Geneva Lakes Cycling Break

  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely to Moderate
  • Duration/s

    5 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Geneva / Annecy
  • Distance

    147 miles/236 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Simple to Comfort
  • Tour code

    053-101CFR
Price From £578

Overview

If you think an Alpine cycling holiday must mean hills and more hills, think again. This journey takes you to lakes Geneva, Bourget and Annecy, with stunning backdrops but minimum climbing, following the Rhone and Isere to experience some of Europe’s best mountain scenery.

You’ll start in Geneva and visit some of the region’s most attractive lakeside towns – plus many charming rural villages and lush Alpine meadows – crossing from Switzerland into the heart of France’s Savoy region. Albertville’s old town is another highlight, as is the Roman thermal spas in Aix-les-Bains plus of course the fantastic town of Annecy, where you’ll complete your journey.

Annecy

Annecy

You might be in the heart of the Alps, but you don’t need to be super-fit to enjoy this cycle tour. Following river and lakeside paths where possible the route has lots of flat sections, and although there are a few hills to tackle, the routes you take, take the sting out of the uphills.

Itinerary & Map

You might be in the heart of the Alps, but you don’t need to be super-fit to enjoy this cycle tour. Following river and lakeside paths where possible the route has lots of flat sections, and although there are a few hills to tackle, the routes you take tend the take the sting out of the uphills.

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Day 1: Arrive Geneva

Geneva - Switzerland*

Geneva

On arrival make your way to your first hotel. Those in our simple category will be accommodated in Gaillard, which is about 4 miles outside of town. Those who have booked our comfort category will be accommodated by the lake in Geneva. After check-in you’re free to relax or explore this stylish city, whose charming old town boasts many truly excellent restaurants.

Day 2: Geneva – Seyssel, 39 miles/62 kms

Seyssel - France*

Seyssel

Leaving Geneva, you’ll cycle along the path of the Rhone to pretty winemaking villages, as your route reaches the far west of Switzerland and crosses the border into France. You won’t be able to miss the striking Fort de l’Ecluse, marking the entrance to the Rhone Valley between the Jura and Vauche hills. Later you’ll reach the friendly riverside town of Seyssel, where dinner has been included and where you’ll spend the night.

Day 3: Seyssel – Aix-les-Bains, 30 miles/48 kms

Bourget Lake

Bourget Lake

You’ll be treated to some of the finest views of your Alpine tour today, taking in the summits of the Bauges range and the Mont de la Charvaz and Col-du-Chat. As you follow the Rhone, sheer cliffs rise up either side you and you are immersed in a serene, mountainous world. You’ll also pass Lake Bourget – the deepest in France – and the impressive Chateau de Montverran. Today’s ride then takes you onwards to Aix-les-Bains, a town known for its thermal spas since Roman times – you can still spot some ancient remains around town.

Day 4: Aix-les-Bains – Sainte-Helene-sur-Isere/Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny, 43 miles/68 kms

Chambery

Chambery

Your riding today takes you through the true heart of the Savoy region, set in the wide valley between the Chartreuse and Bauges mountains. Make sure you stop in Chambery en route to explore one of France’s most historic and beautiful towns. Also on your ride today you’ll be treated to ancient castles and rolling vineyards as you follow the winding Isere River. This evening dinner has been included. If you opt for the simple category you will overnight in Sainte-Helene-sur-Isere. If you opt for comfort category you will overnight in Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny

Day 5: Sainte-Helene-sur-Isere/Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny – Annecy, 37 miles/58 kms

Annecy - France*

Annecy

Your last day of cycling will take you first to Albertville, host of the 1992 Winter Olympics, with its medieval old town. Continue your journey, flanked by the Bauges and Beaufortain mountains, to approach your final destination – glittering Lake d’Annecy and the town of Annecy on its northern tip. With its dramatic mountain setting and beautiful architecture it’s a fitting finale to your Alpine cycle tour. As well as admiring your surroundings there’s plenty to see and do here, so enjoy your last night in France.

Day 6: Annecy

After breakfast it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2017 Arrival Dates
Arrivals any Friday or Sunday from 01 April to 31 October
2017 Prices
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Simple category £578 £782            
Comfort Category £800 £1142            
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Price Includes

5 nights accommodation. See notes below
Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
2 Dinners (excluding drinks)
Luggage transfer
Maps and route information
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Drinks and meals not mentioned

Supplements

Bike hire, includes lock and pannier (£93)
Extra night, Geneva area, twin/double, simple (£48)
Extra night, Geneva area, single, simple (£90)
Extra night, Geneva, twin/double, comfort (£121)
Extra night, Geneva, single, comfort (£200)

Notes

Simple: 4 nights in 2 star hotels and 1 night in a 3 star hotel (in Galliard - 4 miles from Geneva)
Comfort: 3 nights in 3 star hotels, 1 night in a 2 star hotel and 1 in a charming guesthouse
Deposit per person £85

Practical Information

Bikes

Example of bike used on this tour

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid models with 21 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes also come equipped with pannier, lock, repair kit, water bottle and water bottle holder and helmet.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are provided on arrival.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Simple: 4 nights in 2 star hotels and 1 night in a 3 star hotel. (Galliard hotel is just 4 miles from the centre of Geneva.

Galliard: Hotel Porte de Geneve
Seyssel: Hotel Beau Séjour
Aix-les-Bains: Hotel Revotel
Sainte-Hélène-sur-Isère: Hotel Le Saint-Helene
Annecy: Hotel des Alpes

Comfort: 4 nights in 3 star hotels and 1 night in a good 2 star hotel

Geneva: Hotel Jade
Seyssel: Hotel Beau Séjour
Aix-les-Bains: Hotel Aquakub
Saint Pierre d’Albigny: Le Château des Allues
Annecy: The Splendid Hotel

Getting There

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