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Via Rhôna Switzerland by bike, the Route du Rhône, from Andermatt to Geneva

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Start from the sources of the Rhône in Andermatt, cycle through the magnificent Valais valley to reach the elegant Lake Geneva and follow it to Geneva. 8 days in Switzerland along the Rhone.

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Via Rhôna Switzerland by bike. The Route du Rhône, from Andermatt to Geneva

 

Map Rhony Cycle Route

 

At every turn, the road winding through the Furka Pass region, then past the Rhône Glacier, provides a spectacular prelude to your route. As you advance towards Lake Geneva, you will be captivated by the diversity of Swiss landscapes: from the rugged peaks of the Saint-Gotthard massif to the charm of the villages of the Goms valley, from the romance of the Binn valley to the vast expanses of the valley of the Rhône. Finally, you will succumb to the charm of Lake Geneva, with its castles, its vineyards, its elegant towns and its lively banks. It is rare that a trip reveals so many facets of Switzerland.

 

Highlights of the bike trip:

  • Rhône Glacier
  • Haut-Valais and Valais valleys
  • Geneva
  • Lausanne
  • Shores of Lake Geneva
  • Vineyards

 

Day 1: Arrival in Andermatt | from Andermatt to Obergestelen or Oberwald - 40 km / + 1000 m

Your luggage will be taken care of in Andermatt (to be submitted by 10 a.m. at the latest). The departure will be from a rocky recess, an element of the fortification system of the Swiss Alps, then you will cross the pastures of the Urseren valley. After a demanding ascent to the Furka Pass, at 2430 meters above sea level, a rapid descent will follow along the ice caves of the Rhône Glacier.

Night in Obergestelen in comfort version and Oberwald in standard version.

 

Day 2: from Obergesteln or Oberwald to Brig - 50 km / + 620 m

The young Rhône, called “Rotten” in Haut-Valais, crosses an authentic natural and cultural landscape. Charming villages, beautiful baroque churches, arolle forests, flower meadows buzzing with insects and the smell of resin will accompany you through this sunny high valley.

Night in Brig.

 

Day 3: from Brig to Sierre - 42 km / + 170 m

The main valley of Valais widens, warmed by the sun on its rocky sides. Between Leuk and Sierre, you will move away from the Rhône road to cross the vineyards to a wine estate. After a wine tasting, the road will continue to the town of Sierre.

Night in Sierre.

 

Day 4: from Sierre to Martigny - 44 km / + 120 m

Sion, the capital of Valais, proudly displays its historic castles, churches and mansions. The high mountain landscape of the Dents-du-Midi dominates the lower Rhône valley. You are in the heart of a landscape of vineyards and fertile orchards.

Night in Martigny.

 

Day 5: from Martigny to Vevey or Montreux - 60 km / + 250 m

At the bend of the Rhône, a tower watches over Martigny from the heights. St-Maurice watches over precious treasures at the narrowest point. You will cross a landscape of high mountains and plains. Lake Geneva reveals itself timidly behind the reeds, finally revealing the imposing Château de Chillon.

Night in Vevey in comfort version and Monteux in standard version.

 

Day 6: from Vevey or Montreux to Lausanne - 30 km / + 425 m

Lake Geneva, with its silver reflections, is framed by snow-capped peaks and vineyards, including the Lavaux vineyard, a UNESCO heritage site. On the shore, Vevey, Montreux, as well as Lausanne, the metropolis, “Olympic city” and vital organ of the Vaudois population.

Night in Lausanne.

 

Day 7: from Lausanne to Prangins or Nyon - 45 km / + 470 m

The terraced vineyards between Morges and Nyon are known under the name “La Côte”. The fruity Chasselas pressed here will bring a particular sweetness to this stage. Going down towards the edge of the lake, you will admire the towns of Morges and Rolle, then the beautiful castles of Nyon and Prangins, with slightly kitsch architecture.

Night in Prangins in comfort version and Nyon in standard version.

 

Day 8: from Prangins or Nyon to Geneva - from 30 to 60 km / from + 235 to + 615 m

The banks become less accessible, the villas and yachts more imposing. Geneva, the cosmopolitan city, is quickly emerging with its boulevards and its 140 m high “jet d’eau”. After your arrival in Geneva, you can leave individually (luggage to be collected until 5 p.m. at the latest).

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General informations :

  • 8 days and 7 nights
  • Hotel comfort level: standard or comfort
  • Child rates: contact us.


The dates :

  • Departures possible every day, from 06/15 to 09/29/2024
  • Low season from 09/14 to 09/29
  • High season from 06/15 to 09/13


Included :

  • 7 nights in standard level hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Transportation of luggage between accommodations
  • Wine tasting in Varen
  • Assistance in the event of a breakdown (except puncture)
  • Travel diary (digital and paper - delivered on site at the first hotel)

 

Not included :

  • Transport to the place of departure
  • Personal expenses
  • Tourist taxes to be paid on site
  • Anything not specified in “included”.

 

The options :

  • Additional night(s) at the start or end of the tour
  • VTC or VAE rental
  • Theft insurance for the rented bike
  • Cancellation insurance.


Levels:
1 2 3 4 5 6

 

Ground :

  • Hilly terrain, especially on days 1 and 2.
  • Mainly on cycle paths and secondary roads with little traffic.
  • A little traffic around towns.

 

Climate :
Temperatures between 15° and 25°C.

 

Technicality:
Cycling: 30 to 60 km per day or 2 hours to 5 hours of cycling.
Route relatively easy to follow, map reading desirable.

 

Accommodation:

Standard or comfort level hotels depending on the version chosen

 

Additional nights:
An additional night is offered to you at the start and end of the tour.

 

Meal :

  • Breakfasts: copious
  • Lunch: not included
  • Dinner: not included.


Travelogue :
A link to a mobile application allows you to access all the information necessary for carrying out the circuit. A paper travel diary is given to the first hotel.

 

The bike :

Rental bike: VTC with 27 speeds or VAE. If you rent a bicycle, it will be given to you upon your arrival. A security deposit will be required. At the end of the tour, you will need to leave this bike at the last hotel and notify reception. Our correspondent will take care of his return.
Personal bicycle: We do not recommend bicycles with small tires. VTC and mountain bikes are excellent. Remember to service your bicycle before leaving. At the end of the tour, you will need to take charge of your own bicycle.


Support:
Assistance in the event of a breakdown (except punctures for which there is no intervention).

 

Transportation :

  • By plane: Zurich, Milan or Geneva airport
  • Train: allow around 12 hours from Paris (via Basel) to go to Andermatt
  • Car: Andermatt is 740 km from Paris


Cancellation insurance :
To guarantee reimbursement of costs in the event of cancellation of your stay, you can take out cancellation insurance. To learn more about insurance, click here.

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