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Cycle Paris to Geneva

Paris to Geneva

  • Duration: 5 nights, 5 days cycling
  • Charity Events
  • Challenging
  • Available During: May, June, July, Aug, Sept

About this Adventure

Take on the challenge and cycle from Paris to Geneva – two of the most iconic cities in the world. Arrive a day early and enjoy the sights of in Paris, or stay an extra night in Geneva before flying back to the UK

Quick Facts

  • Reasonable to long distances on cycling days: 120-150 km (75-95 miles)
  • Hotel accommodation for five nights
  • Five days of cycling
  • Starts at the Eiffel Tower in Paris and finishes on the lake shore in Geneva
  • 620 km (386 miles) trip
  • Professional cycle guiding

More Information

This trip takes you between two most iconic  cities in the world, and between two of the most famous points: The Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Jet d'Eau in Geneva. The going is not as flat as many people think, but you do pass through classic Burgundy countryside south west of Paris and onto the foothills of the Northern Alps
You’ll stay one night each in Paris, Sens, Avallon, Chalon-Sur-Saone, Saint-Claude before arriving into Geneva. In Geneva,  you can take time to soak up the atmosphere in its many restaurants and cafés or walk along the shore of Lac Leman where you witness the amazing Jet d'Eau fountain, or start your journey back to the UK.

Optional Extras

  • Single Room Supplement £55.00 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Extra night in Paris prior to departure £75.00 per person per night for twin accommodation
  • Extra night in Paris prior to departure £120.00 per night for single room accommodation
  • Extra night in Geneva at end of event £75.00 per person per night for twin accommodation
  • Extra night in Geneva at end of event £120.00 per night for single room accommodation

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Why Book With Us

We know you have a choice of companies to cycle from Paris to Geneva with. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and cycle guides with experience across Europe
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We try to give you the best service we can
  • We are aware this is your adventure/challenge and will do our best to facilitate it
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back many years


We normally run this Paris to Geneva Cycle over 5 nights, (5 cycling days), arriving in Paris on Sunday and cycling Monday to Friday. However, if you would like to do this at any other time, then please contact us.

Make your own travel arrangements to arrive in Paris the day before the start. Relax and enjoy this amazing City.
A typical cycle itinerary looks like this:

Day 1 - Paris to Sens: Typically we meet at 07:30am from the famous Trocadero Gardens in Paris which has a great 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.

94 miles (151km)

Day 2 - 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 cycle-ways, passing through wooded countryside which has a real backwoods feel at times. We usually choose to have a cafe lunch in the historic town of Auxerre before riding deeper into the Burgundy countryside to finish at the old town of Avalon. 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.
76 miles (122km)

Day 3 - Avallon to Chalon-sur-Saone: The day starts 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 and there are opportunities to enjoy typical French cafes. The last 20-miles is flat and passes through vineyards and along canalside cycle-ways 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.
91 miles (146km)

Day 4 - Chalon-sur-Saone to Saint-Claude: The morning section is on easy flat terrain using minor roads and cycle-ways to reach the regional resort of Lons-le-Saunier. In the afternoon we meet the first hills of the Haut Jura Nature Reserve where we climb through pine forests before descending into the town of Saint Claude. Here you can 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 passed through this town.
84 miles (135km)

Day 5 - 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 take in 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 - the trip ends here. Either stay a night in Geneva or return late afternoon or evening to the UK.
41 miles (66km)

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members' fitness, weather conditions, accommodation availability, or for any other reason the guide may deem necessary. All timings are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

Charity Information

How to take part for Charity

Pay a £199 deposit and confirm with your charity their minimum fundraising requirements for the balance. This will typically be double the cost of the adventure, less the registration fee. You can join any of our open Paris 2 Geneva cycle events just select the date of your choice opposite and enter the name of your chosen charity in the group/charity section. For more details of how fundraising works please read our step by step guide here or contact us for help.


  • 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 aiders
  • Financial Protection: in the unlikely event of insolvency, all our trips are protected in accordance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations


  • Travel to the start point and journey home from the finish point of the trip
  • Bike as luggage on the flights
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • You will need to bring or buy 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


Book a bespoke event starting on any date

We run the Paris 2 Geneva Cycle as an open or bespoke event. Our open events normally runs Sunday to Friday, from May to September. For bookings of 10 people or more, we also run this as an exclusive event on the dates of your choosing. To book any number of participants on to an event, simply 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.

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