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Rhone River Route: Geneva to Lyon

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  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

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  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
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Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

World-famous Geneva is the starting point for your tour. The fountain in Lake Geneva salutes you and bids farewell as you leave Switzerland and embark on a cycling tour which could not be more varied.

Constantly accompanied by the river Rhône, you either cycle directly along the riverbank or sometimes the route takes you away for a while and leads you through charming villages, sunflower fields and vineyards. Once the mighty Mont Blanc disappears into the horizon, you dive deeper into the French ambience and you will be drawn into their 'savoir-vivre'. A glass of wine, freshly baked baguette and time to enjoy it all – this is the genuine French way of living.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival in Geneva
Enjoy your stay at the harbour in Geneva with its famous water fountain, Jet d’ Eau, and in the picturesque old part of town of the "smallest metropolis in the world" – with its cosmopolitan flair and brimming with art and vitality.

Day 2: Geneva – Seyssel (37 miles/60 km)
You leave Geneva and follow the river Rhône through the Défilé de l ́Écluse, a narrow river passage through the mountains. Only after just a few kilometres, you cycle along the first vineyards and your gaze fixes on the mountains of the Savoyer Alps and Mont Blanc. Today’s destination is Seyssel, where two suspension bridges connect the pretty houses and squares on the left and right hand-side of the river Rhône.

Day 3: Seyssel – Champagneux (37 miles/60 km)
On either side of the river Rhône vineyards rise up steeply. You, however, cycle on flat terrain along the riverbank and enjoy the view. We suggest you have your first break in Chanaz with its charming houses dating back to the 15th and 16th century and its restaurants located directly at the edge of the canal. Afterwards, the river Rhône breaks up and you follow the Western branch until Champagneux.

Day 4: Panorama – Trip Champagneux (16 miles/25 km)
Today you cycle on remote country lanes up to the viewing plateau of Rochefort. Past the Château de Mandrin the route leads you through orchards to marvelous panoramic views. Back at the hotel, you can enjoy the sun terrace, the indoor pool or the renowned restaurant with its French delicacies.

Day 5: Champagneux – Pérouges (43 miles/70 km)
The Rhône cycle path takes you directly along the riverbank through the harmonious border scenery between Ain and Isère. In Perrozan you leave the river and cycle through little hamlets with medieval flair until today’s destinationPérouges. This little town is connected via a footpath with the romantic perched village of Pérouges, located below. Due to its amazing historic village centre, Pérouges is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Day 6: Pérouges – Lyon (31 miles/50 km)
You cycle on remote paths through lush meadows and fields back to the river Rhône. Now you follow the riverbank along the well-constructed cycle path all the way into the centre of Lyon. Since 1998 the old part of town is part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Marvel at the numerous architectural highlights and enjoy your final evening in one of the countless exquisite restaurants.

Day 7: Departure or extension
We recommend the connecting tour from Lyon to Orange.

Route map

Maps reflect your approximate overnight locations and do not reflect your actual cycling route.

Dates

Wednesdays and Sundays: Apr 14-Oct 13, 2019
Low season: Apr 14, 2019 - May 11, 2019, Sep 30, 2019 - Oct 13, 2019
Shoulder season: May 12, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019, Sep 09, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019
High season: Jun 23, 2019 - Sep 08, 2019

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€635
Shoulder season surcharge
€50
High season surcharge
€100
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€270
Bike Rentals
21-speed hybrid bike
€80
Electrically assisted bike
€180
Extra Nights, Geneva
Per person, double occupancy
€110
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€50
Extra Nights, Lyon
Per person, double occupancy
€60
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€35
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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Ruckenwind Terms and Conditions

Cancellation by customer / substitute participant / changes in booking

1. The customer has the right to cancel his booking any time before start of the tour. The cancellation has to be declared in written form. Following cancellation fees are due in case of cancellation or non appearance:

a) Cancellation terms for bicycle tours

until 28 days before start 20%*
27 to 14 days before start 30 %
13 to 8 Tage before 50 %
7 to 4 days before start 70 %
3 days before start and "No-show" 90 %
of the travel price (* not less than € 50,-)

b) Cancellation terms for bike & barge**

until 84 days before start 20 %
83 to 42 days before start 30 %
41 to 28 days before start 60 %
27 to 4 days before start 80 %
3 days before start and "No-show" 90 %
of the travel price (** but not less than € 50,-)

We strongly recommend to take out a travel insurance, covering at least the cancellation fees.

2. Each registered tour participant is entitled to name a substitute. We need to be informed latest three days before start of tour. The tour operator has the right to decline the substitute for important reasons. In this case the a.m. cancellation fees apply. If a third party substitutes the registered participant, the original contract is not affected. We are authorized to charge € 50,- administration fee for each amendment.

3. Any changes regarding to the number of participants, number or type of rooms, hotel category or catering are basically acceptable up to 14 days before start of the tour - if this is possible in the hotels and the capacity is available. An administration fee of € 50 for each amendment (not for each person!) is due.

I. Conclusion of Travel Contract

1. With booking a journey the customer offers the tour operator the conclusion of a binding travel contract. The registration is made in writing and on the registration form. Any other mode of registration, whether by phone, oral, or written with us or one of our partner offices is also binding. The registration is made by the customer expressly on behalf of all the other named participants. The customer accepts the binding conditions of travel valid at the time - also in the name and on behalf of the named participants.

2. The agreement is reached when the tour operator or one of its partner offices accepts the booking and returns a booking confirmation.

