Home > Rivers, Lakes and Mountains: Geneva to Geneva via Annecy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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