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Geneva to Lyon 7-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 2
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’
On day 1 and day 3 there are a few longer ascents to be tackled. On all other stages the terrain is nearly flat throughout and easy to cycle on. Except for a few interruptions, the Rhône-cycle path is well constructed and it is a perfect example of signposting and routing.
6 nights' accommodation in 3* (1 night 2*) hotels
Breakfast buffet or extensive breakfast
Luggage transfer between the hotels
Well developed route
Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
GPS-data is available
Rental bike insurance
Geneva train station
Multi-story car park, costs approx. € 22 per day, car park at the periphery, costs approx. € 10 per day, to be paid for at the time, no reservation possible/necessary
Return transfer by minibus to Geneva every Saturday at noon, costs € 90 per person incl. your bike, reservation is necessary
Good train connections from Lyon to Geneva
Departures Wednesdays and Sundays from 14 Apr to 13 Oct 2019
If you would like to hire a bike (80 Euros) or e-bike (180 Euros) please contact our office when booking [email protected]
Slow Tours offers a number of other Cycling Tours in Europe
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.
Geneva – Seyssel approx.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.
Seyssel – Champagneux approx. 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.
Panorama-Trip Champagneux approx. 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 marvellous panoramic views. Back at the hotel, you can enjoy the sun terrace, the indoor pool or the renowned restaurant with its French delicacies.
Champagneux – Meximieux approx. 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 destination Meximieux. 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.
Meximieux – Lyon approx. 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.
Departure or extension of your stay
We recommend the connecting tour from Lyon to Orange.
If you prefer to drive yourself but would like to follow our itineraries and hotel choices we can help you with a brand new Renault vehicle - minimum 21 days - and have your itineraries and hotels ready for you.
Please email [email protected] for your choice of vehicle and pick-up and drop-off points in European countries.