3. Collateral agreements and changes of the signed travel contract need to be re-confirmed by us in written form.

II. Services

1. The scope of services for each tour is detailed and binding in the valid tour operator catalog. No mediating partner or travel agencies is authorized to pledge any changes of the scope of services. Hotel- or regional brochures are not relevant. Towns indicated at each daily stage in the tour description are usually and principally the destinations of the stage. If for some reason we have to switch into the near surroundings these changes apply automatically without any further consent of your side or any price reductions or compensations. Possible deviations from the catalog described course is possible because of organizational reasons, but do not affect the content or the description of the journey.

2. The basic tour price is calculated per person in double room. A single room can be booked - if available – against surcharge. In some hotels, however, the number of available single rooms is limited, so that you might have to put up with simpler accommodation or be accommodated in another hotel or private guest house. If exceptionally no single room is available, you will have to share a double room with one of the other participants. In such case the single room surcharge will be refunded proportionally.

3. Children up to an age of 14 are granted a 25% discount on the basic price, provided that they sleep in one room of two full price payers (with an additional bed).

III. Liability and restriction of liability

1. The tour operator is liable to exercise the diligence of an ordinary trader for the conscientious preparation of the tour, the careful choice and assessment of partners. Further the tour operator is liable for the correct scope of services indicated in the actual catalogue at the time of the tour, valid at the time of printing of the catalogue.

2. Participation in a bicycle tour is at the customer’s own risk. Minors can participate in a trip only in the company of a legal guardian.

3. Participants are responsible for their personal health to be up to the demands of the journeys.

4. Participants are also responsible for compliance with traffic regulations.

5. The terms of transport of the respective haulier (bus, boat, plane and the like) are valid for all transports.

6. The tour operator can not be held liable for cancellation of any sightseeing tour as per program for any reasons beyond their influence (rebuilding, renovation etc.).

7. Should any damage occur caused, neither wilfully nor gross negligently by one of our service carriers or ourselves, our liability - out of whichever legal argument – is limited to the triple amount of the tour price.

8. The tour operator is liable for any damage or loss of luggage if the damage or loss was caused by us and was reported to us immediately after occurrence; however, compensation is limited to € 200,-- per person. We recommend taking out a Luggage-Travel-Insurance or a Travel-Safety-Package to cover the risks. The restrictions of liability include all tours for which the tour operator is acting as travel agent.

Liability is excluded for:
* any objects usually not transported in luggage
* any means of payment
* optical damage of handles and rollers
* any damage for luggage exceeding a weight of 20 kg

Transportation of customer bicycles basically is possible during transfers as well as during the tour. The customer accepts full risk. The bicycle trailers are customised to fit the bicycles of the tour operator. Any other bicycles might be subject to small damages (e.g. lacquer). The tour operator can not be held liable for any damage during the tour. This limitation of liability also applies for partner tours and services of third parties.

9. Should a tour be cancelled for reasons beyond our influence (strike, natural disaster and the like) or should less than 8 persons participate in a tour (15 persons for boat tours) – unless a different minimum number of participants is indicated in the corresponding tour description - we reserve the right to cancel the tour up to 25 days in advance of the start of tour. In this case you will be informed immediately and any payment made to us will be refunded. No other claims or compensations can be accepted.

IV. Warranty

1. Legal redress
If services provided are not in compliance with the contract, legal redress can be sought. Contractual compliance is determined on one hand by the service description and on the other hand by the local standard of destination. The tour operator can refuse the redress, if an extraordinary effort is required. However redress can be provided in form of substitute services of equal or higher value. The customer can refuse acceptance of such substitute service only on the grounds of important, objective determinable reasons. The redress claim has to be directed to us or to the travel guide. The travel guide is not authorized to acknowledge any claims.

2. Reduction of the tour price
After his return the customer can claim a reduction of the tour price for the duration of noncompliance of services as determined under VI.1. No reduction applies if and to the extent that the customer determinedly refrains from claiming redress as per VI.1. in time to allow substitute services.

3. Any claims have to be asserted latest within one month after contractually determined termination of the tour.

V. Cooperation obligation

1. If travel documentation is not provided in time, the customer is obliged to inform the tour operator immediately.

2. In case of problems interfering with the regular execution of services the customer is obliged to contribute to a reasonable extent to terminate the problems and to avoid or to limit any possible damage. The customer is especially obliged to immediately inform the relevant persons as per VI.1. of any complaints. They are authorized to provide legal redress, as far as possible. If the customer refrains intentionally to indicate the shortcomings, a claim for reduction cannot be made.

VI. Miscellaneous

1. The customer is responsible to comply with all passport, visa, custom, and health regulations.

2. All rights reserved to change prices and services, as well as to correct mistakes and printing errors.

3. If a single regulation of the travel agreement is inoperative, this does not result in inoperativeness of the whole agreement.

VII. Legal domicile / applicable law

1. The Conditions of Travel are subject to German law.

2. The customer can sue the tour operator only at its headquarters.

3. The customer's place of residence is decisive for the tour operator's suits against the customer, unless the suit is directed against entrepreneurs or persons that do not have a general legal domicile in Germany. In this case the tour operator's place of headquarters is decisive.

Your money is safe with us – Money protection
All tour packages booked with the tour operator are covered by insurance. This insurance protects any payments of customers made for tour packages in case of insolvency to the extent of not consumed services and additional cost for returning home. Touristik-Versicherung-Service GmbH (Tourism-Insurance-Service), Elisenstr. 3, 80335 Munich.

All photos used by permission. ©Ruckenwind

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