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Alps riviera

A 8-day bike trip in the Alps riviera – family version

Don’t you feel the inspiring Rhône? Let us introduce you an adventure in which the magic word is "serenity" and ride along the river.

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  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Easy
  • from April to October
  • Minimum age 8 years old
GPSGPS-app available
849€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • You expect a change of scene and you want a well-balanced bike trip for young and old? This bike trip on the ViaRhôna route is made for you!

    Your trip begins in Seyssel, a village from the French Savoy region located on the left bank of the magnifient Rhône, which will be your central theme for your holidays. Far from being monotonous, ride along the river and its meanders will amaze you! Discover a lush vegetation and typical villages where you will learn some crafts from the artisans and enjoy some entertaining visits.

    Ride on your own pace on a well-equipped and secured cycle path and on small countryside roads which are neatly chosen. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the numerous swimming sites!

    You reach Lyon crossing the Miribel park, one of the largest metropolitan park of Europe and the one of « Tête d’Or » with its orange grove and it zoo. What an incredible family adventure!

    Day 1

     
     

    Arrival in Seyssel

    In Seyssel, discover the Rhône as a border between Ain and Haute-Savoie regions. The history of the town is intimately linked to the Rhône river especially through the inland waterways.
    Do not miss the visit of Maison du Haut-Rhône: you will learn more about the history of the town and the river, your travel companion along this itinerary.

    Day 2

     
     

    Seyssel - Belley

    Altitude
    ±134m
    Bike
    38km
    Following the ViaRhôna cycle path, you ride alongside the river and discover a wild countryside up to Chanaz. Take the time to discover the know-how of the different craftsmen and women and enjoy the numerous activities of this old harbour located along the canal of Savière.
    You follow then the secured cycling path raising your eyes to heaven to observe the wading birds and arrive in Belley, the capital of the Bugey region.

    Day 3

     
     

    Belley - Champagneux

    Altitude
    ±105m
    Bike
    23/31km
    Today you will meet two Rhône rivers, the channeled and the wild one. At their junction, raise your head to admire the Chartreuse of Pierre Châtel, a former monastery from the 16th century. Cross the bridge of Virignin which is specially fitted out for cyclists and change of French region.
    You reach Champagneux and have the opportunity to continue your way to Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers, nicknamed the "city of the cake". For gourmets, this town is famous for its brioche topped with pralines, yummy!

    Day 4

     
     

    Champagneux - Morestel

    Altitude
    ±84m
    Bike
    34km
    Today is a swimming day! Follow the Rhône that leads you to the artificial lake of Cuchet for a refreshing moment. Then, cross the river to arrive in Glandieu, a village located at the bottom of a mountain range: an impressive 60-meter high waterfall awaits you!
    Ride a bit more to reach Morestel, a historical and charming village.

    Day 5

     
     

    Morestel - Crémieu

    Altitude
    ±100m
    Bike
    26/60km
    With le Vélo Voyageur, we like to give you the choice! Today, you can choose between 2 routes:

    - The short option: You need a little break in your adventure? Or you want to enjoy the surroundings of your accomodation a little longer? The short option is almost only on a dirt path for soft modes of transport. You arrive soon in Crémieu and have plenty of time to discover the medieval city, one of the most beautiful villages of France.

    - The long option: You want to cycle more? Get onto your bike following the ViaRhôna. You will pass the outdoor activities center of "Vallée Bleue" before arriving at the caves of La Balme. Cycle on small countryside roads after that lead you to Crémieu.

    Day 6

     
     

    Crémieu - Villette d’Anthon

    Altitude
    ±152m
    Bike
    30km
    After a last walk on the ramparts, get onto your bike to reach Villette d’Anthon! Cycle through the countryside before noticing that the landscapes are evolving and becoming more and more urban, Lyon is not far from here!
    You reach your daily stop and your accomodation with a swimming-pool: a nice way to enjoy life, isn’t it ?

    Day 7

     
     

    Villette d’Anthon - Lyon

    Altitude
    ±106m
    Bike
    38km
    Beginning from Villette d’Anthon, you reach quickly the cycle path and the Rhone, your faithful travel partner.
    You will then enjoy a fabulous bike ride on the banks of the Rhône. You have plenty of choices to relax and swim into the Miribel park, one of the largest metropolitan park of Europe. After a few kilometers, you arrive in the capital of the Gauls!

    Day 8

     
     

    Departure from Lyon

    Stroll into the medieval quarter of Vieux Lyon with its courtyard passageways, known as "traboules". Experience the "bouchon lyonnais" to taste the reputed gastronomy of the region.
    After the breakfast you leave the city, unless you want to extend your stay?
  • Accommodation
  • Category B

    You stay in hotels with **/*** standards or 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
    • equipped : front rack pack, 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

    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.


    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 for Geneva and then shuttle to the city center.
    • By train: Regional train or TGV to Seyssel-Cornobod. From Lyon: duration 1h15; from Geneva: duration 45min. To plan your trip: https://www.thetrainline.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. The precise localisation will be given in your travel documents.

    To reach back the 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 € 21.40/adult). There are several trains per day. You will find the timetable in your travel documents.


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    On the 2022-07-13 by jean-luc
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