Cycling Lake Geneva to Chambéry Plus! Lyon

Cycling Lake Geneva to Chambéry Plus! Lyon

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.

Tour Dates & Prices

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Jun 22-Jul 2, 2023
USD$5950
USD$650
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Aug 31-Sep 10, 2023
USD$5950
USD$650
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* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

** For information about what your tour status means please see our FAQ page.

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 11 Days
  • Total Distance / 427km (267 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 47km (29 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 2.0 Classic
  • Countries / France, Switzerland
  • Begin/End / Group transfer from Geneva to Yvoire / Lyon
  • Price / From USD$5950
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • 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

    Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic Tour Style page.
  • Arrive / Depart
    Geneva (GVA) / Lyon (LYS)
  • Overall Tour Level
    2.0 difficulty level 2.0
  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    Test ride
    2
    37km / 325m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 1.5
    3
    50km / 619m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.5
    Longer optional ride available
    4
    37km / 281m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 1.5
    5
    63km / 579m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.0
    6
    39km / 260m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    Longer optional ride available
    7
    29km / 188m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    8
    51km / 812m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.5
    9
    60km / 718m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.5
    10
    66km / 738m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.5
    11
    Last day

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Gentle Gentle

Rolling hills Rolling hills

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Mountainous Mountainous

Daily Itinerary
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DAY 1: Group transfer from Geneva to Yvoire

Highlights: Medieval port town Yvoire, welcome dinner

We'll do a group transfer from Geneva 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. We'll enjoy lunch together before getting on our bikes and heading out for a scenic test ride. In the evening we'll meet up again for our welcome dinner together.

DAY 2: Yvoire Loop

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. Choose from Yvoire's many excellent restaurants this evening for dinner on your own.

  • Distance: 37km (23mi)
  • Gain: 325m (1066ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.5
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 3: Yvoire to Annecy

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 on the way to dinner together this evening.

  • Distance: 50km (31mi)
  • Gain: 619m (2030ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 2.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 4: Annecy Loop

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.

  • Distance: 37km (23mi)
  • Gain: 281m (922ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 5: Annecy to Chambéry

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.

  • Distance: 63km (39mi)
  • Gain: 579m (1899ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 3.0
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 6: Chambéry loop

Highlights: Abbaye d'Hautecombe, Chanaz

Your options are endless today. Pedal up to the lake for a swim or some sightseeing in Aix-les-Bains. From Aix, take a cruise to the secluded Abbaye d'Hautecombe, with a history that goes back to a religious community founded there in 1101. Your cruise can continue to the port village of Chanaz or head back to Chambéry to continue your exploration of the city or enjoy a relaxing aperitif below the castle. For those looking for a gorgeous cycling challenge, we'll propose an exhilarating vineyard loop to the abbey and back. We'll experience some of the Savoy's most famous culinary specialties this evening: fondue, raclette, and tartiflette!

  • Distance: 39km (24mi)
  • Gain: 260m (853ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 7: Shuttle to Cluny then pedal to Macon

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.

  • Distance: 29km (18mi)
  • Gain: 188m (617ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Beaujolais loop

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.

  • Distance: 51km (32mi)
  • Gain: 812m (2663ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 3.5
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 9: Mâcon to Villefranche sur Saone

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.

  • Distance: 60km (37mi)
  • Gain: 718m (2355ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 2.5
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 10: Villefranche sur Saone to Lyon

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.

DAY 11: Bon Voyage! - Lyon

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
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Group transfer from Geneva to Yvoire

Note:

As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.

The below information will help you plan your departure. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio.  The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

We recommend flying into the Geneva Airport (GVA).

Your tour starts with a complimentary ExperiencePlus! shuttle pick-up at the Meeting Hotel on Day 1 of the tour. Your spot on the shuttle is already reserved for you:

 

If you can’t meet the shuttle on Day 1, you will be responsible for your own transportation to Yvoire, which is about a 1 hour drive from the Geneva Airport and costs around 150-200 CHF.

How to get to the Meeting Hotel:

  • Taxi from the Geneva Airport to the meeting hotel (20 min/CHF 55)

or public transportation:

  1. Train from Geneva Airport to Gare de Geneve station (8 min/ every 15 min/CHF 3 or free*)
  2. Walk from the Gare de Geneve station to the hotel (5 min).

*Note: Alongside regular tickets, Unireso, the network of public transport operators, offers free tickets, which can be claimed if you arrive to Geneva airport by plane. There are ticket machines for free tickets available at the baggage claim. Have your valid plane ticket ready in case tickets are inspected. Both regular and free tickets are valid for a certain amount of time after purchase, i.e. 90 minutes anad 80 minutes, respectively. The airport is in Zone 10, so you will need a zone 10 ticket to get into central Geneva.

Day 11: Departure Information

Bon Voyage! - Lyon

Your trip ends on the final day after the tour of Vieux Lyon, at around 11:30 a.m. back at the hotel.

The below information will help you plan your departure. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio

The closest airport is Lyon (LYS). Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) can be reached in 2 hours by train.

Flying out of Lyon:

  • Taxi to the Lyon Airport (45min/EUR 80)

Or public transportation:

  1. Taxi to the Lyon Part Dieu train station (5 min/EUR 15)
  2. Rhonexpress train to the Lyon airport (departures every 15 minutes, no pre-booking necessary) (30 min/EUR 15)

Look up French train schedules and book tickets, if necessary, at SNCF.com or Trainline.com. Questions? See our information on taking trains in Europe here or ask us.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To Do Today!

6 to 3 Months Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Check the online itinerary of your trip and review the arrival and departure information under the "Travel Information" tab to see meeting place and time, if a reservation on a complimentary ExperiencePlus! Shuttle (if applicable) is required, and other important information to help you plan your arrival and departure.
  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights.
  • Begin your chosen training program.
  • Final payment is due 90 days (120 days for Bike &Barge/Boat tours) prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 to 2 Weeks Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Start reading one of the books or watching one of the movies from our Reading and Movie Lists: https://www.experienceplus.com/blog/travel-planning/
  • Plan what you are going to pack and start packing! Refer to the Packing Lists on our website at https://www.experienceplus.com/blog/travel-planning/packing/.
  • We'll email you your access code to Digital Daysheets, Hotel Itinerary, Participant Roster, names and contact information of your Tour Leaders, emergency phone numbers, and other important departure information about 2 weeks prior to your tour start date. All this will be provided to you via a feature called Experiences via the RideWithGPS App (tracks available but not necessary for navigation on Classic, Expedition and Bike & Boat tours).

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your Getting To and Away information and one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

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