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Between Lyon and Geneva

From Seyssel to Lyon on the ViaRhôna

Between Geneva and Lyon, follow the Rhône river on old towpaths and small countryside roads. The ViaRhôna is a dream of cycle touring holidays, accessible to all.

Reference VR0701
  • Itinerant trip
  • 7 days
  • Moderate
  • From April to October
  • Minimum age 12 years
825€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Bike the ViaRhôna greenway, following a route traveled by successive civilizations for more than 2,000 years. Discover the Rhône River and its bordering regions. Between the Bugey Mountains and the Jura Massif, you follow the winding river while watching the surrounding landscape. To end your journey, head toward Lyon and its famous courtyard passageways named "traboules".

    Foodies, wine enthusiasts, history buffs, wildlife observers…the ViaRhôna destination is for you! Bonne balade !

    Day 1

     
     
    In Seyssel, discover the Rhône as a border between the Ain and the Haute-Savoie regions. The history of the town is intimately linked with the Rhône notably through the inland waterways, important economic activity until the end of the XIX century.
    Do not miss the Maison du Haut-Rhône visit, to learn more about the history of the town and the Rhône, your travel companion along the ViaRhôna.

    Day 2

     
     
    Ride on small countryside roads that lead you to the picturesque town of Chanaz. Discover the treasures of the animated streets of this old harbor along the Canal de Savières.
    Enjoy a beautiful bike path following the Lake of Massignieu beaches before reaching Belley, the home town of the famous French gourmet Brillat-Savarin.

    Day 3

     
     
    Today you will meet two Rhône, the channeled and the wild river. At their junction, raise your head to admire the Chartreuse of Pierre Châtel, a former monastery from the 16th century.
    The Murs-et-Gelignieux Lake offers an ideal setting to cool off before following your way to Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers, nicknamed the "city of the cake". For gourmets, it’s in this town that the famous brioche topped with pralines has been created!

    Day 4

     
     
    You leisurely follow the riversides of the wild Rhône River on the bike path before crossing the river to reach Glandieu, a village nestled at the foot of the Massif du Bugey.
    A perfect photo break at the impressive 60-meter high waterfall, located right in the middle of the village!
    Enjoy a break in a winery of Groslée to taste the Bugey wines. Then, take a little high to cross the village of Lhuis with its traditional Bugey houses.

    Day 5

     
     
    The ride is punctuated of nice surprises like the former Gallo-roman aqueduct of Briarette, near to Briord. The edifice has been listed as a Historical Monument since 1904! Then, cross the Rhône to explore the incredible caves of La-Balme-les-Grottes.

    Day 6

     
     
    This ViaRhôna stage cleverly links the parks and lakes of Greater Lyon, including at Le Grand Large and Miribel-Jonage. Then enjoy the magnificent cycle route through central Lyon, along the Rhône’s banks. Welcome in the "capital of the Gauls"!

    Day 7

     
     
    Stroll through the medieval quarter of Vieux Lyon with its courtyard passageways, known as "traboules". Take a table in a "bouchon lyonnais" to taste the reputed gastronomy of Lyon.

    If you want the regional train takes you back to your starting point or you can also extend your stay.
  • Accommodation
  • Category B

    You stay in hotels with **/*** standards and bed & breakfast. These family hotels welcome you warmly. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults.


    Luggage

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.

    GPS tracks


    For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.



    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents :
    • a detailed map (A4 format) of the itinerary that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider
    • a step-by-step description of the itinerary (bound A5 format) giving the direction to follow at each intersection
    • a tourist leaflet containing a brief presentation and useful practical information (opening time, price, contact) about the points of interest along the way

    Example of a map and a step-by-step description

  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Lyon or Geneva, then train to Seyssel.
    • By train:
    • From Geneva : direct inter-regional train from Geneva Cornavin station (city center of Geneva) to Seyssel (about 40 minutes). From Geneva airport station, connection at Genève Cornavin then direct train to Seyssel (about 1h).

    • From Lyon : direct inter-regional train from Lyon Part-Dieu station to Seyssel (about 1h).

    To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Parking:

    If you drive to Seyssel, you can park your car directly in a safe and free parking close to your accommodation for the duration of your stay. .


    To get back to starting point:

    Regional trains take you back to your starting point if you wish. They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. You have to buy your ticket on spot (full rate 20.80€/adult). There are several trains per day. You will find the timetable in your travel documents.

    We can also organise a transfer in a private vehicule on demand.


    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling so you arrive whenever you want. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.
     
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