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Three lakes of Switzerland and France 6-day Self-guided Cycling Tour

  • 6days
  • France

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Three lake 6-day Cycling Tour - Lakes Geneva, Bourget & Annecy 

A leisurely cycling trip in the Alps! Linking the three major lakes in the French Northern Alps: • Lake Geneva • Lake Bourget • Lake Annecy. Stunning scenery around some flat and some hilly landscapes.

Sizzling scenery, mesmerizing mountains, and luscious lakes! Do you love cycling and exploring new areas by bike, but think the Alps is beyond your reach, because of — you know — climbing all those mountains? Are you more of a leisure cyclist than an avid “col”-climbing animal? Then look no further, this trip is for you! This unique Alpine tour makes it possible for leisure riders to experience the captivating cycling routes of the Alps without the hill hassle. Linking the three major lakes of the area (Lake Geneva, Lake Bourget, and Lake Annecy), the cycling routes essentially follow river paths along the Rhône and Isère rivers, taking in historic villages, stunning natural scenery, lush meadows and valleys, and picturesque peaks along the way. Pack your swimsuit in case you can’t resist the call of the lake (or all three lakes) and the thermal baths of Aix-les-Bains! Just don’t go extinct like the poor bezoule of Lake Bourget

Tour character: Level 2/3

Level 2 is Easy: 3 to 4 hours of actual biking on various terrain. About 40 miles daily for a road tour. Level 3 is Moderate: 5 hours of biking on various terrain. About 50 miles daily for a road tour. 

Included in the Cycling Tour:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation: 3 nights in 3-star hotels, 1 night in a guesthouse of charm & 1 night in a 2-star hotel (5 nights 2* available on request)
  • Daily breakfasts
  • 2 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Assistance if necessary
  • All tax and service charges 

Not included in the tour:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals

Bike rentals: (includes drop off fee at last hotel for transport back to Geneva)

  • Hybrid bike: 110
  • Carbon bike: 190
  • E-bike: 205
  • Bikes are provided with: helmet, bike lock, pump, repair kit, rear rack, water bottle cage, water bottle, multi-tool, spare tube
  • ATTN: Riders who wish to ride using cycling cleats are required to bring their own pedals and a wrench with which to retrieve their own pedals post-tour 

Please order your bikes when booking the tour: [email protected]

Notes:

  • Departures Fridays and Sundays from April to October
  • Other days available for 4+ people on request
  • This tour is also available in a challenging version: Geneva to Annecy: Famous Climbs and Lesser-known Passes

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  • Day 1

    Arrival in Geneva

    Arrive in Geneva at your leisure and check in at your hotel. Take time to discover this stylish city on your own. It’s a gem of international organizations, finance, and culture, meshing Old World with new, and is a delight to explore. The crescent-shaped Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) provides a marvelous treat for your eyes and plentiful photo fodder. Dinner is at leisure. Since Geneva is the culinary capital of Switzerland, you’ll find a variety of restaurants and eateries sure to please every palate.

  • Day 2

    Geneva to Seyssel 38miles +2,545 ft -2,985 ft (62km +775 m -910 m)

    Meet the local rep in the morning for the bike outfitting and itinerary briefing. The highlights of your route include cycling along the infamous Rhône River, admiring the views over the charming wine-making villages of Dardagny and Satigny, and frolicking around forts. Conquer the westernmost point of Switzerland by bike at the village of Chancy and then cross the border into France. Do not miss the Fort de l’Ecluse, an elevated fort founded by a Duke of Savoy. He built it out of a striking rock formation, one which forms a natural entrance of the Rhône Valley into France between the Vauche hills and the Jura. Your home for the night is in Seyssel, a small “double-town” in both the Haute-Savoie (Upper Savoy) and the Ain departments on the Rhône River located between two dams.

  • Day 3

    Seyssel to Aix-les-Bains 29miles +1,510 ft -1,520 ft (46km +460 m -465 m)

    The views on today’s ride — the 14 summits of the Bauges mountain range on one side, as well as Mont de la Charvaz and Col-du-Chat on the other — are some of the major highlights of this tour. Sheer cliffs seem to spring up magically from the water and the mountains surround you in protective peacefulness. Lake Bourget (Lac du Bourget) is the largest natural lake of glacial origin and the deepest entirely within France. It was home to the now extinct Bezoule, a freshwater whitefish that fed at muddy depths of 70 to 80 meters (230 - 260 ft) and reportedly disappeared in the 1960s. Cycle past the impressive site of the medieval Château de Montverran in Culoz, which was built on a rock in 1316 and, in more recent times, inspired the likes of the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. Pedal on to the spa town of Aix-les-Bains, which was known for its baths as far back as the Roman Empire. You can discover the numerous Roman ruins that remain.

  • Day 4

    Aix-les-Bains to Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny 29miles +1,635 ft -1,100 ft (47 kms +500 m -335 m)

    Today you’ll pedal through the heart of Savoy to Chambery, a town of art and history. Located in a wide valley between the Bauges and Chartreuse mountain ranges, at the crossroads of ancient trade routes, the old-town section of Chambery is one of the most remarkable in France. Along the way, take in the ruins of the 10th century fortress, Chateau de Miolans, which overlook the rich wine-growing region of the Combe de Savoie valley (including the village of Chignin, with remains of the 8th century Sarasin stronghold and its 6 towers). The Isère River guides the route to Grésy-sur-Isère, a largely agricultural community that has been inhabited by man since the Neolithic Age.

  • Day 5

    Saint-Pierre d’Albigny to Annecy 43miles +1,720 ft -1,545 ft (69 km +525 m -470 m)

    Roll your way to Grésy-sur-Isère by way of Albertville, situated on the Arly River close to the confluence with the Isere River. Albertville hosted the 1992 Winter Olympics and has become quite an industrial center, but it also encompasses the medieval town of Conflans, whose buildings date back to the 14th century. The Beaufortain and Bauges Mountain ranges will dazzle you as you cycle to the stunning Lake Annecy (Lac d’Annecy). The Aravis mountain range reigns over Europe’s cleanest lake, its heights are famous for the hairpin turns and steep bends in the Tour de France. The magnificent town of Annecy, nestled on the northern tip of Lake Annecy, might remind you of Venice — canals cut through sections of the historic Alpine-style village. Strolling around, you’ll encounter the Palais de l’Isle (12th Century prison on an island, the town’s symbol), the Chateau d’Annecy, the 16th century Cathedral of Saint-Pierre, and the 20th century Pont des Amours (Lover’s Bridge) made of iron.

  • Day 6

    Departure

    Have a relaxing breakfast, enjoy more of the sights and sounds and ambience of Annecy, and depart at your leisure. Or, feel free to prolong your stay in Annecy in order to make the most of this extraordinary town and setting. Bikes may be left at the hotel. (cost of drop off included in bike hire)

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Oct 30 2020 Nov 04 2020 12 Single rooms 1,280€
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Car rental in France

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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