Geneva Lakes Cycling Break
Start / FinishGeneva / Annecy
Distance147 miles/236 kms
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.
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.
Day 1: Arrive 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
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
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
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
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|
Per person - 2 sharing
|Accom Type 3|
|Accom Type 4|
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Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
2 Dinners (excluding drinks)
Maps and route information
Bike hire (see supplements)
Drinks and meals not mentioned
Extra night, Geneva area, twin/double, simple (£49)
Extra night, Geneva area, single, simple (£92)
Extra night, Geneva, twin/double, comfort (£125)
Extra night, Geneva, single, comfort (£206)
Comfort: 3 nights in 3 star hotels, 1 night in a 2 star hotel and 1 in a charming guesthouse
Deposit per person £85
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.
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.
Comfort: 4 nights in 3 star hotels and 1 night in a good 2 star hotel
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