La ViaRhôna, de Genève à Lyon

Description

The Via Rhona is a project of a bike itinerary to link the Leman Lake (from Geneva) to the Mediterranean sea, following the Rhone river.

The Via Rhona enables to ride along the Rhone banks safely and to discover the local territories differently.
This cycling track go through many towns and villages full of well preserved natural and historical heritage.


Day 1 (Sunday): 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 (Monday): Geneva – Seyssel (60 km/37 miles, 670 meters/2,198 ft. of climbing)
One of our staff member 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 (700 meters approx.)! 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 (Tuesday): Seyssel to Champagneux (56 km/35 miles, 349 meters/1,145 ft. of climbing)
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, 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.

Day 4 (Wednesday): Champagneux to Pérouges (68 km/42 miles, 381 meters/1,250 ft. of climbing)
The Rhone 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 ViaRhona 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 (Thursday): Pérouges to Lyon (either 59 km/37 miles, 380 meters/1,247 ft. or 42 km/26 miles, 269 meters/883 ft. of climbing)
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 (Friday): Departure
After breakfast, depart at the time of your choice.


Good deals

Ce séjour est disponible en 7 jours/ 6 nuits également.

Further information

details

La Chatelaine 74240 Gaillard
Fax : 01 53 01 66 66
Tel : 04 50 87 21 09
e-m : info@cyclomundo.com

Access

Accès : Aéroport de Genève - Gare SNCF - Axes routiers/autoroutiers.

languages spoken

English French

opening

From 01/04 to 31/10/2018.

Environment

In the country - Town location - River 5 km away - Waterside -

Rates

Adult: 845 € (per person sharing a room. Single supplement is 295 euros.).

A minimum of 2 riders is required for this tour. Solo rider's price on request.

This price includes:
5 nights’ accommodation (4 nights in 3-star hotels; 1 night in a 2-star hotel)
Daily breakfast
Meeting with our local contact on Day 2 morning
3 dinners
Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
Luggage transfers
Assistance if necessary (clients will be provided with our mobile number)
All tax and service charges

This price does not include:
Drinks
Expenses of personal nature
Travel insurance
Bicycle rentals (see specs below). Hybrids are available at the rate of 100 euros per bike. This price
includes the 20-euro drop-off fee for the bike’s return to Geneva.

Methods of payment

Bank/credit card, Credit transfer,

Activities

Cycle sports, Cycle touring, Cycling, Electric-assisted bike,

Information about activities

Weekdays, Weekend, Touring, With porterage,

Location

From Geneva to Lyon

Types of accommodation

Hotel residence, Hotel, 2-star hotel, 3-star hotel,

Accommodation option

B&B and half-board

Transport

By bike,

Duration

6 day(s)
5 night(s)

groups

Minimum number of persons : 2

services / equipments

Services:

Breakfast, Booking obligatory, Half-board, Equipment hire,

Target audience:

Cyclists, Children, Groups, Groupe Affaire/incentive (EN), For beginners / novice, Distributeurs,

Contact

Office de Tourisme Monts de Genève
57 avenue de la Gare
74100 Annemasse

Tel. : 04 50 95 07 10

From 02/01 to 30/01, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
From Tuesday to Friday between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm and between 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm.

From 01/02 to 31/12 :
From Tuesday to Friday between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm and between 1:30 pm and 6 pm
On Saturday between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm and between 1:30 pm and 4 pm
On Sunday (15/07 to 19/08) between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th.