2019
The Rhône Cycle Path from Lake Geneva to Lyon

The Rhône Cycle Path from Lake Geneva to Lyon

Lake Geneva, Mont Blanc and vineyards

  • Geneva – Lyon
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●●●○○

7
days

55
km / day avg.

This tour takes you from Lake Geneva to Lyon along the Rhone. Past mighty mountains, soft hills and sun-drenched vineyards you will cycle through some of the most beautiful villages in France until you reach the capital of delicacies. Culture won´t be neglected, due to the many historical buildings, some of which originate from Roman times and the beautiful historical town centres, several of which, like Lyon, are  UNESCO world heritage sites. Despite several small inclines this journey along the Rhone cycle path is suitable for beginners.

Itinerary

The Rhône Cycle Path from Lake Geneva to Lyon

Brief Information

  • Booking code
    FR-ROGL6
  • Start / Destination
    Geneva / Lyon
  • Duration
    7 days / 6 nights
  • Length
    approx. 265 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 25 and 70 km, Ø 55 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
  • Parking information
    Parking garage in Geneva, approx. 22 € / night, payable on site.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Returning to Geneva
    Optional: travel by chartered minibus (Saturday only), payable on site. Please include this option in you original booking.
    Alternative: Travel by train (on your own initiative), direct connections available every 2 hours, duration approx. 2 hours.
  • Note
    In France bicycle helmets are mandatory for children under 12 years of age. However, for safety reasons we generally recommend wearing a helmet.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
Cathedral St. Peter in Geneva
Cathedral St. Peter in Geneva

Day 1: Individual arrival in Geneva

Geneva, beautifully located at the southern end of Lake Geneva, greets its visitors with the famous water fountain Jet d`Eau as well as an historical city centre. Immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan city life, where you can find art in every corner. Geneva is the seat of many international organisations and corporations and half the population is from all over the world. This gives the city an unmistakable flair.

Seyssel
Seyssel

Day 2: Geneva – Seyssel, approx. 60 km

This leg of the tour follows the Rhone. You will cycle between the Alps and the French Jura Mountains and then cross a mountain range by cycling through a very narrow valley in the  Dèfilè de l`Ècluse. The view of the Savoy Alps and the Mont Blanc will enchant you again and again. Today´s destination Seyssel is characterized by two suspension bridges, which connect the pretty houses to the right and the left of the Rhone.

Chanaz

Chanaz

Day 3: Seyssel – Champagneux, approx. 60 km

The cycle tour will take you through the Savoy Alps, steeped in history as ancestral homeland of the Italian kings and is known for its good wines. Chanaz has a pretty historical town centre originating from the 15th and 16th century. You can taste excellent wines everywhere, before reaching today´s destination.

Scenic view above the Rhône valley
Scenic view above the Rhône valley

Day 4: Excursion to Rochefort, approx. 25 km

Take a trip today to the viewing platform of Rochefort. This cycling tour promises a unique cycling backdrop as you pass fertile orchards and the imposing Château de Mandrin.  Arriving back at Champagneux you can round off your day relaxing on the hotel sun terrace.

Rhône river near Meximieux
The Rhône river near Meximieux

Day 5: Champagneux – Pérouges, approx. 70 km

Today´s leg of the tour is relaxed – you will cycle along quiet paths off the beaten track to the harbour of Briord. From there you will take narrow paths along the river to Pérouges, where you will spend the night. This village is said to be one of the most beautiful in France, due to its dreamy historical village centre.

Rhône-Promenade in Lyon
Rhône-Promenade in Lyon

Atout France / Fabian Charaffi

Day 6: Pérouges – Lyon, approx. 50 km

Over a ridgeway track and on flat cycle paths your tour will take you straight to Lyon. The trade of the silk weavers and the following richness of the city can still be seen in the historical city centre, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Spoil yourself in the capital of culinary delicacies and enjoy your last day at the Rhone.

Place Bellecoeur, Lyon
Place Bellecoeur, Lyon

Atout France / Jean François Tripelon-Jarry

Day 7: Individual departure or extension of stay

After breakfast your cycle tour along the Rhone cycle path comes to an end. If you wish we can extend your stay in Lyon.