• Travelcode: 133

    Rhône Cycle path

    Everything runs and enjoys

    • 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’.

      Follow the lifeline of the Rhône-Alpes region until Provence. Be accompanied by lush vineyards and fragrant orchards. This is an area, both rich in nature and culture. Splendid cathedrals and relicts from Roman times are testimony to an abundant era long gone. During your tour marvel at cultural treasures such as the large Roman theatre in Vienne, or the architecturally outstanding museum of the Confluences in Lyon. Just as contrasting can also be the culinary treasures. Frog legs or soft caramel ice cream? You can already see there will be something for everyone’s taste.

      Tour profile / level 1-2

      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.

      Itinerary Geneva - Lyon:

      Day 1: Geneva
      Individual arrival. 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.

      Day 2: Geneva – Seyssel, approx. 60 km
      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 vineyeards and your gaze fixe on the mountains of the Savoyer Alps and Mont Blanc. Today’s Day Finish is Seyssel, where two suspension bridges connect the pretty houses and squares on the left and right side of the river Rhône.

      Day 3: Seyssel – Champagneux, approx. 60 km
      On either side of the river Rhône vineyards rise up steeply. However you 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 15 th and 16 th 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.

      Day 4: Panorama-Trip Champagneux, approx. 25 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.

      Day 5: Champagneux – Pèrouges, approx. 70 km
      The Rhône cycle path takes you directly along the riverbank through the harmonious border scenery between Ain and Isere. In Perrozan you leave the river and cycle through little hamlets with medieval flair until today’s Day Finish Meximieux. This little town is connected via a footpath with 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.

      Day 6: Pèrouges– Lyon, approx. 50 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.

      Day 7: Lyon
      Individual departure or extension.

      Itinerary Lyon - Orange:

      Day 1: Lyon
      Individual arrival. Since 1998 Lyon’s old part of town is part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Mighty churches, about 30 museums and an excellent food serving industry guarantee a delightful stay.

      Day 2: Lyon – Serrières, approx. 69 km
      Already after just a few kilometres the futuristic museum ‚des Confluences’ appears with its spectacular location on an island at the confluence of the rivers Rhône and Saône. You follow the course of your ‚companion’, the river Rhône and soon you reach Vienne with its many remains of an ancient Roman colony. You will be impressed by the temple of Augustus and Livia and by the biggest Roman theatre in Gaul.  The cycle path leads you directly along the Rhône riverbank. On either side of the river, vineyards of the Cotes du Rhône rise up steeply. However you stay on flat terrain and soon cycle through a nature reserve with numerous observation points for you to marvel at flora and fauna. Onwards through alluvial forests with lots of shade until Serrières, a charming village located directly on the river Rhône.

      Day 3: Serrières – Valence, approx. 60 km
      The beautifully designed cycle path takes you South again, directly along the Rhône riverbank. World renowned grapes are grown in the surroundings of Tournon sur Rhône. We recommend you have your lunch break in one of the charming villages with their medieval village centres and sample at least one glass of the famous ‚Hermitage’. After that you will soon reach the main town of the Drôme-region called Valence. Also called the ‚Northern Gate to Provence’, it will amaze you with its vibrant town centre full of cafés and restaurants.

      Day 4: Valence – Montélimar, approx. 65 km
      Effortlessly you cycle through the fertile Rhône-valley. The temptation for ‚petty larceny of food’ is especially high today, since there are peaches, apples and kiwis growing directly along the route. Nevertheless, make sure you also look up and do not miss high up a once proud castle which has sadly crumbled and turned into a ruin, but still keeps a watchful eye over the valley. In today’s Day Finish Montélimar it is all about ‚nougat’, which is produced here in special quality. Temptations from dawn to dusk...

      Day 5: Roundtrip Montélimar, approx. 30 km
      Discover dreamy "Villages perchés" (rock villages built on mountain slopes) and old Romanesque churches that blend picturesquely into the landscape against the backdrop of the Drôme mountains. The lavender fields are also unmistakable.

