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The three lakes Tour – from Evian-les-Bains to Annecy in France

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The three lakes Tour – from Evian-les-Bains to Annecy in France

Bike Touring Collection by Chloé Perceval

3-6

days

3-6 h

/ day

182 mi

7,575 ft

7,475 ft

Lakes, valleys, mountains, and myriad historic towns and villages define the three lakes Tour. Over 295 kilometres (183 mi), you ride through the heart of a region where nature and architecture take centre stage. The idea: to link the region’s three major lakes – Lake Geneva, Lake Bourget, and Lake Annecy.

The majority of this route follows the ViaRhôna, the V63 and the V62, three cycling routes designed for road bikes. I’ve proposed a four-day itinerary to allow you to stop along the way and discover the rich cultural, historical and culinary heritage. As you ride from lake to lake, you discover medieval villages, famous vineyards and exceptional nature.

You can reach the start in Evian-les-Bains by road, train or boat. I have chosen to finish each stage in a town with plenty of accommodation and food options. Usually, you don’t have to book beforehand. The route starts from the train station in Annecy which is well connected.

The second stage, from Geneva to Aix-les-Bains, has more climbing than the other stage. It’s easy to ride this leg as a sporting challenge or adapt it to suit you. You’re never far from a campsite, gîte or hotel, so take your time and enjoy this great ride!

Finally, although the route can be done in any season, it is more enjoyable between April and October. In summer, you can enjoy the many beaches and have a nice swimming break (and ice cream).

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    03:40
    36.6 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The adventure begins in Evian-les-Bains, where you take the ViaRhôna towards Geneva. You can reach ViaRhôna directly from the SNCF station or the ferry terminal. Daily boat connections allow you …

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  • Difficult
    06:42
    66.5 mi
    9.9 mph
    3,700 ft
    4,200 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A step a little more sporty for this second day, but get ready to be amazed.You continue on the ViaRhôna from Geneva, and you find yourself in the heart of the Geneva vineyards. Small marked roads and greenways take you to the gates of the Alps, all surrounded by nature. It’s just beautiful! You return to France a little after Chancy.

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  • Difficult
    04:55
    50.0 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You take the V63 along the Lac du Bourget. I strongly recommend that you take a dip at Cap des Séselets beach, where you can enjoy a superb panorama of the lake and the mountains. You continue your journey towards Chambéry, a city steeped in art and history. What a pleasure to stroll through the maze of alleys of its historic center and marvel at its unique architecture!

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    28.5 mi
    10.3 mph
    825 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A more rolling stage to end this great adventure. You continue your journey on the V62 towards Ugine, where beautiful views of Mont Charvin await you. Then, you join the greenway which circles Lake Annecy. This is personally my favorite section of the lake tour that you take now. You walk along the turquoise waters of the lake with the Tournette in the background, the panorama is exceptional.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    182 mi
  • Duration
    18:02 h
  • Elevation
    7,575 ft7,475 ft

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The three lakes Tour – from Evian-les-Bains to Annecy in France