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The Rhône River - from Seyssel to Lyon
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The Rhône River - from Seyssel to Lyon
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Bike Tour: The Rhône River - from Seyssel to Lyon - 6 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!

These 6 days will give you the opportunity to cycle quietly along the banks of the Rhone, between the Bugey Mountains and the Jura Massif, take a breath of fresh air enjoy the Alpine peaks around.

For this trip we've decided to start from Seyssel, to avoid the first part of the Via Rhôna from Geneve which is on the busier roads. You can easy reach Seyssel by train from Geneva or Lyon. Gastronomes, lovers of good wines, wildlife and history,... this cycle trip between Seyssel and « the capital of the Gauls » will be a good choice for you !


The route descriptions we have made for this trip will be supplied via a travel app, for “GPS” navigation with visual/audio guidance (reading of the track on your smartphone). When you book this self-guided cycling holiday, we will send you explanations on how to use this app and send you an access code.

Day 1: Arrival in Seyssel
Day 2: Seyssel - Champagneux
Day 3: Champagneux - Villebois
Day 4: Villebois - Pérouges
Day 5: Pérouges - Lyon
Day 6: Departure from Lyon

Day 1:    Arrival in Seyssel

Arrival in Seyssel and installation in your hotel. Discover this charming village separated by the Rhône, its peculiarity is to have two churches, two cemeteries, two Post Offices, ... Only one emblematic bridge separates the two city centers. Located at 250 meters above sea level, Seyssel is also the lowest village of Haute-Savoie.


Day 2:    Seyssel - Champagneux
54 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.

Challenge: 54.5km, 485m ascent, 478m descent


Day 3:    Champagneux - Villebois
66 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.

Challenge: 66.3km, 601m ascent, 630m descent


Day 4:    Villebois - Pérouges
55 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.

Challenge: 55.4km, 411m ascent, 386m descent


Day 5:    Pérouges - Lyon
46 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.

Challenge: 45.9km, 252m ascent, 354m descent


Day 6:    Departure from Lyon

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



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 this trip you can choose between Comfort and Comfort +. The accommodations for a Comfort+ trip, will be in 3*/4 * hotels wherever possible (supplement applied).

Hotel Beau Séjour ** (Seyssel)
B&B Les Vieilles Portes (Champagneux)
B&B A Deux Pas du Rhéby (Villebois)
Hotel la Bérangère ** (Pérouges)
Hôtel Le Simplon **(Lyon)
Bike rental

The bike rental includes the drop-off fee for the bike’s return

SCOTT Sub Cross, 24 Speed

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

SCOTT E-Sub Tour

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

Scott E-Sub tour

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

Practical info

5 Nights included

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

Tourist tax included

Breakfasts and 1 Dinner (day 3 - Villebois) included during the trip

Maps and tourist information on all the places of interest

24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Luggage transport to your next accommodations. Luggage accepted per person: 1 suitcase or travel bag (20 kg maximum)

For time tables and further information check the website of SNCF or rome2rio for all French National trains (SNCF).

We strongly advise you to download the sncf mobile app prior to departure.

If you want to travel on a train with your bike, you can find more information via this link.

Parking informations on request

We will supply the directions of this trip with a personalized code which gives you access to our travel App.

Arrival info

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

You can get to Seyssel by train (from Geneva or Lyon). On the end of your trip you can take a train from Lyon.

For timetables and further information check the website of SNCF or rome2rio for all French National trains (SNCF).

From Paris to Seyssel (approx. 5h05 - 525 km/326 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.

Comfort Comfort +
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