Bicycle Trip in France

Geneva to Marseilles by Bicycle

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Bicycle Trip in France

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Note: In this table, actual distances and total climbs are shown. They are about 20% more than the planned values.

# Date From Route To Hotel Dist. Climb
1 June 1 Geneva Airport Bicycle Trip in France Inter Hotel Rey Bicycle Trip in France 44 Km 550 m
2 June 2 Inter Hotel Rey Bicycle Trip in France Hotel & Spa Marina d’Adelphia Bicycle Trip in France 68 Km 710 m
3 June 3 Hotel & Spa Marina d’Adelphia Bicycle Trip in France Novotel Grenoble Nord Voreppe Bicycle Trip in France 67 Km 830 m
4 June 4 Novotel Grenoble Nord Voreppe Bicycle Trip in France Maison Bel Canto Bicycle Trip in France 53 Km 340 m
5 June 5 Maison Bel Canto Bicycle Trip in France ibis budget Loriol Le Pouzin Bicycle Trip in France 89 Km 440 m
6 June 6 ibis budget Loriol Le Pouzin Bicycle Trip in France Le Domaine des Oliviers Bicycle Trip in France 66 Km 330 m
7 June 7 Le Domaine des Oliviers Bicycle Trip in France Hotel Les Nevons Bicycle Trip in France 85 Km 500 m
8 June 8 Hotel Les Nevons Bicycle Trip in France Best Western Marseille Aeroport Bicycle Trip in France 76 Km 590 m

Riding Days: 8 (1 Rainy days)

Total Distance: Planned - 445 Km, Actual: 545 Km

Total Climb: Planned: 2326 m, Actual 4300 m

Bicycle Trip in France – Day by Day

Day 1: Geneva to Inter Hotel Rey - a Warm Up Day

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We've landed at Geneva Airport on the early hours of the afternoon. We were happy to see that our bicycles have arrived totally intact. Thierry, the station manager, has arranged us a place to organize ourselves comfortably. We assemble our bikes and our equipment; this task took us around an hour and a half.

We've start riding: the extra 20 kilos that were loaded in the rear rack panniers made riding a bit unstable, until we've got used to it.

Following Thierry’s recommendation, we've decide to change today's route and instead of riding directly southwards, we've head to Veyrier, a town located near the Telepherique du Saleve funicular lower station. The funicular can accommodate up to 6 bikes, and it took us to the Panorama sur le basin Genevois, which is exactly what it is – A panoramic view of the southern part of Lake Geneva. We've stopped there for a cold beer and some locally made Ginger tea.

Next, we've continued to ride up and down along the beautiful rustic countryside road. The view of the towering Alps (the famous Mont Blanc was hidden by clouds) to our left, and to the west a lovely sight of the city of Geneva and its surroundings. Our trusted Thierry appears on his motorcycle in one of the road curves; he came to check in on us, to say hello, to make sure we are doing well and to further encourage us on our ride.

As we got near our hotel, we passed by the Domaine des Avenieres Castle, where we considered staying during our first night, but have decided to pass on it after agreeing unanimously that for staying in such a romantic accommodation we will wait for our next trip with the wives…

And so, we spend our first night in the lovely Inter Hotel Rey and conclude our first day with a great French dinner in the near by restaurant.

Bicycle Trip in France

Bicycle Trip in France

Bicycle Trip in France

Day 2: Inter Hotel Rey to Lac du Bourget

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On this day we've visited two lakes: Lake Annecy and Lac du Bourget. After a typical local breakfast, consisting of many types of cheeses, cured meats, and croissants, we've headed towards the beautiful Annecy .The road winds between picturesque villages and the green color dominates the views.

After crossing a beautiful bridge we arrived at the turquoise colored Lake Annecy. After a short ride along its northern shore we stopped at a café in the Annecy main street, to fuel up on some calories and fluids.

Continue riding southwest, the road was getting steeper by the minute, and we searched for the side roads to avoid the busy roads. After riding in the beautiful countryside we returned to the main road that was leading us to Brison Saint Innocent, located on the eastern bank of Lac du Bourget.

On our way to our hotel we stopped at a Decathlon store to buy some additional equipment, and before we arrive in the Hotel & Spa Marina d’Adelphia we stopped for some ice cream on the lake.

In the evening, we discovered that on the lake shore next to our hotel there was a large gathering of 3-wheeled cyclists from all over France, and we joined the party. Another day full of wonderful sights and adventures came to its end.

Bicycle Trip in France

Day 3: Lac du Bourget to Novotel (North West of Grenoble)

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We begen our third day with a 15 Kilometer ride along the east bank of Lac du Bourget. We had a late breakfast in the outskirts of Chambery.

