Cycling Lake Geneva to Chambéry Plus! Lyon

Geneva to Lyon bike tour
  • Length 11 days
  • From USD$6695
  • Style/Level Classic 2.0
  • Countries France
    Switzerland
  • Begin/End Yvoire / Lyon
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Cycle from one cultural capital to another as you traverse the border of France and Switzerland. Iconic views of rolling vineyards, quaint villages, and exquisite natural beauty await, including the crystal waters of France’s deepest lake, Lac du Bourget. Explore an old abbey and pedal across an architectural wonder – the “Pont de l’Abime,” a stunning suspension bridge constructed in the 1800’s. Along the way you’ll stop in colorful towns nestled in the shadow of the Alps and pass by breathtaking lakes and forests while tasting some of France’s most famous culinary specialties. You’ll end in one of the most renowned food capitals in all of France, if not the world – the beautiful city of Lyon.

If this sounds great but you don’t have time for the 11-day tour, join us for 7-days on Cycling Lake Geneva to Chambéry.

Highlights

  • Four two-night stays

  • Lake Geneva

  • Lake Annecy

  • Lake du Bourget

  • Medieval villages

  • Savoy French cuisine

  • Wine tasting in the Beaujolais

  • Guided tour of Lyon and Cluny

Includes

  • 11 days, 10 nights accommodation, meals as noted in itinerary, guided visit of Cluny, guided visit of Lyon, 1 wine tasting

  • All Classic tour inclusions


Date Price Private room fee Note
Sep 1-11, 2024 USD$6695 USD$650 Sold out. Wait list available.
DateSep 1-11, 2024
PriceUSD$6695
Private room feeUSD$650
NoteSold out. Wait list available.

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  • Total distance 427km (267 miles)
  • Average daily distance 47km (29 miles)
  • Tour style Classic
  • Tour level 2.0

Highlights: Medieval port town Yvoire, welcome dinner

Welcome to the tiny port village of Yvoire, a romantic medieval settlement on the shores of Lake Geneva. Take in the views and explore the cobblestone streets where seemingly every balcony and windowsill are lined with blooming flower baskets. This afternoon we’ll fit bikes and head out for a scenic test ride. In the evening we’ll meet up again for our welcome dinner together.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Le Jules Verne

Highlights: Shady forests, farmland, and enchanting villages

This morning you’ll pedal along tiny shaded lanes through forests and enchanting villages on a loop ride into the alpine interior of eastern France. Extend your ride into the afternoon or head back to Yvoire for lunch and an afternoon of exploration or relaxation. If you’re in the mood to explore, take a short boat ride across the lake to Switzerland and visit Nyon.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Le Jules Verne

Highlights: Cross borders between France and Switzerland

You’ll cross the Swiss border several times this morning on your way south to our next destination, Lake Annecy. As you ride, take in the subtle cultural differences between the two countries. In the afternoon we’ll meet up in La Roche sur Foron where you can opt to take a train into Annecy. If you’re looking for an added challenge with stunning views, we’ll set you up with an extra ride all the way to Annecy. You’ll quickly see why this town is commonly referred to as “Venice of the Alps” with its whimsical canals and ancient architecture nestled below snow-capped peaks. Enjoy the winding cobblestone streets of the Vieille Ville (old town) as you pass pastel houses and bright flower boxes.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Allobroges Park Hotel , Hebe Hotel

Highlights: Lake Annecy

Grab some picnic supplies in Annecy’s gorgeous historic center then take off around the lake for incredible views. If you prefer a day off the bike, Annecy provides something for all tastes. Lounge on the beach of the lake’s crystal-clear water, rent a paddle boat, or visit some of the city’s historic monuments. Be sure to get a “glace artisanal” this afternoon – without a doubt some of France’s best ice cream is in Annecy.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Allobroges Park Hotel , Hebe Hotel

Highlights: Aix les Bains, Lac du Bourget

This morning we leave Annecy for an intriguing ride through forests, hills, and across the “Pont de l’Abime,” a stunning suspension bridge constructed in the 1800’s. Stop and enjoy the views of France’s deepest lake, the Lac du Bourget, before pedaling a bike path into charming Chambéry, our home for the next two nights. Located in a valley, Chambéry provides almost a 360 degree view of the French Alps and has been an important crossroads dating back to the 11th century. Though it’s hard to beat Chambéry’s rich history and stunning views — the diverse culinary scene might be a contender. Dinner is on your tonight so you have an opportunity to see how they compare.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel des Princes

Highlights: Abbaye d’Hautecombe

Your options are endless today. Pedal up to the lake for a swim or continue your exploration of the city, where you can enjoy a relaxing aperitif below the castle. For those looking for a gorgeous cycling challenge, we’ll propose an exhilarating vineyard loop to the secluded Abbaye d’Hautecombe, with a history that goes back to a religious community founded there in 1101. We’ll experience some of the Savoy’s most famous culinary specialties this evening: fondue, and raclette!

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel des Princes

Highlights: Guided tour of Cluny Abbey, Saone river

After breakfast this morning we’ll shuttle to the historic Cluny Abbey. This was once the largest church in all Christiandom! You’ll learn its intriguing history with a local guide. After the tour enjoy a relaxing lunch in a local cafè before pedaling to our elegant hotel in the center of Macon, on the bank of the Saone river. We’ll enjoy some delicious Beaujolais during dinner together this evening.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Panorama 360

Highlights: Stunning wine country ride

This is the France you dream about! Our loop ride today weaves through picturesque Beaujolais villages and vineyards, farm houses, wineries, and turreted villas. We’ll enjoy a delicious wine tasting at a local enoteque on the Saône River this evening.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Panorama 360

Highlights: Vineyards and medieval villages

If you thought yesterday’s ride was nice, wait for today! Ancient Romanesque chapels await you in picture-perfect hamlets. Each town is an immaculate masterpiece. We’ll be in Villefranche sur Saone this evening, the capital of the Beaujolais.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Ici et La

Highlights: Pierres Dorées

Today we’re pedaling in the land of the “Pierres Dorées.” These picturesque villages carved from “golden stones” have the warmest golden-orange glow you’ve ever seen. We’ll weave through these hamlets until we get to the banks of the elegant Saone river, which we’ll follow on bike paths that lead into the heart of Lyon. We’ll celebrate this amazing cycling trip together at (what we think) might be Lyon’s best restaurant. ***The September 1st departure is staying at Le Globe et Cecil.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Sofitel Lyon Bellecour Hotel , Le Globe et Cecil

Highlights: Guided visit of Lyon

Our journey ends this morning after a fascinating guided tour through Lyon and its secret passageways. For those of you who would like to spend more time visiting this unique city, we’ll suggest some highlights. It was a pleasure having you join us.

Meals : Breakfast

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  • One of the most beautiful trips I have done in terms scenery.

    Kyoung W., Glen Iris, Australia – August 2022
  • An amazing experience, riding through France, eating delicious food and seeing incredible scenery.

    Aimee C., Windsor, CO – June 2022