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Rhône Cycle path

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Route

Tour profile / level 1-2

Geneva-Lyon: On the first and third cycling day there are also a few longer climbs to master. All other stages are almost entirely flat and very easy to cycle. Except for short interruptions, the Rhône cycle path is well developed and a model of signposting and routing.

Lyon-Orange: The individual daily stages are almost entirely flat and very easy to cycle. For the most part, the Rhône cycle path is well developed and a model of signposting and routing.

Itinerary Geneva – Lyon

Day 1: Geneva
Individual arrival. Upon arrival in Geneva, you will check into your hotel and have the opportunity to explore this beautiful Swiss city, also known as the "Capital of Peace".

Day 2: Geneva  Seyssel, approx. 60 km
Your first cycle tour takes you from Switzerland to France along the Rhone. On the way you will discover the "Défilé de l’Écluse" and pass the first vineyards that stretch between the majestic Alps and valleys. This part of the journey is on slightly busier roads, but the rest of the week will be much quieter. Your first overnight stop will be in the picturesque town of Seyssel, idyllically situated on the banks of the river.

Day 3: Seyssel  Champagneux, approx. 58 km
You leave Seyssel and cycle between mountain ridges and plateaus along both banks of the Rhone. In Chanaz, also known as "La Petite Venise Savoyarde", you take a break. Continue to Culoz and Belley, where you will discover the rich cultural heritage of this region. Finally, you will reach the Champagneux region through breathtaking nature.

Day 4: Champagneux – Villebois, approx. 65 km
Today you drive through Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers, where you should try the famous brioche chocolates! In Glandieu you can refresh yourself at the majestic waterfall. Then continue to Morestel, where you will explore the picturesque old town. Finally, you cycle along a green path of "La Vallée Bleue" to Villebois, your destination today.

Day 5: Villebois  Pérouges, approx. 54 km
Today’s stage takes you through the unspoilt countryside of Burgey above the Rhône. On your way in the morning you pass charming villages like Saint-Sorlin-en-Bugey, Sault-Brénaz and the hidden jewel La Balme-les-Grottes with its impressive caves and picturesque centre. You will soon reach the hilltop medieval village of Pérouges, one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Day 6: Pérouges  Lyon, approx. 46 km
The last day of cycling takes you through parks and past lakes in the Lyon area, finally ending along the Rhône in the city centre. Here there are many possibilities for leisure activities, from cultural visits to culinary experiences in typical restaurants of the region.

Day 7: Lyon
After breakfast individual departure or extension.

Itinerary Lyon – Orange

Day 1: Lyon
Arrive in the beautiful city of Lyon. You have many options for the rest of the day. Walk to the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière for a great view of the city, go shopping, visit a museum or check out the typical market in the Halles de Lyon. You can also reward your cycling soul with a delicious meal in a "petit bouchon", an authentic restaurant in the "French capital of gastronomy"!

Day 2: Lyon  Vienne, approx. 34 km
After lively Lyon, the route leads via the towns of Grigny and Givors to St-Romain-en-Gal, where the historical importance of navigation is more evident than elsewhere on the Rhône. The museums in St-Romain-en-Gal and Vienne give a good impression of the river’s rich history, from ancient times to the present.

Day 3: Vienne – Serrières, approx. 34 km
This remarkable cycling day offers a great variety of landscapes. From Vienne, the former capital of Roman Gaul, to the L’île au Beurre nature reserve, testimony to the wild side of the Rhône, to the steep wine terraces, including the famous Côte-Rôtie, and the first large orchards of the Rhône valley, this stage will delight all history, nature and gastronomy enthusiasts.

Day 4: Serrières – Valence, approx. 61 km
Today’s route takes you through steep vineyards and lush orchards. Starting in Lyon, you cycle southwards and enter the picturesque Ardèche, a charming department on the western Rhône. Along the river you will find orchards, market gardens and vineyards that produce fine Saint-Joseph wines. Stop for a break in Tournon-sur-Rhône, a town with a rich Gallo-Roman history.

Day 5: Valence  Montélimar, approx. 72 km
After a break at the river port of Valence, you return to the ViaRhôna along the western bank of the Rhône towards the Ardèche. You cycle through the region known for its caves, picturesque villages and historical sites. Your route takes you to Montélimar, famous for its nougat and charming old town.

Day 6: Montélimar  Bourg-Saint-Andéol, approx. 30 km
After leaving the beautiful town of Montélimar, you cycle along the tributaries of the Rhône and through historic towns: Viviers with its medieval flair, Bourg-Saint-Andéol with its treasures, including a rare sculpture of a Mithraic deity. Today, your short route is full of cultural treasures, especially religious ones, such as cathedrals, chapels and great ecclesiastical residences. Both history and nature lovers will get their money’s worth here.

Day 7: Bourg-Saint-Andéol  Orange, approx. 51 km
You cycle through impressive nature with the scents of Provence and through the charming village of Pont-Saint-Esprit. In the afternoon you reach the picturesque town of Orange. Of the numerous Roman buildings and monuments, parts of the city wall, the triumphal arch and the theatre (UNESCO cultural heritage) can still be seen, whose stage wall was described by the Sun King Louis XIV as the most beautiful wall in his country.

