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Cycling holidays ViaRhona 1: Geneva - Lyon

Rhône Cycle Path I

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’ ..

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Itinerary

Enjoy your stay at the harbour in Geneva with its famous water fontain ‚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. One overnight in Geneva.

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.

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. One overnight in Champagneux.

approx. 60 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. Further night in Champagneux.

approx. 25 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 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. One overnight in Pérouges or Meximieux.

approx. 70 km

Today's circular tour goes through the Dombes pond landscape, to Notre Dame Abbey and Villars de Dombes. Another overnight stay in Pérouges/Meximieux.

approx. 50 – 66 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. One overnight in Lyon.

approx. 50 km

After the breakfast individual departure or extension of the trip. Furthermore we recommend the connecting tour from Lyon to Orange.

Map Rhone Cycle Path Geneva - Lyon - Orange

Tour character

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 for signposting and routing.

Prices & dates

All data at a glance
Place of arrival: Geneva
  Season 1
09.04.2022 - 07.05.2022
03.10.2022 - 10.10.2022

Monday, Saturday
Season 2
08.05.2022 - 17.06.2022
13.09.2022 - 02.10.2022

Monday, Saturday
Season 3
18.06.2022 - 12.09.2022

Monday, Saturday
Rhône Cycle Path 1, 7 days, FR-RORGL-07X
Base price
979.-
1'059.-
1'149.-
Surcharge single room 359.- 359.- 359.-

Category: 2*- and 4*-hotels (french classification)

Season 1
Apr 9, 2022 - May 7, 2022
Oct 3, 2022 - Oct 10, 2022
Monday, Saturday
Season 2
May 8, 2022 - Jun 17, 2022
Sep 13, 2022 - Oct 2, 2022
Monday, Saturday
Season 3
Jun 18, 2022 - Sep 12, 2022
Monday, Saturday
Rhône Cycle Path 1, 7 days, FR-RORGL-07X
Base price
Surcharge single room
979.-
359.-
1'059.-
359.-
1'149.-
359.-

Category: 2*- and 4*-hotels (french classification)

Season 1
Apr 9, 2022 - May 7, 2022
Oct 3, 2022 - Oct 10, 2022
Season 2
May 8, 2022 - Jun 17, 2022
Sep 13, 2022 - Oct 2, 2022
Season 3
Jun 18, 2022 - Sep 12, 2022
Geneva
Extra night single room (BB)
Extra night double room (BB)
Lyon
Extra night single room (BB)
Extra night double room (BB)
188.-
129.-
128.-
79.-
188.-
129.-
128.-
79.-
188.-
129.-
128.-
79.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Geneva
  Season 1
Apr 9, 2022 - May 7, 2022
Oct 3, 2022 - Oct 10, 2022

Monday, Saturday
Season 2
May 8, 2022 - Jun 17, 2022
Sep 13, 2022 - Oct 2, 2022

Monday, Saturday
Season 3
Jun 18, 2022 - Sep 12, 2022

Monday, Saturday
Geneva
Extra night single room (BB) 188.- 188.- 188.-
Extra night double room (BB) 129.- 129.- 129.-
Lyon
Extra night single room (BB) 128.- 128.- 128.-
Extra night double room (BB) 79.- 79.- 79.-
Filter
Bicycle 21-gear
Mietvelo-PLUS
Electric bicycle
99.-
165.-
235.-
Filter
Transfer
119.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services and information

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast buffet or extensive breakfast
  • Personal welcome tour briefing (German, English)
  • Detailed travel documents, route cards, route description, sight-seeing, telephone numbers (German, English, French)
  • At best elaborated route
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • GPS-data available on request
  • Rental bike insurance
  • 7-day-service-hotline

Note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection) 

Optional:

  • Return transfer by minibus to Geneva every Saturday, costs CHF 109.- per person incl. your bike, to be paid for at the time, reservation is necessary

Not included (payable on site)

  • Arrival and departure, costs for parking, city tax, transfers, optional sightseeings, city maps, Travel Insurance and costs of individual private requirements.
Information

Arrival/Departure:

  • Geneva train station
  • Geneva airport
  • Good train connection to Geneva. Chargeable parking outside the centre, approx. CHF111,- for 6 days, hotel garage approx. CHF 15,- per day, payable on site, no reservation possible. Return transfer by minibus to Geneva every Saturday, cost per person € 100,-, for the return transport of your own bike we charge € 19,- extra. Limited space available. Reservation required, payable on site. Good train connection from Lyon to Geneva.

