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Complete Viarhôna : From Geneva to Orange
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Complete Viarhôna : From Geneva to Orange
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Bike Tour: Complete Viarhôna : From Geneva to Orange - 13 days

 

Take your bike and discover the Via Rhôna! From Lake Geneva in Switzerland to the Mediterranean Sea, follow a route that has been used by successive civilizations for over 2,000 years. Wonderful landscapes, towns, authentic villages, impressive nature, vineyards and delicious gastronomy await you along the way! 

Start this great cycling trip from the cosmopolitan city of Geneva. Follow the ViaRhôna that meanders through the mountains and valleys of the Upper Rhône. Bike through the breathtaking landscapes of the Savoie and the Bugey: mountains, lakes, gorges... and pass typical old villages before your stay in the elegant historic city of Lyon

After visiting the gastronomic capital, the second part of the tour will show you why the Rhône has long been renowned as the route of successive civilizations.

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itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Geneva
Day 2: Geneva - Seyssel (or train option)
Day 3: Seyssel - Champagneux
Day 4: Champagneux - Villebois
Day 5: Villebois - Pérouges
Day 6: Pérouges - Lyon
Day 7: Lyon - Vienne (or train option)
Day 8: Vienne - Serrières
Day 9: Serrières - Valence
Day 10: Valence - Montélimar
Day 11: Montélimar - Bourg-Saint-Andéol
Day 12: Bourg-Saint-Andéol - Orange
Day 13: Departure from Orange

Day 1:    Arrival in Geneva

Arrival in Geneva and installation to your hotel. Take the time to discover this beautiful city of Switzerland, also known as the "capital of peace" with its humanitarian tradition, it will seduce you with its international charm and its old town offering a wide choice of delicious restaurants. Enjoy a pleasant stroll along the Lake Geneva.

Day 2:    Geneva - Seyssel (or train option)
60 km

Your first bike ride takes you from Switzerland to France along the Rhone, you will discover the "Défilé de l'Écluse" and then the first vineyards between mountains and valleys, while keeping in view the sumptuous mountains of the Alps. This part of the trip will be on some busier roads, but the rest of the week it will be much quieter. You will spend the night in the charming little town of Seyssel, on the banks of the river.

Day 3:    Seyssel - Champagneux
60 km

Leave Seyssel and cycle between ridges and plateau on both banks of the Rhone. Arrival in Chanaz, also called "La Petite Venise Savoyarde", enjoy a pleasant break in one of the charming restaurants along the canal of Savières. Continue on towards Culoz and Belley, peaceful small towns with a rich heritage that punctuates the Bugey mountain. Continue your journey, in a surprising nature to arrive in the region of Champagneux.

Day 4:    Champagneux - Villebois
45 km

Today you pass through Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers, for the greedy, we advise you to stop there to taste the famous brioche pralines! Further away, a little detour towards the village of Glandieu will allow you to refresh yourself with its majestic waterfall, a wonder of nature.Then you cross Morestel, stroll through the narrow streets of the old town, city of painters, flowered city and city in poetry. A lovely greenway links "La Vallée Bleue" to Villebois, this is where you’ll stay overnight.

Day 5:    Villebois - Pérouges
60 km

This ViaRhôna stage takes you through unspoilt countryside of Burgey above the Rhône. You pass lovely villages this morning : Saint-Sorlin-en-Bugey and Sault-Brénaz, and the more secretive La Balme-les-Grottes, with its great caves and picturesque centre. Your destination will soon be in sight as you approach the hilltop medieval village of Pérouges, labeled one of the most beautiful villages in France. 

Day 6:    Pérouges - Lyon
50 km

This last cycle day cleverly links the parks and lakes of Greater Lyon, including at Le Grand Large and Miribel-Jonage. Then enjoy the magnificent cycle route through central Lyon, along the Rhône’s banks. At the Rhône’s confluence with the Saône, you come to a brand-new quarter marked by contemporary architecture, the most striking building being the Musée des Confluences. Your options for the rest of the day are endless but you can also reward your soul of cyclist with a delicious meal in a "petit bouchon", typical restaurant in the city.

Day 7:    Lyon - Vienne (or train option)
35 km

After buzzing Lyon, the itinerary leads through the towns of Grigny and Givors, on to St-Romain-enGal. The historic importance of navigation is clearer here than anywhere else along the Rhône. Museums at St-Romain-en-Gal and Vienne give a good picture of the river’s rich history, from classical to contemporary times.

