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What’s included

  • A qualified French cycling leader
  • Good standard hotel throughout on a twin share and bed & breakfast basis
  • Vehicle support throughout the trip
  • All meals on the trip, including a lunch at Port de Groslée
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option). If you are travelling land only, check with our office for joining time at the airport
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds

Gentle Cycling - Lake Annecy to Lyon

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Gentle Cycling - Lake Annecy to Lyon
Gentle

Our range of cycling tours are graded from gentle to strenuous. Full details can be found in the detailed PDF Holiday Itinerary.

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Grade: Gentle ? Gentle
Duration:  9 days from the UK  
Cycling on: 7 days

Flight inclusive from £1,985,
Land only from £1,785

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A relaxed place to place cycling tour from Lake Annecy to Lyon along the Via Rhona

Highlights

  • The tour of Lake Annecy, one of the most beautiful lakes in the Alps
  • The gorges and valley of the Fier River
  • The superb stretches of cycle path along the Rhone River
  • A visit of the medieval town of Pérouges, at the gateway to the Dombes area
  • A finish in the heart of Lyon, the city of lights, with its exceptional heritage and culture

Reviews          

This is a great gentle cycling holiday that is open to cyclists and non cyclists alike. The pace is very easy and the focus is very much about experiencing the beautiful scenery, the wonderful relaxed pace of life and the delicious cuisine that this region has to offer.
J Davies, Mountain Kingdoms

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A wonderful one-week cycling holiday suitable for anyone looking to explore the history and culture of this beautiful region on two wheels. Our adventure starts on the shores of charming Lake Annecy where we explore the medieval streets and canals and cycle around the lake with its picture-postcard mountain backdrop. Heading west we pedal our way toward Seyssel on the Rhone River, stopping at the impressive Gorge du Fier on route. We then continue on through the vineyards of Chautagne with a well-timed rest stop at the Chautagne wine-growers cooperative. Following the official Via Rhôna, with some deviations to avoid the busier sections, we pass through the beautiful villages of Chanaz on the Savières Canal, and medieval Pérouges. Our journey down the Rhone concludes in gastronomic Lyon where we can explore the UNESCO World Heritage designated city centre.

There will be plenty of opportunities along the way to swim, sample regional specialties such as the praline topped brioches of Saint Genix, and to enjoy fine French cuisine.

Book 17th June or 16th September 2017 departures now and save £50 off the published price.


At a glance

Grade: Gentle
Gentle

Duration:  9 days from the UK  
Cycling on: 7 days

Max. Altitude: N/A

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Lyon

Accommodation types: Hotels

Meal arrangements: 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1
Fly to Lyon and transfer to Annecy.
2
Cycling tour around Lake Annecy. Time to explore the medieval town's charming streets.
3
Cycle out of Annecy and join the Rhone River to lead to Seyssel, visiting Gorge du Frier on route.
4-5
Cycle to Belley and on to Champagneux. In Champagneux, take an optional half-day hike to the village of St Mauirce de Rotherens.
6-7
Cycle to Lagnieu and on to the medieval village of Perouges. Take a tour of Dombes to see the many lakes and wildlife, or enjoy some more time in the historic village.
8
Cycle along the Rhone River to Lyon. Upon arrival have the chance to visit key sights such as the Notre Dame de Fourvière Cathedral, the traboules (ancient passageways), or enjoy some fine local cuisine.
9
Transfer to airport for flight home.
Leader: Local Cycling Leader, France
Local Cycling Leader, France

You will be escorted by an English-speaking French cycling tour leader. As passionate cyclists our guides will help you discover the gems of their own country on two wheels. They are fully qualified cycle tour leaders and are member of the association MCF (Moniteur Cycling Français).

They will be able to assist you with coaching (physical fitness, good technical ability) and sound mechanical expertise. They also have great knowledge of the culture and natural environment. Apart from all this they also have a good sense of humour and great enthusiasm.