      Day 6: Montélimar – Bourg St. Andéol, approx. 30 km
      Today’s stage is very short and hence leaves you with lots of time to just enjoy! Several times you switch from one side of the river Rhône to the other side via impressive suspension bridges. Then onwards along the cycle path to the former diocesan town of Viviers. Behind the cathedral dating back to the 12th century you have an amazing view across the Rhône valley. Then it becomes very quiet in the alluvial forests except for the buzzing noise of your spokes. Vibrancy is back after that in Bourg St. Andéol. The old part of town is characterised by picturesque houses dating back to the 16th, 17th and 18th century, situated directly on the river Rhône.

      Day 7: Bourg St. Andéol – Orange, approx. 50 km
      On your final stage you casually cycle through glowing yellow sunflower fields, apple orchards and peach plantations, past tomato- and basil fields. En route, you come across the little town of Pont St. Esprit, known for its 600-year old bridge, whose 25 arches stretch impressively across the river Rhône. You will be staying in the town of Orange with its well-known Roman theatre and the city founding arch, both part of the UNESCO-World Cultural Heritage.

      Day 8: Orange
      Individual departure or extension.

    • 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

      Parking: Hotel parking in Geneva, approx. € 22,- per day, Hotel parking in Lyon, approx. € 20,- per day(payable on spot, no reservation necessary).


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station: Geneva (TGV) or Lyon

      Geneva
      The train station in Geneva is approx. 1 km away of the starting hotel. Either you walk or take a taxi for a few Euros.

      Lyon
      The hotel is only 5 minutes walking distance away from the TGV or underground line station called Lyon Perrache.

      Current train  connections and prices you will find under: www.radreisen.at/france-train


      TRANSFER

      GENEVA - LYON
      This tour ends with an overnight stay and breakfast in Lyon. On the day you leave, it is up to you how you choose to travel home. Every Saturday our partner off ers a return transfer to Geneva. This costs € 90 per person incl. own bike (payable locally) . It departs at 11.30 a.m. it takes 2 hours.

      LYON - ORANGE
      This tour ends with an overnight stay and breakfast in Orange. On the day you leave, it is up to you how you choose to travel home. Every Saturday our partner off ers a return transfer to Lyon. This costs € 90 per person incl. own bike. Reservati on is essenti al (payable locally). Departure at
      approx. 9 a.m., duration approx. 2 hours.

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    • Included services:
      • 6/7 nights in rooms with private facilities, breakfast
      • luggage transfer
      • information meeting/briefing
      • bike rental insurance

      • maps and information material per room
    • Choose Categories

      S1 18.04. - 10.05.19 Lyon - Orange 8 days every THU/SAT
      S2 11.05. - 21.06.19 Lyon - Orange 8 days every THU/SAT
      S3 22.06. - 07.09.19 Lyon - Orange 8 days every THU/SAT
      S2 08.09. - 28.09.19 Lyon - Orange 8 days every THU/SAT
      S1 29.09. - 12.10.19 Lyon - Orange 8 days every THU/SAT
      S1 14.04. - 11.05.19 Geneva - Lyon 7 days every WED/SUN
      S2 12.05. - 22.06.19 Geneva - Lyon 7 days every WED/SUN
      S3 23.06. - 08.09.19 Geneva - Lyon 7 days every WED/SUN
      S2 09.09. - 29.09.19 Geneva - Lyon 7 days every WED/SUN
      S1 30.09. - 13.10.19 Geneva - Lyon 7 days every WED/SUN

      Extras

      Discounts extra bed with 2 full paying adults
      children 0-5,99 years -100%
      children 6-11,99 years -50%
      children 12-14,99 years -25%
      3rd person from 15 years on -10%
         
      Bicycle & equipment
      7-/21-speed-bike 80
      E-bike 180
         
      Additional night
      Geneva 3* (dbl/sgl) 110/160
      Lyon 3* (dbl/sgl) 60/95
      Orange 3* (dbl/sgl) 65/105
         
      Transfer
      collective transfer Lyon - Geneva or Orange - Lyon* 90
      *every Saturday, reservation necessary, payable locally

      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
    • 3*** hotels as well as chambre d´hôte, 1 x 2** hotel next to the river Rhône.