Day 8:    Vienne - Serrières
35 km

This remarkable cycling day offers a great variety of landscapes. From Vienne, once an ancient capital of Roman Gaul, to the nature reserve of L’île au Beurre, bearing witness to the Rhône’s wild side, via steeply terraced vineyards, including the prestigious Côte-Rôtie, and the first major orchards along the Rhône Valley, this stage will delight those interested in history, nature and gastronomy.

Day 9:    Serrières - Valence
60 km

Your itinerary today runs between steep vineyards and dense orchards. Heading south from Lyon, this is the first ViaRhôna stage to enter the rugged Ardèche, a beautiful département (or French county) on the mighty Rhône’s west flank. Here, the tamed river supports orchards, market gardens and vines producing top-class Saint-Joseph wines. Arriving in Tournon-sur-Rhone enjoy a pleasant break laden with Gallo-Roman history.

Day 10:    Valence - Montélimar
65 km

After a halt at Valence’s southern river port of L'Epervière, your route leads you back onto the western, Ardèche bank of the Rhône. The Ardèche is known for its exceptional caves, archaeological sites, characterful villages, châteaux and nature reserves. Continuing south along ViaRhôna and cycle on the recent Himalayan-style footbridge at Rochemaure is a great experience, built using the pillars of the Vieux Pont, it is an historic bridge over the Rhône. Here you are at the gates of Provence: "Montélimar" where a human presence has existed for more than 50,000 years. Renowned for its nougat, Montélimar is a pleasant town where it is good to stroll in the old city center.

Day 11:    Montélimar - Bourg-Saint-Andéol
30 km

Leaving the beautiful city of Montélimar, cycle beside branches of the Rhône and pass through historic towns: Viviers, with its medieval spirit; Bourg-Saint-Andéol, its treasures including a rare sculpture of a Mithraic deity. Today your short itinerary is packed with heritage treasures, especially religious ones, including cathedrals, chapels and grand clerical residences. Those who love history as well as nature can enjoy their fill.

Day 12:    Bourg-Saint-Andéol - Orange
50 km

Today is your last cycling today, and not just anyone. The program of the day : Pedaling through a impressive nature with the scents of Provence and across the charming village of Pont-Saint-Esprit. In the afternoon you reach the beautiful city of Orange. Of the numerous Roman buildings and monuments originally built, you still can see parts of the City Wall, the Arc de Triumph and the Theatre (UNESCO heritage), the stage wall of which the Sun King, Louis XIV, described as the most beautiful wall in his country.

Day 13:     Departure from Orange

End of your trip after breakfast. We advise you to extend your stay in order to take the time to visit the history city of Orange.

accommodation

All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. 

We choose comfortable 2*/3* hotels or B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included. 

For more comfort, when it's possible we can upgrade the hotels with 3/4 * category (supplement applied).

Hotel Beau Séjour ** (Seyssel)
B&B Les Vieilles Portes (Champagneux)
Domaine des Cèdres (Villebois)
Hotel la Bérangère ** (Perouges)
Grand Hotel de la Poste (Vienne)
Hotel Monhotel (Serrières)
Hotel Alpes Cevennes (Valence)
Hotel Beausoleil (Montélimar)
Domaine des Oliviers (Pierrelatte)
Hôtel Lou Cigaloun (Orange)
included

Included

  • 12 nights in selected 2/3* hotels
  • 12 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Tourist city taxes
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps
  • 24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation
  • Trains, busses or any transport wherever necessary
  • Other Lunches & Dinners
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, additional transfers, etc
  • Hybrid bike rental

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Upgrade Supplement hotels 3/4
  • Additional nights 
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel
  • Transfer back from your last accommodation
  • Hybrid bike rental (180 €)
  • E-bike supplement (270 €) 
practical info

11 Nights included 

2/3 Star Hotels or 3/4 Star Hotels (supplement applied)

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional on request

Maps and tourist information on all the places of interest

HYBRID RENTAL BIKE  

SCOTT Sub Cross Men/Lady Alloy Frame, 24 Speed  

The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock

  

  

ELECTRIC BIKE RENTAL   

SCOTT E-Sub   

The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock 

24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotels

You can get to Geneva by train. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SBB. 

On the end of your trip you can take a train from Orange. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF.

Parking informations on request

GPS tracks are available on request

Travel

The international Geneva Airport is served by a large number of scheduled and low cost airlines. Also, possibility of arrival in Lyon Airport. From Lyon you can take a train to Geneva, see below.

You can get to Geneva by train. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SBB.

On the end of your trip you can take a train from Orange. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF.

From Paris to Geneva (approx. 5h15 - 540 km/335 mi) / From Lyon to Geneva (approx. 1h50 - 150 km/93 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.

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