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France Bicycle Tour: Geneva to Lyon on the Via Rhôna

6 days
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$874 USD

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.

  • Category
    For Families
  • Type
  • Duration
    6 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    125.5 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    31.4 miles
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  • Where does the tour start and finish?

    The tour starts in Geneva, Switzerland and ends in Lyon, France. Fly into Geneva International Airport (GVA) and out of Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS).

  • How long is the tour?

    The tour is 6 days long with 4 days of cycling.

  • What's the tour like?

    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.).

  • Can I have my own room?

    The tour price is based on two people sharing a room. If you'd like your own room then a single supplement applies.

  • Please read here for Covid-19 information directly from the tour operator

    Latest Coronavirus Advice (10-03-2020)

    Looking beyond May and June, we’re hopeful that the global situation will improve and that travel and distancing restrictions will start to ease up in the following months. As ever, we’re keeping our ear to the ground so that we can keep ourselves and our customers up to date with evolving conditions and recommendations. We’re sure many of you are using this time at home to daydream and plan about future trips. As some may know, we usually have to turn down a number of custom tours every year. Our resources are simply too thinly stretched to work on custom itineraries between April and October… but this year is different! Hence, if you're part of a group of six or more riders and wish to put together a custom itinerary for your group, now is a great time to start dreaming and planning.

    As for our standard tours, note that if you book a tour now for 2021, our 2020 rates will apply. In light of the current situation, we’ve introduced temporary special booking conditions* for most of our tours, to make your planning process as flexible as possible. These conditions will apply until further notice; as things return to normal, we’ll revert back to our standard conditions (which are still pretty flexible!)

    *For bookings received from March 9 and on, until further notice:
    1. This policy applies to part of the operator's tour catalog, contact us for more information
    2. Client's requested dates will be checked for availability. If available, the trip will be confirmed to the clients.
    3. In order to keep the rooms on hold, clients have to pay a EUR 50.00 deposit
    4. Invoice and voucher are not issued until 30 days prior to the trip. Clients then have 7 days to settle payment.
    Within these 7 days, they have the option to choose not to proceed. If they choose to cancel, the EUR 50.00 deposit is kept as a credit towards a future trip (to be used by the end of 2021).

    General Coronavirus-related advice (posted in March 2020)
    Understandably, we have been receiving a few messages from clients who have questions about the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak in Italy and across Europe on their travel plans. We do not have any more information about the way the epidemic spreads than you do and rely on a variety of news sources (New York Times, BBC, CNN), as well as authoritative institutes (WHO, CDC, Institut Pasteur) and travel advisories. We have come across this interesting article addressing some questions you may have relating to the risk of air travel (and other forms of public transport).

    At this moment in time our advice is the following:
    Before making a decision about your travel plans, we recommend that you:

    • Check travel advisories and health authorities’ advice on a regular basis for the most up to date information (CDC’s website, Institut Pasteur, WHO, etc…)
      If you choose to proceed with your travel plans:
    • Check your travel insurance policy to see what is covered in the case of cancellation for different scenarios (such as canceled flights). It is advisable to ensure that your insurance includes ‘travel disruption cover’ in the event of canceled flights etc.
    • Note that travel insurance policies will generally not cover cancellations for “fear of travel.” However, in some cases it is possible to add “cancel for any reason” to your insurance policy (though you will have to check your policy carefully as certain conditions can apply).
    • Be sure to read the small print about the type of coverage you’re eligible for in case you need medical assistance while traveling.
    • Register with your country’s traveling abroad service (if available) to receive any updates and important advice.
    • We recommend purchasing refundable travel arrangements where possible, in the case of unexpected changes. Many US airlines have begun introducing temporary policies waiving the change fee. We recommend that you check directly on the airline’s website for the most up to date information.
    • Currently some of the major European airlines have begun to also introduce temporary fee-waiving policies.

Overall Rating:
Hans Jorgen Woxen
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

The selfguided trip from Geneva at the first stages of Via Rhone, through a wonderful landscape and Seyssel, Chapagneux, Perouges to Lyon, the accommodation was splendid.