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Alps riviera

A 4-day loop bike tour in the Alps Riviera

Leave your problems behind with this short bike trip starting from Aix-les-Bains and take a real break getting on your bike to discover the treasures of this mountain region of France around the lake of Bourget.

Reviews (2) :
4.50 / 5
Reference VR0404
  • Itinerant trip
  • 4 days
  • Moderate
  • from April to October
  • Minimum age 14 years old
GPSGPS-app available
369€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Are you looking for a bike trip with mountain scenery, typical and lively villages such as Yenne or Chanaz and beautiful swimming spots? It is the recipe of this 4-day cycle trip where you will discover all the treasures around Aix-les-Bains, the gem of the riviera of the Alps.

    Whenever you follow the cycle path of the lake of Bourget or the one of the ViaRhôna, or if you ride on small countryside roads, you will be amazed!

    To enjoy yourself even more, do not hesitate to stop at the small wine-growers to have a taste of the regional wines, take part in a canoe ride on the canal of Savière or on board exploring the largest natural lake of France!

    Day 1

     
     

    Aix-les-Bains - Belley

    Altitude
    ±372m
    Bike
    42km
    Ride on the cycling path along the lake of Bourget: you will not resist to swim into it! After Le Bourget-du-Lac, you have to ride uphill in the Savoy region to reach the famous "Tunnel du chat" which is specially adapted to cyclists. You will not regret it by enjoying the view!
    Then, ride through countryside roads and have a taste of the regional wine around Yenne. You arrive in Belley, the capital of Bugey region.

    Day 2

     
     

    Belley - Chanaz region

    Bike
    18/38km
    You have two different programmes for today, the hardest part will be making the choice:

    - All-day cycling (38km, A+ 320m): You leave the ViaRhôna route to discover the countryside and its charming villages. In Ceyzérieu, visit the marshes of Lavours before cycling to Vongnes where you will find a lot of places to stop for a wine tasting. The route leads you to the lake of Barterand, a condidential spot only known by locals. You reach back the ViaRhôna route after and arrive in Chanaz, a lively village where you will learn about the know-how of the crasftmen and women.

    - Bike (18km, A+ 78m) + Canoe day: You ride at your own pace the 18kms up to Chanaz, following the Rhône river. Then, you can choose to change your bike for a canoe to discover the canal of Savière and paddle to Conjux and its shady beach.
       

    Canoë Canal of Savière 4h

    Discover the canal of Savière on your own pace and ride up to the lake of Bourget and the shady beach of Conjux, a perfect time to relax and take a bath!
    (You need to be at least 4 years old and be able to swim. Departure every day at 2pm during July and August. In June and September, departure on Saturday or Sunday.)
    20,00 € / adult

    Day 3

     
     

    Chanaz region - Aix-les-Bains

    Altitude
    ±228m
    Bike
    24km
    You leave Chanaz and its numerous stalls to follow the ViaRhôna route up to Portout where you will meet the lake of Bourget.

    Ride then with the lake of Bourget and Aix-les-Bains in your sights. You have the possibility to reach the spa town by boarding with your bikes (details and schedule in your travel documents).
       

    Discovery cruise « the abbey of Hautecombe » on the lake of Bourget 1h

    Explore the largest natural lake of France during this 1-hour guided cruise and enjoy the view! The boat makes a stop (1h30 to 2h) at the abbey of Hautecombe to discover this magnifient gothic-style structure from the 12th century. Entrance : €4,50 to pay on spot for the visit of the abbey church.
    (Cruise available every day at 3pm except on Tuesday)
    11,50 € / child
    16,50 € / adult

    Day 4

     
     

    Departure of Aix-les-Bains

    A last bath in the lake of Bourget or a last small coin in the slot machines of the casino? Be prepared to leave this beautiful region… unless you decide to have an extra night or enjoy a boat ride?
  • Accommodation
  • Category B

    You’ll get a good night’s sleep staying in these 2 or 3-star hotels or Bed&Breakfasts. All properties have been selected for their cleanliness, style and the friendliness of the staff. A hearty 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 (+1m55).

    You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tariff tab)


    Luggage


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • 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.(included in your bike rental)

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


    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 the itinerary and its points of interests.

    Our documentation contains a very detailed description of the itinerary. No matter how you usually navigate, you will find your way thanks to our comprehensive guidance material including:
    • a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
    • a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest

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


    Our GPS App

    For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).

    You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and useful alerts on the way.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.
  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Lyon or Chambéry

    • By train: The train station of Aix-les-Bains is well connected to the railway network and you can easily access the station from many cities in France and Europe. For instance from Paris: duration 3h15; from Lyon: duration 1h10; from Geneva: duration 1h05. To plan your trip: https://www.thetrainline.com/?redirected=true


    Parking

    If you drive to Aix-les-Bains, you can park your car in the car park of your accomodation (subject to availability) or next to your hotel. The location and contact details of the car parks will be given in your travel documents.


    Meeting time:

    The first day is a cycling day. We recommend you to arrive maximum in the late morning to enjoy your day fully without rushing. The renting bikes will be available from 9:30am. Bikes pick up point and luggage drop off point (if you choose the option)will be given in your travel documents.

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  • Reviews
  •   Memory of the trip  

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    2 bike travelers reviews 4.50 / 5

    “ 3 jours autour du lac du Bourget ”

    On the 2022-08-26 by Margotte
    Un peu déçue: Circuit à vélo de 3 jours et non 4 jours comme indiqué sur le site du Vélo Voyageur. Parcours assez déséquilibré en termes de distances: 3ème journée trop courte avec de la route uniquement et des passages dangereux sans piste cyclable. Hébergements et vélos très bien. Et le tour du Lac du Bourget vaut le déplacement!

    “ Grégoire ”

    On the 2022-07-18 by Grégoire
    Très beau trajet et peut de circulation d'une manière générale, le niveau de difficulté était bien adapté, et les vélos VTC haut de gamme et bien équipé. Hébergement confortable et bien placé, certains manquait un peu de charme mais rien à dire sur le confort et l'accueil des hôteliers. Merci à toute l'équipe.
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