sep 01, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020
High season: Jul 01, 2020 - Aug 31, 2020

Prices

Local:

We price in local currencies to save you money. How?

Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€ 860
Shoulder season surcharge
€ 15
High season surcharge
€ 35
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
Low season
€ 295
Shoulder season
€ 300
High season
€ 315
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
€ 110
Full-carbon road bike
€ 190
Electrically assisted bike (upon request)
€ 205
Extra Nights, Geneva, prices starting at
Per person, double occupancy
€ 95
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€ 170
Extra Nights, Lyon, prices starting at
Per person, double occupancy
€ 60
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€ 95
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

SARL Cyclomundo Terms and Conditions

Cancellation

  • More than 30 days before departure: 25 € / pax for file fees.
  • 30 - 22 days before departure: 35 % of the total stay price and of the bike.
  • 21- 15 days before departure: 50 % of the total stay price and of the bike.
  • 14 - 08 days before departure: 75 % of the total stay price and of the bike.
  • 07 - 02 days before departure: 90 % of the total stay price and of the bike.
  • Less than 2 days before departure, on departure day, in case of late arrival, in case of NO SHOW, in case of stop of the trip: 100% of the total stay price and of the bike.

In the event that we must cancel a tour, full refunds will be provided for the tour package. The tour operator will not be responsible for any additional charges such as non-refundable airline tickets.

Change fees (of date, of stay, after confirmation): €12/per person.

Eligibility
Clients are responsible for selecting a trip that suits their abilities, level of fitness and state of health.

Insurance
We strongly advise our clients to purchase travel insurance.

Responsibility
The tour operator and its agents and associates act only as agents for the traveler and accept no responsibility for the products and services provided by any tour operator, bicycle renter, accommodations, restaurant, transportation used in connection with these tours, nor any liability for claims, damages, expenses or other financial loss to persons or property. In the event that it becomes necessary or advisable to alter the itinerary or arrangements, such alterations will be made without penalty to the operator.

The tour operator reserves the right to decline to accept any person as a member of a tour at any time.

Passports & Visas
All clients are responsible to have all proper visa requirements in order.

Complaints
Any issue should be communicated to the tour operator representative. Every effort will be made to have the issue addressed in a timely manner. Any other complaints should be made in writing and sent to the tour operator by registered mail within 30 days of the end of the trip. No complaints will be entertained after this period.

In the event that an out-of-court settlement cannot be agreed on, all disputes will be settled by the court of Thonon-les-Bains (Tribunal de Grande Instance de Thonon-les-Bains).

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