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Via Rhona: Geneva to Lyon

6 days / 5 nights
Alps - Self-guided road cycling
Without guide

Last updated: 08/12/2021

price from 845 € per pers.

This is an ambitious project as the bike path is crossing three different French regions: Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte- d'Azur, Languedoc-Roussillon.

The bike path enables cyclists to ride along the bank of the Rhone safely, allowing them to discover the local territories in a new and exciting manner. The path goes through many towns and villages full of well-preserved natural and historical heritage.

Your day by day program

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.

Geneva — Seyssel

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.

Mileage: 63 km / 39 miles
Total Climb: 833 m / 2,733 ft
Total Descent: 910 m / 3,179 ft

Seyssel — Champagneux

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.

Short Option
Mileage: 54 km / 34 miles
Total Climb: 502 m / 1,647 ft
Total Descent: 483 m / 1,585 ft

Champagneux — Pérouges

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.

Short option:
Mileage: 68 km / 42 miles
Total Climb: 499 m / 1,637 feet
Total Descent: 489 m / 1,604 feet

Long option:
Mileage: 88 km / 55 miles
Total Climb: 581 m / 1,906 feet
Total Descent: 571 m / 1,873 feet

Pérouges — Lyon

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

Short Option:
Mileage: 43 km / 27 miles
Total Climb: 300 m / 984 feet
Total Descent: 372 m / 1,220 feet

Long Option:
Mileage: 59 km / 37 miles
Total Climb: 502 m / 1,647 feet
Total Descent: 566 m / 1,857 feet


After breakfast, depart at the time of your choice...

Departure board

Starts any Sunday from April through October.

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • At your hotel in Geneva.
  • After the breakfast at your hotel in Lyon.
  • In double room with 5 nights accommodation (4 nights in 3-star hotels; 1 night in a 2-star hotel)
Number of people
  • Minimum of 2 people.
Level of difficulty
  • Easy to moderate: 3 to 5 hours of actual biking on various terrain. About 40 or 50 miles daily for a road tour.
  • Luggage transfers by vehicle. You only need to take your day bag with you (for picnics, cameras etc.).
  • Supplement July & August  : 20€
  • Hybrid bike rental : 90€
  • Carbon bike rental : 170€
  • E bike rental : 175€
  • Drop off fees (if you don't return the bikes in Geneva) : 20€
  • Drop off fees (if you don't return the bikes in Geneva) : 30€
  • Single supplement : 300€
  • Single supplement July& August : 315€
  • -5 nights accommodation (4 nights in 3-star hotels; 1 night in a 2-star hotel)
  • -Daily breakfast
  • -3 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
  • -Expenses of a personal nature
  • -Travel insurance
  • -Bicycle rentals
  • -Dinners & drinks not mentionned


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