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Rivers, Lakes and Mountains: Geneva to Geneva via Annecy

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Lake Annecy Hotel by the Rhone river in Seyssel Annecy canal Bridge in Seyssel over the Rhone river The scenic old town of Annecy Stunning view of the
Lake Annecy

Rivers, Lakes and Mountains: Geneva to Geneva via Annecy

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  • PriceFrom 370 euros
  • DAY2 nights / 3 days

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Description

Ride your bike while gliding into the wintry panorama of the Swiss Alps. In this tour, you will be given the opportunity to take a peek at two contrasting worlds: Switzerland's famous global city, and the olden town of Annecy. Spanning for three days, this short adventure will take you along less-traveled paths, giving you an insider's view of both lands. 

Launch your trip from the outskirts of Geneva, where you will head south, passing through Haute-Savoie within the waterways of Rhone. Farms, vineyards and quaint houses sculpt a pastoral setting for your excursion. On your way back, you will be led onto a different route, offering a glimpse of the towering Saleve Mountains, known fondly as Geneva's Balcony.

 

For travel and cycling tips to the French Alps, visit our "Travel and cycling tips" section.

Itinerary

D1Arrival in Geneva. Ride to Seyssel Short Option: 70 km/43 miles, 876 meters/2,874 ft of climbing; Challenging Option: 97 km/60 miles, 2,049 meters/6,722 ft of climbing

 

Your new adventure begins outside of Switzerland's famous city, Geneva, that is conveniently reached via a short tram ride. Our staff will meet you there to brief you on your itinerary and outfit you with a reliable bike. You can choose between the shorter route or the longer excursion. Don't worry; you will have plenty of time to make a decision.

Set off on a trip along the Rhône River where you'll pass by quaint Swiss villages, busy farmlands, and local vineyards. As you reach the French border, it's time to make your decision. Perhaps you will choose to explore a little more with the Col de Richmond and the Col de la Biche. The trip is serenely quiet, with the calming sound of chirping birds and ringing cowbells in the background. A downhill ride will take you to Seyssel.

D2Seyssel — Annecy 39 km/24 miles, 793 meters/2,605 ft of climbing; Extension from Seyssel: 56 km/35 miles, 1,536 meters/5,039 ft of climbing

 

Seyssel, a picturesque village by the banks of Rhône River, will allow you to slow down and take a nice break. Use your GPS to get back on track — for those seeking a challenge, you can start your morning with our optional loop from Seyssel, before making your way towards Annecy. Your route today includes a pass by the Fier River-- enjoy the lapping waters of its gorges!

As you go further through the rolling farmlands, you'll arrive in Annecy, an alpine town known for its medieval setting. Stone cobbled streets, pastel-hued buildings, and a maze of canals make it worthy of being called the Venice of the Alps. Bask in its setting; explore by bike, foot or boat, and experience its old-world charm. 

Note: A shorter option is available upon request

D3Annecy — Geneva and Departure 74 km/46 miles, 1,380 meters/4,528 ft of climbing

 

The final day of your tour includes a trip along the pre-alpine massif of Bornes and a refreshing stop in Cruseilles. From there, you’ll climb the Salève, which will give you an unobstructed view of Geneva and its lake. This is your last stop. Give yourself a pat in the back for the job well done.

Now it's time to get back to the Swiss metropolis to retrieve your belongings, and set off on a new adventure.

Booking & Pricing

  • Option A
  • 2 nights in 2-star hotels 

  • 370 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 85 euros
  • 385 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 90 euros
  • 405 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 110 euros
  • Option A+
  • 1 night in a 2-star hotel and 1 night in a 3-star hotel 

  • 390 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 110 euros
  • 410 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 130 euros
  • 430 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 140 euros

These prices include:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 dinner (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative in Geneva
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 50 euros per bike. Full-carbon racing bikes are available at the rate of 100 euros per bike. Electric bikes are available at the rate of 105 euros per bike.

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