The Alps cycling holidays

For most of us French riders who grew up with cycling and the Tour de France, the Alps are customarily defined by their climbs rather than by their peaks: Galibier, Aravis, Saisies, Madeleine, Alpe d’Huez, Croix de Fer. They are more meaningful to us than Massif des Bauges, Chartreuse, Vercors, or Queyras.

The ViaRhôna: Cycling route from the Lake of Geneva (Léman lake) to the Mediterranean sea

The Viarhona takes you from the shores of Lake of Geneva to the beaches of the Mediterranean sea by bike, following the Rhône river. This 815 km bike road makes you cycling from the alpine panoramas of Haute Savoie to the beaches of Camargue via the rolling landscapes of the Ain region and the vineyards of the Rhône Valley.

The cycling trip we propose here, from Geneva to Lyon, crosses breathtaking landscapes, alternating gorges, lakes and marshes and punctuated by authentic villages. It winds between the mountains and valleys of the Haut-Rhône to reach the elegant city of Lyon.

The Best of French and Swiss Alps

Cycling the Alps is not necessarily challenging! This one of a kind bicycle tour in the French Alps makes it possible for leisure riders to experience the captivating French Alps without worrying about the steep climbs.

This self-guided cycling tour highlights the best of Switzerland and France, linking Lake Geneva surrounded by high mountain glaciers , Lake Bourget, and Lake Annecy, as it follows the Rhone and Isere rivers. Featuring the best of the Alps, without the hassle of hill-climbing, riders of all experience levels will enjoy the history and scenery of this majestic area. … exploring the swiss and the french alps through charming small towns along the bike trail in the Southern Alps. Lush forests, glacier, and valleys of switzerland are awaiting for you.

The 3 lakes cycle tour

Begin your itinerary on the shores of Lake Geneva, sampling the savory masterpieces of Switzerland’s culinary capital city. Follow the bike path of the Rhone River on your two wheels, pass through the charming wine-making villages of Dardagny and Satigny, rest your head in quaint European inns, and explore ancient fortresses. Your half-way point is Lake Bourget, the largest natural lake of glacial origin and the deepest entirely within France.

The cycle holiday will end at Lake Annecy—known as Europe’s cleanest lake, its amazing setting is presided over by the Aravis mountain range in the background, famous for the hairpin turns and steep bends popularized on the Tour de France. The alluring atmosphere of the town of Annecy provides the perfect place to rest your legs and reflect on your incredible journey. Don’t forget fuel Savoy gastronomy your day with traditional alpine dish: tartiflette, raclette and fondue… Between Chamonix and the highest mountain (Mont Blanc) there is no better way to discover this area than by bike.

In the Alps–more than any other region where we operate–we organize cycling tours for 2 and more. We cater to cycling clubs, groups of friends, families, etc…. To be more confortable during your holiday, we can rent you a bike or you can hire an E-bike as you prefer!


You want to know more about our Cycling holidays ? Here is the FAQ !

Can we try a cycling tour in the Alps?

When we mention the Alps by bike, we immediately think of the mythical peaks of the Tour de France such as the Galibier (2800m), intended for seasoned cyclists keen on climbs. But the Alps are not only high peaks and steep slopes. Our cycling trip in the Alps, around three major lakes, borrows a reasonable course difficulty and accessible to cyclists practicing cycling regularly but not on a sustained way. We provide you light touring bikes adapted to this type of terrain and carbon road bikes.

In order to make this unforgettable experience and the pleasure of hiking in the heart of a majestic alpine setting accessible to everyone, we suggest also to take an electric bike.

Do not hesitate and give in to temptation of an exceptional alpine cycling holiday!

What is ViaRhona ?

The ViaRhôna is a bike route that links Geneva to the Camargue or Sète. This cycle route takes you from the shores of Lake Geneva to the beaches of the Mediterranean by bike, following the river Rhône. This 815 km long route, which alternates between secure greenways and shared roads, takes you from the Alpine panoramas to the beaches of the Camargue, crossing the emblematic landscapes of the Côtes du Rhône vineyards and those of southern Provence: hilltop villages, fields of lavender or olive trees, and gastronomic discoveries. Geneva, Lyon, Valence, Montélimar and Avignon… so many emblematic cities that are full of holiday flavour