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France Bicycle Tour: Geneva to Lyon on the Via Rhôna
The “Via Rhona” project is a bicycle path connecting Lake Léman (Geneva) to France’s Mediterranean beaches. The project is still a “work in progress,” but it is a huge accomplishment for France — and an incredible boon for the people who love France (and French Switzerland, of course). If you’re dreaming of la bonne vie but are short on time, this 6-day cycling itinerary is the perfect fit! This tour runs from Geneva, Switzerland to Lyon in France.
- CategoryFor Families
- Duration6 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance125.5 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance31.4 miles
Ancient navigators first spurred the development of the Rhône River valley, bringing new ideas to a quiet region of fierce natural beauty. Over the centuries, some communities along its banks grew rapidly — into sophisticated cities like Lyon and Geneva, who still attract visitors in droves — while others never quite progressed beyond sleepy little outposts. Today, traffic is diverted to highways and railways, leaving the riverbanks in peace and quiet for cyclists!
Enjoy plenty of time to visit two incredible cultural capitals, Lyon and Geneva, and lead your own way on this cycling journey between them. The route that has been carefully planned will introduce you to Pérouges, Chanaz, and Seyssel, to name a few of France’s best-kept secrets! Along the way, you’ll uncover countless hidden gems, from towering forts and Roman ruins to shimmering lakes and flower-filled fields. You’re free to stop wherever and whenever you choose — even the smallest hamlets along the Rhône possess nuggets of history, timeless beauty, and a hint of magic.
This is an ideal tour for riders who want to be active yet experience a leisurely tour. Except for the 68km (42mi) ride on day 4, the daily rides never exceed 62km (39mi). The route covers mostly gentle terrain with a few low-grade climbs — they can be done slowly and steadily in a low gear, at a French pace! This tour has been specially designed for families and nature lovers. The low daily mileage will allow you to have total freedom to set your own pace and enjoy the sites and activities listed in your route notes (farms, cruises, wine tasting, etc.). The tour operator has carefully selected the accommodation, including some authentic family-run guesthouses with traditional French character and a cozy atmosphere.
This tour is organized on a self-guided basis meaning that your package includes accommodations, daily breakfast, detailed itinerary, and most importantly luggage transfers, allowing you to have total freedom.