Cycling the Alpine Lakes, Geneva to Annecy

6 Days & 5 Nights
  • Cycle from Lake Geneva to the turquoise shores of Lake Annecy
  • Panoramic views across the snow-capped Bauges Alps
  • Wander the sophisticated lakeside city of Geneva
  • Easy-going rides along the Rhone and Isere River
  • Experience French Alpine villages, hospitality and local cuisine
Linking the three major European lakes of Geneva, Bourget and Annecy are historic villages, Olympic towns, scenic river paths and rolling flower filled meadows. Framed each day by the French Alps, you’ll be able to experience the beauty of the Alpine cycling without having venture onto high passes. Cycling from the sophisticated streets of Geneva you'll head out to the wine-making twin villages of Dardagny and Satigny before riding over the border from Switzerland and into France’s Rhone Valley. Be sure to visit the Roman baths in Aix-les-Bains and also the historical centre of Chambery which is one of the most remarkable in France. Finishing at the chic Haute-Savoie capital of Annecy, it's to lose several hours wandering the streets of Annecy's old town or relaxing lakeside mountain gazing between visits to the exceptionally good patisseries!

What To Expect

This self-guided cycling holiday captures the pure majesty of the Alps but without the difficulty associated with the majority of cycling tours in the region. It is rated moderate, but it is a tour that most people with a good fitness level can accomplish. If you love Alpine scenery and want to see some really alluring towns and villages en route, then this is the tour for you.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Biking | A more specialist category of cycling holiday for road cyclists, A classic point to point biking tour, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wine, Whiskey & More...
  • Alpine & Mountains

Featured in our collections:

  • Classic

Activity Level & Terrain

This cycling tour is rated moderate because of the daily ascends and descends and mileages. People with an a fit and active lifestyle and good level of fitness should be able to complete this tour comfortably. Please do consider though that this is the Alps!

Navigation

You will be provided with detailed route notes and maps to help you find your way.  Most of the time you will be cycling on quiet back roads, however in order to connect the various routes, you may have short cycles on main roads.

Accommodations

Your 6 day, 5 night self-guided cycling holiday includes five nights in 3* star and 2* hotels. They have been hand-picked and are located either centrally, or in remarkable settings.  You might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the description. If those listed are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo travellers cannot be booked on this tour.

Meals

Breakfast is included at your hotel each morning. Two dinners are also included at the hotels in Seyssel and Grésy-sur-Isère. Your route notes will suggest where you can eat lunch and dinners on the other evenings.

Included
  • 5 Nights in 2* and 3* hotels
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Baggage transfers
  • Information pack and route notes with maps
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to Geneva / from Annecy
  • 3 Dinners
  • Lunches, drinks & snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Bike hire

When To Go

You can arrive on Fridays and Sundays between the beginning of April and the end of October. If you are a group of 4 or more, flexible weekday departures are possible.

Getting to the Start

By Air: Geneva Airport is served by many airlines from the UK and throughout Europe. The airport is only 4km from the city and it is possible to take either a bus or train into the centre. Trains take about 6 minutes and by bus a little longer, depending on the traffic. You can also take a taxi which costs between 30 and 35 CHF, depending on the time of day.  

By Rail: There are frequent trains from Paris Gare de Lyon to Geneva. Please consult the SNCF website for more information.

By Car: Eurotunnel Folkestone to Calais takes approximately 35 minutes. Drive from Folkestone  to Geneva. (approximately 9 hours)

Ferry: Dover to Calais by ferry is a 90 minute journey. The drive from Calais to Geneva takes approximately 8 hours.

Luggage Transfer

When you are cycling between accommodation your main bag will be transferred. We ask that you limit your luggage for transfer to one bag of up to 20 kg.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jackets and pants), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking shoes or boots, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Equipment

Bike hire is available as an optional extra. Full-carbon, aluminium, or hybrid bikes are available and the bike will be delivered to you.

The aluminium bike will be a Giant CRS 2.0 or similar model. The carbon bike is a Scott CR1 Team or similar model. All rental bikes come with a helmet, saddle pack, lock, pump, and also provided is a rear rack, water bottle cage, water bottle, repair kit, multi-tool, spare tube, and a C02 cartridge.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Geneva Day 2 Cycle to Seyssel 38 miles / 60 km Day 3 Cycle to Aix-les-Bains 30 miles / 47 km Day 4 Cycle to Grésy-sur-Isère 37 miles / 59 km Day 5 Cycle to Annecy 38 miles / 60 km Day 6 Onward travel

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