France - Cycling the Via Rhona from Seyssel to Lyon

France - Cycling the Via Rhona from Seyssel to Lyon

Self-guided cycling tour from Seyssel (South of Geneva) to Lyon along the Rhone Valley

Riding a bike from Lake Leman to reach the Mediterranean Sea by the Via Rhôna is not the shortest or the fastest way, especially by bike, but it’s certainly the most beautiful!


It is a haven in the ways of itinerancy. This cycling holiday is an invitation to contemplate landscapes, and discovering small villages, towns and small ports on the river.


Alternately immersed in history or going to the future, the Via Rhôna allows you to meet people settled on the banks of the river; people rooted in their land that brings it to life and will make you love it.


This self-guided bike tour takes place on the northern side of the Via Rhôna, from Seyssel. Lakes, gorges, villages and historic towns and flowers, unique heritage will alternate and will offer varied and authentic landscapes.The tour winds through between the Rhône, the mountains of the foreland of Savoie, the Bugey and the Dauphiné, the Dombes before joining Lugdunum, the city of two rivers Saône and Rhône, Lyon. This city will enchant you in the historic district, you will discover the Traboules wich are passageways from one street to another and the many restaurants called Bouchons with traditional local cuisine.

The bike course is fairly athletic, not fully on cycle paths, but with beautiful greenways along banks of the Rhône and some shared lanes.

Day 1

Seyssel Arrival in Seyssel, a beautiful little town on the border of the Rhône. Its history is strongly linked to the inland water shipping and Savoie’s State history, which made the wealth of the city. It’s also in this natural preserved environment that was produced the wine of Seyssel, one of the smallest and oldest PDO in France. You can easily join Seysssel by train from Lyon Pardieu (about 1 hour). Check-in at your hotel.

Day 2

Seyssel – Champagneux, 53km You will get your bikes. A day almost without ascent, you will cross the beautiful village of Chanaz and the canal of Savières, a paradise for fishermen that connects the Rhône to the Bourget Lake, the little Savoyard “Venice”, Belley, Bugey’s capital.

Day 3

Champagneux – Villebois, 40 à 54km You will successively cross St Genix, the country of Mandrin, but also of the brioche of praline, then Morestel, city of painters, a small medieval town with its donjon, St Symphorien’s Church and its bell tower; Briord and its underground roman aqueduct.

Day 4

Villebois – Perouges, 52 km By the Balme Les Grottes, a medieval town; after that you will leave the Via Rhôna for a little while to discover Pérouges, one of the most beautiful villages in France

Day 5

Circuit in the Dombes, 60km A day across the Dombes and its marsh where the land merges into water. Castles, ruins and remarkable abbeys will mark your day (Joyeux, Le Montelier, Chalamont, Le Plantay).

Day 6

Pérouges - Jons - Lyon, 60 km By the large park of Miribel Jonage, 2200 hectares of preserved nature in a conservation area. A blue lake of 350 hectares where you can swim before reaching the heart of Lyon by the banks of the Rhône.

Day 7

End of the tour after breakfast in Lyon Discover this city crossed by two Rivers the Saone and the Rhone,the famous traboules are a series of passageways which lead you from one street to another running parallel to that street. These traboules were built back in the Renaissance period between the 14th and 16th centuries. and so many other things.

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Duration :
7 Days
From :
595 €

Included : (see details in Dates and Prices section)

Guest Houses - BB

Luggage transfer (optional)

An English road book and a map.

English speaking email or phone assistance 7/7




Starts in : Seyssel

Ends in : Lyon

Access :  train station.



Information : click on "ask for more information"

Phone Cecile : +33 5 58 48 71 65


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See also :

The Via Rhoa from Lyon to Avignon





A peaceful route

Many villages and History

Lakes, Gorges and Lyon