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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’ ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 percehd village of Pérouges. Due to its amazing historic village centre, Pérouges is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France.

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.

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
Season 1
Apr 12, 2020 - May 9, 2020
Sep 28, 2020 - Oct 11, 2020
Mittwoch, Sonntag
Season 2
May 10, 2020 - Jun 20, 2020
Sep 10, 2020 - Sep 27, 2020
Mittwoch, Sonntag
Season 3
Jun 21, 2020 - Sep 9, 2020
Mittwoch, Sonntag
Rhône Cycle Path 1, 7 days, FR-RORGL-07X
Base price
Surcharge single room
769.-
325.-
865.-
325.-
949.-
325.-

Category: 2**- and 3***-hotels (french classification)

Season 1
Apr 12, 2020 - May 9, 2020
Sep 28, 2020 - Oct 11, 2020
Season 2
May 10, 2020 - Jun 20, 2020
Sep 10, 2020 - Sep 27, 2020
Season 3
Jun 21, 2020 - Sep 9, 2020
Geneva
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Lyon
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
135.-
194.-
79.-
134.-
135.-
194.-
79.-
134.-
135.-
194.-
79.-
134.-
Price
Bicycle 21-gear
Mietvelo-PLUS
Electric bicycle
89.-
149.-
209.-
Price
Transfer
109.-

Services and information

Included:

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast buffet or extensive breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • Well developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English - with route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service hotline

Optional:

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
  • 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

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Geneva train station
  • Geneva airport
  • Multi-story car park at the hotel costs approx. CHF 25.- per night, to be paid for at the time, no reservation possible/necessary
  • Good train connections from Lyon to Geneva

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!

 

Ratings

3.8 of 5 Stars (4 Ratings)
4 stars
Gabriela Schoch CH | 09.08.2017
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 | 17.05.2017
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 | 25.07.2016
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 | 16.06.2016
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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