Other important information

  • Travel documents available in German, English and French. GPS tracks available.
  • The facts in this document are sale prices of our catalogue 2022.
  • The prices must not be undercut. The changes of prices and services are possible, as well as mistakes and errors. Stand in July 2021.
  • Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.
  • This tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
  • No minimum number of participants is required for this tour.
  • In the event of insolvency of the tour operator or, in some Member States, of the travel agent, payments will be reimbursed. Details on our insolvency protection can be found in our terms and conditions.
  • Rückenwind Reisen GmbH does not currently participate in alternative dispute resolution procedures. Details can be found in our terms and conditions.
  • The traveler may transfer the package to another person. Details can be found in terms and conditions.
  • The tour operator is responsible for the provision of all travel services agreed in the package travel contract. The traveler must immediately notify the tour operator of any breach of contract it undertakes during the provision of the travel services agreed in the package contract. Taking into account respective circumstances. The tour operator must provide reasonable assistance to the traveler in difficulty.
  • Underage persons cannot travel without legal guardian or authorized escort.
  • Before departure, the traveler can withdraw from the contract at any time. Details of withdrawal procedures and fees withdrawal prior to departure can be found in our terms and conditions. Travel cancelation insurance including travel interruption insurance is recommended.

 

Ratings

3.8 of 5 Stars (4 Ratings)
4 stars
Gabriela Schoch CH | 08.08.2017
Sehr gute, abwechslungsreiche Tour
Die Tour ist sehr abwechslungsreich und meist gut ausgeschildert. Die Hotels sind zum Teil einfach, aber sauber. Die Etappenlängen sind angenehm. Vor allem die Teile, welche der Rhone entlang führen sind wunderschön.
4 stars
B. S. CH | 16.05.2017
Rhône-Radweg 1
Hat alles super geklappt mit dem Gepäcktransport, der Zusatznacht etc. auch mit den Leihfahrrädern waren wir sehr zufrieden.
2 stars
Regula Lienert CH | 24.07.2016
Schade!
Einige schöne Streckenabschnitte auf der Route, vor allem in der Haute Savoi und an der Rhone vor Lyon. Die zwei Übernachtungen in Champagneux waren sehr angenehm, kulinarisch ein Highlight und erholsam. Die Hotels Hôtel Beau Séjour in Seysselle und Hôtel La Cour des Lys in Meximieux entsprachen nicht unseren Erwartungen. An beiden Orten hatten wir nicht das gewünschte Doppelbett mit zwei Matratzen. Am 14. Juli, in Meximieux, kein Angebot von Getränken oder kleinstem Imbiss im Hôtel, obwohl alle Geschäfte im Ort geschlossen waren.
Eurotrek AG answered:
Eurotrek
Es tut uns leid, dass diese Reise Ihre Erwartungen nicht erfüllt hatBedauerlicherweise gibt es in Seyssel und Meximieux nur sehr wenige Unterkünfte. Wie Sie gesehen haben, handelt es sich hier um typische französische 2*-Hotels. Diese sind im Standard und in der Ausstattung einfacher als man es von 3*-Hotels in der Schweiz gewohnt ist. Wir halten hier die Augen offen, aber im Moment gibt es noch keine Alternativen zu diesen Hotels.Am französischen Nationalfeiertag ist in Frankreich alles geschlossen. Wir haben mit dem Hotel besprochen, dass von nun an ein kleines Menü auf Anfrage bereitgestellt wird. Es ist verständlich, dass nach einer Radtour auch was Anständiges gegessen werden möchten.Bei der Buchung wurden wir nicht darüber informiert, dass getrennte Matratzen gewünscht sind. Wir prüfen, wo dies allenfalls untergegangen ist.
5 stars
Fritz Luck CH | 15.06.2016
Fizzi
Ein sehr grosser Teil der Via Rhona ist realisiert, sehr schön gemacht und mehrheitlich relativ neu.Die Leute empfangen die Velotouristen sehr herzlich und sind hilfsbereit.Teilweise ist es schwierig Proviant einzukaufen.

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