      Hotel examples Geneva - Lyon

      Geneva: Hotel Les Nations***

      Seyssel: Hotel Beau Séjour**

      Champagneux: Hotel Les Bergeronnettes***

      Pérouges: Le Grenier à Sel

      Lyon: Hotel Charlemagne****


       3*** hotels as well as 2** hotels.

      Hotel examples Lyon - Orange

      Lyon: Hotel Charlemagne****

      Serrières: Schaeffer***

      Valence: Atrium Hotel***

      Montélimar: Hotel Beau Soleil**

      Bourg Saint Andéol: Hôtel le Prieuré**

      Orange: Mercure Orange Centre****


      Please note, that the mentioned hotels are only examples and subject to changes. You will find your definite accommodation in the hotel list you will get with your travel vouchers.

    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      7- (back pedal break) or 21-speed-bikes (freewheel) with light, carrier, mudguards, service-set with tools and spare tube, bicycle pump and combination lock.

      7-speed-bikes with Shimano NEXUS with hub gear

      21-speed-bikes with Shimano ALIVIO with derailleur gear


      E-Bikes / Pedelecs:

      8-speed-bikes with hub gear (three support levels, LCD-Display, bicycle computer)

      With an E-bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern electro bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.


      Private bicycles:

      You are welcome to bring your own bicycle. This is adapted especially to your needs. Do not forget to bring a repair kit with all necessary tools such as: keys, reserve tube and lock. Please check your own bicycle for operability upon arrival.

    • 4,6 21.09.2019 | Barbara T. Rhône Cycle path

      Another great trip!

      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 3
      • Route description 2
      • On-site assistance 3
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more
      5,0 02.08.2018 | Douglas S. Rhône Cycle path

      Feedback - Geneva lyon

      Sometimes hard to tie the instructions to the map. Perhaps a bit of context in the route instructions would help. an elevation profile would be good. Booking was excellent - best I’ve had in several years of such holidays.
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 4
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 4
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more
      5,3 09.08.2017 | John R. Rhône Cycle path

      Geneva to Lyon

      A very enjoyable ride. We and several others had some difficulty following the directions out of Geneva. Some markers were "overkill" and others were missing. The changes in route no’s (from the map book) were also somewhat confusing and the book needs ...
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more
      3,8 26.05.2016 | Ronald G. Rhône Cycle path

      Geneva to Lyon

      Meximeiux was disappointing the hotel did not offer dinner on the Sunday night. Most of the town was closed on a Sunday. I would recommend not booking into that hotel or town for a Sunday.
      • Overall satisfaction 4
      • Booking handling 4
      • Travel documents 4
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 3
      • Accomodation 3
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 5
      • Route description 3
      • On-site assistance 4
      • Route-character 4
      • Bicycle + equipment 3
      • Price-performance ratio 4
      more
      3,4 21.07.2015 | Simon I. Rhône Cycle path

      Not a tour for casual relaxed cyclists - not level 1

      This tour was advertised as at the easy end. Perhaps we are not "cyclists" as such, but this was much too strenuous, typically 9 to 10 hours from leaving till arrival at next stop.The instructions were wrong (left/right) on 2 occasions and described a ...
      • Overall satisfaction 3
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 2
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 4
      • Board 3
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 1
      • On-site assistance 3
      • Route-character 1
      • Bicycle + equipment 3
      • Price-performance ratio 4
      more
      4,6 13.07.2015 | Joanne K. Rhône Cycle path

      Impressions of the tour

      The tour was not described well in the rad reisen site. "You cycle along small,quiet roads and asphalt in paths, little raises". In fact, we cycled on some busy roadways for a good percentage of the tour. Cycling from Annemasse to Geneva was very busy. ...
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 4
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 2
      • On-site assistance 3
      • Route-character 4
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more
      4,6 04.07.2015 | John F. Rhône Cycle path

      John and Sophie, Geneva-Lyon June 21-26, 2015

      We are two experienced cyclists who two years ago traveled the Donauweg with Eurocycle, between Passau and Vienna. We were very pleased with that trip. Directions, maps, rented bicycles, and hotels were all of a high standard and met our expectations.We ...
      • Overall satisfaction 4
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 4
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 4
      • On-site assistance 3
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 3
      • Price-performance ratio 4
      more

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