Type of Event
5 nights, 5 days' cycling
Cycle Paris to Geneva
Experience the challenge of a cycle from Paris to Geneva – two captivating, lively, seminal cities. Arrive a day early and enjoy the sights of Paris, or stay an extra night in Geneva before flying back to the UK.
- Reasonable to long distances on cycling days: 75-95 miles (120-50 km)
- Five nights hotel accommodation provided
- Five days of cycling
- Begin in Paris and finish on the lakeshore in Geneva
- 386 miles (620 km) trip
- Professional cycle guide
About & Details
On this adventure, you will journey from one vibrant city to another, from famous landmark to famous landmark: The Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Jet d’Eau in Geneva.
A relatively gentle start as you pass through classic Burgundy countryside southwest of Paris and onto the foothills of the Northern Alps.
You’ll spend one night each in Paris, Sens, Avallon, Chalon-Sur-Saone, and Saint-Claude before arriving in Geneva. Once in Geneva, take time to soak up the atmosphere, enjoy its many restaurants and cafés or perhaps stroll along the shore of Lac Leman and witness the stunning Jet d’Eau fountain before starting your journey back to the UK.
Day One – Paris to Sens
Make your own travel arrangements to arrive in Paris the day before the start. Relax and enjoy this stunning metropolis.
Typically we meet at 07:30 am at the famous Trocadero Gardens which provide a magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower. Our route takes us out of the city on cycle-ways and quiet roads and follows the course of the River Seine. We climb gently and gradually out of the Paris basin to arrive at the historic city of Sens. The countryside around Sens is known as Burgundy’s granary: cereals and orchards predominate. The town grew up on the River Yonne and has the Cathedral St-Etienne at its centre.
Distance: 94 miles (151 km)
Day Two – Sens to Avallon
After breakfast, we continue cycling towards the foothills of the Alps and deeper into the Burgundy Region. The route heads out into the country on minor roads and cycleways, passing through wooded countryside, which has a real backwoods feel. We usually have a cafe lunch in the historic town of Auxerre before riding deeper into the Burgundy countryside and finish at the old town of Avallon. Placed centrally in Burgundy, Avallon has been important strategically in history. This fortified town lies between two ravines and from the ramparts, you can look across the rooftops to the Valley of the Cousin.
Distance: 76 miles (122 km)
Day Three – Avallon to Chalon-sur-Saone
The day begins with a ride through the town centre, then out into rolling countryside and forest on quiet D- and minor roads. We pass through traditional French towns and villages with opportunities to enjoy typical French cafes. The last 20-miles is flat and passes through vineyards and on canal-side cycleways to finish in the centre of Chalon- sur-Saone. Chalon is in the wine-growing area and is famous for wines such as Mercurey, Givry, Montagny and Rully.
Distance: 91 miles (146 km)
Day Four – Chalon-sur-Saone to Saint-Claude
The morning section is on gentle, flat terrain using minor roads and cycleways to reach the regional resort of Lons-le-Saunier. In the afternoon, we encounter the first hills of the Haut Jura Nature Reserve; here we climb through pine forests before descending into the town of Saint Claude. Sample the famous Vin Jaune de Jura and local mountain cuisine. It’s a small town surrounded by mountains and rivers- the perfect place to relax in the clear air following your day in the saddle! The 2017 Tour de France has passed through this town.
Distance: 84 miles (135 km)
Day Five – Saint-Claude to Geneva
Starting at around 400m, we climb steadily for over two hours to reach the Col de Magnard at 1172m. The gradient is mostly between 3% and 5%, with sections of 8% at the start. We usually stop at 2 to 3 places along the climb to enjoy the stunning scenery and regroup. There is a descent before the village of Mijoux, where we often stop at a cafe before another, shorter climb to the Col de la Faucille at 1323m. We then descend this category 2 climb to reach our final destination, the Jet d’Eau at Geneva – your magical trip ends here. Either stay a night in Geneva or return late afternoon or evening to the UK.
Distance: 41 miles (66 km)
Price Inclusions / Exclusions
- Participants register online, with a deposit payment of £399.00.
- The remaining £700.00 is due 10 weeks before your scheduled ride date and is payable by bank transfer.
You will receive reminder emails two weeks prior to payment.
- Five nights’ accommodation in comfortable hotels based on twin rooms en-suite with breakfast
- Qualified and experienced cycle leader(s)
- Support vehicle
- All luggage and equipment transfers on cycle days
- Bicycle transfer to and from London St Pancras in support vehicle (fixed pick up and drop off times)
- Expert local knowledge and 24-hour emergency assistance during your trip
- Professional event organisation
- Group first aid kit with qualified First Aid responders
- Financial Protection: in the unlikely event of insolvency, all our trips are protected in accordance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations
- Any travel to the starting point and journey home from the finish point of the trip
- Bike as luggage on the flights
- Lunches and evening meals
- Snacks and drinks for the cycling days
- Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
- Bike and bike equipment
- Single Room Supplement £55 per person per night (subject to availability)
- Extra night in Paris prior to departure – £75 per person per night for twin accommodation (requires two people)
- Extra night in Paris prior to departure – £120 per night for single room accommodation
- Extra night in Geneva at the end of event – £75 per person per night for twin accommodation (requires two people)
- Extra night in Geneva at the end of event – £120 per night for single room accommodation
- Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.
The Paris 2 Geneva Cycle is an ‘open’ event.
Our open events typically run from Sunday to Friday, from May to September. For bookings of 10 people or more we can also run as an exclusive event on one of your preferred dates.
To book any number of participants onto an existing event, select the date in the calendar and follow the booking procedure.
You will then receive an automated confirmation, and full details will follow from our office in due course.
Why not turn your magnificent achievement into an honourable one as well? We have enabled hundreds of participants to raise thousands and thousands of pounds for worthy causes.
You’ll not only be supporting an organisation or charity but providing yourself with an added incentive, very useful when facing those hard miles near the end of the day.
Cycle Paris to Geneva