Self-Guided Gravel Bike Adventure in the Monts de Genève
We'll provide you with a bike and an itinerary. Although this itinerary has been designed with the gravel bike rider in mind, it can be fully enjoyed riding a hybrid, or an e-bike. It can be done any day between March and November. The tour starts from and ends in Gaillard where our office is located. The full loop from Gaillard is 45km long with 660 meters of climbing. It can be shortened and done over a morning, or an afternoon, or it can be made into a full-day tour. From our office, we’ll ride along the river Arve across the border into Switzerland. From there, using a mix of trails, secondary roads, and unpaved sections, we’ll ride through villages and vineyards before crossing again the border to France. From there, we’ll slowly climb the flank of the Salève mountain to enjoy amazing views over Geneva, its lake, and the Jura mountains. Sections of the Way of Saint James will be used to reach the Chartreuse de Pomier (http://www.chartreuse-de-pomier.fr/en), the highest point of the ride. The way down through small villages and forested areas is stunningly beautiful. At a leisurely pace, you can expect the whole loop to be done in 5 hours.
Why take this tour?
In the space of a few hours, experience an off-the-beaten-track adventure in both France and Switzerland at the foot of the Salève, the iconic Genevois mountain. You will follow the Arve river towards the Swiss border, passing vineyards, orchards and farmland before attacking the slopes of the Salève and discovering the unspoilt natural surroundings of our region following tracks and paths to La Chartreuse de Pomier. The route back is a mixture of paths and minor roads… the views across to Geneva and Lake Geneva are incredible.
Use of bicycle
GPS pre-loaded with the itinerary
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Mobile tickets accepted
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
GenevaCycling is the new local division of Cyclomundo, a tour operator that specializes in cycling trips.
We offer rental bikes, logistical support, and expertise to groups of cyclists traveling in the Greater Geneva area, in the French Alps and beyond. Our offer ranges from day tours to multi-day cycling holidays. These can be self-guided or arranged with a support vehicle.
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