Day 8: Orange
Individual departure or extension

Services

  • 6/7 nights in booked category with shower/WC

  • Daily breakfast (1 dinner in Villebois)

  • Luggage transfer

  • Tourism taxes

  • Digital travel documents (surcharge for printed route book)

  • Cycling tour app 

  • Service hotline

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    S1   01.04. - 31.10.24
    Geneva - Lyon / 7 days, Cat. A
    S1   01.04. - 31.10.24
    Geneva - Lyon / 7 days, Cat. B
    S1   01.04. - 31.10.24
    Lyon - Orange / 8 days, Cat. A
    S1   01.04. - 31.10.24
    Lyon - Orange / 8 days, Cat. B
    S2   01.06. - 30.09.24
    Lyon - Orange / 8 days, Cat. B
    S1   01.10. - 31.10.24
    Lyon - Orange / 8 days, Cat. B

    Extras

    Child discounts
    on request
     
    Bikes and equipment
    Hybrid bike Genf - Lyon 160
    Hybrid bike Lyon - Orange 198
    E-Bike Genf - Lyon 263
    E-Bike Lyon - Orange 306
    Helmet included
       
    Additional nights Geneva
    Mo-Fr (dbl/sgl) 162/301
    Sa-So (dbl/sgl) 122/216
    Mo-Fr TWIN 162
    Sa-So TWIN 122
    Mo-Fr dbl with 3 beds 120
    Sa-So dbl with 3 beds 96
       
    Additional nights Lyon
    Cat A  
          dbl/sgl 104/186
          TWIN 104
          dbl with 3 beds 131
    Cat B  
          dbl/sgl 88/126
          TWIN 100
          dbl with 3 beds 76
       
    Additional nights Orange
    Cat A  
          dbl/sgl 82/123
          TWIN 84
          dbl with 3 beds 62
    Cat B  
          Season 1 (dbl/sgl) 58/87
          Season 1 TWIN 58
          Season 1 dbl with 3 beds 53
          Season 2 (DZ/EZ) 63/93
          Season 2 TWIN 63
          Season 2 dbl with 3 beds 58

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Accommodation

    Hotel samples

    Category A

    Geneva – Lyon

    Genf: Hôtel Jade Manotel
    Seyssel: Hôtel du Rhône
    Champagneux: Hôtel les Bergeronnettes
    Villebois: Cdh A deux pas du Rhéby
    Pérouges: Hôtel Host du Vieux Pérouges
    Lyon: Hôtel le Roosevelt

    Lyon – Orange

    Lyon: Hôtel le Roosevelt
    Vienne: Hôtel Ibis Lyon Sud Vienne Saint Louis
    Serrière: Hôtel Schaeffer
    Valence: Hôtel l’Atrium
    Montélimar: Hôtel le Sphinx
    Pierrelatte: Hôtel Domaine des Oliviers
    Orange: Hôtel le Glacier


    Category B

    Geneva – Lyon

    Genf: Hôtel Jade Manotel
    Seyssel: Hôtel Au Fil de l’Eau
    Champagneux: Cdh Vieilles Portes
    Villebois: Cdh A deux pas du Rhéby
    Pérouges: Hôtel la Bérangère
    Lyon: Hôtel Le Simplon

    Lyon – Orange

    Lyon: Hôtel Le Simplon
    Vienne: Hôtel Grand de la Poste
    Serrière: Hôtel Schaeffer
    Valence/Guilheran Granges: Hôtel Alpes Cevennes
    Montélimar: Hôtel le Printemps
    Pierrelatte: Hôtel Domaine des Oliviers
    Orange: Hôtel Le Clos d’Orange


    NotePlease be informed that these are hotel samples and therefore subject to alteration! Find Your final hotel bookings at Your hotel list after/at booking.

    Bicycle

    Rental bikes

    The following bikes are available for hire:

    • Hybrid bikes 24-speed
    • E-bikes

    The bikes are equipped with saddle bags, handlebar bags, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock.

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport:Geneva (GVA), Lyon (LYS), Marseille (MRS)

    Geneva (GVA)
    The airport is located at only 4 km from Geneva city centre. It takes only 6 minutes from/to Geneva city centre by train (every 12 minutes at rush hours). The airport railway station has direct access to the airport Check-in and Arrival levels. All trains stop at Geneva-Cornavin station (city
    centre). You can either walk to the hotel (approx. 10 minutes) or take the bus n°8 in the directi on of OMS, bus stop Canonnière.

    Lyon (LYS)
    From the St. Exupéry airport, take the shuttle bus „Rhône Express“ (leaves every 15 minutes) to the main station Lyon Part-Dieu. Afterwards you can walk to your hotel.


    Arrival by car

    Public and paid parking available. Please refer to your travel documents for parking information.).


    Arrival by train

    Good connections per TGV to lyon and Geneva. Current train connections and prices you will find >>here

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