Gentle Cycling - Lake Annecy to Lyon Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Lyon

    Upon arrival in Lyon you will be transferred to your hotel in Annecy the capital of the Haute-Savoie. Dependant on flight times you may have time to build up your own bike or get fitted to your rental bike if you have chosen this option. In the evening you may like to take a stroll along the lake side.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Splendid Hotel, Annecy Or Similar
  2. Day 2 - CYCLING TOUR OF LAKE ANNECY. (Cycling 40km, 300m ascent)

    Annecy is arguably the prettiest town in the Alps. Annecy's charm is to be found in its medieval streets and numerous canals, a characteristic that has earned Annecy the nickname of "Venice of the Alps". The lake and the Bauges and Aravis mountain ranges offer a picture postcard backdrop. You start the day with a tour of Lake Annecy. Beginning along the northern bank of the lake, you pass the village of Veyrier du Lac and the restaurant of famous chef Marc Veyrat, then on past the foot of the Roc du Chère, which overlooks the Baie de Talloires, a perfect spot for a dip... On reaching the end of the lake, you then cycle track back to Annecy, via the Château de Duingt. Once back in Annecy, you will have time to discover the old town through its labyrinth of small streets.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Splendid Hotel, Annecy Or Similar
  3. Day 3 - CYCLE FROM ANNECY TO SEYSSEL (Cycling 45km, 600m ascent)

    This second day is the most physical day of the week. Not too difficult distance wise, but it's the day with the most amount of climbing. You will head west out of Annecy: your aim is to join the Rhone River, which you will then follow all the way to the Gaul capital of Lyon. Once out of Annecy, you make a stop at the Gorges du Fier, one of the most remarkable natural sites in the northern Pre Alps. A small path and an impressive raised walkway lead down to the torrent at the bottom of the steep gorge. A short but steep climb leads you away from the Fier, before you continue your journey west on a mix of tracks and small back roads. There is one last obstacle before you reach the river: a superb road through the Val de Fier which leads you to Seyssel, on the banks of the Rhone.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hôtel Beau Séjour , Seyssel Or Similar
  4. Day 4 - CYCLE TO BELLEY ALONG THE VIA RHONA. (Cycling 40km, 150m ascent).

    Seyssel, like many of the villages you visit on this journey, is split in two by the Rhone, one side in the Haute-Savoie, the other in the Ain department. From here you head south, the Rhone your guide for the next few days. You will also pass numerous lakes on your journey, many of which are ideal for swimming. Gradually, you enter the Chautagne, a major wine producing region of the Savoie. Nestled between the Lac du Bourget (the largest natural lake in France) and the mountains, the vineyards of Chautagne produce light, fruity wines. Your route takes you close to Ruffieux, where an excellent swimming lake and the Chautagne wine-growers cooperative make for an almost obligatory rest stop! Shortly afterwards, you join the official route of the Via Rhôna, which leads you towards one of the most beautiful villages you will see during the week: Chanaz. On the Savières Canal which connects the Rhone to the Lac du Bourget, Chanaz is a charming, peaceful village with plenty of interesting architecture, and cafés along the waterfront. The ideal place for a coffee stop! You will continue along the Via Rhôna cycle route to join Belley, capital of the Bugey region, where you spend the night.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Sweet Home Hotel, Bellay Or Similar
  5. Day 5 - CYCLE TO CHAMPAGNEUX (Cycling 25km, 100m ascent). (Optional walk 10km 450m ascent).

    During the morning you will visit the town of Brillat Savarin, which boasted a strategic position between France and the Savoie (today between the Ain and the Savoie departments), affording it a rich and turbulent history. You leave Belley, following the banks of the Rhone, then crossing over to the left bank, the Savoie side. Your route follows more or less the Rhone, but the next stretch can seem a bit disorientating, as you follow its many diversion canals, as well as the man-made route of the Rhone, diverted in order to harness its hydraulic energy. You end your day's riding early afternoon, in the village of Champagneux, overlooking the Rhone.

    There is the option of a half-day hike up to the Belvedere, Site des Fils and to the village of St Maurice de Rotherens. In this village there is a museum about Roberto Galletti, pioneer of TSF (radio communication). Unknown outside the area, he is a legendary local personality and was behind an invention that revolutionised communication. The hike is roughly 10 km with 450m of climbing (approx. 3 h of walking).

