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Between Lyon and Geneva

A biking journey along the ViaRhôna

Discover the Bugey region and the Pays du Lac d’Aiguebelette, between Lyon and Chambéry, with their pretty villages nestled between mountains and the Rhône river. Thanks to the ViaRhôna, you will explore the riverbanks in all serenity...

Reviews (7) :
4.71 / 5
Reference VR0203
  • 3 days
  • Very easy
  • from april to october
  • Minimum age 1 year
230€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • ViaRhôna is a cycling route from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean Sea. With 700 kilometers along the alpine mountains to the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, it’s a dream cycling in such a beautiful lanscape!

    Discover the history of Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers and of the unusual characters of the area as the famous smuggler Mandrin. Enjoy a cake topped with luscious pink pralines named after the city. Explore the Rhone banks by bike on the peaceful ViaRhôna and the small back roads at the edge of the Bugey mountains.

    Finally, appreciate an outdoor weekend without worrying about the organization through the Vélo Voyageur!

    Day 1


    Arrival in Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers

    Discover the charms of the old town on the banks of the Guiers river which flows a little further down into the Rhone river. Do not miss to taste the local delicacy: the Saint-Genix. This brioche topped with pralines delights kids & adults.

    Day 2


    Day-trip to the Port-de-Groslée

    40 / 50km
    You leisurely follow the riversides of the wild Rhone 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!

    Your bike ride continues on small country roads, where you admire the houses, made of rammed earth, a very old construction technique that uses mud bricks.

    Enjoy a break in a winery of Groslée. It is lunchtime! You can lunch in the well-known restaurant "Hostellerie du Port Groslée" or enjoy one of the beautiful picnic areas on the banks of the Rhone river.

    Then ride on the left bank of the Rhone river with a more wild landscape to admire the beautiful views on the mountains.

    Day 3


    Loops Galletti or Mandrin

    23 / 30km
    Cycling path and countryside roads
    • Loop « On the paths of Mandrin » 23 km – altitude : 280 m.

    Famous smuggler in the 18th century, Louis Mandrin is your guide on this biking loop fully signposted. After a few kilometers to warm up and approach the Rhone river, the route gains height towards the Col de la Crusille. Beautiful panoramas reward your efforts since the promontories of Sainte-Marie-d’Alvey and Rochefort. On the way back, you will discover some historical treasures and gourmet of the Val Guiers.

    • Loop « The inventions of Galletti » 10 km ou 30 km

    This biking loop without any difficulty and only on cycling paths is ideal for families. In 1912, Clemens Roberto Galletti Cadilhac built in the village of Champagneux a wireless station, one of the world’s most powerful at this time. History would quickly forget the work of Galletti away in the turmoil of the “Great War” ... This pioneering assiduously continued his research: Universal Equation, Radio guide of plane.
    Halfway along the route of the loop, you can continue on the ViaRhôna until La Balme (20 km round trip), stroll along the Rhône river and retrace your steps to reach the loop when you want.
  • Accommodation
  • Category C

    * 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.

    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 maps of the itinerary (A4 format) that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider.

    Example of a map

    For this short trip your travel documents will be sent electronically.

  • Practical information
  • To get to Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers :

    • By car : Highway A43 from Lyon (1h of driving).

    • By train : the closest train station is in Pont-de-Beauvoisin (11 km of Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers)

    • By plane : Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (60 km of Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers) or Geneva Airport (110 km of Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers)

    We can organize your transport from the train station or the airport.


    If you drive to Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers, you can park your car directly at your accommodation in a safe parking for the duration of your stay.

    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.
  • Reviews
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    7 bike travelers reviews 4.71 / 5

    “ Parcours en Savoie ”

    On the 2018-08-18 by Robert
    Le parcours en marguerite est très intéressant car ça évite le transport des bagages. Bel établissement , mais 1/2 pension très léger pour des cyclistes.

    “ Super week end sur ViaRhôna et sur les chemins de Mandrin ”

    On the 2017-07-17 by Bob
    Super vélos en parfait état (neuf ?) avec selles confortables :) Itinéraires bien choisis et variés, proche de la nature et avec quelques curiosités touristiques pertinentes. Tronçons sur route (ouverte à la circulation) étaient peu fréquentés par les automobiles. Bref on a beaucoup aimé notre week end !

    “ Contents ! ”

    On the 2017-05-12 by Gilles
    Nous sommes très satisfaits de notre séjour : excellent accueil à l'hébergement, bon contact avec la prestataire lors de la remise des vélos qui étaient bon état. Les circuits proposés : +++++

    “ Tout bien ”

    On the 2016-08-06 by cabreta
    Les informations et les velos fournies ont été trés bien


    On the 2016-06-26 by Marlène
    C est une bonne formule pour découvrir les régions, nous avions beaucoup de chance avec la météo,car avec le temps très pluvieux de ce printemps 2016 nous aurions éventuellement pu nous faire arroser souvent.....

    “ super WE ”

    On the 2016-04-20 by math
    Très satisfaits de notre première expérience à vélo avec les enfants de 3 ans (en carriole) et 6 ans (en vélo suiveur), nous avons fait environ 45 km par jour sans difficulté, et il est facile d'adapter les circuits en fonction de la motivation/météo. L'organisation était parfaite, et la région très jolie. Merci !

    “ Il faut un début à tout ”

    On the 2015-04-27 by Cécile
    Pour une première expérience en famille à vélo, rien de tel que cet itinéraire presque tout plat, très très sûr, et un logement "acceuil paysan" idéal, où tout est fait maison. Les vélos à disposition sont de très bonnes qualité et nous avons eu beaucoup de plaisir à parcourir cette région et battre notre record de km dans la journée... Seul hic: cette région, qui a beaucoup à offrir comme activités, ne permet les visites que l'après-midi hors juillte/août. Les matinées de pluie sont longues....De plus, ne pas trop compter sur les haltes -bistro/café qui sont extrêmement rares en dehors de l'été...
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