Cycling Lake Geneva to Chambéry

Cycling Lake Geneva to Chambéry

Cycle from one cultural capital to another at a relaxing pace and enjoy captivating landscapes along the border of France and Switzerland. The quaint villages, rolling vineyards, and alpine scenery are delightful. Explore historic buildings and architecture wonders, including a ride across the "Pont de l'Abime," a stunning suspension bridge built in the 1800's. As you gain in elevation you'll pass bucolic lakes and forested hills, lodge in colorful mountain hamlets, and taste some of France’s most famous culinary specialties. Finish your tour in the charming lakefront town of Chambéry, with a 360 degree view of the French Alps.

If you want to extend this tour, check out our 11 day bike tour on the Cycling Lake Geneva to Chambéry Plus! Lyon.

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Jun 25-Jul 1, 2023
USD$4195
USD$550
Departure confirmed to go!
Sep 7-13, 2023
USD$4195
USD$550
Private departure.

* 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 / 7 Days
  • Total Distance / 224km (140 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 45km (28 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 2.0 Classic
  • Countries / France, Switzerland
  • Begin/End / Geneva (Yvoire) / Chambéry
  • Price / From USD$4195
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    Relaxed pace with three two-night stays, Lake Geneva, Lake Annecy, Lake du Bourget, medieval villages, Savoy cuisine, excellent options for longer rides
  • Includes
    7 days, 6 nights accommodation; meals as noted in itinerary.

    Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic Tour Style page.
  • Arrive / Depart
    Geneva (GVA) / Geneva (GVA) or 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
    Last day

Terrain Legend

Gentle Gentle

Rolling hills Rolling hills

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

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: Bon Voyage! - Chambéry

Highlights: Enjoy Chambéry

Our tour ends after breakfast today. Enjoy the rest of your travels around France or have a safe trip home!

  • 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 7: Departure Information

Bon Voyage! - Chambéry

Your trip ends on the final day after breakfast.

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

We recommend flying out of Geneva (GVA) or Lyon (LYS)

 

Flying out of GVA:

  1. Taxi from the ending hotel to the Chambéry train station (10 min/EUR 15)
  2. Train from Chambéry to the Geneva Airport (1 hour 45 min/fares vary). Train will go via Geneva center.

Flying out of LYS:

  1. Taxi from the ending hotel to the Chambéry train station (see above)
  2. Train from Chambéry to the Lyon Airport (1 hour /fares vary).

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 right after you booked!

6 to 3 Months Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Refer to your Tour Packet/Itinerary to see step-by-step arrival and departure information for your tour, 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 we send 10 days prior to the due date 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 one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

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