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hôtel Les Bergeronnettes, Or Similar
  6. Day 6 - CYCLE TO LAGNIEU (Cycling 55km, 200m ascent).

    This is the longest day in terms of distance, but the terrain is relatively gentle with little climbing. You pass through Saint Genix sur Guiers during the morning, home of the famous cake of Saint Genix (a brioche with pralines). To fully immerse yourself in the local culture it would be wise to stop and try one (or two). Your route then heads north, following the Rhone. You temporarily leave the official route of the Via Rhôna which, on this portion, uses a section of busy road. Your alternative route takes you along easy tracks, some of which follow the Rhone while others take you through pretty woodland sections. Midway through the stage, you stop for lunch (included in trip cost) at Port de Groslée and its country inn, considered one of the best restaurants in the area. You stop for the night at Lagnieu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Le Clos Du Bois Joli, Lagnieu Or Similar
  7. Day 7 - CYCLE TO PEROUGES, TOUR OF HISTORIC CENTRE (Cycling approx 45km, 300m ascent)

    Today you will ride to the medieval village of Pérouges, one of the most beautiful villages in France and contestant for the "Favourite village of the French" title. The oldest buildings in the village date from the 12th Century, whereas the majority of Pérouges as it stands today dates from the 14th Century. Incredibly well preserved and restored, the medieval village is full of charming small streets and lanes. The small shop front stalls are a clear reminder of what trade was like in the Middle Ages. Pérouges is also the gateway to the Dombes area, between the Bresse (to the north) and the Lyonnais. With over 1000 lakes and ponds, the Dombes has become renowned as a precious sanctuary for many bird species. The day's itinerary takes you on a tour of the Dombes, through its small villages, farms, and woodland that fills the little space left by the lakes. The day's itinerary can easily be replaced by a longer visit of Pérouges, or taken as an opportunity for a rest, as your night's lodgings are in Meximieux, located a few kilometres from Pérouges.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Lyon D' Or, Meximieux Or Similar
  8. Day 8 - CYCLE TO LYON (Cycling approx 45km, 300m ascent).

    This morning, you once again join the Rhone River which leads you all the way to the capital of the Gauls, Lyon.With the last stretch of true countryside between Meximieux and Jons, where you discover a hydroelectric dam built between the two world wars. You cross the Rhone once again, entering the department which bears the same name. You set off again along a long track that turns into a cycle path, following the river all the way to Lyon. Your route takes you through the Miribel Jonage Park (optional stop for a swim) before passing the Parc des Congrès de Lyon, through the famous Parc de la Tête d'Or, before arriving at the Place Bellecour, the finish point of your trip. Registered as a Unesco World Heritage site, the centre of the city is full of superbly preserved monuments, rendered all the more charming by the waters of the Saone and the Rhone which meet here. There will be the opportunity to visit Lyon and its "traboules" (ancient passageways originally used by merchants), the Notre Dame de Fourvière Cathedral, the Bellecour and Terreaux squares, the area of Croix Rousse, but also to sample the "Gastronomie Lyonnaise" in one of its famous "bouchons" (restaurant serving traditional local cuisine).

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Des Artistes, Lyon Or Similar
  9. Day 9 - TRANSFER TO AIRPORT, FLY HOME

    This morning there will be time for a leisurely breakfast before being transferred to the airport in time for your flights.

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What’s included

  • A qualified French cycling leader
  • Good standard hotel throughout on a twin share and bed & breakfast basis
  • Vehicle support throughout the trip
  • All meals on the trip, including a lunch at Port de Groslée
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option). If you are travelling land only, check with our office for joining time at the airport
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Optional trips
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Tips


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Beautiful scenery          

This is a great gentle cycling holiday that is open to cyclists and non cyclists alike. The pace is very easy and the focus is very much about experiencing the beautiful scenery, the wonderful relaxed pace of life and the delicious cuisine that this region has to offer.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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