We've started a long and moderate climb southward, passing some charming villages. Gradually the sky had become gray, but the view was still magnificently green. About two hours before we arrived to the end of our trail, the rain started to fall, and got heavier and heavier. We stopped riding and for the first (and last) time in our trip we put our rain coats and panniers rain covers. We continued riding on the long rising road in the pouring rain.

As always, every ride up must eventually come down. The final 10 Km were a long and steep downhill, and we glided downwards in the heavy rain towards our destination – Hotel Novotel Voreppe.

After dinner we gathered to watch the European championship cup game played between Real Madrid and Juventus. Real played a tough game, and scored several goals. Yet, one thought clouds my enjoyment – I knew that at this time my son Guy, a long-term Barcelona fan was sitting at home watching his favorite team’s ultimate rival win the championship.

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Bicycle Trip in France

Day 4: Novotel near Grenoble to Maison Bel Canto

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After yesterday's tough ride, today's ride was relatively short and easy, although not less enjoyable. We left our hotel and rode along the L’Isere River. The trail was flat with only a few slopes here and there, and a few crossings of the river. After a short coffee break in one of the villages we continued our ride along the winding L'Isere, where large boats are sailing from time to time.

Today's hotel was special: the owner of Maison Bel Canto greeted us warmly and invited us to join the village’s annual celebration, which luckily took place at this evening. A feast of local foods was served and the villagers went on stage to sing French chansons. It was a unique and authentic experience, another proof that sometimes the best things in life are unplanned.

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Bicycle Trip in France

Bicycle Trip in France

Day 5: Maison Bel Canto - ibis budget Loriol Le Pouzin

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After a French typical breakfast that includes baguettes and croissants we headed to the Rhone Valley, riding along the southern bank of L’Isere in a well-marked and signed bicycle path towards the city Romans sur Isere.

After stopping for a short coffee and cake brake at Romans sur Isere we continued riding along the river until the L’Isere meets the Rhone River. On our way we passed a cherry orchard, and were not able to resist their temptation, we stopped and joinned the cherry-picking party.

Riding along ViaRhone, a well-made and beautiful way – one of the longest France national bike trails, the scenery changed and the Alps seemed distant, even though only yesterday we rode near them. We arrived to the lovely town of Valance, and after a short break there we continued riding along the ViaRohne until we reached our final stop for that day – the town of Pouzin

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Bicycle Trip in France

Bicycle Trip in France

Day 6: ibis budget Loriol Le Pouzin - Le Domaine des Oliviers, Near Montelimar

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The view is gradually changing, as its greenish color is turns to yellow. We are approaching the Mediterranean sea. In the first half of the day we still rode along the ViaRhone, but later we left this wonderful bikeway and start riding towards Le Domaine des Oliviers Hotel in Pierrelatte (which was best hotel we stayed in throughout the entire trip). On our way we stopped in the village of Vivarais, and rode along the narrow streets of Pierelatte.

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Bicycle Trip in France

Bicycle Trip in France

Day 7: Le-Domaine-des-Oliviers, Near Montelimar to L'Isle sur la Sorgue

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We left Pierrelatte, and we are on our way to Provence! We rode along pastoral trails and by rustic country Mansions surrounded by fragrant lavender fields, bypassing the city of Orange (you can’t have it all). We stopped at the village of Uchaux to have some great coffee and cake, to take a photo with the lovely café owner, and to find out that Yalon can still speak Dutch!

We rode few Kilometers along a unique bike trail built on top of an old railroad, and arrived to the town of Carpentras. As usual, we stopped for lunch in the city center, followed by the most unique and delicious lavender ice cream. We found some time to visit the most ancient synagogue in France, located in the city center, and continue riding southwards to our final destination of the day: the magical town of L’Isle sur-la-Sorgue, where we've spent our evening drinking a cool beer by the river, and a quality French dinner.

Bicycle Trip in France

Bicycle Trip in France

Bicycle Trip in France

Day 8: L'Isle sur la Sorgue to Marseilles - Our Final Riding Day

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Unbelievable! It’s our last riding day. Time flies by when you enjoy yourself. After a morning tour of the picturesque streets and market of L’isle sur la Sorgue, we’ve continue riding out of town and the pastoral country view slowly changed into a more urban one.

On our way to the town of Coucoux, we pass through the towns Mallemort and Lambesc in a road that includes a long climb followed by a steep slope with an impressive view and eventually stop for some refreshments.

Onwards towards Marseille, we stop to make A courtesy visit in Tinabici bicycle shop, where we picked up the cardboard boxes that we’ll use in the evening to pack and send our bikes. From there we rode the short distance to our final destination: the Best Western Marseille Airport.

Bicycle Trip in France

Bicycle Trip in France

Bicycle Trip in France

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